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From Elephants to Blue Whales, Sri Lanka leads the way on biodiversity

From Elephants to Blue Whales, Sri Lanka leads the way on biodiversity

(By Dr. Palitha Kohona ) Sri Lanka will host the World Biodiversity Congress (WBC) Nov. 24-27. Given its long and active history of preserving biodiversity, it would be most appropriate for Sri…

President has audience with Pope Francis; extends invitation to visit Sri Lanka

President has audience with Pope Francis; extends invitation to visit Sri Lanka

President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was received at an audience by His Holiness Pope Francis this morning extended an invitation for His Holiness to visit Sri Lanka in January next year.…

Andy Murray beats Pablo Cuevas to reach last eight at China Open

Andy Murray beats Pablo Cuevas to reach last eight at China Open

Andy Murray is through to the quarter-finals of the China Open after defeating Pablo Cuevas 6-2 6-2. The Briton, seeded sixth, outclassed the 35th-ranked Uruguayan, breaking his serve five times…

Hong Kong leader refuses to quit

Hong Kong leader refuses to quit

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive CY Leung says he will not resign, but has offered talks between his government and pro-democracy protesters. The leaders of mass demonstrations have welcomed proposed talks,…

President Leaves for Italy and Vatican

President Leaves for Italy and Vatican

President Mahinda Rajapaksa left the Island Thursday for a visit to Italy and the Vatican on an invitation by the Holy See. He is accompanied by First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe…

Pakistan naval ships in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit

Pakistan naval ships in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit

Pakistan Naval Ships PNS NASR and SAIF arrived on Thursday at Colombo Port for a four-day goodwill visit. This port call is part of the strong multifaceted relationship and engagement between…

Secure fishermen’s release, Panneerselvam requests PM

Secure fishermen’s release, Panneerselvam requests PM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, in his first letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after assuming charge, has sought the release of 20 fishermen who were arrested by the…

Gandhi Jayanti at ICC

Gandhi Jayanti at ICC

The India Cultural Centre (ICC), Colombo will organize Gandhi Jayanti: Programme to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 at 6 pm at its auditorium 16/2 Gregory’s…

Blistering drought leaves the poorest high and dry

Blistering drought leaves the poorest high and dry

The last time there was mud on his village roads was about a year ago, says Murugesu Mohanabavan, a farmer from the village of Karachchi, situated about 300 km north…

India suspicious as Chinese submarine docks in Sri Lanka

India suspicious as Chinese submarine docks in Sri Lanka

The docking of a Chinese submarine in Colombo on a long-range deployment patrol earlier this month is yet another indicator of the ever-increasing forays of the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N)…