Rauff Hakeem on official visit to Malaysia

Published : 12:00 am  November 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  108 views  |  

Justice Minister and SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem is on an official visit to Malaysia to meet his counterpart and to hold discussions with high-level officials of the Trade Chamber and Malaysian International Arbitration Centre. During the visit, Hakeem will also take part as a panellist in a forum titled ‘Hyper-connected world – Challenges in Nation Building’. He will also participate at the annual general assembly of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Malaysia’s largest political party, to be held in Kuala Lumpur. Secretary General of SLMC Parliamentarian M.T. Hasen Ali and Legal Adviser M.H.M. Salman also accompanied the Minister.  Read More →

“If Ministers had freedom, they would all fly”: JVP

Published : 1:09 am  November 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  2 Comments  |  520 views  |  
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If the Government granted its members freedom, they would all fly away, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake quipped yesterday. “Like the Rajapaksa macaws that flew away, the Ministers will also fly if they had the freedom to go,” he said. Addressing a media briefing yesterday, Dissanayake condemned President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s threats that he had files on the dissidents. “What is he doing with those files without releasing them? He is saying he has information on people who have committed fraud, but he will do nothing about it,’ the JVP Leader asked. “The sign of the chief thief is that he has to protect smaller thieves in order to protect himself,” he charged. Dissanayake accused... 

New SLFP General Secretary assumes duties

Published : 1:08 am  November 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  2 Comments  |  791 views  |  
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Attorney Anura Priyadarshana Yapa assumed duties as the new General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party yesterday. The new General Secretary, who arrived amidst the loud cheering and applause of party supporters who had assembled at SLFP headquarters, was warmly greeted by Senior Ministers Piyasena Gamage and C.B. Ratnayake among a number of other ministers. Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who is also the SLFP National Organiser, Treasurer Dullas Alahapperuma, SLFP senior Deputy President Nimal Siripala De Silva and Minister A.H.M. Fowzie were among the large number of ministers and MPS on the occasion. A lawyer by profession Yapa first entered Parliament in 1994, representing the Kurunegala... 

SLPI writes to President on enactment of Right To Information Act

Published : 1:07 am  November 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  300 views  |  

The Sri Lanka Press Institute has submitted a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 21 November, raising the concern of freedom of information and the need to enact the Right To Information (RTI) in Sri Lanka. This comes about in the background of the 18th SAARC summit, which is to be held in Nepal this month. Following is the full text of the letter: Urgent need for the enactment of a Right To Information Act for Sri Lanka In the background of the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) being held in Nepal this month, the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) draws the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka to the urgent need to enact a Right to Information... 

High Commissioner of India pays courtesy call on Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament

Published : 1:07 am  November 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  250 views  |  
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The High Commissioner of India Y.K. Sinha paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa on 21 November 2014 at the Speaker’s Chambers.  Read More →

Kathmandu gets ready to host SAARC summit

Published : 1:06 am  November 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  292 views  |  

Kathmandu: Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is getting ready host the summit of leaders from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Foreign Secretaries of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Maldives are setting the agenda for the summit due to be held on 26 and 27 November. However, as in the past, the event is likely to be overshadowed by a probable meeting between the leaders of India and Pakistan. The two sides’ unmitigated animosity has undermined greater regional cooperation, an agenda that was the founding principle of the eight-nation bloc of SAARC. Yubaraj Ghimire, a leading political analyst in Kathmandu, said there was increasing... 

Tamils to call on Britain to lift ban on LTTE

Published : 12:39 am  November 24, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  370 views  |  

By Neville de Silva in London The pro-Eelam Tamil lobby is to call on Britain to lift its ban on the LTTE when the diaspora prepares for a major show of strength in London on Thursday to commemorate ‘Heroes Day’ to coincide with the birthday of the late Velupillai Prabhakaran. Tamil sources said they expect the call to be backed by some British Parliamentarians from all three major parties, who are expected to participate at the day-long commemoration to be held at Excel exhibition centre at the London docks, to pay homage to those who ‘martyred’ themselves for the cause of a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka. The sources said that the Tamil community was emboldened by the recent verdict... 

Lending a leg to change your life

Published : 12:38 am  November 24, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  301 views  |  
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Mobility is a great gift we all enjoy but some of our brothers and sisters are deprived of mobility due to no fault of theirs. They are rendered mobile with the generosity and sacrifice of the Rotary Clubs from RI D-3140, Mumbai (India). Rotary International as a movement of service to humanity has linked up with the Rotary Club of Capital City and Rotary Clubs from Mumbai to meet the needs and provide limbs to those immobile in Sri Lanka. A few years ago the Colombo Friend In Need Society (CFINS) sought the assistance of the Rotary Club of Capital City, RI D-3220, Sri Lanka and Maldives to help upgrade their products. The Rotarians then came aboard joining hands in an International Jaipur Foot... 

Will bow to party decision on common candidate: Sajith

Published : 12:37 am  November 24, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  383 views  |  
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UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa has acknowledged that he has put aside his personal opinions and bowed to the will of the Working Committee on the matter of the common candidate. “Back then Ranasinghe Premadasa helped J.R. Jayewardene to obtain a 5/6 majority in Parliament. It is my dream also to see a green president installed. But that is a personal opinion,” Premadasa said, addressing a political gathering in Kurunegala yesterday. UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and MP Ravi Karunanayake were also present at the meeting. Premadasa said he had put aside his personal views in the hope of seeing a UNP-led Government in place following the presidential election. “This party was never written... 

Pope declares sainthood of two Indians, four Italians

Published : 12:36 am  November 24, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  242 views  |  
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Reuters: Pope Francis conferred sainthood on two Indians and four Italians on Sunday, praising their “creative” commitment to helping the poor. Francis added to the roster of Catholic saints a Keralan mystic nun, an Indian priest and social reformer, the former Bishop of Vicenza, and three members of the Franciscan order. “They responded with extraordinary creativity to the commandment of love of God and neighbour,” Pope Francis told crowds in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. “Their preference for the smallest and poorest was the reflection and measure of their unconditional love of God,” said Francis, who chose his own papal name after the saint of Assisi, who symbolises austerity... 

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