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Sri Lanka : EU continues to develop and strengthen over 40-year long partnership with Sri Lanka - Ambassador

Sri Lanka : EU continues to develop and strengthen over 40-year long partnership with Sri Lanka - Ambassador: The European Union and Sri Lanka have a partnership of more than 40 years - a partnership that the EU continues to develop and strengthen, the EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Tung Lai Margue said in a message issued to mark the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties.

The Ambassador noted that the EU's Foreign Affairs Council highlighted on 16 November 2015 "the new opportunities for the EU to engage with the Government of Sri Lanka in making further progress on reconciliation, strengthening good governance and tackling corruption, promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law, and fostering inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, while continuing work to reduce poverty and addressing global issues such as climate change and sustainable development."
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Ravi on sudden inspection tour at Customs | Daily News

Ravi on sudden inspection tour at Customs | Daily News: The Minister inspected the two container yards at Orugodawatta and the Customs Headquarters. The ministry had received many complaints that the functions of the department are slow and that triggered the need for an urgent inspection tour. Another objective of the tour is to ascertain whether the Customs operations are carried out systematically round the clock.

The Customs officials at the container yard were surprised by the minister’s unexpected visit. The minister also engaged in a conversation with the representatives of importers to release their containers. Speaking to the representatives, the minister asked them to educate him if there is any delay.

The minister discussed the problems faced by the Customs officers in discharging their duties.
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Mangala calls me the ‘international nag’ says Zeid

Mangala calls me the ‘international nag’ says Zeid: “The Foreign FM of SL in the meeting I had with him the other day, referred to me as the ‘international nag’. I ‘nag’ on them to make good on their promises and their commitments,” Zeid told the 47-member council in his concluding remarks on the interactive dialogue on Sri Lanka.�

“We will continue to do that,” the High Commissioner vowed, calling on the international community and the rest of the UN family to assist his Office and the Government.�

Zeid said the OHCHR would continue to advise, continue to be vigilant, continue to attempt to persuade.

“As we have noted, and many others have noted, the frustrations are real and they are growing,” he warned.�
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Be warned, you may be eating poisoned rice! - Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Headlines

Be warned, you may be eating poisoned rice! - Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Headlines: The District Agricultural Committee met under the chairmanship of Polonnaruwa Government Agent Ranjith Ariyaratne.� Commenting on the progress of renal disease prevention programmes in the district Dr. Methsuriya said it is expected that at least 100 new kidney patients would be reported every month. He� also said that about 10 per cent of schoolchildren had developed symptoms of kidney ailments.�

“ We carried out urine tests to find albumin in their urine which was a clear indication that that they were susceptible to kidney ailments. Still, the cause of kidney ailments has not been identified, but it is believed that the use of aggro-chemicals is a major cause.

In this scenario the use of highly poisonous chemicals in preserving food items is a serious matter and steps should be taken to arrest and correct this situation,” Dr. Methsuriya said.
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Government to lose Rs. 90 b in Excise revenue due to disparate taxes

Government to lose Rs. 90 b in Excise revenue due to disparate taxes: Excise tax has for long been a cornerstone of Government revenue, but thanks to disparate taxation and policy, the Treasury is incurring colossal losses at a time income has become an urgent need.�

Recent media reports cited that the Government will lose Rs. 50 billion in revenue from the legal tobacco industry due to excessive taxation, as Customs officials yesterday pointed to a growth of almost 2,000% in illegal cigarette smuggling over January and February 2017. The growth of illicit follows the increase in price of cigarettes following tax by 43% in October 2016.

However, despite the heavy losses already incurred during the final quarter of 2016 and at present, it is reported that Minister Rajitha Senaratne is proposing a ban on stick sales. In Sri Lanka, as per the Annual Report of Ceylon Tobacco Company, 95% of cigarette sales come in loose form. This is due to a combination of economic and lifestyle factors with pack sales limited even amongst the elite.
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Mangala responds to MR, calls him divisive

Mangala responds to MR, calls him divisive: Defending the decision to cosponsor a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in 2015 and to cosponsor an extension of the timeline of the same this year, which drew heavy criticism from the former President, Samaraweera claimed the move was made to guarantee the fundamental rights of all Sri Lankan citizens.�

He stated that it would demonstrate to the world that as an independent, sovereign and responsible nation, the country was fully able to pursue accountability nationally in cooperation with the international community to restore credibility to the country’s judicial processes.

“We believe that we will overcome a painful past by examining it, not by hiding it. We are convinced that we need to put a stop to the cycles of recurring violence that have hitherto hindered our progress as a proud, united country and a united people. We know that truth, reparation and justice are essential and further that international jurisdiction over serious crimes only applies when national jurisdiction fails,” the statement said.�
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London-Paris electric flight 'in decade' - Sri Lanka News

London-Paris electric flight 'in decade' - Sri Lanka News: A new start-up says that it intends to offer an electric-powered commercial flight from London to Paris in 10 years.

Its plane, yet to go into development, would carry 150 people on journeys of less than 300 miles.

Wright Electric said by removing the need for jet fuel, the price of travel could drop dramatically.

British low-cost airline Easyjet has expressed its interest in the technology.
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UNHRC final week gets dramatic as pro-Rajapaksa ex-military officer makes appearance

UNHRC final week gets dramatic as pro-Rajapaksa ex-military officer makes appearance: The final week of the UN Human Rights Council session got off to a dramatic start, after former UPFA Parliamentarian Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera made an appearance in Geneva and locked horns with Tamil hardline groups at a side event at the Palais des Nations on Monday (20).

The Rear Admiral made an intervention during the event, claiming that Sri Lankan troops had not committed war crimes and alleging that many LTTE perpetrators in crimes had also been acquitted in court. Foreign experts had concluded that the war crimes allegations against the Sri Lankan armed forces were baseless, Weerasekera told participants at the well-attended side event.

The former military officer’s remarks angered P. Mannivannan of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), who called Weerasekera a “war criminal” and urged the Government of Switzerland to arrest the official.
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London attack: Five dead in Westminster terror attack

London attack: Five dead in Westminster terror attack - BBC News: PM Theresa May said the attack was "sick and depraved" and struck at values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.
The attacker has not been named by police.
Acting Deputy Commissioner and head of counter terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, said they think they know who he is and that he was inspired by international and Islamist-related terrorism, but gave no further details.
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Sri Lanka says China agrees to cut Hambantota port stake to 60-pct in a decade | Economynext

Sri Lanka says China agrees to cut Hambantota port stake to 60-pct in a decade | Economynext: Sri Lanka has reached an agreement to sell 80 percent of Hambantota port to China though a joint venture, an option to reduce the Chinese stake to 60 percent in 10 years, Deputy International Trade Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said.�

CM Port Holdings is expected to pay Sri Lanka 1.12 billion dollars for the 80 percent stake.

Sri Lanka has borrowed 1.4 billion dollars mostly from China to build a breakwater, jetty and a tank farm, which the state-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority has to service through other revenues.

Senasinghe said investments for the third stage terminals and cranes will be made by China, and Sri Lanka will not have to put cash.
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