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Prof. Gunaratne to speak on turning point in Indo-Lanka relations

August 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm

August 19, 2014, 7:29 am


Sri Lanka Parliamentary Journalists’ Association with the  collaboration of the Department of Government Information has organised a  special lecture titled “India under Modi: A Turning Point in Indo-Lanka  Relations” by Prof Rohan Gunaratne at Committee Room No 2 in the parliament  complex on Wednesday (Aug 20) from 10.30 am – 11.30 am.

Magistrate calls for report on antique sword

August 18, 2014 at 11:17 pm

August 19, 2014, 7:29 am


By Bandara Illanganthilake, Maskeliya Corr

The Hatton police nabbed two persons while they were  transporting an antique sword suspected to be recovered from a treasure trove.  Officials of the Department of Archaeology have ascertained that the sword and  its scabbard belong to the Kandyan Period.

The suspects had been planning to sell the sword for Rs. 3.6  million, the police said. The arrest was made on a tip-off received by the  intelligence unit of the Hatton police. Produced before the Hatton Magistrate,  the suspects were remanded till today (19).

National Security non-negotiable

August 18, 2014 at 11:15 pm


– Army Chief

August 18, 2014, 10:25 pm


Foreign and local participants of Defence Seminar-2014.

Army Chief Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake yesterday said that the  three-decade long war against the LTTE had taught Sri Lankans many valuable  lessons, particularly the pivotal importance of national security and the need  to pursue it at any cost.

The Army Chief was addressing the inaugural sessions of the  Defence Seminar – 2014, under the theme, Sri Lanka: Challenges to a Rising  Nation at Colombo Galadari Hotel

Drug lord nabbed last week is on Interpol wanted list

August 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

August 19, 2014, 7:10 am


By Norman Palihawadana and Madura Ranwala

Investigations so far conducted into a massive heroin bust at  Katugastota have revealed that Ahamed Sabry Thajudeen arrested by the Police  Narcotics Bureau (PNB) at Palapatwala in Matale on August 14, is wanted by  Interpol for drug related crimes in Malaysia and Pakistan.

Four suspects including a woman were arrested last Friday  (August 15) at Watuwala, Katugastota with 59 kilos of heroin. The drug haul was  detected while it was being packed.

TNA asks UN to probe atrocities under SLFP, UNP govts since 1974

August 18, 2014 at 11:12 pm

August 19, 2014, 12:00 pm


By Shamindra Ferdinando

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has urged the Geneva-based  United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to expand its ongoing inquiry to  investigate atrocities committed by successive governments against Tamil  speaking people since 1974.

The UN recently launched the inquiry under the supervision of  British national Sandra Beidas, formerly with the London headquartered Amnesty  International.


August 18, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Mahela Jayawardene waves to a cheering crowd as his teammates do  a lap of honour, carrying him on their shoulders after winning the second Test  match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground  in Colombo yesterday (Aug 18). AFP PHOTO/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI


The search for Myanmar’s mysterious Dhammazedi Bell

August 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm

By Jonah Fisher BBC News, Yangon

As Jonah Fisher reports, some people doubt the bell ever existed, whilst others think the search is cursed

The fate of the Dhammazedi Bell is one of Myanmar’s murkiest mysteries and for some Burmese a lifelong obsession. Four centuries after the world’s biggest bell was last seen, a new salvage attempt is under way in Yangon (Rangoon), and it’s attracting large crowds.

Cast in the 15th Century, the Dhammazedi Bell was according to popular legend placed alongside the gleaming gold Schwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar(also known as Burma).

Pope lifts beatification ban on Salvadoran Oscar Romero

August 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Catholics march in San Salvador on 22 March 2014 during the commemoration of the 33th anniversary of the murder of Oscar Romero Archbishop Romero’s death is commemorated by large crowds every year

Pope Francis has lifted a ban on the beatification of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero.

For years, the Roman Catholic Church blocked the process because of concerns that he had Marxist ideas.

Imran Khan’s MPs set to resign Pakistan assembly seats

August 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Imran Khan is mobbed by supporters during a protest march in Islamabad - 16 August 2014 Imran Khan was mobbed by supporters as he led a protest march against Nawaz Sharif at the weekend

Imran Khan’s opposition party in Pakistan says it has decided to resign all its seats in the national assembly.

A senior member of party said they were trying to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down.

Brewing a beer revolution in Africa

August 18, 2014 at 8:45 pm

By Roderick Macleod Africa Business Report

 Oscar Olsen, the “beer hunter”, says he wants to bring a beer revolution to Africa

Beer may be big business in Africa, but it is a sector dominated by multinationals and Oscar Olsen is taking them on.

Hailing from the pint-sized island of Mauritius, Mr Olsen, much like the ales and lagers he brews, is not what you would expect.

For someone who calls himself a professional “beer hunter” he is surprisingly slim and fit.

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