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Sri Lanka to ratify the UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, stated that Sri Lanka will ratify the UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances. He made this statement at a meeting with the families of missing persons, in the Ampara district.

He added that the government has already signed the Convention, and is likely to gain Parliamentary approval within the coming months.

Indonesia extends visa exemptions for Sri Lankans

The Indonesian government has introduced a visa free travel facility to passport holders from 169 countries, including Sri Lanka.

This facility allows Sri lankan passport holders to stay in Indonesia for up to 30 days without a pre-entry visa.

India to gift fishing boats to Sri Lanka

The High Commissioner of India, Y. K. Sinha, and the Secretary to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Ms. W.M.M.R. Adikari signed an MoU to supply fishing equipment and 150 boats to fishermen in Mullaithivu.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs.100 million and it will be implemented with the input of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and relevant local authorities.


Indian flyover collapse

A 60 metre long portion of the ‘Vivekananda flyover’ in Kolkata, India, has collapsed killing 24 and injuring almost 90 people. The death toll has been increasing since the accident occurred yesterday afternoon.

The Kolkata Police has registered a case against the construction firm, IVRCL, responsible for the construction of the flyover.

Mass protests in France

Official figures indicate that 390,000 people took to the streets to protest against France’s proposed labour reforms.

The nationwide strike was ignited by a proposed bill that alters the country’s 35-hour working week and makes it easier to hire and fire employees.

Libya’s UN-backed government Chief arrives in Tripoli

The prime minister of Libya’s new UN-backed government, Fayez Sarraj, has reached the Libyan capital, Tripoli, despite severe security concerns.

The stated objectives of his visit include enforcing a nationwide ceasefire, addressing the issue of displaced persons and confronting the IS (Islamic State) in Libya.

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