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‘Time for a Lankan corporate to be in Morgan Stanley Index’-Rishad at OBG Country Report launch
It is time that the high performing Sri Lankan corporate sector to be featured in global market classifications. In this light, Sri Lanka is proud to be part of the 23 country frontier country market group announced this June by a leading global financial services firm, according the Minister of Ind...
04.08.2016 - 10:43
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Dog Bites Dog!
To illustrate what constitutes ‘news’ students of journalism are told that dog bites man is no news but man biting dog is—because it is rather unusual. But nothing is said about the more common dog bites (barks, to be more precise). And when this phenomenon concerns the men and women in the media wo...
04.08.2016 - 09:03 By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features
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New UN Resident Coordinator takes office
Ms. Una McCauley yesterday presented her credentials to Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, as the new Resident Coordinator for the United Nations and the Resident Representative for UNDP in Sri Lanka. As the most senior UN Official in the country, Ms. McCauley will lead the UN Cou...
04.08.2016 - 08:56
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Sangaree urges Tamil Parliamentarians to resign their seats if can’t prevent opening up of camps in the North and the East
V.Anandsangaree, Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front has urged Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi Parliamentarians to resign their parliamentary seats if can’t prevent the opening up of camps all over the North and the East. Anandsangaree has also objected to Government’s policy of a...
04.08.2016 - 08:48
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Award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers’ Education Trust
Applications are invited from the children of estate workers, who are resident on estates, for award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers’ Education Trust (CEWET). These scholarships are available for G.C.E. Advanced Level, Undergraduate courses and for students undergoing Vocational/ Tech...
03.08.2016 - 04:38
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No magic wand with priyanka
It is a tragedy that while disenchantment with the leadership of Narendra Modi seems to be growing even before he is half-way through his five-year term no leader or party in the opposition appears to be in a position to rattle him. The main opposition party with an ‘all-India’ reach, the Indian Nat...
03.08.2016 - 04:28 By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features
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STC breaks Rs. 3000 Mn sales barrier, launches Sri Lanka’s first nano-tech lubricant
Partnering with a leading Korean lubricant maker, Sri Lanka’s official supply giant to the state sector has launched the first ever nano-tech powered automotive coolant for Sri Lankan lubricant market on 1 August-and despite stiff competition from the private sector, State Trading Corporation is now...
03.08.2016 - 04:10
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India: Tamil Nadu Assembly wants to rename Madras High Court after state!
Name changes have been going allover India ever since India got independence from Great Britain, trying best to Indian towns, streets, statues; among other historically important details look pure Indian and entirely regional looking. Many countries like now Sri Lanka (earlier Ceylon) have change th...
03.08.2016 - 03:55 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Australia: Tobacco industry using tactics to bypass plain packaging rules , SEATCA, Thailand, warns
It is learnt that the tobacco industry is using its tactics to bypass plain packaging rules in Australia. "The other countries need to watch out for when they are implementing plain packaging in the Asian region." SEATCA, Thailand, warns. According to this information, they are being sold with a lif...
02.08.2016 - 08:18 By Manjari Peiris
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Oli Goes, Triggers New Polarization In Nepal
The Himalayan nation, Nepal, is once again plunged into a political turmoil which culminated into the resignation of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli on Sunday the 24th July 2016. He dramatically announced his decision to quit on the floor of Parliament at the end of his reply to the three -day debate...
02.08.2016 - 08:09 By Rattan Saldi
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New Dimapur-Zubza Railway Project should not become another “Dimapur-Kohima four laning”
We have come to know that Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu will lay the foundation stone of a new railway line from Dimapur (Dhansiripar) to Kohima on August 1 at Dimapur Railway Station. It is for Dimapur-Zubza Railway line. Good news is landowners are reported to have received land...
01.08.2016 - 07:11 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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"Enough Is Enough": Mangala accuses Rajapaksa On Missing Persons
Sri Lanka’s foreign minister has said that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government failed to investigate cases of people who went missing during the three-decade civil war. Mangala Samaraweera in his statement accused Rajapaksa of going back on an agreement he had with the UN soon after the...
01.08.2016 - 06:42
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Defamation Bill in Maldives: A serious setback for freedom of speech
The defamation bill that has been introduced in the Maldivian parliament risks being, if passed, a serious setback for freedom of speech in the Maldives. It will allow severe penalties to be imposed on those who wish to exercise their democratic rights and freedoms, as enshrined in the Universal Dec...
01.08.2016 - 06:18
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South India: Dravidian parties outmaneuver other parties in Tamil Nadu!
Recent state assembly election in Tamil Nadu has explicitly showed that the two main Dravidian parties one led by J. Jayalalithaa, and other by M. Karunanidhi have come to stay as the sole political expressions of Tamilians and there seems to be no way any other party, either regional or national- c...
01.08.2016 - 05:57 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Inspiration for a Long March (Padayatra): Look across the Palk Straight
As the much-talked-about Padayatra, launched by the Joint Opposition in Sri Lanka, entered the third day, the organizers may be trying their best to salvage the credibility of the move – and that of potentially- similar moves in future – in the presence of obvious cold-feet got by some of those who...
31.07.2016 - 10:05 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Alavi Moulana’s 40th day death commemoration
Late Alavi Moulana’s 40th day death commemoration was held on Saturday the 30th July in the presence of a very large crowd. It was noticed that the community has still not recovered from the huge vacuum he has left by his departure. There were number of religious dignitaries including the Highly Re...
31.07.2016 - 05:59 By SHM from Colombo
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Northeast people are not against Indian Army but Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)
I met the Members of the five-Member Committee headed by Justice Jeevan Reddy (a former judge of the Supreme Court) to review the provisions of the AFSPA in March 2005 at Kohima. The other four Members are Lt. Gen (Retd.) V.R. Raghavan, P.P. Shrivastava, a former special secretary in the Union Home...
30.07.2016 - 09:01 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Canada assures to provide every possible assistance to steps taken by the government of President Maithripala Sirisena
Foreign Minister of Canada Stephane Dion said that Canada would provide every possible assistance to the steps taken by the government of President Maithripala Sirisena to strengthen democracy, the rule of law, reconciliation and economic development. President Sirisena briefed him of the steps ta...
30.07.2016 - 08:54
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Pakistan to promote Human Capital and Entrepreneurship Development in Sri Lanka - Shakeel Hussain
The High Commissioner of Pakistan said that the government of Pakistan is committed to human capital development and promotion of entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner said this while speaking on the inauguration ceremony of a fully equipped IT Lab at the Federation of Chamber of Co...
30.07.2016 - 08:09
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Ground-breaking reforms of toxic jade business
Myanmar’s new government has announced a major shake up to licensing of its multi-billion dollar jade and gems business. This historic move follows work by Global Witness, Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG), the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and other Kachin State and Myanmar...
29.07.2016 - 09:19
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