China and Sri Lanka discuss strengthening defence ties

China and Sri Lanka had talks today on expanding defence ties between both countries.China’s State Councilor and Defense Minister General Chang met President Maithripala Sirisena today and discussed ways both countries can work together. He also extended thanks for the Chinese government for the training opportunities which have been provided to Sri Lankan security forces for a long time. The President commended the assistance given to Sri Lanka by the Chinese government during the crucial period of war in the country. After wrapping up visit to Sri Lanka, Gen. Chang will visit Nepal upon invitation of Nepali Ministry of Defense. General Chang Wanquan said that a strong foundation has been built for the betterment of the economy, society and the people under the current President of Sri Lanka. He conveyed the congratulations by the President of China on this regard.General Wanquan further stated that China’s objective is to strengthen the long term relationship with Sri Lanka. He recalled that the diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka have a history of sixty years.At the invitation of Defence Ministry of Sri Lanka, General Chang Wanquan arrived in Sri Lanka last night to commence his visit to the South Asian country. Vice Admiral Su Zhiqian, deputy commander of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is among the main entourage of Gen. Chang. (Colombo Gazette) The President who recalled the long term relationship between Sri Lanka and China, thanked General Chang for the support given by China for the independence and national security of Sri Lanka. He expressed his trust over China’s continues provision of required training for the security forces in Sri Lanka.President Sirisena stated that the two countries will sign several agreements. He said those agreements will not do any harm to the pride, independence and national security of Sri Lanka. read more

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Two in five Dublin dogowners arent cleaning up after their pet

first_imgDOG OWNERS SHOULD be making more of an effort to clean-up after their pet, according to a new litter survey carried out by Dublin City Council.66 per cent of those who live and work in the city believe it’s a problem.By comparison, three-fifths of people believe discarded cigarette butts are bringing down Dublin’s standard of cleanliness. 58 per cent have a problem with chewing gum thrown in the street, while 17 per cent said more should be done to tackle graffiti.It was also found that almost two in five dog owners don’t always clean up after their animal.According to the survey: 66 per cent think dog litter is a problem34 per cent have a dog49 per cent think the dog litter problem is getting worse10 per cent admit to rarely or never cleaning up after their dogThe release of the findings coincides with the launch of a council awareness campaign on the issue today.A statement from the council says that while it does enforce dog litter byelaws, “the extent and nature of the problem mean litter wardens can only be one part of the solution”.Dublin City Council currently has 20 litter wardens and 2 dog wardens. It says it has distributed around 400,000 free “pooper scooper” bags to help tackle the problem.According to Hugh Coughlan of Dublin City Council’s Waste Management Services: “Things can only improve when attitudes change. Our message is that not cleaning up after your dog is unacceptable and is a health hazard. Your dog is your responsibility so clean up after it”.Read: TD suggests introduction of aerosol levy to tackle graffitilast_img read more

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