Harsha marks 50 with charity

Published : 1:06 am  August 29, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  428 views  |  
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Moneragala continues to simmer ahead of Uva poll: Monitors

Published : 1:05 am  August 29, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  215 views  |  

Election observers have flagged concerns again about heightened tensions in the Uva battleground of Moneragala, reporting that an armed group was loitering in the area at night and noting the failure of police to control incidents. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) has noted two points of concern in the Moneragala District: Undue pressure exerted by a small handful of candidates and their unwillingness to recognise the political right of others to campaign. “There are serious criticisms of the campaigning in Monaragala including the introduction of a large numbers of supporters from other areas including Colombo, and the failure of the Police to control incidents that have... 


International rights groups urge protection for Sri Lanka war crime witnesses at UN probe

Published : 1:05 am  August 29, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  544 views  |  

A collective of international human right organisations has urged the Sri Lankan Government and the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ensure protection for the witnesses at the UN mandated war crime probe against Sri Lanka. In an open letter to the President of the UN Human Rights Council Baudelaire Ndong Ella and to the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka at the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, six human rights organisations jointly expressed concern over the allegedly ongoing attacks against human rights defenders and other individuals from Sri Lanka who seek to engage with the UN human rights system. “We are alarmed to learn of intimidation,... 


Former Navy Chief appointed Presidential Advisor on Maritime and Naval Hub

Published : 1:03 am  August 29, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  424 views  |  
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Former Com-mander of the Navy Admiral Jay-anath Colombage has been appointed as the ‘Advisor to the President on Maritime and Naval Hub’, with effect from 15 August. The ‘Mahinda Chinthana 2011 – Vision for the Future’ policy statement envisages making Sri Lanka as a regional maritime hub, in order for the country to be the ‘Wonder of Asia’. ‘Maritime and naval hub’ takes a prominent place among those five sectors. While Colombage was performing duties as Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, he actively contributed towards Sri Lanka’s journey towards becoming a maritime and navy hub. Presently Colombage is the Chairman of Ceylon Shipping Corporation. He is an expert in the maritime... 


Envoys, GL discuss counter moves

Published : 12:05 am  August 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  523 views  |  

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris met Sri Lankan Ambassadors based in Europe and discussed initiatives to counter campaigns against the country, using human rights and other issues as political tools. At the Sri Lankan Embassy in Rome, Minister Peiris met with several of the country’s Ambassadors in the region for a comprehensive review of their work, the External Affairs Ministry said. The envoys attending the discussion were Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte, Ambassador in France, Karunatilake Amunugama, Ambassador in Germany, Ravinatha P. Aryasinha, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and Nawalage Bennet Cooray, Ambassador in Italy.  Pradip Jayewardene,... 


Demanding justice

Published : 12:01 am  August 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  259 views  |  
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Hundreds of workers attached to the Mahaweli Authority held a protest march yesterday over several demands including ending contract employment and adjusting salary anomalies  Read More →


Indians caught with photos of HSZ

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  257 views  |  

Two Indian nationals were arrested by the Police after images of key locations were found in their possession. Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the Indians were arrested by the Modara police last evening while they were travelling in a three-wheeler. The Police Spokesman said that a laptop and camera which was in their possession was also seized following the arrest. During investigations the Police had found images and videos of some key locations within high security zones including the Parliament complex. When questioned, the two Indians had claimed they wanted the images for their collection. The Police however detailed the two Indians for further investigations. (Colombo Gazette)  Read More →


National Integrity Award nominations extended till 5 September

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  154 views  |  

The deadline for the acceptance of nominations for the National Integrity Award 2014 (NIA) has been extended until 5 September. Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) decided to extend the date from 20 August to 5 September following requests made by applicants for more time to submit their nominations. Those interested can obtain details by calling 0114369781. The National Integrity Award is presented to outstanding individuals and/ or organizations for demonstrating exceptional integrity in public engagement. The NIA is the signature event organized to commemorate the United Nations Anti -Corruption Day, which falls on 9 December, designated to ‘raise awareness of corruption and of the... 


Renovation of Duraiappah Stadium with Indian grant of Rs. 145 m

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  194 views  |  

The foundation stone of the project to renovate the Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna was laid by Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage and High Commissioner of India Y.K. Sinha at a ceremony yesterday (27). Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda, Northern Province Governor G.A. Chandrasiri, Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, Mayor of Jaffna Yogeswary Patkunarajah, Ministry of Sports Secretary A.M. Jayawickrama, Northern Province Chief Secretary R. Wijialudchumi, Department of Sports Provincial Secretary Sathyaseelan and other senior officials of the Government of Sri Lanka participated... 


Polls violence grips Moneragala 

Published : 12:01 am  August 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  863 views  |  
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Polls monitors report 21 Opposition party offices have been attacked in 72 hours ending Tuesday morning The Uva polls battle has heated up in the UPFA stronghold of Moneragala, with election monitors reporting the widespread use of firearms and the destruction of 21 Opposition party offices in the district over the 72-hour period that ended at 6 a.m. yesterday. Three JVP election offices had been attacked overnight in different areas of the district, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections Executive Director Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon said. “The offices were set fire to and attacked using firearms,” the CaFFE Executive Director added. CaFFE also reported that an armed group arriving in several... 


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