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Unclean voter society has no moral authority to demand clean representatives in parliament
Another parliamentary election is scheduled. A lot of anxiety and the fear is how August 17th 2015 is going to turn out. Having voted out a President, who allegedly connived with his family and friends to turn this country into a personal fiefdom, people expected changes under the new President Ma...
13.07.2015 - 00:42
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Should Nagaland be really under “Disturbed area” status?
The “Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA)” and the “Disturbed Area Act (DAA)” are synonymous with the people of the Northeast India. The rest of the people of India might feel otherwise on hearing such Act imposed on the Northeastern States. But to the Northeastern people, it is not new t...
12.07.2015 - 16:36 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Norwegian Involvement in the Sri Lankan Peace Process – by Dr Chanaka Talpahewa
I read the book, Peaceful Intervention in Intra-State Conflicts by Dr Chanka Talpahewa, this week and effortlessly got an in-depth understanding of the role, often mired in endless controversies, played by the third party actors, especially Norway, in the protracted conflict in the misplaced belief...
12.07.2015 - 10:55 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Inauguration of Government of India funded Language Lab in Akuressa, Matara
High Commissioner of India, Mr. Y. K. Sinha and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mangala Samaraweera jointly inaugurated a Language Lab in Akuressa on July 10, 2015 at a function held at Nilwala National College of Education. Consul General of India-Hambantota, Mr. Raj Kumar, Director,...
12.07.2015 - 06:24
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EPDP – At last to test its strength in Jaffna
Eelam Peoples Democratic Alliance which was overshadowed by the UPFA, during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure of office from 2005 Nov till January 2015, has now come forward to establish it party’s identity and stance by coming forward contest in its own party and its Veen symbol in...
11.07.2015 - 13:16 By K.T.Rajasingham
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Finance Ministry to report the malpractices at Hyatt Hotel project to FCID
On the instruction of the minister of Finance Mr Ravi Karunanayake, the finance ministry has taken the necessary initiatives to make a formal complaint to the Police Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) on the large scale misappropriation of funds and malpractices said to have taken place i...
11.07.2015 - 09:03
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A fierce campaign after contentious nominations battle
The August election campaign would rage as none seen before with Ranil Wickremesinghe defending his turf against the challenger, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the deposed Executive president. Would a damaging SLPF split be avoided as the campaign progresses? The campaign is similar in some ways to the 2005 Ran...
11.07.2015 - 08:56 By Philip Fernando
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Pakistan, India ready to discuss all outstanding issues
Pakistan and India have expressed readiness to discuss all outstanding issues to promote peace and development in the region. This came at a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Ufa, Russia. They agreed that both Pakistan and India have a collect...
11.07.2015 - 08:49
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WB’s Washington investment team in town
A top investment assessment delegation from World Bank’s Washington offices is now in town. Boats, ICT and spices are among Lankan exports that show future promise- and the World Bank is open to evaluate the possibility of supporting an Exim Bank for Sri Lanka’s export push, as revealed on 10 July....
11.07.2015 - 08:42
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Finance Ministry rebuts ex-President's allegation of issuing ethanol licenses
Ministry of Finace rejects the allegation made by the former President that the government in 100 days has issued 28 ethanol licenses. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had made this allegation attributing to Finance minister as telling the Parliament in this regard. Importation of Ethanol into th...
10.07.2015 - 15:58
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If I knew who Cosby was, I wouldn't have laughed at his jokes!
This is with reference to the news report ‘Cosby admits drugging woman for sex’, which made many of his fans really sick to know that one time the main man in a highly popular ‘Bill Cosby’ show has been up to this dirty trick. All his onetime fans, who enjoyed his shows, are now overjoyed to learn...
10.07.2015 - 09:43
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Long walk to justice: Transgender voices from across India
I had been there at the 1st National Hijra Habba in 2012. Witnessing the Third National Transgender Hijra Habba in 2015 was indeed a humbling experience as lot of water has flown during these 3 years. From 30 community participants in 2012, the number this year had swelled to a whopping 350+. The...
10.07.2015 - 08:51 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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America Tamil Sangam honors Dr Georgi Abraham in Chennai
America Tamil Sangam honored internationally-renowned nephrologist Dr. Georgi Abraham at a function held at Hyatt Regency in Chennai Tuesday night. He is the consultant nephrologist at MMM Hospital in Chennai. Dr. Georgi Abraham received Roscoe Robinson Award at the assembly of world nephrologis...
10.07.2015 - 08:39
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Maldives maintained trade relations with Sri Lanka for several centuries: Zahiya Zareer, High Commissioner
Written History is very little on Maldives other than oral tradition. Francois Pyrard in 1602 and the German Scholar, Geiger and later H.C.P. Bell rendered much service to the history by showing similarities of the shared history and culture between our two countries, between our languages and how...
10.07.2015 - 08:30 By Leelananda Ihalagamage, Editor / Travellanka
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Amanté reveals premium Enigma collection – the ultimate luxury in lingerie
Renowned for impeccable quality, fashion forward styles and collections that are both flattering and functional, amanté announced the launch of a premium collection, ‘Enigma’. The collection evokes the many intricate layers of a wearer’s personality, often kept private and unexplored. The styles wer...
10.07.2015 - 07:52
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President pays respects to martyr Henry Pedris
President Maithripala Sirisena participated at the commemorative ceremony to mark the 100 th death anniversary of National Hero Captain Edward Henry Pedris held at Foundation Institute yesterday (July 08). Captain Pedris was one of the leading figures of the freedom struggle to win independence to...
09.07.2015 - 14:59
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Sri Lanka appointed five more new envoys
The Sri Lankan Government has appointed four new ambassadors and one High Commissioner to countries including Australia, Canada and South Korea. The following individuals have been appointed to the diplomatic positions: S. Skandakumar – Ambassador to Australia Dr A.S.U. Mendis – Ambassador to Ba...
09.07.2015 - 09:44
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Historic bio of first Ceylonese rebel to face the firing squad unveiled in Colombo
A writer with SLEDB has authored the first bio on the young folk hero whose swift execution in July 1915 triggered Ceylon's three decade-long independence struggle culminating in the 1948 independence -and eager Lankan readers were seen queuing for a copy of new historic bio at the launch of 08 July...
09.07.2015 - 09:04
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Sri Lankans will not permit Mahinda Rajapaksa to be made the sacrificial lamb at the altar of a hostile international community
Some Sri Lankans will have issues with the style and substance of the period of governance of Mahinda Rajapaksa during his ten year presidency. They may oppose some of his actions and those of some who were close to him. However, an overwhelming majority of Sri Lankans of all ethnicities will not ha...
09.07.2015 - 08:57 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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ASEAN Parliamentarians call on Cambodia to abandon restrictive, undemocratic NGO law
ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) today called on the Cambodian government to abandon its proposed Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations (LANGO), arguing that the ruling party has pursued a fundamentally undemocratic course in attempting to secure the passage of a law t...
09.07.2015 - 08:50
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