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Rajapaksa visit: Vaiko, supporters detained


September 21st, 2012 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS
Bhopal, Sep 21 (IANS) MDMK leader Vaiko and his around 700 supporters, who were protesting Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to Madhya Pradesh, were Friday detained in Chhindwara district ... Read more...

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Manmohan meets Rajapaksa, presses for fast-tracking Tamil solution (Second Lead)


September 20th, 2012 - 11:27 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi/Bhopal, Sep 20 (IANS) India Thursday pressed Sri Lanka to speed up the process devolution of powers so that the Tamil citizens of the island nation can live in ... Read more...

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Manmohan, Rajapaksa discuss Tamil situation, bilateral ties (Lead)


September 20th, 2012 - 10:38 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi/Bhopal, Sep 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday met Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and pressed him for an early solution to the decades-long ethnic issue and stressed ... Read more...

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Rajapaksa, Manmohan to meet for talks


September 20th, 2012 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi/Bhopal, Sep 20 (IANS) India Thursday will press Sri Lanka to speed up an inclusive solution to the decades-long ethnic issue when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets President Mahinda ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka look to China to develop sports infrastructure


September 19th, 2012 - 1:40 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 19 (IANS) A Chinese delegation will be visiting Sri Lanka later this week to explore opportunities to develop sports infrastructure in the island nation.A statement by the Sri ... Read more...

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Amid Tamil Nadu unrest, Manmohan to meet Rajapaksa


September 18th, 2012 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa here Thursday, and is expected to press for a viable political solution in the ... Read more...

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Maldives President lauds India’s role in pushing political process


September 18th, 2012 - 12:51 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Maldives President Mohamed Waheed Monday lauded India's support in pushing forward political process in his country when he met visiting Defence Minister A.K. Antony in ... Read more...

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Suspected spy for Pakistan arrested in Tamil Nadu


September 17th, 2012 - 11:57 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Sep 17 (IANS) A suspected spy, passing sensitive defence information to Pakistan's intelligence agency through its High Commission in Colombo, has been arrested in Tamil Nadu, a senior police ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka is no stage for India-China rivalry: Envoy (Interview)


September 17th, 2012 - 11:09 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Amid New Delhi's concerns over growing military ties between Beijing and Colombo, Sri Lanka's envoy Prasad Kariyawasam has said there is no zero-sum game between ... Read more...

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Maldives threatens to pull out from Commonwealth


September 12th, 2012 - 7:57 pm ICT by IANS
Male, Sep 12 (IANS) The Maldives Wednesday threatened to pull out from the Commonwealth if the group's disciplinary body continues to "bully" the Indian Ocean island nation, Xinhua reported.Maldives government ... Read more...

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Jayalalithaa orders Sri Lanka football teams to return


September 2nd, 2012 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Sep 2 (IANS) Reinforcing her anti-Sri Lankan stance, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Sunday ordered the return of two football teams from the island nation that are in ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan minister rushes to Britain over travel advisory


September 2nd, 2012 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 2 (IANS) Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris has left for London in an attempt to meet British officials and urge them to withdraw a travel advisory ... Read more...

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Sushma Swaraj unveils Ashoka painting


September 2nd, 2012 - 6:37 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) BJP leader Sushma Swaraj has unveiled a painting depicting Emperor Asoka to mark the 2,600th year of the advent of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.The painting ... Read more...

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India urges Maldives parties to respect inquiry outcome


August 29th, 2012 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi/Tehran, Aug 29 (IANS) Ahead of the release of a crucial probe report on the Feb 7 transfer of power in the Maldives, India Wednesday urged all political parties ... Read more...

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Rajapaksa meets UAE envoy


August 28th, 2012 - 1:18 am ICT by IANS
Abu Dhabi, Aug 27 (IANS/WAM) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador Mahmoud Mohammed Mahmoud Monday on the occasion of the envoy's end of tenure in ... Read more...

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End bias against Tamil Nadu: AIADMK


August 27th, 2012 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Aug 27 (IANS) The ruling AIADMK Monday urged the central government to end its "step-motherly attitude" towards Tamil Nadu.In a resolution at a meeting here, the party passed resolutions ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka to protest British travel advisory


August 20th, 2012 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka will protest a travel advisory issued by Britain that warns its citizens of an upsurge in nationalism and anti-Western rhetoric in the island nation, ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka tells troops to remain alert


August 5th, 2012 - 4:51 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 5 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has urged its security forces to remain vigilant of groups both within and outside the country who may attempt to destabilise the ... Read more...

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Fiji scraps holiday on Elizabeth’s birthday


August 2nd, 2012 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 2 (IANS) Former British colony Fiji has scrapped a bank holiday on the birthday of Queen Elizabeth because it was "unimportant" and a "burden" on the country, a ... Read more...

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India asks Sri Lanka to free fishermen


July 26th, 2012 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) India Thursday asked Sri Lanka to release 23 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested on charges of entering the island nation's waters on humanitarian grounds.External Affairs ... Read more...

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Tourism to Sri Lanka is booming


July 20th, 2012 - 11:17 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka's post-war tourism is booming. In the first half of this year, a total of 452,867 people including 85,000 from India, visited the island nation, ... Read more...

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China exports 120 trains to Sri Lanka


July 19th, 2012 - 11:37 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, July 19 (IANS) China Thursday exported 120 trains to Sri Lanka.The trains were shipped from the port city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong province, the China Daily reported.The ... Read more...

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China opposes US-Taiwan relations


July 19th, 2012 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, July 19 (IANS) China Thursday said it was opposed to official relations between the US and Taiwan, after an American official visited the island nation off the eastern coast ... Read more...

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Pakistani held with weapons in Madagascar


July 19th, 2012 - 9:03 pm ICT by IANS
Antananarivo (Madagascar), July 19 (IANS) A Pakistani national has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and possessing illegal weapons in the island nation of Madagascar, off the east coast of ... Read more...

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Cuba expecting better show at London Olympics


July 19th, 2012 - 5:34 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, July 19 (IANS) The Cuban delegation is heading to London for the 30th Olympic Games without the usual medal forecast, saying it just hopes to improve on its dismal ... Read more...

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Tamil Tiger held at Sri Lankan airport


July 18th, 2012 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 18 (IANS) Sri Lankan police Wednesday said they have arrested a wanted Tamil Tiger rebel as he attempted to return to the island nation from Qatar, Xinhua reported.Police ... Read more...

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Dhoni hoping for positive start for team in Sri Lanka


July 17th, 2012 - 10:57 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, July 17 (IANS) Admitting that break from cricket was very welcome, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni emphasised the need to win the series against Sri Lanka that would help ... Read more...

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Cuba unveils its first biodiesel plant


July 17th, 2012 - 3:15 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, July 17 (IANS) Cuba's first factory designed to turn seed oil into green fuel opened Monday, with the capacity of producing more than 100 tonnes of biofuel a year.The ... Read more...

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Send back Sri Lankan Air Force trainees: Jayalalithaa


July 13th, 2012 - 6:37 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, July 13 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa Friday again urged the central government to send back the Sri Lankan Air Force personnel, now being trained in Bangalore, terming ... Read more...

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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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11,000 doctors to graduate in Cuba


July 12th, 2012 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, July 12 (IANS) Cuba will see about 11,000 would-be doctors from 60 countries and regions graduate from its colleges this month, the official Granma daily reported.According to Granma, 5,315 ... Read more...

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Sangakkara on a record breaking spree, beats Bradman


July 4th, 2012 - 2:21 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 4 (IANS) Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara has been on a record-breaking spree in the second Test against Pakistan here at the SSC grounds in the capital.Sangakkara ... Read more...

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Take up fishermen harassment issue with Sri Lankan government: Jayalalithaa


June 28th, 2012 - 12:56 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai June 28 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the issue of harassment of fishermen by the Sri Lankan ... Read more...

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Robles to train in Spain ahead of Olympics


June 26th, 2012 - 3:13 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, June 26 (IANS) Olympic champion and world record holder in the 110-meter hurdles, Dayron Robles, will train in Spain in the run-up to the London Olympics.Trainer Santiago Antunez said ... Read more...

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NSA to go to Colombo, voice India’s concerns


June 25th, 2012 - 7:43 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) India is set to voice its concerns over the slow pace of devolution process and seek an update on the rehabilitation of Tamils displaced ... Read more...

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