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UK to downsize Gurkhas strength by 700 in next four years

In a move that is likely to dash hope of many youths in the Himalayan country to get lucrative government service in foreign country, UK government has announced to slash the British Gurkhas by 700 personnel under its redundancy program to downsize the Brigade of Gurkhas to 2,900 by 2015.

Nasheed stresses security of Maldives’ tourism industry


President Mohamed Nasheed urged the need to protect the country’s tourism sector after a recent series of intrusions and robberies in some resorts posed a threat to the industry.

Ambassador Karannagoda visits evacuation centres in Japan


Ambassador Admiral (Rtd.) Wasantha Karannagoda with Embassy staff and Sri Lankan community members in Japan visited two evacuation centres in Fukushima prefecture in Japan on Sunday (03/04) to show solidarity with the people and Government of Japan.

Ruhunu University of Sri Lanka closed due to student clashes

Sri Lanka’s Ruhunu University in the South has been declared out of bounds for students. This decision has been taken by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Gamini Senanayake following a clash between two groups of University students.

Sri Lanka to ban a book written to belittle “Pansil ” (five precepts)

Sri Lanka is looking in to the possibilities of banning a book written to belittle “Pansil “(five precepts) says Prime Minister and Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Minister D M Jayaratne.

While mentioning human rights issues, Robert Blake reiterates Sri Lanka’s Strategic location to US Congress

US State Department’s South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau chief Robert Blake while castigating Sri Lanka on issues of human rights and governance could not help letting the U.S. Congress know the strategically important location of Sri Lanka.

Bills to change the election system of Sri Lanka withheld until Sinhala and Tamil versions are presented

Changes to Sri Lanka’s election system, introduced arbitrarily by the former President J.R.Jayawardene, without people’s consent, is a much sought out matter since under the present system true people’s representation cannot be established due to the hugeness of the electoral units which tend to many irregularities and favour the persons who can wield either huge expenses or thuggery.

Discourse on American soil elicits UNP MP Madduma Bandara’s expertise on Sri Lanka’s political trends

Sri Lanka’s United National Party parliamentarian Ranjith Madduma Bandara is a unique person: His knowledge of the mood and the ever-changing behavior of the rural masses of his country is extensive and impressive:

Division in Sri Lanka’s main opposition due to national organiser post

Sri Lanka’s main opposition UNP’s National Consultation Committee is to meet today to settle the dispute that surfaced on the appointment of its National Organiser, party sources said.

Sri Lanka Cricket: National Selection Committee quit : Mahela steps down as Vice Captain

Sri Lanka’s Cricket selection committee headed by former Sri Lanka Captain Aravinda de Silva has submitted their resignation today as National Selectors with immediate effect to the Minister of sports.

Economic ties focus of Thai PM’s visit to New Delhi


Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday on a day-long visit during which the fast-growing economic ties between both the countries are expected to gain momentum.

Selected interest at Colombo Bourse

Interest was witnessed on selected counters such as blue chip stocks John Keells (JKH) and Distilleries (DIST) and the poultry stocks at Colombo Stock Exchange on Tuesday the 5 April 2011. “While these stocks recorded gains, other stocks declined, although recording thin volumes.” Brokers added. Colombo Stock Indices gained during early trading and closed in red.

Anil Ambani faces PAC over 2G Spectrum licences

Reliance Communications chairman Anil Ambani appeared before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday which quizzed him for over two hours in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of the 2G spectrum.

Sri Lanka: Royal Ceramics Lanka PLC buys Colorbrite paints

Sri Lanka's one of the leading tile manufacturers, Royal Ceramics Lanka PLC (RCL) had recently acquired 100% stake of Paint and Allied product manufacturing company that sells 'Colorbrite' paints in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is a great place to make friends- British High Commissioner

Sri Lanka is a great place to make friends and the end of the war has provided a boost to all business sectors of the economy says John Rankin, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

ICTA takes e-Government policy to the North

ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) Re-Engineering Government Programme Director Wasantha Deshapriya said that implementing the e-Government policy island-wide fully would immensely contribute to making every citizen’s life very comfortable.

Hollow promises of Barack Obama

In September 2001, the whole world comity was behind USA. The UN had authorized US call to invade Afghanistan and combat terrorism so as to make the world peaceful. The world response to invasion of Iraq in March 2003 was different. Millions came out in the western world to dissuade George W. Bush and Tony Blair from undertaking the venture.

'Bharat Ratna' for Sachin Tendulkar urged

Congratulating the Indian cricket team for winning the World Cup, the Maharashtra assembly on Tuesday recommended to the Centre that batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar be conferred 'Bharat Ratna', the country's highest civilian award.


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