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ASEAN Parliamentarians condemn passage of Cambodian NGO law
The Cambodian National Assembly’s passage of the highly controversial Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations (LANGO) represents a grave threat to independent civil society and constitutes a failure of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to embrace a democratic, consultative app...
20.07.2015 - 08:13
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Romanticizing a Celestial Minnow – Pluto
With the fly-by carried out by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on Tuesday, both astronomers and space enthusiasts have started talking about the Pluto, which lost its planetary status in somewhat controversial manner in 2006 – not in space, but in Prague, Czech Republic, here on planet Earth. With t...
19.07.2015 - 11:42 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter from America: The Confederate Flag is Down
Friday, July 10, 2015 was a historic moment in the history of the United States of America. On Friday morning just after 10 a.m., the Confederate flag on South Carolina’s (SC) State House grounds was removed. It was an event that was surely overdue for decades. But thanks to the SC politicians, many...
19.07.2015 - 07:04 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Is Burma a failed state as media under threats?
The most media in Burma daren’t to criticize the authorities and their human rights abuses during the junta’s reign. The military regime imposed heavy censorship and all editors and publishers in Burma had to put forward news stories, articles, commentaries, pictures, cartoons and even the obituari...
19.07.2015 - 06:56 By – Zin Linn
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Controversial mayhem in Meluri areas undermines people’s efforts to restore peace
When the Parliamentary Working Committee (PWC) Members from Nagaland were camping in Delhi calling on various Central leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and other key persons in Naga peace talks, mayhem was going...
19.07.2015 - 06:50 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Sri Lanka Explores Partnership With The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
In a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Dana J. Hyde, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam emphasized the desire of the Government to establish a partnership with the United States under the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Created by t...
18.07.2015 - 12:28
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Kattakatha, Napoleon, Hitler and MR
Sri Lanka produces politicians like this every minute. They are stupid, ignorant and arrogant but at the drop of a hat they wish to exhibit to us, whom they consider to be country bumpkins, what they fondly believe is their superior knowledge. This man, from the now fast liquidizing Yahapalanaya of...
18.07.2015 - 09:53 By A Patabendi
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Nagaland Legislators call on Union Home Minister
A delegation of Ministers and Members of Legislative Assembly from Nagaland led by the Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Chotisuh Sazo and the Chief Minister, T.R. Zeliang, called on the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh here today and discussed different Naga Political issues. The delegat...
18.07.2015 - 09:24 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Eid reminds the contribution of Islam in building the very fabric of our nation - President Maithripala Sirisena
“Eid reminds us of the contribution of the Islam faith in building the very fabric of our nation moving forward towards enduring reconciliation and unity,” pointed out President Maithripala Sirisena in his Ramazan Message. "As Muslims throughout Sri Lanka and the World celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, I am m...
18.07.2015 - 09:19
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Racism: Focus on Myanmar’s Islamophobia!
Racism sponsored or promoted by a state, like terrorism of all sorts, remains an ugly embodiment of modern corrupt civilization. Today, in the post Sept-11 hoax setting, Islamophobia and media targeting of Muslims serve the racial cause for brutality in many anti-Muslim nations. All racist states...
18.07.2015 - 08:49 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Sri Lanka will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr Festival tomorrow
Muslims in Sri Lanka will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr Festival tomorrow (18) as the new moon of Shawwal has been sighted, Colombo Grand Mosque announced. Eid al-Fitr bids goodbye to Ramadan -- a month of dawn-to-dusk abstinence from food, drinks and other sensual pleasures. After 30 days the end of Rama...
17.07.2015 - 23:51
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The Elections Commissioner requests to stop telecast of President’s special speech
The Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapiriya has requested both state and privately-owned electronic media to refrain from telecasting President Maithripala Sirisena’s address to the Nation on last Tuesday (July 14). The Commissioner has stated that the speech was being inimical to politica...
17.07.2015 - 15:00
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In the North UPFA Contest All Alone
The United Peoples Freedom Alliance for the first time has come forward to contest in the two Northern Province electorates all alone, without the support of Eelam Peoples Democratic Party in the Jaffna and All Ceylon Makkal Congress in the Vanni – considered all these days as their political bro...
17.07.2015 - 10:21 By K.T.Rajasingham
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In the North UPFA Contest All Alone
The United Peoples Freedom Alliance for the first time has come forward to contest in the two Northern Province electorates all alone, without the support of Eelam Peoples Democratic Party in the Jaffna and All Ceylon Makkal Congress in the Vanni – considered all these days as their political bro...
17.07.2015 - 10:20 By K.T.Rajasingham
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Tomorrow: Mahinda to responds to Maithri’s accusations
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is a Kurunegala District UPFA candidate in the Parliamentary General Election, said the reply to the speech made by President Maithripala Sirisena on 14th, would be given on July 17 in Anuradhapura. He said that he would respond at the inaugural UPFA parli...
16.07.2015 - 09:09
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Congress MLAs joined all-party Govt to have one voice for settlement of Naga issue: Tokheho Yepthomi
The Minister for PHE, Tokheho Yepthomi said the eight Congress MLAs including him in Nagaland had not received any “directive” from the AICC High Command not to join the “TR Zeliang Government” in the State. “We have come to know only from the news appeared in sections of local papers that the Party...
16.07.2015 - 08:44 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Sri Lankan General Election: Politics of Vendetta
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and the common opposition that changed the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime must be thanked for two key things. Firstly the passage of the 19th Amendment, watered down or otherwise, as it restores and strengthens vital arms of our democracy. The judiciary, the polic...
16.07.2015 - 08:37 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Landmark West-Iran nuclear deal!
World peace process could be accelerated only by concerted efforts by international community led by UN in resolving all outstanding conflictual issues as satisfactorily as possible. The USA-Iran standoff over Iran’s legitimate strive for nuclear facility at par with other powers has caused tensions...
16.07.2015 - 08:28
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Ayush Scholarship Scheme
The High Commission of India announces the offer of few scholarship slots for Sri Lankan nationals under the “Ayush Scholarship Scheme” for UG/PG/Ph.D courses under the Delhi Declaration for South East Asian(SEA) countries for the academic year 2015-16. The Government of India selects meritorious Sr...
16.07.2015 - 08:14
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Sivajilingham pits himself against Mahinda at Kurunegala
Northern Provincial Councilor and former parliament member M.K. Sivajilingam is contesting as an independent candidate in Kurunegala electoral district, against the former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Even in 2010 he contested against Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Presidential election. He o...
15.07.2015 - 12:19
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