Chinese military delegation offers training opportunities to Sri Lankan officers

Published : 12:00 am  May 24, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  418 views  |  
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A high ranking Chinese military delegation currently visiting Sri Lanka has met with the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake yesterday in Colombo. The six-member delegation, headed by Chief of Staff of the Chinese People’s Armed Police Lieutenant General Niu Zhizong is in Sri Lanka on a three-day official visit. During the meeting with the Army Commander, the Chinese Chief of Armed Police has offered training opportunities for Sri Lankan officers in China, in addition to training slots that have already been allocated in China for Sri Lankan service personnel. Lieutenant General Niu has requested the Sri Lankan Commander to send maximum numbers of officers to China for training... 

Modi’s invite to Mahinda, Nawaz displeases Indian politicos

Published : 1:00 am  May 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  951 views  |  

New Delhi (Reuters): Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s invitation to the leaders of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other neighbours to his swearing -in ceremony next week displeased other Indian politicos. India, the regional heavyweight, has long had difficult ties not only with Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir issue, but also with smaller nations such as Sri Lanka over war crimes against Indian Tamils and with Nepal and Bangladesh over trade, immigration and river sharing issues. India and Pakistan do not meet eye to eye with each other over certain issues including the issue of Kashmir which is principally split between the two neighbours, by a sparsely inhabited stretch of Himalayan plateau... 

Sri Lanka and China hold bilateral talks

Published : 12:57 am  May 23, 2014  |  Category: News, TOP STORY  |  Leave a Comment  |  691 views  |  

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday held bilateral talks in Shanghai and discussed the progress of ongoing collaborative projects as well as new areas of cooperation. “I am happy that the development assistance granted by China to Sri Lanka has been very much in keeping with my policies for the country’s growth, which is much appreciated,” President Rajapaksa said. Noting that Sri Lanka is an important partner, President Xi said he was happy to see the relations between the two countries be elevated to one of “strategic cooperation” during the President’s last visit to China in May 2013. He further said that China looks to “step up mutually beneficial... 

Faiszer raps Religious Affairs Ministry

Published : 12:56 am  May 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  498 views  |  

Blames officials for not implementing decisions made about Grandpass mosque Deputy Minister for Investment Promotion and SLFP Organiser for Colombo Central, Faiszer Musthapha has slammed officials of the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs for failing to implement decisions made regarding the Grandpass mosque last year. The mosque was at the centre of controversy in August 2013 after a mob attacked the Molawatte Prayer Centre premises on Chaithya Road during evening prayers, one day after the Eid festival. In a letter addressed to the Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs, the Deputy Minister said that at a meeting convened to resolve the tensions in the... 

Japan Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister meets Milinda

Published : 12:55 am  May 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  434 views  |  

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Seiji Kihara met Senior Adviser to the President Milinda Moragoda in Colombo recently. Vice-Minister Kihara arrived in Sri Lanka on 9 May 2014 to further strengthen the long-standing ties between Japan and Sri Lanka. During his visit, Kihara met President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other Government officials to explore new avenues of bilateral cooperation between the two countries  Read More →

President Rajapaksa and Iranian President hold bilateral talks

Published : 1:50 am  May 22, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  587 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held bilateral talks yesterday on the sidelines of the 4th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), taking place in Shanghai, China  Read More →

Commission on missing persons launches its website

Published : 1:49 am  May 22, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  333 views  |  

The official website of the Presidential Commission to investigate into complaints regarding missing Ppersons was launched on Tuesday at the Commission Office in Colombo 6. The website address is Addressing media organisations at the launch, Commission Chairman Maxwell Paranagama stated that the launching of the website will enhance the independence and transparency of the work of the Commission and provide better access to information to the public. “The Commission has always acted with independence and transparency, and it is important to instill faith in the public by providing them knowledge about the work of the Commission and enabling them to make suggestions to... 

US House Resolution calls on Govt., TNA to begin negotiations for a political solution

Published : 1:48 am  May 22, 2014  |  Category: News  |  5 Comments  |  1,315 views  |  

US House of Reps. want restricted entry for Lankans implicated in abuses The United States House of Representatives has called on the Sri Lankan Government and the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to begin negotiations to reach a long-term political solution that would ensure for a peaceful and unified Sri Lanka. A House Resolution submitted to the 113th Congress by Democratic Congressman of New Jersey Rush Holt calls on the TNA to acknowledge its past relationships with the LTTE terrorist group and make a firm commitment to reconciliation. H.Res. 587, co-signed by the Republican congressman Bill Johnson of Ohio, and Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts John Tierney, was... 

Chinese President Xi Jinping hosts welcome banquet for CICA dignitaries

Published : 1:29 am  May 21, 2014  |  Category: MAIN IMAGE, News  |  Leave a Comment  |  916 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa, along with other heads of state and heads of delegation currently in China for the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), arrive at the welcome banquet hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan. The banquet took place at the Shanghai International Conference Centre this evening. In this photo, President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono are among the dignitaries. Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes President Mahinda Rajapaksa as he arrived at the Welcome Banquet this evening at the Shanghai International Conference Centre  Read More →

Jaffna academic summoned to TID

Published : 1:27 am  May 21, 2014  |  Category: News  |  7 Comments  |  1,235 views  |  

Northern mourning ban continues to cause tensions Academics summoned before military officials at Palaly about planned memorial event By Dharisha Bastians In a bid to stall a planned remembrance ceremony for civilians killed in the final stages of war today, the Terrorist Investigations Department has issued written notice on a Jaffna university academic, to appear in Colombo for an inquiry. The notice followed a 90 minute pow-wow between representatives of the Jaffna University Teachers Association and Brigadier Abeynayake in Palaly yesterday, where the academics were asked to cancel their memorial event on grounds that it was a violation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act. JUTA President... 

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