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Nine members of the US Congress against Sri Lanka

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  They also have urged the Secretary of State to make every effort to promote an international accountability process for Sri Lanka. The members of the Congress are Deborah K. Ross, James P. McGovern, Bill Johnson, Brad Sherman, David N. Cicilline, Danny K. Davis,Ted W. Lieu, Steve Cohen, Ilhan Omar ?The members have further said “As you know, the United States played an important role in the drafting and adoption of the resolution cosponsored by Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in 2015 ...Continued

Modi assures Gotabaya, India “will not do any injustice” to...

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By P.K.Balachandran
In his recent telephone conversation with the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapakasa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that India “will not do any injustice to Sri Lanka,” says Foreign Secretary Adm.Prof.Jayanath Colombage. He denied a report in the media which quoted him as saying that India had assured that it would “support” Sri Lanka, and “protect the country’s sovereignty during the UNHRC sessions.” Clarifying the position, Colombage said that in his recent telephone conversation with the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapakasa, Indian Prime ...Continued

Adanis and partners will hold 85% in Colombo port’s West...

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By P.K.Balachandran
The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), General (Rtd) Daya Ratnayake has said that the Indian company Adani Ports and Special Economic Zones (APSEZ) Ltd., and its partners, including the Sri Lankan company John Keells, will hold 85% of the stake in the proposed West Container Terminal of Colombo port. He denied media reports that the Adanis will hold 51 % of the stakes. At any rate, the long statement issued by APSEZ does not mention its stake. Perhaps the Adanis will hold ...Continued

Sri Lanka to set up rehabilitation centres for extremists

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By P.K.Balachandran
It is not specifically meant for Islamic radicals but radicals of all kinds. An Extraordinary Gazette dated March 12  saysthat these provisions will apply to those who surrender to law enforcement officials or are taken into custody on suspicion of holding radical or extremist views on religion or who causes or intends to cause acts of violence or religious, racial, or communal disharmony or feelings of ill will or hostility between different communities. Reintegration centres will be set up under these regulations with the approval ...Continued

Lanka needs to use PM’s visit to Bangladesh for strengthening...

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By P.K.Balachandran
The forthcoming visit of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Bangladesh to participate in the grand celebrations connected with the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence could help boost bilateral economic ties if the visit is properly used. Bangladesh is planning a week-long celebration beginning with the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 17 and ending on March 26, when the late Sheikh Mujib declared independence from Pakistan and the formation of an independent Bangladesh. Several world leaders ...Continued

Son of Queen’s former aide-de-camp in Sri Lanka rallies to...

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By Amelia Hill
Courtesy – The Guardian of UK           Maj. Gen. Anton Muttukumaru was a barrister, soldier and diplomat who loved collecting walking sticks. He was known for being charming and shrewd, had a talent for mimicry, and was once driven to Ascot to join the Queen because she was too busy enjoying the races to meet him at Buckingham Palace. Maj Gen Anton Muttukumaru receives the Coronation medal from the Queen in the 1950s. Photograph: Family handout Born in Ceylon (now Sri ...Continued

Sri Lanka’s cautionary tale of pandemics and sorcery

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Portugal’s colonial involvement in Sri Lanka ended in 1658, but the colonists left behind a vocabulary that is still audible in the “baila” that reverberate across the South Asian island. The word, derived from “bailar,” the Portuguese for “dance,” refers to the catchy tunes that get Sri Lankans dancing at festive occasions such as wedding parties and cricket matches. But this musical genre — also popular in the Indian coastal state of Goa, another former Portuguese colony — has also made waves through its lyrics, ...Continued

World leaders should be cautious not to use the pandemic...

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On Women’s Day, it’s even more important to take a stand for women’s equality and this year more than ever. Said Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Trine Jøranli Eskedal She was delivering the keynote address at an eventorganized by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka to celebrate the International Women’s Day. The theme of the discussion was the “Impact of Covid 19pandemic on Women and Gender Equality” The Ambassador said International Women’s Day began in the early 1900s as protest against women’s lack of ...Continued

In ancient times, Sri Lanka was everything it wants to...

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Lanka-Pakistan ties to acquire new heights following Imran Khan’s visit

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By P.K.Balachandran
Imran tells Muslim Parliamentarians before his departure that he secured a positive response from both the President and Prime Minister on the burial issue Relations could, at last, acquire an economic content and Pakistan could emerge as a factor in Sri Lankan Muslim politics     Colombo, February 25: The two-day visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Sri Lanka, which concluded on Wednesday, has put Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations on a new plane. While the traditional defence and security ties will be enhanced, the ...Continued

Lanka claims majority stake in Trincomalee oil tanks JV but...

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By P.K. Balachandran
  There has been a lack of agreement on the development and use of the 84 tanks in Trincomalee for over a decade.   : Sri Lanka’s Energy Minister, Udaya Gammanpila, claimed on Wednesday that the Indian High Commissioner, Gopal Baglay, has agreed that a Joint Venture should be established to manage all the 84 oil tanks in Trincomalee and that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) should  be the majority shareholder with the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) as the other shareholder. “We were able ...Continued

Indian Chief Minister’s thoughtless remark triggers worry in Sri Lanka

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) honcho and current Indian Home Minister Amit Shah had once revealed to him that the BJP has a plan to form governments in neighboring Nepal and Sri Lanka. This may be laughed off in India as another of those baseless utterances by Deb who has earned an unsavory reputation of being a loud mouth. But in Sri Lanka it has caused considerable concern. Reporters in Colombo have been desperately trying to confirm if Deb had really said what he has been ...Continued

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