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December 30 – Last Chance For Postal Voters
Those who failed or missed to cast their votes through postal voting on December 23, 24 or 26 can do so on December 30 at the District Elections Office, the Elections Department stated in a release yesterday. The release added that the last date for marking of postal ballot papers for those who cou...
27.12.2014 - 08:44
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Bush Senior Hospitalized – Spends Christmas in Hospital
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush remained hospitalized on Thursday near his home in Houston after experiencing shortness of breath this week, and was in "great spirits," Reuter's news wire service reports. Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday. Spokesman Ji...
26.12.2014 - 08:43
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Ten years on from the 2004 Tsunami: Remembering India-Sri Lanka solidarity
On 26 December 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered a series of devastating tsunamis that struck 14 countries across the Indian Ocean, and caused one of the biggest humanitarian disasters in living memory. Thousands of people in India and Sri Lanka were among the victims of this...
26.12.2014 - 08:25
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Christian message of love, tolerance – World Could Greatly Benefit - Mahinda
The Festival of Christmas that is celebrated today by the Christians of Sri Lanka marks the nativity of Jesus Christ, President Mahinda Rajapaksa states in a message to mark Christmas. The message: "It is the belief of Christians that the birth of Jesus. Christ paved the way for the liberation of hu...
25.12.2014 - 08:34
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The visiting Pope apologises?
In 2013, the Royal Asiatic Society RASSL (of which I am the current president) awarded its “gold medal” to Father Dr. Vito Perniola. Although he was proficient in several fields, our main consideration was his 19 volume documentation on the history of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. To indicate...
25.12.2014 - 08:16 By Susantha Goonatilake
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The country to be developed through our own model – President
The country has to be developed only through our own Sri Lankan model – President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. Addressing a UPFA election rally in Monaragala, the President said the government relies on our own development model even though the common candidate trusts a foreign model. The rally was orga...
24.12.2014 - 10:20
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James Dauris - new British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Mr James Dauris has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and British High Commissioner to the Republic of Maldives in succession to Mr John Rankin, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Dauris will take up his app...
24.12.2014 - 09:12
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Candlelight vigil held in Colombo for victims of Peshawar Terrorist Attack
A candlelight vigil was organized by the Sri Lankans and Expat Pakistanis based in Sri Lanka to express solidarity with the victims of Peshawar school carnage. A large number of people representing cross section of society including children participated in this memorial ceremony. The High Commiss...
24.12.2014 - 08:48
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Risath Bathiyutheen crossover condemned
The crossover of Rishad Bathiyutheen, the former Minister of Commerce and Industry will not affect the vote base of the UPFA said UPFA General Secretary and Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha at a press a media conference at the SLFP Headquarters yesterday. Participating...
24.12.2014 - 08:16
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Both countrymen made happy!
Normalization of relations between the US and Cuba is something to rejoice about for both countrymen. Crippling economic embargo and sanctions slapped on its tiny neighbor of just 11.1 million people by the mighty super power of 316.1 people, for 47 long years, did not make the little one to surrend...
23.12.2014 - 08:26 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh.
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Launch of President Mahinda’s election manifesto postponed
Launch of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election manifesto has been postponed. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reportedly planning in releasing his policy statement for the 2015 Presidential election after handing nominations on the 8th of this month. President Rajapaksa in 2005 presented the Mahin...
22.12.2014 - 07:37
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Zeliang opens his mind
It may be remembered that when the DAN came to power in 2003, the state’s accumulated deficit amounting to Rs 365 crore was wiped out through a One Time Grant (OTG) given by Atal Behari Vajpayee’s NDA government at the Center and that was how the state could start with a clean slate. Neiphiu Rio rul...
22.12.2014 - 07:00 Zeliang opens his mind
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Letter from America: From Christ to Christmas – a historical analysis – Part 1
For many Christians around the globe, Christmas is linked with the birthday of their lord Jesus Christ. They believe that he was born on or around December 25 of 1 C.E. (Common Era). It is inconsequential to them that the story in the Gospels is often utterly divorced from all historical contexts. T...
21.12.2014 - 16:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Tablet Challenge: is the crown of iPad under threat?
I recently met an elderly couple of Pakistani origin at their home, who were watching a movie on TV while controlling it with the aid of a tablet. The tablet in question was not something that I was familiar with; nor did it carry the brand name of star players currently in the market. Much to my su...
21.12.2014 - 08:01 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Sri Lanka Investment & Business Promotional Seminar 2014 in Stockholm
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden organized an Investment & Business Promotional Seminar on 27 November 2014 in Stockholm. The Seminar was held at the IFS office Conference room in Stockholm under the theme: “Sri Lanka-the Global Sourcing Destination & the Most Attractive Investment Desti...
20.12.2014 - 09:02
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At Last Dhanuna Thilakaratne Surfaced In The Court: Granted Bail
Colombo High Court Judge Irangani Perera this morning granted bail to former army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s son-in-law Dhanuna Thilakaratne on Rs 400,000 cash with two sureties for Rs 5 million on each of them in the HiCorp case.The judge said the sureties should be his parents. The accused was a...
20.12.2014 - 10:04
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Cardinal talks about the pope, politics and the future
Interview: The prelate spoke to Églises d’Asie in late November ahead of an Apostolic visit by Pope Francis to Sri Lanka. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, 67, the archbishop of Colombo since 2009, made a cardinal the following year and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka, is a centra...
20.12.2014 - 07:00
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Sri Lanka - German civil aviation relations - Establishing direct Air Links between Berlin and Colombo
Sri Lanka Ambassador to Germany Karunatilaka Amunugama met Director General Gerold Reichle of the Department of Aerospace of the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany on 17th of December 2014 in Berlin, and discussed in detail the strengthening Sri Lanka - German civil...
20.12.2014 - 06:39
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In Kilinochchi: President Mahinda Appeals To Tamil Leaders To Join Hands To Developed The Country
This area was enveloped in darkness for 30 long years which spread differences in nationality and religion. An era which we should erase from our memory, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the UPFA public rally in Kilinochchi on Thursday (18). It had bad roadways and no electricity. Today i...
19.12.2014 - 22:59
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What is the cost of a regime change by a multiple headed coalition? Should Sri Lankans cut the nose to spite the face?
On the 8th of January 2015, Sri Lankans will have their opportunity to decide whether to give President Rajapaksa a third term in office or elect the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena nominated by a multiple headed coalition of disparate individuals, to the highest office in Sri Lanka. They coul...
19.12.2014 - 17:10 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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