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Europe on Edge
In the early 90’s, I first experienced a distant taste of terrorism, when the LTTE detonated a bomb targeting the then Brigadier Vijaya Wimalaratne, who had been a major strategist in taking on the outfit, while in a military convoy moving close to the Royal College in Colombo. Not only did I feel...
18.11.2015 - 09:22 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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France: Hillary’s call for war on Islamic State, not Muslims!
As American politicians across the bipartisan poll politics looking for issues to beat each other in debates, the terror attacks in France and Turkey provided the necessary input for the in-party discussions in Democratic and Republican parties. Recently Democratic Party’s presidential hopefuls deba...
18.11.2015 - 09:16 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Winter Blues In Delhi
Even before the first wisp of the crisp early morning air hit Delhi’s autumn we were being warned that the capital would be facing its ‘worst’ winter with air pollution crossing all previous ‘danger’ levels. The deadly cocktail of polluted air and smog is something that is not peculiar to Delh...
18.11.2015 - 08:40 By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features
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Cabinet Paper to be submitted to abolish Executive Presidency
President Maithripala Sirisena said today that he will submit special cabinet papers on new constitution, to abolish the Executive Presidency and to bring in a new electoral system at the cabinet meeting tomorrow. Addressing a ceremony held at the Temple Trees to give dual citizenship to Sri Lank...
18.11.2015 - 10:07
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Riot and Responsibility: Governance and growth in South and South East Asia
One of the greatest Buddhist monks of Sri Lanka most Ven.Maduluwawe Sobitha who spoke fearlessly to overthrow the previous Government to usher in better political order has passed away. The entire nation mourns the loss of this great human being. He was a leader who spoke for a better political cu...
17.11.2015 - 18:46 By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
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Tamil Prisoners end hunger strike
Tamil Prisoners in several prisons who were engaged in a hunger strike demanding speedier action to release them either through rehabilitation or general amnesty have ended their fast following assurance from the government. Minister of Prisons Reforms, and Resettlement D.M. Swaminathan said that...
17.11.2015 - 17:49
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President Sirisena congratulates Aung San Suu Kyi
President Maithripala Sirisena congratulated the leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi on her historic landslide victory in the elections. The President also referred to her fearless campaigning for democracy in Myanmar for decades. The bilateral, religious, cultural and tra...
17.11.2015 - 08:15
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Who Planned Barbarism in Paris
Over 129 killed and more than 350 wounded as a result of barbaric act of eight terrorists in Paris on, 13th November 2015. The suicide bombers and Gunmen attacked busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at different locations around Paris. President Francois Hollande was also witnessing the footb...
17.11.2015 - 07:18 By Zaheerul Hassan
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Pondy Franco-Indians pay tribute to Paris terrorist attack victims
The French Citizens, Franco-Indians and the public paid tearful homage to the victims of the Paris terror attack in Puducherry on November 15 evening. The mourners numbering about 150 people gathered at the French War Memorial on Gouber Avenue to pay homage to the 129 people killed in coordinated at...
17.11.2015 - 07:03 From Gopal Ethiraj
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The Nihilistic Assaults on Paris
Paris on Friday (Nov. 13) night suffered a series of simultaneous assaults, which left at least 129 people dead and around 350 wounded. They included a mass shooting at a concert hall, several shootings at bars and restaurants, and several bomb detonations, including more than one near France’s nati...
17.11.2015 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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France vows to punish IS for Paris attacks that kill 127
French President Francois Hollande vowed to attack the Islamic State group without mercy as the jihadist group admitted responsibility Saturday for orchestrating the deadliest attacks inflicted on France since World War II. Hollande said at least 127 people died Friday night in shootings at Paris ca...
15.11.2015 - 08:04
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Sri Lanka President condoles over terrorist attacks in France
President Maithripala Sirisena says as a nation that has undergone much suffering due to terrorism, Sri Lanka unreservedly condemns terrorist attacks in Paris. President Maithripala Sirisena in a message to French President Francois Hollande conveyed his condolences to the French government and pe...
15.11.2015 - 07:29
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‘Brain Dead’ BJP Veterans Take On Superman Modi
As once famously said by Yashwant Sinha, one of the four signatories to the angry letter on the BJP loss of Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party firmly under the grip of Narendra Modi, the prime minister, and his comrade Amit Shah, the party president, regards all party members who are above 75 years a...
15.11.2015 - 07:15 By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features
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Modi’s UK visit was a success
Narendra Modi has done it again. He was able to rally thousands of supporters in his latest trip outside India. This time it was in the UK. Modi is the third in a string of controversial state leaders hosted by Britain in the past two months, following Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit last month...
15.11.2015 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Religious Animosity in Secular India
Second largest democratic country “India” apparently pretending her as a secular state but on ground situation is quite opposite to the claimed one. Many recent incidents are presenting the miserable condition of Muslims, Christians and Sikhs in India. Apart from minorities’ even low caste Hindus...
14.11.2015 - 10:08 By Zaheerul Hassan
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Reduction in Indian Visa Fee for Sri Lankans
The High Commission of India has announced of a reduction in visa fees for Sri Lankan nationals applying for e-Tourist Visa (e-TV), which was introduced from 14 April 2015. According to statement released by the Indian High Commission in Colombo, the new visa fee is only US$ 25 (plus bank charges...
14.11.2015 - 08:48
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Punjab’s Tryst With Its ‘Mandela’
With his uncanny ability to say something that attracts both attention and controversy, the Prime Minister recently called the Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal the ‘Nelson Mandela’ of India. The reason? Badal has spent more years in prison than the late South African freedom fighter and vis...
14.11.2015 - 08:38 By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features
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Rehabilitation as an Interim Solution
Secretary General - TULF V.Anandasangaree in an appeal to Sri Lanka President Maithripala Srisena with copy to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasingha has reiterated his request to consider seriously and without any further delay, the demands of the Political Prisoners who are on a “fast...
14.11.2015 - 08:24
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Sri Lanka on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
Sri Lanka has said it “wishes to see the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) move beyond, where a dialogue among States would be at the center of any future discussion on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), and that such a process will help in ensuring clarity on the concerns of S...
14.11.2015 - 08:08
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Heavy rain lashes Tamil Nadu; more rains predicted
North East monsoon has caused havoc with heavy rains lashing Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu for the fifth consecutive day on Friday. As many as 55 people have lost their lives so far, according to official reports in rain-related incidents. Normal life is thrown out of gear; train and flight...
14.11.2015 - 07:57 From Gopal Ethiraj
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