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Assistant Secretary-General Jen?a’s visit to Sri Lanka today
From today to 25 October, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Miroslav Jen?a, will be visiting Sri Lanka. The visit follows recent discussions between the Secretary-General and President Sirisena on the margins of the General Assembly high-level meetings in New Yor...
21.10.2015 - 08:24
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Submissions for the Gratiaen Prize 2015 will open from 1st to 31st December, 2015
Submissions for the Gratiaen Prize 2015 will open from 1st to 31st December, 2015. The prize covers a wide range of genres including fiction, poetry, creative prose and literary memoir. More details on prize submission and regulations can be found on The Gratiaen Prize has the sin...
21.10.2015 - 07:57
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Gary Anandasangaree – A Sri Lankan Tamil Origin Elected To Canadian Parliament
A 43 year old lawyer Sri Lankan Tamil origin has been elected as a Canadian Member of Parliament from the Liberal party at the 42nd Canadian general elections held on October 19th 2015. He is the son of Sri Lankan Tamil politician Veerasingham Anandasangaree leader of the Tamil United Liberation F...
21.10.2015 - 07:25
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Mindset of suspended and disgruntled leaders responsible for Congress downslide in Nagaland: NPCC
The NPCC said the mindset of the suspended and disgruntled leaders in Nagaland were responsible for the Party’s downslide from 59 seats in 1998 down to 21 in 2003, 23 in 2008 and paltry 8 in 2013. These disgruntled leaders shamelessly refused to own moral responsibility for the election debacle and...
20.10.2015 - 23:48 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Reopen investigations of the killings of Amirthalingham, Laxman Kadirgamar and another two TULF MPs - Anandasangaree urges
V.Anandasangaree, Secretary General-TULF has urged Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to urgently consider to take up the cases of the assassination of the former Members of Parliament A.Thangathurai, Kingsley Rajanayagam and Laxman Kathirgamar and also that of A.Amirthalingham. In...
20.10.2015 - 08:45
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Tribute to K. Gunaratnam - The Last King of EDB
It was deeply saddened news to hear the passing away of Mr. K. Gunaratnam, erstwhile Chairman of EDB on the 14th of October, 2015. At this moment of grief, it is the duty as an ex- EDB official to pen this note of appreciation on this great son of Sri Lanka. Mr. Gunaratnam was the third Chairman ap...
20.10.2015 - 08:25 By T.K.Premadasa
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Lankan dhal refiner of humble start now a globally certified firm with Swiss tech
A one man owned dhal refining mill that has a humble beginning way back in 1970 has now become the biggest player in Sri Lanka’s pulses market operating world’s largest lentil refining machinery in the country-and the one time small venture, now partnered by an Australian firm, has also clinched the...
20.10.2015 - 08:10
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Suspect wanted by Interpol for stabbing Mahfooz spotted in Colombo
A suspect in the attack on Mahfooz Saeed, former President Mohamed Nasheed’s lawyer, has been spotted as Sosun Villa in Colombo. Suspect Shafraaz Ibrahim, 20, wanted by the Interpol, was spotted at Sosun Villa, a property owned by the Maldives government. Maldives Independent reported that Shafra...
19.10.2015 - 23:01
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Myanmar’s NCA seems half-done missing some signatories
The Government of Myanmar signed a long-awaited “nationwide cease-fire agreement” (NCA) with eight armed ethnic groups on 15 October which was witnessed by representatives from the European Union, the United Nations and diplomats, as said by the state media. It is a part of challenge to end decades...
19.10.2015 - 07:54 By - Zin Linn
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Tamil Prisoners suspended their death fast
The hunger strike launched by suspected Tamil political prisoners have suspended their death fast six days long, till 7th November after the assurance given by the President to set up a mechanism to look into their issues. The inmates began the fast demanding release or presidential pardon for...
18.10.2015 - 11:29
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Former Colonel Thamilini passed away
Former senior LTTE official Subramaniam Sivakamy, better known as Colonel Thamilini, has died at the age of 43, due to cancer. She was reportedly hospitalised a few days ago and passed away this morning. Col Thamilini, from Paranthan in Kilinochchi, was the head of the LTTE women's wing political di...
18.10.2015 - 11:20
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China’s Island Building in the South China Sea: will other nations follow suit?
China, the world’s second largest economy, seems to be undeterred by the concerns expressed by those who have claims of ownership in the South China Sea, where the former has been building artificial islands at an alarmingly accelerated phase. Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan al...
18.10.2015 - 07:35 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter from America: D’Souza: A case of cultural alienation?
Dinesh D'Souza is widely believed to be a racist and a soft bigot. I wish I did not have to say this, but the fact of the matter is there is no other way to portray him. Last year, he claimed that African-Americans are better off because their ancestors were 'hauled from Africa to America'. "Did Ame...
18.10.2015 - 07:30 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Maldives defense minister removed
The Maldives president Abdulla Yameen fired his defense minister with immediate effect - the latest move in a defense shake-up following an explosion targeting the Maldive’s Leader. According to a Reuters report, last week the president's office, citing the findings of international investigat...
18.10.2015 - 07:22
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Sampanthan criticized on his role as Leader of the Opposition
Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila alleged R.Sampanthan, Leader of the Opposition is not paying attention to the concerns of the people, unless they were related to the North or East. Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary and UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila said, “It seems the Opposition Leade...
17.10.2015 - 10:51
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Hindu existence in Bangladesh?
The US government in its report on international religious freedom for 2014 criticized Bangladesh for attacks on religious minorities after the January 5 national election, reports the daily star, October 14, 2015.’ Government officials including police were sometimes slow to protect individuals, in...
17.10.2015 - 09:48 By Rabindranath Trivedi
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Modi values regional economic cooperation in Asia
After the end of the cold world war, the magic word today followed is "Economic Cooperation" and not political confrontation. It promotes economic growth and political stability at the international level, said Vijay Jolly, BJP leader and former Prabhari of Overseas Friends of Bharatiya Janata Party...
17.10.2015 - 09:10 By Prakash M Swamy
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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam - the people's president
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, ex-president of India, died on July 27 of this year. Although I never had the privilege of meeting him personally but always admired him greatly. He was an extraordinary human being. He was a scientist, aeronautical engineer and writer who became the eleventh President of India,...
16.10.2015 - 07:40 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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TPP: Trading people for profit
The recently concluded Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will expand corporate profits at the expense of people’s rights. A new addition to the growing number of free trade agreements (FTAs) took centre stage last Monday as the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries announced the conclus...
16.10.2015 - 07:23 By Mark Moreno Pascual, CNS (Citizen News Service)
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Durga Puja In Bangladesh
History records that grand celebration of Durga Puja began in late 1500s. There are many folk tales about the first Durga Puja in Bengal. Raja Kangshanarayan of Taherpur organized the first autumn Durga Puja in Bengal. Tahirpur is a municipal town of Bagmara upazila under the district of Rajshahi....
15.10.2015 - 20:48 By Rabindranath Trivedi
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