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Indian Aircraft Carrier Visits Colombo
India’s largest naval ship, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, will visit Colombo from 21 - 23 January 2016. INS Vikramaditya will be accompanied by a destroyer, INS Mysore. The ships are transiting from the West Coast of India to the city of Visakhapatnam on the East Coast of India to parti...
21.01.2016 - 07:16
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Pakistan lives in Aiyam-e-zaheliat still
Days before I have collected a xerox copy of the letter sent from Pakistan by world noted cricketer Imran Khan to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina MP. Imran, who is also the chairman of a political party Tehreek-e-Insaf of Pakistan appealed not to execute Salah Uddin Kader Chowdhury's death s...
20.01.2016 - 08:50 By Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman
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Tennis match-fixing: eight players in Australian Open suspected!
Match fixing is so common in cricket series that many would prefer to call cricket match-fix because no match is played without fixing its outcome and 100s etc for select batboys beforehand either by the teams themselves, by skippers, by cricket boards and the powerful and rich cricket mafia. In...
20.01.2016 - 08:31 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal (Sport fixing specialist)
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Royal send-off for expat Sri Lankan driver: Samy served 33 years as private driver for Saudi royal family
A Saudi royal family went out of their way and gave a warm farewell home party to its non-Muslim Sri Lankan private driver after 33 years of service. Several royal figures broke protocol to attend the party which was held at Prince Abdul Raman bin Farhan Al Saud’s palace in the capital Riyadh on Thu...
19.01.2016 - 08:13
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Taiwan elects Tsai Ing-wen as its first female president!
Taiwan has elected its first female president in a landmark election that could possibly unsettle relations with China. Ms Tsai, 59, leads the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The new president will take over from Ma, who will step down on May 20 after serving two four-year terms. Tsai Ing-wen,...
19.01.2016 - 01:11 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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World Blesses New Programs of the New Government – President
Despite local criticism, the entire world is blessing the program of the new government of Sri Lanka, says President Maithripala Sirisena. Therefore, what we should do today is not to waste time by giving answers to the criticisms of the political opportunists but to fulfill the responsibility, unde...
18.01.2016 - 06:41
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Charlie Hebdo does it again!
Charlie Hebdo is never out of ideas to stoke up the flames of racism, bigotry, intolerance and hatred. Remember Aylan Kurdi, the two-year-old, whose picture lying face down on a beach in Turkey caused an international outcry over the human cost of the migrant crisis? The magazine’s latest cartoon i...
18.01.2016 - 06:08 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Flickering Fortunes By Lakshman Ratnapala
Flickering Fortunes By Lakshman Ratnapala will be launched on Thursday, 28 January 2016 at 6.00 p.m. in Jubilee Room of the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo under the patronage of Minister Sarath Amunugama. Minister Amunugama will deliver the keynote address, followed by a presentation by Rev. Marc P. Bi...
18.01.2016 - 05:35
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A new constitution for Sri Lanka; a misplaced priority
Sri Lanka seems destined to engage in yet another mix up of priorities. Since independence in 1948, the country has been grappling with constitutions or major changes to administrative regulations and not economic priorities. The result has been that a country that was more economically advanced at...
17.01.2016 - 22:08 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Oil Price Crash: $10 a barrel is no longer consumers’ wishful thinking
Up until extreme rationalists started looking down on them, there had been folks in Wales, Great Britain, who used to believe that the sound of an owl amongst their houses was a harbinger of an unmarried woman losing her virginity in the village. Since the belief had the potential to book a place in...
17.01.2016 - 08:54 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed allowed to travel to UK for treatment
Jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed has been granted permission to seek medical treatment abroad, government announced Saturday. Nasheed had sought permission to go abroad for a surgery on his back, but Correctional Service had repeatedly denied the request insisting that the surgery could be d...
17.01.2016 - 08:06
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Letter from America: Jewish Settler Movement
The Jewish settler movement has been growing like a cancer for decades. It is partly organic and partly inorganic, made up of Jews born inside and outside Israel, respectively. It has become a real threat to peaceful solution of the Palestinian problem. As I have noted a few times before many of the...
17.01.2016 - 07:40 By Habib Siddiqui
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Akhand Bharat Possible in a Different Form
Not many are likely to buy the ‘clarification’ given by the RSS that it supports the idea of an ‘Akhand Bharat’ in the cultural sense, not a forcible reunification of the sub-continent that was divided by the British before they left in August 1947. Ram Madhav, the BJP general secretary appointed to...
17.01.2016 - 07:35 By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features
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Pakistan Single Country Exhibition 2016 opens in Colombo
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Commerce Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan along with Sri Lankan Minister for Commerce and Industry Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister for Development Strategies and International Trade Mallik Samarawickrama, CEO TDAP S M Munir, Secretary TDAP Ms Rabia Javeri and High Commissioner...
16.01.2016 - 07:56
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41 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka Next Week
41 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on 19th January 2016 Under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme. They are scheduled to arrive through Mihin Lanka (MJ 308) at 10.25a.m from Madurai and MJ 130 at 12.20 a.m from Chennai. D.M.Swaminathan, Min...
15.01.2016 - 09:44
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Sri Lanka selected one of the four pilot countries for WIPO Project on Intellectual Property, Tourism and Culture
Sri Lanka has been selected as one of the four pilot countries to participate in a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Project titled “Intellectual Property, Tourism and Culture.” This Project will contribute to promoting awareness of the role of IP in Sri Lanka and supporting the tour...
15.01.2016 - 09:34
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Pak Commerce Minister arrives in Colombo to Open Pak Single Country Exhibition
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Commerce, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan arrived in Sri Lanka today on a two days visit along with senior officials. Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan will be formally inaugurating Pakistan Single Country Exhibition 2016 in Colombo’s Bandaranaike Memorial International Conferenc...
15.01.2016 - 08:03
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Betting To Save Indian Cricket Image!
A three-member panel that was appointed by the Supreme Court last summer and headed by R.M. Lodha, former chief justice, has made many important suggestions to revamp the much maligned BCCI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India. One of these suggestions is interesting but may prove to be contro...
15.01.2016 - 07:06 By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features
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Torture in Iraq: British soldiers go scot-free but funds to 'reform' Lanka military
The British Foreign Office State Minister for Asia Hugo Swire arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka January 14 with 6.6 million Sterling Pounds (US$9.5 million or Rs. 1.36 billion), a Conflict Stability and Security Fund, as mentioned by Mr. Swire in an official letter to another British parliamentarian Sio...
14.01.2016 - 22:19 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune Foreign Affairs Note
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Hugo Swire – UK Foreign Office Minister for Asia visits Sri Lanka
Hugo Swire – UK Foreign Office Minister for Asia’s visit is the latest in a series of high level engagements between the governments of the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka over the last year. Relations between the two countries have been reinvigorated since the election of President Sirisena in Janu...
14.01.2016 - 11:26
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