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The art of the impossible
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe (RW) has got his pecker up again. His timing has been painful. This was about one week before the fashion conscious Indian PM Modi’s intended visit to SL on 13 March 15. RW forgetting he was not talking to fawning SL businessmen or the geriatrics of his party, pl...
14.03.2015 - 20:19 By A Patabendi
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Israeli poll 2015: Zionist Netanyahu way behind his opponents in opinion polls
Israelis are going to decide the fate of hawkish Netanyahu’s political future in Israel on 17th March when the Jewish nation goes to poll. The Israeli opposition's call for change after nearly six years of rule by the divisive Netanyahu appears to have been heard by many voters. Several polls releas...
14.03.2015 - 20:13 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Farewell for Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma
Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma paid a farewell call on Ambassador Helena Sångeland, the Director-General of the Asia Pacific Division of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, on conclusion of his tour of duty as Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Sweden. On behalf of the Swedish Government, Ambassador Sånge...
15.03.2015 - 06:07
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Between the devil and the deep blue sea
As reported by veteran International journalist Taylor Dibbert in “Huffington post” in February this year, Mahinda Rajapaksa is a savvy, charismatic political operator and the Rajapaksa brand isn’t toxic. Quote; “He lost a close election and his name will always be linked to the defeat of the Tamil...
14.03.2015 - 19:43 By Jayampathy Molligoda
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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island yesterday
President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island yesterday afternoon following a four-day visit to Britain. President Sirisena, the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office and Mrs Jayanthi Sirisena attended the Commonwealth Day celebrations in London. He was a guest of honour at the Commonwealth...
13.03.2015 - 11:21
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Trying to win contests by dirty tricks
Cricket is regarded as the gentlemanly game and therefore the players are expected to behave in keeping with its tradition. However, we are saddened to note the way some of the Australian cricketers are behaving on the field. This attitude has earned them the nickname of ‘Ugly Australians’. We do...
13.03.2015 - 10:19 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Longon expresses happiness on fast returning normalcy in Tuensang
Minister for Health and Family Welfare, P Longon said a team of ENLU members had recently toured to Tuensang and Samator areas as a “goodwill mission” and met leaders of Chang Khulie Setshang (CKS) at Tuensang on March 7 and on the same day, had another fruitful meeting with the leaders of the Yimch...
13.03.2015 - 10:12 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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An Opportunity to Modi-fy the Visit
Mr. Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 28 years, presents an opportunity to examine the ways and means of strengthening Indo – Lanka economic relations to boost the prosperity of this country. The path of Indo – Lankan bilateral relations will have a significant inf...
13.03.2015 - 10:06
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Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority says flow of foreign tourists has increased
Following the end of the civil war that mercilessly killed thousands of Tamils, and others, not only Singhalese began moving in the Tamil dominated areas fairly freely but also the tourists started arriving in Sri Lanka . The number of foreign tourists to this island with abundance of natural be...
13.03.2015 - 10:00 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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If this is ‘Yaha palanaya,’ may the gods have mercy on us” – Former President Mahinda.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says if this is ‘Yaha palanaya’ (Good Governance) may the gods have mercy on us. “Whenever arrests are made, the statements regarding the arrests should be issued by the IGP or the Attorney General and not by government politicians as happening now. With the dev...
13.03.2015 - 09:48
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Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka can induce speedy resolution of humanitarian and political concerns of Tamils – Global Tamil Forum
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow, , the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in over 25 years, is undoubtedly an event of enormous significance said Global Tamil Forum. “The expected visit by the Indian Prime Minister to Jaffna in the Tamil-majority North is...
12.03.2015 - 09:39
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U.S. Embassy Visit Emphasizes Commitment to People of Sri Lanka
Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew C. Mann visited leaders in the Northern Province to explore opportunities for further support and reiterate the United States’ strong friendship with the people of Sri Lanka and overall commitment to a peaceful and united country. In separate meetings with Chief Minist...
11.03.2015 - 20:13
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British MP O’Brien the new UN humanitarian aid chief
British lawmaker and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O'Brien, will replace Valerie Amos as the UnitedNations aid chief, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday. The announcement was one of the most closely-watched appointments at th...
11.03.2015 - 18:28
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Don’t look at Sri Lanka through Tamil prism” - Champika Ranawaka
India should see Sri Lanka as a whole and stop focussing just on the island’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said in an interview to The Hindu on Monday. The Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pragmatic approach to Sri Lanka could en...
11.03.2015 - 09:39
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DMK leader Karunanidhi condemns SL PM Ranil Wickramasinghe’s remarks!
On 09 March DMK leader and known shrewd Tamil politician, M. Karunanidhi has slammed Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s remarks on Tamil Nadu fishermen and the Katchatheevu issue, saying it was unbecoming of a Prime Minister of a country to make such comments. In an interview to a Tamil channel...
11.03.2015 - 08:25 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Sri Lanka to handle its foreign policy in a way not inimical to anyone
Sri Lanka President assures that Sri Lanka was determined to handle its foreign policy in a way not inimical to anyone. He has also further emphasized Sri Lanka’s non-aligned foreign policy during crucial talks with British Defence Minister Michael Fallon in London yesterday (March 9). President...
10.03.2015 - 09:14
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Indian PM tweets on his visit to Lanka
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday tweeted about his visit to Sri Lanka expressing his enthusiasm about the trip. PM Modi said that he was “looking forward to enhancing ties with the friendly nations”, referring to Sri Lanka as well as Mauritius and Seychelles. Meanwhile, specifically ref...
10.03.2015 - 08:34
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Sri Lanka court bars Rajapaksa's brother from leaving the country
According to reliable media reports, a Sri Lankan court on Monday, March 09, has imposed a travel ban on Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, former defence secretary and brother of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, and impounded his passport amid a probe into huge private floating arsenals set up during the previou...
10.03.2015 - 08:24
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President appoints Commission of Inquiry to probe corruption and abuse of power
President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a Commission of Inquiry headed by Supreme Court Justice Priyasath Dep to probe corruption and abuse of power. The other members of the commission are Supreme Court Judge Anil Gunaratne, High Court Judge Gihan Kulathunge, retired Auditor General Sarath May...
10.03.2015 - 08:18
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Pakistan successfully test fires Shaheen-III missile
Pakistan yesterday conducted a successful test launch of Shaheen-III Surface to SuPakistan successfully test fires Shaheen-III missilerface Ballistic Missile, capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 2750 Kms. The test launch was aimed at validating various design and tec...
10.03.2015 - 08:06
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