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Mars One Project: One Way Trip to Mars
Mars one, the brainchild of a Dutch entrepreneur which lays the necessary groundwork for settling a colony of thrill-seeking earthlings on Planet Mars in nine years’ time – precisely in 2024 – is gathering momentum at present, in proportion to the excitement shown by the would-be participants across...
22.02.2015 - 08:06 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Sri Lanka ‘s Independence celebrated in Cuba amid a large gathering of well-wishers
Sri Lanka’s 67th Independence Day was celebrated in Cuba on 04th February 2015 at two high profile events organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Havana. The official ceremony that took place at the Embassy chancery commenced at 10 am with the flag hoisting amid magul bera, followed by recital of the...
22.02.2015 - 07:37
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Spoorthi wins Super Singer Junior 4 Title
Spoorthi the little 9-year-old girl from Andhra won the popular ‘Super Singer Junior 4 Title’, conducted by Vijay TV of Tamil Nad. Although the little girl spoke very little Tamil her pronunciation of the lyrics in the Tamil songs she chose to sing were perfect. From the word go she was one of the...
22.02.2015 - 07:17 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Sri Lankan President Sirisena to visit Pakistan in March
Of late, a lot of diplomatic activity taking place in South Asia! In pursuit of his new global diplomatic objective, new Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, after his visit to India, is going to his maiden visit Pakistan in March. Soon after Indo-China nuclear cooperation agreement, now Siris...
22.02.2015 - 07:07 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Letter From America: Reflections on Some Unfortunate Deaths
On Thursday, February 12 - just two days after the targeted killings of 3 Muslim students (Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha) in Chapel Hill, NC - a Muslim man and his family were attacked inside a Kroger grocery store, located 15255 Michigan Avenue in of the Dearborn,...
22.02.2015 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Have we seen the Cricket World Cup winner yet?
We in our earlier forecast, published in Asian Tribune, nominated New Zealand and Australia to be strong contenders for the 2015 World Cup but the way New Zealand trounced England on Friday at Wellington, it undoubtedly proved that it did far better than what Australia could do against England on th...
21.02.2015 - 08:30 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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World Bank pledges support to government’s development drive
The government is looking forward to the assistance of World Bank for the selected development projects carried out by it, President Maithripala Sirisena said when World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region Ms. Anette Dixon called on the President today. Responding immediately to the Presid...
21.02.2015 - 08:10
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China protests against Indian PM Modi’s visit to ‘disputed’ Arunachal Pradesh
Even as preparations are underway in New Delhi for the forthcoming visit of Indian premier Narendra Modi to Beijing in May, trouble has resumed to in the form of a minor border dispute due to a visit of PM Modi to a disputed region on Indo-China border in North east India. Of late, PM Modi seems to...
21.02.2015 - 08:04 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Post Rajapakse Era in Sri Lanka: first-hand experience of a passive spectator
I was in Sri Lanka on a private visit during the second week of this month, when low-intensity tremors of the massive political earthquake could still be felt across the various strata of social hierarchy of the contemporary Sri Lanka society. During my short stay in Colombo, Galle, Kandy and Kurune...
21.02.2015 - 07:56 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from Colombo…
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Chrishantha De Silva: New Army Commander
Former Chief of Staff of the Army Major General Chrishantha de Silva has been appointed as the 21st Commander of the Sri Lanka Army by President Maithripala Sirisena as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence announced on Friday (20). Chrishantha de Silva replaces Lieutenant...
20.02.2015 - 22:32
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Missing Persons Commission to have next sittings in Trincomalee
The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons will conduct its next public sittings to hear cases of missing in Trincomalee District in the East. The Commission's public sittings in Trincomalee District will be held from 28th February to 3rd March 2015. Since t...
20.02.2015 - 08:32
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Reduction of entree fee to the national museum in New Delhi for Sri Lankan nationals
On February 16, 2015, during the visit of Mr. Maithiripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka to India, Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, noting that Sri Lankan nationals visit the National Museum in New Delhi in large numbers to pay homage to the Kapilavastu relics, had announced a decisi...
20.02.2015 - 08:27 Reduction of entree fee to the national museum
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Uneasy ceasefire in Ukraine!
The guns in Ukraine fell silent early on the 15th February morning as a ceasefire agreement among four nations, France, Russia, Ukraine and Germany, came into effect . The agreement was reached following talks in the Belarus capital Minsk, led by France and Germany. The efforts by France and Germany...
20.02.2015 - 08:16 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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The Kejriwal effect, a lesson for all
When Arvind Kejriwal formed Aam Adami Party (AAP) on 26 November 2012 as a political party to take on the might of two giant national political parties, the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), there were mixed reactions and even his mentor Anna Hazare was skeptical....
20.02.2015 - 08:07 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Budget price reductions gazetted tonight
The relief on essential items and cement, given by the recent interim budget is gazetted tonight 19 February. “We are implementing HE the President Maithripala Sirisena’s promise to give relief to consumers as announced by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake in his recent interim budget” said Ministe...
20.02.2015 - 08:00
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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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