More facilities for disabled persons in north and east

Published : 12:00 am  February 1, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  157 views  |  

The Ministry of Social Services has taken several measures to enhance the facilities for persons with disabilities, in the north and east. Priority will be given to single parent families. Under the Housing Assistance Program for persons with disabilities, 152 families in the north and 502 families in the east have been provided with financial assistance of Rs. 250,000 each, to construct houses with accessibility facilities as a part of post-war recovery program. A total of 3,950 families with disabled members, both in the north and east were provided with the Rs. 3,000 livelihood financial assistance on a priority basis, under the above initiative to improve their living conditions. Under the... 

SLN hands over 69 Indian fishermen released from detention

Published : 12:00 am  February 1, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  198 views  |  

The Sri Lanka Navy on Wednesday assisted the repatriation of 69 Indian fishermen released by Sri Lankan courts in accordance with an agreement reached by the Governments of the two countries. The Navy handed over the 69 fishermen along with 15 fishing boats to the Indian Coast Guard Ship “Vigraha” at the International Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurei on Wednesday (29). Sri Lanka Navy Ship “Prathapa”, assisted by Sri Lanka Coast Guard vessels, CG 42 and CG 46, was deployed for the humanitarian mission, the Navy said. The handover is a result of the discussions the two countries had in New Delhi on 15 January on the fishermen’s issue.  Read More →

Kuwait Fund extends $ 36 m for construction, rehabilitation of 25 bridges

Published : 1:08 am  January 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,636 views  |  
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The Kuwait Fund (KFAED) has agreed to provide $ 36 million (Kuwait Dinar 10 million) for construction and rehabilitation of 25 narrow bridges including nine bridges in the Western Province, three bridges in the Southern Province, five bridges in the North Western Province, four bridges in the Sabaragamuwa Province, three bridges in the Northern Province and a bridge in the Eastern Province. Implementing of this project will help to mitigate traffic congestion in high traffic corridors and traffic accidents while improving the connectivity of the road network. The loan agreement for $ 36 million (Kuwait Dinar 10 million) for reconstruction and rehabilitation of 25 bridges of the National Road... 

Sri Lanka, India Foreign Ministers discuss bilateral relations, maritime security

Published : 1:07 am  January 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  874 views  |  
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Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, who is on a three-day visit to India, met his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid in New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss key bilateral issues. The two Ministers have held discussions on the entire range of bilateral issues including the India-funded development projects in Sri Lanka, especially in the Northern Province, increasing trade and economic cooperation and the fishermen issue. They viewed the recent meeting in Chennai between the fishermen’s associations of the two countries as a first step in the right direction, and agreed to consider the proposals put forward by the fishermen’s associations. According to official sources,... 

JHU wants Northern PC dissolved

Published : 1:06 am  January 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  497 views  |  

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) yesterday called on the Government to dissolve the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). The JHU which is a key constituent in the ruling UPFA coalition Government said the Governor of the Northern Province should dissolve the council as a result of the recent resolution adopted calling for an international war crimes investigation, during a press briefing yesterday. The NPC had adopted three resolutions on Monday including one supporting an international probe on war crimes and another calling for a UN probe on the Mannar mass grave. JHU member Udaya Gamanpilla said that the TNA dominated council is working against national interests. He said that most TNA members... 

President points out the need to plan job oriented degrees

Published : 1:06 am  January 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  442 views  |  

Sri Lanka’s free education system has led to build up an educated society in the country and the present government is committed to secure the rights of free education for all, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Wednesday. Addressing the first convocation of the National School of Business Management (NSBM) held in the BMICH, the President noted that many students who have passed the GCE A/L examination face the problem of entering into local universities and decide to seek higher education from universities in foreign countries. He pointed out that the cost of students seeking education from foreign countries is about Rs. 50 billion of national wealth annually which is money that can be utilised... 

EU’s Horizon 2020 launches CASCADE for South Asia

Published : 12:00 am  January 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,504 views  |  
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Bi-regional coordination of science and technology cooperation to be promoted through CASCADE, providing foundation for future International Cooperation Network program targeting South Asian countries By Sarah Hannan Last week Colombo saw a gathering of high profile delegates from the European Union along with scholars from universities in the UK and Sri Lanka as well as representatives from government and non governmental institutions keen on research and innovation at the South Asian sect of Horizon 2020: Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development and Education (CASCADE) at Taj Samudra Hotel. Outlining the objectives of the day’s presentations, University... 

“Europe and its present and future role in the globalised world” public lecture by Prof. Ernest Petric at the Kadirgamar Institute

Published : 12:00 am  January 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  221 views  |  

On 23 January, 2014, the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) hosted a public lecture entitled “Europe and its Present and Future Role in the Globalised World”. The lecture was delivered by Prof. Ernest Petric, President of the Constitutional Court of Slovenia. The lecture was presided over by Minister for External Affairs and Chairman of LKIIRSS Prof. G.L. Peiris. Also present on this occasion were Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Attorney General Palitha Fernando, Hon. Consul for Slovenia Sanath Ukwatte and European Union Head of Delegation David Daly. The lecture was followed by a Q&A session. In his remarks, Prof. Petric discussed the... 

New pension scheme for farmers launched

Published : 12:05 am  January 30, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  4,660 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday launched a new pension scheme for farmers that would provide more benefits than an earlier scheme. The President launched the new pension scheme at a ceremony held in the Hambantota International Conference Center and symbolically presented pensions to 30 farmers representing all districts of the island. Addressing the function President Rajapaksa said that his government secured the rights of farmers and provided a peaceful environment for them to do their cultivations without fear and as a result the country has now become self-sufficient with food. The farmers’ pension scheme is implemented in accordance with the proposal made by the President in the... 

GL meets India’s Foreign Minister

Published : 12:02 am  January 30, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  384 views  |  
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India’s foreign minister, Salman Khurshid, met his Sri Lankan counterpart, G. L. Peiris, on Wednesday (January 29) to hold discussions on several key issues and to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. Peiris arrived in New Delhi on three-day official visit to the nation. Khurshid and Peiris are expected to discuss fishermen and human rights issues ahead of United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva. Earlier on Monday (January 27), provincial government in India’s southern Tamil Nadu province held talks with Sri Lankan delegates to sort out various issues related to fishermen of both the countries, including traditional rights for fishing in the Palk... 

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