Human Heart Valve Bank for paediatric patients at Lady Ridgeway Hospital

Published : 12:00 am  September 20, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  2,472 views  |  

The Government plans to establish a human heart valve bank at the Lady Ridgeway Children Hospital in Colombo for paediatric patients who are either born with congenital heart defects or have acquired heart diseases. The Government says an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 children are born with congenital heart defects in Sri Lanka annually and around 2,000 of them need corrective surgery. Currently, the practice in Sri Lanka is to use imported bovine grafts (tissue valves) which cost about Rs. 300,000 per graft which is borne by the Government. According to the Ministry of Health, with the rapid advancement in healthcare offered to children with heart diseases in Sri Lanka, the establishment of a Human... 

First Jaffna batch of soldiers pass out today

Published : 12:00 am  September 20, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  99 views  |  

Five hundred recruits from Jaffna, who recently joined the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Forces (SLAVF) and completed three months of training, will pass out in an elegant parade on 20 September at the Sri Lanka Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (SLEME) grounds, Kankesanthurai (KKS). Upon being selected, 400 male and 100 female recruits were given basic military training and vocational education in various trades such as carpentry, masonry, electric welding, motor mechanism, farming, beauty culture etc. Training commenced on 19 June at KKS. Subsequently, they will be attached to the 7th Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps for different service units located in KKS and to the Thalsevana Holiday Resort.  Read More →

UN says Lanka has not sought support for reconciliation bureau

Published : 12:00 am  September 20, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  2,725 views  |  

New York: Sri Lanka has not requested any support from the United Nations to set up the special reconciliation bureau, the UN said on Thursday. In response to an earlier media question, UN Secretary-General Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said at the press briefing on Thursday that the Department of Political Affairs has not received any request from Sri Lanka to provide assistance to their reconciliation bureau. He said the Department of Political Affairs provides technical expertise to member states upon their request and the United Nations assistance to member states is determined on the basis of consultation within the system. Sri Lanka told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva at the 27th... 

Tense situation between TNA and police

Published : 12:00 am  September 20, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  74 views  |  

A tense situation was reported between the police and a group of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members, including parliamentarians, in the North yesterday when attempts were made to survey land to build a new camp for the security forces. TNA MP Suresh Premachandran and a group of TNA members were involved in a heated argument with the police at Mathakal, Senthankulam, a coastal area in the Jaffna peninsula, and at one point TNA Northern Provincial Council member M.K Sivajilingham attempted to damage equipment used by officials to survey the land. The group led by Premachandran refused to move and allow the survey to be carried out, forcing the officials and police to eventually withdraw from... 

Sri Lanka Contributes 1 Million Surgical Gloves to WHO in Global Fight Against Ebola Outbreak

Published : 12:27 am  September 19, 2014  |  Category: MAIN IMAGE, News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,030 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday at Temple Trees, handed over one million surgical gloves to the World Health Organisation as Sri Lanka’s contribution toward the global effort in combating the Ebola outbreak in Africa. The President is seen here handing over the contribution to WHO Country Representative in Sri Lanka Dr. Firdosi Mehta. The Hayleys Group of Companies facilitated this contribution. Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris is also pictured - Pix By : Nishanka de Silva  Read More →

China not warlike, says Xi, as border standoff dominates India trip

Published : 12:26 am  September 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  318 views  |  
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NEW DELHI (Reuters): A standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute. Modi and Xi emerged from a long meeting to address reporters soon after officials confirmed that soldiers had pulled back from their positions on a plateau in the western Himalayas that is claimed by both nations. “I raised our serious concern over repeated incidents along the border,” said a stern Modi, with Xi sitting to his right. “There should be peace in our relations and in the borders. If this happens, we... 

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom arrived in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:24 am  September 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,083 views  |  
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Hakeem and Iranian Justice Minister meet on AALCO sidelines

Published : 12:23 am  September 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  423 views  |  
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Justice Minister and SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem met with his Iranian counterpart Mostafa Pourmohammadi on the sidelines of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO) sessions, which were held in Tehran on 16 September. Hakeem thanked Iran for its assistance in local developmental activities such as irrigation projects and rural electrification. He also told the Iranian Justice Minister that Sri Lanka was grateful for his country’s continued support when UNHRC resolutions were moved against it. Hakeem stated that during the 30-year conflict Iran supported Sri Lanka with logistical and developmental assistance. He added that sanctions imposed on central banks and financial systems... 

Several houses in 34 Watta demolished; Eran cries foul

Published : 12:22 am  September 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  3 Comments  |  2,495 views  |  

Several houses in the 34 Watta area in Wanathamulla, Borella, were demolished yesterday after residents were offered alternative homes by the Urban Development Authority. However some residents of the area protested the move by the UDA but moved out after heavy rain lashed the area at the time the houses were being demolished. Sources claimed UDA officials accompanied by two military officials in uniform visited 34 Watta in Wanathamulla and threatened residents of consequences if they resisted the demolition of their houses. The demolition comes after four persons filed a writ application in August 2014 preventing the UDA from breaking their homes in 34 Watta in Wanathamulla. The case is presently... 

Harin calls for united effort to protect ballot boxes

Published : 12:05 am  September 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  9 Comments  |  1,285 views  |  
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As campaigning ended for the Uva Provincial Council election last night, United National Party chief ministerial hopeful Harin Fernando has called on all Opposition parties to band together and protect the ballot boxes on polling day. “We are on the cusp of a historic election. The Government never thought the fight would come down to the wire. It is incumbent upon the Opposition to ensure that the franchise is protected until the results are out,” Fernando told a handful of reporters at his Badulla residence last morning. He called on the JVP and the Sarath Fonseka-led Democratic Party to stand together until the last vote is secured and counted. An upbeat UNP chief ministerial candidate... 

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