President expresses concern over the hostage situation in Sydney

Published : 1:29 am  December 16, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  242 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed concern over the developing hostage situation in Sydney, Australia. In a Twitter message to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the president said he was “deeply disturbed about the hostage situation in Sydney.” Several people have been taken hostage by at least one armed man at a Lindt cafe in the centre of Sydney as people arrive to work Monday morning. Hundreds of armed police have sealed off the busy Martin Place in Sydney’s central business district, the BBC reported. It is not clear how many hostages have been taken in the cafe yet but the BBC reported that at least three people have been seen inside the cafe with their hands up against... 

Over 100 election monitors to arrive in Sri Lanka

Published : 1:28 am  December 16, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  286 views  |  

The Election Department and election monitoring organisation People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) have decided to bring 104 international election monitors to observe the upcoming presidential polls. Accordingly, 35 observers have been invited by PAFFREL and the Department of Elections has invited 69 observers to monitor the 8 January presidential election. The international monitors will be from the South Asian Election Monitoring Forum, the South Asian Election Monitoring Association, the Commonwealth Association and Asian Election Monitoring Network. Monitors are also expected to be called from the European Election Monitoring Association. They are slated to arrive in Sri... 

Transparency International Sri Lanka lists polls violations

Published : 1:27 am  December 16, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  246 views  |  

Transparency International Sri Lanka has written to the Elections Commissioner about a series of violations of presidential election regulations as well as the misuse of public resources. Following is the list:     District Accountants Summoned for a Political Meeting It has come to our attention that all the district level accountants, including the Chief Accountants of every district, has been summoned to Temple Trees for a discussion about the budget. It is concerning that these officers were not invited to either the Ministry of Finance or the Treasury to discuss budget related matters but rather was invited to the official residence of the President. District Accountants play a... 

Gunman among two killed as Sydney cafe siege ends

Published : 1:26 am  December 16, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  105 views  |  

(Reuters): The gunman who held an unknown number of hostages in a Sydney cafe was one of two people killed in the siege that ended when police stormed the building, Sky News reported on Tuesday. Heavily armed officers stormed the Lindt cafe in central Sydney in the early hours of Tuesday after a 16-hour stand-off, throwing flash grenades and firing heavily. New South Wales police declined to comment on the report.  Read More →

President wants a mandate to create a moral society

Published : 1:25 am  December 16, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  132 views  |  

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he came forward to contest for a third time seeking a mandate to create a moral and disciplined society. Addressing the ruling party’s second public rally in Nawalapitiya Sunday, the President said he wanted a moral community that would help him achieve his vision of a strong and developed future for the people of this country. “In 2005 when I took over as the President of the country, the people wanted one thing, to end the war. We were able to deliver on that promise. Now developments are underway, mainly infrastructure,” the President said. The President said that the country could not be developed by thinking only about politics, noting that roads,... 

Threat of UPFA losing Kotte MC

Published : 1:24 am  December 16, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  159 views  |  

The Kotte Municipal Council is reportedly in the balance with four ruling party members set to crossover to the Opposition, sources told the Colombo Gazette. UPFA Kotte Municipal Council member Dhanuka Vishwajith has already announced he will back Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena and three others are expected to follow him. Kotte Mayor Janaka Ranawaka, when contacted by the Colombo Gazette, said that he hopes to brief the media tomorrow on the developing situation. The Kotte Municipal Council has 20 members of whom 14 are from the governing United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and six from the Opposition. However with four UPFA members joining the Opposition, both the... 

Monitors cry foul over UPFA using prisoners for election work.

Published : 1:10 am  December 16, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  228 views  |  

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has condemned the use of prison inmates for election work by the ruling UPFA coalition. In an observation report released yesterday, the monitors said that prisoners had been used by the UPFA for erecting rally platforms, decorating and propaganda work. The prisoners had been given blue jumpsuits to wear while they did election work, the monitors noted. CaFFE said 44 prisoners from the Galle Prison had engaged in election work for the UPFA in Kamburupitiya, Matara on Sunday (14) morning. The polls monitors charged that even though the persons were prisoners, they could be individuals with varying political ideologies.  “Making them stakeholders... 

CJS campaigns to protect the elephant in the wild

Published : 12:01 am  December 16, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  103 views  |  

A first in Sri Lanka where an international celebrity with a local corporate supports an environmental cause The collection spotlights importance of elephant conservation The majestic elephant, who has for five thousand years been a symbol of Sri Lanka’s wild becomes the heart and soul of the latest collection unveiled by Colombo Jewellery Stores. ‘Unforgettable’, a collection that truly articulates ‘A Future In The Wild’ espouses the extraordinary natural beauty secreted in the wild, where the gentle yet ample presence of the wild elephant balances the vignettes of nature that may go unseen to the human eye. It was this unique balance of nature, the wild and contemporary elegance... 

MR claims cannot trust Sirisena

Published : 12:03 am  December 15, 2014  |  Category: News  |  2 Comments  |  552 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday claimed that common Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena could not be trusted. He said that Sirisena was with him till late at night the day before he joined the Opposition and did not even say a proper goodbye. Speaking at an election rally in Nawalapitiya, the President questioned how one could trust a person of that nature and hand over the responsibilities of being president of a country. On the contrary, the President said that former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake had refused to leave the UNP without following the proper formalities. The President recalled that Attanayake had met UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and handed over... 

“Global South must reflect on ‘how’ development is done, not just ‘what’ is done”: Aryasinha

Published : 12:03 am  December 15, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  260 views  |  

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has said, in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global South must continue to reflect on ‘how’ development is done, not just ‘what’ is done. He made this observation, when in his capacity as and Chairman of the Personal Representatives of G-15, together with Executive Director of the South Centre Dr. Martin Khor, he initiated a joint consultation by the South Centre and the Group of Fifteen (G-15) on ‘The state of play of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and potential opportunities for the Global South’. Ambassador Aryasinha emphasised that developing countries... 

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