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Sunday, February 07, 2010
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Although the suspension of Sri Lanka’s GSP+ facility, important especially to the garment export industry is due to be endorsed by European finance ministers in Brussels on Feb. 16, it will not be effective for a six month period, reports from Brussels said.This is to give manufacturers and traders time to adjust to the new rules and also to give Colombo ``a fair opportunity to get the decision reversed,’’ a Brussels datelined AFP report said.``We will look to work with Sri Lanka to identify concerted steps and actions which could help us to plot the course together that would enable Sri Lanka to regain GSP+,’’ the report quoted a European diplomat in Brussels saying.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa welcomed on arrival at theVinukoa International Airport in Moscow yesterday, on his three-day official visit to the Russian Federation. Accompanying the President are Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Ministers G. L Peiris, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Susil Premjayantha, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Wimal Weerawansa and Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga. (Pic by Sudath Silva)

India does not want to be regional cop in Indian ocean
ndia has made it clear that it does not want to be either the regional cop or "head master" in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

45 Lankan asylum seekers rescued near Christmas Island
A boat carrying 45 Tamil asylum seekers was found drifting off Christmas Island yesterday, ABC reported.

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