Official website of the National Action Plan goes live

Published : 12:15 am  July 13, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  237 views  |  

Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga launched the official website of the National Action Plan this week to implement LLRC recommendations – Pic by President’s Media  Read More →

CEWET scholarship deadline extended

Published : 12:13 am  July 13, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  345 views  |  

The Indian High Commission said the last date for submitting the applications for award of Ceylon Estate Workers Education Trust (CEWET) scholarship has been now extended till 31 July 2013. Those who have not applied so far can now apply for availing of the above mentioned scholarship. A total of 350 scholarships are available for the current year. Students who are children of estate workers and resident on estates and either pursuing GCE Advance Level or Undergraduate courses can avail of this scholarship. Students undergoing vocational /technical education in any of the Government Technical Colleges in Sri Lanka also can apply for CEWET scholarship. Completed application forms must be accompanied... 

Commonwealth training for Human Rights Commission staff

Published : 12:12 am  July 13, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  203 views  |  

The Commonwealth conducted a workshop to train the staff from the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) on how to conduct national inquiries in compliance with international human rights standards. National Ombudsman of Namibia John Walters led the three-day workshop last week in Colombo to provide training to more than 50 staff from the HRCSL. According to the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Ombudsman’s office in Namibia is an ‘A’ accredited institution compliant with the Paris Principles, which relate to the status and functioning of national institutions for the protection and promotion of human rights. The workshop took place in parallel to a visit by Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General... 

Court-room style forum on electricity tariff hikes

Published : 6:00 am  July 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,068 views  |  
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‘Witnesses’ give evidence before a panel of judges and respond to questions by prosecutors regarding to corruption scandals and wastage in the State energy sector and how it affects consumers By Dharisha Bastians Several witnesses were summoned to testify before a People’s Tribunal last week that was investigating whether the recent increase in electricity tariffs in the country was justified. The three-hour public forum entitled ‘Is the electricity bill justified?’ was conducted courtroom style, was organised by Transparency International Sri Lanka and held at the J.R. Jayewardene Centre in Colombo 7 last week. Sitting as tribunal judges at the forum were retired High Court Judge... 

EU-Sri Lanka Business Dialogue launched to boost investment between countries

Published : 6:00 am  July 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  888 views  |  
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By Cheranka Mendis Intended to reap the maximum benefits of post-war development in Sri Lanka and transition within the local trade and investment front, the European Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ECCSL) on Tuesday launched the EU-Sri Lanka Business Dialogue in the presence of ECCSL members and other European investors in Sri Lanka. With the Government focusing on boosting investor confidence, a key factor in the developmental process, the dialogue will help maximise opportunities for entry and partnership for European businesses operating from Sri Lanka as well as European businesses keen on making a presence in the country. Key interest is to facilitate proactive dialogue with the representing... 

Salary of Auditor General under fire in the House

Published : 5:05 am  July 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  929 views  |  

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Our Lobby Correspondent Parliament on Wednesday determined and approved Rs. 48,940 as the salary of H.A.S. Samaraweera, the incumbent Auditor-General appointed on 15 August 2011. With this approval the Auditor-General continues to enjoy the salary scale SL-4-2006 in addition to other allowances relevant to the post and annual salary increments specified in the scale. According to Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy Susil Premajayanth, the Auditor General’s salary has to be decided by the Parliament in line with Article 152 of the Constitution. “The Salaries Commission and the Establishment Code has recommended keeping his salary at Rs. 48,940 on top of the... 

Buddhist monks protest in Bangkok over Indian temple bomb blasts

Published : 5:04 am  July 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  587 views  |  

Bangkok:  Buddhist monks from 10 countries rallied in front of the United Nations building in Bangkok on Wednesday (10 July), to protest against bomb blasts at Mahabodhi Temple in India over the weekend. 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. The Mahabodhi Temple complex is located in Bodh Gaya, the place where the Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. Organisers say at least 200 monks from Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand participated in the march on Wednesday. “We want to demonstrate... 

PSC calls for public opinion

Published : 5:03 am  July 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  298 views  |  

The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to recommend and report on political and constitutional measures has decided to call for public opinion. It will accept public representations from today onwards and the interested persons, political parties, civil and religious organisations who have opinions, suggestions and recommendations could forward them to the PSC until August 9. The PSC met for the first time in the Parliament complex last Tuesday the under leadership of its Chairman, the eader of the House Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. The Opposition has not nominated its members for the PSC yet. The Select Committee is scheduled to meet again on 26 July, the Government Information... 

Overstaying Englishman fined and deported

Published : 5:02 am  July 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  350 views  |  

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda The Britisher who had been charged with non-payment of a hotel bill in Colombo was yesterday ordered to be deported and fined Rs. 50,000 after pleading guilty for overstaying in the country without a valid visa. The accused, Pat Allen John, was arrested by Colpetty Police while he was behaving in a suspicious manner near the Colpetty junction. When Police asked him to produce his passport or a valid document of identification, he had failed to do so. It was reported that prior to his arrest, the Grand Oriental Hotel (GOH) Manager had in a complaint to the Fort Police alleged that the Birtisher in question had defaulted on a payment of Rs. 17,202 after using the hotel’s... 

International focus makes northern poll crucial: Karu

Published : 5:02 am  July 12, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  230 views  |  

Now more than ever the onus is on the Commissioner of Elections to ensure that the election for the Northern Provincial Council and the two other provinces that will poll on the same day is abundantly free and fair, United National Party Parliamentarian Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday. Charging that no election held since 2005 have been free or fair, Jayasuriya said that the rampant abuse of state resources by the incumbent regime raises serious questions about elections in Sri Lanka and whether they have genuinely tested public opinion of the rulers. “Therefore there is a great responsibility on the Commissioner of Elections at this juncture more than any other occasion.  It is the duty of... 

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