UN Under Secretary calls on PM

Published : 12:06 am  March 4, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  413 views  |  
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  UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffery Feltman met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe yesterday at Temple Trees. At the meeting, Premier Wickramasinghe and Feltman discussed various issues of mutual concern    Read More →

TNA cracks whip on hardliners

Published : 12:05 am  March 4, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  460 views  |  

PTI: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party has censured two hard-line members for their anti-party activities, including “unwarranted and unacceptable” criticism of its leaders. The Tamil National Alliance central committee condemned the conduct of lawmakers Suresh Premachandran and Ananthy Saseetharan for criticising Party Leader R. Sampanthan and senior member M.A. Sumanthiran. The party resolution yesterday said Premachandran and Saseetharan were involved with a protest held in Jaffna on 21 February, where an effigy of Sumanthiran was burnt. Sampanthan and Sumanthiran, regarded as moderates in the TNA, have been criticised by hardliners for taking part in the anniversary of Sri Lankan independence... 

German Foreign Ministry Asia Pacific Regional Director to visit Sri Lanka

Published : 12:05 am  March 4, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  335 views  |  
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Ambassador Peter Pruegel, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will visit Sri Lanka from 9 to 13 March. During his visit Ambassador Pruegel will discuss bilateral and regional issues with the Sri Lankan Government, the Opposition, religious leaders and civil society. He will also travel to Jaffna and Mannar for meetings with representatives of local government and the security forces.  Read More →

SLFP bans members from attending rallies of other parties

Published : 12:04 am  March 4, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  153 views  |  

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) yesterday imposed a restriction on its members preventing them from participating at events organised by other political parties or making statements at news conferences organised by other parties. SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told the media that the SLFP Central Committee had made the decision in the best interest of the party. According to Yapa, SLFP members cannot attend meetings organised by other political parties without the consent of the SLFP leadership. The SLFP is currently undergoing a restructuring process following the presidential election on 8 January and the appointment of President Maithripala Sirisena as the Party Leader. The... 

State Minister Rosy Senanayake seeks ILO assistance to eradicate child labour in Sri Lanka

Published : 1:48 am  March 3, 2015  |  Category: News  |  6 Comments  |  874 views  |  
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State Minister of Child Affairs Rosy Senanayake recently sought assistance from the International Labour Organization (ILO) to help eradicate domestic child labour in Sri Lanka. Senanayake met with Global Action Programme Project Director Bijoy Raychaudri to discuss the way forward for Sri Lanka’s child labour policy. The meeting took place at the Ministry of Child Affairs and was also attended by NCPA Chairperson Natasha Balendra and representatives from UNESCO and other ministries.                       The State Minister stressed that the Government would adopt a zero tolerance policy on domestic child labour in strict accordance with... 

Bringing Maithripala as PM candidate constitutionally possible: Lakshan Dias

Published : 1:47 am  March 3, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  422 views  |  

Legal experts reacting to the statement made by Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne where he claimed that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) should bring President Maithripala Sirisena as the next SLFP prime ministerial candidate if the powers of the executive presidency were abolished said that this move was constitutionally possible. Explaining SLFP newly-appointed Vice President and Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne’s statement, renowned Lawyer Lakshan Dias told the Daily FT that if incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena withdraws from his position as the President, then he could enter as the PM candidate. “If President Sirisena vacates from his position as the President, then Parliament... 

PM says people voted for a change in the system and not in individual or party

Published : 1:46 am  March 3, 2015  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  359 views  |  
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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that people had voted at the last Presidential election for a change in the system that existed in the country at the time and not only to change an individual or a party. Addressing a public meeting in Badulla, the Prime Minister called on the public to support efforts to convert the Parliament into one Government without party differences. Wickremesinghe further noted that people would not forgive anyone who worked to bring back the Rajapaksa regime. According to the Prime Minister, the new Government, with the support of many parties, has reduced the prices of essential goods and increased salaries that were believed to have been unachievable tasks... 

Trincomalee gets civilian GA after eight years

Published : 1:46 am  March 3, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  303 views  |  

Civilian administration was restored in the District of Trincomalee after eight years yesterday, with the region’s new Government Agent N.A.A. Pushpakumara appointed to replace retired Major General P.T. De Silva. District Secretary of Trincomalee over the past eight years has been an appointee nominated by the military, recently held by Maj. Gen. (retired) P.T.R. De Silva. De Silva was the only military officer serving in the senior civil administrative position. Under his administration, the presence of military officers around him as he went among the public was a regular occurrence. Eastern Province Secretary for the Public Service Commission H.E.M.W.G. Dissanayake expressed gratitude to... 

Police say protesters causing public disruption will be arrested

Published : 1:46 am  March 3, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  241 views  |  

The police yesterday said that protesters causing public disruption would be arrested and produced in court. Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana made this statement yesterday at a press conference held in Colombo. “Police will take measures to control protests and demonstrations across the country that will block roads and disrupt the day-to-day activities of the public. In the Mahiyangana protest, the Police were forced to use minimum force to deal with protesters because they kept on blocking the Mahiyangana Road while arguing with police officers,” he said.  Read More →

Indian External Affairs Minister here on Friday

Published : 1:46 am  March 3, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  113 views  |  

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Sri Lanka from 6 to 7 March 2015 for discussions with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. The discussions will focus on matters of mutual bilateral interest as well as on arrangements relating to the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month. Swaraj is also expected to call on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during the visit.  Read More →

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