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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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Salary Increase From February - 2015
The Public Administration, Provincial Councils, Local Government and Democratic Governance Ministry said that the public sector employees will receive a monthly allowance of Rs 5000 from this month, in addition to the allowance of Rs 3,000 which they have already been granted by the previous govern...
14.02.2015 - 07:49
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China's President Xi Jinping to visit Pakistan
China's President Xi Jinping will visit Pakistan this year, China's foreign minister said in Islamabad, in what will be his first trip to the country's western neighbour since taking office in 2013. "This will be President Xi's first visit to Pakistan as head of state, and the first visit by a Chine...
14.02.2015 - 07:34 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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A packed stadium awaiting for the battle royal!
As usual an encounter between the subcontinent rivals attracts more interest than any other World Cup matches. Although the final of the Cricket World Cup is scheduled for 29th March at Melbourne, the encounter between India and Pakistan on Sunday the 15th at Adelaide has attracted more enthusiasm a...
14.02.2015 - 07:25 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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A National Policy to eradicate the drug menace
The Government is planning to establish a National Policy to create a drug-free Sri Lanka. A meeting was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today with regard to this policy (12). The programme will be implemented in keeping with the pledge by t...
13.02.2015 - 08:45
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Misleading news with regard to President's website and social media accounts
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday released a statement regarding the misleading news circulating on his social media sites. As of today, the President or Presidential Secretariat has not appointed any individual to operate President Maithripala Sirisena's official website (www.president.gov....
13.02.2015 - 08:33
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Can Saudi Arabia get Russia to deal with Iran or Syria?
Middle East has been embroiled in oil problem as the region with vast energy resources remains the target of world powers. Since energy resources have become vital for the globalizing world and big powers requiring more oil and gas to sustain and cater for the demands of ever growing populations g...
13.02.2015 - 08:24 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Sri Lanka Reconciliation & South Africa: Here's what Mangala needs to know
Sri Lanka's foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera, in Washington 11 February on eve of his dialogue with US secretary of state John Kerry, signaled to the American administration that the new Sirisena-Wickremasinghe regime will seriously focus to bring an accountability mechanism parallel to that of...
13.02.2015 - 08:19 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune Political Note
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Namal says Yoshitha did not flee
Namal Rajapaksa MP says that his brother Yositha Rajapaksa has not fled the country but has gone abroad after obtaining due clearance from the Defence Ministry. During the media conference, journalists questioned from MP Namal Rajapaksa about Yoshitha Rajapaksa leaving the country. MP Rajapaksa sai...
12.02.2015 - 10:12
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Rishad & Gamini bulldoze a Lankan supply monopoly grip overnight
In a major development in Sri Lanka’s wholesale market pricing-and thereby the critical Cost of Living-the country suddenly routed a tight grip held on the sole and apex wholesale market entity by a select group of suppliers so that budgetary relief finally reaches the consumer -and a powerful Lanka...
12.02.2015 - 08:25
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Mr. Van der Kolff - the new Managing Director of Lamudi Sri Lanka
Hugh van der Kolff has been appointed the Managing Director of Lamudi Sri Lanka (www.lamudi.lk), the leading online real estate platform. Hugh, who was previously the Business Development Manager for the Myanmar branch of the global real estate brand, has been appointed to head Lamudi Sri Lanka foll...
12.02.2015 - 08:10
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US arms to Ukraine could prompt rapid escalation: IISS
Leaders of France and Germany joined the presidents of Russia and Ukraine in the Belarussian capital Minsk on February 11 for a peace summit as fighting flared anew in eastern Ukraine. Key US allies in Europe are much more cautious about providing arms to Ukraine. US House of Representative members...
12.02.2015 - 07:56 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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