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Speaker Lankan Parliament leads Senior Monks, Scholars to Revive Pakistan’s Gandhara Trail
A high level delegation of 40 high ranking Sri Lankan Buddhist Monks as well as eminent Buddhist scholars led by Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament Karu Jayasuriya left for Pakistan last evening for a week-long visit from April 18 to 25, 2016. The delegation comprises senior monks of all Buddhist...
20.04.2016 - 06:34
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Union Minister for Science & Technology Dr Vardhan inaugurated Paragonimiasis Research Laboratory at NHAK
Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Science, Dr Harsh Vardhan has visited the DBT Healthcare Laboratory & Research Center at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) on Tuesday. The Union Minister, while visiting the DBT Healthcare Laboratory & Research Center at the NHA...
20.04.2016 - 06:24 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Unending Rage
It may be fit to be described as poetic justice when two ‘tolerant’ stalwarts of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party are at each other’s throat for certain words spoken by them. Soon after one of the prime defenders of Narendra Modi’s version of ‘tolerance’, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, had said that...
19.04.2016 - 09:46 By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features
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The Constitutional Council picked P. S. B. Pujith Jayasundara as the 34th Inspector General of Police (IGP)
The Constitutional Council yesterday picked Western Province Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police P. S. B. Pujith Jayasundara as the 34th Inspector General of Police (IGP). The post of IGP fell vacant with the retirement of N.K. Illangakoon on April 11. The three names proposed by the Presiden...
19.04.2016 - 09:57
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Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory
Brazil which has long been a leader in tobacco control, this month launched the first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control. Known as an online observatory, the centre is a partnership of the Governme...
19.04.2016 - 09:24 By Manjari Peiris
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High Impact Special Projects for Palmyrah Sector Development
The Ministry of Prisons Reform, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs has provided a special allocation of Rs.160 Mn with a view to strengthen the palmyrah sector which is a predominant sector in the conflict affected Northern and Eastern Provinces in Sri Lanka. This is the l...
19.04.2016 - 09:18
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Should Celebrity Endorsements End?
A parliamentary committee, headed by a TDP Member, J.C. Divakar Reddy, is reported to have proposed a hefty fine (up to Rs 5o lakhs) and a long jail term (up to five years) for celebrities who ‘mislead’ consumers/ buyers with their endorsements. The proposal has not been given a legal shape yet. It...
18.04.2016 - 16:37 By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features
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Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy should be beneficial to NE people
India’s Look East Policy (LEP) was to foster extensive economic and strategic relations with member nations of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in order to bolster its standing as a regional power and a counterweight to the strategic influence of the People’s Republic of China. Initiat...
18.04.2016 - 15:48 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Major health, development and economic gains from tobacco tax increases
A study finding published by the World Health Organization recently reveals that tobacco tax increases can prevent millions of smoking-attributable deaths throughout the world and contribute to the achievement of global health objectives. The study points out that tobacco tax increases can provide...
18.04.2016 - 08:41 By Manjari Peiris
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Indian Navy’s Training Squadron in Colombo
Three ships from the Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron, namely Indian Naval Ships TIR and SUJATA, and Indian Coast Guard Ship VARUNA, are visiting Colombo from 15 – 18 April 2016. During their stay in Colombo, a series of professional, training, cultural and sports interactions will take pl...
18.04.2016 - 08:34
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Trump’s Imminent Triumph in New York and Lingering Republican Headache
The polls have been fairly consistent for months: Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner is poised to win New York primary decisively while bagging the majority of the 95-strong delegates in the crucial poll on Tuesday. Although, the poll numbers slightly fluctuate between 53 – 54%, depending on t...
17.04.2016 - 07:52 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter From America: Bernie Sanders is a better presidential candidate
Last week, I watched the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. I am glad that I had the time to do so. To me, the most important task of the President of the USA is about foreign policy, which he conducts through his Secretary of State. The debate allowed me to understand the candidates...
17.04.2016 - 07:45 Bernie Sanders is a better presidential candidate
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Project Back To Mmahabharata With Khattar
There is no dispute that the state of Haryana, established only about four decades ago when Punjab was trifurcated, is deeply associated with the Mahabharata. The battlefield of Kurukshetra in the heart of Haryana can be called the centre piece of the epic. There are many other small towns in the st...
17.04.2016 - 02:27 By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features
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Should Asia Pacific lead the world with robust roadmap for sustainable development?
Although the governments of UN member countries had adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, a lot more work needs to be done to deliver on these promises by 2030. Thirty-six Asia Pacific nations had met in Thailand for Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)...
15.04.2016 - 17:17 By Bobby Ramakant, CNS (Citizen News Service)
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Indian politics: Tamils’ search for credible alternative to AIADMK, DMK misrule may stop at PWF!
As the latest Tamil political news pouring in, there is a clear indication that Vaiko led PWF is making headway in poll alliance strategy. PWF’ chief ministerial candidate actor turned politician DMDK leader Vijayakanth has begun the election campaign on April 11 in a mammoth public meeting in which...
14.04.2016 - 21:16 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Lalin’s Column: Geneva-Not again
There was in March a surge of underworld killings, many of them in Colombo in daylight. Ubiquitous underworld hit squads, dormant for years post bellum, had surfaced with a vengeance. Was Colombo trying to become an old Chicago style mafia war zone? In 2005, 59,391 grave crimes were recorded. This w...
14.04.2016 - 17:50 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Wijegunasekera appointed Publicity Ambassador
Dilshan Aloka Sri Wijegunasekera, a prominent Sri Lankan journalist, has just mounted another level of success in his life as he has been given the appointment as the Publicity Ambassador for the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a Seoul-based international peace organisati...
14.04.2016 - 15:59
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Let us build ‘One Nation’ unhindered by divisions or disparities but genuine peace and equality - President Maithripala Sirisena
President Maithripala Sirisena in his New Year message has categorically pointed out that let all of us be determined to rise as One Country - One Nation unhindered by divisions or disparities but genuine peace and equality, and to build a drug-free, alcohol-free country in the New Year commenci...
13.04.2016 - 07:57
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Sri Lanka says Lethal Autonomous Weapons would undermine regional and global stability
Sri Lanka has cautioned that the potential military advantages of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS) would risk proliferation and thereby lower the threshold of the rules of warfare, undermining regional as well as global stability. Sri Lanka also alerted on the risk of non-state actors gaining...
13.04.2016 - 06:33
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Pak President Confers Prestigious Civil Award on Chairman Kashmir Study Forum Sri Lanka
The Government of Pakistan has awarded prestigious civil award Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) to the veteran Sri Lankan broadcaster, media consultant and Chairman Kashmir Study Forum Sri Lanka Mr. Mohamed Jamaludeen. He was decorated with Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan . Mamn...
13.04.2016 - 06:21
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