(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – In a significant diplomatic meeting, President Ranil Wickremesinghe held a fruitful meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Sheikh Hasina, in New York yesterday (19). The meeting cantered on various aspects of bilateral relations and cooperation between the two South Asian nations."President Expresses Gratitude and Discusses Possible Visit to Bangladesh in Meeting with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Foreign Minister of Korea Yun Byung-se expressed the keenness of the Government of Korea to invest in the fields of Research and Development, Information Technology, Health, and Education."Korea keen to invest in several fields in Sri Lanka"
(WASHINGTON, LANKAPUVATH) – The United States (US) is pleased that Sri Lanka has agreed once again to co-sponsor the resolution, and invites like-minded United Nations (UN) members to demonstrate support for reconciliation and peace in Sri Lanka by adding their names to the list of cosponsors. The United States further applauds the administration of President Maithripala Sirisena for its continuing efforts to promote reconciliation."US applauds Sri Lanka Government for its efforts to promote reconciliation"
(BRUSSELS, LANKAPUVATH) – The European Union’s (EU) top Court has rejected an argument by people accused of collecting funds for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that activities by the group shouldn’t be classified as “Terrorist acts,” the Associated Press reported. Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009 when Government forces defeated the rebels, who fought to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils. In the case reviewed on Tuesday (14) by the…"EU Court rejects case against LTTE terror label"
(RIYADH, LANKAPUVATH) – Saudi Arabia has pledged to support Sri Lanka by offering its expertise in the desalination sector, Rauf Hakeem, Sri Lankan Minister of City Planning and Water Resources, told Arab News."Saudi Arabia pledges technical support to Sri Lanka in desalination projects"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa has been indicted in the Colombo High Court for misusing Government funds. He was indicted over allegations of using Government funds amounting to Rs. 29.4 million to print almanacs with the image of Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Presidential Election campaign in 2015."Basil Rajapaksa indicted for misusing Government funds"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A bill to ban the pernicious practice of bottom trawling, which will affect thousands of Sri Lankans and Indians fishing in the sea between Sri Lanka and India, is to be passed by the Sri Lankan Parliament by March end, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, M. A. Sumanthiran, told The New Indian Express on Monday (12)."Sri Lankan bill to ban bottom trawling to be passed this month"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka will open tenders next month calling for international bids for an energy project on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), a Government official said on Saturday (11)."Sri Lanka to open tenders for LNG energy project next month"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Tamil Nadu Coordinator for the Kachchativu St. Anthony’s festival, Fr. Sahayaraj, had asked for a postponement of the event fixed for Sunday (12), but the Jaffna Diocese had informed him that it could not be postponed for reasons beyond their control, The New Indian Express reported."Request to postpone St. Anthony’s festival rejected"
(TAMIL NADU, LANKAPUVATH) – Fishermen protests in Tamil Nadu’s Rameshwaram continue on the third consecutive day. The protest is being organised demanding compensation for 22-year-old fisherman K. Britso who was allegedly shot by a Sri Lankan Navy officer, the India Today reported on Friday (10)."Tamil Nadu fishermen call for State-wide shutdown over Sri Lanka"