Peiris tells Pillay disproportionate negative attention making difficult task of reconciliation harder

Published : 12:00 am  March 8, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,098 views  |  
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External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has said, the highly prejudiced actions taken by a few countries and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to give disproportionate negative attention to Sri Lanka, has made the separatist Tamil elements in Sri Lanka and abroad more intransigent, making the intensely difficult task of reconciliation in Sri Lanka, even harder. He said it was unfortunate that Sri Lanka has become a “political football” in the electoral fortunes in some countries. He made this observation, when as leader of the Sri Lanka delegation to the 25th Human Rights Council sessions now on in Geneva, as is customary, earlier today (6 March) he met with... 

President hands over appointments to 3,800 new Grama Niladharis

Published : 12:00 am  March 8, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  819 views  |  

The Government yesterday appointed 3,802 new Grama Niladharis to handle the grassroots level public administration throughout the country. The new village officers, selected via a competitive examination, were granted appointments at a ceremony held in the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Addressing the newly appointed village officers, the President said that they have a great responsibility in creating good governance in the country and they also have greater opportunities to serve the people. The President further said that the service of the village officers is essential at this juncture as the country is heading towards a rapid development following... 

Dr. Sudath Damsinghe launches his political campaign

Published : 4:35 am  March 7, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  940 views  |  
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Dr. Sudath Damsinghe (left) yesterday launched his political campaign at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute under the team ‘Colamba Suwapath Katannata’. From left: Deputy Minister of Education Mohan Lal Grero, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma and Minister of Technology and Research Patali Champika Ranawaka are also present. – Pic by Daminda Harsha Perera  Read More →

TNA meets Aussie FM; lobbies support for UN vote

Published : 4:34 am  March 7, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  489 views  |  

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has had talks with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and sought Australia’s support for the US resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, Radio Australia reported. TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran met the Bishop and also briefed interested MPs from both major parties in Australia. “There is wide consensus that Sri Lanka hasn’t delivered and hasn’t made headway in accountability,” Sumanthiran told Australia Network after his meetings at Parliament House. “The United Nations Human Rights Council now has a resolution that calls on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate atrocities said to have taken place in the last days... 

UNP Leadership Council to get tough with errant party members

Published : 4:33 am  March 7, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  337 views  |  

The Leadership Council of United National Party (UNP) has decided to take strict action against party members who work against the process approved by the party’s Working Committee. The Leadership Council has unanimously decided on this issue when it met at the party headquarters under the patronage of Council Chairman, Karu Jayasuriya. The UNP issued a statement saying that reports have already been submitted to the Leadership Council on the party members operating in contradiction of Working Committee decisions and that action will be taken against them shortly. Meanwhile, the UNP appointed a Membership Promotions Committee to enhance the party’s membership around the island. The Leadership... 

Census Department issues interim report on deaths and property damages during conflict

Published : 4:33 am  March 7, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  536 views  |  

The Census and Statistics Department has issued its interim report on the nationwide census the Department conducted to assess the human and property damages occurred during the nearly three-decade long war. The interim report on “2013 Census on Death/ Injuries to Persons and Property Damages Due to Conflict” contains details of the methodology, training, enumeration and supervision, and the processing of the census data. The preliminary report based on enumerator summaries is expected to be released within a few weeks. The Census Department launched the island wide survey on 28 November 2013. The island‐wide census collected detailed information on the deaths, missing persons, injured... 

President and BIMSTEC leaders pledge to strengthen bilateral relations

Published : 12:56 am  March 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  822 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral discussions with several leaders on the sidelines of the third BIMSTEC Summit in Myanmar. During these discussions leaders agreed to strengthen existing relations both within and outside the BIMSTEC framework in all areas where there is potential for cooperation. For the first meeting President Rajapaksa met the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at the Myanmar International Convention Centre. Two leaders exchanged views on matters of mutual interest as well as fishermen issue between the two countries and cooperation between the Sri Lankan Government and the Northern Provincial Council. Bilateral discussions with the Myanmar President Thein Sein... 

Foreign forces spreading anger and hatred: Basil

Published : 12:55 am  March 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  3 Comments  |  972 views  |  
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Stresses on participatory development Although a small group in Sri Lanka has connived with some foreign forces to spread hatred against Sri Lanka people have given moral strength to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to continue undeterred for ensuring the country’s victory in the economic sphere after having secured peace, making it possible for all citizens of every faith and ethnicity to move about freely without fear and suspicion. Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa made this observation when he addressed a series of meeting held at the Vernon Fernando Stadium Kalutara, Samanala Stadium Galle, Sanath Jayasuriya Stadium Matara and the Hambantota Municipal Playground on 3 and 4 March... 

Parliament live telecast to resume after House Standing Orders amended

Published : 12:54 am  March 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  482 views  |  
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Speaker of the Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa said yesterday that the live telecast of parliamentary proceedings will re-commence after amending the House Standing Orders. The Speaker made this comment in response to a question posed by United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayaka as to when the live telecast of parliamentary proceedings will re-commence. Rajapaksa assured that the live telecast of House proceedings will re-commence and that an agreement on the matter will be signed with the respective private company who would provide the service. The Speaker on a previous occasion said that upon inquiring into the reason for the sudden halting of the telecast of live parliamentary... 

Hakeem on Law College

Published : 12:52 am  March 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  583 views  |  

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Our Lobby Correspondent Recent controversy over admissions to Sri Lanka Law College (SLLC) proved to be a false alarm with Minister of Justice Rauf Hakeem disclosing the prudent measures followed by the Council of Legal Education (CLE) deciding this year’s cut off marks “based on the manageable capacity” at SLLC and the “quality of legal practitioners graduated”. Explaining the procedures the CLE followed to decide the cut off marks, in response to a statement MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake earlier this week Minister Hakeem said: “The academic year commenced on 15 January 2014. But SLLC received the competitive examination results on 23 January 2014. A list was... 

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