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Sri Lanka to initiate many major irrigation projects in next few months

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today said the country always achieved victories through major irrigation projects and marking a dawn of a new era in the agricultural sector of the country, the works of many major irrigation projects will be initiated in the next few months. The President said the Government has currently implemented many irrigation projects with the local and foreign financial assistance and steps have also been taken to commence works of many suspended projects.
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Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy Thursday has arrested two individuals with a huge stock of non-electric detonators suspected to be used for illegal fishing. On receipt of intelligence, naval personnel attached to SLNS Gajaba in Mannar belonging to the North Central Naval Command arrested the duo with 7,500 Non-electric detonators

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Thursday released the ex-military intelligence officer suspected of the murder of Sunday Leader Chief Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge on bail.

Oct 28 (Island) The Colombo High Court yesterday noticed the Attorney General and the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) to be present in court on Nov. 22. The aforesaid notices is in respect of a Revision Application filed by the UPFA Kalutara District Parliamentarian Kumara Welgama

Oct 28 (DM) Police had found an eight year old boy tied to table with a rope, inside a house in Kowul Ara South in Sevenagala. The boy had been left alone at home while his parents were away. Police had admitted the child to the Embilipitiya Hospital for treatment.

Oct 28 (DN) The Attorney General (AG) yesterday informed the Colombo High Court that the respondents including the AG and the CID would file objections against the revision application filed by former Colombo Chief Medical Officer Prof.Ananda Samarasekara

Oct 28 (Hindu) Shocked over the ghastly murder of a 12-year-old boy and his seven-year-old sister for resisting an attempt to rob their house and the inability of police to crack the case on their own, the Madras High Court Bench here has confirmed the conviction and life sentence imposed on a Sri Lankan refugee solely on the basis of his extra-judicial confession to a Tahsildar.

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Colombo High Court Judge today allowed a special jury to hear the trial on the murder of former TNA Jaffna District parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj and his body guard in 2006.

** Related Story ::Attorney General indicts six suspects in Sri Lankan Tamil MP's murder

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- New Chiefs of Staff have been appointed to the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), the Ministry of Defense announced today.

* Jaffna shooting was breach of discipline: Police chief (27 - Hindu)
* Speaker summons IGP over search fiasco on MP Welgama’s estate (27 - Island)
* D.L.S Dias appointed Airforce Chief of staff (27 - DM)
* Mattakkuliya quadruple murder: Kapuwa, nephew arrested (27 - DN)


Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- The National Deepavali Festival 2016 was held Friday evening under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Temple Trees.

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines emphasized its positioning as an airline of choice among discerning global travelers by winning the "Best Full Service Airline in Central and South Asia" at the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards 2016 in Singapore for the second consecutive year.

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- A four member delegation from the European Parliament will visit Sri Lanka from 31 October to 3 November 2016 to discuss national reconciliation and greater women's empowerment as part of groundwork to review Sri Lanka's application to regain GSP+ facility.

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- The parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has finalizes its report on the controversial Central Bank Treasury Bond issue and the Chairman of the Committee MP Sunil Handunneththi presented the report in Parliament today.

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) of the United States, an international humanitarian organization, has selected Sri Lanka Army demining team of Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Madjesty/Alvin and his handler Lance Corporal G.N.W.M Nawarathne of 7 Field Engineer Regiment, Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) as the Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Team of the Year in 2016.

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe outlining his economic plan for the next five years in parliament today said a revolutionary thinking, bold policies and initiatives are required to take forward Sri Lanka's economy.


Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- The World Bank projects Sri Lanka's inflation in 2016 and 2017 to rise due to the impact of past currency depreciation and the increase in the VAT rate will increase inflation despite downward pressure from low international commodity prices.

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- The International Finance Corporation, IFC, an arm of the World Bank, has extended its support to women business and SME initiatives by Sri Lanka's Ministry of Industry and Commerce boosting Ministry's blueprints on Lankan SME development.

Oct 28 (Forbes) Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently declared that his county is in the midst of a once in a lifetime opportunity to jump start its infrastructure and develop into a high-income economy.

Oct 28 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee ended weaker on Friday with the central bank raising the spot reference rate by 50 cents as higher importer dollar demand weighed on the currency, dealers said.

Sri Lanka will sell to a Chinese company 80 percent of a $1.5-billion port in its south, where China has also been offered an investment zone, in a bid to cut the country's debt burden, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.

Oct 28 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares ended weaker on Friday in thin trading, hovering near a 12-week closing low hit earlier in the week, as the prime minister's plan for improving the investment climate failed to bring cheer to the market.

Oct 28 (Island) Softlogic Holdings PLC is one of Sri Lanka’s dynamic conglomerates, with leading market positions in the country’s growing economic sectors; retail, healthcare, ICT, automobiles, leisure and financial services.

Oct 28 (DM) John Keells group processed food manufacturing subsidiary, Keells Food Products PLC (KFP), posted a net profit of Rs.89.34 million for the quarter ended September 30, a 6 percent year-on-year (YoY) decline, amid low revenue expansion.

Oct 28 (DN) The 2017 budget to be presented on November 10 would give a rude wake- up call to the private sector, said Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake at the Galadari Hotel, yesterday.

Oct 28 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s tallest residential building, the Altair project, will have country’s fastest elevators, Aitken Spence said in a statement. Aitken Spence said that world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products Otis has been selected to provide high-speed elevators to the project in Colombo.

Oct 28 (Reuters) Sri Lanka will introduce concessions on investments and a lower tax regime in its next budget to boost faltering investment, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the parliament on Thursday.

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Finance said today that 82 essential consumer goods will be relieved of Value Added Tax (VAT) from 1st November. However, a 15% VAT has been imposed on cigarettes, liquor, telephone services, electrical equipment, perfume, Jewellery and powdered milk, the Ministry said in a statement.

* Sri Lankan shares edge up in dull trade ahead of govt budget (27 - Reuters)
* Sri Lankan rupee weaker; moral suasion caps fall (27 - Reuters)
* Sri Lanka seeks Special and Differential Treatment from WTO for agriculture, service exports (27 - CP)
* Dusit Thani promotes real estate investment in Sri Lanka to Australian citizens (27 - Island)
* Watawala 2Q profit jumps over palm oil (27 - DM)
* No more tax on Tourism Industry - Amaratunga (27 - DN)
* Sri Lanka to obtain USD75mn credit in SDR from World Bank (27 - LBO)
* Sri Lanka Treasury to release last tranche of over Rs 4.0 billion to pay Golden Key depositors (27 - CP)


Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's first fully fledged Veterinary Hospital has been opened at the Giritale Wildlife Veterinary Unit. The opening of the Hospital built at a cost of Rs. 17 million took place under the patronage of Secretary to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla, state TV reported.

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- India's High Commissioner in Colombo Y.K. Sinha today inaugurated the Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Library and Resource Centre in Sri Palee College, Horana, renovated by the Government of India at a total cost of Rs. 38 million.

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- The parliamentary committee that probed the controversial Treasury bond issue has recommended legal action against the former governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran and other officials involved in the bond deals.

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's utility regulator, Public Utility Commission is of the view that a planned sub-sea power cable from India could be a solution for the power crisis the island nation will face in the future.

Oct 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Muslims have organized a protest against the Sri Lanka government for abstaining from voting on the Temple Mount Resolution by the UNESCO, according to a report in Pakistan Observer.

Oct 28 (Island) Dr Chamil Liyanage, a prominent member of the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA) yesterday said that both Rajapaksa regime and the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government had used the terms ‘reconciliation’ and ‘co-existence’ as political slogans to further their interests.

Oct 28 (DN) Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya, Director General of the Government Information Department said that the Department had begun to issue press releases relating to critical incidents to minimize the harm caused by wrong information or gossip.

Oct 28 (News24) Colombo- Sri Lanka said Thursday it will reduce its foreign debt by $1bn by selling off former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse's vanity projects. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament he wanted to privatise a $1.3bn port and a $210m airport in Rajapakse's home constituency which have become huge white elephants.

Oct 28 (DM) Badulla District MP Aravindh Kumar who was wearing a dark orange shirt in Parliament was cautioned about his attire by the employees who were on duty inside the chambers yesterday. Parliamentary sources said the employees had cautioned him saying, '"Sir your attire could cause an issue".

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) while welcoming the cabinet decisions to appointment another committee to address the reforms needed to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, expressed concern over Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake's statement on the measure.

Oct 27 (CP) Bali- Sri Lanka Thursday called for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) to move into a new era of dynamism, when the Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera addressed the 16th Council of Ministers Meeting (CoMM) of IORA in Bali, Indonesia.

Oct 27 (CP) Bali- Indonesia and Sri Lanka have agreed to take forward several initiatives on the bilateral political and economic fronts and also strengthen cooperation within the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) as well as international fora with a view to elevate the relationship when Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Wednesday.

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to announce the government's much-anticipated five-year economic plan in Parliament today, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) seeking financial assistance from India to expand its rain water harvesting project in the Northern Province, has presented a proposal to the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka for providing a sustainable drinking water source for the Jaffna peninsula.

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan government has decided to build another 800 kilometers of electrical fence to prevent elephants from entering into villages. According to the government, about 60-80 human lives and lives of more than 200 wild elephants are lost annually due to human -elephant

Oct 27 (WAM) Abdul Hameed Abdul Fattah Kazim Al Malla, UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka, has discussed with Harsha de Silva, Deputy Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, ways to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the economic field.

Oct 27 (RW) Across Sri Lanka, climate change related weather aberrations and resultant extreme weather events are becoming increasingly common. While this affects the country at large, farmers and agricultural workers face the worst impacts of this variability.

Oct 27 (Hindu) Even as Sri Lanka drafts a new law to counter terrorism, human rights activists and lawyers here fear it might be worse than the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) they want repealed and replaced.

* Perpetual Treasuries: COPE Report will reveal correct picture - Senasinghe (27 - Island)
* Keppitpola Disawe still a 'traitor' (27 - DM)
* Women to Parliament without elections: Kiriella (27 - DN)


Oct 28 (ESPNCI) The last time Sri Lanka played Tests against Zimbabwe was in 2004, when Marvan Atapattu was in his first full series as captain. Kumar Sangakkara made 270 in that Bulawayo Test, his second double-hundred. Between then and now Sangakkara improved his high score twice and retired with only one less double-hundred than Don Bradman's twelve. No Sri Lankans from that tour are on this one.


Oct 28 (ESPNCI) Anya Shrubsole has been ruled out of England's tour of Sri Lanka with the neck injury that forced her to return early from the West Indies. Sophie Ecclestone, the 17-year-old left-arm spinner, is unavailable due to school commitments. There is a recall for batsman Fran Wilson after she recovered from a broken finger, and she will be aiming to play her first ODI since 2010,

Oct 28 (SS) Derbyshire have signed Sri Lanka all-rounder Jeevan Mendis as their overseas player for the first half of next season. The 33-year-old, who has represented his country on 70 occasions in limited-overs cricket, will be available for the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup. Mendis will make way for South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir after the Champions Trophy in June.

Oct 27 (ESPNCI) October in Zimbabwe is pregnant with expectation. After the long, dry months of winter, the heat is back, without the rain - so, each afternoon, eyes are drawn to the gathering clouds in anticipation that that might be the day the heavens finally open. Until the rains come, the air remains heavy with the accumulated haze of winter's fires, the giant trees look tired from thirst and the heat becomes oppressive.


Oct 28 (BBC) Delegates from 24 countries and the European Union have agreed that the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world's largest marine protected area (MPA). Some 1.57m sq km (600,000 sq miles) of the Southern Ocean will gain protection from commerical fishing for 35 years.

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Oct 27 (BBC) Two strong earthquakes have hit central Italy, damaging buildings and injuring dozens of people. A 5.5-magnitude quake struck at 19:10 (17:10 GMT) near Visso in Macerata province, followed two hours later by a 6.1 magnitude tremor in the same area. Emergency teams have worked through the night. In August an earthquake killed about 300 people south of Visso.

Oct 27 (Hindu) British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the UK’s stand on Kashmir remains unchanged and it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan to address. The issue was raised in the House of Commons during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session yesterday by Pakistani-born Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi, who asked if the Kashmir issue would form part of May’s discussions during her visit to India next month.

Oct 27 (Hindu) India failed to get an outright statement of support for its bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key after talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but officials said they were “encouraged” by the discussions they held ahead of the next NSG meeting on the issue on November 9-10.

About Sri Lanka ::-
Introduction to Sri Lanka ::-

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island paradise in the Indian Ocean with white sandy beaches lush greenery, exciting adventures, amazing wildlife, cascading waterfalls and a rich heritage. The island of Sri Lanka is roughly pear-shaped. The total area of Sri Lanka is 65,610 sq km. Sri Lanka’s coastline is about 1,340 km (about 833 mi) around.

The people in Sri Lanka are warm and friendly. Sri Lankans are known for hospitality in all over the world. People in Sri Lanka ethnically fall into four main categories. The population of Sri Lanka is about 20 million. Sri Lanka has a tropical climate. Sri Lanka has a democratic government. Sri Lanka is mainly an agricultural country. Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948. Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon.

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Sri Lanka became a plantation economy, famous for its production and export of cinnamon, rubber and Ceylon tea, which remains a trademark national export. By 1996 plantation crops made up only 20% of export, and further declined to 16.8% in 2005 (compared with 93% in 1970), while textiles and garments have reached 63%. The GDP grew at an average annual rate of 5.5% during the early 1990s, until a drought and a deteriorating security situation lowered growth to 3.8% in 1996. The economy rebounded in 1997-2000, with average growth of 5.3%.

Sri Lanka, with an income per head of $1,350, still lags behind some of its neighbors including Maldives and Mauritius but is ahead of its giant neighbor India. Its economy grew by an average of 5% during the 1990s during the 'War for Peace' era. According to the Sri Lankan central bank statistics, the economy was estimated to have grown by 7% last year, although inflation had reached 20%.

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