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‘GSP+ balances TPP’-Rishad
Sri Lanka’s apparel sector is assured that potential effects, if any, from the biggest global trade agreement in two decades are likely to be balanced out by the return of GSP Plus, according to a top Cabinet Minister on 18 December. Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, speaking at...
19.12.2015 - 08:42
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Australia wins in the investment case brought by PM
The Cancer Council Victoria states that the federal government, Australia has won in the investment case brought by Philip Morris Asia against plain packaging. “The tribunal in the arbitration, based in Singapore has issued a unanimous decision agreeing with Australia’s position that it has no juri...
19.12.2015 - 08:24 by Manjari Peiris
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US hate politics: Should Trump be dumped as trash?
It is quit natural that every aspiring big politician, no matter how they articulate their ideas and where they operate from, today chooses anti-Islamism by evoking the rules of Islamophobia to get votes and also get elected. The phenomenon has been in vogue in India, Israel, European countries and...
18.12.2015 - 09:14 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The wizard who gave us the '5th Symphony'!
Many of us who turned to Google on the 17th of December, wondered ‘who this crazy man doing with the piano’! He is none other than the internationally celebrated musical wizard Ludwig van Beethoven playing his Fifth Symphony. He was born on the 16th of December 1770 in Germany. Google has selec...
18.12.2015 - 09:05 By S.H.Moulana
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President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in the country this morning
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in the country this morning (Dec. 16) after a successful visit to Vatican, Rome. The President who arrived in Vatican on December 13 on a special invitation of Pope Francis called on His Holiness on the 14th. During this meeting His Holiness commended the initi...
16.12.2015 - 17:56
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What happens in Sri Lanka is of global consequence - Thomas Shannon
“Your success in rebuilding your country and reconciling your people will be an example to the rest of the world, so fraught with conflict at this time. The United States is proud to be a partner in this effort and proud to be an ally of Sri Lanka,” - remarked U.S. Under Secretary of State for...
16.12.2015 - 09:32
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The Officer and Gentleman: Major Tim Peake at his Career Peak
It was a breathtakingly beautiful lift-off: the elegant Soyuz rocket, carrying the two astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut, blasted off into the wintry skies over Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan at 11.03 am GMT, much to the delight of millions of Britons of all walks of life and of course, the spa...
16.12.2015 - 08:51 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Lalin’s Column: CBK building bridges
CBK is a very bad loser-like many in SL. She had her time like 2 other Presidents before her and a Prime Minister to resolve what appeared to be the intractable problem of the LTTE. She and they didn’t. There was unrelenting bloody and to use her worn out cliché ’horrendous conflict’ for 26 years.MR...
15.12.2015 - 02:12 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Presidential Export Awards - Is it for the Qualified Exporters?
The business community in Sri Lanka is impressed to hear of the ceremonial event being held on Presentation of Presidential Export Awards (PEA) for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 organized by Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) on 16th December 2015 at Nelum Pokuna under the patronage of President...
15.12.2015 - 01:52 By T.K.Premadasa
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First women political leaders in Saudi Arabia - Role of women in Islamic societies!
Saudi Arabia, the most important nation in West Asia, has successfully conducted local elections in municipalities to strengthen the truly democratic roots of the kingdom, enabling women to contest and win polls. Women have been elected to municipal councils in Saudi Arabia for the first time afte...
15.12.2015 - 01:39 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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President Leaves for Vatican
President Maithripala Sirisena left the Island yesterday morning (13) for a visit to the Vatican on an invitation by the Holy See. The highlight of the President’s visit will be an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis I at the Vatican which will take place today. This is the second time th...
14.12.2015 - 08:24
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High Commissioner of India on a two-day visit to the North
Indian High Commissioner Mr. Y.K. Sinha was on a two-day visit to the Northern Province and declared opened several projects where India was involved in the construction and funding of such projects. Mr. Y.K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India, and the Mr. H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, Governor of Northern...
14.12.2015 - 01:33
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Now the cat is out of the bag!
When we heard for the first time that Russia accusing Turkey for buying oil from ISIS, we were shocked but subsequently to our consolation a strong denial came from Turkey. However, this time the accusation is coming from none other than Turkey’s coalition partner to eliminate ISIS and NATO co-mem...
14.12.2015 - 00:51 By S. H. Moulana
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Looking into the Abyss of Oil Price Rout
The descent of oil price on a financial chart is almost like that of a parachutist with a pleasant spectacle to look at from consumers’ point of view. Whereas the parachutist may be at the mercy of gravity, the price of oil seems to be hinging on the wishful thinking of the world’s largest producer,...
13.12.2015 - 09:16 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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President Sirisena to meet Pope
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to leave for Italy today for a two-day official visit. During his visit, the President is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis and a host of other leaders. The meeting with the Pope for bilateral discussions would be his second meeting since a...
13.12.2015 - 07:46
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Embarkation Tax slightly increased by US$05/=
The embarkation taxi levied on travelers departing Sri Lanka will be slightly increased from US$ 25 to US$ 30 from January 1 next year in keeping with a Budget proposal. “Accordingly, the previous levy which was around Rs. 3,250 will be increased to Rs. 4,500 with effect from January 1,” Civil Avia...
13.12.2015 - 05:34
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“Stay strong and face the future with courage” - President to Kusal Perera
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday telephoned Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Janith Perera , who is suspended by the International Cricket Council over dope charges, and encouraged him “to stay strong and face the future with courage”. In a tweet message, President said “I phoned Kusal J Perera th...
12.12.2015 - 22:18
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Minister Nuklutoshi to release book - “Narendra Modi And Naga Peace Accord”
Minister for National Highways and Mechanical Engineering, Nuklutoshi will formally release a book entitled “Narendra Modi And Naga Peace Accord” written by Oken Jeet Sandham, Senior Journalist, Nagaland, on December 13, 2015, at 1:30 PM at Hotel Japfu, Kohima. The Book mostly focused on the Pri...
11.12.2015 - 07:17
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Indian PM Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan next year
India and Pakistan have been busy conducting active diplomatic exercises to reset their bilateral policies. Pakistan long a back invited Indian PM Mod to visit as early as possible and restart the ailing relationship. As the result of prolonged diplomacy, Indian has agreed to send its PM to visit Pa...
10.12.2015 - 08:29 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Who would like to meet him, leave alone the London Mayor?
Donald Trump who is now strongly campaigning for a Muslim ban in the US is traced to an immigrant ancestry. While his paternal record is traced to Germany his maternal lineage is from Scotland and his wife is from Slovenia. It is also on record he has called for banning immigrants from various c...
10.12.2015 - 08:20 By S.H.Moulana
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