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Contours for a political solution in Sri Lanka – Point of view from a moderate member of the Tamil Diaspora
This article is about suggestions made by a moderate member of the Tamil Diaspora for a political solution in Sri Lanka. The person concerned is a professional and someone who loathes the extremist elements within the Diaspora as much as he loathes similar elements within the Sinhala community. He...
31.05.2014 - 01:28 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Lanka rides $60Bn global FOSS wave to help exporters, aiming cost advantage
Sri Lanka has a favourable ‘per container cost to export’ rate of only $ 595. After reporting $1.07 Bn record exports in March, the country is now mulling a new high tech initiative to help exporters to lower this rate for added competitive advantage-while eager Lankan exporters are already testing...
31.05.2014 - 01:14
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2nd APFF 2014: Creating Waves, Fostering Movements
The 2nd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (2nd APFF 2014), organized by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) kick started in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It has brought together nearly 300 feminists from 30 countries of the five sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific as well as global allies...
31.05.2014 - 01:04 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Ambassador Sarrath Kongahage visits Swiss Canton of Neuchatel
On invitation by the Swiss President of the Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, the diplomatic corps accredited in Switzerland undertook a visit to the republic and canton of Neuchatel in Switzerland. Sarath Kongahage, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Germany, was part of the delegation including Mr. Burkh...
31.05.2014 - 00:56
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Fund for Media personnel, Artistes and Writers
Cabinet approval was granted yesterday (May 29) for creating a fund for media personnel, artistes and writers. The cabinet Proposal for this was submitted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The main intend to establish this fund was to give assistance to media personnel, artistes and writers who have g...
31.05.2014 - 00:49
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Vaiko set to mend fences with Modi
After a public spat with Narendra Modi and skipping his swearing in ceremony on May 26, Vaiko and his MDMK party appear to be set on mending fences with the Prime Minister. And it is now back to donning the mantle of BJP ally in full public view, though only three days back it was staging noisy demo...
30.05.2014 - 09:58 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Connecting the dots: Tobacco use, diabetes, and tuberculosis
Tobacco related illness kills nearly 6 million people each year, accounting for 1 in 10 of all deaths globally. More than 5.4 million of these deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600,000 are due to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. In fact tobacco is a risk fact...
30.05.2014 - 07:27 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Jan-April exports trounce seasonal downturn, sustain Q1 surge levels
Despite the regular annual seasonal pullback, Sri Lanka’s January-April exports have successfully sustained its Q1 surge. “The usual April seasonal export slowdown did not affect our exports. In fact, today we are seeing a periodic rise of 15%” said a satisfied Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industr...
30.05.2014 - 12:40
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Sri Lanka to Expand Co-operation with Spain
External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris had bilateral discussions with Mr. Manuel Garcia Marfil, Minister of Foreign Affairs Spain, on the sidelines of the 17thMinisterial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Algiers on Wednesday. Minister Peiris briefed his Spanish counterpart on Sri Lank...
30.05.2014 - 07:04
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Modi retains Varanasi seat
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been elected from two seats to the 16th Lok Sabha today decided to retain Varanasi seat and relinquish Vadodra seat. The decision is seen as a strong signal that the Modi and his BJP party have set their eyes on the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, and would lik...
30.05.2014 - 06:58 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Turkey Commends Progress In Sri Lanka
Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, held bilateral discussions with Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Algiers. Minister Davutoglu paid tribute to the resilience S...
30.05.2014 - 06:50
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Pak tobacco tax reforms could help half million quit, up taxes by Rs 27.2 billion
A potentially path-breaking report shows that the introduction of a uniform specific tax accounting for 70% of Pakistan's average cigarette price could lead to half a million smokers quitting, and reduce premature deaths among adult smokers by over 180,000. At the same time more than Rupees 27 billi...
30.05.2014 - 06:43 Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Indian FM's association and interest in the country is a source of strength - Prof. Peiris
Sri Lanka has expressed satisfaction that India has appointed Ms. Sushma Swaraj as the new Minister of External Affairs in the Indian government. In a congratulatory message to Ms. Swaraj on her appointment as India's Minister of External Affairs, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris sai...
30.05.2014 - 06:33
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Senegal will support Sri Lanka's efforts to engage with African Union
External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris had bilateral discussions with Mr. Mankeur Ndiaye, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Algiers. Minister Ndiaye, appreciating Sri Lanka's recent focus on t...
29.05.2014 - 16:54
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Sri Lanka shouldn't worry about US Congress resolutions: Here's Why
When the 'Eelam Resolution' was adopted by the Massachusetts State Assembly in 1979, graced by the Tamil United Liberation Front leaders Appapillai Amirthalingam and M. Sivasithamparam in the Official Gallery, pandemonium broke in Colombo among media outlets, politicians and civic organizations con...
29.05.2014 - 20:17 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune Media Note
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Narendra Modi Win in Regional Perspective
Former tea seller Narendra Modi, 63 years old extremist Hindu Narendra Modi sworn in as 15th Indian Prime Minister in spectacular ceremony at New Dehli. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif heads of SAARC states, Indian elite and Bollywood film stars among 4,000 guests at ceremony in Delhi. He won...
29.05.2014 - 09:30 By Zaheerul Hassan
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Pope confirms Sri Lanka visit in 2015
Pope Francis confirmed Monday(May 26) that he will visit the Philippines and Sri Lanka in January 2015. He is to pay a 2-day visit to Sri Lanka. The announcement was made on his return to Rome after touring in the Middle East. Pope Francis said he would travel to Sri Lanka for two days and the Phi...
29.05.2014 - 09:06
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US first reaction to Modi regime: "India's role in global stage vital"
In its first official reaction to India's new Narendra Modi government, the United States declared that "India's role at global stage" is more than "just about bilateral ties between the US and India". This official Obama administration sentiment was aired by Assistant Secretary of State for South...
29.05.2014 - 08:00 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
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Sri Lanka First Lady inaugurates series of events to mark Vesak at UNESCO
First Lady Madam Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa inaugurated a series of events organized by the Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka to UNESCO and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in France to commemorate Vesak at UNESCO in Paris under the theme of ‘Interfaith and Intercultural Awareness towards Peace’....
29.05.2014 - 07:56
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President Rajapaksa highlights importance of sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations to build peace and security
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, participating at the 4th Summit of Heads of State & Government of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) at the invitation of President Xi Jinping of China, stated that “for building peace and stability in a region, it is impera...
29.05.2014 - 07:44
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