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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawaraj took off for her two days visit to Sri Lanka to attend the 9th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission Meeting.

Friday morning, external affair ministry spokesman, Vikas Swarup tweeted, “Leaving for Sri Lanka! External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj departs for the 9th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission Meeting in Colombo.”

The joint commission, to be held in capital city of Sri Lanka, is co-chaired by the Foreign Ministers of the two countries, Sushma Swaraj and Mangala Samaraweera.

The India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission established in 1992 focus on addressing the matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation.

The entire range of relationship between the two countries will be covered in the meeting between the ministers of the two South Asian neighbours, said Swarup on Thursday.

Main areas to be covered in the meeting are economic cooperation, trade, power and energy, technical and maritime cooperation, social, cultural and educational matters, science and technology, defence cooperation, health, civil aviation, tourism and people-to-people contacts.

During this time, she will also pay a visit to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe, and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

On Saturday, “Rise of Digital India” will be inaugurated by Indian Minister as a part of “Sangam-Festival of India in Sri Lanka 2015-16”.

The exhibition will be a boost the rise of the computing sector and digital technologies in India.

The re-framing of the Sri Lankan constitution and the issue of Indian fishermen might also come up during the course of the discussions between the two sides.(IANS)

 

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Colombo, Dec 26, 2017: Sri Lanka will convert two large garbage dumps here into urban parks next year as part of a city beautification programme, a minister announced on Tuesday.

Addressing the Colombo City Beautification Awards Ceremony in Colombo, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said that garbage could no longer be dumped at the Meethotamulla or Bloemendhal garbage mountains and plans were afoot to construct a large scale national landfill site in Aruwakkaluwa in Puttalam, to address the government’s garbage disposal issue, reports Xinhua news agency.

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