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Knee-Jerk Rules in Aviation: two-man Cockpit Rule
In the aftermaths of the destruction of the Airbus 320 of Germanwings, some of the circumstances that led to the catastrophic suicide act by Andreas Lubitz, the 28-year-old pilot, have been completely eclipsed by the disproportionate focus on a single, relatively-new structural addition to the inte...
29.03.2015 - 11:52 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter From America: ‘Hidden Hands’ Behind Communal Violence in Myanmar - I told you so
In a country that has been infested with the blight of unfathomable racism and bigotry for decades, rumors are enough to trigger communal riots. And if the press, priests, public servants and people’s representatives are all working in cahoots as a party to a very sinister program – which I have bee...
29.03.2015 - 11:44 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Sri Lanka and rising ASEAN economy ink first trade minutes in Colombo
With a call to quadruple bilateral trade to $1 Bn, Sri Lanka and Vietnam inked the minutes of the successful first official joint trade meet on the eve of 26 March in Colombo. Interestingly, private sector players of the communist party state Vietnam are enlisted to take the lead in Sri Lanka’s o...
29.03.2015 - 07:40
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Responding to Yemen crisis
Sunni-Shi’a divide seems to be deep rooted and explosive by nature. Not only anti-Islamic world exploits the deadly divide in Islamic world to their own advantages, but also, it helps the enemies of Islam to accelerate the globally circulated awful trend: Islamophobia. World now looks at Islam as a...
29.03.2015 - 07:26 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Pak Envoy expresses deep shock and grief over the demise of President’s youngest brother
The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan at Colombo, Dr. Sarfraz Sipra expresses deep shock, heartfelt condolences and sympathies on behalf of the people and the Government of Pakistan on the very sad and tragic demise of Mr. Priyantha Sirisena, the youngest brother of His Excellency the President o...
29.03.2015 - 07:19
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Host countries to clash in the World Cup final!
We would like to recall that we predicted in these columns that there will be a probable clash between the neighbors in the World Cup final. We will be seeing on Sunday that New Zealand and Australia fighting it out for the one day supremacy. This is almost the repetition of the last World Cup, w...
28.03.2015 - 11:28 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Maithripala Sirisena and Xi Jinping reiterated Sri Lanka and China are all weather friends
Presidents of Sri Lanka and China Maithripala Sirisena and Xi Jinping reiterated the view that Sri Lanka and China are all weather friends, whose relations span centuries and have stood the test of time. These sentiments were expressed during the bilateral discussions between Sri Lanka and Chinese P...
28.03.2015 - 09:41
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Indian High Commissioner in Batticaloa and Ampara
Indian High Commissioner, Mr. Y.K. Sinha, visited Batticaloa and Ampara from March 23-25, 2015.
28.03.2015 - 09:28
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‘No expired rice stocks’- Kiran Atapattu
Some news reports by certain media on 27 March alleging that expired rice unfit for human consumption were found at a Lanka Sathosa storage, are incorrect and require immediate correction, according to Kiran Atapattu (Chairman, Lanka Sathosa). The clarification stresses that the media reports have f...
28.03.2015 - 08:47
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Sri Lanka plans to lift ‘terrorist’ ban on Tamil groups
Sri Lankans both Sinhalese and Tamils in Canada has expressed surprise by plans by President Maithripala Sirisena to legalize the LTTE. The LTTE operates overseas through cover organizations taking the face of diaspora organizations. Sri Lankans and Canadians of Sri Lankan heritage are questioning...
28.03.2015 - 08:38 By Ganesh of Toronto
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President's Brother Priyantha Sirisena succumbed to injuries
Priyantha Sirisena, - aged 40 yrs, brother of President Maithripala Sirisena, has succumbed to the injuries following an axe attack, the police said. Priyantha Sirisena was hospitalized after he was attacked with a sharp weapon – an axe, at Hathare Ela in Polonnaruwa around 7pm on 26 March. He is...
28.03.2015 - 11:43
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Asanga Abeyagoonasekera at Strategic Studies Summit in Turkey
Speech made by Mr.Asanga Abeyagoonasekera former Executive Director LKIIRSS on "Counter-radicalism policies and strategies: lessons learned and future steps" at annual Strategic Studies Summit held in Antalya, Turkey 24th March 2015. Organized by Strategic Studies Network (SSN) and the Center for M...
28.03.2015 - 07:56
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Indian Navy’s Training Squadron in Trincomalee
Four ships from Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron, namely Indian Naval Ships TIR and KESARI, Indian Coast Guard Ship VARUNA and Sail Training Ship SUDARSHINI, are visiting Trincomalee from March 27-29, 2015. During their stay in Trincomalee, a series of professional, training, cultural and sport...
27.03.2015 - 11:54
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Lankan President Sirisena seeks trilateral cooperation with China and India!
Sri Lanka has proposed to pursue trilateral cooperation with China and India after the fall of the Rajapaksa government which was favoring China and opposing Indian influence on the island and Indian Ocean in general. Seeking to pursue a balanced, non-aligned foreign policy that neither annoys nor p...
27.03.2015 - 11:49 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Pakistan High Commission hosts a colourful Reception to mark the National Day of Pakistan
The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra has said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are located at two global strategic junctions on the land and maritime silk route respectively that had always been the meeting places of global civilizations, trade and cultures....
27.03.2015 - 10:12
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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Highlights Dr. Siva Sivananthan’s Contributions to America
In a speech on March 16, 2015 noting the importance of federal funding for research, Senior U.S. Senator from Illinois Dick Durbin (Assistant Democratic Leader in the Senate) highlighted Dr. Siva Sivananthan’s contributions to American technological innovation. Senator Durbin discussed Dr. Sivananth...
26.03.2015 - 09:21
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India AFSPA: Draconian military laws hinter normalcy, harm mental peace of people
India’s Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) is an Act of the Parliament of India which was passed on 11 September 1958. It is a law with just six sections granting special powers to the Indian Armed Forces in what the act terms as "disturbed areas". The Act has received criticism from several...
26.03.2015 - 06:42 By Dr. Abdul Ruff,
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Visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to China A fruitful new opening
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will begin his first visit to China on 25th March, 2015 a short period after assuming duties as President. It has been the normal practice for former Presidents of Sri Lanka to commence their official visits outside Sri Lanka by visiting India first which is...
26.03.2015 - 06:28 By T.K.Premadasa
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Lanka commences GSP+ process with EU
As bilateral trade between EU and Sri Lanka edged to $5Bn mark, Sri Lanka has commenced its talks on the recovery of the GSP Plus from EU on 24 March in Colombo, strengthened by previous positive vibes from EU-and 24 March talks were so comprehensive, it involved even technical trade capacity suppor...
26.03.2015 - 06:33
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Lankan President Sirisena needs to take Tamils into confidence!
Tamils in Sri Lanka have been for years demanding justice for their sufferings and with the new government being committed to inclusive governance and justice and equality for all citizens Tamils hope for an early settlement of issue of war crimes so that misdeeds are exposed and guilty gets punishe...
25.03.2015 - 08:01 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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