Owner of fire-stricken ship to pay $2.3 million for Sri Lankan help

Experts have been working to salvage the ship, which remains in Sri Lankan waters. The owner of a large oil tanker that caught fire off Sri Lanka’s coast has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the island nation for its help in extinguishing the blaze, an official said Saturday. MT …

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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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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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Lanka scraps Japan-funded rail project

Sri Lanka’s President has ordered the termination of a $1.5-billion Japanese-funded light rail project, saying it is not a “cost-effective solution” for the congested capital Colombo, officials said on Thursday. The deal signed under the previous government is the largest single foreign-funded infrastructure project in Sri Lanka, and was seen …

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Sri Lankan govt. tables 20th Amendment Bill

Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister Ali Sabry on Tuesday tabled the contentious 20th Amendment Bill in Parliament, as Opposition members protested by raising slogans against the move. “We don’t want 20,” members of the main Opposition party Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB, or United People’s Front) chanted in chorus. The party is …

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