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May 24, 2018 8:33 am gmt |
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Britain’s Foreign Office had destroyed almost 200 files on Sri Lanka dating from the start of the LTTE uprising during which MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5) and the SAS (Special Air Service) secretly advised the country’s security forces, the Guardian reported on Wednesday. It said the loss of...
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May 24, 2018 6:03 am gmt |
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The death toll due to the prevailing adverse weather has risen to 13. The Disaster Management Center said over 100,000 people have been affected by the inclement weather thus far. Deputy Director and Media Spokesman of the DMC Pradeep Kodippili noted 43,000 persons who have evacuated from danger zone...
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May 24, 2018 5:56 am gmt |
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The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has ordered the closure of Sterlite Copper Smelter plant in Thoothukudi with immediate effect and disconnected electricity supply to the unit early on Thursday morning. Orders to close the plant were issued by the Chairman of the TNPCB on Wednesday. The ...
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May 24, 2018 5:50 am gmt |
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Thursday (May 24), day one of her whistlestop visit to China. Merkel and Li attended a welcome ceremony before sitting down to talks. Li said China hopes to talk about human rights cases on an equal basis with Germany. He ma...
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May 24, 2018 5:39 am gmt |
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Italy’s Elia Viviani claimed his fourth win of the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday (May 23) after edging a bunch sprint on the 17th stage at Iseo as the rained poured down, with Britain’s Simon Yates retaining the overall lead. Quick-Step Floors rider Viviani held off a strong late surge...
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May 15, 2018 6:16 am gmt |
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Election leads from the south Indian state of Karnataka show India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ahead of the Congress party which currently rules the state. The BJP is ahead in 112 of 216 seats for which leads are available, according to the Election Commission. The polls are being ...
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May 15, 2018 3:02 am gmt |
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In the deadliest day of violence in Gaza since the 2014 war, Palestinian officials say Israeli troops have killed 55 people and wounded 2,700. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said his military was acting in self-defence against Gaza’s Islamist rulers, Hamas, who he said wanted to destroy Israel. ...
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May 15, 2018 2:49 am gmt |
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The coach of Mexico’s national soccer club, Juan Carlos Osorio, included 39-year old defender Rafael Marquez on Monday (May 14) for the preliminary match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia as he announced his provisional club. This will mark Marquez’s fifth World Cup, matching the record se...
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May 12, 2018 5:44 am gmt |
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Jaffna District Military commander major general Dharshana Hettiarachchi said, the southern sinhalese people, have a good impression on Northern Tamils. He stated this while addressing an event held in jaffna. “”Northern people are very intelligent, good. But, the last three decade war has slightly d...
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May 12, 2018 4:41 am gmt |
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President Maithripala Sirisena says if certain political party uses war heroes to gain their own political agenda, it is not an ethical in any way. The President made these remarks unveiling the ‘Wayamba Rana Abhiman’ War Heroes’ Monument in Kurunegala, yesterday (11). President Sirisena addressing t...
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May 12, 2018 4:37 am gmt |
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Voting has begun in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, in a bitterly contested election. More than 49 million people are eligible to vote for the state’s 224 assembly seats. The poll is significant for both India’s major parties ahead of general elections next year. The state is the ...
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May 12, 2018 4:28 am gmt |
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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife have been banned from leaving the country, immigration officials say. This comes after Mr Najib said that he and his family were planning to go on an overseas holiday on Saturday. Earlier this week, Mr Narib’s long-ruling Barisan Nasional...
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May 12, 2018 4:21 am gmt |
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Canada’s Denis Shapovalov booked his place in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open with a hard fought victory over Britain‘s Kyle Edmund on Friday (May 11). Teenager Shapovalov overpowered his 23 year-old opponent in a three setter on the clay, with the Canadian hitting a total of 29 winner...
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May 11, 2018 12:18 pm gmt |
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Sri Lanka’s military, on Thursday, said that it was prepared to face a war crimes inquiry in order to clear its name. Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka that there was no need to fear an inquiry as the Army had not committed w...
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May 11, 2018 12:15 pm gmt |
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Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday (May 11) met Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw. Reportedly, seven agreements related to capacity building, renovation of Pagodas and other key areas were signed following talks between Suu Kyi and Swaraj. Swaraj also met Myanmar Arm...
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May 11, 2018 12:12 pm gmt |
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is set to close indefinitely on Friday (May 11) as scientists warned of an explosive eruption from the Kilauea volcano that could shoot “boulders the size of cows” into the air. Visitors got one last glimpse of the massive plume of smoke billowing in the dis...
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May 11, 2018 12:08 pm gmt |
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World number one Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe’s 34-year-old record for successive set wins on a single surface as he moved into the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open. Nadal, 31, beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 on clay to take his winning streak to 50 sets in a row. He will play Aust...
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May 10, 2018 10:37 am gmt |
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Sri Lanka has increased the prices of petrol and diesel following a cabinet decision to approve a fuel pricing formula. Petrol (92 octane) will increase to 137 rupees and petrol (95 octane) will be increased to148 rupees. Auto diesel will go up to109 rupees while super diesel will be sold at 119 rupe...
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May 10, 2018 6:03 am gmt |
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The debate on the government’s Policy Statement, which was delivered by President Maithripala Sirisena at the opening of the second session of the Parliament, commenced  in the House today (10). The debate commenced at 10.30 am at the Parliament. The government’s Policy Statement was presented by the...