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Kurunegala - Mahinda the lead candidate of UPFA
UPFA Kurunegala nominations list with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the team leader was handed over to the Kurunegala District Secretariat. SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa handed over nominations this morning at the District Secretariat. The former President Mahinda Rajapaksa...
14.07.2015 - 11:28
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Myanmar Monks Plan for a Buddhist Radio Station r
A group of nationalist Buddhist monks in Myanmar plan to set up a radio station to protect and disseminate their religion, despite fears that they will use it as a platform to foment anti-Muslim sentiment. Members of the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion, better known as Ma...
14.07.2015 - 08:42
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'Only 4% of Ceylon Tea brewed locally'-EDB
A whopping 96% of Pure Ceylon Tea production volumes leave Sri Lanka to serve eager global buyers while only 4% of it is brewed locally –and the Lankan tea sector is now called to lead the value addition way on 10 July. "Pure Ceylon Tea exports grew by 5.4% in 2014. Only 50% of tea export revenues c...
13.07.2015 - 09:44
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Islam: Relevance of Eid ul Fitr!
According to the Islamic tradition, there are two festivals observed by Muslims every year - Eid-ul-Fitr just after Ramadan or Ramzan and Eid-ul-Zuha in the month of Hajj. Eid al-Fitr in Arabic meaning “festival or feast of breaking of the fast" is celebrated on the first day of Shaw'waal, on com...
13.07.2015 - 09:30 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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TULF is very much in the election fray
Tamil United Liberation Front led by veteran Politician V.Anandasangaree is filing nominations in Colombo, Jaffna, Vanni, Trincomalee and Batticaloa. Te leader of the party when contacted told Asian Tribune that he will be contesting from Colombo electoral district and from Jaffna Retd. Judge Vick...
13.07.2015 - 09:07
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Tidbits: On Political personalities
The UPFA has denied nominations to actress and former Gampaha District MP Upeksha Swarnamali. The teledrama star contested the last parliamentary polls in April 2010 on the UNP ticket. She subsequently switched her allegiance to the UPFA. Karunaratne Paranavithana Former Media Secretary Karunaratne...
13.07.2015 - 08:49
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Unclean voter society has no moral authority to demand clean representatives in parliament
Another parliamentary election is scheduled. A lot of anxiety and the fear is how August 17th 2015 is going to turn out. Having voted out a President, who allegedly connived with his family and friends to turn this country into a personal fiefdom, people expected changes under the new President Ma...
13.07.2015 - 00:42
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Should Nagaland be really under “Disturbed area” status?
The “Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA)” and the “Disturbed Area Act (DAA)” are synonymous with the people of the Northeast India. The rest of the people of India might feel otherwise on hearing such Act imposed on the Northeastern States. But to the Northeastern people, it is not new t...
12.07.2015 - 16:36 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Norwegian Involvement in the Sri Lankan Peace Process – by Dr Chanaka Talpahewa
I read the book, Peaceful Intervention in Intra-State Conflicts by Dr Chanka Talpahewa, this week and effortlessly got an in-depth understanding of the role, often mired in endless controversies, played by the third party actors, especially Norway, in the protracted conflict in the misplaced belief...
12.07.2015 - 10:55 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Inauguration of Government of India funded Language Lab in Akuressa, Matara
High Commissioner of India, Mr. Y. K. Sinha and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mangala Samaraweera jointly inaugurated a Language Lab in Akuressa on July 10, 2015 at a function held at Nilwala National College of Education. Consul General of India-Hambantota, Mr. Raj Kumar, Director,...
12.07.2015 - 06:24
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EPDP – At last to test its strength in Jaffna
Eelam Peoples Democratic Alliance which was overshadowed by the UPFA, during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure of office from 2005 Nov till January 2015, has now come forward to establish it party’s identity and stance by coming forward contest in its own party and its Veen symbol in...
11.07.2015 - 13:16 By K.T.Rajasingham
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Finance Ministry to report the malpractices at Hyatt Hotel project to FCID
On the instruction of the minister of Finance Mr Ravi Karunanayake, the finance ministry has taken the necessary initiatives to make a formal complaint to the Police Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) on the large scale misappropriation of funds and malpractices said to have taken place i...
11.07.2015 - 09:03
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A fierce campaign after contentious nominations battle
The August election campaign would rage as none seen before with Ranil Wickremesinghe defending his turf against the challenger, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the deposed Executive president. Would a damaging SLPF split be avoided as the campaign progresses? The campaign is similar in some ways to the 2005 Ran...
11.07.2015 - 08:56 By Philip Fernando
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Pakistan, India ready to discuss all outstanding issues
Pakistan and India have expressed readiness to discuss all outstanding issues to promote peace and development in the region. This came at a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Ufa, Russia. They agreed that both Pakistan and India have a collect...
11.07.2015 - 08:49
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WB’s Washington investment team in town
A top investment assessment delegation from World Bank’s Washington offices is now in town. Boats, ICT and spices are among Lankan exports that show future promise- and the World Bank is open to evaluate the possibility of supporting an Exim Bank for Sri Lanka’s export push, as revealed on 10 July....
11.07.2015 - 08:42
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Finance Ministry rebuts ex-President's allegation of issuing ethanol licenses
Ministry of Finace rejects the allegation made by the former President that the government in 100 days has issued 28 ethanol licenses. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had made this allegation attributing to Finance minister as telling the Parliament in this regard. Importation of Ethanol into th...
10.07.2015 - 15:58
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If I knew who Cosby was, I wouldn't have laughed at his jokes!
This is with reference to the news report ‘Cosby admits drugging woman for sex’, which made many of his fans really sick to know that one time the main man in a highly popular ‘Bill Cosby’ show has been up to this dirty trick. All his onetime fans, who enjoyed his shows, are now overjoyed to learn...
10.07.2015 - 09:43
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Long walk to justice: Transgender voices from across India
I had been there at the 1st National Hijra Habba in 2012. Witnessing the Third National Transgender Hijra Habba in 2015 was indeed a humbling experience as lot of water has flown during these 3 years. From 30 community participants in 2012, the number this year had swelled to a whopping 350+. The...
10.07.2015 - 08:51 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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America Tamil Sangam honors Dr Georgi Abraham in Chennai
America Tamil Sangam honored internationally-renowned nephrologist Dr. Georgi Abraham at a function held at Hyatt Regency in Chennai Tuesday night. He is the consultant nephrologist at MMM Hospital in Chennai. Dr. Georgi Abraham received Roscoe Robinson Award at the assembly of world nephrologis...
10.07.2015 - 08:39
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Maldives maintained trade relations with Sri Lanka for several centuries: Zahiya Zareer, High Commissioner
Written History is very little on Maldives other than oral tradition. Francois Pyrard in 1602 and the German Scholar, Geiger and later H.C.P. Bell rendered much service to the history by showing similarities of the shared history and culture between our two countries, between our languages and how...
10.07.2015 - 08:30 By Leelananda Ihalagamage, Editor / Travellanka
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