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Twenty years of Students Exchange Programme - Students from St. Thomas Mt. Lavinia visiting Germany
Ten students from St. Thomas College, Mt. Lavinia are presently in Germany on a three-week study tour organized by Mr. Manfred Moeller, Teacher and Coordinating Director of Gymnasium Isernhagen. The Gymnasium Isernhagen, a high school in Hannover, has been engaging in an annual student exchange prog...
25.02.2015 - 22:24
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Palitha Kohona: An Extraordinary Diplomat for Sri Lanka; His address on Biological Diversity to FAO
As Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative in the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona was a prominent voice within the Global Body on equality for women, global security, prevention of violence against girls and boys, getting the UN to recognize Youth Year and holding it in his native Sri Lanka, and now...
25.02.2015 - 06:02 Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
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The Netherlands will host the fourth Global Conference on CyberSpace (GCCS 2015) on 16-17 April 2015 in the World Forum in The Hague.
Government officials will meet with representatives of the private sector and civil society to promote practical cooperation in cyberspace, enhance the building of cyber capacity, agree on norms for responsible and acceptable behaviour online, and explore ways to protect freedom and privacy in cyber...
25.02.2015 - 05:50
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Amid public protests, the Modi government introduces Land Acquisition Bill crippling farmer rights
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare launched on February 23 his protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill, even as the budget session of Indian Parliament began with President Pranab Mukherjee's address to members of both the houses of Parliament. The budge...
25.02.2015 - 05:27 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Singapore would continue to cooperate with Sri Lanka at international forums- Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law of Singapore K. Shanmugam praised the new Sri Lankan government’s efforts for development and reconciliation. Stating this when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (February 24) he said that Singapore would continue to...
25.02.2015 - 00:36
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Storm Brewing In East: 6 UPFA Councilors To Withdraw Support To Muslim Congress
Latest development reveals that already 6 out of 14 UPFA Eastern Provincial Councilors have indicated their intention to withdraw their support given to Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to form the Government in the Eastern Provincial Council. It is learnt that the rebel Councilors have informed SLFP leade...
24.02.2015 - 15:25
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Inter religious harmony: Muslims in Norway protect a synagogue!
When ordinary humans make a promise and keep their word, fulfilling the pledges made to others in real terms, they indeed become true, great humans. It is indeed incredible and commendable that Muslims in Norway have come forward to perform that secret duty. When it comes to rescue or save people,...
24.02.2015 - 11:12 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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TB Alliance advances next-generation TB drug candidate into clinical testing
The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) announced on February 19, 2015 the start of the first human study of a new TB drug candidate TBA-354--the first new potential TB drug to begin a Phase 1 clinical study in 6 years since 2009. “There is a critical gap of new compounds for TB,”...
24.02.2015 - 05:53 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Indian system: Leakage of sensitive oil ministry documents!
The recent leakage of sensitive oil ministry documents has taken the people of India by shock. Indian NSA orders action on leakage of classified oil ministry documents, accused produced before court, but there are unanswered questions. While success by negotiations, including triclomacy, is the goal...
23.02.2015 - 10:37 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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President reviews progress of the 100-day plan
President Maithripala Sirisena Friday chaired a special progress review meeting at the Presidential Secretariat. The meeting was held to review the progress on the implementation of the government's 100-Days Programme and resource allocation and to receive the feedback from the senior government off...
23.02.2015 - 08:15
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Mars One Project: One Way Trip to Mars
Mars one, the brainchild of a Dutch entrepreneur which lays the necessary groundwork for settling a colony of thrill-seeking earthlings on Planet Mars in nine years’ time – precisely in 2024 – is gathering momentum at present, in proportion to the excitement shown by the would-be participants across...
22.02.2015 - 08:06 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Sri Lanka ‘s Independence celebrated in Cuba amid a large gathering of well-wishers
Sri Lanka’s 67th Independence Day was celebrated in Cuba on 04th February 2015 at two high profile events organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Havana. The official ceremony that took place at the Embassy chancery commenced at 10 am with the flag hoisting amid magul bera, followed by recital of the...
22.02.2015 - 07:37
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Spoorthi wins Super Singer Junior 4 Title
Spoorthi the little 9-year-old girl from Andhra won the popular ‘Super Singer Junior 4 Title’, conducted by Vijay TV of Tamil Nad. Although the little girl spoke very little Tamil her pronunciation of the lyrics in the Tamil songs she chose to sing were perfect. From the word go she was one of the...
22.02.2015 - 07:17 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Sri Lankan President Sirisena to visit Pakistan in March
Of late, a lot of diplomatic activity taking place in South Asia! In pursuit of his new global diplomatic objective, new Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, after his visit to India, is going to his maiden visit Pakistan in March. Soon after Indo-China nuclear cooperation agreement, now Siris...
22.02.2015 - 07:07 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Letter From America: Reflections on Some Unfortunate Deaths
On Thursday, February 12 - just two days after the targeted killings of 3 Muslim students (Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha) in Chapel Hill, NC - a Muslim man and his family were attacked inside a Kroger grocery store, located 15255 Michigan Avenue in of the Dearborn,...
22.02.2015 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Have we seen the Cricket World Cup winner yet?
We in our earlier forecast, published in Asian Tribune, nominated New Zealand and Australia to be strong contenders for the 2015 World Cup but the way New Zealand trounced England on Friday at Wellington, it undoubtedly proved that it did far better than what Australia could do against England on th...
21.02.2015 - 08:30 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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World Bank pledges support to government’s development drive
The government is looking forward to the assistance of World Bank for the selected development projects carried out by it, President Maithripala Sirisena said when World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region Ms. Anette Dixon called on the President today. Responding immediately to the Presid...
21.02.2015 - 08:10
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China protests against Indian PM Modi’s visit to ‘disputed’ Arunachal Pradesh
Even as preparations are underway in New Delhi for the forthcoming visit of Indian premier Narendra Modi to Beijing in May, trouble has resumed to in the form of a minor border dispute due to a visit of PM Modi to a disputed region on Indo-China border in North east India. Of late, PM Modi seems to...
21.02.2015 - 08:04 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Post Rajapakse Era in Sri Lanka: first-hand experience of a passive spectator
I was in Sri Lanka on a private visit during the second week of this month, when low-intensity tremors of the massive political earthquake could still be felt across the various strata of social hierarchy of the contemporary Sri Lanka society. During my short stay in Colombo, Galle, Kandy and Kurune...
21.02.2015 - 07:56 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from Colombo…
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Chrishantha De Silva: New Army Commander
Former Chief of Staff of the Army Major General Chrishantha de Silva has been appointed as the 21st Commander of the Sri Lanka Army by President Maithripala Sirisena as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence announced on Friday (20). Chrishantha de Silva replaces Lieutenant...
20.02.2015 - 22:32
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