New Zealand PM will not boycott CHOGM

Published : 1:39 am  November 12, 2013  |  Category: CHOGM 2013, News  |  Leave a Comment  |  460 views  |  
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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the Sri Lankan capital despite calls for him to boycott the summit following the detention of a New Zealand Parliamentarian. Key said he will be leaving for Colombo on Thursday to take part in the meeting that is to open on Friday in Colombo. Opposition parties have called on Key to follow the Indian and Canadian prime Ministers and boycott the world leaders’ biennial meeting after Sri Lanka detained the Green Party MP Jan Logie along with the Australian Green Party Senator Lee Rhiannon for violating visa regulations. Opponents also call on the PM to oppose the Sri Lankan President... 

South African President to lead delegation to CHOGM in Sri Lanka

Published : 1:35 am  November 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  455 views  |  

Pretoria: South African President Jacob Zuma will lead his country’s delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that will be held in Colombo from 15-17 November 2013, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation announced Monday. President Zuma will be accompanied by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane will lead the South African delegation at the Foreign Ministers Meeting on 13 -14 November 2013 that will precede the Heads of Government Meeting. The theme for CHOGM 2013 “Growth with Equity: Inclusive Development”, developed by Sri Lanka, emphasizes the importance of... 

Walkout during Northern Governor’s speech at NPC

Published : 1:35 am  November 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,675 views  |  

Three Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members boycotted the speech by Northern Province Governor Major General G.A Chandrasiri when the Council convened in Jaffna yesterday. NPC member Anandi Sasitharan said she and two other Tamil National Alliance members objected to the Governor making the speech. TNA MPs Shivagilingam and Sukirthan also walked out of the Chamber during the speech. She said that the three members wanted to send a clear message that the Tamils in the north had suffered when Chandrasiri was the Commander of the North. Sasitharan made a speech when the Council session explaining the reasons behind the decision to boycott the speech of the Governor. She said that as a woman... 

Bar Association faults the government for not granting visas to IBAHRI delegation

Published : 1:34 am  November 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  426 views  |  

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has faulted the government for not granting visas to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delegation that was to attend a seminar in Colombo. BASL President Upul Jayasuriya in a statement said that the IBAHRI delegation was to attend a seminar on ‘Commonwealth Values and the Role of the Legal Profession. Gabriela Knaul, the first-ever UN Special Rapporteur for Judges and Lawyers, Dato Param Cumaraswamy, and a senior representative of the IBA, Alex Wilks were to address the seminar. “Their visas were applied for by letter dated 17 August 2013 by the Secretary, BASL along with a visa for Sadakat Kadri. The first three... 

Weliamuna re-elected to Transparency International Board

Published : 1:33 am  November 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  299 views  |  

Human Rights lawyer and activist J.C. Weliamuna was re-elected to the Board of Transparency International, the global network fighting corruption and promoting integrity, at the Annual General Meeting held in Berlin yesterday. He is also the Chairman of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL). There were two vacancies and Weliamuna and the chairperson of TI Indonesia were elected.  115 chapters of Transparency International the world over voted at the election to fill the two vacancies. He was first elected to the TI Board in 2010 and will now serve a second term of another three years. Weliamuna was recently presented with the ‘Citizens Peace Award 2012’ buy the National Peace Council... 

Chairman of Valikamam North PS receives threats over land acquisition claims

Published : 1:33 am  November 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  477 views  |  

By Dharisha Bastians The Chairman of Valikamam North has received several threatening phone calls after his office began collecting information regarding the resettlement of families in the Palaly East area while there were legal claimants to the land, the Tamil National Alliance said yesterday. TNA MP E. Saravanabhavan told the Daily FT that S. Sugeethan had received three threatening phone calls on Saturday night. “The severed head of a cow was placed at the home of Chairman of the Valikamam North Pradeshiya Sabha in Jaffna yesterday,” Saravanabhavan said, adding that the local Government official had been badly scarred by the incident. The PS Chairman had filed a complaint with the local... 

Sarva rejoins Boards of Citrus Leisure, Group firms

Published : 1:32 am  November 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  648 views  |  

Top professional and advertising industry fame Sarva Amersekere has rejoined the Boards of Citrus Leisure and Group companies with effect from 11 November as a Non Executive Director. Other firms are Waskaduwa Beach Resort and Kapitiya Bach Resort. Sarva was first appointed to the Citrus board on 27 August 2010 but resigned later on. Sarva is the Director and CEO of Triad, one of Sri Lanka’s leading advertising agencies. He is also involved in macro management and strategic planning of diversified portfolio of strategic investments across many sectors. Qualified in both business and engineering, he brings on board extensive local and foreign exposure including business, fund management, operations,... 

Dynasty Residence and Royal Palace to enhance Kandy’s skyline

Published : 1:28 am  November 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,841 views  |  
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By Sarah Hannan GVR Lanka Ltd., identifying the potential socioeconomic growth in Kandy, is commencing a mixed real estate development project, which is also a first for Kandy, at the end of this month. Announcing its newest venture, the company hosted a media briefing at Hilton Colombo Residencies on Wednesday 6 November with the presence of clergy, dignitaries from diplomatic missions, project partners and well wishers. Addressing the gathering Chief Guest for the event Investment Promotions Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha stated that investments and development projects of this nature confirmed Sri Lanka was unstoppable. “When we turn our focus on developments outside Colombo, we see a lot... 

President opens The Central Point

Published : 1:25 am  November 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  469 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday opened the renovated historic Central Point Building in Fort and the Sri Lanka Economic Museum established in the premises. More than a century old Central Point Building in Chatham Street in Fort was partially damaged during the suicide bomb attack on Sri Lanka’s Central Bank in 1996. The construction of the original building started in 1911 and it was opened in 1914. The building was then called the National Mutual Insurance building. The Sri Lankan Navy preserving its architectural and archaeological value restored the dilapidated building to its past glory under the instructions of Defense and Urban Development Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The Central... 

Clear Point the world’s tallest residential vertical garden

Published : 1:24 am  November 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  611 views  |  
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Clear Point Residences has embarked on the unique and impressive project of building a sustainable high-rise apartment complex in Kotte. The Rs. 6 billion development project is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka and will involve an innovative design that is eco-friendly, to give the residents a sensation of ground-level living, which includes self-sustaining gardens and energy-saving systems. Clear Point Residences, addresses the usual cons of apartment living by providing privacy in an open terrace and a tranquil environment in a bustling city. Designed by Milroy Perera and his team of environmentally conscious architects of Milroy Perera Associates Ltd., together with Maga Engineering Ltd.,... 

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