UNP condemns Mahabodhi attacks

Published : 12:41 am  July 9, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  381 views  |  

The main opposition United National Party yesterday condemned the bomb explosions inside the Mahabodhi Temple in India and urged the Government to ensure diplomatic relations between the two countries remain robust. Calling the bomb explosions inside the sacred Buddhist site acts of terrorism, Attanayake said the Government should take care not to allow relations with India to deteriorate so that the fate of Sri Lankan pilgrims in the country become gravely insecure. UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said the Sri Lankan Government should act cautiously so that it would not ruffle any diplomatic feathers with India. “It is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that relations between... 


Muslim Council condemns attack on Mahabodhi temple

Published : 12:41 am  July 9, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  540 views  |  

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka in a statement vehemently condemned the terror attack on Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi temple, which is considered the Mecca of Buddhism and is of deep religious significance to the Buddhists of the world. Sri Lankan Muslims are deeply saddened and dismayed at the dastardly attack on the sacred Mahabodhi temple and adjoining areas and see this as a blatant act of terrorism perpetuated by senseless individuals. Sri Lankan Muslims are indeed relieved that no major damage has been reported to the sacred shrine and their prayers are with the injured for a speedy recovery. Terrorism in any form should not be tolerated and attacks on places of worship are a heinous crime and... 


Dayasiri will never join the Govt: UNP

Published : 12:41 am  July 9, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  307 views  |  

Party General Secretary debunks speculation, says UPFA MPs are thinking of abandoning sinking shipUNP Kurunegala District MP Dayasiri Jayasekera has never indicated he would be joining the Government, Party General Secretary Tissa Attanayake claimed yesterday. Queried at a media briefing in Rajagiriya, Attanayake said Jayasekera had not informed the party of such a move. “There have been media reports saying so – in fact, I have seen some headlines. But I also saw statements from the MP himself saying he would not join,” Attanayake said, reiterating that he had not been informed of such a move. The UNP General Secretary said that it was MPs from the Government who were actually contemplating... 


Bihar Chief calls for stepping up security after blasts at Mahabodhi temple

Published : 12:50 am  July 8, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  392 views  |  

BODH GAYA, BIHAR, INDIA (Reuters):  Chief of India’s eastern Bihar state, Nitish Kumar said that security will be stepped up after a series of explosions rocked in and around Buddhism’s holiest shrine and adds that stringent punishment will be awarded to the culprits. A series of explosions in and around Buddhism’s holiest shrine in Bihar injured two persons early on Sunday (7 July), in what the government described as a “terror” attack. Kumar said that they would ask the federal government to let the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) take care of the security of Mahabodhi temple. “After today’s incident the security will be strengthened and I would appeal to the federal... 


Maldivian President meets President Rajapaksa

Published : 12:49 am  July 8, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  456 views  |  

Maldivian President Dr. Mohamed Waheed met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s House last morning. President Rajapaksa hosted breakfast for President Waheed, First Lady Ilham Hussain and the Maldivian delegation, currently in Sri Lanka on a two-day working visit Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed, during his visit to the island, will also meet with several members of the business sector and the Maldivian community in Sri Lanka. Senior Minister of Urban Affairs A.H.M. Fowzie, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma, Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion Faizer Mustapha, Monitoring Member... 


India hails Sri Lanka’s decision to hold polls

Published : 12:47 am  July 8, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  397 views  |  

India has welcomed Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s announcement on elections in the Northern Province. India also felt the Parliamentary Select Committee set up to take a look at issues relating to Constitutional reform must have all shades of opinion on board. This was conveyed to Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa when he met External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, besides the National Security Advisor and the Foreign Secretary, Delhi on 5 July. Minister for Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa expressed his appreciation for the vast number of projects that are being undertaken by India in Lanka especially in the Northern and Eastern provinces. Many bilateral tie-ups... 


BJP slams Congress for lack of strategy to handle security threat

Published : 12:47 am  July 8, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  487 views  |  

India’s main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lashed at the ruling Congress for lack of any comprehensive plan to tackle internal and external security after a series of explosions occurred at Mahabodhi Temple complex in eastern Bihar state. A series of explosions in and around Buddhism’s holiest shrine in Bihar injured two persons early on Sunday, in what the government described as a “terror” attack. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the blasts and said such attacks on religious places “will never be tolerated”. Chief of India’s main opposition BJP, Rajnath Singh said on Sunday (7 July) that if the federal government had prior information about the threat to the... 


Colombo Plan celebrates 62nd anniversary

Published : 12:10 am  July 6, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  995 views  |  

The Colombo Plan celebrated its 62nd anniversary celebrations (1 July) with Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest. The Colombo Plan was formed at the Commonwealth conference that was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in January 1950 and launched on 1 July 1951 as a collaborative effort for economic and social progress in the South Asia and Southeast Asia region.      Read More →


Former Nepalese PM meets President Rajapaksa

Published : 12:06 am  July 6, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  519 views  |  

The former Prime Minister of Nepal Madhav Kumar Nepal met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Thursday afternoon. President Rajapaksa hosted lunch for the Prime Minister of Nepal and the delegation that accompanied him. Senior Minister of Human Resources D.E.W. Gunasekera, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda, Minister of Power and Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Western Provincial Council Minister Udaya Gammanpila and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga were also present.   The Nepal Prime Minister is expected to visit Jaffna today, 6 July, where he will participate in the Jaffna District celebration of the 70th anniversary... 


UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth in town

Published : 12:05 am  July 6, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  768 views  |  

The UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth Ahamed Alhendawi, who is in Sri Lanka, met with the UN Country Team, the UN Communications Group and the Youth Mechanism Group of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.  Alhendawi discussed the development of youth policy in Sri Lanka and the meaningful involvement of youth in the United Nations and issues that concerns to young people.  Read More →


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