Sri Lanka bans cattle slaughter

Some Sinhala-Buddhist groups had demanded a ban. Sri Lanka has banned cattle slaughter after the Cabinet cleared Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent proposal, the government announced on Tuesday, adding that it would take steps to import beef. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Rajapaksa made a proposal to the parliamentary group …

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India-Sri Lanka Summit | Mahinda Rajapaksa statement on talks with Narendra Modi silent on 13th Amendment

While outlining the talking points, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s statement made no mention of justice and post-war reconciliation. Hours after India and Sri Lanka issued a joint statement referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to the Sri Lankan government to address the Tamil minority’s aspirations, with the implementation …

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Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna | A party for the Rajapaksas

When former President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the 2015 election, after his Cabinet colleague Maithripala Sirisena joined hands with rival Ranil Wickremesinghe in an unexpected alliance, his next moves were far from certain. In five years, not only is Mr. Rajapaksa back in power as he vowed, as the country’s Premier, …

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Address aspirations of Tamils, Narendra Modi urges Mahinda Rajapaksa

Devolve powers as envisaged in the Constitutionm, says Mr. Modi. Calling on the newly elected Sri Lankan government to fully implement the 13th Constitutional amendment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi “highlighted” India’s concerns about the rights of the Tamil minorities, during talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa. During the …

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Fulfil commitment on devolution of power to Tamils: Modi tells Mahinda

Sri Lanka’s Tamil leadership has raised concern that the existing 13th Amendment might be under threat Calling on the newly elected Sri Lankan government to fully implement the 13th constitutional amendment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi “highlighted” India’s concerns about the rights of the Tamil minorities, during talks with his Sri …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss fishermen’s concerns with Narendra Modi

Development partnership, regional security, COVID-19 response, Tamil question are also on the table. Following a meeting with Sri Lanka’s northern fisher leaders, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has promised to take up their concern over “trespassing Indian trawlers” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the virtual summit scheduled on …

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Looking forward to jointly reviewing our bilateral ties: PM Modi to Mahinda Rajapaksa

Narendra Modi said the two countries must explore ways to further enhance their cooperation in the post-COVID era. Ahead of his virtual talks with Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he looked forward to jointly reviewing their bilateral relations comprehensively, and that the two …

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Sri Lanka Opposition challenges new Bill in SC

Six petitions were filed in top court against the 20th Amendment legislation. A day after the Sri Lankan government tabled the contentious 20th Amendment Bill, Opposition parties, including the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB, or United People’s Front) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), moved the Supreme Court challenging it. At …

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