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Sri Lanka President Returns After a Brief Sojourn to Italy and Vatican
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa returned to Colombo yesterday, after successfully concluding a three day visit to Italy and the Vatican. During the visit, President extended the official invitation to Pope Fancis 1, who is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka i...
06.10.2014 - 06:34
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U.S. Naval Ship Visits Maldives to Foster Friendship
The USS Rodney M. Davis, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate with the U.S. 7th Fleet, will visit the Maldives in mid-October as part of a routine patrol of the Indian Ocean. The officers and crew of the Rodney M. Davis will work with the Maldives National Defence Forces, including th...
06.10.2014 - 06:16
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Store Woes: Britain’s four big supermarkets are forced to fight their collective corner
Britain’s top four supermarkets, according to a consistent set of statistics that span the last four quarters, are collectively going through a very bad patch. The troubles of Tesco, followed by ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons are mounting on many fronts, while the top management teams of the Big Fo...
05.10.2014 - 07:27 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Travel Lanka awarded Best Travel Magazine in Sri Lanka
Travel Lanka has been awarded the prize for the Best Travel Magazine in Sri Lanka, by the Chamber of Tourism and Industry, Sri Lanka. In its 21st year of continuous publication, Travel Lanka is the only regularly updated Tourist Information Book in Sri Lanka, recognized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Pro...
05.10.2014 - 07:22 By Leelananda Ihalagamage
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Top United Nations Development officials to visit Ebola-affected countries - 6-14 October 2014
A high-level UNDP mission to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Senegal, will begin next week, aiming to boost efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak while helping to preserve essential services and livelihoods. The crisis is continuing to cause not only immediate health and humanitarian impacts, but...
05.10.2014 - 07:13
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Sri Lanka participated at the Third UN International Conference on Small Island Developing States : 1st - 4th September 2014, Apia, Samoa
The Summit was inaugurated by His Excellency Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa and H.E. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General. Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, the High Commissioner represented Sri Lanka at the above Summit from 1st to 4th September 2014. The two previous SIDS C...
05.10.2014 - 07:00
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Rohingya People Need Our Help
The Rohingya people of Myanmar (formerly Burma) who mostly live in the western part - the Rakhine (formerly Arakan) state, bordering Bangladesh, are undoubtedly the most persecuted people on earth. Denied citizenship in the Buddhist majority country, the Rohingyas have simply become the most un...
05.10.2014 - 06:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Dr. Swamy demands President's rule in Tamil Nadu
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday urged the Centre to impose President's rule in Tamil Nadu in the wake of violent incidents in the state after the conviction of AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa in a corruption case. In a statement he condemned the "sordid and shameful" incidents in the state sinc...
04.10.2014 - 11:13
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55th anniversary of diplomatic ties celebrated in Cuba
The Embassy of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Students Association in Cuba ( SLAAC ) jointly hosted the Sri Lanka – Cuba Friendship Gala on 22nd September 2014 at the University of Las Villas in Santa Clara, the capital of Villa Clara Province to celebrate the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relatio...
04.10.2014 - 08:37
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Burma: President urges nationwide ceasefire as a compulsory for 2015 elections
After the sixth round of talks (22 – 26 Sept.) between the Burmese Government and the Ethnic Rebels Alliance Group, peace process of Burma seems in bad condition. Since the process started three years ago, after Thein Sein became president, his government cannot manage getting hold of its target fo...
04.10.2014 - 08:24 By – Zin Linn
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Aandasangaree Lambaste Mavai Senathirajah & TNA for being the Proxy of LTTE
In an open letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, V.Aandasangaree Secretary General –TULF has lambasted Tamil National Alliance for its anti-Tamil stance. The veter...
04.10.2014 - 05:02
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Pope's visit puts a nation in quandary.
The Popes visit to Sri Lanka is expected to provide a test of relations between the Catholic Church and the Sangha and Buddhist clergies following comments about Nirvana in his recently-published book. The Buddhist clergy and laity of Sri Lanka believe it is due to the pioneering efforts of their l...
04.10.2014 - 04:30 By K.T.Rajasingham
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Rakhaines at the Verge of Extinction: Civic right groups reveal the dire situation of Rakhaine people
The Rakhaine people have been living in different areas of Borguna and Patuakhali districts for hundreds of years. The history of these areas is intertwined with the culture, tradition, belief and social system of the Rakhaine people. However, the Rakhaine people have gradually been marginalized in...
04.10.2014 - 04:17
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Top corporates in Lanka’s first industrial energy push
Several top Lankan manufacturing firms have been enlisted in the first ever industrial energy initiative as announced on 25 September. As a result of the success, a second manufacturing energy initiative is now being mulled. And, Ceylon Electricity Board is slowly ‘getting off’ from expensive oil po...
04.10.2014 - 03:54
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An online campaign has brought 10-day reprieve to Iranian women Reyhaneh Jabbari on the Death Row
An online campaign to save the Iranian women Reyhaneh Jabbari had compelled the state to give her a 10-day reprieve. Earlier on Monday 29th September, Reyhaneh Jabbari has been transferred to Rajai-Shahr Prison to be hanged . Reyhaneh Jabbari, was due to be put to death for killing a man, she...
04.10.2014 - 03:41
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Those who 'own little, live on little' carry highest burden of climate change
Climate change seems to be the new food for thought for world leaders to chew upon. Recently 122 heads of state gathered in New York City for the UN Climate Summit, organised by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, aimed to mobilize action to prevent looming climate disasters and garner political will...
03.10.2014 - 07:55 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Sri Lanka asks refugee receiving countries to expedite processes of finalizing resettlement claims
Sri Lanka has called on refugee receiving countries to expedite the processes of finalizing resettlement claims and to also assist UNHCR to enhance its resource capacity, in order to overcome present difficulties being experienced in Sri Lanka on account of rapid influx of refugees/asylum seekers. D...
03.10.2014 - 07:30
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Injustice to Indian boxer Sarita tarnishes images of boxing world & 17th Incheon Asian Games
In my 36 years of sports career, particularly in the field of martials arts – Karate, Kick-Boxing and later 25 years in Muaythai – I have never come across such a humiliating sporting incidents like the one where India’s boxing star Sarita Devi’s semifinal fight against her South Korean opponent Jin...
03.10.2014 - 07:22 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Minister Fowzie attends inauguration of new President of Afghanistan
Sri Lanka’s Senior Minister for Urban Affairs A.H. M. Fowzie represented President Mahida Rajapaksa at the swearing in ceremony of the newly elected President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in Kabul on 29th September 2014. Following the Inauguration ceremony, Senior...
03.10.2014 - 00:58
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Stopgap Chief Minister of Tamil Nad Writes to Modi for the Release of Arrested Fishermen
The stopgap Chief Minister of Tamil Nad O Panneerselvam has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take "positive and concrete" steps to secure the immediate release of 20 Tamil Nadu fishermen and their 75 boats from the custody of the Sri Lankan authorities. In his first letter to the Prime M...
02.10.2014 - 10:05
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