Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Discussion on ‘Elections and Role of the Citizens’ 

Published : 12:02 am  February 10, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  346 views  |  

‘Election and Role of the Citizens’ is the theme of the ’Sambhashana’ panel discussion organised by Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) to be held at the auditorium of the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA), Prof. Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 7 on Tuesday 11  February 2014 at 4 p.m. The discussion is open to the public. Dr. Pakiyasothy Saravanamuttu, Rohana Hettiarachchi Executive Director of PAFRREL and Former Secretary to the Ministry of Trade and Executive Director of TISL will be the panellists. The moderator will be Senior Lawyer J.C. Weliamuna.  Read More →


Hambantota heats up: First weapons-related violation reported

Published : 12:01 am  February 10, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  380 views  |  

Shots were fired at the vehicle of UNP Southern Provincial Council election candidate for Beliatta, Anura Senaratne, polls monitors said. The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said the shots had been fired at 3 a.m. today.  This is the first election related incident in which a firearm was used, the monitors said. CaFFE said Senaratne had lodged a complaint with the monitors stating that a group arriving in a vehicle fired at the cab, 50-4079, which was parked outside his house at Aranwala Road, Beliatte. He said that the group drove away after he switched on the lights after he heard the gun shots.A Police complaint has been lodge, CaFFE said. Senaratne, who is a close associate... 


UPFA SPC candidate arrested

Published : 12:00 am  February 10, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  82 views  |  

A UPFA candidate for upcoming Southern Provincial Council (SPC) elections was arrested yesterday for assaulting and obstructing the duty of a police officer recently. Former Southern Provincial Council member Ajith Prasanna was arrested in Colombo, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said. Prasanna was seen in an amateur video, dressed in clothing similar to that worn by the military, pushing a policeman who tried to obstruct him and several UPFA supporters from taking part in a march, in violating of election laws, after handing over nominations last week for the Southern polls. Senior police officers are also seen in the video being involved in an argument with the ruling party member who was... 


Nadeesha spices Matara District UNP nomination list

Published : 9:17 am  February 8, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  867 views  |  
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Text and pix by P.D. De Silva The United National Party handed over its nominations for the forthcoming Southern Provincial Council elections to District Secretary and Returning Officer Matara E.A.C. Vidanagamachchi at the District Secretariat Matara this week. The nominations were handed over by Siri Wijewickrema and included the name of actress Nadeesha Hemamali. The following names have been nominated by the United National Party 1. Wijewickrema Kankanamge Sirisena 2. Handuneththi Ranhulu Wimalasiri 3. Kapila Jayantha Wellappilli 4. Nishantha Vindana Haputhanthri 5. Bamunuwita Gamage Chandana Priyantha 6. Sellahewage Nandasena 7. Chathura Harsha Kumara Galappaththi 8. Lionel Kodikara 9. Migahalanda... 


GL briefs senior Russian delegation

Published : 9:13 am  February 8, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  466 views  |  
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Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris held discussions on Wednesday with a senior delegation from the State Duma (Parliament) of the Russian Delegation. The Russian delegation was led by Sergey V. Zheleznyak, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma.  The other members of the delegation were First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Property Valery S. Seleznuv, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy Mikhail V. Yemelyanov and Chief Adviser to the Division on Relations with Foreign Parliaments Valery V. Fadeev. Prof. Peiris engaged the visiting Russian delegation in a detailed discussion of progress made in our country in all sectors since the achievement... 


Russia assures support in the international arena

Published : 9:13 am  February 8, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  479 views  |  

Russia has expressed its full support to Sri Lanka in its efforts to face challenges posed by the international community. This assurance has been given by the Deputy Speaker of the Russian Parliament (Duma) Sergey Zheleznjak who is on a visit to Sri Lanka with a Russian Delegation. At a meeting held with the Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody in the parliament complex yesterday the Russian Deputy Speaker has said that the main purpose of his visit was to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Russia. Commending Sri Lanka’s impressive economic growth Zheleznjak has said that his government is willing to extend support whenever necessary to further strengthen the friendly... 


International accountability process on Sri Lanka is up to the member states: UN

Published : 9:12 am  February 8, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  462 views  |  

New York: The United Nations has said that an international process on Sri Lanka’s accountability for allegations of war crimes is a matter for the member states to decide. Responding to a media query on a recent report released Wednesday by an Australian NGO that the majority of the war crimes were committed by the security forces, the Acting Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq reiterated the UN Secretary-General’s call for accountability. “We’ve made it clear that there needs to be more done to get at the heart of what happened in Sri Lanka…. and it’s clear that there continues to be a need for all the facts to be learned and for there to be a study of... 


A.C.S. Hameed was an exemplar of national unity: Prof. Peiris

Published : 12:04 am  February 8, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  595 views  |  
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The book ‘The Valley of Gems’ containing a collection of Parliamentary speeches of late Dr. A.C.S. Hameed, veteran Parliamentarian and the first Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, was ceremonially launched at the BMICH recently. Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, delivered the keynote address at the ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Peiris noted that it was a privilege to speak on the occasion to commemorate the life and ideas of A.C.S. Hameed who had been the longest-serving Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka and had a long public life. The Minister stated that he had great affection and profound respect for the late A.C.S. Hameed and recollected his early interaction with Hameed,... 


Resolution of Kashmir Dispute will transform SAARC into engine of growth: Pak envoy

Published : 12:03 am  February 8, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  375 views  |  
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The Pakistani expatriate community in Sri Lanka organised an event in Colombo to express support for the Kashmiri people on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day falling on 5 February 2014. The event was attended by a large number of local people and members of the Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj Gen Qasim Qureshi also attended the event. In his remarks he appreciated the efforts of the Pakistani community for organising the event, and thanked the local people for taking interest in the Kashmir issue and expressing solidarity with the Kashmiri people. He added that the Kashmir issue was not just an issue between India, Pakistan and the... 


Wimal pledges to solve Colombo housing problems

Published : 12:02 am  February 8, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  361 views  |  
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The housing problem of families in Colombo will be solved in the near future and the problem will not be passed on to future governments, Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa said. The Minister made this observation participating at a mobile service at Pradeepa Hall, Gunasinghepura on Monday (3 January) to solve housing problems of 1,800 families living in rented houses. Minister Weerawansa said a large number of families live in rented houses have to face problems like paying the rent among other things. “There are three types of families living in rented houses. They are the first tenant of the house, the second tenant with legal permission... 


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