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Two recent contrasting discussions on - Destruction of Sri Lanka’s Ancient Economic Water Heritage
It is generally well known that Sri Lanka’s ancient irrigation systems have been studied and documented over the years by scholars like R L Brohier and others. D S Senanayake as Minister of Agriculture under the Donoughmore reforms commissioned publication of Brohier’s classic Ancient Irrigation Wor...
08.07.2014 - 07:02 By Eng. D L O Mendis
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Sri Lanka’s Smile – Photographic Exhibition by Knut Stritzke in Leipzig, Germany
The Grassi Ethnological Museum in Leipzig has inaugurated a photographic Exhibition named “Sri Lankas Lächeln” – Sri Lanka’s smile – on 23rd May 2014 and will host this exhibition up to 23rd August 2014. The Exhibition consists of photographs taken by the renowned German Photographer Knut Stritzke...
08.07.2014 - 06:54
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Dalai Lama urges Buddhists to halt Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka/Myanmar
The Dalai Lama Sunday reiterated his plea to Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to halt violence against Muslims, in a speech to tens of thousands of devotees to mark his 79th birthday. In front of the massive crowd that included Hollywood film star Richard Gere in northern India, the Dalai Lama...
07.07.2014 - 13:38 Asian Tribune Presents AFP Report
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June 2014 violence against Muslims is frightening and unsettling minorities in Sri Lanka
While minorities in Sri Lanka will justifiably be frightened and unsettled as a consequence of the violence against Muslims in 2014 in Aluthgama and Beruwala, they need to be assured that the overwhelming majority of the majority community, the Sinhalese, had no part either in the violence agains...
07.07.2014 - 06:56 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Shani's column : Bodhi puja
Culture and Religion are in most cases intertwined. Many people, even though they belong to different religious groups participate in each other’s cultural and religious events world over and at the Ministry of External Affairs, Sri Lanka there is no exception. The Ministry’s staff are predominan...
07.07.2014 - 06:49 By Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne
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TR Zeliang should show something on the ground
Ever since the TR Zeliang government came in a little over one month back, the overall administration and political environment continues to remain still unpredictable. No major programs and policies are initiated and the state government machineries are still visibly weak. Things are increasingl...
07.07.2014 - 06:32 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Freed Indian nurses from Iraq reach Kochi
Forty-six nurses from Kerala, whose fate in strife-torn Iraq had kept the entire nation on tenterhooks for the past few days, and who were freed by Iraqi insurgents, arrived at Kochi on Saturday (July 5) to a grand welcome, ending days of tension and uncertainty. As the special Air India flight f...
06.07.2014 - 07:24 From Gopal Ethiraj in Chennai
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Rapidly-Chaotic Collapse of the Cradle of Civilization
The visuals that come from Mosul, the town that is under the complete control of ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant - are pretty disturbing for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike; apart from endless human suffering, the well-orchestrated destruction of ancient mosques, shrines and churches,...
06.07.2014 - 07:10 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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India brings back 46 nurses from Tikrit
A special flight of Air India, the national carrier brought home today 46 Kerala nurses who had been briefly held hostage by the ISIS militants as they were working at a 600-bed hospital at Tikrit more than a week ago. Officials of the foreign ministry are tight-lipped on how these nurses ha...
06.07.2014 - 07:18 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Letter from America: 935 Lies – Book Review
Recently in an interview to Chinese news agency, US Secretary of State, John Kerry said he had termed the decision of former President George W. Bush going for war on Iraq a grave mistake. As I have pointed out in some of my writings, the invasion of Iraq was not just a mistake it was a crime of th...
06.07.2014 - 06:56 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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FIFA World Cup 2014: Brazil and Germany in semi-finals
Brazil and Germany sent Colombia and France packing respectively, before being qualified to the semi-finals in the current tournament. The heated match between Colombia and Brazil was the focus on Friday, as it truly was a match between the two equals: the former had been the best team up until Fr...
05.07.2014 - 08:16 By our sports correspondent….
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Latifah: 'Queen of the kitchen’
I am sure that many of the readers, at first sight, would think that this is something to do with the American singer, songwriter, rapper and actress Queen Latifah, who gave us one of her evergreen numbers, ‘Just another day!’ But this is about none other than our own Latifah, whom we call 'the quee...
05.07.2014 - 04:26 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Renovation and rededication of the Methodist Church a fulfillment of a national duty - President Mahinda
Renovation and rededication of the church is a fulfillment of a national duty, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. This is a good opportunity to showcase the religious harmony that prevails in Sri Lanka, he added. President made these observations yesterday while attending the rededication ceremony...
05.07.2014 - 03:49
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Indian High Commission Offers Scholarship To Children of Estate Workers
The Indian High Commission has called for applications from the children of estate workers, who are resident on estates, for award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers’ Education Trust (CEWET). These scholarships are available for G.C.E. Advanced Level, Undergraduate courses and for students...
05.07.2014 - 03:26
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Tobacco use a big ‘No’ for people with TB and diabetes
Tobacco use is anyways harmful for all, but it is especially hazardous for people living with diabetes and those suffering from or at risk of tuberculosis (TB). For the former it acts as an hindrance in their control of blood sugar and in case of the latter their ability to transmit the disease can...
05.07.2014 - 03:19 By Shrey Singh, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Missing Persons Commission’s Fifth Sittings in Mullaitivu
The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons will conduct its fifth round of Public Sittings in Mullaitivu District from July 05 – 08, 2014. Sittings will be held at the Puthukkudiyiruppu Divisional Secretariat on July 5th and 6th, and at Maritimepattu Divisio...
04.07.2014 - 13:10
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Albert Einstein's sadness
The killing of one Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem by Israelis is highly deplorable as a revenge for the killing of three Israeli teenage settlers by unknown persons. Going by the numbers the Palestinians still have a huge deficit although we don’t approve the killings of the noncombatant a...
04.07.2014 - 08:32 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Dr. Jayasundera Meets Technocrats Of Japan
Secretary, Ministryof Finance & Planning, Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, and a high level delegation from the Ministry of Finance visited Japan in order to call on senior technocrats as well as to participate at the Sri Lanka Investment Seminar organized by Japan External Trade Organization [JETRO] in cl...
04.07.2014 - 08:25
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Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Ramazan & Eid Trade Bazaar
Following its huge success at the 1st Ramazan & Eid Trade Bazaar, the Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association will be continuing its drive to enhance people to people contacts and bilateral trade connectivity between the two friendly countries. The Ramazan & Eid Trade Bazaar will be offer...
04.07.2014 - 13:01
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Neomal Perera officiates Sri Lanka Honorary Consulate in Zurich
After his appointment as Sri Lanka Honorary Consul for the Zurich Canton in March 2014 under the guidance of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin, Vidarshana Munasinghe has arranged a series of events officiating his functions. In April, religious ceremonies were held at the Consulate. The declaration o...
04.07.2014 - 07:53
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