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Special Envoy of President pays last respects to late former President of India

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The Special Envoy of the President, Minister D.M. Swaminathan paid his last respects to the late former Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the State Funeral in Rameshwaran, India on 30th July 2015.

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President Sirisena concludes State Visit to Maldives for the 50th Anniversary of Independence

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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to Sri Lanka on Monday (27th July) afternoon concluding his State Visit to Maldives for the 50th Anniversary of Independence. 

President Sirisena was accorded a ceremonial welcome in Maldives. He attended the official function to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Independence and the special reception held on the occasion on Sunday 26th July. 

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WASHINGTON EMBASSY CELEBRATES IFTAR

Washington DC: Sri Lanka’s Embassy in Washington DC celebrated the traditional Iftar on Friday, July 10th. The event was attended by a large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan-American Muslim community, representatives from the State Department and other Sri Lankan community leaders. In...

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P. Perera attends High Level Conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Moscow

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ajith P. Perera represented Sri Lanka at the High Level Conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on ‘Security and Stability in the Region of SCO’ on 4 June 2015 in Moscow. The High Level Conference was organized by the Russian Federation that...

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Minister of Foreign Employment, Thalatha Atukorale concludes official visit to Malaysia

Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Atukorale, concluded her official visit to Malaysia on 27th May 2015. The Minister held bilateral discussions with her Malaysian counterpart YB Dato Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem on 26th May and met the Executive Council of Malaysian Foreign Agents (PAPA), Board...

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Sri Lanka takes a lead in Multi-lingual Internet Initiatives

Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said Sri Lanka had taken a lead in multi-lingual Internet initiatives, by putting in place technical conditions to facilitate the presence of its local languages on the Internet and encouraging the development...

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"Pictorial warning is the most cost effective means of controlling tobacco related NCDs, including cancer “- WHO DG tells event hosted by Sri Lanka in Geneva

Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said "“Pictorial warning is the most cost effective means of controlling tobacco related Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), including cancer “, and that  "countries can get return on their investment in multiple...

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Such charm !, History, elephants, tea

Such charm !, History, elephants, tea

Wednesday, 15th July 2015 By Zhou Yubin and Tong Wangyue A tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya — Yang Xisheng BEFORE our trip to Sri Lanka, a friend told us that the country enjoys a reputation as a “combination of India, Kenya and the Maldives.” It has India’s Buddhist culture, Kenya’s wild animal safaris and Maldives beaches. We haven’t been to any of those three countries, but we did spend five days in Sri Lanka and found no end of diversity to please any visitor. You can drive from tranquil beaches into lush mountains, visit a Hindu temple just five minutes’ walk from a magnificent Catholic church, and enjoy a safari and a game of golf on the...

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Deputy Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Visits the OPCW

Deputy Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Visits the OPCW

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P. Perera, met  Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü and  senior officials of the Organization  for Prohibition  of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the sidelines of the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015 held from 16-17th April 2015  in the Netherlands.   The Deputy Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr Ajith P. Perera, visited the OPCW on 15 April 2015 and met with the Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü. Ambassador Üzümcü acknowledged Sri Lanka’s role in implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), including its contributions to OPCW training and assistance activities aimed...

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Winning Sri Lanka’s peace

Winning Sri Lanka’s peace

8 April 2015 OPINION Commentary / World By Ranil Wickremesinghe Winning a war or revolution, only to lose the subsequent peace, is one of the grim political truths of our time. In Iraq, a quick military victory over Saddam Hussein’s regime soon gave way to insurgency, civil war and the rise of the murderous Islamic State. In Libya, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, the hopes unleashed by the Arab Spring have similarly turned into an often-violent despair. Today, a half-decade after the end of its 36-year civil war, Sri Lanka is at a crucial moment in its own efforts to consolidate peace and secure its long-term benefits. Newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena...

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LTTE Female Black Tigers Face Social Hostility

LTTE Female Black Tigers Face Social Hostility

By P K Balachandran COLOMBO:In a startling revelation, the Sri Lankan Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Maj Gen Jagath Wijetilleke said that six to seven per cent of the 12,346 male and female cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who had surrendered to the Sri Lankan armed forces at the end Eelam War IV in May 2009, were members of the dreaded suicide squad called the “Black Tigers”. “But thanks to the Sri Lankan army’s comprehensive rehabilitation programme, none of the 12,077 rehabilitated cadre, including the Black Tigers, has indulged in any crime since release,”   General Wijetilleke told Express. Tough Task Changing the mindset of the...

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In the Hills of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

In the Hills of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

By ROBERT DRAPER MARCH 27, 2015 The man in the khaki vest slurped noisily from his cup, descended briefly into scowling meditation, spat the contents into a sink and then unleashed a torrent of approving descriptors, lavishly rolling his r’s along the way: “No foreign taste, very refreshing, robust, strong tannins, a tingly sensation at the end of the tongue — good show!” I sipped as well and nodded gravely, thinking: right, but it’s still tea. Granted, it was excellent tea, cultivated just outside the Norwood Estate processing factory where we stood, surrounded by whirring machines and immense bags stuffed with tea leaves. Here, near the town of Hatton, in the alluring hill...

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