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Anoda declares war on cancer!
The other day a gulf national who is a very close associate of mine showed a picture of a fruit in his mobile phone and asked me whether I am familiar with that fruit? I told him ‘yes’ and it is a Sri Lankan fruit. It was very easy to identify and it was nothing but our own Anoda or in English Sou...
06.03.2016 - 19:59 By S.H.Moulana
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I support 33 percent Women’s Reservation in State Assemblies and Parliament
I fully agree with the President Pranab Mukherjee that “Women empowerment is impossible in the absence of their representation in legislative bodies.” He said this while attending the inaugural function of the two-day national conference of women legislators on “Women Legislators: Building Resurgent...
06.03.2016 - 19:45 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall Marry in London
Rupert Murdoch, the boss of the world’ largest media empire that includes News Corp, Sky News and Fox News, and Jerry Hall, the former model and actress, had their blessing service at St Bride’s Church in London on Saturday, following the wedding on Friday. Mr Murdoch, 84, and Miss Hall, 59, wed on...
06.03.2016 - 07:56 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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New Entry in the Guinness Books of Records
The Burmese Generals are proud to set up a new entry in the annals of Guinness Books of Records as the only country in the whole wide world that would not allow the winner of the elected party leader to become the President. Even though she has won 80 percent of the vote. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (prono...
06.03.2016 - 07:51 By Kanbawza Win
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Sri Lanka – Switzerland signs agreement for regular political dialogue and cooperation
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Federal Councillor and the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Mr. Didier Burkhalter signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on ‘Foreign Office Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and t...
05.03.2016 - 08:02
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Indian quantum leap: PM Modi launches Rs 50,800 crore Setu Bharatam project
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Friday said India is set to take a quantum leap in infrastructure with an ambitious Rs 50,800-crore Setu Bharatam project, under which a total of 208 railway crossings will be replaced by rail over bridges (ROBs) by 2019. Modi was inaugurating the mega projec...
05.03.2016 - 07:56 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Lalin’s Column: ‘Traitors’ in SL
‘Apparently there are many traitors in SL today -according to the Prime Minister (PM). They are supposed to be in the media and the GMOA among other places too. A traitor is a betrayer and is commonly thought to have committed treason. Treason is an act of betraying or attempting to over throw the g...
04.03.2016 - 14:55 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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The Body Shop opens new store in Sri Lanka!
The Body Shop, the iconic global retailer of cosmetics and toiletries launched its new store in Sri Lanka. The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick, in Littlehampton, England. The beauty brand pioneered social activism and was built on the philosophy that business can be a force for...
04.03.2016 - 09:08
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Pakistan's War on Scholars
Pakistan's military and intelligence agencies are waging a nasty war on U.S.-based scholars whose writings and public statements undermine cherished narratives promulgated by the army that has dominated Pakistan's governance for most of the state's existence. These agencies aim to intimidate, discre...
02.03.2016 - 17:12 By C. Christine Fair, Associate professor, Georgetown University, US - Syndicate News
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India's 2016-2017 budget reflects a mirage for universal health
India's draft National Health Policy 2015 was riddled with privatisation bid and it is no surprise that 2016-2017 budget too takes that agenda forward. Also earlier this month Indian government indicated its intent to exit from hospital 'sector' (along with Air India). The vision of universal health...
02.03.2016 - 17:07 Dr Sandeep Pandey and Bobby Ramakant, CNS
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On Ekneligoda, in spite of Ekneligoda and his pals
Six years ago, I wrote about Prageeth Ekneligoda in the state-owned 'Daily News'. This around the time he was picked up as the poster-boy of NGO racketeers strutting around as champions of human rights. Ekneligoda, as someone recently observed, was no journalist. He drew some cartoons and they wer...
02.03.2016 - 16:59 By Malinda Seneviratne
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U.S. Embassy Promotes Education in the North
Senior representatives from the Embassy of the United States of America provided new school facilities and educational opportunities across the Northern Province last week, a sign of continued U.S. commitment to the social welfare of all of the people of Sri Lanka. Led by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. And...
01.03.2016 - 08:05
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Thailand sends first team to study Lankan industries, investment
In a breakthrough for Sri Lanka’s incoming industry FDIs, Thailand, for the first time, has sent a team of its specialized officials to study SriLanka’s rapidly changing industry and investment outlook-and the first official Thai study team comes from the powerful Thai BoI Office itself. “More Tha...
01.03.2016 - 07:49
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Approximately one quarter of the total decline in smoking in Australia due to Plain Packaging
The Public Health Association (PHA) of Australia by releasing a report on the effects of plain packaging since 2012, states that plain packaging legislation has resulted in a stunning outcome. Nevertheless the report concludes that the effects of plain packaging are under estimated, though positiv...
01.03.2016 - 07:33 By Manjari Peiris
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Large Stake net fishing method is a new threat in Southern Mannar Island area
The fisheries act 1996 of ministry of Fisheries and aquatic resources strongly prohibits the above mentioned illegal fishing methods. Further, the department of fisheries in Mannar has also taken action to prohibit illegal fishing methods, such as tree logs, concrete logs, stones, car bodies, monofi...
01.03.2016 - 07:28 Prof.A.S. Sosai. - Department of Geography, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lanka’s Snipers Remand Extended By Maldives Courts
Remand of a Sri Lankan sniper brought into Maldives as part of an assassination attempt on the president has been extended by an additional 10 days, police announced Saturday. Confirming the arrest of the Sri Lankan sniper for the first time, police said in a statement in November that the 27-year...
01.03.2016 - 06:33
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Pakistan An Unworthy US Ally….?
Ever since 9/11, the United States has provided Pakistan with a steady supply of security and non-security assistance. U.S. officials have justified these generous transfers—worth more than $30 billion since 2002—on the grounds that they secure Pakistan’s ongoing cooperation in Afghanistan, bolster...
29.02.2016 - 08:49 By Christine Fair & Sumit Ganguly *
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Arpico celebrates Rigifoam 50th Anniversary
RPC Polymers Pvt Ltd, manufacturers of polystyrene products under the Rigifoam brand recently celebrated 50 successful years of operations. A sub-brand within the Arpico family, the local market leader and international business entity celebrated the milestone with an event held at the Blue Waters,...
29.02.2016 - 11:16 By Nadiyah Akram - Corporate Communications & Public Relations
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Immediately release of those Tamil Political Prisoners fasting without delay
In an open appeal V.Anandasangaree , Secretary General -TULF has urged Sri Lankan President Maithripala Srisena to release all those Tamil political prisoners but made special emphasis to release those under fast without delay. He has pointed out that, “ I happened to visit the Anudhapura p...
28.02.2016 - 13:53 In an open appeal V.Anandasangaree , Secretary General -TULF has urged Sri Lankan President Maithripala Srisena to release all those Tamil political prisoners but made special emphasis to release those under fast without delay.
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Social Applicability, Economic Viability Marks Indian N-Programme: Modi Govt
New Delhi, 28 February ( India’s nuclear programme has both social applicability and economic viability, the Modi government asserted here with the minister in-charge of atomic energy and space department Jitendra Singh, admitting that lack of awareness about the benefits of nuclea...
28.02.2016 - 13:32 From Malladi Rama Rao
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