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Modi to visit Lanka from March 13 to 15
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sri Lanka from 13 to 15 March, the first bilateral visit by an Indian PM to the island nation in over 25- years. Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne said while addressing the weekly cabinet briefing held at the government information departm...
19.02.2015 - 22:41
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Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa says he lost presidency owing to a conspiracy!
Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who lost power following his stunning defeat in last month's presidential election has vowed to return to government by becoming the prime minister. Rajapaksa was crushed very badly by his own minister in the government and former ally said he would cont...
19.02.2015 - 08:21 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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35 Tamil persons attempted to illegally travel to another country arrested
The marine division of the Matara Police last morning arrested 35 suspected asylum seekers who were on a fishing boat off Weligama yesterday, the police media unit said. The police said that the people on the boat are Tamils and residents of the north and are aged between 30-40 years. Investigat...
19.02.2015 - 08:05
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President Srisena Returns to Sri Lanka
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Colombo from Cochin this afternoon, Concluding his four day visit to India, President Sirisena landed at Katunayake Airport on UL 166. This was the first overseas visit by President Sirisena after assumption of office last month. During his visit, President...
18.02.2015 - 22:41
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What a tempting fruit it is!
The picture of a hawker selling Rambutan, in Colombo, appearing on the front page of a media rekindled memories of my school days. I couldn’t remember then at any time paying anything more than ten cents (Sri Lankan money) for a Rambutan. Now, at the price it is being sold a middle class man woul...
18.02.2015 - 08:39 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Pakistani Students in Sri Lanka on Student Exchange Programme
A- 13 member student delegation along with their teachers from Centre for Advance Studies (C.A.S) Karachi is visiting Sri Lanka under a Student Exchange Programme with Ladies College Colombo and St. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia. The Student Exchange Programme between the partnering institutes is co...
18.02.2015 - 08:22
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Sri Lankan President Sirisena to visit China on March 26
After his current visit to India, President Maithripala Sirisena will visit China in March for talks with the top leadership here as his government tries to rebalance ties with Beijing while addressing Indian concerns over strategic Chinese projects. President Sirisena’s China visit is expected to t...
18.02.2015 - 08:07 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Reshuffles Announced for Several Key Positions In Sri Lanka Army
On the directions of the Ministry of Defence , Fifteen Major Generals and three Brigadiers of the Army have been transferred with immediate effect by Army Commander Daya Ratnayake. Recently reinstated Major General Mahesh Senanayake has been appointed as the Military Secretary. Accordingly, several...
17.02.2015 - 09:16
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Patali Champika Ranawaka Minister of Power, Government of Sri Lanka met Dharmendra Pradhan India’s the Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas
Mr. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Power, Government of Sri Lanka met the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, yesterday to discuss bilateral cooperation in oil and gas sector. The two Ministers reviewed the existing cooperation between the two cou...
17.02.2015 - 09:00
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Lanka Consumer Authority unleashes twitter, new flying squad for speedier price & info respite
In a bid to speed up consumer relief announced during the recent interim budget, Sri Lanka’s ultimate consumer guardian has unleashed its efforts at multiple levels-and is also readying for critical direct talks with top product suppliers starting this Wednesday, as revealed on 16 February in Colomb...
17.02.2015 - 07:33
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Sri Lanka President Sirisena meets Indian PM Narendra Modi, strikes nuclear deal
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on his first overseas tour since winning an election last month, met Indian premeir Narandra Modi and hailed his country’s close relations with India in a joint briefing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Sri Lanka's new president held talks w...
16.02.2015 - 23:15 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Mahinda Assures He will Not Leave SLFP
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a letter to SLFP General Secretary Anura PriyadharsanaYapa had assured that despite criticism, insults and sidelining, he would not leave the party or the party supporters in any circumstance. New General Secretary of the party Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said tha...
16.02.2015 - 13:06
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Sri Lanka President Sirisena arrives in New Delhi for talks with Indian PM Narendra Modi
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena left the island of Sri Lanka on 15th February on a three-day state visit to India on the invitation of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Apart from the Minister of External Affairs Mangala Samaraaweera who is now in Washington and is expected to join his...
16.02.2015 - 09:12 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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President curtails powers of State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardena : A potential flashpoint between President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe?
In an unexpected turn of events, President Sirisena, employing the powers of Executive Presidency, made a sudden decision to 'take over' several institutions that came under the purview of Wijewardena's ministry. On the orders of the President, the Defense Secretary on 13 February, issued a gazette...
16.02.2015 - 08:10
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President Maithripala Sirisena left for New Delhi
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena left the island this (15) afternoon on a three-day state visit to India on the invitation of Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi. The President travelled on a regular scheduled commercial fight, UL-195 to New Delhi. During his stay in India, President...
16.02.2015 - 07:22
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Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Samaraweera met with US Envoy to UN Samantha Power 13 February 2015: United Nations 'Mum' on Sri Lanka UNHRC resolution
At least the United States admitted, after Sri Lanka's foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera met with secretary of state John Kerry for talks to persuade the American administration to defer the Sri Lanka resolution scheduled to come up at UNHRC session in Geneva on 25 March that the 'topic' came up...
15.02.2015 - 15:28 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
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Ukraine crisis: Ceasefire starting on February 15
Following 17 hours of talks in Minsk, Belarus, an agreement aimed at ending the fighting in Ukraine has been reached among leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France on February 12. They announced that a ceasefire would begin on 15 February. Salient features of the agreement include: Ceasefire t...
15.02.2015 - 12:46 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Government Ready To Punish Those Involved In Rights Violations During Conflict
President Maithripala Sirisena assured the diplomatic community that his government will not hesitate to punish the offenders of human rights violations said to have taken place during the war after the conduct of a credible domestic inquiry through a judicial process into the allegations. Meeting w...
15.02.2015 - 09:21
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A Bad Week – home and abroad
Three Muslim students were murdered on February 10 in Chappell Hill, N.C. in what can only be described as a hate crime. As usual, the popular media in the USA initially did not mention that it was a targeted murder committed by a gun-trotting White racist whose all victims were Muslims. Only after...
15.02.2015 - 08:15 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Sri Lankans in South Korea celebrate 67thIndependence Day
On February 8, 2015, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Seoul celebrated the 67th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka with members of the Sri Lankan community in South Korea. The commemoration was held in Gwangju city, which is situated about 300 kilometres away from the capital city of Seoul. A l...
14.02.2015 - 09:05
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