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Last Updated = Thu, Mar 23, 2017, 10:59 pm SL Time

* Sri Lanka, Russia pledge to enhance economic cooperation

Mar 23, Moscow: Sri Lanka and Russia have pledged to enhance long term economic cooperation and affirmed to build a strong foundation to take bilateral relations to a new high. These sentiments were expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Maithripala Sirisena during the historic meeting at the Green Room in Kremlin Thursday, President's Media Division said.
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* Sri Lanka consensus resolution adopted at UNHRC without a vote

Mar 23 (CP) Geneva- The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Thursday without a vote adopted the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka to which proposes to give two more years beyond 2017 to Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments for reconciliation and transnational justice.
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* Sri Lanka strongly condemns terrorist attack in London

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka on Thursday strongly condemned yesterday's terrorist attack in London that killed at least five people including a police officer and the attacker and injured at least 40 others. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said "Sri Lanka is shocked by the terrorist attack at the British Parliament yesterday, 22 March 2017, resulting in death and injury."
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* U.S. suggests Sri Lanka government to make a public strategy and time table to fulfill UN commitments

Mar 23 (CP) Geneva- The United States while commending Sri Lanka for the important steps taken since 2015, toward implementing its key human rights, justice, and reconciliation commitments, suggested the government to make public a strategy and timetable for implementation of the reforms and commitments outlined in the UN Resolution 30/1.
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* World Water Day: U.S. Embassy helps provide clean drinking water in rural Sri Lanka

Mar 23 (CP) Mapakadaweva- Students and teachers from Keselpotha Maha Vidyalaya in Uva Province joined representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Tuesday to inaugurate a rainwater harvesting system at their school, providing clean drinking water year-round.
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* JVP: Govt has stopped fighting corruption for its survival

Mar 23 (Island) The government had, for its political survival, betrayed the aspirations of the very same people who elected it to power, the JVP said in parliament yesterday. People had voted in the present government to punish those who misappropriated public funds.
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* Vital for Sri Lanka to send message that 'impunity is no longer tolerated' underlines UN rights chief

Mar 23 (UN) Presenting an oral update on the rights situation in Sri Lanka, the top United Nations human rights official today said that a general lack of trust in the impartiality of the justice system in the country regarding past violations and continuing “unwillingness or inability” to address impunity reinforces the need for international participation in a judicial mechanism.
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* Sri Lanka should develop timetable for full implementation of its UN commitments - HRW

Mar 22 (CP) Geneva- The global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) today acknowledged the Sri Lankan government's engagement with the international community, including with the UN's special procedures, over the last two years but expressed concerns at the slow pace of progress in implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 30/1.
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* UN calls for international participation in a judicial mechanism in Sri Lanka, comprehensive strategy to implement Geneva proposals

Mar 22 (CP) Geneva- The United Nations expressing concern over Sri Lanka's slow progress in establishing transitional justice mechanisms to address the accountability during the decades-long armed conflict, called for international participation in such mechanisms...
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* Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka's 10th annual research conference opens tomorrow

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) is holding its 10th Annual Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences from 23 - 25 March at the Mahaweli Centre in Colombo . The opening ceremony of the conference will be held tomorrow under the patronage of the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya at the Mahaweli Centre Auditorium at 8.00. p.m.
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* Tamil Nadu CM alleges Sri Lanka Navy of preventing a diplomatic solution to share waters between India and Sri Lanka

Mar 22 (CP) Chennai- Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday alleged that the Sri Lanka Navy is attempting to prevent reaching a diplomatic solution to share the waters in the narrow Palk Strait for fishing.
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* The Era of Prof. Valentine Joseph

Mar 22 (Island) It was one morning in July 1956. King George Hall of the University of Ceylon was filled with a new batch of students eagerly awaiting the arrival of a wizard of Mathematics on the stage for the first lecture.
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* Former MP Sarath Weerasekera never sought meeting with UNHRC Chief

Mar 22 (DN) Former Parliamentarian Rear Admiral (Retd.) Sarath Weerasekera or any of his representatives has not sought any meeting with the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner’s Office, informed sources from Geneva confirmed.
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* UK welcomes Sri Lanka's continued commitment to improving human rights

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo- The United Kingdom welcomes the co-sponsorship of the new UN Human Rights Council resolution by the Government of Sri Lanka, which reaffirms commitments made in resolution 30/1 in October 2015, for the next two years, the British High Commission in Colombo said in a statement.
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* Sri Lanka's President Sirisena receives Guard of Honor at Kremlin

Mar 23 (CP) Moscow- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena received a Guard of Honor during the official welcoming ceremony at Kremlin in the national capital of Russia today. President Sirisena visited the Red Square to place a wreath at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier.
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* Pakistan, Sri Lanka relations firmly standing on the pillars of mutual trust and respect - High Commissioner

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo- High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain has said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are respectively located at two global strategic junctions on the land and maritime silk route that had always been the meeting places of global civilizations, trade and cultures.
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* Pakistan to showcase Gandhara art in Sri Lanka at the Vesak Festival

Mar 23 (CP) Islamabad- Pakistan will participate in the 14th UN International Vesak Festival to be held in Sri Lanka from May 12th to 14th this year, a Pakistani official said. Pakistan will display Buddhist and Gandhara heritage relics at the three-day Vesak festival in Colombo, according to the official.
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* India will go with consensus on Lanka resolution at UNHRC:Govt

Mar 23 (PTI) India today said it will go with the consensus at the UNHRC on the US-sponsored resolution which proposes to give two more years beyond 2017 to Sri Lanka to fulfil its promises on protecting the interests of Tamils there.
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* Forty five percent of country’s expenditure for road development

Mar 23 (DN) Forty-five percent from the capital expenditure of the country consists of expenditure incurred to develop the road system, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.
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* Finance Minister pays surprise visit to Sri Lanka Customs

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake Tuesday paid a surprise midnight visit to the Sri Lanka Customs Department to observe the operations of the key department under his Ministry.
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* UK urges Sri Lanka to develop a comprehensive, time bound strategy to implement Geneva proposals

Mar 22 (CP) Geneva- The United Kingdom today urged the Government of Sri Lanka to provide the "determined leadership" and a "comprehensive and time bound" implementation strategy to fully deliver on the commitments it made when co-sponsoring the 2015 UN resolution.
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* Sri Lankan President arrives in Moscow on state visit

Mar 22 (CP) Moscow- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, who left the country Wednesday for a three-day state visit to Russia arrived in Moscow, marking the first state visit by a Sri Lankan head of the state in four decades.
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* Sri Lankan President leaves for Russia on a state visit

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has left for Russia Wednesday for a three-day official visit on an official invitation extended to him by the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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* UNICEF appeals for USD 1 million in funding support for Sri Lanka drought response

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) appealed for USD 1 million in funding to support Sri Lanka during its ongoing drought.
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* New laws to legalize previous bond sales

Mar 22 (DM) The Government will introduce new laws to make all previous bond sales legal and to govern sale of bonds and treasury bills in the future, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed Parliament yesterday.
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