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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...

High level Chinese delegation arrives in Sri Lanka for talks

High level Chinese delegation arrives in Sri Lanka for talks

Colombo, Feb 20 (NIA) - A high level Chinese delegation, headed by Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister, Kong Xuanyou arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday night to hold bilateral discussions with the Sri Lankan government. During their two day official visit, the delegation is expected to hold talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Assistant Foreign Minister...

Saudi Arabia deported 40,000 Pakistanis citing terrorism concerns

Saudi Arabia deported 40,000 Pakistanis citing terrorism concerns

By Michael Qazvini/www.dailywire.com Saudi Arabia has deported a staggering 40,000 Pakistani migrant workers in the span of just four months, citing terrorism concerns. The Saudi Gazette reported last week that “a number of Pakistanis were held in the crimes of drug trafficking, thefts, forgery and physical assault.” Authorities feared that some of the migrant workers were linked with ISIS, or as the...

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

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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