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Gotabhaya seeks Australia’s support for anti-human smuggling effort

Having met Australian Navy Chief Vice Admiral (VA) Ray Griggs on the sidelines of Galle Dialogue 2012, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told The Island that Australian support could strengthen ongoing anti-human smuggling operations undertaken by the Lankan navy.

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NGOs are facing a backlash globally

Sri Lanka during the war years bore the brunt of the global phenomenon of the growth and proliferation of the so-called Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). The secessionist war provided the opportunity for international NGOs to establish themselves in the country and to forcefully intervene in national affairs under the guise of humanitarian and anti-corruption activities and purported rural development projects.