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A battle between the US and China threatens to trigger a new cold war at the United Nations

A battle between the US and China threatens to trigger a new cold war at the United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) – During the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1960s, the United Nations was the ideological battle ground where the Americans and the Soviets pummeled each other — either on the floor of the cavernous General Assembly (GA) hall or at the horse-shoe [...]

Significance of All Fools Day

April 1. This is the day on which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty four days – Mark Twain On this day, Thursday last week, this quote set us thinking on what the well-known American writer and journalist implied about All Fools Day. Did Mark Twain mean [...]

The Fifth of April 1971- JVP attack at Wellawaya

The Fifth of April 1971- JVP attack at Wellawaya

Capt. F.R.A.B. Musafer (Retd) of the 4th Regiment Sri Lanka Artillery was commander of the platoon that was deployed to Weerawila under emergency law to assist the police in the Hambantota district. Here he recalls how his platoon was first on the scene shortly after the JVP attack on the Wellawaya police station on April 5, [...]

Shake-Hands military exercise cements Lanka-Pakistan ties

Pakistan High Commissioner Major General (Retd) Muhammad Saad Khattak and Sri Lanka’s Army Commander General Shavendra Silva took part as distinguished guests at the ‘Shake Hands – 1′ joint Field Training Exercise (FTX). The 15-day-long Gajaba Regiment (GR)-led exercise with the Pakistan Army ended on Friday at the GR Regimental Centre in Saliyapura. The ‘Ex-Shake [...]

UNA life membership for Shukra

The United Nations Association of Sri Lanka held its International Women’s Day ceremony at Hotel Kingro in Panadura recently under the patronage of Shyama Wijekulasooriya and Panchali Rathnayake.  At the ceremony, UNA Secretary General Errol G Smith presented the association’s free life membership to Shukra Munawwar, the Sirasa Laxapathiya winner. She took part as a [...]

Royal Institute launches RI Generous Hearts

Royal Institute International School (RI) has chosen to celebrate its 50th anniversary in a distinctly charitable fashion by launching RI Generous Hearts, its anniversary charity project. Established in 1971 and building on its experience over the past 50 years, RI firmly believes in holistic education which not only addresses the head, but equally the hand [...]

Climate safety nets for all

LONDON – As preparations for this year’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow intensify, attention is focused on efforts to prevent a future catastrophe. But real-time climate catastrophes already are playing out in the lives of millions of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. What will COP26 offer them? Stick a pin in a map [...]

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