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Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins local council polls


September 9th, 2012 - 7:41 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka's ruling party was the overall winner at elections held in three local councils a day earlier, showed official results released Sunday.The United Peoples Freedom ... Read more...

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Rajapaksa wants to discuss targeting of Sri Lankans with India


September 7th, 2012 - 3:17 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 7 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes to raise the issue of Sri Lankans being targeted in India's Tamil Nadu state when he undertakes a visit ... Read more...

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US to remain engaged with Sri Lanka, says envoy


July 4th, 2012 - 2:41 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 4 (IANS) The US will remain engaged with Sri Lanka despite some differences of opinion on the political front, the US ambassador to Sri Lanka said here Wednesday.In ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 17 percent


June 12th, 2012 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 12 (IANS) Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals grew by 17.5 percent in May to 57,506 from a year earlier, the tourism authority said Tuesday.The latest arrival rates were nearly ... Read more...

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Colombo scales down military presence


June 3rd, 2012 - 6:00 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 3 (IANS) The Sri Lankan military withdrew most of its troops from Colombo Saturday citing improved security conditions, three years after a war with Tamil Tiger rebels ended.Military ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief released from jail


May 21st, 2012 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 21 (IANS) Former Sri Lankan Army chief Sarath Fonseka was formally freed from prison Monday following a presidential pardon.Large crowds gathered outside the prison to greet Fonseka, who ... Read more...

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Rajapaksa orders release of jailed ex-army chief


May 20th, 2012 - 2:13 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 20 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pardoned jailed former army commander Sarath Fonseka and authorised his release, a presidential spokesman said Sunday.Bandula Jayasekera said the document ... Read more...

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Rajapaksa gets nod to free jailed ex-army chief


May 17th, 2012 - 11:27 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 17 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has approved the release of jailed former army chief Sarath Fonseka, an official said Thursday.President Mahinda Rajapaksa has obtained the approval of ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka keen to implement war commission report


April 4th, 2012 - 10:08 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 4 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has told parliament that it has no objection in implementing recommendations of a war commission appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.The government stand ... Read more...

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UN resolution won’t change ties with India, US: Colombo


March 22nd, 2012 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, March 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka Thursday said its friendly ties with India and the US will not change despite a resolution being moved against it at the UN Human ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka, Singapore sign trade agreement


February 16th, 2012 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Feb 16 (IANS) Sri Lanka and Singapore have signed an agreement to boost bilateral trade and investment.Sr Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on a two-day visit to the ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka warns ex-Tamil rebels against revolting


January 22nd, 2012 - 3:05 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 21 (IANS) Sri Lanka has warned former Tamil Tiger rebels not to engage with any group which may be attempting to overthrow the government.The warning came after a ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan Tamils want self-determination: Diaspora group


January 16th, 2012 - 12:19 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 15 (IANS) A Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora group said Sunday that it will support discussions for a political settlement on the island if the solution alters the structure ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka protests over LTTE stamps in France


January 3rd, 2012 - 10:17 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 3 (IANS) Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris Tuesday met French ambassador to Colombo Christine Robichon and lodged a protest over postage stamps issued in France with images ... Read more...

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Colombo to fight poverty with military’s help


December 22nd, 2011 - 9:45 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Dec 22 (IANS) The Sri Lanka government Thursday said it will take the help of the military to fight poverty.The military will be used to fight the "economic war" ... Read more...

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Chaos in Colombo court after ex-army chief gets new jail term


November 19th, 2011 - 12:35 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Nov 18 (IANS) Sri Lanka's main court complex took almost the look of a battleground with supporters of the jailed former army commander Sarath Fonseka protesting a further three ... Read more...

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Fonseka jailed for three years


November 18th, 2011 - 2:52 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Nov 18 (IANS) Former Sri Lankan army chief General Sarath Fonseka was Friday sentenced to three years in jail.Fonseka was found guilty of spreading public disaffection by quoting allegations ... Read more...

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Pakistan to help de-mining in Sri Lanka


October 25th, 2011 - 10:01 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Oct 25 (IANS) Pakistan will help de-mine parts of Sri Lanka's Northern province, Xinhua reported Tuesday.A 10-member de-mining team from the Pakistani Army Engineering Corps is currently in the ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka, India hold largest naval exercise


September 19th, 2011 - 4:02 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 19 (IANS) The Sri Lankan and Indian navies Monday began their largest joint exercise off the east coast of the island nation, an officer said.The joint exercise, code-named ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka to formulate political solution: Tamil party


September 18th, 2011 - 12:01 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 17 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has agreed to formulate a political solution to the ethnic issue very soon, a key minority Tamil political party said Saturday. The ... Read more...

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Indians top tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka


June 11th, 2011 - 2:39 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 11 (IANS) Indians are at the top of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka, official figures show.Figures released by Sri Lanka's Tourism Authority showed that 68,830 Indians visited Sri ... Read more...

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Sri Lankans protest against UN findings on civil war


May 2nd, 2011 - 2:03 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, May 2 (ANI): Thousands of Sri Lankans hit the streets to protest against a United Nations report calling for both the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to be investigated over possible ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka President demands mass protest against UN report on civil war


April 18th, 2011 - 4:32 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Apr 17 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for mass protests against a UN report that alleged that the war crimes were committed at the end of the civil ... Read more...

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Satellites can track human rights abuses


April 18th, 2011 - 11:16 am ICT by IANS
Washington, April 18 (IANS) Satellites that helped us gather real-time data from the most inaccessible and hostile places on earth can also help us track human rights abuses that cause ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka must account for missing rebels: Human Rights Watch


April 9th, 2011 - 3:46 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Apr.9 (ANI): The New York based Human Rights Watch has said Sri Lanka should account for the disappearance of all Tamil Tiger rebels.Human Rights Watch said at least 20 Tamil ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka to increase flights to Britain


April 7th, 2011 - 7:33 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 7 (IANS) Sri Lanka will increase the number of weekly flights to Britain from 14 to 21, Xinhua reported Thursday.Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne, who made the annoucement, ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka PM retracts rebel training camp allegation on India


March 13th, 2011 - 12:55 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Mar.13 (ANI): Sri Lanka's Prime Minister DM Jayaratne has retracted his claim that the Tamil Tiger rebels were being trained in camps in India.He said that his allegation was based on ... Read more...

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Grave of LTTE chief’s mother ‘desecrated’ by leaving dead dogs at site


February 25th, 2011 - 3:51 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Feb 25 (ANI): The cremation ground of late Tamil Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran's mother has been desecrated by the leaving of the dead bodies of three shot dogs at the site, ... Read more...

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WikiLeaks: Sri Lanka imported radio equipment for LTTE


January 8th, 2011 - 8:19 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 8, The Sri Lankan government had imported radio equipment for the Tamil Tiger rebels in 2002 as it tried to work out a peace deal in collaboration with the Norwegian ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan police recruits record number of Tamils in force


January 8th, 2011 - 3:44 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Jan 8 (ANI): A record number of Tamils have reportedly been recruited by the Sri Lankan police force at a ceremony near Colombo.Currently, only a few thousand Tamils are a part ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka releases 100 LTTE rebels held in military-run camps


December 26th, 2010 - 2:20 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Dec 26(ANI): The Sri Lankan government has released 100 former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels during a ceremony held in Vavuniya district in Northern Province.Vavuniya used to be ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka lifts ban on UN war crimes team


December 19th, 2010 - 3:03 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Dec 19 (ANI): The Sri Lankan government has reportedly given permission to a team of UN investigators to visit the island to carry out investigations into alleged war crimes in the ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka, Pakistan seek closer ties


November 29th, 2010 - 12:43 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Nov 28 (IANS) Sri Lankan and Pakistani officials held talks here Sunday during which they pledged to boost cooperation in a wide range of areas, reports Xinhua.Both countries have agreed to ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka arrests five suspected Tamil rebel accomplices


October 24th, 2010 - 6:29 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Oct. 24 (ANI): Sri Lankan police on Sunday revealed the arrest of five suspected accomplices of the former Tamil Tiger rebels.Police spokesman and superintendent Prishantha Jayakodi told reporters here that three ... Read more...

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Lankan Tamil politician asks Rajapaksa government to return seized gold, jewels


October 23rd, 2010 - 12:42 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Oct. 23 (ANI): A Sri Lankan Tamil politician has demanded that the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government return gold and jewels seized during the final stages of the war against Tamil Tiger rebels ... Read more...

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