Month: April 2013

Time to rethink Origin of Life theory, says SL astrobiologist

– Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana – KOCHI: Thirty-years ago when Sri Lankan astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe suggested that human life started from outside earth, it was greeted by waves of criticism. In fact, his findings were published amidst a lot of criticism, but Wickramasinghe continued to work on his theory that the first ‘seeds of life’…

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Why is Minister Pavithra hiding? asks UNP

Chief Opposition Whip and Gampaha District UNP Parliamentarian John Amaratunga demanded to know why Power and Energy Minister Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi continues to keep silent on the electricity price hike, which had hit all consumers below the belt….

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Loss of Onlanka News Data due to Attack

Data of Onlanka News website for the last 5 days have been lost due to Cyber Attack. Please bear with us……

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John Kerry proposes 20% cut in US aid to Sri Lanka

– Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana – WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a 20 per cent cut in the American aid to Colombo, a move reflecting the unease in their ties over issues related to human rights, reconstruction and political integration in Sri Lanka after the end of the civil war….

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Two killed in a clash in Beliatta

Two persons were killed and five others injured following a clash between two groups in Sitinamaluwa, Beliatta last night, police said….

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National Oil Anointing Ceremony under the patronage of President Rajapaksa

– by Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix By : Nalin Hewapathirana) – The traditional Oil Anointing State Ceremony for the Sinhala and Hindu New Year was held at the Katharagama Kirivehera Rajamaha Vihara premises under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Chief Incumbent of the Viharaya and Chief Sangha Nayake of Magampattuwa, Venerable Dr…

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Do you know what is inside the food you eat?

– by Shenali Waduge – To feed 7billion people in the world is not easy. Yet, billion people remain malnourished. At least 8 million die every year of hunger-related diarrhea, pneumonia and other illnesses and a child dies of hunger every 11 seconds….

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Sri Lanka trip exposes MPs to complexities of Tamil issue

– Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana – The five-member team of Indian MPs, which interacted with a cross section of political leaders, civil society personalities and government functionaries both in Colombo and Jaffna over the last four days, returned to India on Friday, fully sensitised to the complexities of the Lankan Tamil question….

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Sri Lanka’s First Family celebrates New Year at Carlton House

– by Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Sudath Silva) – When the entire country is gripped in a happy and festive mood, Sri Lankans celebrated the traditional “Aluth Avurudda”- Sinhala and Hindu New Year in usual grand style. According to the reports, Sinhala and Tamil people throughout the country enthusiastically got ready to celebrate it. This is…

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The fullest joy of New Year is realized in a free country – President

The “Aluth Avurudda” is a great cultural festival that has been observed by us from ancient times. It is the festival that marks the great association of Mother Earth with the Sun. Sri Lankans who are nurtured by an agricultural lifestyle meaningfully accepts the dawn of this traditional New Year, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa in…

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Was life for Tamils better under LTTE?

– by Shenali Waduge – Given that separation of Sri Lanka is out of the question the Tamils had 2 choices before them. To be ruled under a defacto armed LTTE or to remain under sovereign Sri Lanka ruled by a democratically elected Government that comprised representatives of all ethnic groups. The Tamils did live…

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Karunanidhi reiterates demand for abolishing death penalty

– Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana – Renewing his demand for abolishing death penalty, DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Saturday made a fresh pitch for a state cabinet meeting to adopt a resolution recommending commutation of the death sentence awarded to three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case….

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It was an inside job – Hulugalle

Director General of the Media Center for National Security (MCNS), Lakshman Hulugalle said that initial Police investigations into the attack on the Uthayan office in Jaffna had revealed that it was an ‘inside job’….

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Sri Lanka newspaper office set ablaze, fifth media attack this year

(Reuters) – Three armed men set fire to the printing machine of a Tamil-language newspaper that is critical of the Sri Lankan government, forcing the paper to halt printing, the editor said on Saturday. The attack on the Uthayan newspaper office is the fifth attack on the media since January in Sri Lanka’s former war…

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Way Forward : China-India-Russia strategic geopolitical alliance

– by Shenali Waduge – Should the 3 powers of Asia combine to make a formidable global force? Its not a bad idea – in fact it’s an excellent idea and would provide Asia and inadvertently the world the balance of power and stability that is lacking. Against a declining West, Asia’s 3 formidable power…

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19 Lankan Tamil refugees reprieved, will not be sent back to Sri Lanka

  – Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana – CHENNAI: About 19 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who feared deportation after they being stranded in Dubai can breathe easy with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday refuting reports that they would be sent back home….

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