(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A bill to ban the pernicious practice of bottom trawling, which will affect thousands of Sri Lankans and Indians fishing in the sea between Sri Lanka and India, is to be passed by the Sri Lankan Parliament by March end, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, M. A. Sumanthiran, told The New Indian Express on Monday (12)."Sri Lankan bill to ban bottom trawling to be passed this month"
(KERALA, LANKAPUVATH) – Alleged Islamic State (IS) recruiter from Kerala, Abdul Rashid Abdulla, accused of instigating 22 youths from Kerala to join the terror outfit, was sternly asked to leave a religious school in Sri Lanka on account of his radical views, according to a chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the DNA reported."NIA chargesheet asks Keralite to leave religious school in Sri Lanka"
(GALLE, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka Cricket team’s Rangana Herath became the most successful left-arm Spinner in Test Cricket on Saturday (11), claiming 6 for 59 to bowl his team to an emphatic 259-run victory against Bangladesh National Cricket team in the first Test at the Galle International Stadium."Rangana Herath 6 wicket haul leads Sri Lanka to thumping win over Bangladesh"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Government is to bring in new laws to curb organised crime, Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said."“New laws to curb organised crime” – Minister Ratnayaka"
(TORONTO, LANKAPUVATH) – A brief stop on Toronto Mayor John Tory’s coming tour of South Asia is also a homecoming for Neethan Shan."Mayor John Tory’s Sri Lankan visit significant for Toronto’s Tamils"
(JAKARTA, LANKAPUVATH) – President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit suggested to work out a stable legal order to confront with the issue of illicit drugs, in conformity with the principles of the freedom of navigation."President urges IORA to combat illicit drug smuggling"
(CHINA DAILY, CHINADAILY.COM.CN) – President Xi Jinping said China will continue to open up in all respects, particularly in further liberalizing and facilitating trade and investment, while calling on Sunday (05) for Shanghai to take a leading role in deepening reform and boosting innovation."President Xi calls on Shanghai to lead way"
(CHINA DAILY, CHINADAILY.COM.CN) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday (05) that China will “Try to achieve better results” in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2017, as its growth target is set at “around 6.5 percent”. Analysts said the goal is achievable since the economy could have hit the trough last year."Chinese Government aims to pursue more proactive, effective fiscal policy"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Officer in Charge (OIC) attached to the Community Police Unit of the Maradana Police Station was found dead in his official quarters this evening (05)."Police officer found dead in Maradana Police Station"
(CHINA DAILY, CHINADAILY/COM.CN) – Having made headlines at the Davos World Economic Forum with his vigorous defence of globalisation, President Xi Jinping is expected to take the spotlight in another gathering with global influence: the Two Sessions in Beijing. The 5th session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the 5th session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), will open on Friday (03) and Sunday (05), respectively."Two Sessions to highlight President Xi’s thoughts"