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Syria conflict, Obama says next few weeks ‘critical’

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President Obama has said the coming weeks will be “critical” for Syria’s future, ahead of a two-week truce due to start on Friday. He warned Russia that all parties to the...

How Sanjay Dutt spent his time in jail

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When actor Sanjay Dutt left a prison in the western Indian city of Pune on Thursday, he walked away with some experience of making paper bags and being a radio disc jockey. Dutt was sentenced for...

North Korea, US submits tougher sanctions to UN

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The US, backed by China, has submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council aimed at imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea. It comes in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear...

US Election 2016, Republicans battle ahead of Super Tuesday

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The Republican presidential candidates are sparring in the last debate before Super Tuesday when 11 states will vote in Republican contests. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are hoping for strong...

Yoshitha re-remanded

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he five suspects including former President’s son Yoshitha Rajapaksa have been re-remanded until March 10 by the Kaduwela Magistrate today (25). They were brought to  Kaduwela Magistrate Court...

Fonseka sworn in as Cabinet Minister

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Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka took oath as the Cabinet Minister for Regional Development today before the President. Fonseka took oath before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s house...

Maldives minister insists ‘very solid’ case against Sri Lanka sniper

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Maldives Home minister Umar Naseer rejected claims Thursday that the second assassination attempt on the president which involves a Sri Lankan sniper is unfounded, and insisted that the case is very...

12 Tamil refugees to return to Sri Lanka tomorrow

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In the next batch of voluntary repatriation, 12 Sri Lankan refugees, living in various camps across the State, would be leaving for Colombo from Tiruchi on Friday. Their repatriation is being...

CID ordered to arrest Thajudeen ‘murder’ suspects

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The Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Pieris today ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to arrest those responsible for the death of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen after...

SLFP advocates new electoral reforms: Nimal Siripala

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Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Sirirpala de Silva, has stated that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has stressed the introduction of a new electoral system. He was speaking in Parliament....

Resolve national question constitutionally: Sampanthan in the House

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Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan has appealed to Parliamentarians to cooperate to resolve the national question constitutionally. Speaking in the house, he appealed to the colleagues in Parliament that...

News Bits

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Declare Tamil also an Official language in the Constitution: JVP. I will not stop investigations even if SLFP is split: Maithri. Move to hire Ambulance services from India opposed in Parliament....

Thenmaradchchi Divisional Secretariat to be divided into two Divisions

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Following a meeting held between the Minister of Local Government, Vajira Abeyawardene,and representatives of Public Organizations of Thenmaradchchi led by State Minister Wijekala Maheswaran and...

Military camps near Kilinochchi schools is an act of guile: Siritharan

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Military camps established in close proximity to schools are affecting the educational advancement of Kilinochchi district. Member of the Parliament S.Siritharan visited Pooneryn Vickneswara...

9 TPPs acquitted form their cases

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A TPP who was detained under PTA and 8 other TPPs who were already released on bail were acquitted from their cases and released yesterday by the Colombo Magistrate Court. Sellathurai Kirupanantham...

TPPs : fast-unto- death enters 4th day

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The fast unto death of the 16 TPPs demanding their immediate release entered the 4th day today. Although they are weak they have refused to get medical attention. They have said that they are...

Unprecedented, violence- less and Complete Harthal demanding justice to Harishnevi : Routine life comes to a standstill

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A complete Harthal was held in all districts condemning the horrible incident and demanding justice for the rape-murder of Vavuniya Vipulanantha College student Harishnevi (aged 13).All areas came to...

Court releases five TPPs

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Five Tamil Politcal Prisoners were released yesterday by the Additional Colombo Magistrate Aruni Attegakala on the instructions of the Attorney Generals Department. The five suspects were arrested...

Nalini released on 12 hour parole: attends father’s cremation

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Nalini Sriharan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was allowed a 12-hour parole to attend the last rites of her father.  She was taken from Vellore Central Prison (women’s...

Meeting between Mangala and Samantha Power

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Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met US Representative to the UN Samantha Power yesterday in New York. The meeting took place during Mangala Samaraweera’s current visit to UK.

Palestinian Envoy meets Sampanthan

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Palestinian Envoy to Sri Lanka Dhar Sayeed Faieed called on the Opposition Leader R. Samapanthan and held discussions. The meeting took place at the office of the Leader of the Opposition at the...

Anandasangary’s book launched in Killinochi

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A Tamil book titled ‘Neengal Arithathim Ariyaththum’ authored by Tamil United Liberation Front Leader V. Anandasangary was launched at a simple event in Killinochi recently. TULF Killinochi...

Palestinian Envoy calls on Opposition Leader

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Palestinian Envoy to Sri Lanka Dhar Sayeed Faieed called on the Opposition Leader R. Samapanthan and held discussions. The meeting took place at the office of the Leader of the Opposition at the...

Matale Muthumariamman Pancha Ratha Pavany Festival

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The sacred annual Ther Festival of historic Matale Muthu Mariamman Koil was held recently. Thousands of devotees from all parts of the country congregated to invoke blessings of the Amman deity....

Hollywood addition to Rajini’s 2.0

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We had earlier reported that Shankar’s magnum opus ‘2.0’ starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in the lead has included Kenny Bates of ‘Transformers’ fame as the stunt...

A.R.Rahman and Aishwarya R Dhanush new movie title and details

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Aishwarya R Dhanush after gaining critical acclaim for her debut ‘3’ also tasted commercial success with ‘Vai Raja Vai’ and is now ready to start her third venture which has musical score by...

Is there any problem with the health of Superstar Rajinikanth?

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As we all know Superstar Rajinikanth is presently busy with two films- ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa.Ranjith and director Shankar’s magnum opus ‘2.0’. Recently the actor had...

Migrant crisis, Germany sends home rejected Afghans

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A special flight from Germany carrying 125 deported Afghans has arrived in Kabul, in a sign that the Berlin government is taking steps to reduce the number of people seeking asylum. Afghans have...

South Koreans stage rights ‘ghost protest’ in Seoul

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A holographic “ghost protest” has been held in South Korean capital Seoul against what the organisers say is the erosion of free speech in the country. Dozens of demonstrators appeared on...

Hong Kong outrage over Chinese subtitle switch

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Hong Kong officials received more than 10,000 complaints in three days after a popular TV programme began subtitling output in the Chinese characters associated with mainland China. Hong Kong uses...

Fukushima disaster, Tepco admits late meltdown announcement

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The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant hit by a tsunami in 2011 has admitted that it should have announced sooner that there was a nuclear meltdown at the site. The Tokyo Electric Power...

What nationalism means to Indian ‘sedition’ students

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“My name is Umar Khalid and I am not a terrorist.” Mr Khalid is among five Indian students facing charges of sedition after organising a protest at Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal...

Ebola ‘devastates long-term health’

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Most people who survive an Ebola infection will have long-lasting health problems, say doctors from the US National Institutes of Health. Their studies on survivors in Liberia showed large numbers...

Shahid Afridi, Hampshire sign Pakistan all-rounder for T20 Blast

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Hampshire have re-signed Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi for this summer’s T20 Blast tournament.  The 35-year-old, who last played for the county in 2011, will be available for the whole...

New Zealand v Australia, tourists win series 2-0 to top Test rankings

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Australia completed a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in Christchurch to seal a 2-0 series victory and regain top spot in the world Test rankings. They resumed on 70-1 and skipper Steve Smith...

IMF warns the global economy is “highly vulnerable”

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the global economy has weakened further and warned it was “highly vulnerable to adverse shocks”. It said the weakening had come “amid...

Apple boss Tim Cook hits back at FBI investigation

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Apple boss Tim Cook has hit back at the FBI over the handling of a court order to help unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook. Mr Cook told ABC his company first learned of...

Pillaiyan re-remanded

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Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, who was arrested in connection with the murder of ex-MP Joseph Pararajasingham, has been further remanded until...

Nepal passenger plane crash kills all 23 on board

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A small passenger plane has crashed in mountainous western Nepal, killing all 23 people on board. The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Tara Air, was travelling from Pokhara to Jomsom and lost contact...

PM on ETCA in the House

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has assured that there would not be any threat to Sri Lankans losing jobs consequent to the proposed pact with India. He was making a special statement in...

Settle issues with party leadership:Speaker to JO

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The Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told the Joint Opposition to resolve the issue with party leadership since the Chair could not accede several of their demands following parliamentary traditions. He could...

News Bits

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The Economic agreement with India will be defeated: JVP 8 trade unions file violation of basic rights p[lea against the Budget.  The SLMC insists again for separate Muslim District.. Work on...

Full Hartal to in North calling Justice for Harisnavi

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A full Harthal is called for in the North condemning the Rape-murder of Vavuniya Vipulananth College student Harishnevi  and calling for justice for her horrible murder. The Northern Provincial...

Boat turned back to Sri Lanka – Australian minister

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Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has admitted that Australian border protection authorities recently turned an asylum seeker boat back to Sri Lanka. Mr Dutton gave few details beyond...

Demonstrations in North protesting Harisnavi’s rape and Murder

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Demonstrations were held against the Rape and murder of 13 years old Harishnevi at Ukulankulam on the 16th by several factions including school students, traders and public organizations, in...

4 suspects arrested for series robbery of 7 houses of Kopay

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4 suspects had been arrested yesterday for the series robbery at 7 houses on 20th, said the Kopay  Police. Police further said that these suspects were  arrested from Kondavil, Thirunelvely and...

Vavuniya Hartal protesting sexual abuse

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A hartal was staged in Vavuniya today, Wednesday, February 24 demanding justice for victims of sexual abuse. They also demanded that the culprits be brought to book.  The hartal was in respect of...

An Indian delegation to arrive in Colombo

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An Indian delegation is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka soon to finalize the proposed pact with Sri Lanka, namely Economic, Technological Co-operation Agreement. The Sri Lankan government is...

Fonseka is tipped to be a minister

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There is speculation that Democratic Party Leader Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is tipped to be given a portfolio in the cabinet. Recently, he joined the United National Party. His party also signed a...

Mahinda faction seeks Secreary post

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The Mahinda faction that functions as an independent opposition has demanded that they be given the post of general secretary of either the Sri Lanka Freedom Party or of the UPFA. They have made the...