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Quit Time for Raj Bhavan Occupants
After taking some widely hailed ‘bold’ and ‘innovative’ initiatives during its initial days, the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government has strayed into controversial territories that can much deplete its stock of goodwill. It took recourse to the ordinance route for appointing a...
23.06.2014 - 06:03 By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Feature
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Analysing the Science of Penalty – following the early exit of England
The unfortunate early exit of England from FIFA World Cup 2014 was truly frustrating for those of us, who had been waiting for four years to witness much better performance from the national team than what we saw in 2010. Despite the combination of money that the Football Association, FA, has at...
22.06.2014 - 06:56 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Russia time tested, reliable friend, says Modi
The Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin, who is the second high-level foreign dignitary to come here after the Modi government took office last month, has conveyed President Putin’s desire to work with the new Indian leadership. The first visitor was Chinese foreign minister, who came as a special...
22.06.2014 - 02:53 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Letter from America: Brotherhood of Mankind – Is it possible?
Nearly 1300 years ago, Hassan al-Basri (R: may Allah have mercy on him), one of the great saints, scholars and preachers of Islam, was asked: "What is Islam, and who are the Muslims?" He answered: "Islam is in the books, and Muslims are in the tomb." Hassan (R) was a Tabi’un (successor) who had the...
22.06.2014 - 02:45 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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President Mahinda To Appoint High Level Panel To Inquire Into The Recent Disturbances
Pesident Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to appoint a high-level panel to inquiry into the recent disturbances in in Aluthgama, Beruwala and various parts of the country. “I will be appointing a high-level panel to inquire in to recent disturbances,” President Rajapaksa The announcement was made t...
22.06.2014 - 02:56
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Sushma Swaraj to visit Dhaka next week
India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will be visiting Dhaka next week to defreeze relations with Bangladesh, and to give a push to neighborhood policy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Officially the visit from June 25 to 27 at the invitation of Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Foreign Minister of Bang...
22.06.2014 - 02:24 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Lalin’s Column: Check Point Pasyala killing
A motor cyclist Subash Jayasinghe, father of one child was shot dead at a police ‘check point’ at Pasyala, Nittambuwa on 11 June 14. The agony of the distraught and devastated father, seen going down in shock on TV , then worshipping the authorities even calling them ‘gentlemen’ (hamuduruwo) and...
22.06.2014 - 02:15 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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India not to issue immigration clearance for Iraq
India has decided to not issue immigration clearance for travel to Iraq for the next one month in view of prevailing uncertain conditions with the jihadi militants on a rampage. Already some forty Indian workers are held hostage near Mosul and efforts to secure their release have not made much headw...
22.06.2014 - 01:52 By Malladi Rama Rao
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More Mountain Warriors
The defence ministry issued the ‘formal sanction letter’ for the raising of a Mountain Strike Corps last November to guard the Himalayas from Ladakh in the west to Arunachal Pradesh in the east. Hopefully the last hurdle has been crossed for creating an adequate fighting force to keep the increasing...
22.06.2014 - 01:44 By Eklavya* - Syndicate Features
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Muslim Owned Nolimit Store In Panadura Set On Fire
In the ongoing violence targeting Muslims, a Muslim owned fashion store in Sri Lanka's Panadura town in the outskirts of Colombo district was set ablaze in the pre-dawn hours of today. The burnt shop belonged to the Nolimit fashion network owned by Muslims. It reported that the multi-storey fashio...
21.06.2014 - 16:52 By A Special Correspondent
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Violence against Muslims threatens secularism in Sri Lanka
Constituency politics, the bane of Sri Lanka’s democracy has prevented important issues being discussed openly as political parties have not taken the initiative to do this fearing a loss of votes from their constituencies. This inaction has left these issues to simmer beneath the surface and mutate...
21.06.2014 - 08:35 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Sri Lanka Briefed Human Rights Council Action Taken By Government To Bring Back Normalcy To Aluthgama and Beruwala
Sri Lanka informed the Human Rights Council that prompt action had been taken by the government to bring back normalcy to Aluthgama and Beruwala, the areas affected by recent incidents of the communal violence. This observation was made by Ms. Manisha Gunasekera, Deputy Permanent Representative to...
21.06.2014 - 08:25
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Modi defers Tokyo visit to early August
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deferred his second foreign visit to early August. He was scheduled to meet the Japanese leadership in Tokyo on July 3-4. An advance team is already in the Japanese capital to prepare for the visit. “The visit has been postponed in view of the budget session which o...
21.06.2014 - 08:13 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Junket Culture
It is surprising that a government that is run by the champions of ‘Indianness’ and ‘swadeshi’ culture had decided that six legislators, three of them ministers, from the BJP-ruled Goa will be sent on a ‘videshi’ (foreign) junket, to far away Brazil to watch the world cup football matches. The spor...
21.06.2014 - 08:03 By Tushar Culture - Syndicate Features
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Britain Urges Sri Lanka To Cooperate With International Investigation
Britsain has called on Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international investigation mandated by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in March, and to fully implement the specific recommendations in your own Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission report, including on accountability and ensurin...
21.06.2014 - 07:57
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Kidnapped Indians in Iraq “safe”; One has managed to escape
Indian foreign ministry is working overtime to rescue the 40 construction workers mostly from Punjab and Andhra Pradesh, who are reportedly held by the ISIS militants near Mosul. The Iraqi government reportedly conveyed to Delhi that the Indian construction workers were being held along with work...
20.06.2014 - 15:14 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Protest in Jaffna supporting Muslims in Aluthgama & Beruwela
A protest calling attention to atrocities committed against Muslims at Aluthgama and Beruwela was held this morning in Jaffna . The protest was organized by the Tamil National Alliance and it was held , opposite the Jaffna bus stand, for two hours from 9 am to 11 am this morning. A few-dozen...
20.06.2014 - 14:46
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Modi Lays Maculay To Rest
The 19th century British historian, educationist and politician, Thomas Babington Maculay evokes two kinds of contradictory feelings in India. He is denounced for his supercilious colonial outlook which obliged him to ridicule India and its literature and culture. But a lot of Indians think that Ind...
20.06.2014 - 09:09 By Atul Cowhish - Syndicate Features
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100th Birth Anniversary of Edirweera Srachandra: Commemorations at UNESCO
The 100th birth anniversary of Professor Ediriweera Sarachchandra was commemorated at UNESCO on 10th June 2014 under the auspices of the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova and the Minister of Culture, T. B. Ekanayake. The recognition and commemorations of the centenary birth anniversary of t...
20.06.2014 - 08:16
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Investigate all extremist groups and ban those carrying out a campaign of hate, intimidation and violence – Muslim Council
: Muslim Council in a public appeal has urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to immediately investigate the actions of all extremist groups and ban those who have been carryout a campaign of hate, intimidation and violence against Muslims, Christians and other religious minorities. The appeal signed...
20.06.2014 - 08:05
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