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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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Letter From America - The World Disorder : Who would have imagined this?

Who would’ve imagined that Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist who had been living in the U.S, would be killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul? But now we know better. Thanks to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince MBS, such has become a reality.

 Letter From America - The World Disorder :  Who would have imagined this?
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Hidden Truth

It is a well-known fact that taxation is one of the most effective and cost effective measures to reduce tobacco consumption, especially among the youth and the poor and raise government revenues for development programs.

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Nepal - China Abracadabra

Nepal and China entered into a Transit and Transportation Protocol (TTP) almost a month back but it has failed to generate much enthusiasm amongst traders, importers and exporters and the business community at large in Kathmandu. They have not intrinsically reacted to it as an alternate cost effective transit route for their third country trade, which is presently through Indian ports of Haldia (Kolkata) and Visakhapatnam.

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Through the haze, a better democracy

Although you wouldn’t know it from the rhetoric and actions of the Trump Administration, the U.S. is part of the global society. And while most of the U.S. was focused on a Supreme Court nomination that shook our democratic institutions, a watershed moment for democracy quietly took place half a world away. For those in the U.S. seeking evidence that a truer democracy can be realized, recent developments in the advancement of the World Health Organization's (WHO) global tobacco treaty offer much needed hope.

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Buying Russian Missile System Despite US Sanctions Threat

Has India cocked a snook at the US by clinching a crucial $5.4 billion s-400 Triumf missile defence system with Russia that can potentially place India under severe US sanctions under CAATSA? It appears so at the outset.

Buying Russian Missile System Despite US Sanctions Threat
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