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India wants Sri Lanka to expedite joint projects
Published Date: 14/07/2018 (Saturday)
India has sought Sri Lanka’s cooperation in swift completion of joint ventures, amidst anxiety in South Block over apparent delays in taking India-assisted projects in the island forward. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, here on a one-day visit, called on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday, and conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s keen interest in seeing the projects expedited, sources said. The talks, both with Mr. Sirisena and Mr. Wickremesinghe, were largely focussed on key Indian projects, such as the proposed joint venture to run the Mattala airport in the island’s Southern Province; an LNG terminal near Colombo, and the joint development of the oil storage facility in the eastern port town of Trincomalee, The Hindu reliably learns.
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Rights groups slam Cardinal
Published Date: 14/07/2018 (Saturday)
The Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners, whilst condemning Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith’s approval of the Government’s decision to enforce capital punishment on certain categories of drug-related convicts, called on the President to appoint two commissions to probe political involvement in the drug mafia and why the Department of Prisons cannot enforce the law applicable to Prisons. Addressing a press conference, organized by the Committee yesterday (13), Chairman of the Committee, Attorney-at-Law Senaka Perera noted that while it was the High Court that was the Court of first jurisdiction to pronounce a death sentence, there were issues in relation to whether the Police, which, as the law enforcement authority investigating an alleged criminal
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Shocking, shameful; about 1,000 abortions daily in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 14/07/2018 (Saturday)
Last Wednesday July 11, was World Population Day and the United Nation’s Fund for Population Activities in a statement says, the international community should focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year’s theme is “Family Planning is a Human Right.” According to the UNFPA, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be a human right. The Teheran Proclamation states, “Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.” The UNFPA says that tragically reliable family planning methods are out of reach for hundreds of millions of people. Many resort to unsafe, unreliable methods, some of which
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