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Opposition to bring ‘No Confidence Motion’ against Minister John Amaratunga
Leader of the Opposition Nimal Siripala de Silva told Parliament yesterday that he would be moving a ‘No Confidence Motion’ against Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs John Amaratunga. The Opposition Leader moving a motion at the time of adjournment of House on the i...
03.02.2015 - 08:51
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US Assistant Secretary of State Asia Called on the Sri Lanka President
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Mrs. Nisha Biswal, called on President Maithripala Sirisena Monday (02) afternoon at the Presidential Secretariat. Ms Biswal said that President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremasinghe have put forth an ambitious agenda for their firs...
03.02.2015 - 07:38
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Former President With His Trustworthy Muslim Friends
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa with a group of his trustworthy friends who called at his residence in the south. He expressed his appreciation of their visit second in a row after his unexpected defeat. Unlike some time servers, come rain come sun, they stood by him during his victories and defe...
03.02.2015 - 07:29
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Sri Lanka’s new President Sirisena to visit India soon!
According to PTI, Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena will visit India later this month and meet Indian leaders to discuss bilateral issues. Sirisena, who dethroned Mahinda Rajapaksa from his 10-year rule after a bitter presidential poll on January 9, has already indicated that he wants...
03.02.2015 - 07:19 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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China’s top reforms champ Li Yong coming
A onetime top Chinese financial reformer who successfully championed good governance and elimination of toxic financial assets in the mainland corporate sector will be in Sri Lanka to inspect UNIDO’s next program cycle in the country. “UNIDO Director General Li Yong’s arrival in Sri Lanka will not o...
03.02.2015 - 07:05
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Pakistan successfully test fires Stealth Nuclear Cruise Missile
Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful flight test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) “Ra’ad”, said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release. The Ra’ad missile, with a range of 350 km, enables Pakistan to achieve 'strategic standoff capability' on lan...
03.02.2015 - 06:58
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34 youths from Mullaitivu Recruited in the Volunteer Force
Security Force Headquarters-Mullaitivu (SFHQ-MLT) recently enlisted thirty four (34) young Tamil youth to the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) from Mullaitivu area and commenced recruit training for them at Pudukuduirippu Battalion Training School on Monday (26) under the directions of Major G...
03.02.2015 - 06:48
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Better to prevent rather than treat lung cancer
Every 30 seconds, someone, somewhere in the world dies of lung cancer. According to the World Cancer Report 2014, more people die from lung cancer than from any other type of cancer. In 2012 lung cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer, with 1.8 million cases worldwide, accounting for 13% of a...
02.02.2015 - 10:09
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Emerging Sri Lanka: Reconciliation and inclusive governance by Sirisena
When minorities make a sizeable population in a nation, obviously, some members of those communities do come up to occupy important civilian and military positions and the government also makes full use of the elated positions of them to sort of its difference with the minorities. A genuine govern...
02.02.2015 - 10:00 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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67th Independence Day Celebrations To Be Devoted To Peace
Following the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) the Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to make a statement on Peace at the 67th Independence Day Celebrations to be held on 4th February, 2015. Acting Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera and the Minister...
02.02.2015 - 09:34
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Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, a man for all seasons; Why is he being recalled as High Commissioner in Australia?
The new government of Sri Lanka has reportedly decided to recall and replace Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe as the High Commissioner in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. While it is the prerogative of any government, particularly a newly elected one, to reshuffle their diplomatic postings a...
02.02.2015 - 08:53 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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No H.E For Me -- President
President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday requested that the honorary title Athi Garu (His Excellency) or Uthumanan (Your Highness) which were commonly used over the past years to address Presidents, not be used with reference to him. He also asked not to use the term Aryawa when referring to his w...
02.02.2015 - 08:43
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Girl Power: Kim Sears and incomplete art of lip reading
Kim Sears, the girlfriend of Andy Murray, the British tennis player, has been grabbing the headlines during the past few days, much more than the share of her man on the tennis court while playing the game in the Australian Open – for being on the focus of television cameras at the wrong time for al...
01.02.2015 - 08:44 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Lalin’s Column: Reflections on Obama’s “No boots on the ground” and Imperial Hubris
When Barack Obama was elected President of the USA, the world, pleasantly surprised and amazed, rejoiced. It awaited a more friendly America. Nowhere was the event more greatly welcomed than in the former non white colonies of the West. No better example of country’s maturity could ever have bee...
01.02.2015 - 08:17 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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‘Strongly praise budgetary support for exports’–Rishad
Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka-right) discusses latest proposals on exports with his Ministry Secretary SS Miyanawala (left) on the eve of 29 January. The latest measures relating to exports introduced by 29 Thursday’s interim-budget are praiseworthy-and the Minis...
01.02.2015 - 07:57
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US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal Travel to Sri Lanka
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 2–3. Joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Atul Keshap, she will review bilateral and regional issues with the new Sri Lankan government, civil society...
01.02.2015 - 07:50
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Indian politics: Jayanthi Natarajan quits Congress party, blames Rahul Gandhi!
Fall of the India’s oldest party national Congress associated with Indian freedom movement was speculated even before the 2014 parliamentary poll on account of rampant corruption of the Manmohan government. But the way it got decimated in the poll to the advantage of the Hindutva BJP which won natio...
01.02.2015 - 07:45 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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'Yahapalanaya' - Another ‘decapitation drama’
Soon after the Prabhakaran-Ranil Pact (MoU prepared by the notorious 'Peace Maker' Norway and initiated by the so-called international community) was signed , I remember, an article written by Dr Gunadasa Amarasekara titled ‘Sama Diyareddde’appeared on a newspaper (in March 2002). For those who...
01.02.2015 - 07:24 By S. Akurugoda
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Wirathu - the pit bull of Myanmar regime
Myanmar's terrorist - Buddhist monk Wirathu is untouchable inside the country. In 2003 he was sentenced to 25 years in prison but was released in 2010 along with other political prisoners. Most keen observers knew the reason as to why this anti-Muslim zealot was freed by the regime. He was to serve...
01.02.2015 - 07:16 By Dr. Habib Sidddiqui
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Richard Armitage lays down trajectory for Sri Lanka: Reviving US relations
In an OP-ED contribution to Wall Street Journal January 28, former United Stated Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, along with Kara Bue and Lisa Curtis strongly advocates "the U.S. should move quickly to take advantage of the opening presented by the newly elected government (of President...
31.01.2015 - 08:23 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune Political Note
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