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Letter from America: Thoughts on the upcoming Oslo Conference
In recent weeks, Rohingyas stranded in rickety boats in the Andaman Sea has caused international alarm. There are several thousand of these migrants in boats off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia with dwindling supplies of food and water. In spite of their sad plight, they are unwanted...
17.05.2015 - 12:09 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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Lord Mayor Of London On A Three-Day Business Promotion Today In Sri Lanka
The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Alan Yarrow, is to lead a business delegation to Sri Lanka (17-19 May) as part of efforts to make sure London and the UK remain the regional partner of choice when it comes to financial and professional services. The Lord Mayor, acting as ambassador fo...
17.05.2015 - 07:06
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Where do we stand?
I am shocked to see that again not a single Indian University can make it in the top 200 World Universities. There is no sign of improvement of our Universities in the country till now. It is no surprising when the United States of America (USA) continues to be a Super Power and tops everything in t...
17.05.2015 - 06:53 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Jetman ‘s Stunts in Dubai Skies
Yves Rossy, the Swiss aviation enthusiast, famously known as the ‘Jetman’, performed yet another set of breathtakingly beautiful aerial manoeuvres this week while flying in the skies over Dubai. Rossy, a former fighter pilot from the Swiss Air Force, has been flying with jetpacks strapped to his b...
17.05.2015 - 06:47 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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India and China ink economic agreements, UN veto and border dispute in cold storage!
Ever since Indian embarked upon liberalization and excessive privatization by selling pubic wealth to corporate two decades ago under Congress rule, the major thrust of Indian foreign adventures has been obtaining a veto handle on discredited UNSC, alongside economic deals. All these years India...
17.05.2015 - 06:26 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Government ended the era of political influence in the judiciary - President Maithri
Government ended the era of political influence in the judiciary - President President Maithripala Sirisena said that the new government has ended the era of political influence in the judiciary, with consolidation its independence to the maximum, said President Maithripala Sirisena. Speaking at t...
16.05.2015 - 11:49
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Sri Lankan President Faces Arduous Challenge
Today, we Sri Lankans seem to be in a state of grave disappointment. We have a feeling of dissatisfaction that the results of our expectations are not realized under the new presidency; but we must bear in mind that this country was under the autocratic and despotic rule of the Rajapaksas who exerc...
16.05.2015 - 11:15 By M. Zulkifli Nazim
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Tamil Nadu: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa not to resume office of CM for now: Post judgment developments
As a huge relief for former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, the Karnataka High Court last Monday set aside her conviction in the disproportionate assets case paving the way for her return to active politics. With her acquittal, her disqualification under the Representation of People's Ac...
16.05.2015 - 07:23 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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19th Ammendment to Sri Lanka Constitution come into force from today
19th Ammendment to Sri Lanka Constitution curbing much of the executive powers of the President and limiting the tenure of office from six-year period to five years, come into force from today onward. This morning Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa signed the blueprint of the 19th amend...
15.05.2015 - 13:59
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Major General Jagath Dias – Sri Lanka Army New Chief Of Staff
Major General Jagath Dias had been appointed as the Army Chief of Staff with effect from May 7, Military Spokesman Jayanath Jayaweera said. Major General Dias also serves as the Commander of the Mullaitivu Security Forces Headquarters. He replaces previous Chief of Staff Major General S.A.P.P. Sa...
15.05.2015 - 08:02
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Prime Minister will be chosen based on the winning party – President Maithri
According the political system of our country it is the people, who have the sole right to decide on the election of a Prime Minister, stated President Maithripala Sirisena. “Every eligible citizen has the opportunity to cast his or her vote for any party of their choice. Based on the winning part...
15.05.2015 - 07:45
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Government of India signs contract to renovate Rabindra Memorial Library in Sripalee College, Horana
As part of its development partnership with Sri Lanka in the field of education, the Government of India is undertaking a project to renovate the Rabindra Memorial Library and Hall in Sripalee College, Horana, at a total cost of SLR 38 million. In this regard, following a process of competitive...
15.05.2015 - 07:27
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Indian PM Modi's visit: China says boundary issue can't be resolved quickly!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Beijing on 14 May on the second leg of his three-day China visit during which he will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on May 15 Friday at the Great Hall of the People and they are expected to discuss the boundary issue on issues of mutual in...
15.05.2015 - 07:18 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Sri Lanka's Douglas Perera recognized during US Asian Heritage Month
In this month of May declared every year by the United States as the Asian Pacific Heritage Month recognizing the contribution of Asian and Pacific Islanders to their adopted nation as well as to their nations of birth, the Nevada State Democratic Party is giving a fitting tribute to an Asian Ameri...
15.05.2015 - 07:08 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
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Mahinda demands Rs.1 billion for the alleged defamatory statement
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had sent a letter of demand to Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera demanding Rs.1 billion as compensations over a statement alleged to have made by the minister during a news conference. The letter of demand sent to Samaraweera by Attorney-at-Law Athula Priyadarsh...
14.05.2015 - 16:24
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Supreme Court today issued an interim order staying the arrest of Gotabaya Rajapaksa
The Supreme Court today issued an interim order preventing the arrest of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, until the determination of the FR petition filed by him. Rajapaksa on Monday (11) filed the fundamental rights application challenging the legality of establishing the Financial Cr...
14.05.2015 - 07:49
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ASEAN Parliamentarians condemn Indonesia’s treatment of migrants
ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) criticized Indonesia’s approach to dealing with the influx of migrants in the midst of an escalating regional refugee crisis. The condemnation follows Indonesian authorities’ decision to tow a boat carrying around 400 migrants from Myanmar and Banglades...
14.05.2015 - 07:33
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Indian fishermen’s delegation meets Sri Lanka President
A special delegation of the Indian Fishermen’s’ Organization called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Office, Colombo day before yesterday (May 12). The discussion focused on the difficulties faced by the Indian Fishermen. The President who gave a patient hearing to their views...
14.05.2015 - 07:24
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We need Kejriwals with brooms!
We had numerous Kejriwals in the past, in Sri Lanka, who had done even better than the Indian leader, who has just started his sweeping out corruption with his broom (his election symbol) from Delhi. The most outstanding of them all was our dear late prime minister, Dudley Senanayake, who had a b...
14.05.2015 - 07:13 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Switzerland declares support for 19A
Switzerland, the nation with richest households in the world, threw its support behind the 19 Amendment to the Lankan Constitution on 13 May-while Swiss investors in Colombo chorused in unison for long-term Swiss investments here. “I am very much impressed by the democratic process of Sri Lanka disp...
14.05.2015 - 07:04
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