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Sri Lanka’s National Policy Document on Rehabilitation Recommends Comprehensive Legal Framework

Sri Lanka’s National Policy Document on Rehabilitation Recommends Comprehensive Legal Framework

Colombo, August 22 (The New Indian Express): The Sri Lankan Ministry of Rehabilitation has recommended, through its National Policy Document, the enactment of a comprehensive law that addresses all displaced persons and communities in order to be prepared for any eventuality in the future. The comprehensive policy document, written under the guidance of the Minister of Rehabilitation, D.M.Swaminathan, has recommended...

Accountability Must Be Addressed Before Framing New Constitution, Says Wigneswaran

North Sri Lankan Chief Minister Wigneswaran boycotts Investment Forum organized by Governor

Colombo, August 22 (The New Indian Express): The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, boycotted the International Investment Forum organized by the Northern Province Governor Reginold Cooray in Jaffna on Monday. In a letter written to Cooray last week, Wigneswaran objected to the Governor’s organizing the forum without consulting him. He said that the elected representatives of the...

Sri Lanka condemns deadly terror attack in Turkey

Sri Lanka condemns deadly terror attack in Turkey

Aug 22 (NIA) - The Sri Lankan government on Monday condemned the terror attack which took place in Turkey on Sunday evening, which left over 51 dead and hundreds more injured. "Sri Lanka condemns the violence unleashed by terrorists on a wedding party in Gaziantep, Turkey. Our prayers are with those affected," Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Mahishini Colonne said. Turkish President Recep...

Sri Lankan President Sirisena’s driver plays truant at Tirupathi

Sri Lankan President Sirisena’s driver plays truant at Tirupathi

Tirupathi, August 22 (The New Indian Express): A major security lapse occurred during the just concluded visit of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to Tirumala Tirupathi shrine. On Sunday he was forced to wait for 12 minutes for his car after a darshan at the shrine of Lord Venkateswara atop the Tirumala hill, giving jitters to the staff of the Tiruumala Tirupati...

India’s own leprosy vaccine to be launched in a few weeks

India’s own leprosy vaccine to be launched in a few weeks

Chennai, August 21 (Express News Service): The first exclusive vaccine for leprosy that has been developed indigenously will be launched in a few weeks, the Indian Health Minister, Jagat Prakash Nadda, said here on Saturday. Five districts in Bihar and Gujarat will be chosen for the pilot phase, he said. The vaccine, Mycobacterium Indicus Pranii (MIP), will be administered as...

Facing a challenge from rival Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena seeks blessings of Hindu Gods at Tirupathi in South India

Facing a challenge from rival Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena seeks blessings of Hindu Gods at Tirupathi in South India

Colombo, August 21(The New Indian Express): Facing a major political challenge from his party rival and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, accompanied by his wife Jayanthi and son Daham, worshiped at the Lord Venkateswara temple here on Sunday to seek the powerful presiding deity's blessings. He visited the hill temple twice to pay obeisance to the...

Kashmir to Balochistan and other strategic follies

Sukumar Muralidharan Early last year, a video surfaced on Youtube featuring an address by Ajit Doval, not precisely dated but certainly from the interval between his retirement as Director of the Indian Intelligence Bureau in 2005 and his appointment as National Security Adviser (NSA) in 2014. It was a time when Doval was often a featured speaker and TV talk...

Bangladesh sacks Assistant Coach Ruwan Kalpage

Bangladesh sacks Assistant Coach Ruwan Kalpage

Mohammad Isam Dhaka, August 20 (ESPN cricinfo): The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has terminated the contract of assistant coach Ruwan Kalpage after he failed to turn up for work by August 16. Media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said Kalpage did not respond to the BCB's latest letter. "We had sent him a letter asking him to return to work by August 16,...

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