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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 07:32
Applications for postal votes for the upcoming Presidential Election commenced on Sunday, Elections Department sources said. Additional Elections Commissioner U. Amaradasa said applications will be accepted until December 4. Applications can be faxed to the Election Secretariat at 011-2877615 or e-mailed to it@slelections.gov.lk or faxed to the respective district election office. The Elections.....Read More...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 07:25
By Ranjit J Perera
Marinas are the infrastructure of the yachting and boat building industry and are essential for yachts and nautical tourism in Sri Lanka. This was stated by Simon J. Arrol, Managing Director of both Arrol Ltd and Marina Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, when making a strong case for the essential infrastructure to support nautical tourism. “Despite tourism being a major element of the Sri Lankan economy, there.....Read More...
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 22:24
Soon after arriving in Nepal, President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Lumbini – the birthplace of the Lord Buddha – one of the most sacred places for Buddhists. Though it’s not the President’s first time in Lumbini, he did participate in a number of events, with particular significance to Sri Lankan Buddhists. President Rajapaksa first visited and prayed at the Maya Devi Temple, named after Queen.....Read More...
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 21:10
3 Eastern Provincial Council members belonging to Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiutheen's ACMC have decided to be independent in the council from 25 November. The ACMC Leader Minister Bathiudeen has stressed to Asiantribune that this is not a total crossover by himself or by his party to opposition. "My members in Eastern PC have forwarded some demands from the provincial council.....Read More...
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 09:59
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, this morning, left for Kathmandu, Nepal, to attend the 18th SAARC Summit, taking place Nov. 25-27. The 18th Summit of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) is being held in Kathmandu for the third time. The first time it took place in Nepal was in 1987 and the second was in 2002. The President will attend the opening session of the Summit on.....Read More...
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 09:02
Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa who has been appointed General-Secretary of the SLFP by the party’s Chairman, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, assumed duties yesterday as the new General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. The new appointment follows the defection of Maithripala Sirisena, who announced on Friday (21 November) that he will be contesting the forthcoming Presidential.....Read More...
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 08:47
By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
Despite great strides made in TB care and control over the last few years, the latest data shows that 1/3 of all TB cases are still either not detected or not reported to public health systems. These are people who either seek treatment in the private sector and are not notified to the National TB programmes (NTPs) or have not been diagnosed at all. Some of them would die and all of them would.....Read More...
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 14:30
By Raj Gonsalkorale
As Roman Emperor Caesar purportedly told his friend Marcus Brutus, “you too Brutus” at the moment of the Emperors assassination when Brutus stuck a knife in Caesars back, President Rajapaksa may well have repeated this to the now sacked SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena when he announced he would be the common candidate to oppose his onetime friend and associate Mahinda Rajapaksa......Read More...
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 06:37
By Oken Jeet Sandham
Many have already started losing their hopes on the long drawn out Center-NSCN (IM) talks with no early solution in sight. The Center and NSCN (IM) formally declared their ceasefire on July 25, 1997 and subsequently, they held over 80 rounds of talks. Both sides could iron out many contentious areas in their “Charters of Demand.” Such progresses are, without doubt, some of the great achievements.....Read More...
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 08:11
Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
Google’s ambition to provide the folks in the rural and remote communities with Wi-Fi access in order to make them part of what it defines as the global community, the internet, appeared to have gone past the stage of aspiration, according to the information released by the search giant in this regard. Launched in 2013 in New Zealand, Project Loon, was a pilot programme to experiment with.....Read More...
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 05:30
By Oken Jeet Sandham
Nagaland Governor PB Acharya said all the 60 legislators and the two Members of Parliament (MP) in Nagaland irrespective of their party affiliations should come forward and place their ideas and concepts of Naga political solutions to the negotiating parties before striking a “final settlement” to the long drawn out Naga political problem. “17 years of peace process is long enough and time is.....Read More...
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 17:20
Today, when I sat down to write this, there was the live telecast of Mr. Maithripala Sirisena announcing that he is the common candidate of the opposition. During the press conference, he did not find fault with President Mahinda Rajapakse or the Government. Reason for that must be that he does not find a serious fault in the President or the Government. He mentioned that if he appoints a.....Read More...
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 06:55
Dr. Subramanian Swamy Swamy on Friday has urged Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh to issue a directive to the Tamil Nadu government to ban the move to celebrate birth anniversary of slain LTTE Terrorist Chief V Prabhakaran, the mastermind behind for killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. BJP Leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy when he met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has urged to.....Read More...
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 05:31
The Presidential election will be held on January 8, 2015 (Thursday), Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya made this announcement yesterday upon receiving the proclamation signed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Also he made the statement that nominations for the Presidential election will be received until December 8, 2014. - Asian Tribune -..Read More...
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