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Sri Lanka opposition protests constitutional changes


July 6th, 2010 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 6 (DPA) Sri Lanka's main opposition party staged a protest Tuesday against proposed constitutional reforms that would enable the president to stand for a third term. United National Party legislators carried ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka strives to recover after end of civil war (Yearender)


December 11th, 2009 - 4:11 pm ICT by IANS
By Anthony David Colombo, Dec 11 (DPA) Months after ending a 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka that claimed over 100,000 lives, fresh hopes have been raised about building ethnic unity, although scars ... Read more...

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Ruling party expected to win polls in Sri Lanka (Lead)


February 14th, 2009 - 3:57 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Feb 14 (DPA) Sri Lanka's ruling party was poised to win elections being held Saturday in two of the nine provinces in what is widely seen as a prelude to snap ... Read more...

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Ruling party expected to win provincial polls in Sri Lanka


February 14th, 2009 - 2:16 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Feb 14 (DPA) Sri Lanka's ruling party was poised to win elections being held Saturday in two of the nine provinces in what is widely seen as a prelude to snap ... 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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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-Lanka accord key to political solution: Sri Lanka


January 17th, 2009 - 12:27 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 16 (IANS) Appreciating the continued "understanding of India on issues of mutual concern", Sri Lanka said Friday that the 1987 Indo-Sri Lanka accord is still the key to seeking a ... 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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Sri Lankan president briefs opposition on war with LTTE


October 24th, 2008 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Oct 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday held talks with leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe and briefed him on the situation in the ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka peace process R.I.P. (IANS Book Review)


October 5th, 2008 - 9:43 am ICT by IANS
Book: "My Belly is White"; Author: Austin Fernando; Publisher: Vijitha Yapa Publications, ColomboThis is a revealing book on Sri Lanka's now dead peace process, written by one who was in the thick ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka holds provincial polls amid tight security


August 23rd, 2008 - 3:23 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 23 (IANS) Voting for two of Sri Lanka's nine provincial councils was held Saturday amid tight security with both the ruling coalition and the main opposition parties predicting their victory.Balloting ... Read more...

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Pre-poll violence mars election campaigns in Sri Lanka


August 21st, 2008 - 5:09 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 21 (IANS) Campaigning for elections for two of Sri Lanka's nine provincial councils has ended, with independent monitors accusing the ruling and opposition parties of resorting to violence.Balloting is scheduled ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan opposition wants details of Indian delegation’s visit


June 23rd, 2008 - 2:13 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 23 (IANS) Sri Lanka's opposition parties have urged the ruling coalition to disclose the reasons behind the "sudden visit" to Colombo by a high-powered Indian delegation led by National Security ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka holds crucial polls in east amid tight security


May 10th, 2008 - 1:21 pm ICT by admin
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, May 10 (IANS) Amid tight security, thousands in Sri Lanka's east queued up to vote Saturday to elect a maiden provincial council in the region the military seized from ... Read more...

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Maiden provincial poll for Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged East


May 9th, 2008 - 4:30 pm ICT by admin
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, May 9 (IANS) Amid sweeping security arrangements, Sri Lanka's war-hit eastern province comprising Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Amparai districts will elect a provincial council Saturday, barely a year after the ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka braces for crucial eastern provincial poll


May 8th, 2008 - 7:15 pm ICT by admin
By Anthony David Colombo, May 8 (DPA) The government has set the stage for a crucial provincial election in eastern Sri Lanka Saturday, a year after wresting control of the area from Tamil ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s radical party heading for split


April 9th, 2008 - 10:25 pm ICT by admin
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, April 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka's one-time political kingmaker, the Sinhalese nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), is headed for a split, just two and a half years after helping President ... Read more...

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