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Joint Indian and Sri Lanka Navy - 2015, Final Exercise Held in Trincomalee
The joint Indian and Sri Lanka Navy exercise SLINEX-2015 concluded successfully off the Trincomalee seas on Sunday (01 November 2015). The Secretary Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi, The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunathileke, the Commander of the Army, Lieut...
02.11.2015 - 09:36
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No 'conclusive evidence' Maldives boat blast caused by bomb - FBI
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said it has found no conclusive evidence that an explosion on a boat transporting Maldives President Abdulla Yameen was caused by a bomb. The Maldives government, however, said the FBI statement was contrary to the outcome of other investigators. Thoug...
02.11.2015 - 08:36
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Disputed Artificial Islands in the South China Sea: the US finally calls China’s Bluff
The United States stuck to its word by openly challenging China over the artificial islands that the latter has been building in the South China Sea, while sending USS Lassen, the guided-missile destroyer, within the 12 nautical mile of one of the islands, without the prior approval from China on Tu...
01.11.2015 - 18:40 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter from America: Is Genocide Occurring in Myanmar’s Rakhine state?
The Genocide Convention was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948 and entered into force in 1951. It declares that genocide is a crime under international law. It imposes affirmative legal obligations on states to prevent genocide from occurring and to punish perpetrators of...
01.11.2015 - 18:06 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Tamil folk singer Kovan held for derogatory lyrics against CM Jayalalithaa, slapped with sedition charge!
Tamil Nadu government of J. Jayalalithaa does not seem to take chances as the state is getting ready for the poll next year and it applies brakes to all possible anti-government tirades seeking to weaken her and AIADMK’s image. Politics in Tamil Nadu, as usual, takes turns and twists as Tamil Nadu...
31.10.2015 - 14:06 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The Resource Manual by ITIC is a tool for promoting vested interests rather than designed to help governments
The Bangkok-based Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEACTA) warns legislators and finance ministries against replying on this Manual which is being widely promoted by ITIC to ASEAN governments. An academic review of the Manual’s section on tobacco taxation has revealed contradictions and i...
31.10.2015 - 08:47 By Manjari Peiris
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Thirty years of HIV epidemic in India: From despair to hope
It is almost 30 years since the first case of HIV infection was detected in India in Chennai in 1986. In a recent webinar organized by Citizen News Service (CNS), Dr R R Gangakhedkar, Director-in-charge, National AIDS Research Institute, Pune (Indian Council of Medical Research), presented a vivid p...
31.10.2015 - 08:19 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Sri Lanka to impose fine on Tamil Nadu for damages caused to underwater marine life and pollution by fishermen
Sri Lankan government was contemplating the imposition of a fine on Tamil Nadu for the damages done to the underwater marine life and the pollution caused by its fishermen, Sri Lankan fisheries industry minister said. Minister of Fisheries Mahinda Amaraweera was speaking at a media briefing held...
30.10.2015 - 09:05
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Finance minister says Sri Lanka a future investment destination
The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ravi Karunanayake, called on Swiss investors to invest in the future investment destination that is Sri Lanka. He said that since the change of the new government in January 2015, there is a strong national oriented government in place ushering in sustainable political s...
30.10.2015 - 08:30
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U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Highlights Women’s Roles in Economy and Reconciliation
U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell departed Sri Lanka today after her two-day visit to underscore the strong U.S. commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Sri Lanka. In meetings with senior government officials, civil society activists, religious l...
30.10.2015 - 08:22
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Sri Lanka and Ecuador to strengthen bilateral ties and friendship
The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Cuba, Sarath Dissanayake presented his Letter of Credence to the Acting President of the Republic of Ecuador, Jorge David Glas Espinel on 28th September 2015, as Sri Lanka’s first Ambassador to Ecuador, at a simple but colorful ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Qu...
30.10.2015 - 08:09
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Maldives foreign Minister to brief on explosion on Presidential speedboat
Maldives Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon will arrive in Sri Lanka today (29) to brief the diplomats based in Colombo and affiliated to the Maldives on the arrest of Maldives Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor. Maumoon will also meet the Sri Lankan media for a briefing on the latest development...
29.10.2015 - 14:31
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Douglas Devananda to stand trial for murder through video conferencing in Chennai
Former Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda is set to stand trial, through video conferencing, before a Chennai court in a 28-year-old murder case. As all 10 accused in connection with the Diwali- eve murder in 1986 are absconding with non bailable warrant (NBW) pending against them, the prosecutio...
29.10.2015 - 08:33
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ASEAN parliamentarians condemn attack on Cambodian lawmakers
Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia today condemned the recent attack on opposition lawmakers in Cambodia and called for an independent investigation into the incident. On 26 October, a mob of over 2,500 protesters assaulted two Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) MPs, who were leaving th...
29.10.2015 - 14:32
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Peaceful Protest in Sri Lanka urged UN to implement its resolutions on Kashmir
The Secretary General of the United Nations was urged to encourage, facilitate and support efforts leading to a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, as well as exercise the mandate entrusted to him by Charter of the United Nations and under...
29.10.2015 - 07:42
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Sri Lanka: A nation marching backwards? Why is civil society silent?
Despite the shortcomings of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, few would have denied that the nation was on the move, forwards,after years of stagnation on account of the debilitating armed conflict with the LTTE. Those who cared to see would have observed the sense of resurgence evident throughout the c...
29.10.2015 - 07:23 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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From Clonialism To Neoclonialism
Studying historical facts of events that occurred in this country two centuries ago there are many similarities which if given serious consideration could prevent this nation from repeating past mistakes which resulted in the loss of independence. Vested interests and external powers try to destabil...
28.10.2015 - 08:03 By Lt Col.(Retd.) A.S.Amarasekera
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US Throws Out Sharif's India Dossier
Before leaving his country late in October on a three-day visit to Washington Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been jolted to the reality that despite the US willingness to forgive and forget all the duplicitous acts of Pakistan it was not going to give him an ‘India-like’ civil nuclear deal. It shou...
28.10.2015 - 07:57 By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features
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Sri Lanka Navy Diving & Salvage Unit Turns 50: A Historic Landmark in Navy Diving
The Sri Lanka Navy Diving and Salvage Unit celebrated their 50th Anniversary at a glamorous function held in Trincomalee with the presence of Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the Commander of the Navy as the Chief Guest and Lieutenant Commander (Retd) Marty Somasundaram, the founding father of N...
27.10.2015 - 14:45
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Government is bound to protect dignity and pride of defence forces while facing international allegations – President
President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is bound to protect the dignity and pride of the defence sector including our tri-forces while confronting the alleged human rights violations purported to have happened during the last phase of the war. He added he would never let the security sect...
27.10.2015 - 09:51
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