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Consequences of Brexit on European (Dis)Union
We will be in the unchartered waters next week; with the Brexit, the British referendum that determines whether Britain should stay in the European Union or not – just less than a week away, and the very nation being rattled to the core by the brutal murder of an elected member of parliament in broa...
19.06.2016 - 06:43 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Indonesia lets stranded Sri Lankan Tamils Ashore
Indonesia allowed a group of Tamil migrants from Sri Lanka to come ashore in Aceh province on Saturday after confining them to their stranded boat for a week, but is insisting they will be towed out to sea once the vessel is repaired. Rights groups including Thinacheithi – weekly print edition and A...
19.06.2016 - 06:38
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China to help developing northern Sri Lanka
Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang pledged topush forward ties with Sri Lanka by assisting development of the former war zone in theTamildominated north, a Chinese Embassy official said on Friday. During a four day visit to Northern Province, the ambassador met with Chief Minister Wigneswaran and Nor...
18.06.2016 - 08:10
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Wither Hindu existence in Bangladesh?
Many believed that the agony of the Hindus would be over and they would regain their lost honor with the liberation of Bangladesh in December 1971. It was entirely a mistaken notion. However, a crore-plus minority population cannot be wished away. Bangladesh’s liberation struggle raised slogans th...
18.06.2016 - 07:56 By Rabindranath Trvedi
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Lessons from tobacco taxation can serve developing countries
At a conference hosted by the World Bank on the pressures developing countries face to lower tax rates and shrink their tax base while also fighting tax avoidance and evasion, Jason Furman, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors to US President, Barack Obama, emphasized that the most important un...
18.06.2016 - 07:40 By Manjari Peiris
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Doorman Clocks 50 Years of Service at Sri Lankan Heritage Hotel
It has been 50 years since Mr. Banda lugged his first barrel of beer into the tap room at the Galle Face Hotel. Now - at 71 years old - the loyal employee is still earning his keep at Sri Lanka’s oldest and most fabled property. Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage Punchi Banda was barely out of his teens when...
18.06.2016 - 07:33 By Lakshman Ratnapala
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International Day of Yoga 2016 in Colombo
International Day of Yoga 2016 is being celebrated all across Sri Lanka. In this context, a mega event in Colombo will be held on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 at the Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre. On 11 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution piloted by India declaring J...
18.06.2016 - 07:21
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Indonesian police fire warning shot as stranded Sri Lankan women disembark from the boat
Police fired a warning shot into the air after a group of Sri Lankan women who have been stranded off the coast of Aceh since June 11 disembarked from their boat in defiance of orders from Indonesian authorities. An eyewitness told Fairfax Media the five women, who are among 44 Sri Lankans who claim...
17.06.2016 - 15:09
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Indonesia to escort back Sri Lankans towards India stranded off Aceh
A group of Sri Lankans who were trying to reach Australia when their boat became stranded off Indonesia during bad weather are set to be “escorted” back towards India, officials say. A pregnant woman and nine children are among the 44 people on board the boat that has been drifting around 300 metres...
17.06.2016 - 09:03
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British lawmaker shot dead in the street, , causing deep shock across Britain -EU referendum campaigns suspended
A British member of parliament was shot dead in the street on Thursday, causing deep shock across Britain and the suspension of campaigning for next week's referendum on the country's EU membership. Jo Cox, 41, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party and a vocal advocate for Britain remaining i...
17.06.2016 - 04:16
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10-Nation biking expedition by four woman bikers
The four brave woman bikers from a biking club, Biking Queens, who have been on their 10-Nation biking Expedition, have left Kohima, the State capital of Nagaland, this morning for their onward biking expedition to other ASEAN countries via Imphal and Moreh, border town of Manipur. Maj General MS...
17.06.2016 - 03:33 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Polonnaruwa to host the Most Sacred Buddhist Relics from Taxila Pakistan
The Most Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha from Taxila Pakistan are currently being exhibiting for the general public in Bodirukkaramaya, Diyasenpure, Medirigiriya, for two days from June 16 to 17, 2016. After the two days long exposition in Polonnaruwa the sacred relics of the Lord Buddha will be taken...
17.06.2016 - 03:23
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Coalition opposed to plain packaging has many ties to tobacco industry
An "international coalition" consisting of 47 organizations seeking publicity worldwide of its opposition to plain packaging of tobacco products has signed a letter and sent to World Health Organization's head Dr. Margaret Chan. This coalition is said to be actually an alliance of free market organ...
17.06.2016 - 03:09 By Manjari Peiris
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Half Boyfriend takes on Chetan Bhagat’s infamous novel
Judy Balan is back to doing what she’s best at — writing a parody! This is the genre in which she first tasted success. Popular blogger and writer Judy Balan’s first book Two Fates, a satirical take on Chetan Bhagat’s Two States was an instant hit. The author followed it up with Sophie Says and Nina...
17.06.2016 - 02:57 By Prakash M. Swamy
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Former Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Somawansa passed away
Former Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader and General Secretary of the People’s Servants Party, Somawansa Amarasinghe (73) passed away at his brother's house in Kaduwela last night after a brief illness, family sources said. He rebuilt the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna after almost all of its top l...
16.06.2016 - 08:36
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Khartoum opens prized oil exploration doors to Colombo in historic over the counter offer
In an unprecedented development in Sri Lanka’s bilateral trade history, Africa’s third largest oil producer opened its prized petroleum exploration doors wide to Sri Lanka on 14 June-and this offer, if accepted, shall turn Sri Lanka’s national energy picture on its head. “If Sri Lanka wants to creat...
16.06.2016 - 08:05
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Alavi Moulana passes away
Former Western Province Governor and trade union leader Alavi Moulana passed away this evening at the Age of 84 . Last Monday, undergone a surgery for liver complication and was receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo. According to family sources, funeral will be held at the Dehiwala J...
15.06.2016 - 22:37
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Climate, Consciousness and Social Change
Climate change is a complex phenomenon involving unknown changes in planetary biophysical systems. However, there is now scientific consensus, that climate change is caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuel combustion is considered the primary cause of carbon emissions and clim...
15.06.2016 - 11:02 By Asoka Bandarage
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An Indian-flagged vessel carrying around 44 Sri Lankans begun its journey to Australia
An Indian-flagged vessel carrying around 44 Sri Lankans, including a pregnant woman and nine children, that was stranded in waters off Indonesia’s Sumatra island has set sail for Australia. An official from the Lhoknga sub-district of Aceh province said Monday that Indonesian security forces escorte...
15.06.2016 - 11:17
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Celebrating International Day of Yoga 2016 at the renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna
The High Commission of India is pleased to announce the completion of renovation of the famous Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna. To commemorate this special occasion, Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India will join, through digital video conferencing, H. E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri...
15.06.2016 - 08:24
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