President reviews Hataraliyadde Urban Development Plan

Published : 4:22 am  September 14, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  473 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a special visit to Galagedara and Hataraliyadde areas recently, where he checked on the progress of development projects, including the Hataraliyadde Urban Development Plan. Here the President and Dr. Sarath Amunugama studying the Hataraliyadde Urban Development Plan.  Read More →

Govt pays special attention to education of estate sector children: President

Published : 4:20 am  September 14, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  532 views  |  

The present government has paid special attention to the education for the children in the estate sector to add value to the young generation in the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday. Addressing an election rally at Pundaluoya in Nuwara Eliya, President Rajapaksa said while developing the upcountry and providing facilities such as roads, hospitals, water and electricity, his government has focused on improving the education to provide more opportunities for the youths in the estate areas. “We want these children out of the estates, not confined to the line rooms. We want them to get a good education,” the President said. Pointing out that the government has provided 100,000... 

Human Rights Watch urges Commonwealth not to attend the summit in Sri Lanka

Published : 4:20 am  September 14, 2013  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  495 views  |  

New York: The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged the heads of Commonwealth governments not to attend the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka due to the country’s alleged unwillingness to address the ongoing human rights concerns. In a letter the New York-based rights watchdog has asked the heads of 54 Commonwealth countries not to attend the summit in Sri Lanka and suggested that those governments which decide to attend should send a low-level delegation as a public message of dissatisfaction. “The Sri Lankan government should be shunned, not rewarded for failing to hold anyone accountable for war crimes during the country’s recent conflict,” said... 

Probe ordered on Arabian magazine

Published : 4:19 am  September 14, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  586 views  |  

The External Affairs Ministry has been instructed to look into a magazine circulating at some airports in Arab countries with stories damaging towards Sri Lanka. President Mahinad Rajap-aksa had informed Tamil media heads on Thursday (12) that the magazine carries a story claiming that Buddhist groups had attacked Muslim women in Sri Lanka. “The President had a copy of the magazine in his hand. He said that the magazine was circulating at several airports in Arab countries. He has asked the External Affairs Ministry to look into this,” a source who was at the meeting said. The report in the magazine comes following a hate campaign carried out by some Buddhist monks targeting the traditional... 

Nepal presents Buddha’s birthplace in 100-rupee note

Published : 4:19 am  September 14, 2013  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  246 views  |  

KATHMANDU (Xinhua): In an innovative move to present Nepal as Gautam Buddha’s birthplace, Nepal’s apex bank has brought a 100-rupee Nepali note with a dictum, “Lumbini: The Birth Place of Lord Buddha.” Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) said the new note has already been circulated in the market. An official at the bank however said the note will be easily accessible only during the Dashain, Nepal’s major fiesta that is just a month away. NRB spokesperson Bhaskar Mani Gyanwali said the new note has a picture of Ashoka Pillar, along with the attested message that Buddha was born in Lumbini in its front side. For the first time, the note also has a black dot in the front side, which will help visibly... 

Northerners optimistic says survey

Published : 4:18 am  September 14, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  233 views  |  

WITH the elections for the Northern Provincial Councils coming up next week, most residents of the Northern Province remain optimistic that it will be a free and fair election. This was revealed in an opinion poll conducted by Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives in August 2013 in the run up to the Northern Provincial Council Elections. The poll did not intend to forecast the election results but rather to assess the views of the people with regard to the upcoming election, issues that are important to the community and changes experienced since the end of war. Job opportunities, improving education, housing and improving roads and transport appear... 

UNP, JVP candidates errant on asset declarations

Published : 3:17 am  September 13, 2013  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  1,038 views  |  

In a strange twist to the tale, key Opposition parties have been more delinquent in terms of submitting their asset and liablities declarations for the forthcoming provincial council elections, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) said yesterday. As of Wednesday (11), only about 70% of UNP candidates and about 80% of JVP candidates have submitted their declarations although an extended deadline by the Elections Commission lapsed on 7 September, a TISL Spokesman told the Daily FT. On the contrary, almost all ruling party and Tamil National Alliance candidates have submitted their declarations, TISL said. Even the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress which is contesting the elections alone has not... 

UK confirms Commonwealth summit attendance; rejects calls for boycott

Published : 3:17 am  September 13, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  644 views  |  

London: Rejecting the calls from some Parliament members to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November, the British Government has affirmed that the Prime Minister will attend the summit since “it is the right thing for the Commonwealth”. During the debate on human rights in the Commonwealth at the House of Commons Wednesday several members citing Sri Lanka’s poor human rights record, objected to the British Government’s decision to attend the summit in Colombo. However, the British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Hugo Swire addressing the issue said the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary and he have decided... 

“I will not allow racism or religious extremism in the country”: President

Published : 3:17 am  September 13, 2013  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  470 views  |  

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday stressed that he would not allow any room in the country to promote racism or religious extremism to flourish. Speaking at an election rally in Mannar to support the election campaign of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at the forthcoming provincial council elections, the President said all the ethnic and religious groups in the country are now able to live in peace and harmony irrespective of their orientations and he will not let separatist elements to promote division and disrupt the harmony to fulfil narrow political gains. Noting that Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic society of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people and others, enjoying diversity,... 

Govt. win certain: Keheliya

Published : 3:16 am  September 13, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  485 views  |  

 Slams TNA manifesto, says court case against election possible Defends Basil statement on “Uthuru Wasanthaya,” insists it was never made By Uditha Jayasinghe Cabinet spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella dismissed any speculation of losses at the upcoming elections yesterday and insisted that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) manifesto was following a separatist agenda but admitted that the Northern Province Governor campaigning could be a cause for concern. Rambukwella was adamant that the government would gain more votes than in the previous election and dismissed claims from opponents that the northern elections would prove a tough nut to crack. “There is concern over the involvement... 

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