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Sri Lankan media agog over Xi's visit
Sri Lanka's media have given significant coverage to the historic visit by Chinese president Xi Jinping with articles being penned on the topic of China-Sri Lanka relations. Most, including vernacular media, opted to carry front page stories mentioning the impending visit of President Xi on their front pages, listing out the massive infrastructure development projects that have been built by Chinese funding since the end of a three-decade war in 2009.
Mon Sep 15, 2014
Sri Lanka donates tea to China earthquake victims
Sept 15, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has donated a consignment of Ceylon black tea to the victims of the recent earthquake in Yunnan Province, China. The consignment of tea was handed over to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing recently by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China, Ranjith Uyangoda to be distributed among the victims of the earthquake in Yunnan Province, the official website of the Data and Information Unit of the Presidential Secretariat said.
Sun Sep 14, 2014
After a prolonged hiatus, Sri Lanka may soon resume its search for a political solution to its ethnic problem. An indication of this came from the recent admission of President Mahinda Rajapaksa that his government is open to dialogue on the implementation of the 13th amendment to the constitution.
Sri Lanka Marxist party leader accuses President of being the...
Sept 14, Colombo: The Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake says Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the "biggest obstacle for free & fair election." Speaking at a media conference held at the JVP head office at Pelawatte Friday Dissanayake said the President uses the powers given to him illicitly, when he, as the first citizen of the country, is bound to be an example regarding the supremacy of the law.
Sat Sep 13, 2014
Sri Lanka President to Chair CHOGM meetings on the sidelines of UN General Assembly
Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for the United States on September 21 on an official visit, Presidential Secretariat sources said. He will arrive in New York to attend the 69th UN General Assembly which starts on September 24. The President will address the UN General Assembly on Thursday, September 25. The President, as the current Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office, will also chair two open-ended meetings of Commonwealth Heads of Government on the sidelines of the UN meeting.
Interview: China-Sri Lanka ties ushered into new stage: ambassador
Chinese President Xi Jinping's scheduled visit to Sri Lanka would be a milestone for the bilateral ties, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao has said. The ambassador told Xinhua in an exclusive interview that Xi's visit would be the first of Chinese president and it will set up a guideline and a blueprint for the future of the bilateral ties.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Speculation Rife in Sri Lanka Over Modi-Rajapaksa Meet in New York
COLOMBO: There is speculation here as to whether SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa will meet PM Narendra Modi at the open-ended meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session at New York later this month. The Commonwealth is to hold an open-ended meeting of the Heads of Government to discuss CHOGM reform and the post-2015 development agenda on September 25. As the chairman of CHOGM, Rajapaksa will chair the session.
'Don't Politicise Pope Visit to Sri Lanka'
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic church today asked the government and the opposition not to exploit the maiden visit by Pope Francis as a "political tool", amid indications that President Mahinda Rajapaksa may call for snap polls early next year. Pope Francis, 77, is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from January 13-15 during which he will held two separate mass, one in Colombo and another in the northwestern region of Mannar.
Striking TN fishermen demand release of colleagues jailed in Lanka
Fishermen the Poompuhar area of Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam District have reportedly gone on an indefinite strike over a demand for the immediate release of fellow fishermen lodged in jails in Sri Lanka. Over 78 Tamil fishermen are lodged in jails in Sri Lanka and 72 fishing boats are in the custody of the Sri Lankan authorities.
Sri Lankan Minister denies government issued bar licenses in Uva Province
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Youth Affairs Dullas Alahapperuma dismissed allegations that the government issued bar licenses in the Uva Province and offered to resign from his post if the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna can prove the allegations. Speaking to the media, Minister Alahapperuma said he would quit his Ministerial portfolio if the JVP can prove the charges against the Mahinda Rajapaksa government regarding issue of liquor licenses.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Lankan Court Remands 21 till Sept 25
COLOMBO/NAGAPATTINAM/KARAIKAL: Continuing its policy of detaining fishermen and boats illegally crossing the IMBL, the Sri Lankan Navy has detained eight boats and 55 fishermen from Rameswaram and Nagapattinam. A court in Point Pedro on Thursday remanded 21 of them till September 25, officials said.
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Sri Lanka's Slow LLRC Implementation
See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission was a commission of inquiry mandated to investigate the facts and circumstances which led to the bloody civil war in Sri Lanka.
Xi starts central, south Asian tours
BEIJING - President Xi Jinping left Beijing on Thursday morning for a Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit and visits to four countries in Central and South Asia. Xi is scheduled to attend the 14th meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO member states on Thursday and Friday in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.
Sri Lanka cannot tolerate Indian fishermen destroying resources - President Rajapaksa
Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka cannot tolerate Indian fishermen using destructive methods and depleting the island's fishery resources and destroying the environment, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. "Fishermen from the Indian side have been destroying the environment, using massive bottom trawlers, which are depleting all the resources of fish, and we cannot tolerate that.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
Japan may receive offensive military weapons from US amid rising tensions with China, N. Korea
The United States could provide offensively geared weapons to the Japanese military within five years, Tokyo officials say. The discussions between the two countries come as Japan's rivalry with China intensifies and alliances shift among Pacific powers.
Sri Lankan President opens park built under Weras Ganga storm water management project
Sept 10, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday opened a recreation park built under the Weras Ganga storm water management project in Bellanwila, a suburb of capital Colombo. The recreation park with a breathtaking scenery, built on a marshy land on the banks of the Weras Ganga and close to the historic Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya, is similar to Diyatha Uyana located near the Sri Lankan Parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte.
Tue Sep 09, 2014
Six new envoys to Sri Lanka present credentials to President
Sept 09, Colombo: Six new ambassadors to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday at a ceremony held in the President's Office at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. The new diplomats assuming duties were Ambassador of Republic of Estonia Viljar Lubi, Ambassador of Republic of Colombia Ms.
Former CJ to challenge legality of Sri Lankan President's bid for a third term
Sept 09, Colombo: A former Chief Justice of Sri Lanka says he is prepared to challenge the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Supreme Court if the President decides to contest for a third term in office. Former Chief Justice, Sarath N. Silva has said that he would file a Fundamental Rights petition to prevent the incumbent President running for a third term.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
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TOKYO: Abe fosters regional security ties
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday in Colombo that Japan will provide Sri Lanka with patrol vessels free of charge to improve the South Asian nation's coast guard capabilities, and the president welcomed the offer. At their summit meeting, Abe also proposed that the two countries reinforce cooperation in maritime security affairs, as Sri Lanka is a midway point in Japan's sea lanes from the Middle East.
Chennai: Vaiko 's MDMK to stage protest over Lankan war crimes issue
BJP ally MDMK will stage a protest in Chennai on Tuesday pressing for various demands including asking the Centre to allow a UN team to visit the country for its probe into alleged war crimes against Sri Lanka . Party founder Vaiko will lead the protest here seeking permission for the UN panel hold its probe in the country, a party release said.