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Sri Lanka committed to further strengthen relationship with Pakistan: Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe
The High Commissioner of Pakistan Maj Gen (R) Qasim Qureshi called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe at Temple Trees on 19 January 2015. The Prime Minister and the High Commissioner exchanged views on further promoting bilateral ties between the two countries. Qasim Qureshi congratulated the...
21.01.2015 - 07:43
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Thy freedom is divine, my freedom is vice!
Freedom of speech or freedom of expression is the phrase popular in the Western part of our planet in the recent weeks. People are dancing, singing and crying; on streets, market places and at newsrooms, for a single thing – they call freedom of speech. They say it is their ‘democratic value’, some...
20.01.2015 - 07:09 By *M. Burhanuddin Qasmi
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Lalin’s Column: First 100 days -short list of priorities
Steps to be taken towards national reconciliation should be at the top of the President’s list of things to be done in the first 100 days. It is suggested that the following also be accommodated under the 100 day action plan that is meant to prepare the ground for the promised future. Reconciliation...
20.01.2015 - 07:00 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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The Pope said it all...........
Under no circumstances one has the right to take the life of another, even under the worst provocation, having said that I would like to bring to the attention of a brilliant cartoon posted on the internet on the Paris attack, which had a journalist lying in a pool of blood and an armed terrorist wh...
19.01.2015 - 17:22 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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S L Gunasekara: Officer (Nationalist) and Gentleman (British)
I cannot quite remember when I first met S L Gunasekara. As I recall,it was a few decades ago at an embassy cocktail party, at a time when heads like me of scientific associations were also invited. He recalled his correct stand at the Thimpu talks which I had dismissed as Indian interference after...
19.01.2015 - 17:09 By Susantha Goonatilake
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US: Election has brought hope of "Inclusive Future" for Sri Lanka
The United States gave strong message to Sri Lanka from the premises of the latter's diplomatic mission in Washington: The message the January 8 presidential election in Sri Lanka gave was that the nation expressed hope for an inclusive future, meaning an inclusive society. The significance is the...
18.01.2015 - 15:07 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune Political Note
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Google Glass: paralyzed, dead or to be resurrected later?
When Google announced that it was to stop producing Google Glass, the wearable ‘computer’ in the form of a pair of glasses, any more in its present form, the startling news raised many questions rather than responding to the existing core one – what really went wrong in a relatively short time? The...
18.01.2015 - 08:31 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Sri Lanka-born American Diplomat Connects China and the United States
Sri Lankan-born American UNESCO Commissioner Dr. Patrick Mendis recently met with Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines, the U.S. Permanent Representative to UNESCO in Paris. They were in Washington for the annual meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and to welcome the Director-General Irina Bo...
18.01.2015 - 08:23
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The Paris March – A Sign of Bold Freedom or Pharaonic Arrogance?
Paris has recently witnessed the targeted assassination of eight Parisian journalists. Many see their execution as terrorism. Some see it as a justifiable act of avenge or retaliation for insulting Islam and its revered Prophet (S). And then there are many others who are not sure how to categorize t...
18.01.2015 - 08:16 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Sri Lanka: Travel ban imposed on foreign passport holders lifted
The travel ban imposed in some parts of the country on foreign passport holders has been lifted in a directive by President Maithripala Sirisena, Defence Ministry’s Media Centre Director Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said. The decision was made at the first national Security Council meeting under th...
17.01.2015 - 09:12
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Dr. Rajitha Senaratne officially assumed duties
Dr. Rajitha Senaratne officially assumed duties as Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine,at the Ministry yesterday. President Maithripala Sirisena also participated in the event. Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne on assuming duties yesterday revealed that he had been appointed as Health Minister...
17.01.2015 - 08:53
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All start eyeing on the Governor
When Chief Minister (CM) TR Zeliang met Governor PB Acharya on January 9 and submitted him a proposal to summon a Special Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly for “Trial of Strength” of his government, the picture of the ongoing “political crisis” within the ruling major NPF was clear that i...
17.01.2015 - 07:19
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Even though my head is bloodied yet I am Unbowed
Fallen heroes, Saya Aung Kin (Dr Aung Kin) has gone to join another Saya Aye Gyaw (Arakanese, Dr Aye Gyaw) who all originated from the History Department of the Rangoon University to meet with Dr Mya Maung and Saya Dr Khin Maung Kyi that had fought till their last breath and held high the emblem of...
17.01.2015 - 06:59 By Kanbawza Win
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Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris celebrates Thai Pongal Festival with the Sri Lankan Community
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris celebrated the Hindu Thai Pongal festival on 15th January 2015, a thanksgiving ceremony to the Sun God for bringing a plentiful harvest and prosperity in agriculture and also to the farm animals for their assistance in producing a successful crop. The event highligh...
17.01.2015 - 06:46
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‘Will move fast on 100D push’–Rishad
Private sector is set to be the driver in Sri Lanka new phase of industry and int’l trade development–and the (new) Minister of Industry & Commerce is ready to move fast on the government’s 100–Day reforms program. “I and my Ministry shall improve on our export and industry performance further i...
16.01.2015 - 23:36
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Power and paranoia in Sri Lanka
President Maithripala Sirisena generated high expectations after his dexterous win, raising the moral compass of the voters. He has to overcome the inherently platitudinous and gridlocked paranoia. What had been deplored vehemently during the campaign must not be allowed to reappear. President Siris...
16.01.2015 - 11:51 By Philip Fernando
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Austin Fernando: a model civil servant as new presidential advisor
Judging by what we have seen so far since his victory, the modus operandi of President Sirisena and that of Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, the former president, clearly seems to be poles apart. For instance, President Sirisena’s tendency to value quality over quantity is a case in point, as evidently demonst...
16.01.2015 - 10:50 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Washington Embassy Celebrates Thai Pongal
The end of a bountiful harvest season celebrated by the Hindu Tamil community the world over at Thai Pongal, was marked by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC on January 14, 2015 with a large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan expatriate Tamil community, high level representatives from th...
16.01.2015 - 10:29
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SL President Appoints Advisors
President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed former senior civil servants Austin Fernando, Thilak Ranaviraja and W. J. S. Karunaratne as Presidential Advisors. Austin Fernando, a senior Administrative Service officer was the peacetime Secretary to the Ministry of Defense during the previous Unit...
16.01.2015 - 08:48
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‘Lanka FTA will be very big news back home’–Yunnan Prov
As bilateral trade topped $ 3Bn, Sri Lanka’s exports sector is readying one of the strongest ever delegations to this year’s Kunming international expo while Lanka’s second largest global supplier voiced that it is increasingly upbeat on the prospective FTA between both countries-and the $ 190 Bn Yu...
16.01.2015 - 08:22
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