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South India: Dravidian parties outmaneuver other parties in Tamil Nadu!
Recent state assembly election in Tamil Nadu has explicitly showed that the two main Dravidian parties one led by J. Jayalalithaa, and other by M. Karunanidhi have come to stay as the sole political expressions of Tamilians and there seems to be no way any other party, either regional or national- c...
01.08.2016 - 05:57 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Inspiration for a Long March (Padayatra): Look across the Palk Straight
As the much-talked-about Padayatra, launched by the Joint Opposition in Sri Lanka, entered the third day, the organizers may be trying their best to salvage the credibility of the move – and that of potentially- similar moves in future – in the presence of obvious cold-feet got by some of those who...
31.07.2016 - 10:05 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Alavi Moulana’s 40th day death commemoration
Late Alavi Moulana’s 40th day death commemoration was held on Saturday the 30th July in the presence of a very large crowd. It was noticed that the community has still not recovered from the huge vacuum he has left by his departure. There were number of religious dignitaries including the Highly Re...
31.07.2016 - 05:59 By SHM from Colombo
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Northeast people are not against Indian Army but Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)
I met the Members of the five-Member Committee headed by Justice Jeevan Reddy (a former judge of the Supreme Court) to review the provisions of the AFSPA in March 2005 at Kohima. The other four Members are Lt. Gen (Retd.) V.R. Raghavan, P.P. Shrivastava, a former special secretary in the Union Home...
30.07.2016 - 09:01 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Canada assures to provide every possible assistance to steps taken by the government of President Maithripala Sirisena
Foreign Minister of Canada Stephane Dion said that Canada would provide every possible assistance to the steps taken by the government of President Maithripala Sirisena to strengthen democracy, the rule of law, reconciliation and economic development. President Sirisena briefed him of the steps ta...
30.07.2016 - 08:54
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Pakistan to promote Human Capital and Entrepreneurship Development in Sri Lanka - Shakeel Hussain
The High Commissioner of Pakistan said that the government of Pakistan is committed to human capital development and promotion of entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner said this while speaking on the inauguration ceremony of a fully equipped IT Lab at the Federation of Chamber of Co...
30.07.2016 - 08:09
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Ground-breaking reforms of toxic jade business
Myanmar’s new government has announced a major shake up to licensing of its multi-billion dollar jade and gems business. This historic move follows work by Global Witness, Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG), the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and other Kachin State and Myanmar...
29.07.2016 - 09:19
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The World Hepatitis Day was commemorated on 28 July
The World Health Organization (WHO) encourages countries to act now to reduce deaths from viral hepatitis. WHO urges countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about the disease, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know the...
29.07.2016 - 09:03 By Manjari Peiris
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America's willingness to Work with Sri Lanka & Sri Lankans
America has indicated its willingness to work with the ordinary people, government, military, and bureaucracy of Sri Lanka. The American people are with Sri Lanka and they would come forward to work with Sri Lanka and would show their support, disclosed U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap. He was speak...
29.07.2016 - 08:57
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Launch of Emergency Ambulance Service in Western and Southern Provinces of Sri Lanka
During his visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi had received a request for assistance for setting of an emergency ambulance service in Sri Lanka. After the visit, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, wrote to Prime Minister of India for support f...
29.07.2016 - 08:32
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Japan’s Citrus Kingdom opens to Sri Lanka
Japan’s Citrus Kingdom wants to establish direct trade links with Sri Lanka-starting with its globally renowned oranges and transfer of its fishery technology to Sri Lanka. “Our Prefecture is now looking for wider partnership with Sri Lanka in industry, trade, agriculture and business” said Chief...
28.07.2016 - 22:38
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Sri Lanka No: 1 in the prevalence of oral cancer in the South - Professor W.M. Thilakaratne.
Sri Lanka is in the first place of oral cancer prevalence in South, says the Dean of Dental Faculty of the University of Peradeniya, Professor W.M. Thilakaratne. The most recent data reveals that there are 2422 oral cancer patients in Sri Lanka and of them, 78 percent are men. Professor Thilakaratne...
28.07.2016 - 07:02 By Manjari Peiris
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Catch-22: the West at War with a Part of Itself
Once, a journalist asked Harold Macmillon, the former British Prime Minister, what a prime minister most feared and he instantly replied, “Events, dear boy, events.” Of course, Mr Macmillon didn’t elaborate the short phrase much, leaving it to the historians for interpretation – or misinterpretat...
27.07.2016 - 22:33 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Indian PM Modi unveils statue of Dr. Abdul Kalam, in Rameswaram TN on July 27!
Very soon a memorial, statue and library in the name of Bharatratna Dr. Abdul Kalam shall be the centre of life of his native Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. Indian government led by Narendra Modi has decided to honor a great son of the nation and former President of Indian Dr. Abdul Kalam who lived fo...
27.07.2016 - 14:19 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The Foreign Minister Samaraweera Must Go
My recent visit to Sri Lanka, the country that I love most, fills me with dark foreboding as its vital interests are being systematically compromised by its buccaneering Foreign Minister. Dr Dayan Jayatilleka pointedly observed in a recent article, that Foreign Minister Samaraweera "poses an exis...
27.07.2016 - 09:27 By Dr Mathias Keitel, Tubingen, Germany.
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A service to remember for ever!
The trip to Malaysia with the family was decided soon after hearing the date of graduation of our second grandson, Adel, at Nottingham University in Malaysia. After a brief discussion it was decided to book the trip by Sri Lankan Air Line where we were in transit in Colombo for approximately one hou...
26.07.2016 - 08:03 By S.H.Moulana
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Island’s Nail soup and General George Patton’s Stone Soup (2)
The Island editorial of 15 July 16 titled “What’s Cooking“, compared US State Department’s Nisha Biswal and Mt Lavinia hotel’s chef Publis’ preparing a broth on TV to a diplomatic ‘nail soup’. The Island’s ‘nail soup’ story runs close to US General George Patton (Junior)’s favourite one of ‘rock sou...
26.07.2016 - 07:38 By A Patabendige
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Is this a process for reconciliation or a process for betraying our armed forces?
As per a Information Note Circulated by Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Prime Minister has appointed a Secretariat to seek the views of the public on so-called process and mechanisms for reconciliation in Sri Lanka and seek suggestions for 'their' design of; 1) Office of Missing Persons 2) Truth, Justice...
24.07.2016 - 15:44 By S. Akurugoda
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South Sudan Authorities Arrest Prominent Journalist Alfred Taban
Alfred Taban and Ana Namiriano, the editor of the Juba Monitor newspaper, were summoned to the headquarters of the security services in Juba on 16 July. Namiriano was allowed to leave after questioning but Taban (who founded the Juba Monitor in 2000, when it was called the Khartoum Monitor) was deta...
24.07.2016 - 07:46
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University of Nottingham graduation ceremony
The University of Nottingham in Malaysia had its graduation ceremony at Putrajaya International Convention Center, on the 23rd of July, attended by a large crowd parents as well as well-wishers. The ceremony was presided over by Chancellor, Si Andrew Witty and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Gre...
24.07.2016 - 07:31 By SHM from Kuala Lumpur
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