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Tamil factionalism a key factor in Kepapilavu and Vavuniya agitations

Colombo, February 19 (The New Indian Express): Factionalism within the multi-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been at the root of the on-going agitations in Kepapilavu and  Puthukudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district and the just concluded stir on the issue of disappearances in Vavuniya, sources in the TNA told Express on Sunday. The Vavuniya agitation was directed by the Eelam People...

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Sri Lankan government sends back families of missing with yet another promise

Colombo, February 18 (The New Indian Express): Sri Lankan government ministers who met representatives the families of 32,000 missing Tamils here on February 9, sent them back with yet another promise that their grievance will be attended to after the return of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from Australia. The families had met Ministers State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene, Minister...

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In pics – Strikes against SAITM continue in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Feb 17 (NIA) - Medical students from five state universities held a massive protest against the SAITM private medical College in capital Colombo on Friday. The students, called on the government to shut down the SAITM college, which is the only private medical college in the island country. The protest, which has been one of many staged in the...

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Sri Lanka must have foreign judges in war crime investigation: HRW

Canberra, Feb 17  - Sri Lanka must employ international judges and prosecutors to ensure accountability during trials of those responsible for alleged war crimes against mostly Tamils, Human Rights Watch Australia's director Elaine Pearson told SBS News. Ms Pearson's call, which echoes a recommendation in a 2015 UN Human Rights Council report of the OHCHR investigation of Sri Lanka, comes as Sri...

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Sri Lankan President tells critics to identify difference between past and present

Colombo, Feb 17 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, on Friday lashed out at those criticizing the government saying they should identify the difference between the past system of this country and the present situation. Sirisena said he would make a change in the country, facing whatever the challenges come before him. "The change that has emerged in every sector of this country...

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Sri Lankan Airlines named ‘Best Airline in South Asia’

Colombo, Feb 17 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's national airline carrier, SriLankan Airlines added yet another accolade when China’s Top Travel magazine named it the Best Airline in South Asia at the 10th Annual Top Travel Awards, recognizing SriLankan’s continuous efforts at expanding travel between China and Sri Lanka. This is the latest in a string of awards for Sri Lanka’s...

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Japanese expert says Sri Lanka should befriend India and Japan to counter China

Colombo, February 16 (The New Indian Express): Dr.Satoru Nagao, Lecturer in Security Studies at the Law Faculty of Gakushuin University in Japan, advices Sri Lanka to cultivate good relations with India and India-friendly countries like Japan, to counterbalance its relations with China which could cause tension in the South Asian region. Delivering a lecture on the impact of China’s rise...

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