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Violence, Plunder and Deceit: Sri Lanka’s Experience With Tamils
Propensity to violence and criminal activities is not a recent development among Tamils. The history of Tamil involvement in our country is marked by excessive violence, plunder, deceit and ingratitude. This particularly characterizes the history of Tamil invasions and interactions within our countr...
13.06.2015 - 09:38 By Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
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The Gratiaen Prizes 2014
The Gratiaen Prize for the best work of creative writing in English was awarded to Vihanga Perera for his collection of poetry Love and Protest on 12 June 2015 at Park Street Mews, Colombo. This year’s winner emerged from a shortlist lineup which included poetry and prose. Commenting on the judging...
13.06.2015 - 08:40
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Politicians and fruits and vegetables!
Since Vasudeva used the infamous ‘P’ word in the parliament we have read a lot in the media about using un-parliamentary language in the house. In response to the filthy word used on him, Ranil has compared Vasu to a dried pumpkin to be followed by another minister calling Vasu a rotten durian. A...
13.06.2015 - 08:19 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Turning tables: Growing support against corporate capture of climate policy-making
In the final days of the Bonn Climate Change Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Corporate Accountability International delivered a resounding call to the governments who have ratified the UNFCCC: protect the treaty and climate policy making from the und...
13.06.2015 - 08:06 By Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service – CNS
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EDB & JAAF showcase Lankan apparels to Latin America
As Sri Lankan annual apparel exports closed in on the crucial $5 Bn mark, South America’s largest apparel market was given a preview of Lankan fashion when the Brazil International Apparel Sourcing Show 2015 (BIAS 2015) opened in Sao Paulo on 27 May. Lanka’s EDB and Joint Apparel Association Forum (...
12.06.2015 - 16:32
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Gandhi’s brilliance and non- violent response!
It was related that when Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, there was a professor, whose last name was Peters, who felt animosity for Gandhi, because Gandhi never lowered his head towards him and their arguments were very common. One day, Peters was having his lun...
12.06.2015 - 06:24 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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‘Let's abolish the preferential system, a responsibility to be fulfilled in this era,’ – President at Public Rally
President Maithripala Sirisena requested all political parties to come forward within the next few days and declare their respective positions on the proposed electoral reforms. He stressed that the passage of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution (that would do away with the weaknesses of the Prop...
12.06.2015 - 05:45
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Air Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke the New Chief of Defence Staff
Air Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke has been appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff with effect from June 16, Air Force Spokesman Wing Commander Gihan Seneviratne said today. Gunatilleke, who is the current Commander of the Sri Lankan Air Force, will take over from General Jagath Jayasuriya. Air Marsha...
11.06.2015 - 22:20
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Korean Bhikkhus meet Sri Lankan President
A group of Korean Bhikkhus including the Chief Incumbent of the Yeorae Yaksasa Temple in Korea met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (11). During the meeting, the President recalled the long relationship between Sri Lanka and Korea and appreciated the assistance g...
11.06.2015 - 22:15
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Spurt of appointments to SLFP MPs by Sri Lanka President
President Maithripala Srisena today appointed two SLFP Parliamentarians and former Prime Ministers D.M. Jayaratne and Ratnasiri Wickramanayake as his senior advisers on political affairs. Yesterday he also appointed four SLFP MPs as Deputy Ministers. They were - Dahanayake has been appointed as th...
11.06.2015 - 15:55
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Spokesman failed to reveal Ban’s interest on the proposed 20th Amendment
Spokesman failed to reveal Ban’s interest on the proposed 20th Amendment In the ‘Readout’ revealed by Stéphane Dujarric , Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, there was no mention about Ban Ki-Moon urging Sri Lanka President to take measures regarding the proposed 20th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s Co...
11.06.2015 - 14:26
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India: Does BJP plan to impose president’s rule in Delhi state against the will of Delhiites?
The historic battle for Delhi state was won by the Aam Admi party of Arvind Kejriwal by drowning in the River Yamuna both Congress and BJP parties - the former rulers of Delhi. Obviously both BJP and Congress have reasons to feel belittled by a new political outfit. The pain is intolerable for the B...
11.06.2015 - 11:39 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Four New Deputy Ministers Sworn In Today
Four Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarians were today appointed as deputy ministers by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. MPs Sanath Jaysuriya, Wijaya Dahanayake, Eric Weerawardena and Thilanga Sumathipala were sworn in as Deputy Ministers, the President’s Medi...
12.06.2015 - 06:08
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Seven strategies employed by the tobacco industry to undermine the impact of tax increases
These strategies have been used by the tobacco industry to avoid the impact of planned tobacco tax increases on their profits and outlines what governments can do to prepare effective responses. This publication titled - Undermining Government Tax Policies: Common Strategies Employed by the Tobacc...
10.06.2015 - 09:36 By Manjari Peiris
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Pakistan calls upon int’l community to take notice of Modi's statement: FO
Pakistan has called upon the international community to take notice of Indian acknowledgement of its interference in East Pakistan. In a statement in Islamabad today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's admission of Indian involvement in the even...
10.06.2015 - 08:56
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Pakistan’s Incurable RAW Fear
Which country has the most powerful intelligence agency in the world? The answer from most Indians will be that it has to be the US with its CIA. Some others may talk about spy agencies of the UK, Russia or Israel. And, of course, ‘credit’ will be willingly given to the Pakistani Inter-Services Inte...
10.06.2015 - 08:40 By Atul Cowshis - Syndicate Features
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Spotlight On Sri Lanka's Elephants At Smithsonian's National Zoo
The international documentary film ‘Common Ground’ focusing on Sri Lanka’s human-elephant conflict was screened at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. on June 5th, 2015. The screening was jointly organized by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington D.C....
09.06.2015 - 08:46
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Islamist fundamentalism raises head in Mauritius
Mauritius is witnessing an upsurge in Islamist fundamentalist elements since the general elections held last December. Besides a host of Islamist groups like Zam Zam Society (ZZS), Hizbullah Party(HP), and Islamic Society of Mauritius (ISM), Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HuT, Islamist Party of Liberation), which...
09.06.2015 - 08:33 By our political editor
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Hard work overcomes hard luck": Leela Shikhdar
Leela Shikhdhar was born in a farmer’s family of village Gabia. She had to leave her studies midway after passing Class 8 as her mother got sick and the responsibility of managing the household chores and looking after her four siblings fell upon her. But after her marriage she managed to finish her...
09.06.2015 - 08:25 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Sri Lanka Strengthens engagement with UNESCO and France
During the visit of Minister Karu Jayasuriya to Paris in his capacity as Minister of Buddha Sasana, Public Administration, Local Government and Democratic Governance to attend the Vesak Symposium, he met with Madam Irina Bokova, Director-General/UNESCO for a brief courtesy call on 27th May, 2015. M...
09.06.2015 - 08:01
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