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The reality of North Korea as a nuclear power state

The reality of North Korea as a nuclear power state

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) – With a track record of six underground nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017, North Korea is desperately yearning to be recognized as the world’s ninth nuclear power – trailing behind the US, UK, France, China, Russia, India, Pakistan and Israel. But that recognition seems elusive– despite the increasing nuclear threats by [...]

Asbestos isn’t always harmful to health

Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals.They are, thin fibrous crystals, with each visible fibre composed of millions of microscopic “fibrils”. Asbestos mining existed more than 4,000 years ago, but large-scale mining began at the end of the 19th century, when manufacturers and builders began using asbestos for its desirable physical properties: [...]

President Sirisena inaugurates Pakistan Single Country Exhibition

President Maithripala Sirisena, along with Pakistan’s Commerce Minister Mohammad Pervaiz Malik and Pakistan High Commissioner Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, inaugurated the third edition of Pakistan Single Country Exhibition at BMICH on Friday. The exhibition features leading Pakistani companies and manufacturers of engineering products, auto parts, agro products, textile and clothing, designer wear, handicraft and Traditional [...]

Prof. Jayaratne to head SLAAS

Prof. Chandana Jayaratne will be inducted tomorrow as the President of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) at a ceremony at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Independence Square, at 5 pm. Science and Technology Minister Susil Premajayantha will be the chief guest at the event. The SLAAS is the premier scientific [...]

P.R. Anthonis memorial oration

The Lanka Japan Friendship Society will hold the Deshamanya P.R. Anthonis Memorial Oration on January 22 at 5.30 p.m. at the Sasakawa Auditorium, 4, Bala Tampoe Lane, Colombo 3. The Oration on the topic “March of Folly: Lessons in Political Leadership in Sri Lanka” will be delivered by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Eminent Oxford educated academic [...]

Presidential commission and criminal investigations

It’s not easy to understand white collar crimes. The treasury bond issue, is not easily understood by ordinary citizens. Yet, the ordinary citizens have taken a keen interest in the treasury bond issue. It took centre stage in politics and the people followed the commission’s proceedings closely. Now the commission’s report is out and a [...]

Corruption wizards abhor the UN Convention Against Corruption

Calling it a “scam of monumental proportions”, the Sunday Times editorial highlighted the shenanigans behind the Rs.11 billion Central Bank Bond Scam.Although the Editor referred to the Bond Scam as “a scandal unprecedented in the annals of contemporary Sri Lanka”, the country has been plagued with fraud, bribery and corruption for decades. Even Sri Lankans [...]

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