Vithiya warned by doctors if she had ………………

Vithiya Alphons was warned by doctors if she had left it a few more days to get help her parents would be organising her funeral within a week A seriously ill student has begged for help stem cell donor in the next two months after being told she will die if no match is found. Final-year Cardiff University medical student Vithiya Alphons , from London, said she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia after falling ill during a lecture. Doctors have warned her she is facing a race…

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IFRC Secretary General to meet families in the North

Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy will arrive in Sri Lanka on 1 March for a three day official visit during which he will visit the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s Post Conflict Recovery Programme in the north of the country. The Red Cross Post Conflict Recovery Programme, which has been supported by the IFRC and donors from around the world, including the Government of India, has provided more than 21,000 families with financial and technical help to build new homes and reestablish their lives…

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Sri Lanka northern province CM asks for Indian help for a federal solution

Mr. Wignewswaran said he believed that India would intervene again in Sri Lanka as they had come to the assistance of the Tamils in politically sensitive situations in the past. India might ‘intervene’ again in Sri Lanka to help the Tamil minority and provide a federal solution to the ethnic reconciliation problem, a media report quoted the country’s Northern Province Chief Minister as saying. The BBC’s Sinhala service reported that C V Wigneswaran, who is himself a Tamil, made the remarks in Jaffna on Sunday while addressing a group of…

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How Prabhakaran’s wife, children escorted back to Vanni

By Anura Bandara Rajaguru ?: Where are you from? A: Kandy. ?: Your parents? A: My father was Siron Lewke, a doctor by profession. My mother was a Bandaranaika from Udukawela Walawwa of Meda Mahanuwara. I was the youngest of a family of five. ?: Your school? A: I studied in St. Sylvester College and played cricket for the school. I was a member of the Central Province cricket team also. I played rugby for the Kandy team. Later I played for the National team and worked as the National…

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Don’t blame it on Norwegians

Don’t blame it on Norwegians By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan ?: You and Erik Solheim have been travelling around the world promoting your book To End a Civil War: Norway’s Peace Engagement in Sri Lanka, but Solheim is not going to be in Colombo for the book launch. Why has he decided not to visit Sri Lanka? A. Originally, it was hoped Erik would take part in the Colombo launch. Not least because after so many years of absence from a country he loves, he was keen to return. In the…

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CID uncovers 15 bank accounts

BY ISHARA RATHNAKARA Three persons including former Navy Commander Jayanath Colombage have been questioned and statements obtained by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) regarding the incident of Additional Secretary to the Minister of Home Affairs……Vajira Abeywardena and former Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Damayanthi Jayaratne going overseas while an investigation was underway regarding the Avant Garde incident. The CID has already obtained information from the Department of Immigration and Emigration regarding the Air travel details and records in connection with the trip abroad of Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Sujatha Damayanthi Jayaratne.…

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Three suspects turn state witnesses

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Three murder suspects in the ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen murder case have agreed to turn State witnesses, a top CID source revealed. He told Ceylon Today that the CID had broken through dramatically in its probe identifying 16 suspects in the Narahenpita killing, among them are a few senior police officers who have agreed to turn State witnesses. “We are also about to arrest several government officials including a former medical specialist and several other police officers who have been guilty of intentionally distorting and concealing facts about…

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Dual citizenship for 2,500 applicants on Mar.15

The Immigration and Emigration Department said today that dual citizenship certificates will be issued to 2,500 Sri Lankans living abroad by Internal Affairs Minister S.B. Navinne at a ceremony at the BMICH on March 15. Immigration and Emigration Controller M. N. Ranasinghe said they had received more than 20,000 dual citizenship applications so far and they had already issued certificates to 4,200 of them. The fee to be paid by the primary applicant requesting for dual citizenship was increased to Rs.300,000 in the 2016 budget. However, the amount paid by…

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40 military intelligence personnel quizzed for killing of Lasantha

The Criminal Investigation Department has questioned more than 40 Military Intelligence personnel during the past few weeks in connection with the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. According to Police Headquarters sources, intelligence officers of various ranks including colonel, major, captain and other rankers like sergeant, corporal and private had been summoned for questioning from time to time and had their statements recorded. Most of them had been summoned in connection with evidence gathered by listening to recordings of telephone conversations between them at around the time of the…

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