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U.S. Department of State Provides 600 Million Rupees for Mine Clearance

A delegation from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement visited Sri Lanka from October 8 to 12, 2018 to observe U.S.-funded demining activities and meet with some of the beneficiaries of these projects.

A female supervisor participates in a demining demonstration in Mannar
The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) uses a modified backhoe donated by the U.S. Government for demining activities in Mannar
Demining staff learn the fundamentals of clearing minefields
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Innovation and technology key to progress, Deputy Speaker tells the IPU General Assembly

Addressing the 139th Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Debate on 16 October 2018 under the theme ‘Parliamentary leadership promoting peace and development in the age of innovation and technological change’, Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri stressed that ICT has revolutionized the work of the Parliament of Sri Lanka bringing the parliamentarians and the parliamentary processes closer to the people.

Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri
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CID Arrests Sri Lanka Cricket’s Chief Financial Officer Piyal Nandana Dissanayake

Sri Lanka Cricket’s Chief Financial Officer Piyal Nandana Dissanayake, has been arrested by the Crime Investigation Department over an attempted financial fraud on television rights, stated Police Media Spokesperson.

CID Arrests Sri Lanka Cricket’s  Chief Financial Officer Piyal Nandana Dissanayake
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Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called on slain writer Khashoggi's son

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called on the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal's entourage.

 Saudi King Salman & Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
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Visit of Sri Lanka – Swiss Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland

A delegation of Members of Parliament representing the Sri Lanka - Swiss Parliamentary Friendship Association (SLSPFA) visited Geneva on 18 October 2018, continuing with a week-long programme of visit to Switzerland from 14 to 20 October 2018.

Visit of Sri Lanka – Swiss Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland
Visit of Sri Lanka – Swiss Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland
Visit of Sri Lanka – Swiss Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland
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‘Prophetic Indictments - The collected works of Dr. Mervyn D. De Silva

Regular readers of ‘The Island’ newspaper over the 20 year period from the 1980s will remember the almost weekly columns written by Dr. Mervyn D. De Silva, who was in those years a Deputy Director of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, followed by being appointed as the Director of the Ministry of Plan Implementation, and later becoming a Member of Parliament through the National List. His most profuse and provocative period was during the tenures of four Presidents from J.R. Jayawardene to Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

‘Prophetic Indictments  - The collected works of Dr. Mervyn D. De Silva
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Political Bankruptcy of Ananthi Sasitharan Exposed

Ananthi Sasitharan, the woman Minister of the Northern Provincial Council has illegally claimed the name- Tamil Self Rule Prty, which was earlier organized by Late V.Navaratnam M.P. in 1969.

The women politician with exposed brain works
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Sri Lanka gives Buddhist House in Berlin - Frohnau Bodhi tree

Sri Lanka's Ambassador and nine monks presented the Buddhist house in Frohnau with an offshoot of the historic Bodhi tree.

Not a common sight. Buddhist monks move through Reinickendorf. They walk behind a vehicle with the Bodhi sapling kept inside a glass paneled yellow box in the back of the vehicle
The brothers Senaka Weeraratna (2nd from left) and Tissa Weeraratna (3rd from left) of the German Dharmaduta Society were handed the sacred Bodhi tree offshoot in the library of the  Buddhist Haus in Frohnau by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Germany Karunasena Hettiarachchi (right)
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An alarming rate of drug detection!

Except for non-patriotic citizens, if there were any, who else will not be alarmed at the rate the drug detection is made at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

An alarming rate of drug detection!
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Pakistan HC re-launches official website

High Commissioner of Pakistan Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat unveiled the new interface of the official website of the High Commission on October 16, 2018.

High Commissioner of Pakistan Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat re-launching the official website
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