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Sri Lanka: A nation marching backwards? Why is civil society silent?
Despite the shortcomings of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, few would have denied that the nation was on the move, forwards,after years of stagnation on account of the debilitating armed conflict with the LTTE. Those who cared to see would have observed the sense of resurgence evident throughout the c...
29.10.2015 - 07:23 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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From Clonialism To Neoclonialism
Studying historical facts of events that occurred in this country two centuries ago there are many similarities which if given serious consideration could prevent this nation from repeating past mistakes which resulted in the loss of independence. Vested interests and external powers try to destabil...
28.10.2015 - 08:03 By Lt Col.(Retd.) A.S.Amarasekera
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US Throws Out Sharif's India Dossier
Before leaving his country late in October on a three-day visit to Washington Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been jolted to the reality that despite the US willingness to forgive and forget all the duplicitous acts of Pakistan it was not going to give him an ‘India-like’ civil nuclear deal. It shou...
28.10.2015 - 07:57 By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features
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Sri Lanka Navy Diving & Salvage Unit Turns 50: A Historic Landmark in Navy Diving
The Sri Lanka Navy Diving and Salvage Unit celebrated their 50th Anniversary at a glamorous function held in Trincomalee with the presence of Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the Commander of the Navy as the Chief Guest and Lieutenant Commander (Retd) Marty Somasundaram, the founding father of N...
27.10.2015 - 14:45
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Government is bound to protect dignity and pride of defence forces while facing international allegations – President
President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is bound to protect the dignity and pride of the defence sector including our tri-forces while confronting the alleged human rights violations purported to have happened during the last phase of the war. He added he would never let the security sect...
27.10.2015 - 09:51
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Saudi Prince detained in a largest drug bust in Lebanon
Saudi prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz and four others were detained on Monday in Lebanon in the largest drug bust in the history of the Beirut airport, seizing two tons of amphetamine Captagon pills and some cocaine, before they were loaded onto the private plane of a Saudi prince accord...
27.10.2015 - 08:11
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Sri Lanka to release 86 Indian fishermen
Eighty-six Tamil Nadu fishermen, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the past two months, would be released on October 28, the Indian state government said today. The state government would also release two Sri Lankan fishermen in its custody on the same day, it said. "The Union government h...
26.10.2015 - 08:31
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Moving Towards Extreme Right Is Wrong
While we wait for Narendra Modi to usher India into the repeatedly assured era of economic Nirvana what we have witnessed since his inauguration in May last year is that the country is hurtling towards extreme ‘right’ and the society clearly polarised along communal lines. Politically, the all-impor...
26.10.2015 - 07:37 By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features
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UN Day celebration highlights the important role of Sri Lankan People and Policies
The 70th United Nations Day was celebrated under the patronage of the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, and the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Other dignitaries included the Speaker of Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, UN Assistant Secretary-Ge...
25.10.2015 - 21:50
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Japan’s second biggest regional economy makes Sri Lanka entry
In the backdrop of Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent landmark visit to Japan, comes the swift arrival of the first ever high profile business delegation from Kansai -Japan's second-largest industrial and financial region featuring 20th largest GDP in the world –and the delegation i...
25.10.2015 - 14:06
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My Way: Silvio Berlusconi sets the record straight with own biography
Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, has finally released a book, in what seems to be his most effective attempt to set the record straight, which had been warped, perhaps, due to his prolonged periods in office – being the longest serving Italian leader ever - political envy and o...
25.10.2015 - 13:37 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter from America: When paranoia rules, everything seems so kosher!
Last Wednesday night Israeli (IDF) soldiers shot and killed a man they thought to be a terrorist in Jerusalem, after the man attacked them and tried to grab one of the weapons they were carrying. According to police, the incident began when two soldiers boarding a bus near the entrance to the capita...
25.10.2015 - 13:20 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Maldives vice president arrested for plotting president's attempted assassination
Maldivian authorities today arrested the nation's Vice President Ahmed Adeeb over a plot to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen, who escaped death after his boat was hit by a bomb. The Maldivian home minister Umar Naseer said this. "VP Adheeb under arrest and held in Dhoonidhoo Detention (prison is...
24.10.2015 - 22:57 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Initiatives for migrants under Sri Lanka's leadership of the Colombo Process commended at Cairo Meeting
Initiatives for migrants from the Asian region taken under Sri Lanka's Chairmanship of the Colombo Process (CP) commended at the Fifth Global Meeting of Chairs and Secretaries of Regional Consultative Processes on Migration (RCPs). The global meeting organized by the International Organization on M...
24.10.2015 - 10:13
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Wimal Weerawansa MP Arrested on Passport Discrepancy Released on Bail
Wimal Weerawansa MP arrested by the CID yesterday at the Katunayake International Airport, on passport discrepancy, recorded his statement, over possession of two passports and was released on bail by Negombo Additional Magistrate Thilakaratne Bernard. He was released on a cash bail of Rs. 10...
24.10.2015 - 10:02
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BJP leaders met Naga civil societies, church, BJP legislators at Kohima
The Nagaland State BJP Unit team led by President Dr M.Chuba Ao and National Secretary cum State In-charge Farooq Khan met various leaders of Naga civil societies, NBCC and also BJP Legislators here Tuesday. The Meeting with the Naga Hoho was very cordial. Chuba Ozukum, Naga Hoho President expressed...
24.10.2015 - 08:59 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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U.S. Embassy Discusses School and Hospital Renovations in South and East
Members of the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently traveled to the South and East to survey schools and medical facilities in disaster-prone areas to identify potential infrastructure assistance. The team visited schools from the Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese communities across...
23.10.2015 - 17:58
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Expect a revolutionary budget – Finance minister tells the private sector
Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake delivering a clear and tangible message to the private sector in the country Thursady said that the sectors of the economy will be opened enabling the private sector as well to play an equal role with the government. He said for the first time in the history, a...
23.10.2015 - 09:29
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Indian justice system: Supreme Court denies political role in selecting Judges!
The Supreme Court's verdict on October 16, striking down the BJP-led central government's proposed National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) that gives ample hopes of political and governmental manipulations in justice delivery system of India, making early justice more complicated, is a mile...
23.10.2015 - 09:21 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington moves to new chancery premises
Sri Lanka’s Embassy in Washington D.C. moved to its new chancery premises on October 19th marking another milestone in the seven-decade long diplomatic presence in the United States. The Ambassador and the staff marked the occasion with a simple and solemn ceremony at the new premises on 3025, White...
23.10.2015 - 09:06
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