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Advantages of Automation of Tea Export Documentation

Automation of Tea Export Documentation and accepting them electronically by the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) has provided better service to Tea Exporters. SLTB commenced accepting all CUSDECs via electronically effective from 1 April 2009.

9th century reconstructed ship “Jewel of Muscat” to call at the Port of Galle

A 9th Century reconstructed Omani ship, the ‘Jewel of Muscat’, is due to call at the Port of Galle on approximately April 18, 2010, as its arrival date would be determined by weather conditions since it will be using its sails for its voyage as it does not have an engine.

11 militants killed in military operation in Northwest Pakistan

As many as 11 militants were killed in a military operation launched on Wednesday in the northwest tribal belt of Pakistan.

Questioning Headley: India’s Home Ministry to seek a date in letter

The Home Ministry of India is likely to write to the US department of Justice seeking a possible date for having direct access to Mumbai terror attack accused David Headley, who is currently under American custody.

President Rajapaksa to be Chairman of G 15

President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the next Chairman of the 17 member economic group, G-15. He will take over the Chairmanship at the next summit meeting to be held in Teheran in May 2010.

Kashmir issue: US rejects Pakistan plea for mediation

The opening of high-level talks between Pakistan and the United States in Washington on Wednesday was marked by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi seeking a "constructive" US role on Kashmir and "non-discriminatory" access to energy, an apparent reference to nuclear cooperation that Pakistan is seeking with U.S. on the lines of the India-U.S. nuclear deal.

Indian army to use chilli-based tear gas-like hand grenades as a new weapon

The Indian military has now a new weapon against terrorism: the bhut jolokia, the world’s hottest chilli.

Foolhardiness & Opportunism

In response to one of my previous articles titled “Asheelachara Thenaka Thibenne Desapalanaya Pamanada” (Is it only politics that is in a state of amorality), Sanath Balasuriya who is presently in Germany had sent a reply titled “Is Victor Ivan’s pen innocent” questioning my media usage. His reply was published in the last issue of “Ravaya” .This article is written in reply to his article.

U.S. Provides Lanka with Assistance to Combat Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza

The U.S. Government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is partnering with the Ministry of Health Epidemiology Unit to enhance Sri Lanka’s ability to monitor and track seasonal influenza, and prepare for, detect and respond to an influenza pandemic if it should occur.

India: Regional party leader draws flak for sexist remark

One of the key North India regional parties, the Samajwadi party, has been a strong critic of the Women’s Reservation Bill. Its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday drew flak from political parties and women's groups for his 'sexist' remark that if the Reservation Bill is passed it will fill Parliament with the “kind of women who invite catcalls and whistles.”

The Union to launch international trial of 9-month MDR-TB treatment regimen

In this year 2010, which has been declared as Year of the Lung, it is indeed much-awaited welcome news that International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) is to launch an International trial of 9-month MDR-TB treatment regimen.

More and better jobs to face Millennium Development Goals

In a dispatch from the International Labour Organization (ILO) Colombo indicated that United Nations Development Programme Administrator (UNDP) Helen Clark said the ILO Global Jobs Pact “paves the way” for countries seeking a “fair and just” way out of the global recession.

Gujarat CM Modi may appear before riots inquiry panel

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi may appear before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for interrogation into the 2002 Gujarat riots case on March 27.

Why was Moon’s proposal not referred to Security Council?

Sri Lankan-born Canadian in an open letter UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has demanded to know why was his proposal to appoint a committee to Sri Lanka not referred to the UN Security Council for approval.

UN chief calls key nations’ meet on Myanmar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited key nations to a meeting Thursday to discuss the new electoral laws for Myanmar’s upcoming election that bar detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Dangers of Stroke exposed

Haphazard eating habits lead to many diseases instead taking a balanced diet of adequate quantities would prevent such diseases, said Dr Renuka Jayatissa , Nutritionist, Medical Research Institute, speaking at the National Stroke Day 2010 held at Kanapathi Balika Vidyalaya, Aluth Kade, Colombo organized by the National Stroke Association of Sri Lanka (NSASL).

Nepal’s last king says abolition of monarchy ‘hypothetical’

Challenging the verdict of elected Constituent Assembly (CA) that abolished 237-year old institution of monarchy two years ago, former King Gyanendra Shah on Wednesday said that abolition of monarchy in Nepal was just ‘hypothetical’ talk.

Archbishop denounces the use of the sacred image of Jesus Christ for election campaigns

Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo has strongly denounced the using of the image of Jesus Christ for election campaign and has categorically said “Catholics are free to vote for any political party or candidate they choose”.