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Would there be an Indo-Lankan war over Tamil fishing or Katchatheevu issue?
One is tempted to say no to such tricky and dangerous questions. But why should this question arise at all? Today, South India sea neighbors India and Sri Lanka, notwithstanding tensions over Tamil fishermen issue, are also undertaking joint military exercises without any common objective or threat...
13.11.2015 - 07:39 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Sri Lanka to usher in a capital oriented budget – Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake
Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said that the Yahapalana Government’s new budget on November 20 will be capital oriented while aiming at higher revenue than recurrent expenditure. The Minister said that much more than the previous allocation the capital expenditure will be significantly increa...
12.11.2015 - 22:22
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Former TN MP allegedly shoots himself to death
Former Rajya Sabha member N Rajendran was found dead in his car in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district on November 11, police said.Police suspect his death to be a case of suicide. He was 62. Rajendran, who was a Rajya Sabha member as an AIADMK representative from 1995-2001, had parked his car near the...
12.11.2015 - 22:17 From Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai
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Japanese Naval Ships mark their 50th Port Call to Sri Lanka
The visit of two Japanese naval ships ‘JS Makinami (DD-112)’ and ‘JS Suzunami (DD-114) to Port of Colombo on 10th November 2015 marked the 50th port call to Sri Lanka by the ships of Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) since year 2009. These two ships arrived at the Colombo Port on their way...
12.11.2015 - 08:03
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Sailan Muslim Foundation of Canada condoles the demise of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero
Sailan Muslim Foundation of Canada (SMFC) expresses its condolences on the demise of the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero. Ven. Sobitha Thero was a key civil society figure in the defeat of populist authoritarianism. A national charismatic Icon and a leading figure behind the democratic changes which d...
12.11.2015 - 08:04
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Sagala Ratnayake and Swaminathan took oath for new portfolios
Minister of Southern Development, Sagala Rathnayake sworn yesterday in as the Minister of Law and Order before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. Meanwhile, Minister of Resettlement D.M. Swaminathan also was sworn in as the Minister of Prison Reforms. The ministers too...
12.11.2015 - 08:24
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Pak Commerce Minister Calls for enhanced Trade and investment between Pakistan and Sri Lanka
The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka hosted a Dinner-reception in honour of the visiting Federal Commerce Minister of Pakistan Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan in Colombo last evening. Sri Lankan Minister for Industry and Commerce, Mr. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister for Ports Shipping Mr. Arjuna Ran...
12.11.2015 - 09:18
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President Maithripala Sirisena wishes Lankan Hindus a joyful Deepavali
President Maithripala Sirisena wishing Lankan Hindus a joyful Deepavali has expressed the hope that it will open up the hearts of all individuals with collective yearning for reconciliation as the festival symbolizes victory of righteousness over evil. Following is the full text of the President’s D...
10.11.2015 - 12:12
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Muslim Council of Sri Lanka on the sudden demise of Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero
The Muslim Community is deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero. This was the first time a Muslim organization has expressed its deep regret on the demise of a Buddhist prelate. The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) in a press release pointed out that “This mod...
10.11.2015 - 08:25
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Ease of Doing Business Forum postponed in view of the funeral of Late Ven Sobitha Thera
As the funeral of the Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera is scheduled to be held on November 12 with State honors, the Ministry of Finance announced that the scheduled meeting of the Ease of Doing Business Forum will not be held on that day. The government has also declared Nov 12 as a day of mourning....
10.11.2015 - 08:11
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Funeral of Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera is to be held at the Parliament ground on 12th with full state honors
Yesterday, Srilankan flight UL 309, carrying the body of the Most Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera from Singapore, International Airport (BIA) Katunayake. Ven. Sobhitha Thera passed away around 5.50 am (3.20 am Lankan time) yesterday at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore where he had been treated...
09.11.2015 - 09:55
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Changing Indian politics: Leftists take lead over ruling Congress party in Kerala civic poll, Hindutva BJP makes impressive presence!
It looks like Kerala is witnessing a reversal of political fortunes, with the Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) racing ahead of its rival United Democratic Front (UDF) in as many as 530 of the 941 grama-panchayats in the State. In 2010, the alliance could win only about 365 grama-panchayats. Su...
09.11.2015 - 09:10 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Release all the Tamil Prisoners unconditionally - V.Anandasangaree
Secretary General- TULF, V.Anandasangaree in his latest appeal to President Maithripala Srisena with copy to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has urged him to release the Tamil political Prisoners unconditionally. He has in his latest missive has pointed out that, “Your Excellency please...
09.11.2015 - 08:57
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Bihar - A Knock Out Punch For Modi
Till Saturday (November 7) night they were ‘celebrating’ their ‘victory’ in the Bihar assembly polls, hours before the counting of votes in Bihar. The Bharatiya Janata Party was so sure of its win that while it was readying for a big celebration it had ordered 100 kg of ‘Ladoos’ in Delhi. It must...
08.11.2015 - 22:48 By Atul Cowshis - Syndicate Features
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Letter from America: Myanmar goes to the polls today
Today Myanmar (previously Burma) is holding its first contested vote since 1990. Since achieving independence from Britain in 1948, the country had a very difficult start. Military has ruled the country for more than half a century since 1962. Although an election was held in 1990 in which the Natio...
08.11.2015 - 15:32 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Colombo Process concludes with decisions aimed at ensuring skilled and safe labour migration from Asia
A two-day Senior Officials’ Meeting of the Colombo Process (CP) held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 4-5 November 2015 has resulted in far reaching concrete decisions and recommendations aimed at advancing collective efforts for safe and skilled labour migration management by sending countries in Asia....
08.11.2015 - 14:57
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Delivery by Drones: Sky doesn’t seem to be the limit!
Delivery by drones is no longer the stuff for science fiction; with the green light from the civil aviation authorities in the offing, both Amazon and Google, the two internet giants, are already competing for supremacy over the skies, while taking leaps in innovation. Behind them, an army of new pl...
08.11.2015 - 16:29 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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UNDP Embarks on a New Innovation and Development Partnership with COSTI
The United Nations Development Programme entered in to a memorandum of understanding with the Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) today, for the further development of the National Innovations Dashboard. COSTI, established in 2013, is the leading government body r...
07.11.2015 - 09:17
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Maldives' Parliament impeaches country’s vice-president Ahmed Adeeb
Maldives' Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to impeach the country's vice-president, who will be charged with terrorism for plotting to kill the president, a minister said. Ahmed Adeeb is the second vice-president to be impeached in three months. He has been arrested for allegedly plannin...
07.11.2015 - 08:21
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‘I am not ready to keep farmers of this country unsatisfied’ – President Maithri
President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is not ready to keep farmers of this country unsatisfied, as a politician who grew with the farming community and understand their tears and joys. The President said that he is always with the farming community according to his conscience and the Govern...
07.11.2015 - 07:41
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