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“Sri Lanka: The Search For Justice” – a new film by Callum Macrae
Callum Macrae the man behind the controversial Emmy-nominated feature documentary “No Fire Zone: – credited with playing a key role in convincing the international community to take action over the Sri Lankan massacres of 2009, in which tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died – have now launch...
11.09.2015 - 13:56
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Four PSD Officers Killed And Another Six Injured In A Multi-Vehicle Accident
Four presidential Security Division (PSD) officers were killed and another six injured when the defender they were traveling collided with two private buses in Yagodamulla area in Minuwangoda. The accident took place this morning in the Colombo-Kurunegala road. One of the private buses involved in t...
10.09.2015 - 23:07
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Rishad kick-starts third Lankan Industry & Commerce sprint
Sri Lanka is mulling a bigger role for private sector in the planned industry and commerce reforms-and Lankans of all hues are rallying round the leaders of the new consensual government, as declared on 09 September. “I look forward to an increased role and support of the Lankan business, exports an...
10.09.2015 - 22:21
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Finance Ministry denies increase of special tax on nine food items
The Ministry of Finance today said that special commodity levy has been increased on potatoes and sugar only. An official of the Finance Ministry denied the media reports that special commodity levy has been increased on nine food items. Further clarifying the situation the official said that this...
10.09.2015 - 22:12
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Wake up call on asthma in children: New data must drive well-coordinated action!
If we listen to asthma experts and look at evidence, one reality becomes starkly clear: we have neglected asthma in children for far too long! "I think we have 'gone to sleep a bit' on asthma in resource-limited settings. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and...
10.09.2015 - 13:02 Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Three more new Cabinet Ministers sworn in
Three new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday at the Presidential Secretariat. The speculation and rumors which circulated in the media on the appointments of Douglas Devananda of EPDP and that of Arumugan Thondaman as Ministers with Cabinet status were a...
10.09.2015 - 11:06
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The SATF Congratulates Opposition Leader Sampanthan
The South African Tamil Federation places on record its congratulations to the TNA leader Hon R. Sampanthan leader of the TNA on being recognised as the official opposition leader in the Sri Lankan Parliament. The SATF has held many meeting with Mr. Sampanthan in South Africa, and we found him to be...
09.09.2015 - 08:47
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Lalin’s Column : Absolutely Foreign Affairs (final3) 8 Sep 2015)
SL’s Foreign Minister (FM) is taking giant strides to make a good impression with the West that looks for weaknesses in ‘unfriendly’ (to the Western ‘World’) governments like SL’s last one. He seems to be succeeding. After the Presidential Election (Jan 2015) he together with the Justice Minister sa...
09.09.2015 - 08:35 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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44 New Secrearies to Ministries Appointed: Karunasena Hettiarachchi appointed as the new Defence Secretary.
The Secretary to the President Mr. P. B. Abeykoon announced the appointments of 44 new Secretaries to the Ministries today (Sep. 08) at the Presidential Secretariat. Karunasena Hettiarachchi was appointed as the new Defence Secretary. The New Secretaries received their letters of appointment from th...
09.09.2015 - 07:10
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US Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage meets Sri Lankan President
Former United States Deputy Secretary of State Mr. Richard L. Armitage (2001 to 2005 in the Bush administration) met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. In an OP-ED contribution to Wall Street Journal in January 2015, following the Presidential election, Armitage...
08.09.2015 - 20:28
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Japanese Lions Help Rural School in Sri Lanka
The Ryugasaki Kikyo Lions Club of Japan recently teamed up with the Lions Club of Biyagama North to help uplift the standard of the Kimbulgoda Maha Vidyalaya at Wathurugama in the Gampaha district. The project led by Lion Shiranee Rajapaksa and her team at the Lion’s Club of Biyagama North saw the...
08.09.2015 - 20:14
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The LTTE Nediyawan Faction to Continue the Fight: Launches a new Tamil TV channel 'Deepam'
The LTTE has launched a new Tamil Television channel Deepam targeting European, Sri Lankan and South India Tamils. The station is run by Nediyawan, the LTTE leader based in Norway, who coordinated LTTE activities overseas on behalf of the LTTE International Secretariat. Perimpanayagan Sivaparam kno...
08.09.2015 - 11:29 By Maya Anthony
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Stabbed Maldives opposition lawyer to get treatment in Colombo
Maldives’ opposition aligned lawyer Mahfooz Saeed was to arrive in Sri Lanka last evening to receive further treatment for injuries sustained in the recent stabbing, his family has said, reported the Haveeru online. Mahfooz, a member of former president Mohamed Nasheed's legal team, was stabbed in t...
08.09.2015 - 07:41
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Pacific approach to deal with the dual burden of TB-diabetes
Many of the 22 countries that comprise the Pacific Islands region have very high rates of type-2 diabetes (upto 37% prevalence in adults) and high rates of TB as well (upto 343 cases per 100000). In fact 7 of the world’s top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes are in the Pacific Isl...
08.09.2015 - 07:07 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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50th Defense Day of Pakistan Celebrated in Colombo
The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka celebrated the 50th Defense Day of Pakistan last evening in Colombo, to commemorate the 1965 war events and sacrifices rendered by valiant Pakistan's armed forces. The event attracted large gathering including Sri Lankan Government Ministers, Chief of Def...
07.09.2015 - 22:17
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'Don't rock the boat baby!'
'Don't rock the boat baby' was a hit number during our youth and I am reminded of this song nervously to see the ever increasing new cabinet! We laughed at the mega sized cabinet under the previous government but the current government too despite its promise to limit it to 30 ministers has produced...
07.09.2015 - 14:56 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Sri Lanka: keeping the Rajapaksa dynasty happy can harm President Sirisena’s reconciliation policy!
Obviously, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is just down but not fully out. This comfort could offer him some extra hopes for his political future and he certainly looks for fatal mistakes and wrong moves by the Sirisena government so that Singhalese could leave the trust zone created b...
07.09.2015 - 13:26 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Letter from America: Are we witnessing resurrection of fascism in Hungary?
Nearly 70 years ago, Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) wrote a poem about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. He wrote in 1946: "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—...
06.09.2015 - 12:37 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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If Mahinda returned to power: The country would have experienced massive killings of innocents, - CBK
Mahinda Rajapaksa during his tenure as the President of Sri Lanka ran a police state and if he was successful in returning to power as Prime Minister in recent parliamentary polls the country would have experienced massive killings of innocents, according to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike K...
06.09.2015 - 07:52
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Finland’s prime minister offers his home to refugees
Finland's millionaire prime minister, Juha Sipila, said on Saturday he would make his home in the north of the country available to refugees. As European leaders struggle to agree policies to cope with a huge influx of migrants, many fleeing war in Syria, Sipila -- a former telecoms executive -- sai...
06.09.2015 - 07:48
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