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1 hr ago | The Age

Academics condemn professor for call to go soft on Sri Lanka's war history

Tamils pay tribute to Tamil victims during a rally denouncing the Tamils' genocide in Sri Lanka in front of the European Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. Photo: AP Academics and non-governmental organisations have condemned a University of Sydney academic's call for delegates at a human rights conference to go soft on Sri Lanka despite claims of the country's war-time atrocities.

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2 hrs ago | DFW Catholic

Thousands attend annual healing service in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sep 15, 2014 / 08:04 pm .- The annual "Day for the Sick" held by the Archdiocese of Colombo recently drew more than 5,000 Sri Lankan faithful to the Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka for a service led the Cardinal Ranjith. The spiritual, inner healing service and blessing of the sick is a renewal of faith held in Ragama, a suburb of Colombo, and has been observed annually for 67 years.

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3 hrs ago | Colombo Page

Sri Lanka committed to full implementation of 13th Amendment, India says

Sept 15, New Delhi: Sri Lanka has assured India that it is committed to the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, India said today. "We have been assured and reassured by the leaders of Sri Lanka that they are committed to full implementation of the 13th Amendment," the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said at the Ministry's press briefing in New Delhi on Monday.

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7 hrs ago | Channelnewsasia.com

China's Xi heads to Sri Lanka seeking to boost ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping will on Tuesday begin his first state visit to Sri Lanka, seeking to bolster already strong ties with the island just days after Japan's prime minister launched a rival bid for influence. Chinese President Xi Jinping sits with other members of the delegation during official talks with the Maldives government in Male, Maldives, on Sep 15, 2014.

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9 hrs ago | Colombo Page

Asian-Pacific Postal Union Executive Council meeting begins in Sri Lanka

Sept 15, Colombo: The Asian-Pacific Postal Union Executive Meeting got underway in Sri Lankan capital Monday with the participation of 150 representatives from 32 member countries. Addressing the meeting, Sri Lanka's Minister of Postal Services Jeewan Kumaranatunga said that the meeting would become a tremendous boost to Sri Lankan postal service which has embarked upon a speedy journey with latest technology.

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9 hrs ago | Colombo Page

Nigerian lawmaker charges Sri Lankan airport authorities of harassing Nigerian family

Sept 15, Colombo: A Nigerian lawmaker has accused Sri Lankan authorities at the Colombo International Airport of harassing a Nigerian family who is visiting Sri Lanka during the Ebola scare. The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri- Erewa has criticized the rising spate of stigmatization of Nigerians travelling to other countries due to the outbreaks of Ebola in Nigeria.

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10 hrs ago | Colombo Page

Traffic restriction in Sri Lankan capital tomorrow due to Chinese President's arrival

Sept 15, Colombo: Vehicle movement in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo and on airport expressway will be restricted due to Chinese President's arrival tomorrow on a two-day official visit, the Police Headquarters announced. Accordingly, traffic will be restricted on Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, Baseline Road, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Galle Road, Bambalapitiya and Galle Face from 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Tuesday.

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14 hrs ago | Colombo Page

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.

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21 hrs ago | TamilNet Newswire

Sri Lanka: SL Navy attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen escalate

One of the dead fishermen was identified as 40-year-old Gnanapirakasam from Rameswaram from a tattoo that depicted AIDMK's "two leaves" party symbol. The other body washed ashore in Vadamaraadchi Munai on Sunday is yet to be identified.

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21 hrs ago | TamilNet Newswire

Sri Lanka: SL military deploys intimidation, deception in East to suppress testimonies to OISL

The SL military, which has been providing alcohol and other drugs to the youth, have converted some of the young Tamils deprived of education and other facilities to work as spies for them. Former LTTE members have been two choices.

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21 hrs ago | Reuters

Gemfields forms jv to explore gemstones in Sri Lanka

Gemfields Plc, which produces about a fifth of the world's rough emeralds, said it had formed a joint venture to explore sapphire and gemstones in Sri Lanka. The London-listed miner said the joint venture with East West Gem Investments Ltd , a Jersey-registered company, would operate via three Sri Lankan subsidiaries.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Telegraph

Think hard

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.

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Arab Times

Pope Francis may declare Lanka's 1st saint

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.

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Colombo Page

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.

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Colombo Page

Sri Lanka Navy accused of attacking Indian fishing boats

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.

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DNA India

Jayalalithaa charges BJP with double standards on fishermen issue

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.

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Colombo Page

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.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

The Times of India

ISI suspect in TN posed as journalist too

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.

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Hispanic Business

Sri Lanka : Colombo stock exchange Market Capitals crosses Rs. 3 Trillion for the first time

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.

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Colombo Page

More crossovers anticipated in Sri Lanka following the Uva Provincial Council election

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.

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