Sirisena heads 73-member delegation to sign 10 agreements with Bangladesh

Sri Lankan President calls for tighter security for judges following shoot out

Colombo, July 23 (newsin.asia) - Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, on Sunday instructed his Police Chief to ensure the security of all judges after a shooting incident on Saturday threatened the life of a high court judge in Jaffna, in northern Sri Lanka. Sirisena strongly condemned the shooting incident which occurred on Saturday evening which left one police officer dead. The...

Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic character is deep rooted in history, asserts Tamil leader Ganeshan

Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic character is deep rooted in history, asserts Tamil leader Ganeshan

Colombo, July 22 (newsin.asia): Against the worrying background of attempts by extremists to tear Sri Lanka apart on ethnic and religious grounds, the Minister of Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages, Mano Ganeshan, has brought out an excellent book showing Sri Lanka as a multi-ethnic and multi-religious island - a vibrantly colorful mosaic which was known in ancient times, quite appropriately,...

Extremists in all ethnic groups will be “disappointed” at referendum on constitution, says Tamil leader

Extremists in all ethnic groups will be “disappointed” at referendum on constitution, says Tamil leader

Colombo, July 22 (newsin.asia): Extremists in all Sri Lankan ethnic groups will be "disappointed" with the outcome of the referendum on the draft constitution, because it will have met the aspirations of the “moderate majority” in all communities, says Mano Ganeshan, Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, and leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA). “We will disappoint...

UN Chief hails Sri Lanka’s move to set up office to trace war missing

UN Chief hails Sri Lanka’s move to set up office to trace war missing

Colombo, July 21 (newsin.asia) - The United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, on Friday, commended the Sri Lankan government for establishing the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), stating it was a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for the truth about their missing loved ones. In a statement released by the UN Office in Colombo, it said, "The United...

Sri Lanka takes major step to establish an Office of Missing Persons

Sri Lanka takes major step to establish an Office of Missing Persons

Colombo, July 20 (newsin.asia): Sri Lanka on Thursday took a major step towards setting up an Office of Missing Persons (OMP), when President Maithripala Sirisena signed an order allocating the OMP to the State Minister for Reconciliation, A.H.M.Fowzie. However, the OMP will be effectively under President Sirisena himself, because he is the Cabinet Minister of Reconciliation. Fowzie, as State Minister,...

What makes the UNP-SLFP coalition tick ?

What makes the UNP-SLFP coalition tick ?

Colombo, July 18: The United National Party (UNP)-Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) coalition which came into being in 2015 with the laudable objective of giving “Good Governance” in place of the corruption-ridden and arbitrary nine-year rule of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is struggling to survive in the third year of its five year term, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. The coalition’s...

Sri Lanka releases more lands to civilians in former war torn north

Sri Lanka releases more lands to civilians in former war torn north

Colombo, July 20 (newsin.asia) - The Sri Lankan Army, on Thursday said it had released 189 acres of land in Mullaitivu, in the island's former war torn north, to resettle civilians back in their original lands. In a statement, the army said it had responded positively to the concerns of the public, parliamentarians and local politicians in the Mullaittivu District, following which...

As death toll hits 250, Australia steps in to help Sri Lanka combat dengue

As death toll hits 250, Australia steps in to help Sri Lanka combat dengue

Colombo, July 20 (newsin.asia) - Australia has pledged to combat the dengue epidemic in Sri Lanka by partnering with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Australia's prestigious Monash University and Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced here Wednesday evening. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo during her two day official visit, Bishop said the WHO will...

MOUs between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka need to be more than wish lists

MOUs between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka need to be more than wish lists

By Frances Bulathsinghala/www.southasianmonitor.com Colombo, July 19: Over two months after inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its immediate neighbour India on cooperation in economic projects, Sri Lanka has now turned its attention on Bangladesh. Following his first State visit to Bangladesh after being elected in 2015, Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena by signing fourteen MoUs in diverse sectors last week,...

Sri Lanka launches book on ethnic minority communities in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka launches book on ethnic minority communities in Sri Lanka

Colombo, July 19 (newsin.asia) - Sri Lanka's Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, headed by Minister Mano Ganeshan, on Tuesday launched a book titled 'People of Sri Lanka' which features ethnic minority communities in the island. The first copy of the book was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at a gala event held at the BMICH in Colombo...

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