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U.S. Continues Support for Sri Lankan Cultural and Religious Heritage
As part of its continuing efforts to preserve Sri Lanka’s cultural and religious heritage, the Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce new grants totaling $300,000 (42.1 million LKR) to help restore the ancient Buddhist Rajagala Monastery and improve preservation of artifacts...
05.10.2015 - 18:32
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Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to attend WB/IMF annual meeting in Peru
Minister of Finance Mr. Ravi Karunanayake left the Island to attend the 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund which will take place in Lima, Peru, from 9-11 October 2015. The Minister was accompanied by the Governor Central Bank of Sri Lanka Mr Arujuna Mah...
05.10.2015 - 11:19
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Sri Lanka sent a team of experts to assist in the investigations to the explosion Maldives President and First Lady
Sri Lanka sent a special team of experts to Male to assist in the investigations related to the explosion of the boat carrying Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim on September 28. The special team comprises four detectives attached to the Criminal Investi...
05.10.2015 - 10:01
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Pakistan arrested 70 Indian fishermen
Pakistan on Saturday has arrested 70 Indian fishermen for allegedly violating its territorial waters off the coast of southern Sindh province, an official said. The arrests were made yesterday and the fishermen were brought to provincial capital Karachi. Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PSMA) s...
05.10.2015 - 08:38
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Geneva going, USA Hammering and Gallows Humor
The USA made sure that SL dug its own grave in Geneva in 2015. Looks like the GTF, the Policy Alteration boys and the International Community (read white eyes only) had been working overtime on the wording of the joint submission by USA and good old SL. The so called HR abuses read like a war diary...
04.10.2015 - 13:10 By A Patabendige
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Elbowing a Superpower - Russian Style
The fact that a 3-star Russian general gave his US counterparts in Syria just an hour’s notice to move American aircrafts out so that Russia can launch air strikes, undoubtedly, is the most significant watershed moment in the post-Soviet, geo-political landscape. In fact, the alarming development w...
04.10.2015 - 10:01 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Oregon Shooting
The world is bleeding with blood, or so it seems. The sad fact is: the victims of this orgy of violence around the globe, often times, have no clue as to why they are getting killed or maimed. Friday morning was supposed to be an ordinary day for the students at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, U...
04.10.2015 - 09:52 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Exercise Duty Increased On Cigarettes, Beer and Hard Liquor
The Ministry of Finance has announced the immediate increase of the Excise duty of Cigarettes, beer and hard liquors. Price Increase on cigarettes The excise duty on 1000 cigarettes of JPGL variety (Gold Leaf) has been increased from Rs 21,610 to Rs 23,750 by Rs 2,140. Accordingly, the price of a Go...
03.10.2015 - 22:33
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Comprehensive report of the Office of the UNHCHR on Sri Lanka - Recommendations
The Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka contains the principal findings of the comprehensive investigation conducted by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights into alleged serious violations and abuses of human righ...
03.10.2015 - 09:46
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Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi slam UN resolution over Sri Lanka, want India to step up pressure on Sirisena!
People of Tamil Nadu in general and Tamil politicians in particular are annoyed that the UN resolution pushed by USA is in favour of Sri Lankan government, its military war crimes unleavened on Lankan Tamils, and adversarial to Sri Lankan Tamils. Tamils in India and Sri Lanka therefore feel dejected...
03.10.2015 - 08:49 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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President Srisena Returns After US Visit
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in the country yesterday afternoon after concluding his visit the United States to attend the UN General Assembly in New York. A special ceremony was organised at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake to welcome the President upon arriva...
03.10.2015 - 08:33
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Recommendation to establish an international inquiry mechanism exceed the mandate - Ambassador Zameer Akram
The High Commissioner’s Report contained in document A/HRC/25/23 is not balanced and some of the elements including recommendation to establish an international inquiry mechanism exceed the mandate granted by HRC resolution 22/1 said Permanent Representative of Pakistan Ambassador Mr. Zameer Akram....
03.10.2015 - 08:17
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International Day of Non-violence
The Leader of the Opposition R.Sampanthan will address the International Day of Non-violence organized by Indian Deputy High Commission in Jaffna this afternoon at the Jaffna Hindu College. The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the...
02.10.2015 - 09:59
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IT institute celebrates its 25th anniversary and convocation
Informatics Institute of Technology in Colombo, which is affiliated to the University of Westminster in England, had its convocation at the BMICH while celebrating its 25th anniversary. The chief guest was Professor Geoffrey Petts Vice Chancellor and rector of University of Westminster and the Gue...
02.10.2015 - 09:06 IT institute celebrates its 25th anniversary and convocation
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“SL sees resolution as measure encouraging and inspiring Government of Sri Lanka: Ambassador Ravinatha
“My delegation sees this resolution as a measure of encouraging and inspiring the government of Sri Lanka and the people of Sri Lanka to travel the path it has already begun on January 8 to uphold human rights, establish rule of law, and impunity, strengthen democracy, and good governance, ” said S...
02.10.2015 - 08:24
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AmCham can play a vital role in helping Sri Lanka realize its economic promise - U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap
Thank you, Asanka, for that kind introduction and for the invitation to join everyone here this evening for AmCham’s 23rd annual general membership meeting. I’d like to begin by congratulating the newly elected and re-elected members and officers of the AmCham Board of Directors. You take office at...
01.10.2015 - 14:27
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Sri Lanka to work with UNHRC to safeguard human rights – Ravinatha Aryasinha
We will work with the High Commissioner, his Office, systems and procedures of the Human Rights Council and the international community including our bilateral partners to take necessary steps to safeguard and uphold the human rights of all our citizens. This includes obtaining their advice and assi...
01.10.2015 - 12:00
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Town Hall bomb blast: Two accused sentenced for 290 & 300-years rigorous imprisonment
The Colombo High Court sentenced V. Varadaraja to 290-years and C.I. Ragupathy to300-years rigorous imprisonment to be served in 30-years over the 1999 Town Hall bomb blast in which 22 people were killed in an assassination attempt against former President Chandrika Kumaratunga at an election rally....
01.10.2015 - 09:22
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“Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment” is the theme for World Elders’ Day in 2015
Six out of every ten people in the world are expected to reside in urban areas by 2030. The number of older persons is increasing most rapidly in urban areas of developing countries. Thus the number of people over 60 living in cities may grow to over 900 million by 2050, making up a quarter of the t...
01.10.2015 - 08:50 By Manjari Peiris
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U.S. and Sri Lanka to Bolster Rule of Law
The United States and Sri Lanka today agreed to implement a $2.6 million program to enhance the capabilities of Sri Lanka’s criminal justice authorities to investigate and prosecute complex crimes, and improve delivery of justice for all citizens. “A fair and equitable justice system goes to the hea...
29.09.2015 - 18:52
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