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Are Buddhist institutions needed to safeguard the Buddha Dhamma?
Throughout Sri Lankan history, historians claim that for periods of varying lengths, Buddhism had been lost and then regained in the country. The debate should be about what was lost, and whether it was the Dhamma or the institutions that purportedly safeguard the Dhamma. One should also question wh...
17.07.2014 - 16:45 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Nominations called for Elections to Uva provincial council elections
Nominations have been called for Elections to the Uva provincial council and would be received from July 30 to August 6 at the nomination centres in the respective District Secretariats, the Election Department said. The relevant Gazette Notification was to be issued yesterday. According to Ele...
17.07.2014 - 08:10
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New FDI For Defence
As the Jailey’s maiden budget cleared the decks for 49 per cent FDI in defence, it is pertinent to point out that Indian is currently the importer of the largest value of weapons by any country. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) India takes in 12 per cent of t...
17.07.2014 - 07:42 By Eklavya* - Syndicate Features
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Chevening At 30
In today’s world the UK is working with international partners more than ever before. Many of the challenges that we all face – such as climate change or protecting the human rights of those most vulnerable – can only be tackled if nations work together with a shared purpose. Globalisation also...
17.07.2014 - 07:35 By Hugo Swire M - Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Minister of State
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TNA Agreed To Accept Undivided Sri Lanka: Affidavit to be submitted before Supreme Court
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) agreed to submit an affidavit before the Supreme Court swearing its acceptance of an undivided Sri Lanka. This was agreed yesterday by President's Counsel K. Kangaeshwaran appearing for the TNA in a case concerning seven petitions filed before the Supreme Court t...
16.07.2014 - 09:08
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Bungalow Grabbing in Luyten Delhi
It is a story that hits the headlines, unfortunately, only after a new government takes over in Delhi—generally after a five-year interval. Once the matter is somehow sorted out, it is nearly forgotten, though everyone knows that it will crop up again. The matter is about finding ‘suitable’ accommod...
16.07.2014 - 08:07 By Tushar Pandit - Syndicate Features
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To Kill an American
You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is . So...
16.07.2014 - 07:54 Written by an Australian Dentist
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Australia Exposes the International Double Standards of Human Trafficking
The position taken by the Tony Abbot Government on Sri Lanka has sparked a genuine discussion on the reality of things. Scott Morrison, Australia’s Immigration Minister called critics “Increasingly shrill”, having visited Sri Lanka and it’s formally war torn North. ‘Do not use boat people’ to car...
16.07.2014 - 07:37 By Sundari Loganadan
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'Shahansha' And His 'Shah'
If the Lok Sabha polls are to be viewed with the benefit of the hindsight it might be said that it was a predictable contest in which the ‘Shahzada’ (prince) was comprehensively trounced by the ‘Shahanshah’ (the king). As everyone would remember, Shahzada was the sarcastic term Narendra Modi, now th...
15.07.2014 - 10:19 By Atul Cowshish* – Syndicate Features
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An emotional Palestinian friend
After reading my comments in my article, ‘Blair: Where are you?’ (12 July), where I expressed my candid view that Hamas should not lock horns with Israel with only some homemade harmless rockets in its arsenal, a very close Palestinian friend called me to tell me that I was wrong in that. He went on...
15.07.2014 - 09:31 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Linking humanitarian, development and climate finance critical for fragile and conflict-affected States
Three sources of finance - humanitarian, development and climate finance - play a critical role in supporting recovery efforts in fragile and conflict-affected countries, says a report launched today by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the Un...
15.07.2014 - 08:55
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Bilateral Foreign Office Consultations with Belarus concludes successfully in Colombo
The second round of Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between Sri Lanka and Belarus was held on the sidelines of the 1stsession of the Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation on 10th July 2014, at the Ministry of External Affairs in Colombo. The Foreign Office Consultations were co-ch...
15.07.2014 - 08:42
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Israeli atrocities against Gazans need to be halt
In last six days, Israeli aircraft in 105 airstrikes killed more than 135Gazans including 29 children and women. Most of killed and injured person were observing the fasts of Ramadan and offering their prayers in mosques and homes when they were hit by Israeli Air Force. During these ruthless att...
15.07.2014 - 08:33 By Zaheerul Hassan
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Farewell Luncheon for Ambassador Sarath Kongahage hosted by the Foreign Office
The German Federal Foreign Ministry hosted a luncheon at the fashionable “Bocca di Bacco”-restaurant in the centre of Berlin to bid farewell for Ambassador Sarath Kongahage on the conclusion of his tour of duty as Sri Lankan Ambassador for Germany. Present were among others Mr. Peter Pruegel, Regio...
15.07.2014 - 08:25
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India to Assist the Faculty of Agriculture and Engineering at Kilinochchi
India announced of a partnership with Sri Lanka to assist in the setting up of a Faculty of Agriculture and a Faculty of Engineering for the University of Jaffna at Kilinochchi. In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding between the two Governments for the implementation of this project was...
14.07.2014 - 17:32
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Lanka-B’Desh trade crosses critical $ 100M levels for the first time
s bilateral trade crossed the critical $100 Mn mark for the first time, a confident Bangladesh called on 11 July for a formal investment protection mechanism to drive trade volumes to next levels. “As a result of an investment protection agreement, fundamentals of investments would be right for B’De...
14.07.2014 - 17:04
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Dilip Kumar's Pakistan residence declared national heritage
Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar’s ancestral house in Peshawar has been declared a national heritage, said a report published in The Times of India (TOI). According to the Pakistan daily Dawn Manzoor Ali Memon, spokesperson of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, told the TOI over phone that...
14.07.2014 - 16:54
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Prof. G.L. Peiris holds bilateral talks with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
Sri Lanka, India discussed subjects such as economic and security cooperation, fisheries issue, and housing projects. External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris, at his meeting with Shrimathi Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India, in New Delhi on Friday 11 July, recalled with...
14.07.2014 - 09:57
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A friend intrigued is a friend indeed
The CIA seems to be at it again; it can’t resist spying on the most modest woman politician in Europe, Angela Merkel of Germany, the government that she leads and the institutions that the Germans feel are under threat from grave form of espionage. Germany, being a major ally of the West, feels be...
13.07.2014 - 10:49 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Government urged to reign in on Bodu Bala Sena
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has urged the Sri Lankan Government to reign in on organizations like Bodu Bala Sena which disseminate, provoke hate speech to pay the way for all religious communities to live in harmony as Sri Lankans. Hilmy Ahamed the Vice President of the community portal in a...
13.07.2014 - 07:41
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