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“Vijaya -An Unfinished Life”

The 25th death anniversary of Vijaya Kumaratunga falls on 16th February. In order to honour this fearless leader, I thought of contributing an appreciation. Vijaya and my father Ossie Abeyagoonasekera were very close friends and I remember him visiting our place almost every day and working together until his death in 1988.

Vijaya Kumarathunga and Ossie Abeyagoonasekera during their visit to Jaffna in 1986
“Vijaya -An Unfinished Life”
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Court Of Appeal Rejected Intervention Petition Filed By Sri Lanka Bar Association & 4 Other Petitions

The Court of Appeal yesterday rejected the intervention petitions filed by Sri Lanka Bar Association to the contempt of court case against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen for alleged intimidation of the Mannar magistrate.

Minister Rishad Bathiudeen
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Burm : The Second Panglong Conference

The Myanmarnize word of the Shan word “Panglong” is “Pin Lone” as the current regime make a concerted drive to cleanse the ethnic nationalities of the Non Myanmar such as changing not only the name the country but also eliminating the name that has the ethnic origin.

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VVIP copter scam: Ex-IAF chief admits meeting middleman

Former IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi, whose name has surfaced in the VVIP helicopter scam, on Wednesday admitted having met one of the alleged middlemen but claimed innocence.

Former IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi
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Sonia’s remarks underestimated Naga intelligence: Dr Shurhozelie

President of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) Dr Shurhozelie said AICC President Sonia Gandhi had underestimated the “intelligence” of the Naga people by claiming that “the Congress party gave the Article 371 (A) for the protection of the Naga culture.”

President of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) Dr Shurhozelie
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President rejects mercy petitions four Veerappan aides

The mercy petitions of four Veerappan aides, sentenced to death in a landmine blast case, were rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee, an advocate S Balamurugan, appearing for the accused, said in Chennai on Wenesday.

President Pranab Mukerjee
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EU Heads Of Mission Visit Hambantota

French Ambassador, Christine Robichon, German Ambassador, Dr. Jürgen Morhard and British High Commissioner, John Rankin visited Hambantota from 12-13 February, 2013, along with representatives of their respective trade teams.

French Ambassador Christine Robichon German Ambassador,  Dr  Jürgen Morhard and British High Commissioner John Rankin at the Mattala Airport.
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5 cardinals from India to join conclave to elect new Pope

Five cardinals from India will participate in the conclave at the Vatican in the 'Holy Week' beginning from March 24 and vote to elect the next pope.

Wisconsin native James Harvey, right, was among six new cardinals installed during a ceremony on Nov. 24. (File Photo)
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Ottawa Celebrates the Sri Lanka National Day

Amidst freezing temperatures and a snow covered city, the Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa together with the Sri Lankan community and well-wishers celebrated the 65th Anniversary of the National Day on 10th February at the prestigious National Library & Archives Auditorium.

Ottawa Celebrates the Sri Lanka National Day
Ottawa Celebrates the Sri Lanka National Day
Ottawa Celebrates the Sri Lanka National Day
Ottawa Celebrates the Sri Lanka National Day
Ottawa Celebrates the Sri Lanka National Day
Ottawa Celebrates the Sri Lanka National Day
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U.S. Opens Two Hospitals in Northern Sri Lanka

The U.S. Embassy opened two new hospitals at a cost of over $1,000,000 to provide services in conflict affected areas of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. On February 12, Deputy Chief of Mission William Weinstein opened Mulankavil Base Hospital in Kilinochchi and Oddusuddan Divisional Hospital in Mullaitivu during ceremonies attended by Government of Sri Lanka representatives including the Northern Province Ministry of Health.

William Weinstein, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, and Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, MP, are greeted by dancers at the entrance to Oddusuddan Divisional Hospital in Mullaitivu District, during the official opening of the hospital.
William Weinstein, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, and Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, MP, greet local health workers at the opening of Oddusuddan Divisional Hospital in Mullaitivu District.
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Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: The sting is in the tail

The High Commissioner noted the views expressed by many stakeholders in Sri Lanka, including prominent community leaders, that the attention paid by the Human Rights Council to issues of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka had helped to create space for debate, and catalyzed positive steps forward, however limited at this stage.

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