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China records the strongest growth in tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in 2016

Sri Lanka wins ‘Most Popular Tourism Destination Award’ in China

Colombo, March 3 (NIA) – Sri Lanka won the 'Most Popular Tourism Destination Award' at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) which was held in Guangzhou, in southern China recently, a Foreign Ministry statement said here Friday. Sri Lanka won the prestigious award for the second consecutive year which is testament to the country’s growing popularity among Chinese travel enthusiasts, Ministry officials...

Indian politician charged with trafficking children

Indian politician charged with trafficking children

Mumbai, March 2 - A prominent Indian politician has been arrested for allegedly masterminding a child trafficking ring. Juhi Chowdury, a leader of the women's wing of the country's ruling BJP, was found near the Nepalese border in West Bengal. A CID source said four investigators disguised as monks, acting on a tip-off about her location, detained her after tracking...

More than a million in India boycott fizzy drinks

More than a million in India boycott fizzy drinks

Mumbai, March 2 - More than a million traders in India are boycotting fizzy drinks including Coca-Cola and Pepsi after claims from from two Indian trade associations that foreign firms are exploiting the country’s water resources. Traders in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which has a population bigger than the UK, will replace big brands with locally produced...

Tamils want Sri Lanka to fulfill promises to UN rights body

Tamils want Sri Lanka to fulfill promises to UN rights body

Colombo, March 1 - Sri Lanka’s main ethnic Tamil party has said the government has not fulfilled promises made to the United Nations including allowing a probe into war crimes allegations from a civil war that ended nearly eight years ago. Mathiaparanan Abraham Sumanthiran, a lawmaker from the Tamil National Alliance, told reporters from the foreign media in Colombo on...

Sri Lanka to give priority to constitution drafting over war crimes accountability mechanisms

Sri Lanka assures UN it will not tolerate torture

Colombo, Feb 28 (NIA) - Sri Lanka, on Tuesday, assured the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that it would maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards torture and the government together with relevant agencies were working together to prevent and combat torture. Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, in a statement said that while the government took allegations of continuing incidence of torture...

More women prone to sexual harassment on public transport in SL

More women prone to sexual harassment on public transport in SL

Colombo, Feb 27 (NIA) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), on Monday, said that following a nationwide study, 90% of women and girls in Sri Lanka had been subjected to sexual harassment on public buses and trains and only 4% sought help from the police. UNFPA commissioned the national study in 2015, with a sample of 2,500 women and girls between the...

World buys more weapons than ever before, India tops list

World buys more weapons than ever before, India tops list

Mumbai, Feb 21 - Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India continuing to top the charts as the world's largest defense importer, a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has found. Between 2012 and 2016, India accounted for 13 percent of global arms imports, followed by Saudi Arabia, the...

Jaishankar rules out India pressing for re-unification of Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern provinces

Jaishankar rules out India pressing for re-unification of Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern provinces

Colombo, February 20 (The New Indian Express): India will not be pressing Sri Lanka to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-majority, Tamil-speaking province as envisaged by the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) here on Monday. He was reacting to a demand made by the...

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