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Top team from the Hague starts Lanka’s first Chem sessions
Sri Lanka has kicked off its first ever industrial chemical technical sessions on 17 December-and a top team from the Hague’s (Netherlands) OPCW- which conducted widely publicized Syrian chemical weapon inspections in October 2013–is here to upgrade Sri Lanka’s industrial chemical expertise to the n...
18.12.2014 - 07:43
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Diplomatic Coup of the Decade: US and Cuba to Normalize Relations
President Obama pulled off a enormous diplomatic coup on Wednesday while declaring the commitment of his administration to normalize the relations with its geographically-nearest foe, Cuba, in a seismic shift in the US policy – ending Cuba’s isolation that spanned over five decades. This is not som...
18.12.2014 - 07:14 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Land Grabbing Attacks on Minorities By Bengali Settlers Continues
On 16 December 2014, when whole country was celebrating the victory day of the country, indigenous houses and shops were burnt down by Bengali settlers in Bagachari area under Burighat union of Naniarchar upazila in Rangamati district. The arson attack by Bengal settlers was made allegedly in connec...
18.12.2014 - 06:53
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Taliban attacked an Army-run school in Peshawar: Over 100 students killed - 200 reportedly wounded
Taliban attacked an Army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday, officials and militants said, with over 100 students killed and another 200 reportedly wounded. Five or six militants wearing military uniforms entered the Army Public School, reportedly through a graveyard located behind the school, accord...
17.12.2014 - 09:26
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Sri Lanka Express Satisfaction Over The Release of 30 Fishermen & 19 Boats By Tamil Nadu
The Government of Sri Lanka notes with satisfaction the several media reports on a communication to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O. Panneerselvam informing of the decision to release on 22nd December 2014, thirty (30) Sri Lankan fishermen and nineteen (19) bo...
17.12.2014 - 09:02
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LTTE wants a ‘Greater Tamil Nadu,’ including North-East of Sri Lanka - Tamil Nadu Government
While seeking to extend the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Indian Centre and the Tamil Nadu government told a tribunal that the banned outfit nurtures an idea of “greater Tamil Nadu, which includes the state of Tamil Nadu, part of Kerala, part of Karnataka, part of Andhra Pr...
17.12.2014 - 07:22
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Sri Lanka Condemns Act of Terror in Sydney
The Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemns the siege by a gunman on Monday 15th December at a café in Sydney’s central business district where 17 people were held hostage and resulted in the death of two hostages and injured five including a policeman. The people of Sri Lanka who have suffered...
17.12.2014 - 07:04
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Historic media Serendipity for Lankan Muslims unveiled in Colombo
As the promoters of the pioneering venture declared that their effort would remain independent and apolitical, Sri Lanka’s first mass media outlet aimed at the country’s 1.9 Mn Muslim community was unveiled on 16 December in Colombo-and Muslim Media Forum, an influential Muslim community voice in Sr...
16.12.2014 - 22:44
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Health care is a civil right, says Dr Ramanathan Raju
Healthcare is a fundamental right of every citizen and more of a civil right, a human right and a constitutional right for all happening this country. “Only the way to improve the health for all is to provide adequate access not only to healthcare but also equal opportunities in education wealth hou...
16.12.2014 - 08:42
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Lalin’s Column: Carolinas and Georgia (USA) holiday
I visited the USA for the first time at the age of 75, last July (2014). Greenville County, South Carolina once known as the textile capital of the world was the base. It has a population of 451,225 people and spends US $ 426m on education (SL with 21 m people spends US$ 415m). It is beautifully gre...
16.12.2014 - 08:33 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Malaysia Deports Sri Lankan National Wanted In India To Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan national wanted in India for allegedly plotting terror strikes at American and Israeli consulates in the country has been deported by Malaysia to the island nation notwithstanding India's plea for his extradition to unravel key aspects of the conspiracy. Highly-placed sources here said th...
15.12.2014 - 07:28
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"Global South must reflect on 'how' development is done, not just 'what' is done"- Ambassador Aryasinha
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has said, in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global South must continue to reflect on 'how' development is done, not just 'what' is done. He made this observation, when in his capacity...
15.12.2014 - 07:32
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Thalassaemia on the blind spot? Call to improve prevention, treatment and care
"It is not only about preventing new births of thalassemic infants; about chelation, about blood transfusion and about availability of services needed; but also about preventing complications related to Thalassaemia. We cannot take half baked measures. Because if the patient dies prematurely, it wil...
15.12.2014 - 05:59 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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The Dawn of Drone Era
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14.12.2014 - 08:25 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter from America: The Rohingyas of Myanmar – When will their tragedy end?
The Rohingya people of Myanmar (formerly Burma) are the most oppressed people in our planet. They face elimination in the Buddhist majority country, which is rightly called the ‘den of hatred and intolerance’ in our time. Not a single day goes by when their community members don’t face repeated pers...
14.12.2014 - 07:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Sri Lankan Presidential election; Foreign policy implications of a Sirisena Presidency
To state that the common Opposition is short on substance and loud on rhetoric is an understatement. The substance attributed to the common candidacy is based on the MOUs signed by Mr Sirisena with the UNP and the JHU respectively, which are not the same. The JHU MOU appears to appease their consti...
13.12.2014 - 07:27 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Speaker dismissed Governor’s branding of state politicians as corrupt
Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly Chotisuh Sazo dismissed the wild allegation of the State Governor PB Acharya that the state politicians had indulged in “rampant corruption.” The Speaker said he could not buy the Governor’s idea of branding all the state politicians as “indulging in rampant...
13.12.2014 - 07:19
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Belarus bells ring for Sri Lanka
In the aftermath of the successful Lanka-Belarus Trade talks on 09 July in Colombo, comes the first ever trade breakthrough, as revealed on 11 December- and the first beneficiary of Belarus’ is no less than Lankan exporter. “Our Joint Commission talks in July have brought results. I welcome the Gove...
13.12.2014 - 07:06
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Stop water privatization and strengthen public water supply
A new report by Corporate Accountability International uncovers how the World Bank uses ponzi-style marketing tactics to sell privatization projects around the globe that it is also positioned to profit from. "Water privatization has been a disaster,” said Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee and na...
13.12.2014 - 06:57 Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Sri Lanka participates in International Charity Bazaar 2014 – SHOM in Warsaw
The Sri Lanka Embassy in Warsaw, participated in the International Charity Bazaar 2014, organized annually by the Association of Spouses of Heads of Missions (SHOM) Warsaw. Sri Lanka marked its participation for the 10th consecutive year at the Charity Bazaar of the SHOM. The Charity Bazaar is a...
13.12.2014 - 06:48
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