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Hugo Swire meets new Sri Lankan President
British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire has concluded his second visit to Sri Lanka, in the first Ministerial visit since the formation of a new government. Mr Swire called on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and other senior ministers – including the Minister for...
31.01.2015 - 07:04
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Justice K. Sripavan today took oaths as the 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka
Justice K. Sripavan today took oaths as the 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena. Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake yesterday retired from service, after the resumption of office the previous day as the Chief Justice. Dr. Bandaranaike (57) was appointed to the Supreme Court...
30.01.2015 - 22:28
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Washington sends Nisha Biswal to Sri Lanka
The U.S. assistant secretary of state for South Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Bishwal will visit Colombo for talks with the new Maithripala Sirisena administration. She will be in Sri Lanka from 31 through February 2 and scheduled to visit Jaffna. She is expected to discuss a range of bilateral issues,...
30.01.2015 - 18:12 Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
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Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Retired After Holding Office For A Day
Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake retired from service yesterday , after the resumption of office as the Chief Justice the previous day. Dr. Bandaranaike (57) was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1996. She was impeached by Parliament in 2013. Yesterday, she publicly announced her retirement at a ceremoni...
30.01.2015 - 10:37
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Sri Lankan national question: When the State failed its Tamil citizens
Many Tamils of Sri Lanka have endured the indignity and the physical and mental anguish of being verbally and physically attacked simply on account of their ethnicity. It has happened several times in the post-independence period culminating in the disgraceful pogrom against them in July 1983. While...
30.01.2015 - 09:04 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Tobacco smoking ruining lives: Lung cancer rates alarming
Many engage in smoking just for the fun of it and unfortunately get caught in the nicotine addiction trap such that they cannot do without a certain number of puffs per day. Smoking has had a great adverse impact on many communities and has been directly responsible for the plight of those who are s...
29.01.2015 - 08:07 By Clarity Sibanda, Citizen News Service – CNS
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Shirani Bandaranayake Resumed Office as Chief Justice: Appointing Mohan Peiris instead was null and void in law
Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake returned to Supreme Court yesterday afternoon, after President Maithripala Sirisena restored her to office and requested her to resume duties as the country’s lawful Chief Justice. President Sirisena wrote to controversially-appointed Chief Justice Mohan Peiris yesterday,...
29.01.2015 - 07:59
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2015 a ‘Once in a Generation Opportunity’ for Sustainable Development
The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today that while there is tremendous volatility and turmoil around the world, this year presented a unique opportunity to eradicate poverty and agree on a path for sustainable development. “At UNDP, we see 2015 as a huge opportunity to...
29.01.2015 - 07:28
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It is not wise to wait to get things out of our hand?
It is very unfortunate that even after 3 weeks of political crisis that erupted from the major ruling party, Naga People’s Front (NPF), there is no let-up in the crisis. The leadership issue within the NPF has badly affected almost all the institutions in the state and the worse sufferers are the co...
29.01.2015 - 07:16 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Burma: Chin State Government Orders Removal Of Cross, Elder Prosecuted
An ethnic Chin elder is due to appear in court today on trumped-up charges which Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) believes are connected with his involvement in the planting of a cross on a hill in Hakha town, Chin State, in April last year. The Chin State government has ordered the 54 foot-hig...
29.01.2015 - 07:08
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Sarath Fonseka – restored with All Ranks, Pension and Privileges
All ranks, privileges and pension have been restored for the former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka following the full Presidential amnesty granted to him by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lanka Army said. The Ministry of Defense has accordingly confirmed that he is entitled to...
28.01.2015 - 21:26
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Court noticed Attorney General on writ application to have KP arrested
The Court of Appeal yesterday issued notice on the Attorney General, returnable on February 5, 2015 in respect of the Writ Application filed by JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath, who has requested the Court to order the IGP and the Attorney General to arrest Kumaran Pathmanathan and to charge him u...
28.01.2015 - 06:17
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Sri Lanka Six New Provincial Governors Sworn in
Six new Provincial Governors took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (27) at the Presidential Secretariat. They are: Mr.H.M.G.S.Palihakkara - Governor Northern Province Mr.Austin Fernando - Governor Eastern Province Mr.B.M.A.R.Perera - Governor North Western Province Ms.Sur...
28.01.2015 - 06:06
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Terrorism takes over from Ebola!
When we open everyday any newspapers or tune to the electronic media we see nothing but terrorism dominating the news. Things are becoming uglier everyday and more gruesome, rather than the so called 'Jihadism' we see the misled young thrill-seekers take to guns and bombs to feature in the news. The...
27.01.2015 - 07:59 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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66th Republic Day of India celebrations in Sri Lanka
The High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 66th Republic Day of India on Monday, January 26, 2015 at India House in Colombo. High Commissioner Mr. Y.K. Sinha unfurled the Indian flag and inspected a Guard of Honor presented by a contingent of the Bor...
27.01.2015 - 07:48
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Increasing Suicide and Murder Cases in Nuclear States
Professionalism, faith, discipline, courage, leadership command responsibility, loyalty, decisiveness, comradeship and working under stress and strain are some of the recognized physiognomies of the soldiers and their commanders of professional Armed forces and like other vital institutions. Of cour...
26.01.2015 - 07:45 By Zaheerul Hassan
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Response of a Burmese Baptist Christian
The grisly pictures of two Kachin girls, Tangbau Hkawn Nan Zing age 21 and Maran Lu Ra, age 20, raped and beaten to death by the Myanmar Tatmadaw soldiers of the Light Infantry Brigade on the night of Jan.19th Jan. 2015 in the Church compound, of Kwang Hka village, Nam Tao township, Muse district, i...
26.01.2015 - 07:06 By Kanbawza Win
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Deadlock in the Eastern Provincial Council
V.Anandasangaree Secretary General-TULFIn his comment has pointed out that it is very regrettable to note that there is a deadlock in the election of the Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council. He has rightly said that the delay had caused immense hardship to the people of the area and to...
26.01.2015 - 06:39
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Freedom of Information Act, laudable and timely
The decision to enact a Freedom of Information Act is a laudable and constructive step. FOIA is an invaluable asset for the media and the public as all governments by nature abhor too much probing. A good start must be made when FOIA comes into effect or else, there would be a flood of frivolous r...
25.01.2015 - 12:02 By Philip Fernando
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Foreign companies not allowed mining gems in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to relevant officials not to let any foreign national or a foreign company to mine gems in Sri Lanka. The President said the government is not ready to endow the local gem industry to foreign companies and instructed the officials to r...
25.01.2015 - 08:04
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