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Brisk voting is reported throughout the country in the General Elections 2015
According to a midday report, more than, 50 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in Gampaha, Colombo, Jaffna and Kandy districts according to the Election Returning Office (ERO) said, a short while ago. The voter turnout in Anuradapura, Badulla, Kurunegala, Kilinochchi, Matara, Gampaha, and...
17.08.2015 - 14:52
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Voting for General Election 2015 commenced shortly
Voting for General Election 2015, l commenced shortly at 7am and will end at 4pm. The Elections Commissioner requests all eligible to vote early and go to the polling centre with a valid ID. A total of 15,044,490 registered voters in 22 electoral districts are eligible to cast their ballots today...
17.08.2015 - 09:27
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Burma: Shattering of a democracy dream?
Burma’s democracy dream has shattered because of a deep-rooted strategy played by the military-backed ruling party. As analysts have expected earlier, an important power struggle inside the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has started in full swing in July-August this year. Some...
17.08.2015 - 09:10 By – Zin Linn
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Let’s do it!
We have finally approached the eagerly awaited judgement day, where the power is solely entrusted in the hands of the voters. We pity for the security forces and the judiciary which were kept extremely busy during the last few weeks on the run up to the elections. We pray for a peaceful election...
17.08.2015 - 08:57 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Who targeted Col (Retd) Shuja Khanzada
Very brave leader and great soldier, Punjab Home Minister Col (Retd) Shuja Khanzada martyrdom along with DSP Hazro Shaukat Shah. 12 others killed and dozens of others injured in a suicide blast at his political office in Shadi Khan near Attock on 15 August 2015. He was born on 23 August in his home...
17.08.2015 - 08:48 By Zaheerul Hassan
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Danger – Restaurant Bar Opened-up in an Accident- prone Corner in Vallai
At a dangerous road corner (AB 20 Road), Point Pedro – Nelliady – Jaffna Road, near Imayanan just before entering Vallai, ‘Yarl Beach Hotel & Bar’, has been opened up very recently – the location considered a most dangerous accident prone road corner. Already a dozen of nasty accidents ha...
17.08.2015 - 00:30
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August 17 will decide Sri Lanka’s fate
Without question the August 17 Parliamentary Election is going to be a most crucial one for Sri Lanka. The decision the majority of the voters take on Monday is bound to have the strongest impact on the Sinhalas, more than any other community. Never before in recent years have they been so polarize...
16.08.2015 - 23:52 By Janaka Perera
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Indonesian aircraft carrying 54 people lost contact with air traffic control
An Indonesian twin-turboprop aircraft carrying 54 people lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday in the remote, forested eastern Papua region, the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) said, with search efforts hampered by failing light as night falls. In a tweet posted on Sunday, B...
16.08.2015 - 23:42
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Mr President, honour the peoples mandate- Sri Lankans for a Just Society
In an open letter to President Maithripala Sirisena, the Australian based organization Sri Lankans for a Just Society (SLJS) has appealed to the President to honour the people’s mandate that will be delivered on the 17th of August. It has also highlighted the strong possibility of post-election viol...
16.08.2015 - 23:25 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Letter from America: Our Messy, messy world!
Religion is important to most people around the globe. As such, it has been always easy to exploit religion for ulterior motives. But probably never before in the history have we seen so much of abuse of religion or its misrepresentation of values by zealots or extremists. Religious extremism is on...
16.08.2015 - 12:43 By Habib Siddiqui
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Sri Lankan parliamentary polls: President Maithripala Sirisena faces tough challenge!
On August 17 people of Sri Lanka are going to elect a new parliament that would assist president Sirisena to fulfill his electoral pledges, including of good governance. Since the right and responsibility to elect the prime minister rests with parliament, the parliamentary poll acquires tremendous i...
16.08.2015 - 08:26
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Kohima Lions Club visited different abled students at Cherry Blossoms School
Members of the Lions Club of Kohima (LCK) led by its president Lion Tali Jamir marked Indian Independence Day by visiting differently abled students of the Cherry Blossoms School, Kohima on August 15 today. The visit to the School was part of the 69th Anniversary of the Indian Independence Day Celeb...
16.08.2015 - 08:05
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Lalin’s Column : Ministerial Howlers (Blundering politicians)
There seems to be an endless gush of phony intellect being paraded by politicians as the silly season ends on 17 Aug. The idea appears to stem from the belief that they think they are semi gods and the rest are complete idiots. Some can’t wait to play God even before the election results elevates th...
16.08.2015 - 07:51 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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69th Independence Day of India Celebrations in Sri Lanka
The High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 69th Independence Day of India on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at India House in Colombo. High Commissioner Mr. Y.K. Sinha unfurled the National Flag and inspected a Guard of Honour presented by the BSF conting...
15.08.2015 - 18:23
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ACMC ends 2015 campaign with a massive Mannar rally
Without communal harmony there cannot be peace -and development. "I have been blamed for supporting people on the basis of their religion and ethnicity. This is far from the truth" said Rishad Bathiudeen, Leader of ACMC on 14 August in Mannar. ACMC Leader Bathiudeen was addressing the final rally...
15.08.2015 - 16:31
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President Pledged To Hold Parliamentary Elections – 2015, Free and Fair Manner
President Maithripala Sirisena pledged to hold the upcoming 2015 Parliamentary Elections in a free and fair manner. The President also said that he will create an environment where the Election Commissioner and the law enforcement officers headed by the Inspector General of Police will be able to do...
15.08.2015 - 10:12
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Rs 17,179 million to maintain guaranteed prices on agro-crops and to maintain subsidies
The general Treasury has released Rs 17,179 million to relevant ministries for the expenses incurred to maintain the guaranteed price for Tea, Rubber and paddy purchasing and other subsidies announced in the interim budget including the 50 percent reduction of farmers’ loan and providing 15 percent...
15.08.2015 - 08:57
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President Maithripala Sirisena sacks Secretaries of the SLFP and the UNFPA: Those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make them mad?
Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad, said ancient Greeks. This is an ancient saying credited to Euripides, the Greek dramatist who lived in the fifth century BC. The background to this ancient saying was that people who become mad, become, to varying degrees, unthinking and unab...
15.08.2015 - 08:41 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Lalin’s Column :Pending retirement of Army Generals
A slew of Army Generals, unless their service is extended, are due for retirement soon. Among them are Army Commander Lt Gen Crishantha de Silva (end Aug 2015), Maj Gens Jagath Dias (Chief of Staff-Dec 2015), , SWL Daulagala Jan 2016, M Hathurusinghe (Jan 2016), SR Manawaduge (Jul 2016) Milinda Pe...
15.08.2015 - 08:30 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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President Sirisena: A principled man or an Emperor without clothes?
Whatever one’s view is about the letter President Sirisena, as the President of the SLFP, has written to Mahinda Rajapaksa, the contents of the letter are unambiguously political, and it is bound to favour the UNP and the UNFGG combine as well as other political parties opposed to Mahinda Rajapaksa....
14.08.2015 - 10:24 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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