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A ‘Neighbourhood First’ foreign policy has little value for India

By Kanwal Sibal  We often hold ourselves responsible for mismanaging relations with our neighbours, believing that either we are insensitive or overbearing in dealing with them, or that, as the bigger country, we have been ungenerous. We are faulted for not tying them to our economy. However, we oversimplify the dynamics at play between big countries [...]

Unions told closing SriLankan Airlines not in the best interest

SriLankan Airlines has rejected allegations raised by some trade unions and noted that closing the company will not be in the best interest of anyone. In a letter to the the President of the Airline Pilots Guild of Sri Lanka, President of the Association of SriLankan Airlines Licensed Aircraft Engineers, President of the Executive Association of SriLankan Airlines BIA, President of [...]

Sri Lankan asylum seekers had been “secretly” flown back

The group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were brought to Colombo this week had been “secretly” flown out of Australia, the West Australian reported. It is understood the boat containing 29 Sri Lankans was detected near Cocos Island and was tracked towards mainland Australia before it was intercepted by Border Force officers on Wednesday. [...]

EU welcomes Sri Lanka as 163rd State Party to mine ban convention

The European Union (EU) says it is pleased to welcome Sri Lanka as the 163rd State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. On 13 December 2017, Sri Lanka deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (commonly known [...]

Jaffna culinary festival a major attraction

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya in Jaffna The Jaffna culinary festival was a major attraction since it opened on Friday, attracting local and foreign tourists in their numbers. The Security Forces in Jaffna had taken an initiative to organize a series of special events during the month of December 2017, with the primary objective of facilitating the reconciliation [...]

Two petitions received by UN in Colombo sent to authorities

Two petitions addressed to the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Una McCauley, was received by Ms McCauley and the Senior Human Rights Advisor, Juan Fernandez on Friday 15 December 2017, the UN office in Colombo said. The UN office said the petitions have been forwarded to the relevant authorities as requested by the petitioners, for necessary action [...]

Over 30,000 illegal medical practitioners operating in Sri Lanka

Over 30,000 illegal medical practitioners are said to be operating in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Health said today. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that assistance has been sought from the Police to arrest the illegal medical practitioners. The Minister said that there are over 15,000 private doctors in the country. However in order to [...]

UN experts accuse Sri Lanka of carrying out arbitrary detention

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country. The experts recognize positive initiatives, including engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, as well as the recent accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention [...]

Sri Lanka, ADB enter into loan agreements worth USD 270 million

The Government of Sri Lanka entered into three Loan Agreements worth of USD 270 million with the Asian Development Bank for the implementation of the Integrated Road Investment Program and Jaffna Kilinochchi Water Supply Project, the Ministry of Finance said today. A loan of USD 150 million was obtained for the investments required for the [...]

Stay order preventing the arrest of Gotabaya extended

A stay order issued by the Court of Appeal preventing the arrest of former Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has been extended till January 25, 2018. The stay order was earlier issued to the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID), effective till Friday, against arresting Rajapaksa over the alleged misappropriation of public funds. The FCID was looking to arrest Gotabaya Rajapaksa over [...]

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