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Irony of inequality and Ogoni peoples struggle for life and land
Even as the 193-Member United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on Friday the 26th of September 2015, Akpobari Celestine, an Ogoni born human rights activist, National Coordinator of Ogoni Solidarity Forum Nigeria and a member of the CSO Partnershi...
28.09.2015 - 07:55 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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OHCHR Report And The Hybrid Special Court
United States of America presented resolution 25/2 to the UNHRC and it was adopted by a majority vote. This resolution gave a mandate for the OHCHR to monitor the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and to continue to assess progress on relevant national processes and also to undertake a comprehensi...
28.09.2015 - 07:35 By Lt Col (Retd.) Anil Amarasekera
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Kondaya: hairy representation of scary developments
In the aftermath of the brutal murder of the 5-year-old girl from Kotadeniyawa, the alleged culprit, Kondaya, who was taken into custody, has since been hounding by mobs with no sign of abating, perhaps in the hope of lynching him at the first available opportunity - adding an extra layer of worry t...
27.09.2015 - 17:34 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter from America:Is Ben Carson a bigot?
Ben Carson is running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. During an appearance on ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday, Sept. 20, NBC's Chuck Todd asked him, "Do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?" "No, I do not," Carson responded. "I would not advocate that...
27.09.2015 - 16:29 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Cuba donates medical assistance to Sri Lanka
The two Cuban State Enterprises, namely, Centre of Molecular Immunology (CIM ) and its commercial branch, CIMAB, which are in the forefront of conducting research and the production of therapeutical treatments for a range of illnesses, have donated a consignment of cancer vaccine to a lung cancer p...
26.09.2015 - 11:38
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Sri Lanka is committed to implement the resolution submitted to the UN Human Rights Council - Mangala Samaraweera
The Government says it is committed to implement the resolution submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the resolution signifies a path-breaking success for Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva at the current 30th Sess...
26.09.2015 - 05:37
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70th Session of UNGA begins, President Srisena to meet Indian premier today
The 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commenced on 25th September, at the UN Headquarters in New York. Inaugurating the session for 2015, the summit on Sustainable Development was begun with the key note address by the Pope Francis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Presid...
26.09.2015 - 05:15
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The SWRD Bandaranaike legacy: A Sri Lanka for all its people, not just the elite
Today, the 26th of September 2015 is the 56th death anniversary of Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike. He was assassinated by a Buddhist Monk, Somarama, and the plot to kill him was orchestrated and led by a business man who was a Buddhist Monk, Buddharakkitha. One should wonder why a Prime Minister w...
25.09.2015 - 22:39 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Kingdom authorities criticised after Hajj stampede kills more than 700!
he twin tragedies in Mecca in recent days shook the world, especially the global Muslims, creating fear and uncertainty among the pilgrims, faithful Muslims. Even as the death toll keeps rising after the stampede at the Hajj killed at least 717 people, in the worst tragedy to strike the annual Mus...
25.09.2015 - 22:27 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Hajj Stampede Death Toll rises – At least 717 killed and 863 injured
At least 717 people have been killed in a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia's civil defence directorate said, as the death toll continued to rise. The directorate said at least 863 other pilgrims were injured in Thursday's stampede, which took place in Mina, on the outskirts of t...
25.09.2015 - 10:24
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Diesel Dupe by Volkswagen: the irreversible dent on a global brand
It came into being as people’s car, KdF Wagen, when Adlof Hitler envisioned a car for an average German worker family, which later became known as a global motoring icon, Volkswagen, having survived a controversial, troubled past. The latest scandal, dubbed diesel dupe,, involving a cheating piec...
25.09.2015 - 22:17 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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President Srisena Arrives in New York
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in New York yesterday morning to attend the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) sessions. The President was received by Sri Lankan ambassadors based in Washington and New York along with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. Prasad Kariyawasam...
25.09.2015 - 09:21
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Despite crippling challenges, Nepal makes major strides in tobacco control
So said Mr Shanta Bahadur Shrestha, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal, in a recent interview given to CNS (Citizen News Service), during a workshop on 'Enforcement and Monitoring of Pictorial Health Warnings’ organized by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseas...
24.09.2015 - 08:49
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President Maithripala Sirisena wishing all Sri Lankan Muslims a Happy and Peaceful Eid-Ul-Alha
President Maithripala Sirisena wishing all Sri Lankan Muslims a Happy and Peaceful Eid-Ul-Alha notes the importance of the occasion in that it creates a spirit of unity and oneness among believers from all over the world when millions living in different continents, speaking different languages and...
24.09.2015 - 08:12
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National Lotteries Board donates Rs 10 million to national Kidney Fund
: The National Lotteries Board yesterday handed over to Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake a cheque for Rs 10 million to be deposited in the National Kidney Fund National Kidney Fund was established in line with the sustainable programme to control kidney disease, according to the concept of Preside...
24.09.2015 - 07:12
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Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena left for New York
Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena left for New York today to attend the 70th United Nations' General Assembly (UNGA) sessions. This is the first visit to the US by President Sirisena since being elected in January. President Sirisena will address the General Assembly of the United Nations...
23.09.2015 - 23:22
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Islamic faith and the purpose of Holy Hajj
Muslims need to be very very cautious about performing Holy Hajj. Many Muslims keep performing Holy Hajj almost every year because they have money. Those Muslims who follow the life of Prophet Muhammad (SAS) would perform Hajj only once in life. Performing a second or subsequent Hajj would mean the...
23.09.2015 - 22:13 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The import levy on B onions had been increased by Rs. 20 per kilo
The import levy on B onions had been increased by Rs. 20 per kilo under the directives of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, the ministry release said. Accordingly, the levy had been increased to Rs. 30 from its previous amount Rs. 10. Onion farmers in Dambulla recently urged the government to i...
23.09.2015 - 10:59
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Three Members Appointed To The Constitutional Council
Parliament yesterday approved the names of Dr. Ahangamage Tudor Ariyaratne, Shibly Aziz and Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy as civil representatives of the Constitutional Council. The motion for their appointments was moved by Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella on behalf of Prime Minister Ranil Wickreme...
23.09.2015 - 09:35
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Cinnamon Life, Game Changer and flagship of Colombo is launched
A trendsetting project in Sri Lanka, Cinnamon Life has been launched with pride by Waterfront Properties (Private) Limited, a member of the John Keells Group. This architectural icon has been envisioned as a 4.5 million sqft Integrated Resort consisting of an 800-room luxury Cinnamon hotel, avant...
23.09.2015 - 07:53
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