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A South Korean Foreign Minister to visit Sri Lanka after 31 years

South Korea to increase economic corporation in Sri Lanka to $500mn

Colombo, March 15 (NIA) - South Korea, on Wednesday announced that it would increase its economic corporation to Sri Lanka from 300 million dollars to 500 million dollars over the next three years. South Korea's Foreign Minister, Yun Byung-se, who arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, held bilateral discussions with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera during which both sides agreed...

India’s amended “Enemy property Act” denies rights of Indian Muslims

India’s amended “Enemy property Act” denies rights of Indian Muslims

Mumbai, March 14 (Reuters): A controversial bill that amends a five-decade-old law to deny Indian families of those who moved to China and Pakistan the right to reclaim “enemy properties” seized by the state, unfairly targets Muslims, analysts say. The amended law, which would apply retrospectively, extends the definition of ‘enemy’ to include legal heirs of declared “enemies”, even when...

Sri Lanka in touch with authorities over alleged hijacking of Sri Lankan ship by pirates

Sri Lanka in touch with authorities over alleged hijacking of Sri Lankan ship by pirates

Colombo, March 14 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said it was monitoring the alleged hijacking of a Sri Lankan flagged fuel freighter by Somali pirates and was in touch with shipping agents and concerned authorities. "The Ministry is aware of media reports regarding the alleged hijacking of a reportedly “Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter” by pirates," the Ministry...

Somali pirates suspected of hijacking Sri Lanka flagged fuel carrier

Somali pirates suspected of hijacking Sri Lanka flagged fuel carrier

Nairobi, March 14 - Somali pirates are suspected of hijacking a Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter that sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert said on Tuesday. If confirmed, Monday's incident would be the first hijack of a commercial ship by Somali pirates since 2012, the Reuters news agency...

Sri Lanka poised to board the Bollywood bandwagon

Sri Lanka poised to board the Bollywood bandwagon

PK Balachandran Sri Lankan Correspondent, bdnews24.com Colombo, March 13: Sri Lanka wants to jump onto the money spinning Bollywood bandwagon, by promoting itself as a top location for Bollywood films, based on past achievements as a film shooting destination for both Bollywood and Hollywood films. “Sri Lanka is a compact destination with many places of natural diversity located just a...

Former Pakistan envoy in US says Islamabad unofficially knew of raid to get Osama bin Laden

Former Pakistan envoy in US says Islamabad unofficially knew of raid to get Osama bin Laden

Washington, March 13 (The Express Tribune): Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has admitted facilitating the stationing of American special operations and intelligence personnel on Pakistani soil and forging links that eventually allowed Washington to carry out the raid in Abbottabad to eliminate Osama bin Laden. In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Haqqani also indicated...

Tamil National Alliance confident of modifying unacceptable new anti-terror draft law in parliament

Sri Lanka asks UN for two more years to deliver war crimes probe

Colombo, March 13 - Sri Lanka has asked the United Nations for two more years to investigate war crimes as a previous deadline lapses, Colombo said Monday, fuelling international concerns of a ‘worryingly slow’ probe. A UN Human Rights Council resolution in October 2015 granted Sri Lanka 18 months to establish a credible investigation into abuses committed during the island’s 37-year...

Sri Lanka keen to be promoted as ‘high end tourist destination’

Sri Lanka keen to be promoted as ‘high end tourist destination’

Colombo, March 13 (NIA) - Sri Lanka has requested one of the world’s leading tour operators in Germany to promote the island country as a high end tourist destination, Sri Lanka's Tourism Ministry said here Monday. World's leading TUI, has expressed willingness to expand operations in Sri Lanka and the TUI Group will also assist Sri Lanka to develop its hospitality...

Modi’s stunning victory without Muslim support will boost ties with Israel

Modi’s stunning victory without Muslim support will boost ties with Israel

By Special Correspondent Colombo, March 11 (www.southasianmonitor.com): The stunning victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by the pugnacious Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the just concluded Uttar Pradesh State Assembly elections is of critical importance to India’s foreign policy. Wedded to aggressive Hindu assertion through its Hindutva ideology; a barely concealed anti-Muslim orientation; and a penchant for...

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