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28 School children admitted to hospital due to poison in drinking water
Twenty eight students of Erlali Sri Murugan School, located at Chunnakam were being treated at the Telippilai and Jaffna hospitals after they had consumed poisoned water in the morning. The students are out of danger as the water in the tank had not been fully poisoned. Police Media Unit (PMU) said...
20.03.2015 - 08:09
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General Sarath Fonseka (1970–2009) promoted to the rank of Field Marshal
: Yesterday, Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, who has been earlier virtually drummed out of the Army, has been yesterday promoted to the rank of Field Marshal by President Maithripala Sirisena. The four-star General Sarath Fonseka (1970–2009) will become Sri Lanka’s first Field...
20.03.2015 - 07:45
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First Reforms, Dissolution Later – President Maithri
President Maithripala Sirisena said the top priority of the government is to fulfill the promise of constitutional reforms and the process has already been initiated with the presenting of the 19th Amendment. He added the dissolution of Parliament could be decided after the amendments to the constit...
19.03.2015 - 08:12
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Where there is a will there is a way: Teeja Devi
55 years old Teeja Devi was born in village Bargadavaan in a family of farm laborers. The youngest of 4 siblings, her father died even before she was born. A father less Teeja had a tough childhood. She grew up amid fields, and from early childhood farming became part of her daily life. Teeja studi...
19.03.2015 - 07:53 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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USA, Iran close in on deal, despite differences!
The six top world powers - United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany are trying to hammer out a nuclear deal with Iran on behalf of UNSC that would lift sanctions in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program. The parties have set a June 30 deadline to finalize an accord, but hop...
19.03.2015 - 07:43 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Sri Lanka leads the International Women’s Day celebrations in Cuba
On the occasion of the “ International Women’s Day 2015 “, the Asian Ladies Association ( ALA ), comprising the spouses of Ambassadors and diplomats based in Cuba under the Chair of Mrs. Ramanika Dissanayake, wife of the Sri Lankan Ambassador, organized 2 mega events, namely a “ Walk Rally “ and...
19.03.2015 - 07:24
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Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Evening to be held on Saturday, 22nd March 2015
The Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association (SLPAFA) in collaboration with Pakistan High Commission Colombo will be organizing a fun-filled Fund Raising Friendship Evening on 21st March 2015, at the Grand Oriental Hotel, Fort, Colombo 1 for the 3rd consecutive year. The event is expected to draw...
19.03.2015 - 07:05
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Brussels taskforce in Colombo next week for GSP+ redux
As bilateral trade with EU crossed the $5Bn mark for the first time and after months of speculation and vibes on the coveted GSP Plus, EU announced on 18 March the actual start of the recovery process will commence right here in Colombo as early as next week-and setting the record straight on the GS...
18.03.2015 - 18:06
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Lanka calls its R&D to push for Mod-Trad food
In an effort to overcome issues posed by rising fast food lifestyle to its consumers, Sri Lanka called its R&D players in food sector to focus on more and more Mod-Trad innovations-and the Lankan customers consume almost 7000 tonnes of food items annually, as announced on 16 March. “Increased...
18.03.2015 - 09:35
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President Maithripala Srisena – “Preferential Voting System should be changed”
President Maithripala Sirisena held talks with leaders and representatives of political parties on the proposed changes to the electoral system where he said that he is of the view that Preferential Voting System should be changed and moves are underway to introduce a new system as per the election...
18.03.2015 - 09:07
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Burma: Use of religious defamation laws indicate deterioration in fundamental freedoms
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has expressed that it, “continues to be deeply concerned about the violations of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression in Burma, amid growing religious intolerance, as illustrated by two current cases of “religious defamation.” In a press relea...
18.03.2015 - 07:52
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Freedom of Expression is not free; but no free media, no true democracy
Hours after the unfortunate March 5 lynching incident at Dimapur, the Government of Nagaland quickly admitted total failure to law and order. Almost all the sections of the people had taken the state government to task for its incompetence in tackling the situation. While admitting their total failu...
18.03.2015 - 07:32 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Maldives says Indian behavior hurts!
Maldives has voiced its 'hurt' at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi not visiting the island nation during his recent trip to the Indian Ocean region even as it sought to allay India's concerns over the imprisonment of former President Mohammed Nasheed. Reacting to the response of international com...
18.03.2015 - 06:17 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Russian short novelist Valentin Rasputin is no more!
Known for his excellent prose narration and character portrayal, especially on Russian village life and conflict, one of the best known and highly talented Russian writers in modern times Valentin Rasputin has passed away in Moscow on March 14 at the age of 77. A part of treasure of world literatur...
17.03.2015 - 13:19 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Ranil Reiterates: 'Sri Lankan Navy Has the Right to Shoot Anyone Entering Its Waters'
Sri Lanka and India are working to resolve the fishermen's issue, but the country's navy has the right to shoot anyone who intrudes into their territorial waters, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has told NDTV. The reiteration of the controversial comment comes on the heels of Prime Mi...
17.03.2015 - 07:36
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Indian High Commission Calls for Applications for BE, MBBS and B.Pharm courses
Indian High Commission has called for Applicationsfrom Sri Lankan students (excluding PIO, OCI Card holders & NRIs) for nominations to undergraduate course in Bachelor of Engineering (BE), Medicine (MBBS) and Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) under the Self-Financing Scheme for the academic year 2...
17.03.2015 - 06:48
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CM Vigneswaran Hits Out at PM’s Comment on Indian Fishermen
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jaffna, C.V. Vigneswaran , Chief Minister of Jaffna – the Tamil-majority region in Sri Lanka, hits out at Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe for his controversial comments on shooting trespassing Indian fishermen. Talking to CNN-IBN CV...
16.03.2015 - 10:29
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Lalin’s Column :Field Marshal - SL has a date with Geneva in September
There is a lot written and spoken about Field Marshals (FMs) just now. The latest is about the privileges that FMs should apparently have. It appears Hitler’s Germany is the source for these anachronistic examples. The privileges it gave FMs were ‘compelling and influential role in military matters,...
16.03.2015 - 10:41 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Special Cabinet Meeting: No consensus on the Parliament Dissolution
The cabinet, which had a special meeting yesterday (on Sunday 15th March), has approved the draft bill on the 19th Amendment to the constitution and will submit it to Parliament for approval, but there is no unanimity on the date regarding the dissolution of the present Parliament on April 23. It...
16.03.2015 - 08:27
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Indian PM Modi returns to Delhi from his Sri Lanka visit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home on Saturday night after wrapping up his two-day Sri Lanka visit as part of his five-day three-nation tour. In Seychelles, apart from bilateral talks, four agreements were signed. In Mauritius, he met with that country's leadership, was present at the signin...
16.03.2015 - 07:55 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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