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Culture of bandhs, strikes, blockades in Northeast; but sometimes they become instrument of achieving goals
About 20 bandhs and blockades are normally called by several organizations in Assam in a month. Maximum bandhs and blockades are called in Districts of Karbi Anglong, Golaghat and Jorhat bordering Nagaland. Calling bandhs and blockades have become routine affairs in Assam. They will launch agitation...
15.07.2015 - 10:33 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Thailand should free Phuketwan journalists immediately - Minority Rights Group
The Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges against two journalists on trial for reporting on the human trafficking of Burma’s Rohingya people, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) said as court proceedings began on Tuesday. The two journalists, Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian...
15.07.2015 - 08:02
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UPFA will win in 14 districts, whereas UNP alliance only in four - Susil Premajayantha
Susil Premajayantha while questioning the veracity of the 6.2 million votes President Maithripala Srisena got in the last Presidential election declared that UPFA will win comfortably in 14 districts whereas UNP alliance can win only in four districts. But Jaffna, Vanni and Trincomalee districts TNA...
15.07.2015 - 07:46
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Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington Celebrates Iftar
Sri Lanka’s Embassy in Washington DC celebrated the traditional Iftar. on Friday, July 10th. The event was held on Friday, July 10th and attended by a large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan-American Muslim community, representatives from the State Department and other Sri Lankan community...
14.07.2015 - 10:00
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Kurunegala - Mahinda the lead candidate of UPFA
UPFA Kurunegala nominations list with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the team leader was handed over to the Kurunegala District Secretariat. SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa handed over nominations this morning at the District Secretariat. The former President Mahinda Rajapaksa...
14.07.2015 - 11:28
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Myanmar Monks Plan for a Buddhist Radio Station r
A group of nationalist Buddhist monks in Myanmar plan to set up a radio station to protect and disseminate their religion, despite fears that they will use it as a platform to foment anti-Muslim sentiment. Members of the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion, better known as Ma...
14.07.2015 - 08:42
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'Only 4% of Ceylon Tea brewed locally'-EDB
A whopping 96% of Pure Ceylon Tea production volumes leave Sri Lanka to serve eager global buyers while only 4% of it is brewed locally –and the Lankan tea sector is now called to lead the value addition way on 10 July. "Pure Ceylon Tea exports grew by 5.4% in 2014. Only 50% of tea export revenues c...
13.07.2015 - 09:44
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Islam: Relevance of Eid ul Fitr!
According to the Islamic tradition, there are two festivals observed by Muslims every year - Eid-ul-Fitr just after Ramadan or Ramzan and Eid-ul-Zuha in the month of Hajj. Eid al-Fitr in Arabic meaning “festival or feast of breaking of the fast" is celebrated on the first day of Shaw'waal, on com...
13.07.2015 - 09:30 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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TULF is very much in the election fray
Tamil United Liberation Front led by veteran Politician V.Anandasangaree is filing nominations in Colombo, Jaffna, Vanni, Trincomalee and Batticaloa. Te leader of the party when contacted told Asian Tribune that he will be contesting from Colombo electoral district and from Jaffna Retd. Judge Vick...
13.07.2015 - 09:07
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Tidbits: On Political personalities
The UPFA has denied nominations to actress and former Gampaha District MP Upeksha Swarnamali. The teledrama star contested the last parliamentary polls in April 2010 on the UNP ticket. She subsequently switched her allegiance to the UPFA. Karunaratne Paranavithana Former Media Secretary Karunaratne...
13.07.2015 - 08:49
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Unclean voter society has no moral authority to demand clean representatives in parliament
Another parliamentary election is scheduled. A lot of anxiety and the fear is how August 17th 2015 is going to turn out. Having voted out a President, who allegedly connived with his family and friends to turn this country into a personal fiefdom, people expected changes under the new President Ma...
13.07.2015 - 00:42
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Should Nagaland be really under “Disturbed area” status?
The “Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA)” and the “Disturbed Area Act (DAA)” are synonymous with the people of the Northeast India. The rest of the people of India might feel otherwise on hearing such Act imposed on the Northeastern States. But to the Northeastern people, it is not new t...
12.07.2015 - 16:36 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Norwegian Involvement in the Sri Lankan Peace Process – by Dr Chanaka Talpahewa
I read the book, Peaceful Intervention in Intra-State Conflicts by Dr Chanka Talpahewa, this week and effortlessly got an in-depth understanding of the role, often mired in endless controversies, played by the third party actors, especially Norway, in the protracted conflict in the misplaced belief...
12.07.2015 - 10:55 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Inauguration of Government of India funded Language Lab in Akuressa, Matara
High Commissioner of India, Mr. Y. K. Sinha and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mangala Samaraweera jointly inaugurated a Language Lab in Akuressa on July 10, 2015 at a function held at Nilwala National College of Education. Consul General of India-Hambantota, Mr. Raj Kumar, Director,...
12.07.2015 - 06:24
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EPDP – At last to test its strength in Jaffna
Eelam Peoples Democratic Alliance which was overshadowed by the UPFA, during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure of office from 2005 Nov till January 2015, has now come forward to establish it party’s identity and stance by coming forward contest in its own party and its Veen symbol in...
11.07.2015 - 13:16 By K.T.Rajasingham
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Finance Ministry to report the malpractices at Hyatt Hotel project to FCID
On the instruction of the minister of Finance Mr Ravi Karunanayake, the finance ministry has taken the necessary initiatives to make a formal complaint to the Police Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) on the large scale misappropriation of funds and malpractices said to have taken place i...
11.07.2015 - 09:03
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A fierce campaign after contentious nominations battle
The August election campaign would rage as none seen before with Ranil Wickremesinghe defending his turf against the challenger, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the deposed Executive president. Would a damaging SLPF split be avoided as the campaign progresses? The campaign is similar in some ways to the 2005 Ran...
11.07.2015 - 08:56 By Philip Fernando
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Pakistan, India ready to discuss all outstanding issues
Pakistan and India have expressed readiness to discuss all outstanding issues to promote peace and development in the region. This came at a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Ufa, Russia. They agreed that both Pakistan and India have a collect...
11.07.2015 - 08:49
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WB’s Washington investment team in town
A top investment assessment delegation from World Bank’s Washington offices is now in town. Boats, ICT and spices are among Lankan exports that show future promise- and the World Bank is open to evaluate the possibility of supporting an Exim Bank for Sri Lanka’s export push, as revealed on 10 July....
11.07.2015 - 08:42
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Finance Ministry rebuts ex-President's allegation of issuing ethanol licenses
Ministry of Finace rejects the allegation made by the former President that the government in 100 days has issued 28 ethanol licenses. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had made this allegation attributing to Finance minister as telling the Parliament in this regard. Importation of Ethanol into th...
10.07.2015 - 15:58
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