Black and Indian-American vice president,Kamala Devi Harris

Known as the “female Obama”, first time Senator Kamala Devi Harris has scripted history by becoming first woman, Black and Indian-American vice president of the United States. Ms. Harris was picked by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as his running mate in August, months after she suspended her own presidential dreams, saying she lacked the financial […]

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What is the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, and why is it contentious?

After the Rajapaksas’ emphatic return to power, why has the spotlight fallen on this key legislation? The story so far: After the Rajapaksas’ win in the November 2019 presidential polls and the August 2020 general election, the spotlight has fallen on two key legislations in Sri Lanka’s Constitution. One, the 19th Amendment, that was passed in 2015 to curb powers of […]

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Presidential poll: Sirisena still hopeful

Four years in office now, President Maithripala Sirisena still hopes he will be the joint candidate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party ( SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) at the presidential election expected within the next seven months. This is notwithstanding growing uncertainty. Yet, signs that he would not back out and […]

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Google celebrates International Women’s Day with a doodle 

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates International Women’s Day 2019, with a collection of inspirational quotes from 13 notable women from different parts of the world. From India’s celebrated boxer Mary Kom to Japanese artist and songwriter Yoko Ono, the Google Doodle picks out quotes meant to empower women and some that are generally uplifting. International Women’s […]

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Why it’s OK for young Muslims to be radical

Radical thought can be positive and progressive, it doesn’t have to mean joining a death cult The legal and moral conundrums posed by the return (or not) of British jihadis following the collapse of the Islamic State “caliphate”has triggered renewed anxiety about the place of Muslim youth in western society. The home secretary, Sajid Javid’s populist bid to strip Shamima […]

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The era of big passenger jets is over

The double-decker A380 was loved by passengers, aviation enthusiasts and executives at Airbus. But the world’s largest commercial plane never won over the group that really mattered: airlines. Airbus (EADSF) pulled the plug on its superjumbo program on Thursday, announcing that it would deliver the final A380s to airlines such as Emirates by 2021. The decision by the […]

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Restoration of political sanity in Sri Lanka

But Sri Lanka’s biggest worry is a fresh eruption of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe power struggle New space has emerged for de-escalating Sri Lanka’s political crisis with the timely and judicious intervention by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. Following the two rulings made by the top court, last Thursday and Friday, Ranil Wickremesinghe — the Prime Minister who was […]

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