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Sonia Congress in trouble in three states
Sonia Congress is in trouble in three states – election bound Maharashtra and Haryana and in the insurgency-hit north-eastern state of Assam. Two ministers have resigned. Another is threatening to follow suit in what is seen as ‘rebellion’ against party’s crown prince Rahul Gandhi, as he has been p...
22.07.2014 - 08:49 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Northern and Eastern Tamil grievances in Sri Lanka:
If what has been reported in the media about what Mr R. Sampanthan has said at the Eelam People’s Revolution Liberation Front (EPRLF) convention in Jaffna, and what is reported in one media report and another account in another report about what Mr Suresh Premachandran, leader of the EPRLF has sa...
22.07.2014 - 08:04 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Departing Sri Lankan Ambassador meets German Federal Chancellor and Federal Foreign Minister
Ambassador Sarath Kongahage has met the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel, during the annual reception for the diplomatic community in Berlin and informed her about the completion of his tour of duty as Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Duri...
22.07.2014 - 07:54
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Australia reinforces its commitment in fight against AIDS
Australia has taken a lead in supporting public health in India over the years. With XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) being held in Melbourne, Citizen News Service (CNS) interviewed Bernard Philip, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to India. "The conference is providing an opportunit...
22.07.2014 - 07:43 By Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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DMK in spot again with charges of interference in judicial appointments
Indian Parliament was rocked; the Congress party was shaken; its ally for ten years, DMK ran for cover today- all because of a startling allegation by a former Supreme Court Judge, Markandey Katju. A front page comment by Justice (Retd) Katju in The Times of India , said a main ally of the Cong...
22.07.2014 - 07:30 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Secretary Defence declares opens Pilgrims Rest at Girihandu Seya
Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared open the newly constructed pilgrims Rest cost over Rs. Seven Million, at the Girihandu Seya Temple premises in Thiriyaya at the invitation of the Senior Presidential Advisor, Mr. Milinda Moragoda. The "Urumayaka Ulpatha" Foundat...
21.07.2014 - 18:00
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First Lady of Sri Lanka visits China
The First Lady of Sri Lanka, Madam Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa, visited China from 06 to 10 July 2014 at the invitation of the All China Women’s Federation. In Beijing, the First Lady met with Madam Peng Liyuan, the spouse of President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China at the...
21.07.2014 - 07:41
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'Homophobia is a choice, not homosexuality': Inter-faith message
For believers of God, religious faith has a paramount influence on their lives. At XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in the inter-faith session the message was loud and clear from different religious leaders: homophobia is a choice, not homosexuality; and religious scriptures teach us to...
21.07.2014 - 07:24 By Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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A Charge to the People of Burma Residing in Canada
On March 2nd. 1962, the day the military takeover Burma, Eugene’s Younger brother Sao Myee Myee Thaike was deliberately shot on that night as the Burmese army raided the President’s home. Since then more than half of the past-century, the various military administrations of Burma, was one of the wor...
20.07.2014 - 11:05 Keynote speech by Prof. B T Win*
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The Bloodbath of Job Cuts at Microsoft
The unprecedented job cuts announced by Microsoft on Thursday, took even the most pessimistic analysts in the industry by complete surprise: on one hand, it is the biggest in the 39-year-old history of the software giant; while adding insult to the injury, on the other hand, Microsoft is going to do...
20.07.2014 - 09:41 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter from America: Israel’s Nazi-like criminal campaign in Gaza
Back in the early 1980s when I was a graduate student at University of California, the student community organized a seminar on the Palestine-Israel conflict. It was before the 1982 invasion of Lebanon (oddly codenamed Operation Peace for Galilee), but Israel had already annexed a strip of souther...
20.07.2014 - 09:35 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Large Carter Appears in the Yamal Peninsula (End Of the World) of northern Russia
Mysterious 'gigantic' hole in remote region spotted by helicopters over gas-rich Yamal peninsula - its name means the 'end of the world' ' The Siberian Times has reported. Extraordinary aerial images show a mysterious hole which experts say may be up to 262 feet wide is found in the Yamal Peninsu...
20.07.2014 - 08:33
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‘Do not be a statistic, but own the information that shapes programmes’
Engaging key populations in HIV responses is fundamental not only because these affected communities are at an elevated risk of HIV acquisition but also they are key to HIV responses. Sonya Arreola from the Global Fund for MSM and HIV (MSMGF) said at a pre-conference meeting around XX International...
20.07.2014 - 07:49 By Bobby Ramakant - Citizen News Service (CNS)
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India’s Air Staff Chief Calls on President Rajapaksa
India’s Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this evening. During the discussion with President Rajapaksa, Air Chief Marshal Raha told President Rajapaksa that he had very fruitful meetings with defence officials in Sri Lanka. T...
19.07.2014 - 09:19
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A tragedy after another!
Malaysian airline MH370 disappeared without any trace, with 239 people on board, on 8th of March and now the same airline flight MH17 has crashed over Ukraine under controversial circumstances with 298 people on board. We learn 189 of them are Dutch and 80 of the total passengers are children. Sa...
19.07.2014 - 09:09 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Sri Lanka expresses condolence on the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17
It is with profound shock and deep sadness that Sri Lanka received the news of the crash of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17 in Eastern Ukraine, which resulted in the tragic loss of many innocent lives, including those of infants. The Government together with the people of Sri Lanka conveys hea...
19.07.2014 - 08:59
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What has TB got to do in an AIDS Conference?
Well almost everything. Tuberculosis (TB) remains the most common AIDS-defining illness and the leading cause of death in people living with HIV (PLHIV) with 1 in 5 HIV-associated deaths in 2012 attributed to TB. At least one third of the 35.3 million living PLHIV worldwide are infected with latent...
19.07.2014 - 08:52 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Dr Chris Nonis met with Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis, met Prince El Hassan of Jordan during his visit to London. In Jordan, Prince El Hassan established the Royal Scientific Society, the Arab Thought Forum, the Higher Council for Science and Technology, and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith...
19.07.2014 - 08:44
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The Kandy Agreement and Aung San’s death
July 19 marks the 67th death anniversary of a great Asian leader, assassinated in a failed attempt at regime change. The victim, General Aung San, architect of Myanmar’s independence, was to become the country’s first Head of State after the departure of the British colonialists. Myanmar, as we k...
19.07.2014 - 08:34 By Janaka Perera
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Modi Raj In Public Perception
Rather than regretting that he was denied the pleasure of a 100-day ‘honeymoon’, Narendra Modi, the prime minister, should be pondering about the negative public perception of certain actions his government taken soon after assuming power. Of course, there are not decisions like the Saarc constellat...
19.07.2014 - 08:13 By Atul Cowhish* - Syndicate Features
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