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Bank Of Ceylon Records Rs. 20.3 billion Profit - Highest Ever Profit Made by a single Entity in Sri Lanka
Bank of Ceylon closed its 75th year on a magnificently high note, by recording the highest ever profit before tax (PBT) in the bank’s history as well as in the Sri Lankan banking industry of Rs.20.3 billion, achieving a growth of 29% compared to the previous year. Post tax profit stood at Rs. 13.6 b...
21.04.2015 - 08:39
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Better Late than Never: Ed Miliband Rectifies the Error in His New Year Message
According to my sources at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, UK, Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party seems have rectified the mistake that he made in his New Year message, while wishing only the Tamil community in the UK – and, of course, by erroneously identifying them as the sole r...
21.04.2015 - 08:24 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Myanmar’s US Lobby Link Enters the Spotlight
This week, several media outlets reported that Myanmar had hired the Podesta Group, a powerful US lobbying firm, to represent its interests in Washington. Connections between governments and other influential actors in Washington are far from unique to Myanmar. And speculations about links between t...
21.04.2015 - 08:19 By *Prashanth Parameswaran
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"Hard work is the key to success": Kamlesh
50 years old Kamlesh is the mother of 5 children—3 daughters and 2 sons. Her two daughters are already married and one of the sons has recently joined a job in Mumbai after doing his B.Tech. Kamlesh comes from a farmer’s family and was married into a similar one. Out of her 3 sisters and 2 brothers,...
21.04.2015 - 08:13 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Animals are better off in their habitat
There was a time when the animals in the jungle feared the hunters from the so called ‘human race’ but since this group has found more thrill in hunting and killing its own kind in the civilized habitat, there is uninterrupted peace and harmony in an area, which was once ridiculed even as ‘jungle ru...
20.04.2015 - 10:37 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran “Cleared”
An inquiry report by a committee of eminent lawyers into a controversial 30-year bond auction, cleared Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendra and stated that he had no direct role in deciding to accept bids over and above one billion rupees. It is now learnt that Report of the eminent lawyers wo...
20.04.2015 - 10:13
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Parliament Dissolution only after electoral reforms
Parliament to be dissolved only after the amendment to electoral reforms passed in the Parliament. Leader of the Opposition Nimal Sri
19.04.2015 - 18:01
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Arrest not awaits Basil at the Airport, when he arrives on 21st afternoon
The former strongman Basil Rajapaksa, Ex-Minister of Economics Development and one of the four siblings of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will not be arrested at airport, when he lands by EK 348 Emirates flight from Dubai at the Katunayake International airport, at 13.35 hours on 21st Tues...
19.04.2015 - 16:39
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US Presidential Race 2016: Hilary wants to be a champion of everyday Americans
With the announcement of her intention to run for the presidency in 2016, Hilary Clinton, the former First Lady, seems to be determined to see her ultimate ambition through, in order to reach the pinnacle of her political career – the formidable shepherdess to lead the flock of the Free World. S...
19.04.2015 - 07:58 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter From America: Ayaan Hirsi is delusional and not a reformer
Can anyone take a known liar seriously? A couple of weeks ago Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an anti-Muslim zealot, appeared in Fareed Zakariya's GPS promoting her latest book. As I have noted many years ago, Ayaan is an immoral, greedy person whose trait is lying and deception. And she has been able to make...
19.04.2015 - 06:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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When will TR Zeliang expand his Ministry?
When the Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued directive to the two NPF groups on March 27 to hold their “General Convention” with their active members to end their crisis, things have taken place in that direction as both the groups have issued necessary notices for the same. The directive...
18.04.2015 - 09:13 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Nimal Mendis Funeral Today
Nimal Mendis, well known as the lyricist and composer of the classic masterpiece 'Master Sir' passed away. Born on March 29, 1934, Mendis was involved with music from his early childhood. Nimal Mendis shaped his work by using Sri Lankan folk idiom. He used folk music and mixed them with western o...
18.04.2015 - 09:02 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Sinhala & Tamil New Year Celebrated in Cuba
The staff and families of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Cuba joined by members of the Sri Lankan community and students celebrated Sinhala & Tamil New Year ( “Aluth Avurudhu” in Sinhala and “Puththandu” in Tamil ) on 14th April at the chancery premises in Havana in a truly festive atmosphere rese...
18.04.2015 - 08:21
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The possession of autonomous weapons could ignite an arms race – Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has pointed out that the danger arising from "the possession of autonomous weapons by some States, combined with their possible asymmetric usages in war, may compel other States to also abandon their policies of restraint or moratorium and ignite an arms race". It has been noted that "the...
18.04.2015 - 08:03
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'Sung influenced Sri Lanka for Ban's election'
Deceased Keangnam Enterprises Chairman Sung Woan-jong claimed that he contributed considerably to the election of Ban Ki-moon as United Nations secretary general, Sung's associates were quoted as saying by a vernacular newspaper. Sung claimed that he had close ties with then Sri Lanka President Mahi...
18.04.2015 - 07:45
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Sri Lanka’s Legendary Matriarch Madam Srimavo Bandaranayake ‘s 99th Birth Anniversary – 17th April 1916 – 10th October 2000
As in the previous year’s Private Secretaries to the Cabinet Ministers of the 1970-1977 government will hold a commemorative alms giving on 17 th April at 5.00 pm at the Gamini Matha Elders Home of YMBA situated at Sir James Peries Mawatha Colombo 2, to invoke blessings on late Madam Sirimavo Band...
17.04.2015 - 14:58 Dr. T. Jayasinghe - Fmr Ambassador to Palestine
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Indian forces got several opportunities to nab LTTE supremo Prabhakaran, but "instructions", were given otherwise – V.P.Singh
Union Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd) V K Singh said that during IPKF operations in Sri Lanka, Indian forces got several opportunities to nab LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran but every time there was "instructions", which ensured him a safe passage. General (retd) V K Si...
17.04.2015 - 08:45
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Top Tourism Earners and Spenders in 2014
A record 1.138 million international tourists spent a total of US$ 1.5 trillion in 2014. Of this total, US$ 1,245 billion was spent mainly on accommodation, food and drinks, entertainment, shopping and other services and goods. An additional US$ 221 billion was generated from international passenge...
18.04.2015 - 08:28
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Veteran JVP Leader Somawansa resigns from JVP to form new party
Former Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Somawansa Amarasinghe announced yesterday that he would resign from the party. He said he would not distance himself from politics following his resignation from the JVP, the party which he led for nearly 25 years. Amarasinghe said he resigned...
17.04.2015 - 08:22
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India has extended e-Tourist Visa scheme for Sri Lankan citizens
India has extended the e-Tourist Visa (eTV) scheme for Sri Lankan citizens in keeping with a pledge made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Sri Lanka last month. The Indian High Commission said the Tourist Visa on Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme has...
16.04.2015 - 22:54
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