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Easter bombings damaged Sri Lanka Economy beyond tourism

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July 31, 2019 01:52 pm

Shocks from deadly suicide bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka are reverberating throughout its economy in the worst crisis since the South Asian island nation's civil wa...


Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings and the need for a regional counter-Terror Strategy

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July 26, 2019 11:40 am

On 21 April 2019, Sri Lanka witnessed its largest terrorist attack since the end of its brutal 26-year civil war. By Lt Gen AS Lamba On 21 April 2019, Sri Lank...


Remembering the 50TH anniversary of the moon landing

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July 25, 2019 03:28 pm

This year, on July 20, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. On July 20, 1969 at 9.56 pm EST (GMT –4), the US Astronaut Neil Armstrong be...


Environmental needs dictate commitment for peace in South Asia

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July 19, 2019 05:53 pm

Despite serious discord and disputes between the countries of South Asia, the concept of a common future of the region based on increasing cooperation among the people and gover...


India's Kohli says fans should be 'measured' after World Cup woe

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July 11, 2019 07:40 pm

India captain Virat Kohli has urged frustrated fans in his cricket-crazy nation not to get emotional after their shock World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand on Wednesday. ...


ICC World Cup 2019: Qualification Scenarios

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June 24, 2019 10:09 am

South Africa became the first big casualty (second team after Afghanistan) to be ousted from a chance to make the semi-finals after their 49-run loss to Pakistan at Lord’s...


Navigating troubled waters

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June 14, 2019 07:14 pm

Faced with domestic woes and intensifying regional rivalries, Sri Lanka must play a skilful diplomatic game, writes Neville De Silva Even as the acrid smell of ex...


Concept of Sinhala Buddhist State is misconstrued

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June 11, 2019 07:22 pm

Minister Mangala Samaraweeara is made in the liberal mold. So, it not surprising that, time to time, his views run up against the grain of the conservative majority of the count...


Full transcript : President's media conference in New Delhi

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June 07, 2019 10:10 am

The following is the full transcript released by the President's Media Division of the media briefing attended by President Sirisena during his recent visit to New Delhi. ...


On non-consensual sterilization of women by Kurunegala doctor

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June 05, 2019 11:48 am

The doctor at Kurunegala Hospital, Dr. Seigu Siyabdeen Mohammed Shafi has been accused of performing thousands of non-consensual sterilisations on women who delivered babies at ...


Why were the Christians Targeted by the Militant Muslims?

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May 18, 2019 10:45 am

The most puzzling aspect of the multiple bombings of Churches and Luxury Hotels in Sri Lanka, was the targeting of Christians. Certainly, for those who live in Sri Lanka, this w...


What they left behind: Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombing victims

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May 17, 2019 03:24 pm

 In Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, a lane that used to be alive with the sound of children playing is silent. An entire family, including three children, died ...


Moving forward from the Easter attacks

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May 17, 2019 02:38 pm

Sri Lanka is at crossroads again and this time up against a threat that has much significant global presence. In fact, religious extremism, racism and ultra-nationalistic views ...


Some thoughts on Easter Sunday unfoldings

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May 16, 2019 04:13 pm

The events of Easter Sunder of 21st April 2019 will forever be etched in the souls of right thinking human beings be it in Sri Lanka or elsewhere in the Planet. The afte...


Plight of the Tourism industry following Easter Sunday attacks

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May 10, 2019 11:38 am

The Tourism industry has crashed to the bottom soon after the bomb explosions on Easter sunday in Christian churches and particularly in a few  Colombo Tourist Hotels. ...


Carnage on a holy day

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May 08, 2019 03:24 pm

Not since the 2009 military defeat of the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), known as the Tamil Tigers, has Sri Lanka dominated the international media headli...


Sri Lanka attacks: Is the social media ban blocking citizens from the truth?

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April 24, 2019 06:58 am

SRI LANKA has temporarily banned social media and messaging apps in the wake of the coordinated Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels across the country, which killed at ...


Sri Lanka’s bombings came at a time of ‘terrorism fatigue.’ It’s time to break out of that

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April 24, 2019 06:49 am

One disturbing aspect of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka was that the slaughter of 321 victims came at a time when the United States is suffering what might be de...


Sri Lanka: Once Again Another Peaceful Country is Bombed

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April 22, 2019 07:35 pm

On Sunday (April 21) eight bombings targeting Christian churches and high end hotels in Sri Lanka have left over 200 dead and hundreds injured during the holiest of Christi...


Canada's golden boy Trudeau sinks in polls as scandal takes toll

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April 11, 2019 11:50 am

OTTAWA (Reuters) - When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took office in late 2015, he was a political golden boy who seemed destined to build on the legend of his father, ...


Sri Lanka: Best moment to abolish the Presidency? – OpEd

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April 10, 2019 05:46 pm

Sri Lankans have been trying to abolish the executive presidential system for a long time. Ever since the system was introduced in 1977, a segment of the populace and many polit...


Tea label giants vow probe after Sri Lanka labor abuse expose

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March 27, 2019 05:28 pm

NUWARA ELIYA, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Plantations in Sri Lanka that supply tea stamped slavery-free to top global companies are under investigation by ethical l...


UNHCR And Sri Lankan Diplomacy: Deny, Deceive And Delay – Analysis

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March 20, 2019 10:59 am

Already four years including a two-year extension granted to the Sri Lankan Government by the Human Rights Council in 2017, there is little progress in addressing the key goals ...


Hazards of noise pollution

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March 19, 2019 11:49 am

Our environment is such that it has become difficult to escape noise. The Noise is everywhere, all the time; whether you drive, walk along the road, at work, at home relaxing, e...


Sri Lanka's debt problem wasn't made in China

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March 15, 2019 07:59 am

Sri Lanka faces a record foreign debt repayment of nearly US$6 billion in 2019, say economists Dushni Weerakoon and Sisira Jayasuriya. Global media and numerous "...


Sri Lanka’s women want to work—and thrive in the workplace

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March 09, 2019 09:38 am

Being a woman, mother, sister, aunt – name it, it’s something women wake up to daily and they love it.  None of them question about being enumerated for these r...


Dreams of 'Khema's boy'; Full speech by Minister Samaraweera

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March 01, 2019 07:00 pm

The following is the full text of the speech given by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the occassion to mark 30yrs of his political career. Thirty years ago thi...


Former US Permanent Rep to UN Samantha Power's address at BMICH

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March 01, 2019 12:16 pm

The following is  the full text of the speech delivered by former Former US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power at an event held at the BMICH...


A people betrayed

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February 28, 2019 12:49 pm

Seventy-one years after Sri Lanka gained independence, Neville de Silva explores why the country has failed to fulfil its considerable democratic potential   Ju...


Thoughts on the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka

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February 21, 2019 12:35 pm

The  Constitution in which ever  part of the world, I don’t think would be in a crisis. After all it’s a piece of paper. It is those who seek to interpret ...




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