Commonwealth Secretary-General, President discuss CHOGM objectives

Published : 1:48 am  October 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  514 views  |  
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Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday discussed the reforms and objectives agreed upon at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 that took place in Colombo last November. Sharma met the Sri Lankan President at Temple Trees this morning to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office on the ongoing work and progress of objectives agreed upon at CHOGM 2013.                 The Secretary-General, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka from 25-29 October 2014, called his visit a routine “health check” of work resulting from a CHOGM and told President Rajapaksa that... 

unp exposes Govt.-LTTe nexus

Published : 1:46 am  October 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  387 views  |  
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                            UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said at Sirikotha yesterday that the Government may use LTTE assets in its campaign for a presidential election through Kumaran Pathmanathan, following the lifting of the European Union General Court’s ban on the LTTE. He also alleged that the Government had failed to take adequate action to prevent the ban from being lifted or to appeal against the court’s decision. “The Government can’t get away from taking responsibility for the present situation,” he said. Pic by Shehan Gunasekara  Read More →

2015 Budget a “rap version” of past ones: Kabir

Published : 1:43 am  October 28, 2014  |  Category: News  |  2 Comments  |  490 views  |  

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Our Lobby Correspondent Highlighting similarities and certain promises made since 2005, Opposition lawmakers yesterday claimed the 2015 Budget was nothing more than a “rap version” of the previous Budget speeches delivered since 2005 by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Kicking off the debate on the Appropriation Bill, Opposition lawmaker Kabir Hashim stated that key factors essential for any Budget were missing and the proposals were nothing more than an attempt to fool the public in order to remain in power. “A Budget should have four key factors: distribution of wealth, redistribution of income, economic stability and the prudent management of public offices. But can... 

Uncertainty over 19th Amendment brought up in Parliament

Published : 12:29 am  October 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  464 views  |  
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By Ashwin Hemmathagama Our Lobby Correspondent The Government shot down any possibilities of seeking Parliamentary approval for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution during the current Budget debate. The proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution drafted by Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero supports abolishing of the executive presidency and an increase in Parliament responsibilities. According to Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and the Leader of the House of Parliament Nimal Siripala de Silva, the Government has “no plans” to table a draft and it will not be done “following the gossip and rumours”. However, Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe citing media... 

India issues stamp commemorating Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist

Published : 12:29 am  October 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  310 views  |  
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Launches commemorative stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala   New Delhi: Indian president Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday released a commemorative stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala, the Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist and writer, at the official presidential residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, the Indian President said release of the commemorative postage stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala will contribute towards further strengthening the bilateral ties between India and Sri Lanka and bring the two nations closer. He said the relations between the two countries have withstood the test of time and socio-cultural exchanges for centuries have fostered further close cooperation in various... 

Wigneswaran to address PUCL meet in Chennai

Published : 12:25 am  October 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  282 views  |  

Hindu: Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran will deliver a lecture on civil liberties in South Asia at an event organised by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) in Chennai in November. Speaking on the event in memory of eminent civil rights activist K.G. Kannabiran, PUCL’s National General Secretary V. Suresh said the organisers had chosen Wigneswaran because of his stature as a “visionary intellectual who combines the best of jurisprudence with a keen understanding of democracy, politics and economics”. Suresh said the Chief Minister, formerly a Judge at Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court, was one of the “greatest contemporary legal thinkers”, whose... 

UN recognises post-conflict progress in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:24 am  October 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  329 views  |  

The United Nations (UN) says post-conflict Sri Lanka has made significant progress in relation to the resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in a short span of slightly over five years and the agency is continuing its work with the Sri Lankan Government to resolve remaining issues. Addressing a function to mark the 69th UN Day in Colombo on Friday, UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Subinay Nandy said Sri Lanka has taken commendable steps for the resettlement of displaced persons and to develop property that were damaged due to the terrorism. He added that development in the infrastructure and facilities available in the North and East today is significantly notable. Furthermore,... 

Church still awaiting response on poll

Published : 12:24 am  October 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  301 views  |  

The Catholic Church says it is still awaiting a response from President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding reports Presidential Elections will take place early next year, clashing with a scheduled visit to Sri Lanka by Pope Francis. Catholic Church Spokesman Rev. Cyril Gamini said that Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Sri Lanka in January next year is still on schedule as the government has not made any official announcement on the election. Although there was confusion earlier over the Pontiff’s visit because of an impending presidential election in January, Fr. Cyril Gamini said that the scheduled itinerary will not be changed as the Church has not been informed of an election in January. Meanwhile... 

Parliament begins debate on Budget 2015

Published : 12:00 am  October 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  174 views  |  
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By Ashwin Hemmathagama Our Lobby Correspondent The second reading of the Appropriation Bill 2015 commenced on Saturday with Opposition members criticising the Government of pledging what was undeliverable, aiming at an election. Opening the debate, UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake charged the ruling party was misleading the public with a “game of numbers” which was not visible to the masses. “We are happy that you could not deliver a proper budget; this is nothing more than a faux. The Budget debate shouldn’t be a game of numbers. We can show you how the Government has reduced what the Government itself imposed during the recent past. According to what was tabled in this House on Budget day,... 

NCE’s initiative in north to uplift living standards of rural producers

Published : 12:00 am  October 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  227 views  |  

The National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) which, is the only private sector Chamber exclusively serving exporters, has collaborated with the Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) project based in the north with a view to establish business linkages with producers, suppliers, and business entities in the Northern province. Lighting of the oil lamp by distinguished guests and resource speakers    The objective of the LEED project is to promote inclusive economic development among the people in the Northern Province, creating decent employment and long-term sustainable livelihoods. It recognises the important role of the private sector, and especially the export... 

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