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Tamil Nadu demands Sri Lanka to immediately release fishermen's boats

Aug 30 (CP) New Delhi- Tamil Nadu, while calling for restoring "traditional" fishing rights for its fishermen to Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974, has reiterated its demand for Sri Lanka to immediately release the 62 boats of the state's fishermen that are being held by Sri Lankan authorities. The Tamil Nadu fisheries officials made these demands participating in the first India-Sri Lanka Joint Committee (JC) meeting on fisheries at New Delhi on Friday. Officials from the governments of Sri Lanka, India and Indian state of Tamil Nadu met in New Delhi on August 29 to hold a round of official level talks to find a solution to the nagging fishermen's issue.
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SECURITY - SITUATION

Aug 30 (Island) Seven persons were arrested following a clash with the police during a raid on a gambling den at Muneswaran, Chilaw, on Thursday night. Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that one officer injured in the attack had been admitted to the Chilaw Hospital. The assailant, too, had been admitted to the same hospital with injuries sustained in a scuffle with the police.

Aug 30 (DM) A 55-year-old man was killed and nine others including four women were injured following a wasp attack in Dibulapathana last evening, police said. Police said the victims were coming after attending a religious ceremony at a Kovil when they met with the incident.

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today extended an order it issued earlier suspending the repatriating Pakistani nationals who have sought refugee status in Sri Lanka. The Court of Appeal on Friday ordered to extend the order for four more days when the case was heard before the court.

** Related Story ::Sri Lankan court suspends deportation of Pakistani refugees

Aug 29 (CP) Salem- A cache of weapons unearthed in a forest reserve in India had the symbol of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger terrorist group imprinted on them, Indian police officials have revealed. Salem police have unearthed more than 100 hand grenades and land mines from Pacha Talamalai reserve forest near Puliyur in Mettur taluk on Tuesday night, the Times of India reported.

Aug 29 (PTI) Facing international flak for forcibly deporting Pakistani and Afghan nationals seeking refugee status in Sri Lanka, the government has established two more centres to detain foreigners who are overstaying.

Aug 29 (IRIN) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's government has given its strongest indication to date that it will go beyond enumerating missing persons from it 26-year civil war and investigate the circumstances of their disappearance. Activists, however, remain skeptical, pointing to the administration's history of empty gestures.

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* Uva:Ex-NFF supporter’s party office torched (29 - Island)
* Thilini to file FR case against police (29 - DM)
* Servicemen take to Tamil language training (29 - DN)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- As the first ever Global Rubber Confab to be held in Sri Lanka is announced on August 28, the country has positioned its historic rubber industry to be a US$ 3 billion sector.

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal, Tahir Rafique Butt Staff called on Sri Lankan Secretary Defense and Urban Development, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence in Colombo on Thursday and discussed ways to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries.

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that the party was ready to resume discussions with the government to reach a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis based on power devolution within a united Sri Lanka.


FINANCE

Aug 30 (DN) The 'EDEX Mid- Year Expo 2014, Sri Lanka's premier Education Exhibition and job fair, conducted by the Royal College Union (RCU) will be held at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC) tomorrow ( August 30) and on Sunday (August 31) from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm.

Aug 30 (Island) A forum on Public Private Partnership was organized by the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) recently to discuss and highlight the importance of Public Private Partnership in Sri Lanka’s strategic development roadmap and to create a public platform to share ideas, different viewpoints and to provide valuable insights from respected academic, public and private sector officials. Senior Minister of International Economic Relations and Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Sarath Amunugama was the Chief Guest and keynote speaker at the event.

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- Last year 20 percent of Sri Lanka's Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) were from European Union countries, the Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion Faizer Mustapha said.

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined to 3.5 percent in August 2014 on a year-on-year basis after rising to 3.6 percent in July, figures released by the Census and Statistics Department Friday showed.

Aug 29 (CP) Singapore- Avis, today announced a new partnership agreement with SriLankan Airlines the national carrier of Sri Lanka and the newest member of the oneworld alliance. Through the new partnership, the Airline's frequent flyers, FlySmiLes members will have the opportunity to earn and redeem miles from Avis car rentals.

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tourism Thursday welcomed the arrival of one millionth tourist for the year at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday. A British couple- Joshua Gladstein and Sophie Nathan who arrived on a SriLankan Airlines flight from London was the one millionth tourist.

Aug 29 (Island) Ceylon Dollar Bond Fund, Sri Lanka’s first dollar denominated fund, which was launched recently received its first institutional investment from Melfort Green Teas (Pvt) Ltd, a leading exporter of premium Green Tea.

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* Sri Lanka stocks at over 3-year high on large caps, banks (29 - Reuters)
* MTD Walkers to foray into real estate with Wincon acquisition (29 - DM)
* HNB Assurance launches ‘My Pension’ scheme (29 - DN)
* Sri Lanka to launch online tracker to solve SME’s issues (29 - LBO)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) which is in a bid to unite the party, has decided to revoke a disciplinary probe initiated against the party's Kalutara district parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma.

** Related Story ::Party membership of Sri Lanka opposition MP suspended

Aug 30 (DN) Provisions exist in Section 38 (2) of the Principal Act by Elections (Special Provisions) Act No 28 of 2011 for a person who is totally or partially visually handicapped or physically disabled to be accompanied by another person to assist in marking of the ballot paper, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya stated in a media release yesterday.

Aug 30 (Island) Deputy Opposition Whip Ajith P. Perera (Kalutara District MP) yesterday said that the parliamentary system of governance was at stake because parliamentarians were skipping sittings even when important Bills were taken up.

Aug 30 (DM) The Joint Council of the Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) said last night it would continue with its strike action despite the court order to suspend the strike, as the Council had not received the court order yet.

Aug 30 (SBS) The federal government's failed bid to return 157 asylum seekers to India cost taxpayers more than $12 million, as passengers were held at sea for nearly a month before being brought to the Australian mainland.

Aug 30 (NIE) PUDUCHERRRY- The Union Territory of Puducherry has not been invited by the BJP-led Central Government to participate in the official level talks on the fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka, which began in New Delhi on Friday.

Aug 29 (CP) Houston, TX- Sri Lanka's Minster of National Languages and Social Integration Vasudeva Nanayakkara will deliver a speech in Houston, Texas on the reconciliation process in the country. Minister Nanayakkara, at the invitation of the Asia Society of Houston, will deliver a speech on 'Road Map to Healing and Reconciliation in Sri-Lanka', at the Asia Society's auditorium in Houston at 7:00 pm on October 8, 2014.

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- A parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has threatened to cross over to the government. Sources close to the top leadership of the UNP said Colombo district MP Ravi Karunanayaka is likely to cross over the government if the party appoints Hambantota district MP Sajith Premadasa as the deputy leader.

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today issued an injunction suspending the three-day long strike launched by the supplementary staff at the government hospitals. The Colombo District Court Judge Sujatha Alahapperuma today issued an enjoining order suspending the strike launched by the Joint Trade Union Federation of Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) after considering a petition filed by a patient of the Colombo National Hospital.

** Related Story ::Sri Lankan government appeals to supplementary health workers to return to work

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- As part of a United States government program to support the Northern Provincial Council's work to expand medical services in the former conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka's Northern Province, the U.S. has supported the construction of Poonakary Divisional Hospital In Kilinochchi district at a cost of US$ 517,000 (approximately Rs. 67 million).

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Consumer Affairs Authority announced Thursday that the rice millers are required to submit the records of their stocks to the Authority by September 15. The Authority said that private rice mills and stores would be raided after that day for hidden stocks and stern action would be taken against rice hoarders.

Aug 29 (AFP) Now, 57 years after it was blown to smithereens, authorities in Sri Lanka plan to rebuild the Bridge on the River Kwai to assuage the anger among locals over a controversial dam project.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* MPs’ shocking dereliction of duty: 200 out of 225 missing (29 - Island)
* Kites pose risk to BIA planes (29 - DM)
* A boon for over 2.7 m Divineguma beneficiaries (29 - DN)
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SPORTS

Pakistan 102 (32.1/48 ov) Sri Lanka 6/0 (0.4/48 ov, target 101)

Aug 30 (ESPNCI) There was almost an hour's rain delay, yet the innings finished at the scheduled close. But that delay means the second innings shall begin in a few moments. Might not be quite enough time for Pakistan to regroup after falling to their worst total in Sri Lanka. The top order could not find a way to upset the rhythm of the home side's quicks. When they tried, they lost wickets. Their captain got run-out. Their big-hitters had brain fades.

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Pakistan 38/3 (13.0ov)

Aug 30 (ESPNCI) Pakistan will bat first for the first time in the ODI series after their captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss at a venue where the pitch is expected to assist spin as the match progresses. Misbah will hope for help later in the day for the offspinner Saeed Ajmal, who returned for the decider after missing the first two ODIs to undergo tests on his action in Brisbane. Ajmal replaced the left-arm seamer Junaid Khan.

Aug 29 (ESPNCI) Adaptability has been among Sri Lanka's strengths in global competitions. Since 2007, they have put together their fine run of finals appearances by reacting quickly to the diverse challenges each new opposition and venue pose, during the competition. In recent years, Sri Lanka have achieved this with a clot of multi-skilled cricketers in the middle order. 
Angelo Mathews has been chief among these, finishing innings with increasing aplomb, and maintaining economy with the ball when he can't quite manage to penetrate.

Aug 29 (ESPNCI) Kithuruwan Vithanage will face a disciplinary inquiry over leaving the team hotel overnight during the first Test against Pakistan at Galle, Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed. According to an email from team manager Michael de Zoysa, Vithanage had left the hotel at about 7pm after the third day's play, and had not returned until 6:30 am the following morning.


WORLD

Aug 30 (TST) Torrential rains recently left scores dead in Japan. Rising sea levels are destroying precious farmland in Vietnam and Bangladesh while in Bhutan, otherwise scenic mountain lakes are increasingly a menace. Ahead of a United Nations climate change summit next month, the Asia News Network looks at how these disparate symptoms are already taking their toll on countries in the region.

More : WORLD

Aug 30 (Xinhua) SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir- The border guards of India and Pakistan Friday held second commander- level flag meeting on international border (IB) in Kashmir aimed at defusing the tension in wake of heavy firing between the two sides during past several days, officials said. The flag meeting was held at Octrio border outpost in Suchetgarh belt of R S Pora along IB and lasted more than three hours, officials said.

Aug 29 (BBC) Paintings by an Indian elephant have gone on sale at a gallery in the capital, Delhi, to help raise money to protect the endangered animals. Artist Alpana Ahuja said she had used bananas and other food to lure Phoolkali to create the artworks.

Aug 29 (BBC) Pakistan's powerful army chief has stepped in to the political deadlock between the PM and two opposition figures leading huge anti-government rallies in the capital, Islamabad. Cleric Tahir ul-Qadri told thousands of his followers that General Raheel Sharif had asked to be given a day in which to mediate. His ally, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, echoed his comments.


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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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