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44 New Secrearies to Ministries Appointed: Karunasena Hettiarachchi appointed as the new Defence Secretary.
The Secretary to the President Mr. P. B. Abeykoon announced the appointments of 44 new Secretaries to the Ministries today (Sep. 08) at the Presidential Secretariat. Karunasena Hettiarachchi was appointed as the new Defence Secretary. The New Secretaries received their letters of appointment from th...
09.09.2015 - 07:10
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US Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage meets Sri Lankan President
Former United States Deputy Secretary of State Mr. Richard L. Armitage (2001 to 2005 in the Bush administration) met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. In an OP-ED contribution to Wall Street Journal in January 2015, following the Presidential election, Armitage...
08.09.2015 - 20:28
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Japanese Lions Help Rural School in Sri Lanka
The Ryugasaki Kikyo Lions Club of Japan recently teamed up with the Lions Club of Biyagama North to help uplift the standard of the Kimbulgoda Maha Vidyalaya at Wathurugama in the Gampaha district. The project led by Lion Shiranee Rajapaksa and her team at the Lion’s Club of Biyagama North saw the...
08.09.2015 - 20:14
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The LTTE Nediyawan Faction to Continue the Fight: Launches a new Tamil TV channel 'Deepam'
The LTTE has launched a new Tamil Television channel Deepam targeting European, Sri Lankan and South India Tamils. The station is run by Nediyawan, the LTTE leader based in Norway, who coordinated LTTE activities overseas on behalf of the LTTE International Secretariat. Perimpanayagan Sivaparam kno...
08.09.2015 - 11:29 By Maya Anthony
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Stabbed Maldives opposition lawyer to get treatment in Colombo
Maldives’ opposition aligned lawyer Mahfooz Saeed was to arrive in Sri Lanka last evening to receive further treatment for injuries sustained in the recent stabbing, his family has said, reported the Haveeru online. Mahfooz, a member of former president Mohamed Nasheed's legal team, was stabbed in t...
08.09.2015 - 07:41
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Pacific approach to deal with the dual burden of TB-diabetes
Many of the 22 countries that comprise the Pacific Islands region have very high rates of type-2 diabetes (upto 37% prevalence in adults) and high rates of TB as well (upto 343 cases per 100000). In fact 7 of the world’s top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes are in the Pacific Isl...
08.09.2015 - 07:07 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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50th Defense Day of Pakistan Celebrated in Colombo
The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka celebrated the 50th Defense Day of Pakistan last evening in Colombo, to commemorate the 1965 war events and sacrifices rendered by valiant Pakistan's armed forces. The event attracted large gathering including Sri Lankan Government Ministers, Chief of Def...
07.09.2015 - 22:17
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'Don't rock the boat baby!'
'Don't rock the boat baby' was a hit number during our youth and I am reminded of this song nervously to see the ever increasing new cabinet! We laughed at the mega sized cabinet under the previous government but the current government too despite its promise to limit it to 30 ministers has produced...
07.09.2015 - 14:56 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Sri Lanka: keeping the Rajapaksa dynasty happy can harm President Sirisena’s reconciliation policy!
Obviously, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is just down but not fully out. This comfort could offer him some extra hopes for his political future and he certainly looks for fatal mistakes and wrong moves by the Sirisena government so that Singhalese could leave the trust zone created b...
07.09.2015 - 13:26 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Letter from America: Are we witnessing resurrection of fascism in Hungary?
Nearly 70 years ago, Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) wrote a poem about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. He wrote in 1946: "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—...
06.09.2015 - 12:37 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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If Mahinda returned to power: The country would have experienced massive killings of innocents, - CBK
Mahinda Rajapaksa during his tenure as the President of Sri Lanka ran a police state and if he was successful in returning to power as Prime Minister in recent parliamentary polls the country would have experienced massive killings of innocents, according to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike K...
06.09.2015 - 07:52
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Finland’s prime minister offers his home to refugees
Finland's millionaire prime minister, Juha Sipila, said on Saturday he would make his home in the north of the country available to refugees. As European leaders struggle to agree policies to cope with a huge influx of migrants, many fleeing war in Syria, Sipila -- a former telecoms executive -- sai...
06.09.2015 - 07:48
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TB-Diabetes is a formidable challenge in Asia Pacific
TB is the top infectious disease killer that infected 9 million people, killing 1.5 million of them, in 2013. The Asia Pacific region carries 56% of this global TB burden, accounting for 5 million TB cases, and more than half a million TB related deaths in 2013. According to the Diabetes Atlas 2014,...
06.09.2015 - 07:25 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Chandrika Kumaratunga calls on Indian Prime Minister
Former President of Sri Lanka, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga Bhandaranaike called on the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today. Mr Kumaratunga is visiting India to attend the ongoing international conference “Samvad- Global Hindu-Buddhist Initiative on conflict avoidance and environment consciousness”...
05.09.2015 - 23:51
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Buddha did not even have sinful thoughts,: politicians must not only refrain from corruption, but also refrain from even thought of corruption – President Maithripala Srisena
President said as we rightly consider that Buddha did not even have sinful thoughts, the politicians must not only refrain from corruption, but also refrain from even thought of corruption. The President warned that no matter how secretively politicians and state officials engaged in corruption or i...
05.09.2015 - 12:17
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Migrant crisis: who created it?
It was reported that thousands of refugees and migrants arrived in Athens piling further pressure on increasingly divided European nations as they struggle to cope with the unprecedented influx. We also read about hundreds of deaths by drowning and refugees being transported in refrigerated vans....
05.09.2015 - 10:39 By S.H.Moulana -Riyadh
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Make yahapalanaya a success: enthrone the defeated and the mediocre
Traders and politicians have many commonalities. In Sri Lanka someone who starts as a trader counts success by the amount of political patronage one is able to muster and a politician counts success on how fast one becomes a trader and how many other traders wish to enroll around him/her. At the mac...
04.09.2015 - 09:10 By Dr.M.A.Mohamed Saleem
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After years of neglect, growing attention to TB in children in Asia Pacific
TB is a neglected disease, killing 1.5 million people each year. But perhaps the most neglected group of TB patients is the estimated 550,000 million children or more, who suffer from the disease each year. TB is commonly passed from adults to children and is among the top 10 causes of illness and d...
04.09.2015 - 09:01 Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Indian High Commission sponsor scholarships award for children of estate workers
Applications are invited from the children of estate workers, who are residents of 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 undergoing Vocational/ Techni...
03.09.2015 - 07:59
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Universal access to services and social protection: A mantra to end TB
So said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Global Tuberculosis Programme, in an interview given to Citizen News Service (CNS) at the ongoing 5th Asia Pacific Region Conference on Lung Health of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Uni...
02.09.2015 - 08:28 By Shobha Shukla - Citizen News Service - CNS
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