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2 hrs ago | 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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6 hrs ago | 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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10 hrs ago | 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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13 hrs ago | 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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17 hrs ago | 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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Colombo Page

Maldives to deny Sri Lanka's request to allow fishermen through its waters without permission

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.

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Xinhuanet

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.

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Newkerala.com

Pope to declare first Sri Lankan saint

Sri Lanka will get its first saint during a visit by Pope Francis in January next year, media reported Saturday. Addressing a media briefing at an archbishop's house, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the canonisation process of Blessed Joseph Vaz is in its final stages, The Island reported.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

TamilNet Newswire

Sri Lanka: IC responsible to bring OISL to North and East: Tamil politicians

'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.

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Colombo Page

Supreme Court allows Sri Lankan government to resume drought relief in Uva Province

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.

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United Nations

Sri Lanka: UN agency expresses - grave concern' at arrest, deportation of asylum-seekers

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 &#150 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.

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Colombo Page

Abducted four-year old child in Sri Lanka found abandoned by the...

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.

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AlertNet

South Asia to get new drought monitoring tool

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Suria

Sri Lanka told not to exploit Pope for...

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".

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Colombo Page

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.

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Colombo Page

Pakistan Foreign Office rejects India's claim of arresting a Sri Lankan spying for Pakistan

Sept 12, Islamabad: Pakistan has rejected a claim made by Indian authorities that a Sri Lankan national was arrested on charges of allegedly spying for Pakistan. Spokesperson of the Pakistan Foreign Office Tasnim Aslam during her weekly press briefing on Thursday denied the Indian media reports which said that India's National Investigation Agency in Chennai on Wednesday arrested a Sri Lankan national for allegedly spying at the behest of Pakistan.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

The Age

Sydney University tells conference delegates not to upset Sri Lanka over human rights

A Tamil woman holds a photo of her husband who disappeared during the final stage of the Sri Lankan civil war. Photo: Getty Bangkok: The University of Sydney has urged delegates at a human rights conference to go soft on the Sri Lankan government, which has refused to investigate war-time atrocities that allegedly occurred at the end of its civil war five years ago.

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