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India reiterates the need for a cordial relationship with Sri Lanka
Maintaining that India wanted good neighbourly relationships, Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said even as the government is sensitive to the issues of Tamils in Sri Lanka,

India needs to maintain friendly relationship with Sri Lanka as well, as the island nation would incline towards other neighbours. (Hiru News)

Proven cancer drug Vidatox now in Sri Lanka
After 15 years of research into the management of cancer, which has resulted in an effective and natural aid in its therapy, a Cuban pharmaceutical laboratory has released a new homeopathic cancer drug to the international market. The drug, Vidatox, has now been introduced to Sri Lanka by SW International.

Vidatox, the result of the work carried out by Cuban biologist Misael Bordier, is a drug produced from five protein peptides extracted from the venom of the blue scorpion (Rophalorus junceus), which is endemic to Cuba and has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. (Lanka Business Today)

The best we can give our children is education - Sri Lankan President
Stressing that the best thing a society can give its children is education, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that it is parents' responsibility to provide an opportunity for the children to receive the benefits of free education.

"Everybody has a responsibility to offer the children the opportunities we didn't get in the past," the President said opening of Mahindodaya Technical Laboratories in three schools of Moneragala district Monday.(Colombo Page)

Sri Lanka to deport asylum seekers
A Sri Lankan court yesterday gave permission to authorities to send back scores of Pakistani asylum seekers, after the government said they were a threat to the island's security and public health.

Deputy solicitor-general Janak de Silva asked the appeal court to lift an earlier suspension of deportations, saying there was evidence Pakistanis were committing crimes and bringing malaria into the country, which was otherwise virtually free of the disease.(Gulf Daily News)

Nine Fishermen Arrested by Sri Lanka Naval Personnel
Nine fishermen from this coastal town were arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel when they were returning from the Palk Straits early this morning, a top official of Mechanised boat fishermen Association said.

Association President T Jesuraja said two boats of the fishermen had sunk and four of them were being ferried back to this town. Five others were also being brought here in another boat when the Lankan naval personnel intercepted both vessels and arrested all of them.(Indian Express)

Sri Lanka hopes for better relations with new UNHRC Chief
Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella says that they hope the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein.

He expressed this view responding to a question raised by a journalist after a function held in Kandy yesterday.(Hiru News)

Couple receive surprise welcome in Sri Lanka
A couple were unexpectedly greeted with flowers and dancers as they landed for a holiday in Sri Lanka to mark the 1,000,000th tourist visit to the country this year.

Sophie Nathan, 23, of Beech Lane, in Buckhurst Hill, and her boyfriend, Josh Gladstein, 24, from Romford, were surprised on their arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport on Thursday.(Gurdian)

Sri Lankan Tamil murdered in Tiruchi
A Sri Lankan Tamil was murdered in front of his house at Karumandapam in Tiruchi, India on Sunday night, The Hindu newspaper reported today.

The victim, S. Selvendran (59), running a travel agency, had returned home in a two-wheeler on Sunday when unknown persons stabbed him.(Colombo Gazette)

Mahinda ditches human rights
Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday declined to answer questions on the fallout of the UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka, claiming that the human rights issues were now entirely handled by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Minister Samarasinghe asked the media to contact External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris for information about the present situation of the UNHRC investigation.(The Island)

UNP MP Sajith Premadasa to participate in campaigning for Uva PC election
Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Hambantota district parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa has promised to take part in the party's election campaign for the Uva Provincial Council from tomorrow.

UNP sources say that the MP has delivered his consent to participate in the election campaign to the party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe.(Colombo Page)

'A Thousand Mirrors' shows two views of one long, brutal war
It's hard to comprehend the toll Sri Lanka's civil war took on the South Asian country. The United Nations estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 people lost their lives in the conflict — all on an island just slightly larger than West Virginia.

Ethnic tensions between two main ethnic groups in Sri Lanka — the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils — simmered through the '60s and '70s. The civil war officially began in 1983 and continued until 2009.(npr)

UK has provided 3.5 million pounds for Sri Lanka's demining program
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, visited a demining site in Muhamalai during a visit to the North on Monday, 1 September, 2014. The site is operated by the UK based demining agency, the Halo Trust.

Commenting on the visit to the site, the British High Commissioner said the UK is a long-time supporter of demining in Sri Lanka.(Colombo Page)

‘Sustainability is inherent in Sri Lankan culture’
“Sustainability is inherent in our culture here in Sri Lanka, as we are an island with scarce resources so we do our best to conserve these”, says the top honcho of a Sri Lanka Group with interests spread across textiles, apparel, hotels, retail, finance, etc.

In a chat with fibre2fashion, Aroon Hirdaramani – Director at the Hirdaramani Group shares his opinion on sustainability at his group and the Sri Lankan textile industry, Sri Lanka as a preferred destination for apparel manufacturing, importance of training and many other issues.(fibre2fashion)

Plans underway to give Sri Lanka's phosphate deposit to China, civil society movement charges
The Convener of a civil society movement, The Anti-Corruption Voice of Sri Lanka, Wasantha Samarasinghe said that a plan is being compiled by the Chairman and other officials of Lanka Phosphate Company to sell the Eppawala apatite deposit to China.

Samarasinghe said that the Chairman of the Lanka Phosphate Company is considering the phosphate deposit as a personal property. The movement charged that the Chairman uses the funds of the company in various projects and swindles them.(Colombo Page)

Plans underway to give Sri Lanka's phosphate deposit to China, civil society movement charges
The Convener of a civil society movement, The Anti-Corruption Voice of Sri Lanka, Wasantha Samarasinghe said that a plan is being compiled by the Chairman and other officials of Lanka Phosphate Company to sell the Eppawala apatite deposit to China.

Samarasinghe said that the Chairman of the Lanka Phosphate Company is considering the phosphate deposit as a personal property. The movement charged that the Chairman uses the funds of the company in various projects and swindles them.(Colombo Page)

Sri Lanka needs to export value added rubber products to reach $3bn target in 2020: Official
Sri Lanka needs to export more value added rubber products than raw rubber to achieve the government set target of three billion US dollars in 2020 says an official from export development board.

“The theme of government is to grow rubber, aiming to increase raw rubber production in Sri Lanka,” Bandula Egodage, Chairman and CEO of Export Development Board said(Lanka Business Online)

IFIMES presented a high award to Sri Lanka Foreign Minister
The International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) presented a high award for “special contribution to stability and peace in the Region” to Prof.Gamini Laksman Peiris,Minister of External Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

The awards was presented by the member of the IFIMES Advisory Board and former President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia Prof. Dr. Ernest Petrič. Dr. Petrič stressed Minister Peiris's contribution to the academic community and diplomacy, his role in the peace process in Sri Lanka and his efforts to establish stability and peace in the region.(Sri Express)

Hospitals back to normal as the supplementary staff ends the strike
The strike launched by the supplementary medical professionals at the state hospitals of Sri Lanka has ended and the hospitals have resumed the normal operations from today, following the discussions with the union, Health officials said.

The Joint Trade Union Federation of Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) which include, pharmacists, radiographers, medical laboratory technicians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists launched an indefinite strike on last Tuesday, August 26, to win six demands.(Colombo Page)

Prabhkaran felt MR could be manipulated- Ex Tamil MP
Expected int’l lifeline after K’nochchi debacle
Former EPDP MP, Dr. K. Vigneswaran on Friday (Aug 29) alleged that LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran had facilitated the then Premier, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s victory at the Nov. 17, 2005 presidential election as he believed the new president would create a situation conducive for him to speedily achieve eelam.

One-time Chief Secretary of the Indian backed EPRLF administration in the then temporarily merged North-Eastern Province, Dr. Vigneswaran asserted that the LTTE had probably felt it could take advantage of a crisis caused by the new president.(The Island)

China to ensure efficient functioning of Sri Lanka's problem-plagued coal power plant
During the upcoming Chinese President xi Jinping's visit to Sri Lanka, the two countries will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure trouble-free, smooth functioning of the China-funded Lakvijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai.

Sri Lanka's first ever coal power plant built in three stages at a cost of US$ 1.35 billion of Chinese credit is plagued with frequent malfunctions.(Colombo Page)

‘UPFA candidates have gone mad in the face of defeat’
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that it will lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) on Monday, accusing the ruling UPFA government for illegally using state employees for election activities.

Accusing ruling party candidates of carrying out attacks on opposition election offices, JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath alleged that they have gone mad in the face of defeat at the upcoming Uva Province polls.(Ada Derana)

Sri Lankan Muslims call for protection of Indonesian Buddhist site
Sri Lankan Muslims on Sunday called for the protection of an ancient and historical Buddhist site in Borobudur, Indonesia after Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists threatened to attack it.

In a letter to President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a copy of which was released to the local media, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said that it was with great shock and disbelief that the Sri Lankan Muslim community received news on reports of the threat posed by ISIS to Borobudur.(Global Post)

Change in leadership of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party - report
Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is likely to undergo a change in the leadership, local media reports say.

According to political reports, the main constituent party of the TNA, Illangai Tamil Arasukachchi (ITAK) will appoint a new leader at the party convention next month.(Colombo Page)

Beauties and the feast
Bringing out the elephants in place of the red carpet, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana welcomed the top 15 contestants of the Miss Universe China 2014 pageant on Tuesday.

For their part, the contestants’ sunny smiles and energy levels seemed unhampered by the four hours spent in a coach soon after landing in the country early that morning.(Sunday Times/Editorial)

Viruda saha Viridu to be launch
Professor Sunil Ariyaratne’s latest research work titled ‘Viruda saha Viridu’ will be launched at the Public Library, Colombo, on September 2 at 4 pm.

Nanda Malini, T M Jayaratne, Sarath Sandanayaka, Daya Nellampitiya, G M Ajith, M V Gunadasa and Sahan Jayashantha will offer Viridu vocals, while Dr Rohana Weerasinghe will provide Viridu music. ‘Viruda saha Viridu’ is a Godage publication.(Daily News)

Viruda saha Viridu to be launch
Professor Sunil Ariyaratne’s latest research work titled ‘Viruda saha Viridu’ will be launched at the Public Library, Colombo, on September 2 at 4 pm.

Nanda Malini, T M Jayaratne, Sarath Sandanayaka, Daya Nellampitiya, G M Ajith, M V Gunadasa and Sahan Jayashantha will offer Viridu vocals, while Dr Rohana Weerasinghe will provide Viridu music. ‘Viruda saha Viridu’ is a Godage publication(Daily News)

TNA must engage Lankan leaders, not Indian
Last week’s ‘pilgrimage to India’ by the delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leaders had an element of subservience shrouded in subterfuge.

Details of the visit were hard to extract though our Political Editor managed to ferret out most.(Sunday Times/Editorial)

Investigation against Sri Lanka – then what?
It does look a bit odd that a UN existing since 1945 having done nothing to put an end to 30 years of LTTE terror, suddenly gears into action under the stewardship of the outgoing UN Human Rights head who is spearheading an ‘accountability’ exercise after the terror group has been vanquished.

With the leadership of the terror side eliminated the new ‘both sides to blame’ scenario does raise some eyebrows given the context of hypocrisy in ‘accountability’ that prevails by UN and its officials.(Lankaweb)

LTTE trying to regroup in Australia?-report
Is the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which ran out of steam in 2009 following the killing of its founder Velupillai Prabhakaran by Sri Lankan armed forces, trying to regroup itself in Australia?

The arrest of four human traffickers while trying to transport six Sri Lankans to the land of Kangaroos through the Prakasam coast earlier this week has led to a suspicion among sleuths that the LTTE may be trying to revive itself after lying low for five years(Daily Mirror)

Lankan found dead in Sydney
A 31-year-old Sri Lankan, Amesha Rajapakse was found dead in a Western Sydney creek at Westmead on Tuesday night, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Sahan Rajapakse, the brother of Ms Rajapakse, said his sister had gone out to buy food around 7.30pm but never returned.(Daily Mirror)

Sri Lanka gets own River Kwai bridge
Now, 57 years after it was blown to smithereens, authorities in Sri Lanka plan to rebuild the Bridge on the River Kwai to assuage the anger among locals over a controversial dam project.

While the World War II epic was supposedly set in Japanese-held Burma, it was mostly filmed in Ceylon - now Sri Lanka - between 1956 and 1957, less than a decade after independence from Britain.(Bangkok Post)

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