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Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa sought Bangladesh’s support in UNHRC

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By P.K.Balachandran
The Joint Communique issued at the end of the visit of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Bangladesh on Saturday, speaks mainly of economic cooperation and the need to implement MoUs expeditiously. But it also says that Prime Minister Rajapaksa sought Bangladesh’s support in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) where Sri Lanka is to face a hostile resolution next week. Prime Minister Rajapaksa thanked Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Government of Bangladesh for their steadfast support in combating terrorism in Sri ...Continued

Pineapple War Shows Taiwan Won’t Be Bullied by Beijing

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This month, China banned imports of Taiwanese pineapples, the latest in a string of punitive trade measures against democracies that illustrate how China has weaponized its growing economic clout. As the island’s largest trading partner, China buys more than 90 percent of Taiwanese pineapple farmers’ exports. But the island is taking Beijing’s boycott in stride, underlining the potential for what is quickly emerging as one of the Biden administration’s sharpest foreign-policy tools: bringing democratic allies together on China.   U.S. President Joe Biden took the ...Continued

Farah Rumy becomes the first Sri Lankan woman elected to...

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Farah Rumy, born in Sri Lanka and a past student of Bishop’s College, Colombo is set to take her place in the Solothurn Parliament after last Sunday’s election. In 1998, Farah migrated to Switzerland with her parents, when she was 6 years old. She graduated from her internship as a Nurse and worked her way through University in Bern, earned a Master’s degree in Health Science and works as a Healthcare Specialiat in the Cardiology Unit of the cantonal hospital in Solothurn. Farah Rumy has ...Continued

SL immigrants in the US

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Sri Lankan immigrants in the US have written to the government to consider their plight on a priority basis and allow them to come home without incurring unnecessary expenses on travel and hotel quarantine. In a letter addressed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa the US immigrants have asked to allow those who are home bound to allow home quarantine for 14 days instead of hotels in which they spend time like prisoners The full text of the communication is as follows As you are well aware, ...Continued

Sri Lanka is nonchalant about the possibility of defeat at...

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By P.K.Balachandran
  With the date for voting on a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) nearing, the scenario is grim. Diplomatic sources say that given the reality of international politics, the vote is most likely to against Sri Lanka. But Sri Lanka is unfazed by this prospect as it has taken a clear and resolute stand that the resolution is unacceptably intrusive, biased, selective in its choice of data, unethically equating a democratically elected government with a ruthless terrorist group, and ...Continued

Sri Lanka and China support each other strongly at UNHRC

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By P.K.Balachandran
  Following the unequivocal support extended by China to Sri Lanka on the Core Group’s draft resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Sri Lanka questioned the reliability of the data in the report of the Special Rapporteur, Ahmed Shaheed, on the Uighur Muslims of China. Sri Lanka’s representative C.A.Chandraprema strongly defended China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang province of China in the Interactive Dialogue on March 4. Chandraprema said that Special Rapporteur Shaheed’s claims about discrimination against the Uighurs were ...Continued

Ranil paints a bleak picture of the economy

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We are bound to lose everything we gained following the introduction of the open economy in 1977 if the present economic crisis continues UNP Leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today. He was addressing a Youth organisation meeting of the UNP in Borella If the economic recovery is delayed people may have to forego one meal a day and if the present trend continues it will take at least a decade for the economy to recover to a reasonable level. The businesses are ...Continued

Easter Sunday carnage President puts the blame on the Ranil...

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared on Saturday that he has not “Failed” but yearning to earn a double doctorate. The President was addressing the “Gama Samga Pilisandarak”( a dialogue with the rural folk) at Giribawa Weragala. “Some people say I have failed I have not failed I have worked selflessly for the country and defended the same during the separatist war as a soldier for twenty long years. Thereafter I worked as the Defence Secretary of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and had been able to accomplish mu ...Continued

“Sri Lanka BJP” formed to promote education and sports among...

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By P.K Balachandran
  A Colombo-based Tamil hotelier of Indian Origin, Velusamy Muthuswamy, has announced the formation of a political party called “IlankaiBharatiya Janata Party” (IBJP) to further the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils in the field of education, sports and entrepreneurship. He announced in Jaffna in Northern Sri Lanka on Saturday. Muthuswamy told the Jaffna media that that radio journalist M.Indrajith will be the party General Secretary and V.Dilan, a businessman, will be the Treasurer. Secular and Multi-ethnic   Releasing the party’s manifesto Muthuswamysaid that the IBJP ...Continued

The Name of God can never be used “to justify...

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During his first remarks in Iraq, Pope Francis said that the name of God can never be used “to justify acts of murder, exile, terrorism and oppression,” and that minorities cannot be treated as second class citizens. “Religion, by its very nature, must be at the service of peace and fraternity,” Francis said. Speaking to civil authorities and diplomats, the pontiff noted than over the past several decades Iraq had been affected by the scourge of terrorism and sectarian violence grounded in a “fundamentalism” incapable ...Continued

Norfund to Invest up to 9.99% in National Development Bank...

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NDB and the Norwegian Development Finance Institution, Norfund, have reached an agreement for Norfund to invest up to 9.99% in National Development Bank PLC (NDB). A press release issued by the Norwegian Embassy said Under this agreement, Norfund will participate in the Rights Issue for LKR 8Bn that NDB has already announced by way of subscribing to unsubscribed rights and also by way of a private placement if required. This investment is subject to other conditions, including regulator and shareholders approvals. This is Norfund’s 1stequity ...Continued

EASTER SUNDAY CARNAGE

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  The Court of Appeal today directed the Attorney General to obtain instructions from the IGP and Defence Secretary regarding the investigations on unrecovered swords and other weapons brought into the country during the Easter Sunday attacks. Court of Appeal Justice (President) ArjunaObeyesekere and Justice Mayadunne Coreamade this direction pursuant to a writ petition filed by Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. Senior State Counsel Awanthi Perera told the court that she is appearing for IGP and DefenceSecretary in the petition and sought further time to ...Continued

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