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Implement the 13th Amendment in full and then go further Modi tells Sri Lanka: How long is a piece of string Mr Modi?
The national question in Sri Lanka will never be solved if India keeps pouring fuel into the fire. While the principle of political devolution is now part of the Sri Lankan constitution, it is still not in the heart of the Sri Lankan electorate, especially amongst communities perhaps with the except...
15.03.2015 - 08:31 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Sham Trial of Former Maldives president Nasheed ends with 13 years jail sentence
The sham trial of the former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed came to an end as the first democratically elected leader of the Maldives was convicted of a terrorism charge by a criminal court and sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday. The verdict is likely to worsen the acute political instab...
15.03.2015 - 07:40
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Lalin’s Column: General RWD (Daya) Ratnayake WWV RWP RSP USP
Gen Daya Ratnayake WWV, RWP,RSP, USP Commander of the Army of Sri Lanka, retired in February 2015 after 36 years of distinguished service. He was promoted to 4 star rank on retirement. Unfortunately as it happened shortly after the new government took power, his retirement may have be seen as a poli...
15.03.2015 - 15:50 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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ICC World Cup: Sri Lankan Cricketers can unify the Nation by singing the National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil
The game of cricket has been the greatest unifying symbol for Sri Lankans of all ethnicities, before, during and after the armed conflict with the LTTE. It is played in every nook and corner of the country and there are no barriers as to who plays with whom in whatever nook it is played. However, in...
14.03.2015 - 20:26 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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The art of the impossible
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe (RW) has got his pecker up again. His timing has been painful. This was about one week before the fashion conscious Indian PM Modi’s intended visit to SL on 13 March 15. RW forgetting he was not talking to fawning SL businessmen or the geriatrics of his party, pl...
14.03.2015 - 20:19 By A Patabendi
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Israeli poll 2015: Zionist Netanyahu way behind his opponents in opinion polls
Israelis are going to decide the fate of hawkish Netanyahu’s political future in Israel on 17th March when the Jewish nation goes to poll. The Israeli opposition's call for change after nearly six years of rule by the divisive Netanyahu appears to have been heard by many voters. Several polls releas...
14.03.2015 - 20:13 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Farewell for Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma
Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma paid a farewell call on Ambassador Helena Sångeland, the Director-General of the Asia Pacific Division of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, on conclusion of his tour of duty as Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Sweden. On behalf of the Swedish Government, Ambassador Sånge...
15.03.2015 - 06:07
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Between the devil and the deep blue sea
As reported by veteran International journalist Taylor Dibbert in “Huffington post” in February this year, Mahinda Rajapaksa is a savvy, charismatic political operator and the Rajapaksa brand isn’t toxic. Quote; “He lost a close election and his name will always be linked to the defeat of the Tamil...
14.03.2015 - 19:43 By Jayampathy Molligoda
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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island yesterday
President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island yesterday afternoon following a four-day visit to Britain. President Sirisena, the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office and Mrs Jayanthi Sirisena attended the Commonwealth Day celebrations in London. He was a guest of honour at the Commonwealth...
13.03.2015 - 11:21
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Trying to win contests by dirty tricks
Cricket is regarded as the gentlemanly game and therefore the players are expected to behave in keeping with its tradition. However, we are saddened to note the way some of the Australian cricketers are behaving on the field. This attitude has earned them the nickname of ‘Ugly Australians’. We do...
13.03.2015 - 10:19 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Longon expresses happiness on fast returning normalcy in Tuensang
Minister for Health and Family Welfare, P Longon said a team of ENLU members had recently toured to Tuensang and Samator areas as a “goodwill mission” and met leaders of Chang Khulie Setshang (CKS) at Tuensang on March 7 and on the same day, had another fruitful meeting with the leaders of the Yimch...
13.03.2015 - 10:12 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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An Opportunity to Modi-fy the Visit
Mr. Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 28 years, presents an opportunity to examine the ways and means of strengthening Indo – Lanka economic relations to boost the prosperity of this country. The path of Indo – Lankan bilateral relations will have a significant inf...
13.03.2015 - 10:06
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Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority says flow of foreign tourists has increased
Following the end of the civil war that mercilessly killed thousands of Tamils, and others, not only Singhalese began moving in the Tamil dominated areas fairly freely but also the tourists started arriving in Sri Lanka . The number of foreign tourists to this island with abundance of natural be...
13.03.2015 - 10:00 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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If this is ‘Yaha palanaya,’ may the gods have mercy on us” – Former President Mahinda.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says if this is ‘Yaha palanaya’ (Good Governance) may the gods have mercy on us. “Whenever arrests are made, the statements regarding the arrests should be issued by the IGP or the Attorney General and not by government politicians as happening now. With the dev...
13.03.2015 - 09:48
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Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka can induce speedy resolution of humanitarian and political concerns of Tamils – Global Tamil Forum
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow, , the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in over 25 years, is undoubtedly an event of enormous significance said Global Tamil Forum. “The expected visit by the Indian Prime Minister to Jaffna in the Tamil-majority North is...
12.03.2015 - 09:39
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U.S. Embassy Visit Emphasizes Commitment to People of Sri Lanka
Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew C. Mann visited leaders in the Northern Province to explore opportunities for further support and reiterate the United States’ strong friendship with the people of Sri Lanka and overall commitment to a peaceful and united country. In separate meetings with Chief Minist...
11.03.2015 - 20:13
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British MP O’Brien the new UN humanitarian aid chief
British lawmaker and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O'Brien, will replace Valerie Amos as the UnitedNations aid chief, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday. The announcement was one of the most closely-watched appointments at th...
11.03.2015 - 18:28
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Don’t look at Sri Lanka through Tamil prism” - Champika Ranawaka
India should see Sri Lanka as a whole and stop focussing just on the island’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said in an interview to The Hindu on Monday. The Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pragmatic approach to Sri Lanka could en...
11.03.2015 - 09:39
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DMK leader Karunanidhi condemns SL PM Ranil Wickramasinghe’s remarks!
On 09 March DMK leader and known shrewd Tamil politician, M. Karunanidhi has slammed Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s remarks on Tamil Nadu fishermen and the Katchatheevu issue, saying it was unbecoming of a Prime Minister of a country to make such comments. In an interview to a Tamil channel...
11.03.2015 - 08:25 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Sri Lanka to handle its foreign policy in a way not inimical to anyone
Sri Lanka President assures that Sri Lanka was determined to handle its foreign policy in a way not inimical to anyone. He has also further emphasized Sri Lanka’s non-aligned foreign policy during crucial talks with British Defence Minister Michael Fallon in London yesterday (March 9). President...
10.03.2015 - 09:14
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