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The theme for World No Tobacco Day this year (31st May) is “Stop illicit trade of tobacco products”
The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Unless we act, this epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. More than 80 percent of these preventable deaths will be among...
30.05.2015 - 10:56 By Amal Udawatte
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President castigates children live in a world of mobile phones and laptops very often neglect their parents
President Maithripala Sirisena says moral values in society are deteriorating and there are occasions where he came across elderly parents who had held very good jobs and who worked and sacrificed a lot for their children’ languishing in elders’ homes. He also said that that some sections of the...
30.05.2015 - 10:49
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Issues before Indian PM Modi as he visits Bangladesh on June 6-7
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Bangladesh on June 6 to a red carpet reception to be accorded for two days by the Awami League government of Sheikh Hasina who is eager to use the occasion to settle score with her political opponents led by Khaleda Zia. Reports suggest the West Bengal chi...
30.05.2015 - 10:30 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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‘Overnight Vigil’ May 30 leading nowhere
From the end of April through this month the world including Sri Lanka observed anniversaries marking the end of several armed conflicts – Vietnam War (April 30), fighting in the European Theatre of World War II (May 8) and the LTTE’s separatist insurgency (May 19). Some ‘pundits’ in SL however wer...
30.05.2015 - 09:15 By Janaka Perera
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“What we do, everybody can see it“
In Asian Buddhist countries, the Vesak Festival is one of the greatest and most important events of the year. For centuries it has been celebrated following the first full moon during the month of May. This full moon symbolizes Lord Buddha’s enlightenment. The celebration is held in commemoration of...
30.05.2015 - 09:03
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Five SLFP MPs sworn in as Ministers
One Cabinet Minister, three State Ministers and one Deputy Minister, a total of five ministers parliamentarians of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (29). Those sworn as Ministers are as follows: Cabinet Minister:...
30.05.2015 - 02:16
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Draconian Indian military law AFSPA is withdrawn in Tripura!
Indians in many parts of India reel under special, oppressive military/powers given by central and state governments as free gifts. Unable to contain rising prices, poverty and corruption, the regime has first propelled agitational and extremist measures by the affected common people and then target...
29.05.2015 - 07:40 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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South Korea - Sri Lanka close links bound by Buddhist affinity
Most Venerable Lim Hakgyu Yongdam of Popwansa temple of Bujong in South Korea said the strength of the close relationship between Korea and Sri Lanka is firmly based on Buddhist ties between the two countries. He said the economic cooperation and relationship in other spheres have been built on the...
29.05.2015 - 07:32
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'War criminal' named 'peace envoy' resigns!
The news of Tony Blair's resignation from the 'peace envoy' job to solve the Israeli-Palestinian issue has brought jubilation among the people of the region. The strangest statement he has made in his letter of resignation to the UN Secretary General Secretary has amused many. He has assured that...
29.05.2015 - 07:21 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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India: One year of Modi government: Foreign tours to cover up domestic failures?
A firm looking PM Narendra Modi with aggressive rhetoric has demolished the innocent looking image of India represented by Dr. Manmohan Singh for 10 long years. Preface There is general view that BJP rule is slightly better than Congress misrule. Of course, Manmohan will never the premier again in...
28.05.2015 - 09:54 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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BoC starts the year on strong footing with a Rs.4.4 billion Profit Before Tax (PBT) for 1Q 2015
After completing its 75th anniversary year with a commendable achievement of Rs.20.3 billion PBT, BoC has reported Rs. 4.4 billion PBT for the 1Q 2015 by achieving a 15% growth over 1Q of the previous year. Profit After Tax (PAT) stood at Rs.3.0billion resulting 15% growth. The Group reported Rs.4.3...
28.05.2015 - 08:55
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Harvard Appoints Patrick Mendis as Senior Fellow
he Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University appointed Dr. Patrick Mendis as a senior fellow of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. “I am indeed honored to associate with the Ash Center as I continue my teaching and research activities on Sino-American relations,” sa...
28.05.2015 - 09:03
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Genocide: Justice for Tamils over war crimes in Sri Lanka!
At the outset it must put on record that Tamils who were initially brought to Lankan island by the British empire to work in tea plantations, railways, and business establishments, big and small and the contributions of Tamils to the overall development of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) has been as significant...
27.05.2015 - 06:40 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena arrested and released on bail
Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera , General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) was arrested by the Cinnamon Gardens police yesterday morning on an arrest warrant issued by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court (01) on May 08, and was subsequently enlarged on cash bail of Rs. 5,000 and one million ru...
27.05.2015 - 06:29
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Is there any urgency for a new constitution?
While much bravado is made out about the achievements of the Sirisena/Wickemasinghe regime, the most significant, if not the only significant achievement maybe taken as the restoration of the independent commissions under the 19th Amendment to the constitution, and the establishment of a Constitutio...
27.05.2015 - 05:57 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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UK Visa Applicant Arrested For Fraud
A 30-year old man from the Jaffna area was arrested for using deception in his UK visit visa application. He was found to have previously applied under a different identity. The visa applicant was referred by UK Visas &Immigration to the Fraud Investigations Bureau police in Colombo. He had pr...
26.05.2015 - 08:00
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South Africa’s Deputy Minister Nomaindiya C Mfeketo Met Members of GTF in London
On invitation from the Deputy Minister of Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of Republic of South Africa Hon. Ms. Nomaindiya C Mfeketo MP, a GTF delegation led by Father S J Emmanuel met at the South African High Commission, South Africa House at Trafalgar Square in London...
26.05.2015 - 07:53
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Pakistan decries India's admission of involvement in cross-border terrorism
The adviser to the prime minister on national security and foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, expressed serious concern over the statement made by Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that India will use terrorism to counter terrorism from other countries. This statement, Aziz said, only confirms I...
26.05.2015 - 07:42
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Greatest Tribute to the Foremost Comedy Duo: Laurel & Hardy back on big screen
Laurel and Hardy, the greatest comedy pair of all time, are to return to the big screen across the UK in June on account of the 125th birth anniversary of the ‘wiser’ – the exact inverse of screen portrayal - of the two, Stan Laurel, who was born in Britain. The two films chosen for a series of e...
26.05.2015 - 07:22 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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The new Parliament will be constituted by September – President Maithri
President Maithripala Sirisena said the government has fulfilled the mandate given by the people in large measure to the satisfaction of the people and the policy of good governance would be continued in the coming years. “When I meet people they say that they are pleased with the performances of th...
26.05.2015 - 07:03
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