Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe will address the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, the Minister’s office said. The Minister, who had already spoken when the Council began meeting for the 22nd session last month, will address the session for the second time when Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report is taken to be adopted on Friday.
Scenes from the landmark joint press conference held yesterday at Cinnamon Grand by the Maha Sanga, ACJU and the private sector chambers of commerce - Pix by Upul Abayasekara
AFP: Sri Lanka’s Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith heads the Catholic church in a predominantly Buddhist nation, but a stint in the Vatican has made him a long-shot candidate to be the next pope.
Under the auspices of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), industry representatives met several times with a view to resolving the current issue with regard to Halal certified products.
The Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to seek technical assistance from India to implement the national plan aimed at making all the citizens of the country competent in all three languages. Under an initiative of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka last year launched an ambitious 10-year plan to make the country a trilingual nation declaring 2012 the ‘Trilingual Year’.
- Delegation holds direct dialogues with Muslim community in the region
- Dr Mervyn Silva joins the Ministerial delegation
Three Muslims Ministers and a UPFA MP yesterday commenced a two day tour of the Mannar and Vavuniya regions, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said in a media release.
‘Let us protect women who protect the family’ was the 2013 theme of the programs launched island-wide marking International Women’s Day which fell on Friday, 8 March. In connection with it a commemorative event was held at the Monaragala Public Library Auditorium on 6 March 2013 under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and was attended by thousands of representatives of women’s organisations, including Liya Abhiman.
Liya Abhiman (Women’s Pride) organised a series of events in the Gampaha district in connection to this under the leadership of its chairperson Attorney Pushpa Rajapaksa.
The Government and its ‘friends’ and racketeers are looting public money, UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya has charged. Jayasuriya, addressing a media briefing last week, claimed that the Government had paid US$ 180 million to a foreign company to construct a road network in the north.
“That company has handed the project over to a local company for US$ 80 million. What happened to the USD 100 million?” Jayasuriya asked, saying it was criminal to allow public funds to be abused that way. “One day the perpetrators of these crimes will have to pay,” he warned.
By Ashwin Hemmathagama
Our Lobby Correspondent
Ignoring the dire need for doctors in rural hospitals, 104 physicians have secured vacancies at the Ministry of Health in Colombo for non-medical posts, according to United National Party MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.
By T. Farook Thajudeen and Dasun Rajapaksa
The Mount Lavinia District Judge yesterday restrained the UNP from holding disciplinary inquiries against five of its members for voting with the Government during the impeachment debate in Parliament.