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2 hrs ago | Arab Times
Francis plans to visit the island nation Jan 13-15 and then travel onto the Philippines to meet with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. The archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said he hoped that the Vatican would give final approval to the sainthood case of the Rev.
6 hrs ago | Colombo Page
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.
10 hrs ago | Colombo Page
Sept 14, Rameswaram, TN: Sri Lankan navy personnel are accused of attacking a flotilla of Indian fishing boats and snapping more than 100 fishing nets. Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly attacked the fishing boats of fishermen from Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and damaged more than 100 nets near the International Maritime Boundary Line in the early hours on Sunday, according to the Indian media reports.
13 hrs ago | DNA India
Charging BJP with adopting 'double-standards' on the fishermen issue, AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday said voting for the national party will not benefit the people of her state. Campaigning for her party's Tuticorin Mayor candidate for the September 18 bypolls here, Jayalalithaa said besides her party, a 'national party' and some independents alone were in the fray.
Arun Selvarajan, the arrested Sri Lankan national of Tamil origin being produced at a court in Poonamalee near Chennai. CHENNAI: Suspected ISI agent Arun Selvarajan, who was arrested by NIA in Chennai on Tuesday, appears to have worn many hats in the process of collecting information for his handlers in Colombo.
This exceptional performance comes in the wake of a series of positive achievements for the CSE over the past few months with the ASPI crossing the 7000 mark in August and the S&P SL20, for the first time since its launch in 2012,crossing the 3500 mark in June this year. During the course of 2014 there have been five Equity Initial Public Offerings , one Equity Introduction and six Debt IPOs.
Sept 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan media speculate that major changes in local politics will take place with crossovers from both ruling and opposition sides after the Uva Provincial Council election. State owned Sunday newspaper The Silumina reported that a senior leader of the major opposition United National Party of Uva Province and three other MPs would join the government after a victory of the ruling alliance in the Provincial Council election.
Sept 13, Colombo: The government of Maldives has reiterated that it would not grant permission for Sri Lankan vessels permission to cross Maldivian territorial waters without any prior request to do so. The Maldivian Fisheries Ministry in a press statement released Wednesday said the Sri Lankan government has always requested for arrangements to be made so that Sri Lankan vessels did not have to take any prior permission to cross Maldivian territorial waters on their way to the Arabian Peninsula without prior permission but it would not grant the request.
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.
'The Deputy High Commissioner, who listened to our complaints on the human rights violations of the Tamil people, was silent. We urged her to impress upon her government and the international community to enable the OISL to visit the island,' TNA parliamentarian P Selvarasa from Batticaloa said.
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Friday gave permission to the government to resume the drought relief program in the Uva Province which was suspended on a request from the Election Commissioner. The apex court ordered the government to recommence the drought relief program and carry it out without any political interference, the national news agency, Lankapuvath reported.
During the months of July and August 2014, UNHCR provided supermarket vouchers through a special one-time assistance programme to the most vulnerable asylum-seekers in Sri Lanka. Photo: UNHCR 12 September 2014 – Expressing grave concern today about the resumption of arrests, detention and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka, the United Nations refugee agency called on the Government to refrain from such actions and abide by its obligations under international law.
Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today found the abducted four-year old girl Tamara Keshani Bandara Wijekoon in Nirawiya area about 12 kilometers away from her home in Gonagama, Wellawa in Kurunegala district, Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said. According to the police, the child was abducted by a family relative, a known sexual predator, and kept in his house but abandoned when his brother became aware of the incident.
The Roman Catholic church on Friday urged Sri Lanka not to politicise a visit by the pope in January amid reports that President Mahinda Rajapakse may hold a snap election early next year. Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, the head of the Catholic church on the island, called on Rajapakse's government not to use Pope Francis' visit from January 13-15 as a "political tool".
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.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 05:07 pm
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