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China's 'Silk Road' push stirs resentment and protest in Sri Lanka - Reuters

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - China signed a deal with Sri Lanka late last year to further develop the strategic port of Hambantota and build a huge industrial zone nearby, a key part of Beijing's ambitions to create a modern-day “Silk Road” across ...and more »

Independence Day Speech by President Maithripala Sirisena on February 4, 2017 - The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka

Today our country completes 69 years of the freedom from colonial rule. I am very pleased with this occasion to hold this 69th independence celebration with high dignity, pride and glory. When we celebrate the freedom, we should talk about what the ...and more »

Sri Lanka: Celebrating 'Independence' in a Mess - IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters

BANGKOK (IDN) - On February 4 each year Sri Lanka celebrates the gaining of independence from British colonial rule. 69 years since then, it is appropriate to ask: “what independence?” The country is currently in a real mess brought about by a ...and more »

Maithripala Sirisena And Sri Lanka's False Dawn - Forbes

Capital Flows , Contributor Guest commentary curated by Forbes Opinion. Avik Roy, Opinion Editor. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Guest post written by. Taylor Dibbert. Mr. Dibbert (@taylordibbert) is a freelance writer and ...and more »

Sri Lanka is open for business: ambassador - Viet Nam News

On occasion of 69th National Day of Sri Lanka today (on February 4), Ambassador Hasanthi Dissanayake says the island will use all its advantages to deliver sustainable development to its citizens. Sri Lanka, then called “Ceylon”, gained its ...and more »

Tamils protest Sri Lanka's Independence Day - Tamil Guardian

Tamils in the North-East have protested on Sri Lanka's 69th Independence Day, as a large security forces parade was held in Jaffna. STF personnel film Tamil protestors on Sri Lanka's Independence Day. Jaffna Magistrate's Court had banned protests ...and more »

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he is committed to Tamil reconciliation - Firstpost

Colombo: Lashing out at critics, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday said his government was "determined and dedicated" to achieve national reconciliation with the minority Tamils despite the work of some opportunists. Sri Lankan ...and more »

Military parade in Colombo marks Sri Lankan Independence Day - Tamil Guardian

A lavish military parade was held in Colombo on Saturday morning, to mark Sri Lanka's 69th Independence Day. Thousands of Sri Lankan soldiers marched in the ceremony, which was watched over by senior government and military officials. Though the theme ...and more »

Sri Lankan Man Arrested For Predicting President Maithripala Sirisena's Death - NDTV

Vijitha Wijemuni had made an astrological prediction about the Sri Lankan Presidents death on Facebook. Colombo: Highlights. Sri Lankan man made astrological prediction about President's death; Is arrested, officials say could be part of plot to ...and more »

Sri Lanka President slams rivals, vows reconciliation - Daily Mail

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday slammed critics of his ethnic reconciliation plan as the country emerges from a decades long ethnic war that claimed over 100,000 lives. Sirisena marked the Indian Ocean island's 69th anniversary ...and more »