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Sri Lankan Government aims to resume FTA negotiations

COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Sri Lankan Government’s intention was to resume the negotiations on free trade agreements said Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake.It is the vision of the President that Sri Lanka will integrate with the global value chains and with the largest economies in South Asia and East Asia and then expand to the east region linking to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).Further, the Secretary to the President invited private sector stakeholders to creatively engage in this development initiative as they are the ultimate beneficiaries.He made these observations during an awareness session on the resumption of negotiations of free trade agreements held for Trade Chambers and Industry Advisory Committees at the Finance Ministry on November (16).Secretary to the Treasury, Secretaries of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industries, and the members of the National Trade Negotiation Committee also participated.The contours of Global trade have been significantly changed in recent years by bringing regional and global production networks as driving factors of international trade where Sri Lanka has not yet been engaged to tap the potential.

Both the growth of supply capacity and the expansion of market access are therefore, recognized as essential for revitalizing the domestic economy.Towards this end, the government intends to operationalize the Free Trade Agreement with Singapore and has taken steps to resume the negotiations of free trade agreements with India, China and Thailand where foreign direct investment can be largely attracted to channel the benefits to the goods and services trade through the Investment Trade nexus.A Trade Negotiation Committee has already been

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Mahinda Amaraweera - Muthu Raja to stay in Sri Lanka; Ministry in talks with Thai Embassy - newsfirst.lk - Thailand - Sri Lanka
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Muthu Raja to stay in Sri Lanka; Ministry in talks with Thai Embassy
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Sri Lanka's Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation had blamed the unruly conduct of a caretaker or mahout for causing serious harm and torture to the Muthu Raja Tusker who was held at the Kande Viharaya in Aluthgama.The tusker Muthu Raja was gifted by Thailand to Sri Lanka in 2001 during the presidency of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, and it was moved to the Kande Viharaya in Aluthgama.The tusker, however, fell ill multiple times while at the Kande Viharaya in Aluthgama.Recently, a delegation from the Thai Embassy in Colombo visited the Kande Viharaya in Aluthgama to inquire into the well-being of the tusker, and following their inspection it was decided to move the tusker out of the temple and place it under the case of the Dehiwala National Zoo.The Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation said the Muthu Raja tusker is now under the protective care of the Dehiwala Nationa Zoo and its staff.However, the Thai Ambassador had decided to send the tusker back to Thailand.A statement from the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation noted that Minister Mahinda Amaraweera had instructed the Secretary to the Ministry to immediately discuss the matter with the Thai Ambassador, as the Department of National Zoological Gardens had agreed to take care of the tusker.
Sri Lanka to host U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 - newsfirst.lk - Thailand - Sri Lanka - Nepal - Malaysia - Bangladesh - South Africa - Namibia - Zimbabwe
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Sri Lanka to host U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024
 ICC – Top emerging talent will be heading to Sri Lanka in 2024 for the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup, as the ICC Board announced host countries for U19 events between 2024 and 2027.Zimbabwe and Namibia, Malaysia and Thailand, and Bangladesh and Nepal are also set to host ICC U19 events between 2024 and 2027, after the ICC Board approved the plans.The ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 will be hosted by Sri Lanka while the 2026 edition will be staged in Zimbabwe and Namibia. The ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2025 will be held in Malaysia and Thailand, and the 2027 event will be jointly hosted by Bangladesh and Nepal.Cricket World Cup qualification pathwaysThe qualification pathway for the 14-team ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2027 was also confirmed with 10 teams set to gain automatic qualification. These 10 teams will include South Africa and Zimbabwe as Full Member hosts, and the next eight highest-ranked teams on the ICC MRF Tyres ODI Rankings on a date to be confirmed. The remaining four teams will qualify through the ICC CWC Global Qualifier series.The qualification pathway for the 10-team ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024 was also approved. Eight teams will automatically qualify for the event, including the top three teams from each group at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023, the host Bangladesh (if not in the top three of Group 1) and the next highest ranked teams on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings on 27 February 2023.
People in need of life-saving assistance hits 3.4 Mn in Sri Lanka - newsfirst.lk - Thailand - Japan - Usa - Sri Lanka - Switzerland - Italy - Germany - Britain - France - Australia - Canada - Eu - county Day - New Zealand - Denmark - Norway - Sweden - state Georgia
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People in need of life-saving assistance hits 3.4 Mn in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The United Nations (UN) team in Sri Lanka and non-governmental organisations have today revised and extended their joint Humanitarian Needs and Priorities (HNP) Plan, which aims to provide life-saving assistance to 3.4 million people amid Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis since independence.Since June, the HNP has been responding to the Government's request for UN-backed multi-sector support for Sri Lanka's debt and food and medicine shortages. Governments and donor agencies have helped the humanitarian community reach over 1 million of the country's most vulnerable people with cash, food, school meals, medicine, protection, and livelihood support. The HNP aligned with appeals from other UN agencies has raised US $79 million for Sri Lanka thanks to landmark support from the U.S and USAID, Australia, and Japan including JICA, the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), as well as Canada, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, Italy, EU, Switzerland, France, and with additional support from the UK, Germany, Thailand, Sweden, Georgia, Latter Day Saint Charities and private individuals and organizations including Brandix Apparels Ltd, Hemas Holdings PLC, Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company PLC, Daraz (Alibaba Group), Amana Bank PLC and the Citi Foundation. The HNP's revision extends the plan through 2022 and requires US $70 million in additional funds to reach a total of US $149.7 million."We are immensely appreciative of the solidarity the international community has shown with the people of Sri Lanka, including through their generous contributions to the HNP.
Ranil Wickremesinghe - Full state-sponsored funeral for Most Ven. (Dr) Pallegama Siriniwasa Thera - newsfirst.lk - Thailand - city Sangha
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Full state-sponsored funeral for Most Ven. (Dr) Pallegama Siriniwasa Thera
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Most Venerable (Dr) Pallegama Siriniwasa Thero, Custodian & Chief Priest of the Maha Bodhi & Atamasthanadhipathi of Anuradhapura passed away on Tuesday (18).President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed North Central Province Governor Maheepala Herath &  Buddhasasana, Religious & Cultural Affairs Minister Vidura Wickramanayaka to coordinate arrangements for the full state-sponsored funeral of Most Venerable (Dr) Pallegama Siriniwasa Thero, Custodian & Chief Priest of the Maha Bodhi & Atamasthanadhipathi of Anuradhapura.The Most Venerable Thero passed away at the age of 69 while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo.The Venerable Thero also served as Chief Sangha Nayake for the North Central Province.Chief Incumbent of Ruwanweli Maha Seya Venerable Pallegama Hemarathana Thero announced that the remains of the late Most Venerable (Dr) Pallegama Siriniwasa Thero will be moved to Anuradhapura on Wednesday (19) evening.The remains will be placed at a private funeral parlor until 12 noon on Wednesday (19).The Most Venerable (Dr) Pallegama Siriniwasa Thero was born in Pallegama, Dambulla on the 2nd of January 1953 to Karunasena Mudiyanselage Tikiri Bandara Nilame, and Dukganna Walawwe Anula Kumarihamy.The late thero was ordained at the Ruwanweli Maha Seya in Anuradhapura in 1968.He was educated at the Vidyodaya Pirivena in Maligakanda, Sandalankawa Shasthrodaya Pirivena, Sri Jinarathana Pirivena in Gangarama, and later graduated from the University of Kelaniya.The Late Most Venerable (Dr) Pallegama Siriniwasa Thero was also bestowed with a doctorate by the Government of Thailand commending his services to the Dhamma.In 1975 the late thero obtained the Upasampada, the Buddhist rite of higher
EastEnders' Paul Nicholls makes career comeback after drug relapse and health scare - dailystar.co.uk - Thailand
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EastEnders' Paul Nicholls makes career comeback after drug relapse and health scare
EastEnders star Paul Nicholls is to lead a major show in a dramatic TV comeback.After minor roles in the early 90s, the 43-year-old actor got his big break on the BBC One soap in 1996. Paul was cast as loveable teenage rogue Joe Wicks but departed EastEnders just one year later as his life spiralled out of control.READ MORE:EastEnders Jessie Wallace's love life - co-star's godson, policeman and fling with fanAmid the pressures of fame and his partying, Paul developed a high-dependency addiction to cocaine and upon deciding to get sober in 2008, would relapse several times.Following a throat cancer scare in 2016, Paul's health woes went from bad to worse.After yet another drug relapse in 2017, the actor suffered two broken legs after falling down a waterfall as he ran from a pack of wild dogs in Thailand.Paul spent three days trapped at the bottom of the waterfall before being rescued.The incident also left Paul with 37 different infections, which were only diagnosed after they caused him to suffer a stroke while rehearsing for a theatre role.Following the traumatic health scare, Paul suffered yet another drug relapse.He previously told The Sun: "The rabbit hole I went down led to places that I never thought I'd end up in – flats with people I didn’t know."At certain points I'd be gone for three or four days and not sleep at all.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Sri Lanka’s Gotabaya expected to go to Thailand – sources - newsfirst.lk - Thailand - Singapore - Sri Lanka - Britain - city Singapore - Maldives - city Bangkok, Thailand
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Sri Lanka’s Gotabaya expected to go to Thailand – sources
(Reuters) – Sri Lanka's ousted president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is expected to arrive in Thailand on Thursday, seeking temporary shelter in a second Southeast Asian country after fleeing his island nation last month amid mass protests, two sources said.Rajapaksa fled to Singapore on July 14, via the Maldives, following unprecedented unrest triggered by Sri Lanka's worst economic crisis in seven decades and days after thousands of protesters stormed the president's official residence and office.The retired military officer then resigned from the presidency, becoming the first Sri Lankan president to quit mid-term.The former president is expected to leave Singapore and go to Thailand's capital Bangkok on Thursday, two sources said, asking not to be named.Sri Lanka's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Thai government spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek told Reuters “no comment”.Rajapaksa has not made any public appearances or comments since leaving Sri Lanka, and Singapore's government said this month that the city-state had not accorded him any privileges or immunity. A member of the influential Rajapaksa family, the 73-year-old served in the Sri Lankan military and later as defence secretary.During his time as defence secretary government forces finally defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009 to end the Sri Lankan civil war.
Nancy Pelosi - SL requests to defer Chinese vessel: Report - newsfirst.lk - China - Thailand - Taiwan - Japan - Usa - India - Sri Lanka
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SL requests to defer Chinese vessel: Report
COLOMBO (News 1st); India's Hindustan Times on Saturday (06) reported that Sri Lanka had requested the Chinese Government to defer the visit of the controversial Chinese vessel Yuan Wang 05 at the Hambantota Port.According to the news report, Sri Lanka requested to defer the arrival of the ship until further consultations could be made between the two Governments.The tensions between the United States of America and China have intensified following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, with both global powers asserting their military strength near the Taiwan strait. The situation further escalated as China is continuing military drills near Taiwan, while five Chinese ballistic missiles appear to have fallen close to Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone, further complicating matters.The US has also positioned three warships, in the waters off Thailand and the region has become a hotspot of global tensions.Against the backdrop of tense global geopolitics that have sent shockwaves across the globe, the Yuan Wang 05, a high-tech Chinese vessel involved in space and satellite tracking is currently en route to the Hambantota Port in the Sea of Sri Lanka, after departing China.India considers this Yuan Wang 05 as a "Spy Ship" and its arrival at Hambantota is seen as a threat, since it endangers a number of security installations of strategic importance, including two Nuclear Power Plants in the region.India says the Chinese vessel has the ability to conduct surveillance on their submarines and retrieve sensitive information.Citing a diplomatic source in Colombo, India's Hindustan Times newspaper today reported that on the 12th of July, Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs had granted approval verbally, for the Chinese
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