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Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory
Brazil which has long been a leader in tobacco control, this month launched the first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control. Known as an online observatory, the centre is a partnership of the Governme...
19.04.2016 - 09:24 By Manjari Peiris
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High Impact Special Projects for Palmyrah Sector Development
The Ministry of Prisons Reform, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs has provided a special allocation of Rs.160 Mn with a view to strengthen the palmyrah sector which is a predominant sector in the conflict affected Northern and Eastern Provinces in Sri Lanka. This is the l...
19.04.2016 - 09:18
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Should Celebrity Endorsements End?
A parliamentary committee, headed by a TDP Member, J.C. Divakar Reddy, is reported to have proposed a hefty fine (up to Rs 5o lakhs) and a long jail term (up to five years) for celebrities who ‘mislead’ consumers/ buyers with their endorsements. The proposal has not been given a legal shape yet. It...
18.04.2016 - 16:37 By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features
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Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy should be beneficial to NE people
India’s Look East Policy (LEP) was to foster extensive economic and strategic relations with member nations of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in order to bolster its standing as a regional power and a counterweight to the strategic influence of the People’s Republic of China. Initiat...
18.04.2016 - 15:48 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Major health, development and economic gains from tobacco tax increases
A study finding published by the World Health Organization recently reveals that tobacco tax increases can prevent millions of smoking-attributable deaths throughout the world and contribute to the achievement of global health objectives. The study points out that tobacco tax increases can provide...
18.04.2016 - 08:41 By Manjari Peiris
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Indian Navy’s Training Squadron in Colombo
Three ships from the Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron, namely Indian Naval Ships TIR and SUJATA, and Indian Coast Guard Ship VARUNA, are visiting Colombo from 15 – 18 April 2016. During their stay in Colombo, a series of professional, training, cultural and sports interactions will take pl...
18.04.2016 - 08:34
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Trump’s Imminent Triumph in New York and Lingering Republican Headache
The polls have been fairly consistent for months: Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner is poised to win New York primary decisively while bagging the majority of the 95-strong delegates in the crucial poll on Tuesday. Although, the poll numbers slightly fluctuate between 53 – 54%, depending on t...
17.04.2016 - 07:52 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter From America: Bernie Sanders is a better presidential candidate
Last week, I watched the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. I am glad that I had the time to do so. To me, the most important task of the President of the USA is about foreign policy, which he conducts through his Secretary of State. The debate allowed me to understand the candidates...
17.04.2016 - 07:45 Bernie Sanders is a better presidential candidate
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Project Back To Mmahabharata With Khattar
There is no dispute that the state of Haryana, established only about four decades ago when Punjab was trifurcated, is deeply associated with the Mahabharata. The battlefield of Kurukshetra in the heart of Haryana can be called the centre piece of the epic. There are many other small towns in the st...
17.04.2016 - 02:27 By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features
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Should Asia Pacific lead the world with robust roadmap for sustainable development?
Although the governments of UN member countries had adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, a lot more work needs to be done to deliver on these promises by 2030. Thirty-six Asia Pacific nations had met in Thailand for Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)...
15.04.2016 - 17:17 By Bobby Ramakant, CNS (Citizen News Service)
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Indian politics: Tamils’ search for credible alternative to AIADMK, DMK misrule may stop at PWF!
As the latest Tamil political news pouring in, there is a clear indication that Vaiko led PWF is making headway in poll alliance strategy. PWF’ chief ministerial candidate actor turned politician DMDK leader Vijayakanth has begun the election campaign on April 11 in a mammoth public meeting in which...
14.04.2016 - 21:16 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Lalin’s Column: Geneva-Not again
There was in March a surge of underworld killings, many of them in Colombo in daylight. Ubiquitous underworld hit squads, dormant for years post bellum, had surfaced with a vengeance. Was Colombo trying to become an old Chicago style mafia war zone? In 2005, 59,391 grave crimes were recorded. This w...
14.04.2016 - 17:50 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Wijegunasekera appointed Publicity Ambassador
Dilshan Aloka Sri Wijegunasekera, a prominent Sri Lankan journalist, has just mounted another level of success in his life as he has been given the appointment as the Publicity Ambassador for the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a Seoul-based international peace organisati...
14.04.2016 - 15:59
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Let us build ‘One Nation’ unhindered by divisions or disparities but genuine peace and equality - President Maithripala Sirisena
President Maithripala Sirisena in his New Year message has categorically pointed out that let all of us be determined to rise as One Country - One Nation unhindered by divisions or disparities but genuine peace and equality, and to build a drug-free, alcohol-free country in the New Year commenci...
13.04.2016 - 07:57
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Sri Lanka says Lethal Autonomous Weapons would undermine regional and global stability
Sri Lanka has cautioned that the potential military advantages of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS) would risk proliferation and thereby lower the threshold of the rules of warfare, undermining regional as well as global stability. Sri Lanka also alerted on the risk of non-state actors gaining...
13.04.2016 - 06:33
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Pak President Confers Prestigious Civil Award on Chairman Kashmir Study Forum Sri Lanka
The Government of Pakistan has awarded prestigious civil award Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) to the veteran Sri Lankan broadcaster, media consultant and Chairman Kashmir Study Forum Sri Lanka Mr. Mohamed Jamaludeen. He was decorated with Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan . Mamn...
13.04.2016 - 06:21
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2016 Tamil Nadu poll scenario: PWF’s CM candidate Vijayakanth to launch poll campaign today!
As the latest Tamil political news pouring in, there is a clear indication that Vaiko led PWF is making headway in poll alliance strategy. PWF’ chief ministerial candidate actor turned politician DMDK leader Vijayakanth began his election campaign yesterday in a mammoth public meeting in which Vaik...
12.04.2016 - 08:05 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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India & Maldives Signs Defense Agreement
India and Maldives Monday signed a defense cooperation pact and five other agreements to expand bilateral ties, said officials. The key defence pact with Maldives wasa signed to train Maldivian defence personnel and supply critical equipment in a seeming bid to stem a growing Chinese influence ov...
12.04.2016 - 07:28
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APHR: Release of political prisoners in Myanmar represents a positive step
Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia welcomed the release of over 100 political prisoners in Myanmar, expressing their hope that the long-awaited move represents a sign of the new government’s commitment to addressing the country’s human rights challenges. “It’s refreshing to see this new gov...
11.04.2016 - 20:54
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Tamil Nadu poll scenario: CM Jayalalithaa promises liquor prohibition if reelected!
With a view to balancing a key poll promise being made by other parties, especially the PWF, PMK and even DMK that introduced elaborate liquor policy in Tamil Nadu to impose liquor ban in the state if elected to power, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in her first election campaign public me...
11.04.2016 - 20:46 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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