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The Hindu stands by its report

President’s RAW claim


The Hindu newspaper yesterday stood by its report on President Maithripala Sirisena’s remark at the last Cabinet meeting on an alleged RAW’s plot to assassinate him.The Sri Lankan government has so far issued three denials of the story and President Sirisena, in a telephone conversation, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also assured that he never made such a remark.

N. Ram, the Chairman of Kasturi and Sons Limited, the publisher of The Hindu and the former Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper said yesterday morning that ‘The Hindu’ told the truth when the newspaper said that President Sirisena had accused RAW of plotting to kill him.


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