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Prof Peiris Discusses Commonwealth Priorities With Secretary-General
Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L Peiris, representing President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Chair-in Office of the Commonwealth, at the Commonwealth Day celebrations in London, including the Multi-Faith Observance at Westminster Abbey, held discussions with Mr. Kamalesh S...
12.03.2014 - 06:00
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Part II - Indo - Lanka Relations before the China War and After -
On Sri Lanka’s side, the great movements that took place in the sub-continent during the pre-independent phase had little impact on the emerging island nation. A few Leftists had come under the influence of India Socialists like Jayaprakash Narayan overseas. No impact of Pre-independence Indian po...
11.03.2014 - 19:05 By Bandu de Silva
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Malani Fonseka's Fifty Years in Cinema and Theatre Felicitated at UNESCO
International award winning actress and Monitoring Member of Parliament of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts, the Malani Fonseka was felicitated at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in commemoration of her fiftieth year in the fields of film and theatr...
11.03.2014 - 06:48
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Is it the best or the worst of times for women in India?
I apologize for missing out on the celebrations of Women's Day this year as I was too engrossed with changing nappies of my 10 month old adorable granddaughter in London, despite her part time nanny - who is a graduate, and charges a frightful £10 an hour - that is over INR 1000 (the going rate fo...
11.03.2014 - 06:14 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service – CNS
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New Heads of Mission Present Credentials to President Rajapaksa
Newly appointed five (05) Ambassadors and one (01) High Commissioner presented their credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this Morning (10). Following are the New Heads of Mission:- 1. Austria - Mr. Bernhard Wrabetz - Ambassador 2. Slovenia - Ms. Darja Bavd...
10.03.2014 - 17:19
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Did India treat “Ceylon” as a Plantation Colony before China war: Not as a Frontline neighbor?
The question raised in the title of this article may encapsulate the essence of Indo-Ceylon relations from the inception of independence of the two countries nearly 66 years ago until 1962 India’s border war with China and later Sri Lanka’s war against terrorism set India on a different course. T...
10.03.2014 - 16:27 By Bandu de Silva
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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – 1
Being a minority is never a pleasant experience for most people in our globe unless one is part of a dominant or domineering group. But even in the latter case when a minority is dominating a majority – as it has happened throughout history with colonial enterprises, to protect its privileged sta...
09.03.2014 - 13:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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British Firms issue Toilet Etiquette to Foreign Staff
It was reported this week in the media that some British firms had taken the toilet habits of certain foreign workers, especially from the continental Europe, quite seriously, having faced with a series of damages to the lavatory properties, especially where the posterior receives a frosty reception...
09.03.2014 - 07:24 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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No More Holding Back Women
Two thirds of countries globally now have laws against domestic violence with several significant transformations in legal frameworks in Asia and the Pacific. This significant shift over the last decade has not only led 15 countries in East Asia and the Pacific to enact domestic violence laws but si...
09.03.2014 - 06:11 By Swapna Majumdar, Citizen News Service – CNS
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RANA Convention to be held in NY in July
The Rajasthan Association of North America, NY (RANA) is hosting its Fourth Rajasthani International Convention from July 3 to July 6 at the Islandia Marriott Long Island, New York. The President of RANA, Dr. Narendra Hadpawat is the convener of the convention along with three co-conveners – Naveen...
09.03.2014 - 05:59
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Unbeaten Sri Lanka wins the Asia Cup
Sri Lanka’s cricket team beat Pakistan in the Asian Cup final in Dhaka on Saturday. Sri Lanka was the only unbeaten team in the run up to the final, while the host Bangladesh remained win less. This is Sri Lanka’s fifth win in the ‘Asian Derby’ since 1985. India also has won a similar number while...
09.03.2014 - 05:56 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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The Landmark Encyclopedia of the Sri Lankan Diaspora is Released
The recently published study in The Encyclopedia of the Sri Lanka Diaspora is the most comprehensive analysis of over one million people of Sri Lankan-origin living outside of their homeland. A joint publication between the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at the National University of Sing...
09.03.2014 - 05:45
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A Malaysian court convicted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy
A Malaysian court convicted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy and sentenced him to five years in prison on Friday. Three judges at the Court of Appeal unanimously voted to overturn Anwar's acquittal two years ago. The former deputy prime minister, who was previously jailed for six years on...
08.03.2014 - 12:22
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Draft resolution of core group violates the constitutional provisions of Sri Lanka - Ambassador Aryasinha
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, has said "the draft resolution on Sri Lanka deposited with the Human Rights Council by a core group comprising - the USA, UK, Mauritius, Montenegro and Macedonia, violates the constitutional provisions of Sri La...
08.03.2014 - 08:45
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Six Academics vie for the Jaffna University VC post
Six Jaffna Academics including one from the States is vying for the Jaffna University Vice Chancellor post, Jaffna University circles revealed. A member of the University Council privy to the developments informed that the applicants include the current VC Prof Vasanthy Arasaratnam, Dr P. Alvapil...
08.03.2014 - 08:34
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The Myths about Modern China; A Peep into Tom Doctoroff’s writings
My recent article “What the Chinese Want: A Prelude to understanding China’s growing relations with Sri Lanka” I might have appeared a skimpily tailored because its scope was confined to addressing a question which had become urgent. That was in consideration of views being expressed that there wer...
08.03.2014 - 08:17 By Bandu de Silva
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We are stronger in the places that we’ve been broken
March 8th marks international women’s day, as a woman I am not sure whether I should be happy or saddened by the fact that we have been allocated a special day to praise and glorify our gender and place in this society. As Muhammad Ali Jinnah stated,< it is a crime against humanity that our women...
09.03.2014 - 02:48 By Tharany Rajasingham M.Sc
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UNHRC Resolution: Will opening old wounds, rewrite history and advance reconciliation in Sri Lanka?
The very constructive counter resolution on Sri Lanka introduced by eleven US Senators under pins the basic thrust of the US Foreign Relations Committee report on Sri Lanka 4 years ago when its chairman, the current Secretary of State, John Kerry cautioned against precipitative action that would...
08.03.2014 - 07:40 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Who can forget the Cuban missile crisis?
I am reading with great interest how the Western media is presenting the Ukraine issue. While reading it, surprisingly, I am reminded of that great hit number of the popular British singer, Phil Collins ‘The both sides of the story’. Margaret Thatcher of Britain was hailed as 'Iron Lady' when she oc...
08.03.2014 - 07:31 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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New State NCP President prioritized of party activities
Newly appointed President of the Nagaland Unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Imtilemba Sangtam, MLA, has called upon the party’s rank and file to unitedly work to strengthen the party. In a felicitation program held here at State NCP office Conference Hall today, many party leaders lauded Im...
08.03.2014 - 07:16 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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