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All start eyeing on the Governor
When Chief Minister (CM) TR Zeliang met Governor PB Acharya on January 9 and submitted him a proposal to summon a Special Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly for “Trial of Strength” of his government, the picture of the ongoing “political crisis” within the ruling major NPF was clear that i...
17.01.2015 - 07:19
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Even though my head is bloodied yet I am Unbowed
Fallen heroes, Saya Aung Kin (Dr Aung Kin) has gone to join another Saya Aye Gyaw (Arakanese, Dr Aye Gyaw) who all originated from the History Department of the Rangoon University to meet with Dr Mya Maung and Saya Dr Khin Maung Kyi that had fought till their last breath and held high the emblem of...
17.01.2015 - 06:59 By Kanbawza Win
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Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris celebrates Thai Pongal Festival with the Sri Lankan Community
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris celebrated the Hindu Thai Pongal festival on 15th January 2015, a thanksgiving ceremony to the Sun God for bringing a plentiful harvest and prosperity in agriculture and also to the farm animals for their assistance in producing a successful crop. The event highligh...
17.01.2015 - 06:46
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‘Will move fast on 100D push’–Rishad
Private sector is set to be the driver in Sri Lanka new phase of industry and int’l trade development–and the (new) Minister of Industry & Commerce is ready to move fast on the government’s 100–Day reforms program. “I and my Ministry shall improve on our export and industry performance further i...
16.01.2015 - 23:36
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Power and paranoia in Sri Lanka
President Maithripala Sirisena generated high expectations after his dexterous win, raising the moral compass of the voters. He has to overcome the inherently platitudinous and gridlocked paranoia. What had been deplored vehemently during the campaign must not be allowed to reappear. President Siris...
16.01.2015 - 11:51 By Philip Fernando
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Austin Fernando: a model civil servant as new presidential advisor
Judging by what we have seen so far since his victory, the modus operandi of President Sirisena and that of Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, the former president, clearly seems to be poles apart. For instance, President Sirisena’s tendency to value quality over quantity is a case in point, as evidently demonst...
16.01.2015 - 10:50 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Washington Embassy Celebrates Thai Pongal
The end of a bountiful harvest season celebrated by the Hindu Tamil community the world over at Thai Pongal, was marked by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC on January 14, 2015 with a large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan expatriate Tamil community, high level representatives from th...
16.01.2015 - 10:29
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SL President Appoints Advisors
President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed former senior civil servants Austin Fernando, Thilak Ranaviraja and W. J. S. Karunaratne as Presidential Advisors. Austin Fernando, a senior Administrative Service officer was the peacetime Secretary to the Ministry of Defense during the previous Unit...
16.01.2015 - 08:48
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‘Lanka FTA will be very big news back home’–Yunnan Prov
As bilateral trade topped $ 3Bn, Sri Lanka’s exports sector is readying one of the strongest ever delegations to this year’s Kunming international expo while Lanka’s second largest global supplier voiced that it is increasingly upbeat on the prospective FTA between both countries-and the $ 190 Bn Yu...
16.01.2015 - 08:22
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Chitranganee Wagiswara – New Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs
Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Canada Chitranganee Wagiswara is to be appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Sri Lanka’s most senior career diplomat Chitranganee Wagiswara has been appointed Foreign Secretary, President Maithripala Sirisena’s official websi...
16.01.2015 - 10:45
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Palihakkara – the new Governor of the North
H. M. G. S. Palihakkara has been appointed as the Governor of the Northern Province, according to a statement published on the news government’s official website of the Department of Information. Palihakkara is a prominent Sri Lankan diplomat and civil servant, who served as the Permanent Secret...
16.01.2015 - 07:39
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The national question of Sri Lanka; USA PBS News Service distorts religious harmony that exists in Sri Lanka
Like any other nation, Sri Lanka has also had its fair (some might say unfair) share of ethnic disharmony. However, Sri Lanka can proudly say it has not had any major confrontation based on religion although occasional skirmishes have indeed occurred. In a predominantly Buddhist country, with over...
15.01.2015 - 14:36 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala Foreign Relations Advisor to President
Former UN Under Secretary General, Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala has been appointed Senior Advisor on Foreign Relations to President Maithripala Sirisena with immediate effect. Dhanapala is a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs (1998-2003) and a former Ambassador of Sri...
15.01.2015 - 07:43
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Resetting Indo –Lanka Relations
With the inauguration of President Maithripala Sirisena on January 9, and the decision taken by the newly appointed External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera to undertake his first official overseas visit to New Delhi, there are indications that Indo-Lanka relations are eventually heading in the...
15.01.2015 - 06:57
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Sri Lanka - The People Have Spoken - A Postscript.
Vox populi, vox dei! In Sri Lanka the majority of the voters spoke firmly in godlike fashion at last week's presidential election and brought down a Government which had ruled the country for over two decades. First under the leadership of the formidable and now resurgent Chandrika Kumaratunga Banda...
14.01.2015 - 13:13 By Mathias Keitel
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Pope Francis calls on President Maithripala Sirisena
Pope Francis calls on President Maithripala Sirisena Pope Francis called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this evening, where bilateral discussions were held between them with the sharing of good wishes. Later Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe joined the discussion...
14.01.2015 - 08:31
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Rishad returns to lead Lanka’s Industry & Commerce to next level
Rishad Bathiudeen MP has triumphantly returned to serve the country once again as the Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka -and the country’s private sector promptly hailed his return on 12 January. “I, Rishad Bathiudeen solemnly declare and affirm that I will faithfully perform the duties...
13.01.2015 - 08:54
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Maldives President Abdul Gayoom Invites Lankan President To Maldives
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in a congratulatory message to President Sirisena has invited him for a state visit to exchange views in "taking our relationship forward." "On behalf of the people and the Government of Maldives I wish to convey my sincere congratulations to you on yo...
12.01.2015 - 07:20
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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party; Defeated but unbowed
Sri Lanka has a new President and a new Prime Minister. They will select their cabinet soon and will commence the implementation of the promised 100 day reform program which includes the abolition of the Executive Presidency. There have been mixed messages in regard to this key election platform pro...
12.01.2015 - 07:10 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Sri Lankan Presidential Election 2015: the fall of a political giant of our time
Our former president, Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, may be enjoying his well-earned rest in his rural village in the deep south of Sri Lanka with the folks that he is always comfortable with – the peasants who adore him. His departure, not completely unexpected, shows, however, that the overwhelming relianc...
11.01.2015 - 07:57 Hemantha Abeywardena wrties from London…
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