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MR congratulates President-elect Joko Widodo of Indonesia

MR congratulates President-elect Joko Widodo of Indonesia

President Mahinda Rajapaksa  telephoned the newly elected President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo to offer congratulations on his decisive victory at the recently concluded Presidential elections. Having secured…

Malaysian film star of Sri Lankan origin killed in MH17

Malaysian film star of Sri Lankan origin killed in MH17

A Malaysian film star, who has roots in Sri Lanka, was on the ill-fated MH17 with her family. She was with her daughter and husband. Subhashini Jeyratnam, 38, an actress,…

Sri Lankan asylum seeker group to be taken to the Australian mainland

Sri Lankan asylum seeker group to be taken to the Australian mainland

Foreign Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday a group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers would be brought to Australia so that their nationality could be determined. A group of Sri…

Sri Lankan, Indian central banks agree scope for government debt buys

Sri Lankan, Indian central banks agree scope for government debt buys

The central banks of India and Sri Lanka have agreed they can buy up to the equivalent of $500 million in each other’s government debt to diversify their currency reserves,…

Need to respect each other’s concerns, PM Narendra Modi to Chinese president

Need to respect each other’s concerns, PM Narendra Modi to Chinese president

Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised Chinese President Xi Jinping on the need for respecting each other’s “interests and concerns, including in the shared neighbourhood”, amid worries in Delhi over China’s…

High Court to decide asylum seekers fate

High Court to decide asylum seekers fate

Lawyers for 157 asylum seekers being detained on an Australian Customs vessel say it’s still unclear where the Australian government will take them if they lose next month’s High Court…

Colombo clarifies on Chinese aid

Colombo clarifies on Chinese aid

Sri Lanka will never act in a manner prejudicial to India’s national interests, Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris told Parliament here on Tuesday. Mr. Peiris’ remarks came in response to a…

Glasgow 2014: Sri Lanka cyclists stopped by police on M74

Glasgow 2014: Sri Lanka cyclists stopped by police on M74

Four members of Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Games team were stopped by police when they were spotted cycling down the M74 near Glasgow. They were seen on one of Scotland’s busiest…

India to upgrade crèche facilities for Sri Lanka’s estate Tamils

India to upgrade crèche facilities for Sri Lanka’s estate Tamils

India has agreed to upgrade facilities at 70 child development centers in Sri Lanka’s estate regions, where a sizeable number of Tamils of Indian origin work. Indian High Commissioner Y.K.…

Women to take part in municipal polls

Women to take part in municipal polls

The Council of Ministers has approved legislation that would allow Saudi women to vote and stand as candidates in upcoming municipal council elections. Women were not allowed to participate in…