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Mohamed Nasheed, former President of Maldives, visits Sri Lanka. Image Credit -

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Former Maldivian President meets with diplomats in Sri Lanka

Former President of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, met with U.S. and U.K. envoys during his brief visit to Sri Lanka.

He called on the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives, and the United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Sri Lanka participates at a global tourism conference

Sri Lanka’s tourist attractions were featured in the New York Times Travel Industry Conference – Asia Focus.

Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam spoke of the diversity and compactness of Sri Lanka as a tourist destination.

New common floor-rates to be introduced for telecommunication

Common floor-rates for call charges are to be introduced from the 1st of February, in a bid to ensure that smaller service providers in the business remain competitive.

Sri Lanka’s five mobile network operators are Dialog, Mobitel and the local arms of India’s Airtel, the UAE’s Etisalat and Hutchison Asia Telecom.


Two Amnesty International officials killed in Burkina Faso attack

Amnesty International stated that two of its workers were killed during the jihadi attack in Burkina Faso.

Among the thirty who died in the hotel attack was a photographer and driver working for Amnesty International.

European Union given two months to address refugee crisis

The European Council President, Donald Tusk, stated that the EU will be required to control its refugee crisis within two months.

In event of failure to do so within the stipulated time, Tusk said that the passport-free Schengen area will be disabled.

Exodus ship’s flag displayed at Holocaust Memorial Museum

The flag of Exodus, a refugee ship carrying survivors of the Holocaust is now at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

The flag, considered “a rare treasure,” flew on the mast of the ship that carried 4,500  refugees.

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