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Exiled former Maldives President says he will contest 2018 Maldives Presidential Election

Colombo, Feb 9 (NIA) - Exiled former Maldives President, Mohamed Nasheed, on Thursday announced that he would contest the 2018 Maldives Presidential election if he gets elected as the MDP's presidential candidate. Speaking to reporters in capital Colombo, Nasheed said his detention and arrest by a Maldivian court last year was politically motivated and illegal and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary...

Lanka worries about Indian “Trojan Horse”

Lanka worries about Indian “Trojan Horse”

By P.K.Balachandran/The New Indian Express Colombo, February 9: For decades before and after Sri Lanka’s independence in 1948, India’s relations with the island nation were political and adversarial. But since the second half of the 1990s, there has been a gradual shift to trade, development assistance and investment, in that order. While India has been wanting to build bridges with...

Trump’s spelling bloomers

Trump’s spelling bloomers

By Dana Milbank/The Washington Post The Trump White House on Monday night, attempting to demonstrate that the media had ignored terrorism, released a list of 78 “underreported” attacks. The list didn’t expose anything new about terrorist attacks, but it did reveal a previously underreported assault by the Trump administration on the conventions of written English. Twenty-seven times, the White House memo...

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

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

Colombo, February 8 (The New Indian Express): The Sirisena-Wickremesinge government in Sri Lanka will give priority to drafting a new constitution for the country over setting up war crimes accountability mechanisms like the Judicial Mechanism and the Truth Seeking Commission, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said here on Tuesday. Speaking to the Foreign Correspondents Association, Samaraeera said that the new constitution,...

Sri Lanka says SAARC must unite to overcome challenges

Sri Lanka says SAARC must unite to overcome challenges

Colombo, Feb 7 (NIA) - Sri Lanka has called on the SAARC member states to unite in order to overcome and eliminate terrorism from the region. Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary, Karunasena Hettiarachchi said that at a time when the very existence of SAARC might be threatened, President Maithripala Sirisena had emphasized that every country of the SAARC should act with unity. Hettiarachchi was speaking at...

Sri Lankan PM to visit China in May, FTA likely to be finalised

Colombo, Feb 6 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to lead a delegation to China in May in order to attend a summit on the 'One Belt One Road' initiative, government sources said. During the summit, the Prime Minister is also expected to finalize discussions on a Free Trade Agreement with China. Sri Lanka and China...

Sri Lankan CID arrests navy man who struck Rajiv Gandhi with rifle butt in 1987

Sri Lanka President says country must unite to win international support

Colombo, Feb 4 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, on Saturday called on the country to unite and work together in order to win the support and assistance of the international community. Speaking just before a grand Independence Day parade organised by the tri forces to celebrate the country's Independence from British rule, Sirisena paid his tribute to the thousands...

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