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Two former Petroleum Ministers to be investigated
Action mooted to investigate two Petroleum Ministers of the previous UPFA Government regarding alleged of irregularities in issuing dealership licenses, oil deals and of number of other issues. Already Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has suspended a total of 37 Petroleum Dealership Licences issued by...
21.03.2015 - 09:50
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UK Introduces New Health Surcharge
From 6 April, nationals from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), coming to live in the UK for longer than six months will be required to pay a ‘health surcharge’ in order to gain access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Currently non-EEA nationals coming to work, study or join fami...
21.03.2015 - 08:58
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Nagaland heading for Opposition-less government; not healthy in democratic government
When press people asked Chief Minister TR Zeliang as to when he would fill the vacant Cabinet posts in his Council of Ministers. “Any time after the Assembly,” he told the good-tempered journalists who still wanted to know about the Congress’ joining his Ministry. The suave Chief Minister gave his f...
21.03.2015 - 08:13 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Progress made but work remains on firewalling health policy from tobacco industry
Considerable progress has been made in different countries globally in protecting public health policy from tobacco industry interference, but certainly lot more work needs to be done. 2012 World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) Declaration called on all governments to establish a national co...
21.03.2015 - 08:07 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Ruptures in US-Israeli relations: Arab nations should push for Palestine state through legal means
Unfortunately, like Israeli policy, US-Israeli relations also target Palestinians and other Arabs. Hence their relationship is not genuinely legal. There are visible ruptures in the “historic” US-Israeli relations in recent times, though President Obama and other US leaders as usual try to underpla...
21.03.2015 - 07:33 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Defense Attorney Namal Rajapaksa representing Lanka’s global brand credibility next
The new team-lead of Sri Lanka’s foremost global accreditation agency guarding its exports in international markets is a Defense Attorney cum former Presidential candidate-and he wants a stronger global trade role for his institution, as revealed on 18 March. “SLAB is playing an important role in sa...
21.03.2015 - 07:20
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President Srisena To Visit Indonesia in April
President Maithripala Sirisena has confirmed his participation at the 60th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference (AAC) and 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP) in Jakarta, Bandung (West Java), on April 22-24. According to Antara News the confirmation was rece...
21.03.2015 - 07:12
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Sri Lankan President commends Vietnam’s rapid agricultural growth
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said Vietnam’s rapid agricultural and industrial growth is a good example for other developing countries such as Sri Lanka to emulate. He said that Sri Lanka would like to follow the successful Vietnamese methods of utilization of modern technology to enhanc...
21.03.2015 - 06:57
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Patton inspected Secretariat toilets, said to privatize for the upkeep
Nagaland Home Minister Y Patton said he was contemplating to privatize cleaning and upkeep of the toilets of the Civil Secretariat Office and it’s Complex at Kohima. Making surprise inspections of the toilets including common toilets in the Civil Secretariat Office and its Complex here Friday, the...
21.03.2015 - 06:49 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Hold tobacco industry liable: Turn the cost-benefit ratio upside down
Despite loads of credible and scientifically robust evidence that tobacco kills and is a common risk factor for major non-communicable diseases (NCDs), public health programmes have achieved limited success in controlling tobacco epidemic. With over 6 million tobacco-related deaths every year, the w...
20.03.2015 - 09:27 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Vulnerable, flood-affected villages in Batticaloa receive clean water and sanitation assistance
The United States inaugurated today a clean water assistance program for at-risk communities in the Batticaloa district. Government Agent for Batticaloa Ms. P.S.M. Charles also attended the ceremony. Many local residents still face significant challenges brought by intense flooding in the past few...
20.03.2015 - 09:14
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Rs 189 crore sanctioned for Medical College in Nagaland: P Longon
Minister for Health and Family Welfare P Longon informed the House that Rs 189 crore had already been sanctioned by the Government of India for the construction of the Medical College in Nagaland and for which 135.90 acres of land belonging to P Khel of Kohima Village had been acquired. He, however,...
20.03.2015 - 09:01
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Solar Eclipse 2015: Europe geared up for triple celestial phenomena
Europeans are gearing themselves up for a rare set of celestial phenomena with a major solar eclipse at the centre of the spectacle today. By complete coincidence, the Moon is going to be a big moon, known as Supermoon, owing to its position being the closest to the Earth while in orbit – and hence,...
20.03.2015 - 08:32 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Foreign Minister Mangala Ssmaraweera on money laundering and financing of terrorism
Presenting amendments to the United Nations Act giving effect in Sri Lanka to the UN Security Council Resolutions against money laundering and financing of terrorism, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera made a Statement in the Parliament on March 18, 2015.
20.03.2015 - 08:26
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28 School children admitted to hospital due to poison in drinking water
Twenty eight students of Erlali Sri Murugan School, located at Chunnakam were being treated at the Telippilai and Jaffna hospitals after they had consumed poisoned water in the morning. The students are out of danger as the water in the tank had not been fully poisoned. Police Media Unit (PMU) said...
20.03.2015 - 08:09
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General Sarath Fonseka (1970–2009) promoted to the rank of Field Marshal
: Yesterday, Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, who has been earlier virtually drummed out of the Army, has been yesterday promoted to the rank of Field Marshal by President Maithripala Sirisena. The four-star General Sarath Fonseka (1970–2009) will become Sri Lanka’s first Field...
20.03.2015 - 07:45
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First Reforms, Dissolution Later – President Maithri
President Maithripala Sirisena said the top priority of the government is to fulfill the promise of constitutional reforms and the process has already been initiated with the presenting of the 19th Amendment. He added the dissolution of Parliament could be decided after the amendments to the constit...
19.03.2015 - 08:12
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Where there is a will there is a way: Teeja Devi
55 years old Teeja Devi was born in village Bargadavaan in a family of farm laborers. The youngest of 4 siblings, her father died even before she was born. A father less Teeja had a tough childhood. She grew up amid fields, and from early childhood farming became part of her daily life. Teeja studi...
19.03.2015 - 07:53 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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USA, Iran close in on deal, despite differences!
The six top world powers - United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany are trying to hammer out a nuclear deal with Iran on behalf of UNSC that would lift sanctions in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program. The parties have set a June 30 deadline to finalize an accord, but hop...
19.03.2015 - 07:43 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Sri Lanka leads the International Women’s Day celebrations in Cuba
On the occasion of the “ International Women’s Day 2015 “, the Asian Ladies Association ( ALA ), comprising the spouses of Ambassadors and diplomats based in Cuba under the Chair of Mrs. Ramanika Dissanayake, wife of the Sri Lankan Ambassador, organized 2 mega events, namely a “ Walk Rally “ and...
19.03.2015 - 07:24
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