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News: Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 3.2-pct in 2017, sharply short of target
Posted Date: 05/01/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals grew 3.2 percent to 2,116,407 million in 2017, falling sharply short of a 2.5 million target announced by Tourism Minister John Amaratunga, for the second year in a row. Sri Lanka also failed to reach a 2.2 million target, which Minister Amaratunga said will be comfortably exceeded to 2.5 million in 2016. The tourism ministry blamed the closure of the main airport for repairs (which was known before the target was set), a countrywide dengue epidemic and floods in the South for the anaemic growth.
Photos: Global Britain Scorecard
Posted Date: 05/01/2018 (Friday)
News: UK All- Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka met with President
Posted Date: 04/01/2018 (Thursday)
The UK All- Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (04). Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group including its Chair Mr Ranil Jayawardena of Sri Lankan origin, MP, House of Commons, who represent the Conservative Party of the UK, participated in this meeting. The delegation arrived in the country with the aim of strengthening the relations with Sri Lanka as a Commonwealth country as well as to promote trade and investment relations between the two countries.
News: Pak Envoy called on Sri Lankan President
Posted Date: 04/01/2018 (Thursday)
The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat called on the Sri Lankan President H.E. Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Secretariat on 4th January 2018. The President H.E. Maithripala Sirisena expressed his gratitude towards the Prime Minister of Pakistan H.E. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the Government of Pakistan for timely provision of fertilizer to Sri Lanka to curb the shortage, as had been requested by the President.
News: Thirteen accused of funding the LTTE to stand trial in Swiss court
Posted Date: 04/01/2018 (Thursday)
Thirteen financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) will stand trial before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Monday. The accused are from Switzerland, Germany and Sri Lanka. Some are former members of the World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC), which represented the LTTE in Switzerland until 2009, and include its founder, his deputy and the person in charge of finances, Swiss Info reported. Between 1999 and 2009, they allegedly created a complex fundraising structure which
News: ‘People of Sri Lanka’- Heritage of all Sri Lankans on an equal footing: PM Book launch by Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue & Official Languages
Posted Date: 03/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue & Official Languages will launch a book titled ‘People of Sri Lanka’, on Tuesday, July 18, that explores the diversity of all the people of this country, which would be of special benefit to schoolchildren as well as those in Higher Education (HE) institutes. “All Sri Lankans, from schoolchildren to HE students, would benefit from a documentation such as this, which outlines the heritage of all Sri Lankans on an equal footing,” said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his message for the forthcoming launch of the book.
News: India caught napping in South Asia by China, needs new strategy to slay the dragon
Posted Date: 03/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Beijing has invested in people, projects and more and it’s paying big dividends. New Delhi has to work doubly hard to reclaim its clout. The worth of India’s clout in its neighbourhood, especially after the Nepal election results, has come under sharp focus. Although domestic political considerations guide the onslaught against the government on this count, it’s important to face the hard truth – ground realities in the region have changed. This, in fact, has been clear for a while now. Which is why India has no choice but to fashion a different approach, anchored around a new understanding of regionalism.
News: British tourist found dead with wound to his face in \'suspicious circumstances\' in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 03/01/2018 (Wednesday)
A British man has been found dead under \"suspicious circumstances\" in a suburb of Sri Lanka\'s capital. The 37-year-old, whose name has not been released, was discovered with a wound to his face this morning. His body was found at a ground in the Araliya Uyana area of Colombo. Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara told local media that the British national arrived in Sri Lanka on November 25 and was due to leave the country on New Year\'s Day.
Photos: Origins of Sri Lanka’s Sinhala, Tamil, and Moor Communities
Posted Date: 03/01/2018 (Wednesday)
News: 2010 Panama village evictions ITE finds clear case of HR violation Sets 2 deadlines for return of lands
Posted Date: 02/01/2018 (Tuesday)
The International Tribunal on Evictions (ITE) has ruled that the Panama village eviction constituted a clear lack of free, prior and informed consent of the local communities and that it was a human rights violation. The ITE has also issued a deadline to the Government for the implementation of its recommendations. Issuing its verdict and recommendations, the Jury of the 6th Session of the ITE urged the authorities to stop the evictions in the Panama village and to return the land to the displaced people immediately. They also called on the military to vacate the occupied areas and cease
News: Parliament will have more ageing MPs in 2018
Posted Date: 02/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka will see more ageing MPs in Parliament in 2018 as most of them will be 70 years during this year while only a few others will be nearing that age, parliamentary sources said. As per the data of the official website of Sri Lankan Parliament, three Members of Parliament will reach the age of 70 years in 2018. As a result the total number of MPs who had reached the age of 70 years in Sri Lankan Parliament will exceed 20 in number this year.
News: No objection to use of my image on posters:MR
Posted Date: 02/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a letter to the Elections Commission (EC) has said, he has no objection to political parties and independent groups contesting the local government polls using his image on posters and cutouts. Mr. Rajapaksa informed EC Chairman Mahinda Desapriya that he was well aware that posters and cutouts with his image were being used by these political parties.
News: Action to be taken against candidates bribing people
Posted Date: 02/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Chairman of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya says strict legal action will be taken against Local Government Elections candidates who distribute monetary or material subsidies funded personally or from public money as part of their election campaign. Issuing a statement, Chairman Deshapriya pointed out according to the Elections Ordinance distributing subsidies during election campaigning is entirely illegal and is considered a bribe.
News: Positives and Negatives of 2017
Posted Date: 01/01/2018 (Monday)
In our last editorial for 2017, the Daily Mirror analyses the positives and the negatives of what happened this year in the socio-political, economic and other areas. It is good to begin with ourselves and speak about media freedom. With the election of President Maithripala Sirisena on January 8, 2015 and the formation of the National Unity Government in August that year, media freedom was restored.
News: Politics in the New Year
Posted Date: 01/01/2018 (Monday)
Three years ago in January 2015, democratic change with the overthrow of the authoritarian Rajapaksa regime was a great moment of hope. For social institutions and movements – the effective guardians of democracy – that moment provided the space to again organise without fear. In some regions such as the post-war North and East, the democratic opening was a change like night and day. People who were afraid to speak during the decades of war and the post-war years, began protesting out on the streets to regain their lands, to remember the disappeared and to demand sustainable livelihoods.
News: China boosts investment in Sri Lankan mega-project
Posted Date: 01/01/2018 (Monday)
China will invest $1 billion in the construction of three 60-storey buildings at a mega-project near Sri Lanka’s main port, Colombo said Tuesday, as Beijing aims to boost its influence in the Indian Ocean. The deal follows an earlier Chinese investment of $1.4 billion to carry out reclamation work for the wider Colombo International Financial City development, strategically located next to Sri Lanka’s harbour, the only deep sea container port in the region.
Photos: International award to President in recognition of anti drugs campaign
Posted Date: 01/01/2018 (Monday)
News: Archaeology Dept. to take over Sampur Chetiya area for preservation
Posted Date: 31/12/2017 (Sunday)
The entire land area, where the Sudaikuda Chetiya at Sampur in Trincomalee was located would be taken over by the Archaeology Department shortly for preservation, Director General of Archeology Prof. P.B. Mandawela said yesterday. Prof. Mandawela said it was a lapse on the part of the Government as there was no plan to conserve, historical, religious and archaeology sites in the North East until 2015, though the civil war ended in 2015.
Events: அணங்கு நூல்கள் விமர்சன அரங்கு
Posted Date: 31/12/2017 (Sunday)
புதுவை தமிழ் சங்கம் வேங்கட்டா நகர் , புதுச்சேரி
News: High Commission of India offers fully funded training programmes in India
Posted Date: 30/12/2017 (Saturday)
More than 40 training courses, spread over a multitude of sectors, in various institutions in India are available for Government of Sri Lanka officials (45 years of age and below) under the Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India from 15 January to 31 March 2018. The courses are fully funded by Government of India and cover airfare, accommodation, study tours, course fee, living allowance, book allowance etc.

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