Much work needs to be done to promote reconciliation in Sri Lanka – Pope

May 3, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Sat, May 3, 2014, 05:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 03, Vatican City: Though the war has ended, much work needs to be done to “promote reconciliation, to respect the human rights of all the people and to overcome the ethnic tensions that remain,” Pope Francis said when he met with the bishops of Sri Lanka today.

In his address to the bishops of Sri Lanka received today as part of their quinquennial “ad limina” visit the Pope encouraged the bishops in their efforts of reconciliation and healing of the nation, after the three-decade long war against terrorism.

China appreciates Sri Lanka’s support for Maritime Silk Route initiative

May 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Sat, May 3, 2014, 09:39 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 03, Colombo: China has appreciated Sri Lanka’s support extended to the “Maritime Silk Route” (MSR) initiative proposed by the Chinese leadership, which advocates harnessing primarily economic cooperation in the Maritime Silk Route Belt, Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry said.

146,000 acres of lands appropriated through militarisation of Batticaloa in 5 years: Tamil MP

May 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm

[TamilNet, Friday, 02 May 2014, 23:42 GMT] Colombo has established 54 new military camps in Batticaloa district. 650 acres of lands have been appropriated for the occupying SL military, said Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian P. Ariyanethiran addressing May day rally in Batticaloa. Within the last 5 years alone, 145,885 acres of lands belonging to Tamil workers have been seized, Mr Ariyanethiran further said. The major land appropriation has taken place through the SL ministry of tourism seizing 122,063 acres through gazette notification within the last 5 years, the parliamentarian from Batticaloa said.

Narendra Modi’s clever election pitch in Gujarat

May 3, 2014 at 8:16 pm

A Modi rally in Gujarat on 23 April 2014 In Gujarat, Mr Modi is mostly preaching to the converted

“Do you want an MP, or do you want a PM?”

Who, What, Why: Why are Indian mangoes so popular?

May 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm

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Boxes of mangoes

Poetry has been written about Indian mangoes. Celebrity chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay, recommend the famous Alphonso for desert. Now, an EU ban has sent mango-lovers scrambling to get their hands on the fruit before stocks sell out. But what’s so great about Indian mangoes, asks Pia Gadkari.

Will ‘ethnic cohesion’ mend Xinjiang?

May 3, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Martin Patience By Martin Patience BBC News, Beijing

China's President Xi Jinping poses for pictures with primary school students in Shufu county, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region, in this picture taken 28 April 2014 by Xinhua News Agency and supplied to Reuters State media has portrayed Mr Xi as a benevolent leader meeting local people

The brazen attack on a railway station in Urumqi took place as Chinese leader Xi Jinping was wrapping up his first trip to Xinjiang as president.

Xinjiang station attack: President Xi Jinping urges action

May 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Attackers set off explosives then slashed people with knives. as the BBC’s Russell Trott reports

Tiananmen Square protest museum opens in Hong Kong

May 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

 The events in Tiananmen square remain a taboo in Chinese society

The world’s first museum dedicated to the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has opened in Hong Kong.

Is China about to overtake US as the world’s largest economy?

May 3, 2014 at 7:51 pm
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When will China become the world’s largest economy?

It’s a question that’s been asked a lot in the past few years.

And they’re off! How to buy a racehorse

May 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm


Pageantry, colour and thrill are part of the horse racing tradition.(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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