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Neelakantan - Man who did yeoman service to Hinduism no more with us

President of All Ceylon Hindu Congress Kandiah Neelakandan (71) passed away yesterday at a private hospital in Colombo.

Kandiah Neelakantan
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ADB grants of $75 million to support SME development

The Government of Sri Lanka had obtained ADB Financial assistance of USD 100 million in 2016 to finance the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) Line of Credit Project. The objective of the project was to strengthen the SME sector in Sri Lanka by facilitating access to finance and expand the employment opportunities in the sector.

Dr. R H S Samaratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Ms. Sri Widowati, Country Director of ADB – Sri Lanka Resident Mission on behalf of ADB, signed this loan agreement to obtain USD 75 million at the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media on 16 February
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First Global Conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax: State Minister Eran Wickramaratne attends

Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister of Finance is representing Sri Lanka at the First Global Conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax, which commenced at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 14th February 2018.

First Global Conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax: State Minister Eran Wickramaratne attends
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Arnold Mayor and Eesan Deputy Mayor of Jaffna Municipal Council

Tamil National Alliance has confirmed Emanuel Arnold of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) as their nominee for Mayor and Thurairasa Eesan of the TELO as the Deputy Mayor nominee for Jaffna Municipality.

Emanuel Arnold - Mayor Nominee for Jaffna Municipal Council
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Sri Lanka never again returns to rule by sword, Our Democracy, Our Republic, Depends on it – Minister Mangala

The people has told that United National Party has not done enough and the people expect more from the ruling Party, was the centerpiece of the contention of Mangala Samaraweera in the statement made by him regarding the UNP’s debacle in the Local Government elections.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera    - File Photo
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Aitcheson College’s soccer team calls on Pakistan High Commissioner

A 15-member soccer team from Pakistan’s prestigious Aitcheson College, Lahore, paid a courtesy call on the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat on 12th February 2018 at the High Commission’s premises.

Group Photo - High Commissioner of Pakistan Dr  Shahid Ahmad Hashmat with Aitcheson College soccer team
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Asma Jahangir (1952-2018): A tragic loss for South Asia and the world

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply saddened by the sudden demise of eminent human rights defender, lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir in Lahore, after she suffered a cardiac arrest on 11 February 2018.

Asma Jahangir
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Women ‘shouldn’t be forced to wear abaya’ - Senior Saudi religious cleric

Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a senior member of the top Muslim clerical body in Saudi Arabia, said that women should not be obliged to wear the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of the Muslim faith known as the ‘abayas’ as the purpose of the Sharia code is to cover the entire body with any long and loose-fitting garment, whether using a cloak or any form of modest clothing.

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mutlaq, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars.
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Sri Lanka elections turnout signals bad news for "Good" government

Amid tight security, Sri Lanka's local government polls closed on February 10th evening in a peaceful manner.
The Election commission said that the overall voter turnout in the elections was around 65%-at 10.2 Million voters.

Sri Lanka elections turnout signals bad news for "Good"  government
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70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka celebrated by Deputy High Commission in Chennai

The 70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka was celebrated in ceremonial way at the Deputy High Commission for Sri Lanka in Chennai on February 4 with the tri-lingual National Day Message of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka read by the officers of the Mission, and with the blessings of the multi-faith religious leaders here.

70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka celebrated by Deputy High Commission in Chennai
70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka celebrated by Deputy High Commission in Chennai
70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka celebrated by Deputy High Commission in Chennai
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