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Letter from America: War and its profiteers
Who benefits from war? In the last three decades, I have tried to find the answer to this perennial question. All my research have pointed to the merchants of war, or those who are affiliated with the merchandising weapons that kill. War was at one time a matter of necessity much like life and death...
23.08.2015 - 08:36 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Mahinda Rajapakse pays the ultimate prize for defying Indian interests? A response to Malladi Rama Rao
It may be too early to write of Mahinda Rajapakse’s legacy. However, if one attempts to do that based on his performance to date, one could say he does have a mixed legacy, and is remembered principally for ending 30 years of terrorism and war, for launching an economic revival unparalleled in the h...
22.08.2015 - 22:44 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Discriminatory ‘Race and Religion’ bills in Myanmar: Threaten to fuel tensions ahead of elections
The Myanmar Parliament’s passage of two bills targeting religious minorities constitutes an attack on religious freedom and threatens to stoke inter-communal tensions and violence less than three months ahead of critical general elections, said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) today....
22.08.2015 - 09:05
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Sri Lanka President to present three national program to the first cabinet meeting
President Maithripala Sirisena says he would present the proposals related to national programs to be implemented for local food production, environment preservation and drug eradication, to the first cabinet meeting. He made these remarks at a meeting with the members of the Task Forces of above pr...
22.08.2015 - 08:51
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New envoys congratulate President for holding democratic elections
Three new Ambassador presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (August 21). Those who presented credentials -new US Ambassador Athul Keshap, Italian Ambassador Paolo Andrea Bartorelli and the Netherlands Ambassador Joanne Doornewaard. Presid...
21.08.2015 - 22:50
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UNP & UPFA finalized their respective national list
The United National Party (13) and the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (12) have finalized their national list and forwarded to the Election Commission for issuing appointment and names gazette. United National Party (UNP) The United National Party (UNP) today named the MPs who will enter Parliame...
21.08.2015 - 20:09
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MOU between UNP & UPFA
UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim and SLFP Acting General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake signed a MoU pledging to work together at the next parliament. This MOU is expected to pave the way for UNP and UPFA to come to terms with a National Government.allows UNP and UPFA to form a National Governme...
21.08.2015 - 18:32
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UN Secretary-General’s telephone conversation with Mr. Maithripala Sirisena
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on the new government in Sri Lanka under United National Front (UNF) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to make further progress on good governance, accountability and reconciliation. The Secretary-General had a phone conversation with the President of Sri Lanka, Mr...
21.08.2015 - 10:48
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Hillary Clinton opposes Arctic drilling!
The Arctic is a unique treasure and USA is keen to drill it for oil. Recently, the President Barack Obama administration granted the Shell the final permit it needed to drill deep into the waters off the Alaskan coast—a move that stoked the outrage of green groups nationwide. Many prominent American...
21.08.2015 - 08:16 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Ranil to be sworn in Tomorrow
: Incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe, Leader of the United National Party, returning to the office for a fourth term after his party won the closely contested general election by winning 106 seats in Monday's parliamentary election, just 7 short of a simple majority in the 225-member assembly, is to be...
20.08.2015 - 17:58
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Sri Lankan Politics – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Countries all over the world have their assortment of citizens - the good, the bad and the ugly. The “ugly” here refers to the demeanor, deportment and behavioral attitudes of certain individuals. It is the shared psychological attributes of humankind that are assumed to be shared by all human bei...
20.08.2015 - 09:02 By M. Zulkifli Nazim
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You Can't Buy One Cigarette Stick - Only Packets – Uganda
The 2014 Tobacco Control Bill has become one of the highly controversial Bills submitted to Parliament of Uganda, on 28th July and passed which is awaiting the consent of the President. This Bill which was first presented in Parliament in March 2014 by Chris Baryomunsi as a Private Member Bill w...
20.08.2015 - 08:52 By Peiris Manjari
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British Foreign Secretary congratulates Sri Lankan Prime Minister
The Foreign Secretary congratulates Ranil Wickremesinghe on his election victory. The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: On behalf of the British Government, I send my warmest congratulations to Ranil Wickremesinghe on the occasion of his victory. The manner in which the election was run was a...
20.08.2015 - 08:40
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Sanga, Brand Ambassador for anti-drug crusade
President Maithripala Sirisena says he would strongly take the drug prevention program forward, obtaining the international support. He added that new technology will be greatly utilized in this campaign. The President said he would not hesitate to strictly implement legal provisions against drug d...
20.08.2015 - 08:33
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Democracy triumphs in Sri Lanka: Time to refocus on key Nation building blocks
The political forces that gathered under the United National Party umbrella led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe have won the Sri Lankan general election of 2015, defeating the forces that gathered under the United Peoples Freedom Alliance led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. By whatever...
19.08.2015 - 23:01 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Sri Lankan politics: It is now final, Rajapaksa is out! What next?
The final results of the general poll in Srilanka held on August 17 has very eloquently showed that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is no equal to the incumbent president Sirisena who not only defeated the former strongman for presidency but also drowned him in the Indian Ocean by defeating him e...
19.08.2015 - 22:56 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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TNA Supports A New National Government
The Tamil National Alliance leader reiterates that they would support a Government which would endorse the verdict of the people given in the Presidential election on 8th January. When Asian Tribune contacted R.Sampanthan, octogenarian, at his Trincomalee home, just after the Parliamentary elec...
19.08.2015 - 09:58 By K.T.Rajasingham
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Sri Lanka: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe declares victory over Rajapaksa!
Sri Lanka's parliamentary election was too close to call and final results were not out yet but on the basis of the outcomes declared so far for most seats, the sitting prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's, 66, has declared victory over the country's former strongman leader Rajapaksa who was seek...
19.08.2015 - 08:01 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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'My top priority would be for ensuring evidence informs health policy', says new ICMR head
Dr Soumya Swaminathan has recently been appointed as Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Earlier she has served as Director, National Institute for Research in Tubercul...
18.08.2015 - 14:18 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Sri Lanka parliamentary poll 2015: Rajapaksa concedes defeat!
Sri Lanka's former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat in parliamentary elections held in the island nation on August 17- considered to be a referendum on Rajapaksa - after a close fought comeback attempt just months after he was toppled as president. "My dream of becoming prime minister...
18.08.2015 - 13:27
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