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Breaking taboos, reaping dividends
Consider these statistics: Globally, 370,000 million children are married every day. By 2020, an additional 142 million girls will be married before their 18th birthday. 6 million adolescent pregnancies occur in South Asia-- 90% of them inside marriage. Further, 34% of all unsafe abortions in the As...
04.12.2014 - 02:40
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Prime Minister Modi stuns Na-gas, others by not touching Naga issue
Never before had I come across any Indian Prime Ministers not referring to the Naga political issue whenever they paid a visit to Nagaland, because for the simple fact that the Naga political issue is as old as India’s Independence, besides the present state of Nagaland was born out of the “16-Point...
04.12.2014 - 02:28 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Sri Lanka welcomes decision of the Council of the European Union to appeal the judgment of the General Court of the European Union
Sri Lanka welcomes the decision of the Council of the European Union to appeal the judgement of the General Court of the European Union of 16 October 2014, which annulled measures taken by the Council to designate the LTTE as a terrorist organization and the freezing of LTTE funds. The action taken...
03.12.2014 - 15:35
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Ajit Doval - National Security Adviser of India visited Sri Lanka
Mr. Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser of India visited Sri Lanka on November 30 -December 2, 2014 at the invitation of Government of Sri Lanka to participate in the annual International Maritime Conference ‘Galle Dialogue’. This was Mr. Ajit Doval’s first visit to Sri Lanka as National Security...
03.12.2014 - 08:09
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President vests in the people 'Laksanda Sevana' Housing Scheme
Making a giant leap forward in the resettlement of underserved communities, the newly constructed ‘Laksanda Sewana’ Housing Scheme situated at Salamulla,Kolonnawa, was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa , day before yesterday ( December 01). During the ceremony, the President handed over t...
03.12.2014 - 07:29 By Milinda Rathnayake
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FIFA President Calls on President Rajapaksa
The President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Mr. Joseph S. Blatter called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday morning. The President and Mr. Blatter discussed ways in which Sri Lanka can create more enthusiasm for the sport of football among you...
03.12.2014 - 07:10
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Rumors That People Like Most
DIG, State Intelligence unit, Chandra Nimal Wakishta says a situation has arisen that he cannot even go on the road because of it. The reason is a very sinister rumor that has been spread. According to the rumor, the State Intelligence unit has given an estimated percentages of each party may recei...
02.12.2014 - 15:31
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India’s National Security Advisor Calls on President Rajapaksa
India’s National Security Advisor Mr. Ajit Doval paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at the President’s House in Colombo. Mr. Doval, who is in Sri Lanka to attend the Galle Dialog 2014, congratulated Sri Lanka on hosting the conference and for the international recogniti...
02.12.2014 - 15:15
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Church denied claims by an opposition lawmaker that the Pope Francis had cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka
The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka denied claims by an opposition lawmaker that the Pope Francis had cancelled his January 13-15 visit because a presidential election was being held just days earlier. The statement issued by the church referred to a statement allegedly made by chief Opposition whi...
02.12.2014 - 07:55
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Don’t Vote For Traitors - Sajin
Many have betrayed the country in the past. President Ranasinghe Premadasa supplied weapons to the LTTE. Opposition leader Ranil Wikremesinghe’s UNP regime too played into the hands of the LTTE terrorists, because these leaders did not show any concern for public well-being, External Affairs Ministr...
02.12.2014 - 07:35
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Pakistan Awards Fully Funded Scholarships to Sri Lankan Students in the field of Medicine and Dentistry
The Government of Pakistan has awarded fully funded higher education scholarships to six Sri Lankan students, five in the field of Medicine and one in Dentistry. The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj Gen ® Qasim Qureshi met the selected students at the High Commission of Pakistan and co...
02.12.2014 - 07:19
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Ancient Irrigation Works Must Be Restored And Not Destroyed
The government has commenced a project to divert the waters of Yan Oya with Chinese aid. The proposed reservoir of this project will not only inundate a large extent of paddy lands which are presently irrigated by ancient irrigation works but will also inundate some of the ancient ruins in this ar...
01.12.2014 - 04:27 By Lt Col (Rtd.) Anil Amarasekera
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Will Burma’s constitutional crisis crack up its reform?
The people of Burma have been wishing for a peaceful and flourishing country since the 1948 independence achievement. But unfortunately, the nation’s independence hero General Aung San was assassinated a year ahead of independence. As a result, civil wars throughout the country occurred in the midst...
01.12.2014 - 04:06 By - Zin Linn
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SASEAN Set To Enhance Cooperation Between SAARC And Asean
The inaugural of South and Southeast Asian Nations (SASEAN) Defence Chiefs' Dialogue- 2014 in November (2014) was held in Colombo. SASEAN Defence Chiefs Dialogue 2014 came to a close on 29 November 2014 at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. The conclave was held from 27th to 29th November at the Kin...
01.12.2014 - 04:01
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An Open Letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
First of all, I am deeply indebted to you for inducting two dynamic BJP MPs from Northeastern India, Sarbananda Sonowal from Assam and Kiren Rijiju from Arunachal Pradesh, as Ministers of State, into your Council of Ministers. They have been given Ministers in-charge of Sports and Home. By inducting...
30.11.2014 - 19:50 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Sri Lanka joins the Abu Dhabi Dialogue to protect migrant workers
A series of initiatives aimed at boosting protection and improving conditions of employment for millions of foreign workers in the Gulf have been agreed upon at the Third Ministerial Consultative Meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) comprising Asian countries sending and receiving labour, which c...
30.11.2014 - 16:55
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Sri Lankan Presidential Election: creation of a benign hybrid by political cloning
The emergence of Mr Maithripala Sirisena, former health minister, as the common, opposition presidential candidate, has changed the political landscape in Sri Lanka beyond recognition, which up until two weeks ago, had been relatively static against a backdrop of a catalog of outcomes of region...
30.11.2014 - 11:27 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Dr Lorna Devaraja – The uncrowned queen of the Muslims
Dr Lorna Srimathie Dewaraja, the brilliant historian of repute who did not receive the recognition that she rightly deserves in her life time for her contribution to the Muslims of Sri Lanka should be engraved in their hearts and minds for her contribution with her luminous academic research and pub...
30.11.2014 - 11:21 By Hilmy Ahamed
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Obama’s Foreign Policy Failure or Paying Back in Their Own Coins? Myanmar or Rohingya
On the day that President left Rangoon for Australia came the announcement that Burma signs $ 7.8 billion deal with China on energy, agriculture, telecommunications and infrastructure maybe including the controversial 3.6 billion Myitsone dam project of with 90% going to China. A clear indication th...
30.11.2014 - 04:03 By Kanbawza Win
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Letter from America: Reflections on my latest trip to Bangladesh
I was in Bangladesh recently visiting my relatives and friends. The air flight from Philadelphia was long via the Qatar Airways. Previously, like many airlines Qatar Airways did not have a direct flight out of Philadelphia. Now it does, which allowed me to avoid traveling to nearby JFK airport in NY...
30.11.2014 - 03:39 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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