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Freedom of Expression is not free; but no free media, no true democracy
Hours after the unfortunate March 5 lynching incident at Dimapur, the Government of Nagaland quickly admitted total failure to law and order. Almost all the sections of the people had taken the state government to task for its incompetence in tackling the situation. While admitting their total failu...
18.03.2015 - 07:32 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Maldives says Indian behavior hurts!
Maldives has voiced its 'hurt' at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi not visiting the island nation during his recent trip to the Indian Ocean region even as it sought to allay India's concerns over the imprisonment of former President Mohammed Nasheed. Reacting to the response of international com...
18.03.2015 - 06:17 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Russian short novelist Valentin Rasputin is no more!
Known for his excellent prose narration and character portrayal, especially on Russian village life and conflict, one of the best known and highly talented Russian writers in modern times Valentin Rasputin has passed away in Moscow on March 14 at the age of 77. A part of treasure of world literatur...
17.03.2015 - 13:19 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Ranil Reiterates: 'Sri Lankan Navy Has the Right to Shoot Anyone Entering Its Waters'
Sri Lanka and India are working to resolve the fishermen's issue, but the country's navy has the right to shoot anyone who intrudes into their territorial waters, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has told NDTV. The reiteration of the controversial comment comes on the heels of Prime Mi...
17.03.2015 - 07:36
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Indian High Commission Calls for Applications for BE, MBBS and B.Pharm courses
Indian High Commission has called for Applicationsfrom Sri Lankan students (excluding PIO, OCI Card holders & NRIs) for nominations to undergraduate course in Bachelor of Engineering (BE), Medicine (MBBS) and Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) under the Self-Financing Scheme for the academic year 2...
17.03.2015 - 06:48
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CM Vigneswaran Hits Out at PM’s Comment on Indian Fishermen
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jaffna, C.V. Vigneswaran , Chief Minister of Jaffna – the Tamil-majority region in Sri Lanka, hits out at Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe for his controversial comments on shooting trespassing Indian fishermen. Talking to CNN-IBN CV...
16.03.2015 - 10:29
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Lalin’s Column :Field Marshal - SL has a date with Geneva in September
There is a lot written and spoken about Field Marshals (FMs) just now. The latest is about the privileges that FMs should apparently have. It appears Hitler’s Germany is the source for these anachronistic examples. The privileges it gave FMs were ‘compelling and influential role in military matters,...
16.03.2015 - 10:41 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Special Cabinet Meeting: No consensus on the Parliament Dissolution
The cabinet, which had a special meeting yesterday (on Sunday 15th March), has approved the draft bill on the 19th Amendment to the constitution and will submit it to Parliament for approval, but there is no unanimity on the date regarding the dissolution of the present Parliament on April 23. It...
16.03.2015 - 08:27
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Indian PM Modi returns to Delhi from his Sri Lanka visit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home on Saturday night after wrapping up his two-day Sri Lanka visit as part of his five-day three-nation tour. In Seychelles, apart from bilateral talks, four agreements were signed. In Mauritius, he met with that country's leadership, was present at the signin...
16.03.2015 - 07:55 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Letter From America: Be on guard if you are visiting Belgium
Last Monday, March 9, I was on a flight from Philadelphia to Brussels. The reason for my business trip: I was to host a business workshop in Antwerp on Wednesday and present a talk there, too. My British Airways flight left on time in the evening of Monday to arrive the next morning in London’s Heat...
16.03.2015 - 07:28 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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US gave refuge to El Salvador war criminal for decades: US role in war crimes
While the US. Department of State spokesperson in the daily media briefing in Washington March 12 hailed the upholding of human rights by Sri Lanka's new administration in releasing a Tamil human rights activist Balendran Jeyakumari, it was revealed on the same day that the U.S. had allowed an El Sa...
15.03.2015 - 08:44 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
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Implement the 13th Amendment in full and then go further Modi tells Sri Lanka: How long is a piece of string Mr Modi?
The national question in Sri Lanka will never be solved if India keeps pouring fuel into the fire. While the principle of political devolution is now part of the Sri Lankan constitution, it is still not in the heart of the Sri Lankan electorate, especially amongst communities perhaps with the except...
15.03.2015 - 08:31 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Sham Trial of Former Maldives president Nasheed ends with 13 years jail sentence
The sham trial of the former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed came to an end as the first democratically elected leader of the Maldives was convicted of a terrorism charge by a criminal court and sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday. The verdict is likely to worsen the acute political instab...
15.03.2015 - 07:40
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Lalin’s Column: General RWD (Daya) Ratnayake WWV RWP RSP USP
Gen Daya Ratnayake WWV, RWP,RSP, USP Commander of the Army of Sri Lanka, retired in February 2015 after 36 years of distinguished service. He was promoted to 4 star rank on retirement. Unfortunately as it happened shortly after the new government took power, his retirement may have be seen as a poli...
15.03.2015 - 15:50 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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ICC World Cup: Sri Lankan Cricketers can unify the Nation by singing the National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil
The game of cricket has been the greatest unifying symbol for Sri Lankans of all ethnicities, before, during and after the armed conflict with the LTTE. It is played in every nook and corner of the country and there are no barriers as to who plays with whom in whatever nook it is played. However, in...
14.03.2015 - 20:26 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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The art of the impossible
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe (RW) has got his pecker up again. His timing has been painful. This was about one week before the fashion conscious Indian PM Modi’s intended visit to SL on 13 March 15. RW forgetting he was not talking to fawning SL businessmen or the geriatrics of his party, pl...
14.03.2015 - 20:19 By A Patabendi
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Israeli poll 2015: Zionist Netanyahu way behind his opponents in opinion polls
Israelis are going to decide the fate of hawkish Netanyahu’s political future in Israel on 17th March when the Jewish nation goes to poll. The Israeli opposition's call for change after nearly six years of rule by the divisive Netanyahu appears to have been heard by many voters. Several polls releas...
14.03.2015 - 20:13 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Farewell for Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma
Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma paid a farewell call on Ambassador Helena Sångeland, the Director-General of the Asia Pacific Division of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, on conclusion of his tour of duty as Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Sweden. On behalf of the Swedish Government, Ambassador Sånge...
15.03.2015 - 06:07
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Between the devil and the deep blue sea
As reported by veteran International journalist Taylor Dibbert in “Huffington post” in February this year, Mahinda Rajapaksa is a savvy, charismatic political operator and the Rajapaksa brand isn’t toxic. Quote; “He lost a close election and his name will always be linked to the defeat of the Tamil...
14.03.2015 - 19:43 By Jayampathy Molligoda
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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island yesterday
President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island yesterday afternoon following a four-day visit to Britain. President Sirisena, the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office and Mrs Jayanthi Sirisena attended the Commonwealth Day celebrations in London. He was a guest of honour at the Commonwealth...
13.03.2015 - 11:21
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