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EU doubles development aid to Sri Lanka

Updated: Oct 19, 2016 18:31 IST

Brussels [Belgium], Oct.19 (ANI): The development assistance to Sri Lanka has nearly been doubled by the European Union to €210 million (approximately Rs. 34 billion) up to 2020 compared to the previous period (2007-2013).

The Colombo Post quoted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe saying that while the aid granted by the European Union will be aimed at establishing sustainable peace, resettlement of displaced persons, and developing the rural areas. He added that the progress achieved by Sri Lanka over the course of the last 21 months has not failed to gain favor with the European Union.

Wickremesinghe accompanied by the Minister for Law and Order, Sagala Ratnayake met with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini in Brussels on Tuesday.

Projetcs including support of the government's reconciliation priorities under the Peacebuilding Priority Plan, the resettlement of Internally Displaced People, assisting transitional justice and building local government capacity, as well as supporting development in Sri Lanka's poorest areas will be financed by the EU. (ANI)

Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb. 28(ANI): Afghanistan has refused to send high-level representatives to the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit being hosted by Pakistan.

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Indian envoy to US Sarna meets Tom Shannon

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 14:08 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 28(ANI): Ahead of the four-day visit of Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon met Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Navtej Sarna at the Department of State.

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Irving [USA] ,Feb. 28(ANI): In a shocking incident of xenophobia, a customer at Irving Wal-Mart asked an employee to 'go to their own countries'.

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Plano (Texas) [USA], Feb. 28 (ANI): This week, for the students at Plano West Senior School, started with hateful and racist graffiti, scribbled on several windows and doors of the school.

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Peyton [USA], Feb. 28(ANI): An incident of possible hate crime has come to light in a US town where a house of an Indian man was trashed with eggs, dog poop and hate messages.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 28 (ANI): Wilbur Ross's name has been approved by the Senate, as President Donald Trump's Secretary of Commerce.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 28 (ANI): The White House has termed the early reports of Kansas shooting, where an Indian engineer was shot to death in an alleged racial attack by a gunman as "disturbing".

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Hong Kong [China], Feb.28 (ANI): China has confirmed that it is helping Afghanistan conduct joint law enforcement operations in the border areas of that country to counter terrorism, after initially being in a state of denial about the sightings of Chinese military vehicles moving around inside Afghanistan.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 28 (ANI): Senior Chinese official met U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday to enhance bilateral high-level exchanges and cooperation in all fields.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed that more American adults support Republicans in Congress than Democrats since he became the President of the country.

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Astana [Kazakhstan], Feb. 28 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin has affirmed his willingness to cooperate with Tajikistan in strengthening security and stability.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged President Donald Trump to speak out against hate crimes following a rise of the same across the country.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 28 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has said that nobody knew health care could be so complicated, adding that his administration has come up with a solution which is very good.

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New York [U.S.], Feb. 27 (ANI): The White House announced Monday that President Donald Trump's first budget proposal will look to increase defence and security spending by $54 billion and cut roughly the same amount from non-defence programs.

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Militants behead German hostage in Philippines

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 22:01 IST

New York [U.S.], Feb. 27 (ANI): Abu Sayyaf militants in southern Philippines beheaded a German hostage after the deadline passed to pay his ransom passed.

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London [UK], Feb. 27 (ANI): The indigenous communities in Pakistan's Sindh province have come down on the government over the massive coal mining in the region which has severely affected their daily lives.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb.27 (ANI): The killing of five UAE diplomats in a terror attack in Kandahar was planned in Pakistan, a spokesman of Afghanistan's interior ministry has said.

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Senior Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 18:11 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): The Taliban confirmed on Monday through a statement that one of its senior commanders had been killed in an air strike in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province.

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Karachi (Sindh) [Pakistan): Sufism is the country's first line of defence against terrorism, said PPP Chairmain Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): Police in Karachi were Monday directed by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) to put the names of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leaders Farooq Sattar, Khalid Maqbool and Amir Liaquat on the Exit Control List (ECL).

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