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Sri Lankan President expresses satisfaction over achievements as Chair in Office of Commonwealth

Nov 27 (CP) Valetta- President of Sri Lanka and outgoing Commonwealth Chair-in-Office Maithripala Sirisena said he is fully satisfied with the accomplishment of goals set at the last CHOGM in Colombo during the period of last two years when Sri Lanka was the Chair in Office of the Commonwealth. Addressing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta Friday, President Sirisena said the progress was made in areas such as eradication of poverty, promotion of trade, sustainable development, youth involvement in development activities, growth, equality and dignity of the citizens.
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Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army General Dalbir Singh on Sunday will commence a five-day visit to Sri Lanka to hold discussions on a request made by the Sri Lankan government for India's help to upgrade the defense equipment, among others.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has recorded a statement from Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne following a complaint made to the Inspector General of Police over the alleged defamatory remarks made by the Chairman of Avant Garde.

Nov 28 (DN) Hundreds of fishermen in Beruwala yesterday held a protest against the use of banned nets and implements for fishing in the sea off Beruwala. The protestors blocked the Galle Road at Bo Gaha junction by dragging a fishing boat to the road.

Nov 28 (DM) All Tamil Medium Schools in the North were closed yesterday on a directive by the Provincial Ministry of Education. The Sinhala Medium Schools functioned as usual because as they had received the directive much later.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's military is ready to assist the police at any time to maintain law and order and safeguard peace, the military spokesperson Brigadier K.J. Jayaweera said today. He said that the three armed forces have been kept ready in the camps assist the police whenever necessary to ensure that law and order is maintained

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Japanese naval ships arrived at the Port of Colombo on Friday (27). The two Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force ships, "Akizuki" and "Sawagiri" arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill and replenishment visit on 27th November, the Navy said.

Nov 27 (CP) Jaffna- Parliamentarians of Sri Lanka's main Tamil Party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today commemorated the Mahaveer Day (Heroes Day) remembering those who had died in the armed struggle for a separate state in the island' north and east.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today sentenced former Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Vass Gunawardena and his son Ravindu Gunawardena to death for the murder of a millionaire businessman. A three-judge bench of the Colombo High Court today found the former DIG, his son and four others guilty of the contract killing of Mohammed Shyam, a businessman in Bambalapitiya in 2013.

* Court issues restraining order on university students' protest march (27 - CP)
* Leader of Sri Lanka Marxist party faction Kumar Gunaratnam further remanded (27 - CP)
* Judgment in murder case against Vas et al today (27 - Island)
* Defence Ministry on high alert to thwart Maveerar Day (27 - DN)
* Jagath Pushpakumara at PRECIFAC (27 - DM)
* Sri Lankan teenager’s death grabs attention (27 - Hindu)


Nov 28 (CP) Singapore- Sri Lanka would like to enhance the existing bilateral cooperation with Singapore, the newly appointed High Commissioner to Singapore Nimal Weeraratne said. Weeraratne made this remark when he presented his credentials to President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam on Thursday, 26th at the Istana President's office and the official residence.

Nov 28 (CP) Valetta- Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera together with the Foreign Ministers of India, Malta and Mauritius signed a Declaration of Intent for the creation of a Commonwealth Trade Finance Facility to assist boost trade and investment flows, particularly for small and developing countries in Malta on 26th November 2015.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said the manufacturing costs in the country need to be lower and called on lowering energy costs to sustain country's manufacturing competitiveness.


Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's power authority, the state owned Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has earned over Rs. 38 million during the past three months by carrying out raids on power pirates, the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy said.

Nov 28 (DN) Arthur Senanayake, Chairman and founder of IWS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, has acquired full ownership of APL Lanka Ltd, a leading shipping agency business with an investment of Rs 2.4 billion.

Nov 28 (DM) Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort and Spa, the first of the two Shangri-La hotels being constructed in Sri Lanka will be declared open by early June next year, Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts Sri Lanka General Manager Mehdi Serrour said today.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Leasing for motor vehicles allowed up to 70 percent of total value of vehicle with effect from December 01, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said. This is the third time the Loan-to-value (LTV) ratio was changed within nearly three months.

Nov 27 (Huffington Post) This tiny island nation has always been ever so slightly overshadowed by a bigger and much more glamorous cousin, India. But it is being overlooked no more; Sri Lanka tourism saw a 19.8% increase from 2013 to 2014, and a 17.9% increase from 2014 to 2015.

* Sri Lankan shares fall to 4-1/2 month closing low on budget worries (27 - Reuters)
* Finance industry hugely welcomes removal of share transaction levy (27 - Island)
* Price formula for petroleum products soon - Chandima (27 - DN)
* Lowe Sri Lanka’s brand portfolio wins big at SLIM Awards (27 - DM)
* Colombo International Financial Centre requires right talent: experts (27 - LBO)


Nov 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is preparing to introduce a new Education Act in January next year, the Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyavasam said Friday. The Minister said soon some important decisions will be taken on the Grade-five scholarship examination and the GCE O/L examination.

Nov 28 (AM) Newly appointed Sri Lankan ambassador to Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim has criticized the local media for their comments on Saudi law of stoning to death. Recently a Sri Lankan house maid was sentenced to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia for alleged relationship with another Si Lankan.

Nov 28 (DN) The government is faced with the task of paying Rs. 400 billion for construction projects undertaken by the previous government, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday. He also said that the government would bring the matter before Parliament to decide on how to find this amount.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has filed a case against Former Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade and Kurunegala district UPFA parliamentarian Johnston Fernando at the Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court today.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- The Joint Opposition of Sri Lanka parliament comprising the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members handed over a no-confidence motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Friday.

Nov 27 (CP) Valetta- Britain has offered Sri Lanka £6.6 million over three years to help the war-torn country continue its recovery from the long civil war. The British Prime Minister David Cameron has made the offer when he met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta on Friday 27 November, The Independent reported.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured that the government will continue to provide the fertilizer subsidy to the farmers as promised. Prime Minister gave this assurance in parliament when parliamentarian Ranjith De Soyza raised a question on the government's stance about the 350 rupees worth fertilizer subsidy.

Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka said on Friday it was calling on Saudi Arabia to pardon a domestic worker sentenced to death by stoning after she admitted committing adultery while working in the Arab nation.

* Ranil to meet SLFP ministers Dispute over Samurdhi funds etc (27 - Island)
* Tainted Lanka Sathosa Chief Engineer back in the saddle (27 - DN)
* Elections Commission hits legal obstacles (27 - DM)


Nov 28 (SLC) Sri Lanka National team (Test Squad) led by Angelo Mathews left SLC head quarters this evening to embark on their tour to New Zealand. At a meeting of the Selection Committee held on 13th November 2015 at Sri Lanka Cricket, the following squads were selected for the Test, ODI and T/20 Series respectively for the above tour which will begin from the 03 of December 2015 and will go on up to the 10 January 2016.


Nov 27 (ESPNCI) Justice AP Shah, who was appointed as the BCCI's ombudsman to deal with conflict of interest, will also handle all investigations involving charges of misconduct against BCCI administrators said its president Shashank Manohar. He added that any punishment thereafter would be determined by the board. The 67-year old Shah is a former Chief Justice of Delhi and Madras High courts.

Nov 27 (ESPNCI) Cricket South Africa has expressed "enormous delight" at ICC chairman Shashank Manohar's comments hitting out at the Big Three's "bullying", while Sri Lanka Cricket has also shown support to Manohar by calling him a "sensible man". Manohar had said that he did not approve the constitutional revamp at the ICC instigated by the three most powerful boards - the BCCI, ECB and CA - last year.

Nov 27 (ESPNCI) Sylhet Superstars' batting misfired again as they were crushed by Dhaka Dynamites by 34 runs. While Sylhet sunk to their fourth loss in a row, Dhaka joined Comilla Victorians and Rangpur Riders with three wins. After days of low-scoring encounters, Mirpur had a full house and was treated to some scrumptious batting from Kumar Sangakkara, who made 75 off 56 balls to lead Dhaka to 166.


Nov 28 (BBC) Japan has decided to resume hunting whales in the Antarctic after a break of more than a year. The decision comes despite an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling for Japan to cease all whaling. The Japanese fisheries agency said it would go ahead with a revised plan by the end of March next year.

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Nov 27 (BBC) Four schoolboys in the western Indian city of Mumbai have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping their classmate. Police said the boys, reported to be between 15-16 years old, also recorded a video and circulated it on WhatsApp.

Nov 27 (BBC) The so-called Islamic State group has said it carried out an attack on a Shia mosque in Bangladesh on Thursday, according to reports. At least one person was killed and three were injured after gunmen opened fire during evening prayers at a mosque in Bogra in the north-west.

Nov 27 (BBC) A large chunk of an American space rocket has been found in the sea off the Isles of Scilly. A large section of a spacecraft, measuring about 10m (32ft) by 4m (13ft), was spotted on the surface between Bryher and Tresco. Coastguards believe it is from the unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 which exploded after take-off in Florida in June.

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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