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New constitution should protect and uphold human rights, accept diversity and promote true democracy

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January 11, 2016 01:36 pm

Currently the most important foundation Sri Lanka needs is unity and trust amongst her people, to promote this, we need national acceptance of equal opportunity, human rights an...


US rate hike has local repercussions

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January 11, 2016 01:33 pm

The US Federal Reserve (Fed) has raised interest rates terminating its near-zero rate policy that was launched seven years ago in the aftermath of the worst global financial cri...


Grand strategy to make Lanka a developed nation; Aero City in addition to Colombo Port City

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January 10, 2016 10:39 am

The Chinese-backed Colombo Port City project, which Government leaders during both presidential and parliamentary election campaigns declared would be dropped, has been given pr...


Urgent implementation to deliver quality education for all in Sri Lanka

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January 08, 2016 11:00 am

The article intends to encourage and stimulate policy and decision makers in the current government to take timely action, so that delivery of quality education for all can make...


Accountability for policing remains in abeyance

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January 08, 2016 10:56 am

The police function is an essential component in the rule of law and is the most important link in the Criminal Justice System. Hence the question as to who is accountable for t...


Changes in UNP constitution to meet new challenges: Kabir Hashim

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January 04, 2016 01:03 pm

Here are excerpts of a Q and A with United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Kabir Hashim. ON IMPENDING CHANGES IN THE PARTY: For more than twenty long year...


JHU will sign new agreement if it is acceptable: Champika

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January 04, 2016 12:58 pm

He are excerpts of a Q & A with Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, General Secretary of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU. ON THE RECENT EVENTS AT THE WESTERN PROVINCIAL...


After presidency, Sirisena says he will remain in politics

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December 29, 2015 12:43 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena in an interview with our sister paper Irida Lankadeepa discussed several political issues. Here are edited excerpts: Q: You will be completing o...


Challenges for business in 2016

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December 28, 2015 07:49 am

  As small and big businesses ring in the New Year, enormous challenges are ahead according to economic projections pertaining to growth, inflation and interest ...


From Sri Lanka to Uganda - drones set to give global farming a makeover

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December 27, 2015 02:09 pm

The traditional image of a farmer standing in a field, squinting anxiously at the sky for signs of rain, may be about to get a 21st-century makeover as researchers explore the u...


How India got hooked on combination drugs

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December 16, 2015 01:46 pm

MUMBAI, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Since 1961, India's drug controller has approved more than 1,200 combination drugs, according to a list published on the website of the Health Min...


Sri Lanka’s deficit of justice cannot be corrected by laws alone

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December 15, 2015 04:31 pm

Euphoria in regard to the Cabinet decision this week that Sri Lanka will sign the International Convention on Enforced Disappearances must be tempered by several factors.  ...


Public demand answer from Justice Minister after Los Angeles holiday photos are revealed

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December 14, 2015 03:29 pm

The Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe must ask himself a few simple questions. Has he as a member of parliament availed himself of any generous hospitality in the past ex...


Asia’s small wild cat needs protection

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December 11, 2015 03:57 pm

International conservationists gathered in Nepal for the first time to develop a Conservation Strategy Plan for the Fishing Cat. The First International Fishing Cat Conservati...


Moving whales out of the fast lane

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December 10, 2015 03:47 pm

Sri Lanka missed a November 27 deadline to submit a proposal to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that would save endangered whales off the south coast from being ki...


China forecast to become world's biggest electric car market

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December 08, 2015 01:25 pm

(REUTERS) China is forecast to become the world's biggest electric car market this year, with sales estimated at 220,000 to 250,000 vehicles, the official news agency X...


China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replication

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December 07, 2015 03:39 pm

Beijing (AFP) - The Chinese scientist behind the world's biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he told AFP, and is only holding off...


The Leaders of this Country and a Nameless Dying Woman

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December 03, 2015 07:45 am

The Citizens Demand the Right to know, as citizens of Sri Lanka we know only two facts about the Nameless Dying Woman in Saudi Arabia. One, that she is a Sri Lankan. Two, t...


Don’t DIS the ability of the largest minority

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December 02, 2015 02:20 pm

Securing a brighter future requires building a new Sri Lanka, founded on the values of democracy, social justice, equality and accountability. Dr. Ajith C....


Dutch cannabis grower revels in court victory

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December 01, 2015 01:37 pm

(REUTERS) Once in his greenhouse in a remote Dutch village, Doede de Jong proudly nurtured a thriving cannabis crop to sell to local users. Now only five plants remain, after th...


Budget for Business: A red flag for the people

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November 30, 2015 09:00 am

  The 2016 Budget has been welcomed by the business and economic establishment.  The big question is whether economic policies good for business are ne...


Seizing the moment through third Generation Economic Reforms

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November 30, 2015 08:48 am

The Third Generation of Economic Reforms (TGER) announced in the recent budget is intended to “improve and enhance the living standards of the people”. At la...


Hapless depositors caught in a web of red tape spun by the CSE

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November 27, 2015 10:15 am

We, the members of the Deposit Protection Society of the Standard Credit Finance Company, are compelled to reveal to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka, the unhappy situ...


Saner counsel prevails over replacing VAT

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November 25, 2015 05:08 pm

  Two years ago in April, a top Sri Lankan hotelier grumbled that bookings for the next few months were not looking good. The story drew industry attention ...


Attorney General on evolution of justice system

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November 24, 2015 02:30 pm

Attorney General Yuvanjan Wijayatilake PC delivered the 2015 Olcott Oration on the topic "Evolution of the Justice System: From the arrival of Colonel Henry S. Olcott to th...


Zimbabwe's Mr Ugly pageant turns ugly

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November 24, 2015 09:00 am

Harare (AFP) - A 42-year-old unemployed man was crowned Zimbabwe's ugliest man at a pub pageant in Harare -- but the contest turned ugly when the runner-up accused judges of...


Catholic Church holds service of thanksgiving for life of Ven. Sobitha Thera

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November 23, 2015 02:47 pm

In an unprecedented event the Catholic Church today held a memorial service of thanksgiving for the prophetic life of vision and work of the Ven Sobitha Hamuduruwo who pass...


America’s leaders are hurting the nation’s image

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November 23, 2015 01:54 pm

The recent terrorist attacks have called forth predictable demands from our nation’s politicians, particularly President Obama’s opponents, for U.S. leadership in th...


Scientists unveil world's first cyborg roses

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November 23, 2015 01:18 pm

When you think of cyborgs, plants probably aren't the first thing that pops into your head, but it's time for that to change. A team of researchers at the Labora...


New Zealand opens voting on new flag

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November 20, 2015 12:07 pm

Voting has begun in New Zealand in a referendum which could see the country getting a new national flag. New Zealanders have just under a month to send in a postal ballo...






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