Sri Lankan external affairs minister has asked the Tamil refugees in Australia who fled the nation's bloody civil war to come home. The Tamils had quietly slipped into Canberra for talks on combating people smugglers. According to the Age, G.L. Peiris said Sri Lanka was now in a perfectly stable condition, with an economic boom in the once devastated northern Tamil regions. He, however, ...
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Some 40,000 bottles of indelible ink, donated by the Indian government, were delivered to Cambodia's National Election Committee (NEC) Wednesday for use in general elections July 28. The poll panel accepted the ink from Indian Ambassador to Cambodia Dinesh K. Patnaik. NEC's chairman Im Suosdey said the ink cost $877,800, and each bottle contains 70 cc, reported Xinhua. "The Indian government ...
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Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has become a 'clean' man in a 60 million dollars money-laundering case after the Swiss Government refused to re-open the case. The Swiss Government had sent a letter to the PML-N Government informing about the development after the case was closed by a Swiss court after lapse of a specific period. In February this year, the Swiss Government told the PPP-led ...
India has given consent to Pakistani authorities probing the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks to visit the country and cross-examine witnesses. A dossier of related documents has also been sent by the Indian Government to the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of the Ministry of Interior. An eight-member panel from Pakistan had visited Mumbai in April 2012 to cross-examine four key witnesses of ...
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PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia's strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday warned garment workers that protests demanding higher wages could push manufacturers to quit the country. His appeal came after unions last week said hundreds of workers had been fired from a factory making sportswear for US giant Nike after a series of pay protests. Cambodian workers have repeatedly demonstrated ...
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Our nuclear programmes are completely transparent. But we are ready to show greater transparency and make clear for the whole world that the steps of the Islamic Republic of Iran are completely within international frameworks. The sanctions are unfair, the Iranian people are suffering, and our (nuclear) activities are legal. These sanctions are illegal and only benefit Israel.
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Sri Lankan external affairs minister has asked the Tamil refugees in Australia who fled the nation's bloody civil war to come home.
The Tamils had quietly slipped into Canberra for talks on combating people smugglers.
According to the Age, G.L. Peiris said Sri Lanka was now in a perfectly stable condition, with an economic boom in the once devastated northern Tamil regions.
He, however, warned smugglers sending record numbers of Sri Lankans by boat to Australia were making unconscionable profits.
Professor Peiris said that Sri Lanka was a land at peace, and a perfectly stable society.
Human rights activists have routinely accused the Sri Lankan government of continuously torturing for more than four years after the end of the military campaign against the separatist Tamil Tigers.
According to the report, Professor Peiris met with Senator Carr, Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop this week and will open a new Sri Lankan consulate in Melbourne on Friday.
He also said Sri Lanka was ready to welcome thousands of people who fled during the last months of fighting in 2009. (ANI)
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