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Yal Devi in Jaffna
Yal Devi in JaffnaAt last Yal Devi – train pulled in at the Jaffna railway station amidst thunderous applause from the people. Yesterday, ‘Yal Devi’ express train reached the Jaffna railway station as part of a test run with railway operations between Jaffna and Colombo set to resume next month...
23.09.2014 - 08:46
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Next Sittings of Missing Persons Commission in Pooneryn
:The Missing Persons Commission will hold the next sittings in the Poonagary Divisional Secretariat division of the Killinochchi district from September 27 to 30, 2014 to investigate 180 complaints. So far, the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons has completed investigations into 1,000 comp...
23.09.2014 - 07:44
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PB Acharya – a people’s Governor
Someone whose life has been devoted to the cause of a political party and mostly living with the grassroots till the age of 83 might find some uncomfortable to do a job which restricts him from freely interacting with the masses. A man who remained loyal to his political party almost his lifetime w...
23.09.2014 - 07:29 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Marine Festival in North Ari Atoll Attracts Community Support for Environment
U.S. Ambassador to Maldives Michele J. Sison joined Mohammed Ibrahim, Maldivian State Minister for Environment and Energy, and Zaha Waheed, State Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture, and hundreds of North Ari Atoll environment and beach lovers to celebrate the Marine Festival “Moodhu Maa-Kan’du F...
23.09.2014 - 07:20
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When natural disasters happen: do more good than harm!
Whenever natural disasters and humanitarian crises occur, enormous amount of resources are spent on relief and aid services, albeit without knowing whether they will do more good than harm. At a pre-conference symposium organized by Evidence Aid, before 22nd Cochrane Colloquium opens in Hyderabad, I...
23.09.2014 - 07:06 Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Modi set out now for world stage
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will set out for the world stage later this week with a stopover in Frankfurt and New York followed by Washington. His main engagement in Big Apple will be address to the UN General Assembly on Sept 26 and the occasion will mark interaction with several leaders. Like th...
22.09.2014 - 14:11 By Malladi Rama Rao
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A decision from the past comes to haunt Chidambaram
A decision from the past when he was India’s finance minister has surfaced to haunt Palaniappan Chidambaram as India’s premier investigating agency, CBI becomes the proverbial bull in a China shop. The case has acquired added political flavour as it involves the Maran brothers, who have fallen on ba...
22.09.2014 - 10:08 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Full implementation of the 13th Amendment in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka requires mutual trust and patience
Notwithstanding whether the model suitable for political devolution in Sri Lanka is what is contained in the 13th Amendment to the 1978 constitution, if it’s proponents wish it to be fully implemented, there is one essential ingredient that is needed to make it happen, and which is either not there...
22.09.2014 - 10:02 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Saradha chit fund scam: Nalini Chidambaram “examined”.
Nalini Chidambaram, noted attorney and wife of former finance minister P Chidambaram, has been “questioned” by sleuths of Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s premier probe body in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam that has rocked West Bengal, Orissa and Assam, and threatening the cr...
22.09.2014 - 08:00 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Should India Sacrifice Agriculture For Trade?
Well, any right-minded person would say NO. But the global, as well as the local media, has castigated India for not ratifying the Protocol of Amendment for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations in Geneva in July 2014, and for linking it to...
22.09.2014 - 07:49 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Mahinda Rajapaksa wins UVA for the UPFA
The general consensus among many Sri Lankan analysts is that President Mahinda Rajapaksa rather than his political grouping the UPFA or his ministers and MPs and provincial council candidates won the closely contested election in the UVA province. Reportedly, the residents of both Badulla and Moner...
21.09.2014 - 15:22 By A Special Correspondent
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Uva set tone for combative third term bid by President
A doggedly no holds barred presidential election seemed in the works following the UPFA’s win in Uva. President Rajapaksa would most likely seek an unprecedented third term in 2015. The Opposition seemed buoyed by a surge of votes compared to 2009, but failed in the attempt to delegitimize the presi...
21.09.2014 - 12:14 By Philip Fernando
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Badulla District Goes to UPFA with win in 9 seats
The UPFA has won in the Badulla District securing 9 seats. The party has received 209,056 votes. The main opposition party, the UNP has won 8 seats with 197,708 votes. The results are as follows: United People's Freedom Alliance 209,056 47.37% 9 seats United National Party 197,708 44.79...
21.09.2014 - 08:09
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Google Bashing
Google’s troubles with European regulators do not seem to be abating, just as the search giant has been honoring the ruling made by the European Court of Justice – ECJ - over the issue of so-called right-to-be forgotten. It is no secret who are at the forefront in launching attacks against Google:...
21.09.2014 - 15:05 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Ruling UPFA in Early Lead in Uva Provincial Council Elections
An early election results of the Uva Provincial Council's polls shows that the ruling UPFA has taken an early lead. Early postal votes and electoral results predicted another victory for the ruling UPFA. At the time of posting, out of the 32 Provincial electorates in the Uva Province, in both...
21.09.2014 - 07:25
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Letter from America: Western Invaders were no liberators – 2
Nearly 200,000 civilians have died in the Syrian conflict. The world community has watched the tragedy unfold in front of its eyes and let the massacre of unarmed civilians happen unbridled. Even when it was obvious that Syria’s ruthless murderer President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons a...
21.09.2014 - 07:20 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Research to the rescue of disaster management
For management of disasters and humanitarian crises, doing something is not enough—but doing the right thing at the right time is. Decision-makers need to know which intervention, actions and strategies would work, which would not work, which remain unproven and which no matter how well-meaning mig...
21.09.2014 - 06:48 By Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Sri Lanka starts work on global consumer compliance
Sri Lanka has begun compliance work on the global consumer end of its exports basket on 18 September. And no less than two top experts from Geneva’s WTO are in town to facilitate the pioneering effort. “Today, more countries around the world continue to reduce their border tariffs, either unilater...
21.09.2014 - 06:43
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Sendil Thondaman, at the Colombo National Hospital
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday visited Sendil Thondaman, at the Colombo National Hospital, who suffered injuries following a road accident in Bandarawela. The medical condition of of Senthil Thondaman is now stable, according to a spokesperson from the hospital. Minister Douglas Devanan...
21.09.2014 - 06:18
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Voting today at the UVA Provincial Council Polls
About 690,966 voters in the Badulla District and 323,764 in the Moneragala District were eligible to exercise their franchise at today at the Uva Provincial Council elections to elect 32 councilors. There are 617 candidates from Moneragala and Badulla Districts vying for 32 seats in the Uva Provinci...
20.09.2014 - 09:09
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