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Has President Maithripala Sirisena got a moral right to be the chairman of the SLFP?
Maithripala Sirisena is the President of Sri Lanka today because he was elected to this high office largely by UNP voters and not voters from his own party, the SLFP. The constitutionality of his position as the Chairman of the SLFP is also in question as he was not elected by a majority of SLFP vot...
01.04.2016 - 09:04 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Prasad Gunewardene veteran journalist passes away
He was stubborn as a mule, ate what he pleased, refused to see a doctor, take meds and get a medical checkup when it was necessary. He always said, “You’ll know what’s wrong with you only if you get a checkup, not if you don’t.” Prasad chose to be blissfully oblivious until he passed away at the age...
01.04.2016 - 08:37
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Much anticipated “Kohima Smart City” proposal has not been qualified
Kohima City, which is Capital City of Nagaland, has lost out to other Smart City aspirants this time as it has failed to meet the benchmark to be qualified for the Smart City Development. This was disclosed by R Tohanba, Parliamentary Secretary for Municipal Affairs during a Press Conference at Kohi...
01.04.2016 - 08:27 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Burma: Suu Kyi-led government must end ethnic and religious persecution
Minority rights and freedom of religion must be placed at the heart of Burma’s first civilian-led government in over half a century, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) said today. Curbing ethnic violence in northern Burma and ending the persecution of the Rohingya minority should be at the to...
31.03.2016 - 09:11
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Discovery of Lethal Weapons in the North
Yesterday, in two separate incidents, according to Police – initially in Maruwanplo in Chavakachcheri in the morning and later at Ilupakadavai, Mannar, lethal weapons were discovered. A suicide jacket, a stock of explosives and ammunition has been recovered from a house in the Maravanpulo a...
31.03.2016 - 08:57
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India: Tamil Nadu poll scene: Congress reduced as a minor party, BJP growing nervous!
It appears, the neutral Tamil voters without party affiliations and who had earlier voted for any party just freely: either AIADMK, or DMK or Congress or BJP or some other parties in order not to waste their franchise, now seem to think favoring the newly formed PWF, making it to emerge a strong coa...
30.03.2016 - 11:10 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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EgyptAir hijack ends with passengers freed and hijacker arrested
An EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday by a man with what authorities said was a fake suicide belt, who was arrested after giving himself up. The passengers and crew were unharmed. Eighty-one people, including 21 foreigners and 15 crew...
30.03.2016 - 10:17
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Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees went on an indefinite in Tiruchi
Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees in Tamil Nadu are continuously harassed by the State Police and those refugees were with no other options to resist the high handed acts of the Tamil Nadu Police other than to resort to fast and sit-in protest. Yet another group of 13 Sri Lankan Tamils housed in the Speci...
30.03.2016 - 10:01
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Book Review: Flickering Fortunes - A Walk down A Happy Memory Lane
Despite its opening line, “I am a ladies’ man”, perhaps intended to provoke the curiosity of the lascivious, Lakshman Ratnapala's “Flickering Fortunes,” does not consist of the ruminations of a Sri Lankan Casanova now mentally reliving his conquests while residing happily in San Fransisco with his...
30.03.2016 - 09:07 By Dr Palitha Kohona - former Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in NY. Sometime Head of the UN Treaty Section.
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Aarrested Indian Navy office admits Terror activities in Pakistan
In a joint press conference by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) head Lt Gen Asim Bajwa and Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid on Tuesday, according to “The Dawn” a video of arrested Indian Navy officer Kulbushan Yadav was aired in which he confessed to involvement in terror activitie...
30.03.2016 - 08:39
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19 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving
19 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on 31st March 2016 Under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme. They are scheduled to arrive through Sri Lankan Airlines from Trichy. D.M.Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement an...
30.03.2016 - 08:25
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First t visit by a United States ship USS Blue Ridge in five years
U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap in a reception on board USS Blue Ridge thanked Admiral Aucoin, for bringing this ship and her crew to Sri Lanka. “It is a delight to have you all here. I’m going to be very brief,” he added. In his remarks at the reception on board USS Blue Ridge U.S. Ambassador Atul...
29.03.2016 - 07:56
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Adapting Toward Success: Cuba in 2016
The leader of the free world set foot in Communist Cuba, a nation which was cornered by trade embargoes by United States. This practice was taken forward for 88 years by all Presidents in US office. Obama disturbed the existing order by not accepting to take forward what his predecessors had passe...
29.03.2016 - 07:26 By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
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Pak Lanka Remain Committed to further Consolidate Relationship: High Commissioner Shakeel Hussain
A colorful reception to mark the 76th National Day of Pakistan was hosted by the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka on 23rd March, 2016 at a local Hotel in Colombo. While speaking on the occasion, the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain said that Paki...
29.03.2016 - 07:18
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Drug kingpin Wasantha Mendis arrested in Thailand deported to Sri Lanka
Drug kingpin Wasantha Mendis who was arrested in Thailand a few days ago was brought to Sri Lanka on 26th of this month, was taken into custody by the Police Narcotic Bureau at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake. Police said the arrested would be produced in the Negombo Magistrat...
28.03.2016 - 07:42
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Apple’s Latest iPhone: small is beautiful appeal to be tested in the coming months
The Team Apple unveiled a range of products on Tuesday with a heavy focus on its star product, the iPhone, in a fairly low-key event – a far cry from previous Apple events; among many thing that were conspicuously absent, the lack of excitement rolled up the list in proportion to the subdued reacti...
27.03.2016 - 07:42 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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High Level Delegation Visits WEF as follow-up to Davos Summit
Following the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and delegation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos in January, a Sri Lankan delegation consisting of senior government officials and representatives from the private sector engaged in a two-day follow-up meeting...
27.03.2016 - 06:46
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‘They Hate Us’ – Really? – Part 2
We are living in an age of fitnah and fasad (trials and tribulations) when terrorism has become a reality in many parts of our world. Ordinary people are either being terrorized or getting lynched from all sides – the enemies from within and without. So miserable is the Muslim experience tha...
27.03.2016 - 06:32 By Habib Siddiqui
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An appeal not to terminate Sri Lankan flights to Rome
An appeal has been forwarded to Ranil Wickremasinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka not to terminate Sri Lankan flights to Rome, Italy. Msgr. Neville Joe Perera, National Coordinator (CEI), Apostolate to Sri Lankan Migrants in Rome has written to Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister t...
26.03.2016 - 09:01
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World must condemn Brussels attack – President
President Maithripala Sirisena expressed his deepest sympathy over the dastardly terrorist attack at the Brussels airport yesterday and said it must be condemned by the entire world. In a message to the King Phillippe of Belgium, he conveyed the sympathies of the people and the government of Sri Lan...
26.03.2016 - 08:44
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