Douglas supports Modi’s call for 13A

Published : 12:10 am  August 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  400 views  |  

Government Minister and EPDP leader Douglas Devananda has backed calls by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a political solution for the Tamils based on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Devananda said that over the past 20 years Governments in power in Sri Lanka have been impressed upon to provide a political solution for the Tamils based on the 13th Amendment. However he noted that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which had met Modi in New Delhi yesterday, has been saying in the recent past that the 13th Amendment is not adequate to address the concerns of the Tamils. At the meeting with the TNA, Modi had stressed on the need for a political solution that addresses the aspirations... 

OHCHR strengthens framework of probe on Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  August 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  634 views  |  

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has strengthened its investigation on the war in Sri Lanka by adding more clauses to the terms of reference which includes a clause on the assistance expected for foreign governments and the basis under which findings of the investigation will be accepted. The new clauses note that consistent with the practice of other United Nations fact-finding bodies, the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) will base its findings on a “reasonable grounds to believe” standard of proof. The terms of reference states that there are reasonable grounds to believe that an incident or pattern of violations or crimes occurred if the OISL has obtained... 

Salaries Commission to submit recommendations for Budget

Published : 12:00 am  August 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  348 views  |  

The National Salaries Commission, appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa last November, said it will submit an interim report to the Government prior to the preparation of the budget proposals. Chairman of the Commission Nevil Piyadigama said the interim report, which is to include the recommendations on salaries and pensions, will be presented either next month or in the beginning of October. The 19-member Commission appointed by the President to replace the former National Salaries and Cadre Commission is soliciting the views and suggestions from the employees of public service, corporations and statutory boards to formulate a National Wage Policy. According to the Chairman, the Commission... 

Indian fishermen drop bridge protest

Published : 12:00 am  August 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  271 views  |  

Rameswaram fishermen, who have been on an indefinite strike to secure their boats impounded in Sri Lanka, dropped their plan to lay siege to the Pamban bridge following appeals from officials, The Hindu newspaper reported. Leaders of 11 fishermen associations called off the agitation as revenue and police officials pointed out that it would cause inconvenience to pilgrims and tourists visiting the island, and a Sri Lankan delegation, led by the Fisheries Minister, would visit New Delhi later this month for talks with the Indian Government. “We are desperate to get our boats back, but at the same time we do not want to disturb public peace and cause inconvenience to the people,” said P. Sesu... 

TNA, Swaraj discuss India’s role to resolve Tamil issue 

Published : 12:10 am  August 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  943 views  |  
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6-member TNA  delegation in New Delhi for high-level talks Set to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today   A delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) called on Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday, telling the senior minister that India can play a major role in resolving the ethnic Tamil problem in the island nation. “India’s involvement in the resolution of the Sri Lankan Tamil issue is vital,” TNA Leader R. Sampanthan said after meeting Swaraj, the Press Trust of India reported. “They (people who live in Sri Lanka) have their roots in India. Their culture is Indian and everything is Indian. So I think India is one country that can play a major... 

‘Divi Neguma’ is a national movement implemented by public and private sectors: Basil

Published : 12:08 am  August 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  288 views  |  
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Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa stated that the Divi Neguma program is not a program confined to a single ministry, but a national movement jointly implemented by the public and private sector including the NGOs. Therefore, the assistance of all quarters is essential for its successful implementation. Rajapaksa was addressing an awareness program on the implementation of the sixth phase of the Divi Neguma program conducted on 18 August at Ape Gama premises, Battaramulla, for the benefit of State officials including divisional secretaries, asst directors of planning, directors of agriculture and directors of the health service. “People have got used to get things done without... 

‘FACETS Sri Lanka 2014’ bullish about international focus

Published : 12:07 am  August 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  535 views  |  

Record number of exhibitors and visitors to participate this year FACETS Sri Lanka 2014, the international Gem and Jewellery Show, that showcases hundreds of local and foreign exhibitors is optimistic about a better international audience this year, according to a representative from the organising committee. Organised by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA), this year’s event held for its 24th year, will open from 4 to 7 September at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre. The growth of the industry in the last four years which is contributing to the export sector under the non-traditional exports has been pretty comprehensive according to the SLGJA. In 2013 China... 

Places of religious worship in Matara to receive facelift for 9th Deyata Kirula

Published : 12:03 am  August 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  3 Comments  |  393 views  |  
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Text and pix by P.D. De Silva All places of religious worship including includes 562 Buddhist temples in the Matara District will be given a facelift for the 9th Deyata Kirula Development Exhibition which is to be held in Matara. Addressing representatives of the Maha Sanga who attended the weekly progress review meeting chaired by Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma at the District Secretariat Matara yesterday (22), Ven Getamanne Gunananda Thera requested all chief incumbent priests to submit details of their requirement through their respective regional Shasansa Arakshaka Balamandalayas and a decision would be taken as what work should be given preference. The... 

Sri Lanka condoles with Japanese people on landslide tragedy

Published : 12:01 am  August 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  539 views  |  
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Sri Lanka has expressed condolences to the Japanese people on landslide tragedy in Hiroshima that killed at least 39 people. “It is with a deep sense of shock and sadness that the people of Sri Lanka learnt of the devastating landslide that had struck Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan yesterday resulting in a number of deaths and massive destruction of property,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. “The Government and people of Sri Lanka extend their deepest condolences to members of the bereaved families. Their thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan during this difficult time, particularly all those whose lives have been affected by this devastating natural disaster.” Sri... 

TISL requests MPs to form Alliance against Corruption

Published : 12:00 am  August 23, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  268 views  |  
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Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has requested Members of the Parliament to form a Coalition against Corruption to tackle emerging threats. The request was made when TISL, along with Coalition against Corruption (CAC), met with Opposition MPs last Tuesday. MPs led by United National Party Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya were present. The Coalition against Corruption handed over details of cases of incidents of corruption in Government departments, corporations and other State institutions. Copies were also handed over to the office of the COPE, the Parliamentary committee overseeing wastage and corruption in Government institutions. Parliamentarians Lakshman Kiriella,... 

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