India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval Arrives in Colombo Without Advance Announcement to Meet President Gotabaya Within a week of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Declaration of Not Letting “Outside Influences” to Interfere in Sri Lanka; Among Issues Dicussed was “Countering and Preventing Debt Traps”.

By Meera Srinivasan National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Saturday met Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo and discussed key bilateral issues including economic development and strategic cooperation. “A very cordial discussion was held with National Security Advisor of #India, Ajit Doval today. Strengthening of bilateral cooperation on national security, intelligence sharing, maritime security & fostering of regional collaboration, were some of the key points of discussion,” President Rajapaksa said in tweet soon after the meeting. A statement from his office said the two countries discussed strengthening military ties.…

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Sri Lanka to probe ragging suicides as thousands drop out of university

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka as appointed a committee to probe over 2,000 victims of ragging, a type of extreme physical, mental and sexual harassment meted out to freshers by seniors, some of whom committed and others were maimed for life. “This should be viewed as a national crime as a considerable number has committed suicides, been maimed or hospitalized,” Higher Education Minister Bandula Gunewardene said. “We should be ashamed as a nation for what has happened to these students” The ragging deaths are one of the crises in the tax-payer…

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Army Troops Detect Explosives & Ganja from Two Buses

Army troops manning a roadblock at Neriyakulam along Vavuniya – Mannar road last evening (17) during a search, conducted on a Mannar bound private bus detected 51 gelignite sticks, weighing about 6.8 kg. 5 (Volunteer) Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) troops of the Security Force HQ-Wanni at the roadblock took both the driver and the conductor of the bus into custody on suspicion and handed them over to Cheddikulam Police station for further investigations. Meanwhile, troops at a roadblock near Kebithigollewa along Kebithigollewa –Horowpothana road arrested two suspects, carrying 2…

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India assures USD 50 Mn for Sri Lanka’s defence equipment purchases

India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval has told Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that it is important that India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives review the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) regime and include other regional countries as observers. The MDA regimen keeps track of vessels in the area. Doval said this, among other things, when he met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (18). There were two meetings, the first one was one to one, and the other was in the presence of officials from both sides. The meetings were followed…

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