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‘No expired rice stocks’- Kiran Atapattu
Some news reports by certain media on 27 March alleging that expired rice unfit for human consumption were found at a Lanka Sathosa storage, are incorrect and require immediate correction, according to Kiran Atapattu (Chairman, Lanka Sathosa). The clarification stresses that the media reports have f...
28.03.2015 - 08:47
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Sri Lanka plans to lift ‘terrorist’ ban on Tamil groups
Sri Lankans both Sinhalese and Tamils in Canada has expressed surprise by plans by President Maithripala Sirisena to legalize the LTTE. The LTTE operates overseas through cover organizations taking the face of diaspora organizations. Sri Lankans and Canadians of Sri Lankan heritage are questioning...
28.03.2015 - 08:38 By Ganesh of Toronto
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President's Brother Priyantha Sirisena succumbed to injuries
Priyantha Sirisena, - aged 40 yrs, brother of President Maithripala Sirisena, has succumbed to the injuries following an axe attack, the police said. Priyantha Sirisena was hospitalized after he was attacked with a sharp weapon – an axe, at Hathare Ela in Polonnaruwa around 7pm on 26 March. He is...
28.03.2015 - 11:43
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Asanga Abeyagoonasekera at Strategic Studies Summit in Turkey
Speech made by Mr.Asanga Abeyagoonasekera former Executive Director LKIIRSS on "Counter-radicalism policies and strategies: lessons learned and future steps" at annual Strategic Studies Summit held in Antalya, Turkey 24th March 2015. Organized by Strategic Studies Network (SSN) and the Center for M...
28.03.2015 - 07:56
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Indian Navy’s Training Squadron in Trincomalee
Four ships from Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron, namely Indian Naval Ships TIR and KESARI, Indian Coast Guard Ship VARUNA and Sail Training Ship SUDARSHINI, are visiting Trincomalee from March 27-29, 2015. During their stay in Trincomalee, a series of professional, training, cultural and sport...
27.03.2015 - 11:54
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Lankan President Sirisena seeks trilateral cooperation with China and India!
Sri Lanka has proposed to pursue trilateral cooperation with China and India after the fall of the Rajapaksa government which was favoring China and opposing Indian influence on the island and Indian Ocean in general. Seeking to pursue a balanced, non-aligned foreign policy that neither annoys nor p...
27.03.2015 - 11:49 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Pakistan High Commission hosts a colourful Reception to mark the National Day of Pakistan
The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra has said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are located at two global strategic junctions on the land and maritime silk route respectively that had always been the meeting places of global civilizations, trade and cultures....
27.03.2015 - 10:12
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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Highlights Dr. Siva Sivananthan’s Contributions to America
In a speech on March 16, 2015 noting the importance of federal funding for research, Senior U.S. Senator from Illinois Dick Durbin (Assistant Democratic Leader in the Senate) highlighted Dr. Siva Sivananthan’s contributions to American technological innovation. Senator Durbin discussed Dr. Sivananth...
26.03.2015 - 09:21
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India AFSPA: Draconian military laws hinter normalcy, harm mental peace of people
India’s Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) is an Act of the Parliament of India which was passed on 11 September 1958. It is a law with just six sections granting special powers to the Indian Armed Forces in what the act terms as "disturbed areas". The Act has received criticism from several...
26.03.2015 - 06:42 By Dr. Abdul Ruff,
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Visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to China A fruitful new opening
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will begin his first visit to China on 25th March, 2015 a short period after assuming duties as President. It has been the normal practice for former Presidents of Sri Lanka to commence their official visits outside Sri Lanka by visiting India first which is...
26.03.2015 - 06:28 By T.K.Premadasa
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Lanka commences GSP+ process with EU
As bilateral trade between EU and Sri Lanka edged to $5Bn mark, Sri Lanka has commenced its talks on the recovery of the GSP Plus from EU on 24 March in Colombo, strengthened by previous positive vibes from EU-and 24 March talks were so comprehensive, it involved even technical trade capacity suppor...
26.03.2015 - 06:33
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Lankan President Sirisena needs to take Tamils into confidence!
Tamils in Sri Lanka have been for years demanding justice for their sufferings and with the new government being committed to inclusive governance and justice and equality for all citizens Tamils hope for an early settlement of issue of war crimes so that misdeeds are exposed and guilty gets punishe...
25.03.2015 - 08:01 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Vietnam's major regional thrust for a malaria-free Asia Pacific by 2030
Vietnam signals greater regional leadership in malaria elimination by hosting health officials and experts to discuss challenges to achieving a malaria-free Asia Pacific by 2030. This week, Vietnam will host Ministry of Health officials from the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN); a gr...
25.03.2015 - 07:42 Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Pakistan Day Parade: A Sign of Determination
After seven years of the gap a joint Armed Forces Parade held on Pakistan Day at Islamabad. Last parade was held on 23 March 2008 during the tenure of General (Retired) Pervez Musharraf when he was holding the office as a civilian president. Troops, of three forces, strategic division, civil armed f...
24.03.2015 - 09:30 By Zaheerul Hassan
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New prices of canned fish & cement now live
As the industry players and suppliers gradually chipped in, Sri Lanka announced the reduced consumer prices of cement and canned fish are now live, as announced on 23 March-and calls were issued for more industry players to support the relief effort. “The interim budget of our government aimed at gi...
24.03.2015 - 08:11
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China woos Sri Lanka with more infrastructure projects: President Sirisena to visit Beijing this week
Sri Lanka of late seems to have begun walking a tightrope with a balancing stick, negotiating between China and India. Under tremendous pressure from New Delhi, Colombo cancelled the Chinese projects that made Beijing puzzled but it s seriously thinking of revising its diplomatic premises to advance...
24.03.2015 - 07:43 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Pakistan - Sri Lanka Friendship Firmly Standing on Pillars of Mutual Trust Respect: Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra
The Acting High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra said that the brotherly and time tested relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka are firmly standing on the pillars of mutual trust, respect and desire to promote friendship. The Acting Hig...
23.03.2015 - 14:29
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Sri Lanka arrests Indian fishermen, again!
Even as India and Sri Lanka are engaged in talks to resolve the issue of fishing by Indian Tamil Fishermen near Katchatheevu, Sri Lankan Navy has arrested some more Indian fishermen for allegedly poaching in Lankan sea waters, indirectly complicating the matter as Tamil Nadu government is annoyed a...
23.03.2015 - 09:21 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka elevated as Field Marshal, though the stigma of guilty verdict still remains
Sarath Fonseka elevated to the position of Field Marshal though the stigma of guilty verdict of ‘corrupt military supply deals,’ still remains even though he has been pardoned and political rights restored. Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka has been promoted to the rank of Field Marshal...
23.03.2015 - 09:10
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Silvio Berlusconi: Italy’s comeback kid to revive political landscape
Ever since his acquittal two weeks ago by Italy’s top court of charges on paying for sex with a minor and then playing a key role in covering it up using its prime ministerial power, Silvio Berlusconi, 78, the former Italian prime minister, appears to have overcome the last hurdle in order to play a...
22.03.2015 - 10:35 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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