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Chennai-based NGO helps Sri Lankan Tamil returnees face challenges of resettlement

Chennai-based NGO helps Sri Lankan Tamil returnees face challenges of resettlement

Kilinochchi, February 5 (The New Indian Express): A Chennai-based outfit, Organization for Elangai Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), is helping Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who have returned to their original homes in north Sri Lanka, to overcome the many difficulties they face in re-settling in their homeland. Though the returnees are in no doubt about the correctness of their decision to come...

North Sri Lankan Chief Minister Wigneswaran boycotts Independence Day function

North Sri Lankan Chief Minister Wigneswaran boycotts Independence Day function

Jaffna, February 4 (The New Indian Express): The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, boycotted the 69 th. Sri Lankan Independence Day function here on Saturday, and instead attended protest meetings held at Keppapilavu and Puthukudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district. The Governor of the Northern Province, Reginold Cooray, hoisted the national flag, but the Chief Minister chose not...

Sri Lankan President says those against post-war reconciliation are against the country

Sri Lankan President says those against post-war reconciliation are against the country

Colombo, February 4 (The New Indian Express): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has dubbed those “opportunistic forces” which are campaigning against the on-going ethnic and religious reconciliation process as enemies of the country. “The government’s endeavor for reconciliation and communal harmony has been praised locally as well as internationally. The opportunistic forces that are against the on-going reconciliation process are...

60 Sri Lankan prisoners on death row get sentences commuted

60 Sri Lankan prisoners on death row get sentences commuted

Colombo, Feb 4 (NIA) - Sixty prisoners who were on death row in Sri Lankan jails have had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment by President Maithripala Sirisena, in view of the country's 69th Independence Day which was celebrated on Saturday. Prison's Commissioner, Nishan Danasinghe told NewsIn.Asia, the prisoners had their sentences commuted following a recommendation made by Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse....

Sri Lanka to request UN to declare Vesak an international holiday

Sri Lanka to request UN to declare Vesak an international holiday

Colombo, Feb 4 (NIA) - Sri Lanka is to make a request to the United Nations to declare the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day as an international holiday, state media reported here Saturday. Justice Minister, Wijedasa Rajapakse, quoted in the report said the suggestions made would be approved by the UN in the final session of the first international Vesak festival...

Troubles engulf Sri lanka’s ruling coalition

Sri Lanka Prime Minister to take finance portfolio in cabinet re-shuffle?

Colombo, Feb 4 - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is under pressure from his party to take the finance portfolio and head off internal dissension, sources close to the leadership said Friday. The Economynext in a report said stalwarts within the ruling United National Party (UNP) have been speculating about cabinet changes amid unrest over Finance minister Ravi Karunanayake's...

Sri Lankan CID arrests navy man who struck Rajiv Gandhi with rifle butt in 1987

Sri Lanka President says country must unite to win international support

Colombo, Feb 4 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, on Saturday called on the country to unite and work together in order to win the support and assistance of the international community. Speaking just before a grand Independence Day parade organised by the tri forces to celebrate the country's Independence from British rule, Sirisena paid his tribute to the thousands...

Indian entrepreneurs suggest strategies for industrializing Jaffna

Indian entrepreneurs suggest strategies for industrializing Jaffna

Jaffna, October 3 (The New Indian Express): Indian entrepreneurs who participated in the Jaffna International Trade Fair held here between January 27 and 29, have suggested strategies to industrialize Jaffna and the rest of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province making use of local resources and talent. Amandeep Azad of Azad Engineering Company of Gaziabad, who manufactures small and medium sized...

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