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Sri Lanka arrests 4 Indian fishermen in local waters


  Colombo, Nov 1 (NIA) - The Sri Lanka Navy assisted the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to arrest four Indian fishermen poaching in the island's norther waters on Tuesday, the navy media unit said. One Indian fishing trawler was also taken into custody. The fishermen were arrested South West of Delft Island. Having brought the arrested fishermen and trawler to...

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Agitating Jaffna University students bar entry to Vice Chancellor over students’ death issue

Colombo, October 31 (The New Indian Express): In the continuing agitation over the killing of two of their colleagues by policemen manning a checkpoint on October 20, Jaffna University students on Monday barred Vice Chancellor Dr.Vasanthy Arasaratnam from entering the campus. But they relented after some time, and allowed the Vice Chancellor in, and had talks with the visiting Sri...

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Delhi frets over Chinese portal

Chennai, October 31 (The New Indian Express): The nagging question of how Sri Lanka would repay the USD 1.5 billion loan it had taken from China to build the non-performing Hambantota harbour has now been resolved with Beijing agreeing to convert 80 per cent of the debt into equity. To make the port commercially viable, Colombo has given Beijing 15,000...

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It’s critical for Sri Lanka to meet EU’s human rights stipulations to get back GSP Plus trade concessions

Colombo, October 29 (NIA): It is critical for Sri Lanka to meet the European Union’s human rights stipulations to get back trade concessions under the General System of Preferences Plus (GSP-Plus) scheme – concessions it had lost in 2010 on grounds of gross human rights violations in the last phase of Eelam War IV and thereafter. With improvements in the...

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Sri Lankan President Sirisena quotes Indian Prime Minister Modi to justify tirade against NGOs

Colombo, October 29 (The New Indian Express): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has quoted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to justify his tirade against the disruptive activities of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). In a speech delivered on Thursday at an armed forces investiture ceremony, Sirisena accused the media and NGOs of  disregarding the requirements of national security and described them as...

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Sri Lankan prliamentary panel for legal action against former Central Bank Governor in bond scam

Colombo, Oct 28 (NIA) - A Sri Lankan parliamentary committee on Friday, recommended legal action against the former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and other officials for being involved in controversial bond deals. Sunil Handunetti, Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), presenting the COPE report to parliament said that evidence brought before the committee had indicated that Mahendran...

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