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More flights now landing at Sri Lanka’s Mattala International Airport

Colombo, Feb 14 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Chinese funded Mattala Rajapakse International Airport (MRIA), situated in southern Hambantota, has begun welcoming over 800 passengers and 4 international airlines per day, following the partial closure of the country's main Bandaranaike International Airport. Airport Manager at MRIA, Upul Kalansooriya told NewsIn.Asia that an Indonesian flight, 'Sriwijaya Air' had begun chartering flights twice weekly...

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister awarded doctorate for his significant contributions

Colombo, Feb 14 (NIA) - Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Tuesday, was awarded a doctorate from Deakin University in Australia for his significant contributions in reforms in economy, education and human rights in the island country, Deputy Foreign Minister, Harsha De Silva said. The Prime Minister was awarded the honorary doctorate in law at a graduation ceremony held at...

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Indo-Sri Lankan film maker Anila SK’s “Orazhcha” is a cinematic classic on India’s aged

Colombo, February 13 (The New Indian Express): A budding Indo-Sri Lankan film maker, Anila SK, has turned out a classic on the problems of the aged in India in her maiden feature film Orazhcha  (A Week). Premiered at the recent Jaffna International Film Festival where it charmed the audience, the Malayalam language film offers a peek into the outwardly placid...

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Former LTTE commander Karuna says his new party is for “cooperative politics”

Colombo, February 13 (The New Indian Express): Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman,who was formerly the LTTE’s Special Commander for Batticaloa and Amparai, says that his new party, Tamizhar Aikkiya Suthanthira Munnani ( Tamil United Freedom Front) is opting for “cooperative politics” (inakkapaadu arasiyal) in place of the current “confrontational politics” (muranpaadu arasiyal). Speaking to Express on Monday, a day after...

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister to visit Australia for talks

Colombo, Feb 12 (NIA) - Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe will leave for Australia on a four day official visit starting Monday, his office said in a statement on Sunday. Wickremesinghe will hold bilateral discussions with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his cabinet ministers in Melbourne and Canberra. Several key agreements are also expected to be signed during...

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Brain Fever vaccination mandatory for Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims

Colombo, Feb 11 (NIA) - The Sri Lankan Health Ministry, on Saturday said it was mandatory for all pilgrims travelling on Hajj this year to be vaccinated against brain fever. Director General of Medical Services Dr. Jayasundara Bandara said, those who were not vaccinated would not be granted visas. Additionally, he added that Sri Lankans travelling to Brazil and certain African countries, must also be vaccinated...

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In Pictures – Sri Lanka’s grand Nawam Perehera

Colombo, Feb 11 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's 'Nawam Maha Perahera' is an annual colorful and prestigious Buddhist cultural pageant held in the island country. It is one of the most important religious and cultural events which attracts thousands of people including tourists per year. The Nawam Maha Perahera is celebrated in the full moon day of the month of February.  The highlight of this...

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