Sri Lanka looks to foreign parties to help enhance oil refining capacity

Sri Lanka looks to foreign parties to help enhance oil refining capacity

Colombo, September 19 (NIA): Sri Lanka is exploring possibilities of private investment in oil refining and has invited several foreign companies, including Indian companies like Reliance, to come up with proposals, the Minister for Petroleum, Chandima Weerakkody, told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association here on Monday. He said that he will be visiting India soon to meet his Indian counterpart. Officials...

Sri Lankan President leaves to attend UN General Assembly

Sept 18 (NIA) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on Sunday left for New York, to attend the 71st sessions of the United Nations General Assembly which is scheduled to be held between Sept 19 to Sept 26. Sirisena is due to address the General Assembly on Sept 21 - his second address to the General Assembly since winning the Presidency in January 2015. The...

Diaspora Tamil fringe groups indulge in publicized violence to grab public attention

Diaspora Tamil fringe groups indulge in publicized violence to grab public attention

Colombo, September 17 (NIA): Sri Lankan and Indian Tamil groups, which are in the fringes of Sri Lankan Tamil politics, are resorting to well publicized violence to stay in the public eye, say moderate Tamil leaders explaining the recent violent attacks against moderate Sri Lankan personalities overseas. On September 12, senior Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader and MP Mavai Senathirajah’s...

Sri Lankan Schools Tell Women What To Wear

Sri Lankan Schools Tell Women What To Wear

Sept 16 - A poster outside a Sri Lankan boys' school telling women what to wear is generating heated debate on social media. The BBC's Ayeshea Perera explains why people in the capital Colombo are so outraged. At first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a page from a cheap fashion magazine. The poster on display outside...

Sri Lanka’s Trade Pacts with India and China will be “trade light” bristling with exemptions and loopholes

Sri Lanka’s Trade Pacts with India and China will be “trade light” bristling with exemptions and loopholes

Colombo, September 15 (NIA): Dr.Razeen Sally, Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies in Sri Lanka and Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, says that Sri Lanka should proceed with the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India and have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China, but neither of these will...

Sri Lanka’s former Sports Minister arrested over allegations of fraud

Sri Lanka’s former Sports Minister arrested over allegations of fraud

Sept 15 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's former Sports Minister, Mahindananda Aluthagamage was arrested by Sri Lankan investigators on Thursday on charges of financial fraud. A police official told NIA that the former minister was charged under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act but did not divulge further details. Aluthgamage arrived at the Criminal Investigations Department on Thursday morning and was questioned...

Sri Lanka condemns nuclear test conducted by DPRK

Sri Lanka condemns nuclear test conducted by DPRK

Sept 15 (NIA) - The Sri Lankan government, on Thursday, condemned the recent nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and called upon them to abide by its international obligations. "Sri Lanka notes with concern that this is the second such test to be carried out by the DPRK this year," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement....

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