Rehabilitation of ex-LTTE cadres nearing completion

Published : 12:44 am  June 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  292 views  |  

According to the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR), there are 132 former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) currently undergoing rehabilitation. The Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Maj. Gen. Jagath Wijetilleke said that nearly 12,000 former LTTE cadres either surrendered or were taken into custody following the end of the war in 2009. The remaining 132 ex-LTTE combatants are currently undergoing the one-year rehabilitation program that is jointly conducted by the Sri Lanka Army and BCGR at the Poonthottam Rehabilitation Centre in Vavuniya. Maj. Gen. Wijetilleke said delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visit the... 

K.R. Ravindran first Lankan to be nominated as Rotary International President

Published : 12:44 am  June 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  496 views  |  

For the first time in the history of Rotary International, Sri Lanka’s K.R. Ravindran of the Rotary Club of Colombo was nominated as the Rotary International President at the Rotary International Convention held at the Sydney Olympic Park. The Rotary International Convention which was attended by 27,000 people from all over the world with 200 participants from Sri Lanka, was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Australia and Premier of New South Wales. Ambassador Bandula Jayasekara, Consul General of New South Wales and Queensland joined Ravi and his wife Vanathi to share the proud moment for Sri Lanka. Congratulations to Ravi and his wife Vanathi who will lead 1.2 million Rotarians from all... 

Sri Lanka, Algeria agree for regular political consultations

Published : 12:43 am  June 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  230 views  |  

Sri Lanka and Algeria, building on the close cooperation between the two countries in international fora, have agreed to hold political consultations on a regular basis, the External Affairs Ministry said. Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris and his Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra have signed a comprehensive agreement with regard to regular political consultations. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the recently held 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Algiers on 29 May. Algeria is Chair of the current Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement, while Sri Lanka is Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth and Chair of the Group... 

Sri Lanka backs Uganda’s candidate for UN top post

Published : 12:43 am  June 6, 2014  |  Category: MAIN IMAGE, News  |  1 Comment  |  556 views  |  
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Sri Lanka has confirmed that it will fully support Uganda’s candidate Sam Kutesa for the Presidency of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured Sri Lanka’s support for Uganda’s candidate when Uganda’s Minister of State for International Affairs Okello Oryem called on the President at Temple Trees earlier this week. Okello said Sri Lanka confirmed its full support for Kutesa, who is currently Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, for the UN top job. Kutesa’s election to preside the UN General Assembly from 11 June has come under severe criticism for his anti-gay stance and being a part of a cabinet that passed a brutal and widely... 

Sri Lanka signs deed with Australia for second patrol boat

Published : 12:41 am  June 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  307 views  |  

Australia Tuesday handed over the second of the two Bay Class patrol boats it gifted to Sri Lanka’s Navy to prevent people smuggling in the Indian Ocean. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage and Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Robyn Mudie on 3 June signed the deed to transfer the ownership of the vessel to Sri Lanka Navy at the Naval Headquarters. The Navy Commander received the first Australian Bay Class patrol vessel at a ceremony held in Cairns, Australia on 29 March. The first boat arrived at the Port of Colombo on 24 April and it was named P 350. Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbot while in Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting last November... 

IGP must stand by his men: UNP

Published : 1:12 am  June 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  11 Comments  |  1,450 views  |  

Slamming the Government for fostering political thuggery and promoting impunity in the country, the main opposition United National Party called on the Inspector General of Police to take a stand on behalf of his personnel after the brutal attack on a policeman allegedly by goons commissioned by a Deputy Minister. “The failure of the police to act in clear cases of political thuggery, either due to influence or fear, has brought the chickens home to roost. No longer are even police personnel safe from politicians and their goon squads,” the UNP said, issuing a hard-hitting statement on the recent attack on Police Constable Suminda Saman. The UNP said the case of Constable Saman who was assaulted... 

Hakeem takes the battle to Govt., Opposition

Published : 1:12 am  June 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  4 Comments  |  1,532 views  |  

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Our Lobby Correspondent Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem who was denied his right to speak as a party leader on Tuesday making use of Section 23 (2) of the Standing Orders, as seen by the Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody as an act “against the traditions and practice” by a member who is “not recognised as a party leader,” took up the battle with both the Government and the United National Party yesterday. Starting with the UNP for undermining the Muslim Congress and ethnic minority and their political leadership, Minister Hakeem said: “The Opposition was very harsh on minority political parties. The UNP talks about multiparty democracy in the country, but it... 

High voltage protest

Published : 1:11 am  June 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  265 views  |  

Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) employees yesterday staged a protest in front of the CEB Head Office in Colombo urging the authorities not to interfere in their labour union rights and over several other demands including the immediate payment of salary increments – Pic by Samantha Perera  Read More →

Thilanga to visit International Criminal Court in Hague

Published : 1:10 am  June 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  392 views  |  

Colombo District UPFA Parliamentarian Thilanga Sumathipala, Executive Committee Member of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) will be attending the PGA Executive Committee meeting from 5-7 June in Netherlands. Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) is the largest non-governmental, non-partisan international network of elected legislators with approximately 1,100 members in 139 (140 with Honduras) parliaments around the world. PGA is in general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations with Headquarters in New York; its office in The Hague, Netherlands fosters cooperation with The Hague-based international organisation, including the International Criminal... 

Expeditious relief supplies for flood victims; relief payment Rs. 15,000 each

Published : 12:17 am  June 4, 2014  |  Category: MAIN IMAGE, News  |  Leave a Comment  |  689 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rjapaksa has instructed the Ministry of Disaster Management to expedite relief supplies to those who were affected due to floods and landslides that occurred after the torrential rains which were experienced over the past few days. Sixteen people have been killed in landslides after heavy monsoon rains that caused severe flooding in Colombo, its suburbs and the Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Ratnapura Districts, the Disaster Management Centre confirmed yesterday. Two people were still missing following the flooding. Officials said the relief supplies were underway already in most of the affected areas. President Rajapaksa tweeted on Monday that he had instructed his officials to... 

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