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Modernization and Reactivation of Thickkam Palmyrah Distilleries
Palmyrah sector contributes significantly to the livelihood development of the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. Due to the three-decade old war, this sector has been neglected and the palmyrah toddy tapping community which is an under-privileged community with high incidence of poverty h...
30.06.2016 - 08:30
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China reorganises PLA with an eye on Tibet, Xinjinag
China’s perceptions about the world around it have had an important influence on its recent decisions to reform its military. Also, the reforms are aimed at maintaining the supremacy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) whose primary responsibility is to ensure single-party rule in China. So surpris...
29.06.2016 - 03:15 By *Malladi Rama Rao
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Transforming the Political Culture: illusion to Reality
A singular significant achievement of the Sirisena - Wickramasinghe administration was the passing of the Right to Information Bill few days ago, a decade overdue. This is the scaffolding to preserve people’s democratic values and build the tower of democracy. With this in full operation the citize...
29.06.2016 - 03:07 By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
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Rishad & Co meet Iraj’s Ice Bucket at Vihara Mahadevi park
: Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, taking up singer Iraj Weeraratne’s social media challenge issued recently, planted a red sandalwood bud at Vihara Mahadevi Park on 27 June. “This is a positive challenge. We need to plant more buds to safeguard loss of trees” said Minister Bathi...
29.06.2016 - 02:50
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Iftar in Sri Lanka
U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap hosted leaders from the Sri Lankan Muslim community, government officials, civil society activists, and media representatives for an Iftar last night in Colombo. This is one of three U.S. Embassy-hosted Iftars in Sri Lanka during the month of Ramadan this year, including...
28.06.2016 - 22:25
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Holy Relics of Lord Buddha returns to Pakistan with veneration from Millions of Lankans
The most sacred Relics of Lord Buddha from Taxila Pakistan were taken back to Pakistan after conclusion of a month long exposition at various locations around the island nation. The most sacred relics were handed over by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe to the High Commiss...
28.06.2016 - 10:17
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Owing to smoking bans - tobacco industry is shrinking
A study led by Professor Driffield of Warwick Business School, Jo Crotty of Aberystwyth University and Chris Jones of Aston Business School with 141 companies across 20 countries over a 10 year period has found smoking bans in a country where the firm was based, reduced the likelihood of them invest...
28.06.2016 - 09:53 by Manjari Peiris
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India: A cold-blooded murder at Chennai railway station: Is Chennai unsafe for women?
A 24-year-old woman employee of Infosys S. Swathi was hacked to death by a hitherto unidentified young man in Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai city in public view on June 24 morning between 6.45 and 7 00 am. According to eyewitnesses, Swathi was waiting on Platform No. 2 to take a Chennai Bea...
28.06.2016 - 09:43 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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U.S. Government Trains Sri Lankan Officials on Counter- proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
The U.S. Government recently concluded a five-day workshop in Colombo from June 13-17 for members of the Sri Lankan Ports Authority and Customs, Police, Navy, and Coast Guard to provide training on eliminating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Led by U.S. military experts fro...
28.06.2016 - 08:33
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‘It’s a ‘Remain’ for Brexit!’
Despite the sudden uncertainty in European market, Sri Lanka is eager for opportunities unfolding in the Brexit aftermath-and Sri Lanka’s leading international trade agency DoC successfully enlists WTO to unravel new global opportunities for the country’s growing service exports. “The new changes fr...
28.06.2016 - 08:25
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36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from Tamil Nadu arriving Sri Lanka on 28th June
36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on 28th June 2016 Under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme. They are scheduled to arrive through Mihin Lanka Airlines (MJ 130) at 11.45 a.m from Chennai D.M.Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabi...
27.06.2016 - 16:15
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Fraud Suspected in Anti-Brexit Petition
It is still unclear whether there would be a second referendum on Britain’s position on the European Union. Already British Lower House has begun investigating the high-profile anti-Brexit petition. Also it is still unsure whether the second vote would be technically binding. Britain’s House of Co...
27.06.2016 - 08:56
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In alcohol consumption - Jaffna District leads, second Nuwara Eliya & Batticaloa third – President
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that Jaffna District paid the highest amount of taxes on liquor. The President said there was a nexus between politicians and intoxicants trade but he did not wish to elaborate thereon because he thought that might even affect the stability of his govern...
27.06.2016 - 08:02
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Color codes for soft drinks to indicate their sugar content from Aug. 01
The Health Ministry has introduced color codes to be used for soft drinks to indicate their sugar content. Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday that the gazette No 86 of 1980 to introduce a colour chart indicating the sugar levels in bottles of soft...
27.06.2016 - 07:40
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Hyperloop: the fifth mode of transport
Hyperloop, a brainchild of Elon Musk, one of the great visionaries of our time, which has the potential to revolutionize our mode of transportation, got yet another major boost yesterday from Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. Mr Putin on Saturday declared that he wanted to build the 21st-centur...
26.06.2016 - 08:24 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Town of North Hempstead Declares June 18 Baba Shivanand Day
Over five hundred followers of Shiv Yog gathered at the "Yes We Can Community Center" Westbury, Long Island on June 18 to participate in a five-day intense spiritual discourse by Acharya Ishan Shivanand, younger son and disciple of Avdhoot Baba Shivanand on the occasion of Baba Sivananda Day in Nor...
26.06.2016 - 08:16
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Tamil Nadu Congress president Elangovan quits post!
Tamil Nadu is soon to face local polls, including the important corporation polls. As the AIADMK which won the assembly poll convincingly has inherent advantages in these polls too, other parties like DMK and Congress are trying to shore up resources to face the poll. Tamil Nadu Congress Committee...
26.06.2016 - 03:11 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Towards a TB free India: It cannot be a lone battle
seconds. There are 2.2 million new cases of TB in the country every year, out of which an estimated 71,000 cases are of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). This curable disease kills 110,000 HIV-associated TB cases also emerging annually in India, second only to South Africa, and the country accounts...
26.06.2016 - 03:01 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Continued Hate Speech, Threat of Violence Against Muslims by Bodu Bala Sena
The Bodu Bala Sena’s continued hate speech and threat of violence amounts to the repetition of the Aluthgama violence against the Muslim community. The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has written to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara saying BBS General Secretary the Venerable Gala...
26.06.2016 - 02:44
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Madras High Court refused to interfere with the India-Sri Lanka agreement on Kachatheevu
The Madras high court has declined to interfere with the India-Sri Lanka agreement, and subsequent executive orders, on the Kachatheevu issue saying the issue could be best resolved through diplomatic channels and not through court directives. "This court has no jurisdiction to enforce a writ on t...
25.06.2016 - 06:57
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