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Fijian Prime Minister expresses gratitude to Sri Lanka in maiden speech
Rear Admiral J.V. Bainimarama, the newly elected Prime Minister of Fiji has acknowledged the immense debt Fiji owes to Sri Lanka, in his inaugural speech on 13th October 2014 at the Parliament House in Suva, following the convincing victory of his Fiji First Party at the general elections held last...
18.10.2014 - 07:39
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WHO cautions: "Do not let fox guard chickens"
This the first time ever when global tobacco treaty negotiations are taking place in Russian Federation. While sharing an internal tobacco industry document that is now in public domain, Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said: “One record shows that there was...
18.10.2014 - 07:26 By Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Jaya Amma gets bail with conditions
In a big relief to Jayalalithaa Jayaram who is in a Bangalore jail since September 27 in a graft case, and her AIADMK faithful, the Supreme Court Friday granted her bail for two months but made her promise to go back to jail by Dec 18, if necessary. She assured the court that she would stay at home...
17.10.2014 - 18:31 From Malladi Rama Rao
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India launches navigation satellite IRNSS -1C
Close on the heels of Mangalyan, India today launched the third of its seven satellite navigation system, with its work horse, Polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) successfully placing the satellite IRNSS IC in a geo-stationary orbit. The lift off took place from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh I...
17.10.2014 - 09:15 From Malladi Rama Rao
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Moragahakanda Reservoir Project To Benefit Northerners
Moragahakanda - Kalu Ganga development project was first discussed in 1955 and again in 1977 when the Mahaweli projects were being implemented. However, it took another 30 years before it finally got off the ground as the fulfillment of an election pledge under the Mahinda Chinthana vision for the f...
17.10.2014 - 08:10
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British Deputy High Commissioner’s Visit to Jaffna
British Deputy High Commissioner Laura Davies visited Jaffna town on 15 October, 2014. She called on Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, District Secretary Suntharam Arumainayagam and Bishop Thomas Saundaranayagam. She also visited the Sabapathipillai Welfare Centre located in Chunnakam, the British C...
17.10.2014 - 10:50
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The Uva Provincial Council new Board of Ministers sworn in before President Mahinda Rajapaksa
The new Board of Ministers of the Uva Provincial Council took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo yesterday morning. They are (UPFA) Councilors representing the Badulla District - Anura Vidanagamage, Chamara Sampath Dasanayaka and Senthil Thondam...
17.10.2014 - 07:43 Colombo, 17 October, (
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Strong tobacco taxation policy adopted despite industry interference
Allies of tobacco industry had tried to persuade government delegations before the global tobacco treaty negotiations began in Moscow earlier this week. But governments who have ratified the global tobacco treaty voted for public health and not corporate interests. Dr Margaret Chan, Director Gene...
17.10.2014 - 07:12 Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service – CNS
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U.S. Trade Delegation Backs Enhanced U.S.-Sri Lankan Business Cooperation
The American and Ceylon Chambers of Commerce joined the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to co-host U.S.-Sri Lanka Business Forum today to coincide with the 11th Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Joint Council Meeting. Michael Delaney, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Central...
17.10.2014 - 06:59
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Ambassador Amunugama meets Germany’s State Secretary of the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Sri Lanka Ambassador for Germany Karunatilaka Amunugama held a meeting with the Hans Joachim Fuchtel, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany. The Ambassador made use of the opportunity to thank the Federal Ministry for the assistance extended to Sri Lanka...
17.10.2014 - 06:51
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21st Century Maritime Silk Road
The two day historical visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the First Lady Peng Liyuan who arrived in the island on September 16th ended with a new milestone further strengthening Sri Lanka-China relationship. A number of MOUs were signed between the two nations on development of infrastruc...
16.10.2014 - 12:22 By T.K.Premadasa
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Foreigners’ Visit To North Only With Prior Approval
Defence Ministry Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya yesterday said that foreigners visiting the Northern part of the country should inform the Defence Ministry of such visits as there had been negative intervention on the part of a few foreign nationals visiting the region. Addressing the wee...
16.10.2014 - 08:21
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Minister G.L. Peiris invited to be a panelist at Bali Democracy Forum
Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs was invited to be a panelist at the recently concluded 7th Democracy Forum held in Bali, Indonesia where 52 countries participated. Prof. Peiris drew on the Sri Lankan experience in illustrating the theme for discussion by the Panel, “The dynamics of p...
16.10.2014 - 07:20
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Britain follow Sweden's example
There were hundreds of rockets fired at helpless Gazans by Israel, which took the lives of over two thousand innocent people but the two powerful rockets fired from Sweden and Britain have shaken the Zionist regime in Israel badly. I am referring to both countries’ recognition of Palestinian as...
16.10.2014 - 07:14 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Sri Lanka: Consensus and not confrontation should be the basis for changes to the Executive Presidency
Since gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1948, the introduction of the Executive Presidency was by far the most far reaching governance change introduced in Sri Lanka. This was done through the 1978 constitution which many say was authored by then Prime Minister J R Jayewardene who went...
15.10.2014 - 16:39 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Shylock’s pound of flesh!
Readers must be familiar with Shakespeare’s famous play ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in which Shylock demands a pound of flesh. The demand made by one of the nurses of a well-known private hospital in Kollupitiya – Sri Lanka, reminds me of Shylock’s cruel demand. According to credible information a 13-y...
15.10.2014 - 20:00
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Charlatanism of KNU and Tatmadaw
Contemporary scholars, politicians, statesmen and laymen will be bewildered to find the word Charlatanism between the two antagonistic groups of Burmese army known as Tatmadaw and the current KNU (Karen Nation Union). But their actions and declarations clearly indicate their similarity even though t...
15.10.2014 - 16:52 By Kanbawza Win
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A Private Plea Seeking Rs 100 Crore in Compensation From Dr. Swamy
A private complaint has been lodged against BJP leader Dr.Subramanian Swamy on charges of conspiracy and causing damage to property, holding him responsible for the damage caused to boats of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy. R C Kuppan, a fisherman and resident of Nochikuppam, filed the comp...
14.10.2014 - 22:29
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Nobel Prize: Malala Defeated Taliban Ideology
The World Youngest 17 years old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai and India’s Kailash Satyarthi have won Nobel Prize -2014 for their work promoting children’s rights of education. At this occasion while awarding the prize The Norwegian Nobel Committee stated that a peaceful global development can only com...
14.10.2014 - 08:45 By Zaheerul Hassan
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Minister Peiris calls on President–elect of Indonesia
Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, called on Mr. Joko Widodo, President-elect of Indonesia, who will be inaugurated as Indonesia’s Head of State on 20th October. Minister Peiris conveyed to President-elect Widodo, the warm felicitations and good wishes of President Mahinda Rajapaksa f...
14.10.2014 - 06:35
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