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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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Former Minister Rohitha Abegunawardana sacked from the SLFP Central working Committee
Former Minister Rohitha Abegunawardana has been sacked from the SLFP Cenral Committee. Former Minister Abeygunawardana stated that he has received the relevant letter. Abeygunawardena joins the ranks of four other ex-ministers removed from the party’s decision-making body just last week. On April 1...
16.04.2015 - 17:41
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Ambassador Aryasinha opens the 2015 Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS)
Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha, in his capacity as the Chair – Designate of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) for 2015, opened the week long 'Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS)', held within the framework of the CCW on Mon...
16.04.2015 - 07:46
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Sri Lanka’s New Leader to Dissolve Parliament and Launch War Crimes Probe - Time
Sri Lanka’s new leader Maithripala Sirisena plans to dissolve the country’s Parliament in May, setting the island nation on course for general elections in late June or early July — around the same time that he plans to announce details of a probe into allegations of human rights abuses during Sri L...
16.04.2015 - 07:32
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Cease-fire and the mentality of the Myanmar Generals
Myanmar generals has a long history of overruling the others that they can never contemplate as being equal to others nor has a history of voluntarily giving up power. When the Myanmar was able to overthrow the Mon Khmer kingdom in the 18th Century they bullied all the ethnic nationalities with high...
15.04.2015 - 10:32 By Kanbawza Win
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Government To Accord Pride Of Place To Improve Agricultural Sector - President
President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that the government will accord pride of place to improve country’s agricultural sector as a significant part of the national economy. He highlighted that it is imperative to uplift life of the local farmers and entrepreneurs. A range of programmes is underway...
15.04.2015 - 09:05
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Unruly behavior of a young artist
Following the footsteps of our Lankan politicians' sons a notorious but famous artist is stealing the headlines in the media for wrong reasons, you like it or not. Justin Bieber, the Canadian young artist is known to have more charges to his credit than his hit numbers. Now we read that an Argent...
14.04.2015 - 14:45 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Burma needs to show more trust than doubt
Burma watchers around the world are paying special attention at the six-party talks held at the presidential residence in Nay-Pyi-Taw on 10 April. Present at the talks were President Thein Sein, the Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann, Upper House Speaker Khin Aung Myint, Commander-in-Chief Sen...
14.04.2015 - 08:00 By – Zin Linn
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New Year, spread of festivity amidst commitment to good governance - President Maithri
What is special in this New Year celebration is the spread of festivity amidst the commitment to good governance that transcends differences of ethnicity, caste and community, with important strides being taken to realize the need for unity among all our people, President Maithripala Sirisena said i...
14.04.2015 - 07:55
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Hillary Clinton to contest US presidency 2016
Democratic leader and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has formally entered the 2016 race for the White House in a bid to become the first woman US president. Mrs. Clinton, wife of former US president Bill Clinton, told the Americans she wanted to be their "champion" as everyday American...
14.04.2015 - 07:33 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Periscope – revolutionary real-time mobile video app
At the moment of writing this piece, I can see a video of a house warming party in California, a steak party in a restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, a folk making a mouth-watering Greek salad at his home, somewhere in Turkey and make my own short video to show how to invert a triangle of three coins with j...
12.04.2015 - 13:49 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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100th Birthday of Sunil Shantha - Radiance of a Maestro
Centennial Birthday of Sunil Shantha, the greatest singer, music composer and indisputable golden voice of Sri Lanka falls on 14th April 2015. Sunil Shantha who made an excellent contribution to introduce the identity of Sri Lankan music composed with traditional folk songs of indigenous style of mu...
12.04.2015 - 13:42 By T.K.Premadasa
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Sri Lanka starts re-thinking 2020
Sri Lanka is re-thinking hard on the premier exports indicator that has been floating atop its macro-economic landscape for the past few years-and to meet the revised targets, the country’s apex export body is diving into no less than ISO standards for its own service delivery, as revealed on 09 Apr...
12.04.2015 - 13:18
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