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Ramesh to review India-aided projects in Sri Lanka


July 12th, 2012 - 4:22 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) India's Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh will Thursday meet Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo to review the progress of various developmental projects supported ... Read more...

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India supports Sri Lankan reconciliation, to stay engaged


June 29th, 2012 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 29 (IANS) India Friday reiterated its support to all actors seeking a solution to the Tamil situation in Sri Lanka, but made it clear that political reconciliation ... Read more...

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Indian company drills second oil well in Sri Lanka


October 22nd, 2011 - 8:36 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Oct 22 (IANS) An Indian company, engaged in exploring oil in the seas of northern Sri Lanka, has begun drilling a second well, the Sri Lankan government said Saturday.Cairn ... Read more...

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Cairn India starts oil exploration in Sri Lanka


August 6th, 2011 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 6 (IANS) Cairn India Saturday began exploring for oil in Sri Lanka's northwestern Mannar basin, which is believed to hold over one billion barrels of oil.Economic Development Minister ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka asks Tamil diaspora to invest in Jaffna


July 14th, 2011 - 7:42 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 14 (IANS) Sri Lanka has asked the Tamil diaspora to start investing in the northern region to uplift the living conditions of their community, a minister said Thursday."If ... Read more...

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US flood aid reaches Sri Lanka


February 12th, 2011 - 4:18 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Feb 12 (IANS) More US assistance has reached Sri Lanka to aid the thousands hit by massive flooding.The latest consignment of American assistance was handed over to Minister of Economic Development ... Read more...

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Arab envoys, Sri Lankan minister discuss economic ties


July 15th, 2010 - 12:29 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 14 (IANS/WAM) Ambassadors from the UAE and other Arab countries Wednesday held talks here with the Sri Lankan economic minister to strengthen economic ties. UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mahmoud Mohammed ... Read more...

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New Sri Lankan cabinet sworn in


April 23rd, 2010 - 7:02 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 23 (DPA) Sri Lanka's new cabinet was sworn in Friday, two days after the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa recorded a landslide victory in the ... Read more...

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Basil Rajapaksa may be next Sri Lankan Prime Minister


April 15th, 2010 - 5:23 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Apr 15(ANI): With the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) registering a landslide victory in the April 8 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, Basil Rajapaksa, President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother, has emerged as ... Read more...

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Fonseka shouldn’t leave Sri Lanka, says president’s brother (Interview)


January 28th, 2010 - 2:14 pm ICT by IANS
By M.R. Narayan Swamy New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka should not leave Sri Lanka as he needs to answer "a lot of allegations against him", President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ... Read more...

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Tamils will be resettled by January-end, Sri Lanka assures India


December 10th, 2009 - 9:31 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) Sri Lanka Thursday assured India that it will resettle around 300,000 internally displaced Tamil civilians before the end of January 2010 and reiterated its commitment to ... Read more...

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Rajapaksa in the dark about Indian prisoners: Tamil MP


October 19th, 2009 - 6:34 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) MPs from Tamil Nadu who visited Colombo said Monday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was unaware of Indian prisoners in Sri Lankan jails when they raised the ... Read more...

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80 more Indians fly to Sri Lanka to clear landmines


August 2nd, 2009 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS
By M.R. Narayan Swamy New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) Over 80 former Indian soldiers have left for Sri Lanka following the defeat of the Tamil Tigers to join Indians already there in clearing ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka agrees to allow relief ship


June 24th, 2009 - 11:26 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka has agreed to allow a ship to off-load its contents, relief material sent by Tamil diaspora, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said here Wednesday ... Read more...

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After military victory, Sri Lanka promises political solution (Lead)


May 21st, 2009 - 9:41 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo/New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) After decimating the Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka assured India Thursday that it was committed to a political solution to overcome long-standing Tamil grievances in the country. President Mahinda ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka assures it would push political solution


May 21st, 2009 - 8:40 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo/New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) With the end of a decades-long insurgency led by the Tamil Tigers, India and Sri Lanka Thursday agreed that the time was "opportune" to focus attention on ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka hails Indian medical aid to war displaced


May 4th, 2009 - 2:22 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 4 (IANS) Sri Lanka has hailed neighbouring India for providing urgent healthcare assistance to thousands of civilians fleeing the island's northern war zone where the troops and the Tamil Tigers ... Read more...

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PM reviews Lanka situation at special meeting, Chennai strikes


April 23rd, 2009 - 1:11 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi/Chennai, Apr 23 (ANI): Amid escalating tensions in neighbouring Sri Lanka over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a special meeting was convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on ... Read more...

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India to Sri Lanka: Killings of Tamil civilians must stop (Lead)


April 23rd, 2009 - 2:16 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Expressing concern at the plight of civilians in Sri Lanka, India Wednesday asked the war-torn nation to ensure that the killings of Tamil civilians are stopped ... Read more...

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PM reviews Sri Lanka situation, discusses civilians’ plight


April 23rd, 2009 - 1:56 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) With the worsening humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka triggering an uproar in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday night reviewed the situation in the island ... Read more...

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PM calls meeting to review Sri Lanka situation


April 22nd, 2009 - 8:28 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened an emergency meeting Wednesday to review the situation in the island nation. The meeting will take place Wednesday night, the prime ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka Army confirms surrender of two top LTTE leaders


April 22nd, 2009 - 4:48 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Apr.22 (ANI): Two top leaders of the rebel Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Ealam (LTTE) have surrendered before the Sri Lanka Army in Puthumathalam.According to a Times Now report, Daya Master ... Read more...

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Karunanidhi calls for 12-hour strike in Chennai


April 22nd, 2009 - 3:34 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Apr 22 (ANI): Pushing forward his demand for an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has called for a 12-hour strike in Chennai on ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka to send food supply for war-hit people via sea


February 18th, 2009 - 12:01 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Feb 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka Tuesday decided to send urgently 40 tonnes of food supply via sea for thousands of civilians trapped in the island's northern war-zone, official sources here said. ... Read more...

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Japan to send its special peace envoy to Sri Lanka


January 20th, 2009 - 12:31 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 19 (IANS) Sri Lanka's single largest donor, Japan is sending its special peace envoy to Colombo to "encourage a political solution to the ethnic conflict" in the country, at a ... Read more...

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Menon Sri lanka visit leads to political resolution


January 18th, 2009 - 3:47 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi,Jan 18 (ANI): Sri lanka has committed that it will move a political resolution after the military campaign ends. Indias Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ... Read more...

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India urges Sri Lanka to move towards early political settlement


January 18th, 2009 - 1:11 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 18 (IANS) Announcing India's intention to provide further assistance of relief material for the civilians trapped in Sri Lanka's northern war zone, visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon has "urged ... Read more...

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India’s support to eliminate terrorism reaffirmed: Sri Lanka (With: Menon, Rajapaksa discuss bilateral ties, political situation - Second Lead)


January 17th, 2009 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 17 (IANS) Reiterating its aim to find a political solution to the ethnic conflict and a military solution to extremism, Sri Lanka Saturday said India has "reaffirmed" its support to ... Read more...

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Menon, Rajapaksa discuss bilateral ties, political situation (Second Lead)


January 17th, 2009 - 3:21 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 17 (IANS) Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday discussed the prevailing political situation in the island nation, a day after India announced the ... Read more...

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Shivshankar Menon holds talks with President Rajapaksa in Kandy (Lead)


January 17th, 2009 - 2:09 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 17 (IANS) Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon Saturday held talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a day after India announced the second instalment of humanitarian assistance amounting to 40 million ... Read more...

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Shivshankar Menon holds talks with President Rajapaksa in Kandy


January 17th, 2009 - 1:42 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 17 (IANS) Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon Saturday held talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a day after India announced the second instalment of humanitarian assistance amounting to 40 million ... Read more...

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India announces second set of humanitarian aid war-hit civilians in Sri Lanka


January 16th, 2009 - 11:18 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Jan.16 (ANI): The Government of India on Friday a second set of humanitarian aid for the war-affected civilians in Sri Lanka''s northern region. The announcement coincides with the visit of ... Read more...

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India announces more aid for Sri Lanka’s war-hit civilians (Lead)


January 16th, 2009 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 16 (IANS) Coinciding with the visit of Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, India Friday announced a second set of humanitarian aid for the war-affected civilians in Sri Lanka's north.The Indian high ... Read more...

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Shivshankar Menon to hold talks with Rajapaksa, key leaders


January 16th, 2009 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 16 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon who arrived in Colombo late Thursday will hold talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the foreign minister and leaders of key political parties during ... Read more...

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India to discuss political process in Sri Lanka


January 15th, 2009 - 6:28 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon will be in Colombo for two days from Friday when he will discuss with Sri Lankan leaders the prospects of initiating a ... Read more...

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