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German soldier posed as Syrian refugee and 'planned attack'.

A German soldier who pretended to be a Syrian refugee and was allegedly planning a gun attack has been arrested in southern Germany. Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the 28-year-old suspect was motivated by a "xenophobic background". A student said to be a co-conspirator, has also been arrested. The soldier was first detained by Austrian police in February after he tried to retrieve a handgun he had hidden in a toilet at Vienna airport.

The European Union votes to allow Sri Lanka regain GSP+

The European Union Parliament voted to allow Sri Lanka regain GSP+ concession. When the motion to deny granting Sri Lanka GSP+ concession was taken up, 436 voted against, while 119 voted in favour while 22 were absent. Sri Lanka lost trade facility GSP+ in 2010 after mounting human rights abuses allegation during the end of the war.

The President invites leading Malaysian entrepreneurs to investment in Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena invited leading Malaysian entrepreneurs to explore possibilities of expanding investment and trade and look for the potential of new trade opportunities in Sri Lanka. He stated this when the CEO of Malaysia’s petrochemical giant, Petronas,

Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin called on him with a delegation at the Presidential Secretariat. The CEO of Petronas, the only Malaysian company to be listed in the Fortune 500, said that his company has business interests and joint projects in more than 30 countries, said that he would explore the possibility of long-term business with Sri Lanka. He said,

although there were several instances of supply of petroleum products to Sri Lanka by the Petronas, the company is yet to enter into a long term arrangement. President Sirisena said that the current political stability and peaceful atmosphere is conducive for foreign investments and said the government would welcome established companies like Petronas to invest in Sri Lanka.

Datuk Wan Ariffin said that he was highly impressed with what Sri Lanka could offer for business and thanked the President for giving him an opportunity to meet him and discuss these issues. The delegation will also meet Ministers of Petroleum and Power and Energy. Malaysian High Commissioner Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah also participated in the discussion.

German Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of Brexit talks with EU.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says some British people have "illusions" about discussing the UK's future ties with the EU at the same time as nailing down the UK's Brexit terms. The future relationship can only be discussed once the exit issues - such as UK payments to the EU budget - are resolved, she told German MPs.

On the sequence of the Brexit talks, she said "some people in the UK still have some illusions on that score". "That would be just a waste of time”. EU leaders are to meet on Saturday to adopt their joint negotiating position on Brexit.

The president says guidance shown by the spiritual leaders are important in solving to current social issues.

President Maithripala Sirisena says guidelines given by spiritual leaders are very much important in finding solutions to current social issues. The president made this comment joining the opening ceremony of the International Islamic forum organized by the Sri Lanka Islamic Centre at the temple trees this morning.  

The forum will be held in Colombo 2 days under the title of ‘Islamic reality and current challenges’. A large number of Islamic representatives from Middle East and Asian countries are participating in this forum. The president further said that all citizens in the country should live in harmony as one Sri Lankan nation.

Then it will be easy to build up peaceful and harmonious society. To make the national reconciliation a reality all should respect to the rights and privileges of the others. There is no end to the war waged by people to earn more power and money. To end up armed conflict we should have talks with the manufacturers of arms but not with the fighting parties. The president said that if each country can stop arms race world peace can easily be established.

The World Bank and the IMF are satisfied Sri Lanka’s monetary policies.

The World Bank and the international monetary fund have praised the Sri Lankan government for its measures taken to maintain a financial discipline in the country and to minimize the budget deficit while providing maximum benefits to the general public. The representatives of the world bank and the IMF has met finance minister Ravi Karunanayake recently and expressed their satisfaction towards Sri Lanka monetary facilities.

At a press briefing held in finance ministry today minister Ravi Karunanayake said that the WB and IMF is are ready to encourage more investors to start ventures in Sri Lanka. They are satisfied with the Sri Lankan government as it acts in transparent manner with the two institutions. The minister added that Sri Lanka will expect a 5.3 percent economic growth this year.

Everything has been finalized to hold the SLFP May Day rally in Kandy in grand manner.

Minister S.B Dissanayake says all arrangements have been finalized to hold the SLFP May Day rally in Kandy in grand manner. People will come in two processions from Kandy and Peradeniya to the Gatabe grounds. At a press briefing held in SLFP headquarters today he said party’s policy is to appoint most effective electoral organizers replacing the inactive leaders.

The water capacity of the Moragahakanda reservoir has exceeded that of the Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa.

The water capacity of the Moragahakanda reservoir has exceeded that of the Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa. Moragahakanda project office says the maximum capacity of Parakraam Samudraya is 110 thousand acre feet. Now the water capacity of Moragahakanda reservoir is at 115 thousand acre feet.

This is a significant milestone of Sri Lanka’s irrigational development. The Moragahakanda multipurpose development project will ease the water shortage in Anuradapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Matale and Kurunegala districts.

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