Jaffna recruits join National Service

Published : 12:03 am  September 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  181 views  |  
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The first batch of recruits from Jaffna who were recently enrolled to the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Forces (SLAVF) joined National Service during a passing out ceremony held at the Sri Lanka Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (SLEME) Corps grounds in Kankesanthurai last week. The batch of 500 – 400 males and 100 female – recruits passed out after completing a three-month long basic military and vocational training program. Training began on 19 June. The recruits were provided with vocational training in carpentry, masonry, electrical welding, motor mechanics, farming, beauty culture, etc. They will now be attached to 7th Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps and other service units located at... 

SL is now in the golden age of construction industry: Minister Weerawansa

Published : 12:00 am  September 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  113 views  |  

Housing, Engineering Services and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa said in Parliament this week that the country was passing the golden-age of construction industry. Minister Weerawansa, moving the House for second reading stage debate on Construction Industry Development Bill said: “We are in the golden-age of construction industry in this country and we bring in new laws to facilitate that development drive. The Bill we are debating in this House today delayed for 18 years. The contribution from the construction industry to the GDP was around 5% in the past, but it had been increased up to 8.6% in 2013. This would further increase as the first quarter of 2014 recorded a 9.7% growth.” The... 

Sri Lanka, China pledge to boost military cooperation

Published : 12:00 am  September 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  120 views  |  

China has said it is ready to boost “pragmatic cooperation” in various fields with the Sri Lankan military. Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, hailed the friendship between the two countries when Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa called on him on Tuesday in Beijing, Xinhua reported. He said the leaders of the two countries attach great importance to military-to-military ties and the Chinese military is willing to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in various fields with the Sri Lankan military, China’s national news agency Xinhua reported. Secretary Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka will continue to enhance cooperation with China to... 

Indian court further remands Sri Lankan ISI spy

Published : 12:00 am  September 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  124 views  |  

Chennai: An Indian court has further remanded the Sri Lankan national suspected of spying for the Pakistani Intelligence Service (ISI). Poonamallee special court on Thursday further remanded the Sri Lankan national, Arun Selvarajan, along with other suspected ISI operatives, Sakir Hussain, Sivabalan, Mohammad Salim and Rafiq when they were produced before the court, Times of India reported. They were remanded in Puzhal prison in Chennai. National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths, who questioned Selvarajan for six days, now plan to interrogate him further for more details about his operations. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Chennai on September 10 arrested the Sri Lankan Tamil... 

Rs. 10 m to develop Medawachchiya health facilities

Published : 12:00 am  September 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  111 views  |  

The Government granted Rs. 10 million to increase the health facilities of the people in the Medawachchiya electorate. This financial allocation is granted to Kebithigollewa, Medawachchiya, Padaviya and Rambewa Divisional Secretariats under the ‘Dorin Dorata – Gamin Gamata,’ ‘Isurumath Niwahanak,’ ‘Asirimath Maubimak’ programs, launched by the Economic Development Ministry, Child Development and Women’s Affair Minister Tissa Karalliyadde said. He said so after laying the foundation stone for a maternal and child clinic to be built at a cost of Rs.2 million at Ikirigollewa in Rambewa. Mothers who had to travel six kilometres with their children to the MOH office in Rambewa, can... 

Russia to sign extradition treaty with Sri Lanka

Published : 12:26 am  September 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  311 views  |  

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Ministry of Justice to sign extradition agreements with Sri Lanka, according to a statement published on Russia’s official website of legal information on Wednesday. The treaty with Sri Lanka involves the transfer of convicts to imprisonment. According to the Sri Lankan government an Extradition Treaty with Russia would enable Sri Lanka to request for the extradition of persons of concern who have engaged in illegal acts in the country and sought refuge in Russia, for criminal prosecution or execution of sentences. Documents will be signed as soon as agreement is reached, and the Russian Ministry of Justice has the right to make nonessential... 

Sri Lanka says will not help legitimise flawed process by cooperating with OHCHR investigation

Published : 12:25 am  September 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  1,548 views  |  
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Responding to the ‘Oral Update’ on Sri Lanka by the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva yesterday (25), Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said “the Government of Sri Lanka does not wish to help legitimise a flawed process and have a detrimental precedents established”, and hence “has to respectfully refuse those who urge that Sri Lanka cooperate with the OHCHR investigation.” He said this position has been taken after much consideration and represents not only the will of the Sri Lankan people as reflected in the motion recently adopted in the Parliament with an overwhelming... 

1919 is well known throughout the country now: Minister Siyambalapitiya

Published : 12:24 am  September 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  502 views  |  
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1919, the number for the Government Information Centre is now popular throughout Sri Lanka and influences the lives of nearly everyone in the country, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said. The minister made these comments at a media briefing organised by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka on 24 September to mark eight years of the information centre number’s use. “1919 comes to the mind of everyone now even involuntarily. When anyone wants to know about a service that has to be obtained from the public sector, automatically his or her mind goes to 1919,“ the minister said. Speaking further at the event – which was held at the Sri Lanka Telecom... 

Harin vows to become royal pain to ruling UPFA in Uva PC

Published : 12:39 am  September 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  696 views  |  
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By Dharisha Bastians The UNP’s popular chief ministerial candidate Harin Fernando has vowed to become a royal pain to the ruling UPFA inside the Uva Provincial Council that was elected last weekend. Fernando told his first post-poll press conference in Colombo yesterday that between the UNP’s 13 members and the JVP’s two members, including its popular member Samantha Vidyaratne, the Opposition within the provincial assembly would become a force for the Government to reckon with. He pledged to take up issues of corruption and stand steadfastly on the side of the people who had delivered what he called a ‘historic mandate’ to the UNP. “When I left this provincial council to go to Parliament,... 

MR, Sharma hold talks before US meet

Published : 12:36 am  September 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  403 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has had talks with Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma ahead of a Commonwealth meeting in New York later this week. The President’s office said that Sharma discussed ongoing Commonwealth matters with the President, including the meetings in the US later this week to discuss reforms pertaining to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  Read More →

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