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Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay concludes visit to Sri Lanka

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Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena concluded his three-day official visit on Sunday 12 April 2015. He was received on arrival by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera along with several dignitaries. Madam Tashi Doma accompanied the Bhutanese Prime Minister.

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Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay to undertake an Official Visit to Sri Lanka

The Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay will undertake an Official visit to Sri Lanka from 09 to 12 April 2015 on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Special Envoy Dr. Amunugama calls for renewed strengthening of Asian -African cooperation at the Bandung Commemorative Summit

The Minister of Higher Education and Research Dr. Sarath Amunugama, who led the Sri Lanka delegation to the Asian-African Leaders Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, as the Special Envoy of President Maithripala Sirisena, has stressed the importance of revitalizing Asian-African cooperation to further advance...

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Dr. Rohan Perera, new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York presents Credentials to Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon

The new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, Dr. Rohan Perera presented his credentials to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at a credential ceremony, held yesterday (22) at the UN Headquarters. After the presentation of Credentials, Dr. Perera held discussions...

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Sinhala and Tamil New Year Festival in Chengdu

The Consulate of Sri Lanka in Chengdu organized Sinhala & Tamil New Year celebrations on 14th April 2015 with the active participation of the Sri Lankan community in Sichuan Province composed of members Of the business expatriate community, as well as students from Huaxi Medical College at Huaxi...

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Sri Lankans and Austrians come together to celebrate unity, diversity and reconciliation during New Year Festival

Reinforcing the theme of unity, reconciliation and peace, over 300 Sri Lankans in Austria came together in Vienna, joined by the Austrian community and friends of Sri Lanka, to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year on Saturday 11 April 2015 at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Vienna. Addressing what...

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Sri Lankans Celebrate Sinhala & Tamil New Year in Dubai

The Sri Lankan Cultural Centre under the patronage of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai organized an event to celebratethe Sinhala & Tamil New Year at the Lathifa Ladies Club ground on 10th April 2015in Dubai. Alarge gathering of Sri Lankan families in Dubai and Northern Emirates,...

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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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A Fruitful Indian Ocean Yatra

A Fruitful Indian Ocean Yatra

Wednesday, 18th March 2014 By Satish Chandra Narendra Modi’s visit to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka has not only bolstered India’s ties with these countries but has also signalled that India intends to pursue a more active policy in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Before setting out, Modi made known that the IOR was “vital for India’s security and progress” and that India attached “paramount importance” to strengthening relations with the countries. It was, however, in Mauritius whilst speaking on the occasion of the commissioning of offshore patrol vessel Barracuda, that he enunciated his vision for the region aimed at promoting security and growth for all by fostering...

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