Workshop for self-employed Divi Neguma beneficiaries

Published : 12:13 am  July 21, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  633 views  |  
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Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa participated as Chief Guest at a special workshop organised for selected self-employed Divi Neguma beneficiaries from the Colombo District on 19 July at Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda. This workshop was organised in collaboration with the Divi Neguma Department, Department of Manpower and Employment and Colombo District Secretariat. The purpose of the workshop was to link Divi Neguma beneficiaries with the Export Development Board and private institutions. A Career Fair was also held parallel to this event, aimed at unemployed youth in Colombo with the participation of 70 State and private sector institutions. Ministers Basheer Segu Dawood, Susil Premajayantha... 

Lanka probe from 3 foreign countries

Published : 12:12 am  July 21, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  264 views  |  

The UN team, which has been put together to investigate allegations of human rights violations and war crimes against the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, will be holding hearings in New York, Geneva and Bangkok, UN sources have told the New Indian Express. The team constituted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), would of course seek permission to hold sittings in Sri Lanka. But it is unlikely to get it as the Lankan government has rejected any international probe. Sources told the New Indian Express that Tamil expatriates and Lankan Tamil rights groups which are very active in North America, Europe and Australia, would testify at New York, Geneva and Bangkok.... 

Dullas cautions Sobitha thero; reminds of Fonseka’s fate

Published : 12:12 am  July 21, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  200 views  |  

The Government yesterday cautioned the venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha thero saying he may end up like Sarath Fonseka following the 2010 Presidential elections. Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma said that Fonseka was roped in by others to contest the 2010 polls but failed to beat incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa. “Now he (Fonseka) is like a disposed lottery ticket,” the Minister said at a function in Galigamuwa. He said that now there is an attempt to use the venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha thero to do what Fonseka could not do. Last month the outspoken Buddhist monk offered to contest for President if all the opposition political parties reach a consensus. The monk... 

There is a need to redefine diplomacy

Published : 1:50 am  July 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  403 views  |  
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Sri Lanka’s incoming High Commissioner about the  importance of shared cultures When Sri Lankan archaeologist Sudharshan Seneviratne drove down to Chanakyapuri on a hot day recently, memories of his Delhi days came back gushing. From being a student in the city in the 1970s to returning now as the highest representative of his country, life has come a full circle, says Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India who, as a student, spent a decade in India, studying in New Delhi and later researching early Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.   On 13th Amendment In an interview to The Hindu, days ahead of his big move, Seneviratne says issues such as the implementation of the 13th... 

Disappearances Commission receives 19,284 complaints

Published : 1:48 am  July 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  407 views  |  

The Presidential Commission investigating the alleged disappearances of persons in conflict affected areas has received 19,284 complaints, the Commission said. The Commission held several sittings to cover the Districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa. Secretary to the Commission H.W. Gunadasa has said that the Commission received a majority of the complaints during its public sittings in the north in January and February. At the last sitting held at the District Secretariat in Mullaitivu, 398 persons registered with the Commission and 129 complaints of disappearances were filed. The official has said that following the analysis of the submissions, the Commission if deemed fit,... 

No plans to send Lankan asylum seekers without notice: Aussie Govt. tells Court

Published : 1:47 am  July 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  380 views  |  

Melbourne: An Australian Court has given Government lawyers until Monday (21 July) to file their defence in the case of the 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers. The Government lawyers have asked till Tuesday to file their case but the Melbourne High Court judge Kenneth Hayne has refused to give more time and ordered them to file the defence by Monday. A Government lawyer has told the court that the Commonwealth has no plans to send the asylum seekers to Sri Lanka without giving three-day written notice. The Judge has asked both parties to get on with the procedural issues as the people were in custody. The 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, who set sail from Pondicherry, India to seek asylum in Australia,... 

President discusses development with Chief Ministers

Published : 1:47 am  July 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  552 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that teachers should have a positive mentality to provide a better education to children. As such he instructed the Education Minister and the Provincial Chief Ministers to implement a streamlined program to upgrade the welfare of the teachers. The President gave these instructions at a special discussion with Chief Ministers at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday. The President attributed the dearth of teachers in certain provinces to the lack of a streamlined welfare program. He emphasised the need to grant transfers to teachers at the end of the year. Transfers during the middle of the year will impede the education and examinations of the students. The... 

India’s Air Staff Chief Calls on Sri Lankan President

Published : 1:46 am  July 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  401 views  |  
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India’s Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday. During the discussion with President Rajapaksa, Air Chief Marshal Raha told President Rajapaksa that he had very fruitful meetings with defense officials in Sri Lanka. The talks with the President this evening focused on a number of matters pertaining to defense cooperation, including continued training and joint air force exercises. . Raha, who arrived in the island on Tuesday in addition to talks with Sri Lanka Air Force Commander Air Marshal K.A. Gunatilleke, also held discussions with Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa,... 

Stop violence in Gaza

Published : 1:41 am  July 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  275 views  |  
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A group of Muslim nationals gathered near the Dewatagaha Mosque in Colombo yesterday in protest over the violent situation in Gaza. They urged countries including the US, France, Germany and the UK to stop the violence  Read More →

UNP MP Dr. Harsha De Silva (third from left) speaking to the media…

Published : 1:37 am  July 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  306 views  |  
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UNP MP Dr. Harsha De Silva (third from left) speaking to the media about the recent incident at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery. From left: UNP MP Ajith Manapperuma, UNP MP Gayantha Karunatilleke, UNP MP Eran Wickramaratne and UNP MP Ruwan Wijewardene also present    Read More →

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