Manmohan assures GL on cooperation

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured the Minister of External Affairs Prof. GL Peiris that India’s cooperation with Sri Lanka in all sectors is accorded highest priority, the External Affairs Ministry said.A statement by the Ministry today said that Prof. GL Peiris who is currently in New Delhi in connection with the 8th Session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission called on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday. Recalling President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent visit to India in September 2012, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requested Minister Peiris to convey his warm personal regards to the President, the statement said. Prime Minister Singh had also expressed satisfaction at the very productive Joint Commission session between the two countries and stressed the importance of meetings of the nature of the Joint Commission in strengthening the bilateral partnership between India and Sri Lanka in all sectors including economic, trade and security. The External Affairs Ministry said that the Prime Minister had also appreciated several initiatives and projects by all stakeholders to increase bilateral trade and investment as well as people-to-people contact.Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs K. Amunugama and High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam were associated with Minister Peiris at the meeting while National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and High Commissioner Ashok Kantha were associated with Prime Minister Singh at the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters looking for jobs

The police fired tear gas to disperse a group of unemployed graduates protesting near Lotus Road in Colombo today.The protesters are demanding jobs in the Government sector and they were on their way towards the Prime Ministers office when they were stopped by the police. (Colombo Gazette)