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A ride along the ‘Seine of Beijing’ (pics/video)

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The Liangma river of the Chaoyang district in Beijing is a beautiful area that serves as a window to modern China

With a history that goes as far as the Ming dynasty’s Yongle era, the Liangma river today has been transformed to an international style waterfront and is dubbed as the ‘Seine of Beijing’ by Chinese media.

The river passes through the embassy zone, Jiuxianqiao Bridge and Chaoyang Park, before joining the Bahe river.

The construction of the Liangma River International Waterfront commenced in April 2019 before opening to the public in 2020 August.

The Waterfront starts from the Xiangheyuan Road in the west, runs through Sanlitun, Zuojiazhuang, Maizidian sub-districts and Chaoyang Park, and ends at the East Fourth Ring North Road. Spanning 5.58km, the Waterfront boasts a construction area of 80.76 hectares, including a water area of 16.67 hectares and a green area of 64.09 hectares.

In 2022, the extended construction of the Liangma River tourism project was started in Chaoyang District, covering “one river, two lakes, 24 bridges and 18 scenic spots”, including such main attractions as Dragon in the Water, National Beauty, Heavenly Fragrance and Qingyi Small Scene. After the project is completed, Chaoyang Park and Honglingjin Park will be integrated to form a 6km cruise route from the 3rd Ring Road to Honglingjin Lake.

(Script ‍| Video ‍| Pics – Kelum Shivantha reporting from Beijing)

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Kusal’s ‘Humanist Without Borders’ launched (Pics)

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‘Humanist Without Borders’, a book that celebrates fifty years of Mr. Anton Marcus as a Trade Unionist, was held in Colombo recently.

Mr. Marcus is currently the Joint Secretary of the Free Trade Zones and Public Employees’ Union (FTZ&GSEU).

The book, together with its Sinhala version – ‘Seema Mayim Nethi Maanawawaadiya’, were penned by political columnist and analyst – Kusal Perera.

A distinguished gathering including TU activists, FTZ&GSEU members and politicians were present at the launch.

Emeritus Professor Jayadeva Uyangoda and the former president and general secretary of New Zealand’s ‘First Union’, Mr. Robert Reed, delivered guest lectures.

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Highlights from the 16th Nationalised Services Cricket Awards

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The 16th Nationalised Services Award, organized by the Nationalised Services Cricket Association (NSCA), took place in Colombo. 

State Minister for Sports Rohana Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva chaired the event. 

NSCA Chairman Nalin Aponsu and members of semi-state and bank cricket teams attended. 

Awards were presented to teams that participated and won national service cricket tournaments from 2018 to 2024. 

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Jaishankar meets with SL political leaders (Pics)

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Visiting Indian Minister of External Affairs, Dr S. Jaishankar called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees today (June 20).

Dr. Jaishankar is on a one-day visit to Sri Lanka. This was also his first bilateral visit after being reappointed to the high office following the recent general elections in India.

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister had congratulated Dr Jaishanker on the election victory of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and reassured Sri Lanka’s commitment to work together to further strengthen close bilateral relations. He thanked India for the assistance given at recent difficult times after Covid pandemic and the economic crisis.

Minister Jaishankar said the neighbours like Sri Lanka are extremely important to India and there is tremendous goodwill for Sri Lanka in India. He said the Indian government reaffirms the Neighbourhood First Policy and the main purpose of his visit is to underline India’s continued commitment to Sri Lanka as its closest maritime neighbour and time tested friend.

The Prime Minister and the Indian Minister discussed Indian investments, development projects, connectivity projects and other mutually beneficial cooperation in different spheres.

Dr. Jaishankar also called upon his Sri Lankan counterpart – Minister Ali Sabry as well.

The bilateral discussions at the Foreign Ministry centered on a range of issues of mutual interest including in the areas of economic and development cooperation, cooperation in regional and multilateral fora as well as cooperation between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries among others.

Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardane and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were associated with the Foreign Minister for the bilateral talks.

Following bilateral talks, the visiting Indian External Affairs Minister signed the Guest Book at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Jaishankar also met with several political leaders including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a delegation from the opposition including Opposition leader – Sajith Premadasa as well as a host of Tamil political leaders.

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