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An Investors' Summit will be held in the northern province on Monday.

An investors' summit will be held in the northern province on Monday. President Matihripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will preside over the event. Ministers of the government and governor of the Central Bank will also take part. The aim of the summit is to develop enterprises in the war ravaged areas and uplift the livelihoods of the people.

Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today governor of the Northern Province Reginold Cooray said that some ventures for instance tile factory in Mullaithivu, Chemical factory in Paranthan Salt factor in Alimankada will be reinstated with novel vigor with the support of investors. More than 160 thousand internally displaced people during the war have already been resettled.

The governor said that only 15 thousand families are due to resettled.  He pointed out that the government will initiate more enterprises in the area to improve their life. The festivities of the Nallur Kovil of Jaffna have already begun. The governor invited the investors to attend the cultural activities of the Kovil. The representatives from the BOI said that a good number of investors have already declared their consent to commence businesses in the Jaffna. 

Deputy Foreign Minister calls for greater US investment

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva requested the U.S. government to urge American businesses to invest in Sri Lanka. This was emphasized at several bilateral discussions he held with U.S. officials in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, August 16th.

The Deputy Minister was on a brief visit to the U.S. capital to continue Sri Lanka’s expanding engagement with the United States on multiple areas of cooperation.

Dr. Harsha de Silva met with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Commerce Arun Kumar and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South and Central Asia Michael Delaney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Programmes William Craft, and Deputy Vice President of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Thomas Kelly.

During his conversations, the Deputy Minister briefed the officials on recent developments in Sri Lanka with respect to reconciliation as well as economic and investment policy reforms. Recalling the government’s twin policy objectives of reconciliation and development, he reiterated the government’s aim to ensure a peace dividend for the people, for the country to progress toward enduring peace and development.

The U.S. government officials acknowledged the vast progress Sri Lanka has made since the government came into office last year.

Ferocious US fires evict thousands.

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a huge blaze in southern California, with several of them describing it as the most ferocious they have ever seen. An evacuation order has been issued for an area home to more than 82,000 people, just east of Los Angeles.

The Blue Cut fire, as it has been named, has destroyed homes and disrupted transport links between California and Nevada. Some people have been running for their lives just ahead of the flames. The blaze first ignited on Tuesday in a drought-ravaged mountain pass and a day later it had spread across 12,200 hectares.

Female wrestler Sakshi Malik gives first Rio Olympic medal to India.

Female wrestler Sakshi Malik has delivered India its first medal of the 2016 Rio Games, sending a nation into ecstasy. After a gritty performance at the 58 kilogram women's wrestling category, she won bronze, becoming the first Indian female wrestler and the fourth Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.

Malik was born in India's Haryana state, where women were for some time not allowed to take part in wrestling events. The 23-year-old started training young, having gained support from her parents to pursue the sport.

Media reports say locals initially berated her parents, telling them that their daughter would become undesirable to potential suitors. But she went on to earn a silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and walked away with the bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
Malik comes from the district of Rohtak, which gained notoriety in 2014, after two sisters fought back against a group of men who accosted them on a public bus.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson has won Olympic gold in the 200 meters to complete a sprint double in Rio. Thompson who is 24, clocked 21.78 seconds to beat Netherlands' world champion Dafne Schippers by 0.13 seconds and add the 200 meter title to the gold she won in the 100 meters.

Kandy Esala Perahera festival to conclude today.

The ceremony to mark the conclusion of the historic Kandy Esala Perahera festival will be held at the President's House in Kandy under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today.

 Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela will hand over the memorandum to the President, which informs the successful conclusion of the festival.

Handing over of awards and certificates to the artistes who performed at the Perahera will also take place under the patronage of the President. Special awards and prizes presented once in a lifetime will be given away to five artistes who excelled in their skills.

SL invites the world community to purchase more fish.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has appealed the world community to buy Sri Lankan fish. He made this request while delivering a lecture at the "Nor fish, Nor-2016" annual international fisheries exhibition currently held at Norway.

The Minister says it is a privilege to attend such a mega event even before three months are passed after lifting the European Union ban on Sri Lankan fish products.  Exporting of Sri Lankan fish to many European countries has already commenced.

 Measures have also been taken to ensure they meet the quality standards.  The government hopes to use technology extensively for this purpose. At present all the 32 fish processing plants of the country are exporting their products to European markets.  

Shashim and Sushi which are the most popular food items in countries such as Japan are also produced in Sri Lanka.  460 exhibitors representing 52 countries are featured the exhibition.  More than 14 thousand leading buyers are also attending the event daily.

Navy deploys its first MRO Water Treatment Plant.

The Sri Lanka Navy has deployed its first mobile Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant for public use in Hambegamuwa. It is produced by the Navy's research and development unit on a directive of the Navy commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne. The plant will serve the drinking water requirements of 3,000 people in the area. It has a capacity of ten thousand litres.

Five more such water treatment plants are to be installed in the region where chronic kidney disease is widespread. In addition, the research and development unit of the navy is also in the process of producing a solar power plant and salt water treatment plant to purify sea water for drinking purposes.

Heroin worth Rs. 7 million nabbed at the airport.

The Police Narcotics Bureau says a Pakistani national has been arrested with 700 grams of heroine worth 7 million rupees, at the Katunayake International Airport early this morning. They were found in the handle of his luggage.

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