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Chinese research vessel arrives in Colombo Port

Colombo, Feb 2 (NIA) - An Oceanographic research vessel of the Chinese navy,  ‘Quan Sanqiang’ arrived at the Port of Colombo for a replenishment and technical halt on Wednesday. The ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on her arrival. Subsequently, the Commanding Officer of ‘Quan Sanqiang’ Lieutenant Commander Yang Haitao paid a courtesy call on the Commander, Western Naval Area,...

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Sri Lanka’s Northern Council rejects bill to centralize national development policy

Jaffna, February 1 (The New Indian Express): The elected council of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province on Tuesday unanimously rejected the Central government’s bid to centralize decision making on national economic policy and strategies through the Sustainable Development Strategies Bill. The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) felt that the bill is eating into the already limited powers provinces enjoy under the...

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Plea to set up marine research station on Kachchativu to underscore Sri Lankan sovereignty

Jaffna, February 1 (The New Indian Express): The Sri Lankan think tank Pathfinder Foundation (PFF) has called for the immediate setting up of a Marine Science Research Station on Kachchativu island  in the Palk Strait to strengthen Sri Lanka’s case for sovereignty over the island which is disputed by Tamil Nadu politicians and fishermen. “From time to time, there have...

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Over 5000 kilos of fish caught in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Feb 1 (NIA) - Sri Lankan Fishermen, on Wednesday caught a lucky catch. Surprisingly when the fishermen were in deep seas in Wadduwa, in southern Sri Lanka, they caught over 5000 kilos of Para fish, which has been the largest catch in the island country. The catch became a large attraction as the public including tourists thronged to the beach to see...

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15 cattle killed by speeding bus in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Jan 31 (NIA) - 15 cattle were killed when a speeding bus ran into a herd in Maankulam in northern Sri Lanka, on Tuesday, a local media report said. 20 cattle were also seriously injured in the accident, the police said. The driver of the bus had been arrested after he surrendered to the police. No passengers had been injured...

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Sri Lanka arrests astrologer who predicted President’s death

Colombo, Jan 31 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department, on Tuesday, arrested a local astrologer who predicted that President Maithripala Sirisena would die before January 26th. Astrologer Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni was arrested for allegedly misleading the public by making false predictions, police said. He is expected to be produced before a local court later today. In December, Sri Lanka’s Media Ministry secretary Nimal...

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Sri Lanka’s Northern Council may set up war crimes accountability mechanism

Jaffna, January 31 (The New Indian Express): The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka Tamil-majority Northern Province C.V.Wigneswaran has suggested that the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) explore the legal possibility of instituting its own independent war crimes accountability mechanism in the absence of an international judicial mechanism recommended by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in September 2015. Wigneswaran said this...

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