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Sri Lanka President condoles over terrorist attacks in France
President Maithripala Sirisena says as a nation that has undergone much suffering due to terrorism, Sri Lanka unreservedly condemns terrorist attacks in Paris. President Maithripala Sirisena in a message to French President Francois Hollande conveyed his condolences to the French government and pe...
15.11.2015 - 07:29
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‘Brain Dead’ BJP Veterans Take On Superman Modi
As once famously said by Yashwant Sinha, one of the four signatories to the angry letter on the BJP loss of Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party firmly under the grip of Narendra Modi, the prime minister, and his comrade Amit Shah, the party president, regards all party members who are above 75 years a...
15.11.2015 - 07:15 By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features
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Modi’s UK visit was a success
Narendra Modi has done it again. He was able to rally thousands of supporters in his latest trip outside India. This time it was in the UK. Modi is the third in a string of controversial state leaders hosted by Britain in the past two months, following Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit last month...
15.11.2015 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Religious Animosity in Secular India
Second largest democratic country “India” apparently pretending her as a secular state but on ground situation is quite opposite to the claimed one. Many recent incidents are presenting the miserable condition of Muslims, Christians and Sikhs in India. Apart from minorities’ even low caste Hindus...
14.11.2015 - 10:08 By Zaheerul Hassan
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Reduction in Indian Visa Fee for Sri Lankans
The High Commission of India has announced of a reduction in visa fees for Sri Lankan nationals applying for e-Tourist Visa (e-TV), which was introduced from 14 April 2015. According to statement released by the Indian High Commission in Colombo, the new visa fee is only US$ 25 (plus bank charges...
14.11.2015 - 08:48
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Punjab’s Tryst With Its ‘Mandela’
With his uncanny ability to say something that attracts both attention and controversy, the Prime Minister recently called the Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal the ‘Nelson Mandela’ of India. The reason? Badal has spent more years in prison than the late South African freedom fighter and vis...
14.11.2015 - 08:38 By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features
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Rehabilitation as an Interim Solution
Secretary General - TULF V.Anandasangaree in an appeal to Sri Lanka President Maithripala Srisena with copy to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasingha has reiterated his request to consider seriously and without any further delay, the demands of the Political Prisoners who are on a “fast...
14.11.2015 - 08:24
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Sri Lanka on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
Sri Lanka has said it “wishes to see the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) move beyond, where a dialogue among States would be at the center of any future discussion on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), and that such a process will help in ensuring clarity on the concerns of S...
14.11.2015 - 08:08
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Heavy rain lashes Tamil Nadu; more rains predicted
North East monsoon has caused havoc with heavy rains lashing Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu for the fifth consecutive day on Friday. As many as 55 people have lost their lives so far, according to official reports in rain-related incidents. Normal life is thrown out of gear; train and flight...
14.11.2015 - 07:57 From Gopal Ethiraj
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Remembering Madulwewa Sobitha Therar
My first meeting with Sobitha Therar took place in 1997. It was immediately after publishing my book, “The Missing Pages of Sri Lankan History Vol I- The traditional Homeland of Tamils, “I decided to set aside few copies of the book for free issue to the so called Sinhala Extremists. I telephoned t...
13.11.2015 - 22:37 By A.R.Arudpragasam (Arular)
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Launch of Sangam: Festival of India in Sri Lanka, 2015-2016
Pursuant to an announcement made by Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, during his visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015, the High Commission of India will be shortly launching a Festival of India in Sri Lanka. The theme of the Festival is “Sangam,” a confluence of cultures of India and Sri...
13.11.2015 - 17:19
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Sri Lanka receives USD 450 M deposits from Swiss Bank account holders
Minister of Finance Mr. Ravi Karunanayake said that since the government invited the Swiss Bank account holders to deposit their money here, Sri Lankan banks have received 450 million US dollars. Accountholders at Swiss banks were invited to deposit their money through the banking system in Sri Lan...
13.11.2015 - 11:02
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Red Faces On Indian TV Channels
Call it ‘hearsay’-based, but this piece is being written largely on the basis of what one has read or heard from trustworthy sources about events in our TV studios when Bihar assembly poll results started trickling in. Having imposed a long time ago a voluntary ‘ban’ on watching the so-called Indian...
13.11.2015 - 09:54 By Tusshar Charan - Syndicate Features
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“We will respect and obey the decision of the electorate,” Ye Htut
Thein Sein, Army backed President of Myanmar and the powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing have endorsed Suu Kyi's victory, congratulating her on winning a majority of seats in the first free election in 25 years. The two reiterated their commitment to respect the result and agreed to Suu Kyi's req...
13.11.2015 - 09:43
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Give priority to practical issues of resettlement process - President Maithri
President Maithripala Sirisena said that solutions to the matters regarding the resettlement in the North and East must be provided while giving priority to practical issues pertaining to the resettlement process. The President gave these instructions at a special discussion on Northern and Eastern...
13.11.2015 - 07:51
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Would there be an Indo-Lankan war over Tamil fishing or Katchatheevu issue?
One is tempted to say no to such tricky and dangerous questions. But why should this question arise at all? Today, South India sea neighbors India and Sri Lanka, notwithstanding tensions over Tamil fishermen issue, are also undertaking joint military exercises without any common objective or threat...
13.11.2015 - 07:39 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Sri Lanka to usher in a capital oriented budget – Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake
Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said that the Yahapalana Government’s new budget on November 20 will be capital oriented while aiming at higher revenue than recurrent expenditure. The Minister said that much more than the previous allocation the capital expenditure will be significantly increa...
12.11.2015 - 22:22
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Former TN MP allegedly shoots himself to death
Former Rajya Sabha member N Rajendran was found dead in his car in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district on November 11, police said.Police suspect his death to be a case of suicide. He was 62. Rajendran, who was a Rajya Sabha member as an AIADMK representative from 1995-2001, had parked his car near the...
12.11.2015 - 22:17 From Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai
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Japanese Naval Ships mark their 50th Port Call to Sri Lanka
The visit of two Japanese naval ships ‘JS Makinami (DD-112)’ and ‘JS Suzunami (DD-114) to Port of Colombo on 10th November 2015 marked the 50th port call to Sri Lanka by the ships of Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) since year 2009. These two ships arrived at the Colombo Port on their way...
12.11.2015 - 08:03
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Sailan Muslim Foundation of Canada condoles the demise of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero
Sailan Muslim Foundation of Canada (SMFC) expresses its condolences on the demise of the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero. Ven. Sobitha Thero was a key civil society figure in the defeat of populist authoritarianism. A national charismatic Icon and a leading figure behind the democratic changes which d...
12.11.2015 - 08:04
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