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British Foreign Secretary congratulates Sri Lankan Prime Minister
The Foreign Secretary congratulates Ranil Wickremesinghe on his election victory. The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: On behalf of the British Government, I send my warmest congratulations to Ranil Wickremesinghe on the occasion of his victory. The manner in which the election was run was a...
20.08.2015 - 08:40
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Sanga, Brand Ambassador for anti-drug crusade
President Maithripala Sirisena says he would strongly take the drug prevention program forward, obtaining the international support. He added that new technology will be greatly utilized in this campaign. The President said he would not hesitate to strictly implement legal provisions against drug d...
20.08.2015 - 08:33
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Democracy triumphs in Sri Lanka: Time to refocus on key Nation building blocks
The political forces that gathered under the United National Party umbrella led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe have won the Sri Lankan general election of 2015, defeating the forces that gathered under the United Peoples Freedom Alliance led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. By whatever...
19.08.2015 - 23:01 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Sri Lankan politics: It is now final, Rajapaksa is out! What next?
The final results of the general poll in Srilanka held on August 17 has very eloquently showed that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is no equal to the incumbent president Sirisena who not only defeated the former strongman for presidency but also drowned him in the Indian Ocean by defeating him e...
19.08.2015 - 22:56 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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TNA Supports A New National Government
The Tamil National Alliance leader reiterates that they would support a Government which would endorse the verdict of the people given in the Presidential election on 8th January. When Asian Tribune contacted R.Sampanthan, octogenarian, at his Trincomalee home, just after the Parliamentary elec...
19.08.2015 - 09:58 By K.T.Rajasingham
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Sri Lanka: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe declares victory over Rajapaksa!
Sri Lanka's parliamentary election was too close to call and final results were not out yet but on the basis of the outcomes declared so far for most seats, the sitting prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's, 66, has declared victory over the country's former strongman leader Rajapaksa who was seek...
19.08.2015 - 08:01 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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'My top priority would be for ensuring evidence informs health policy', says new ICMR head
Dr Soumya Swaminathan has recently been appointed as Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Earlier she has served as Director, National Institute for Research in Tubercul...
18.08.2015 - 14:18 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Sri Lanka parliamentary poll 2015: Rajapaksa concedes defeat!
Sri Lanka's former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat in parliamentary elections held in the island nation on August 17- considered to be a referendum on Rajapaksa - after a close fought comeback attempt just months after he was toppled as president. "My dream of becoming prime minister...
18.08.2015 - 13:27
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TNA romp to victory in Jaffna & Trinco
The Tamil National Alliance has romped to victory in the Jaffna electoral district, as well as in Trincomalee. Out of the total of seven available seats in the Jaffna polling district, TNA which contested on the House symbol of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi, polled 207,577 votes and due to get...
18.08.2015 - 11:29
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Nadarajah Sethurupan Arrested & Remanded till 28 August
Nadarajah Sethurpan, a Norwegian passport holder, who is on a tourist visa to the country, has been arrested and remanded till 28th August. According to the Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Wanigasegera, Nadarajah Sethurupan was arrested in the wee hours of today - around 12.45 in the Nelliady police ar...
17.08.2015 - 22:42
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Brisk voting is reported throughout the country in the General Elections 2015
According to a midday report, more than, 50 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in Gampaha, Colombo, Jaffna and Kandy districts according to the Election Returning Office (ERO) said, a short while ago. The voter turnout in Anuradapura, Badulla, Kurunegala, Kilinochchi, Matara, Gampaha, and...
17.08.2015 - 14:52
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Voting for General Election 2015 commenced shortly
Voting for General Election 2015, l commenced shortly at 7am and will end at 4pm. The Elections Commissioner requests all eligible to vote early and go to the polling centre with a valid ID. A total of 15,044,490 registered voters in 22 electoral districts are eligible to cast their ballots today...
17.08.2015 - 09:27
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Burma: Shattering of a democracy dream?
Burma’s democracy dream has shattered because of a deep-rooted strategy played by the military-backed ruling party. As analysts have expected earlier, an important power struggle inside the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has started in full swing in July-August this year. Some...
17.08.2015 - 09:10 By – Zin Linn
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Let’s do it!
We have finally approached the eagerly awaited judgement day, where the power is solely entrusted in the hands of the voters. We pity for the security forces and the judiciary which were kept extremely busy during the last few weeks on the run up to the elections. We pray for a peaceful election...
17.08.2015 - 08:57 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Who targeted Col (Retd) Shuja Khanzada
Very brave leader and great soldier, Punjab Home Minister Col (Retd) Shuja Khanzada martyrdom along with DSP Hazro Shaukat Shah. 12 others killed and dozens of others injured in a suicide blast at his political office in Shadi Khan near Attock on 15 August 2015. He was born on 23 August in his home...
17.08.2015 - 08:48 By Zaheerul Hassan
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Danger – Restaurant Bar Opened-up in an Accident- prone Corner in Vallai
At a dangerous road corner (AB 20 Road), Point Pedro – Nelliady – Jaffna Road, near Imayanan just before entering Vallai, ‘Yarl Beach Hotel & Bar’, has been opened up very recently – the location considered a most dangerous accident prone road corner. Already a dozen of nasty accidents ha...
17.08.2015 - 00:30
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August 17 will decide Sri Lanka’s fate
Without question the August 17 Parliamentary Election is going to be a most crucial one for Sri Lanka. The decision the majority of the voters take on Monday is bound to have the strongest impact on the Sinhalas, more than any other community. Never before in recent years have they been so polarize...
16.08.2015 - 23:52 By Janaka Perera
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Indonesian aircraft carrying 54 people lost contact with air traffic control
An Indonesian twin-turboprop aircraft carrying 54 people lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday in the remote, forested eastern Papua region, the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) said, with search efforts hampered by failing light as night falls. In a tweet posted on Sunday, B...
16.08.2015 - 23:42
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Mr President, honour the peoples mandate- Sri Lankans for a Just Society
In an open letter to President Maithripala Sirisena, the Australian based organization Sri Lankans for a Just Society (SLJS) has appealed to the President to honour the people’s mandate that will be delivered on the 17th of August. It has also highlighted the strong possibility of post-election viol...
16.08.2015 - 23:25 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Letter from America: Our Messy, messy world!
Religion is important to most people around the globe. As such, it has been always easy to exploit religion for ulterior motives. But probably never before in the history have we seen so much of abuse of religion or its misrepresentation of values by zealots or extremists. Religious extremism is on...
16.08.2015 - 12:43 By Habib Siddiqui
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