World Bank to fund new Govt.’s nutrition drive; meets new Child Affairs Minister

Published : 12:03 am  February 9, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  483 views  |  
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World Bank Country Director Francoise Clottes on Friday called on the new Child Affairs Minister Rosy Senanayake. During their meeting, the focus was on Senanayake’svision on early child development and the World Bank’s nutrition program. As part of the 100-day program, the new Government has announced the launch of a Rs. 20,000 allowance for pregnant mothers to supplement nourishment of children. The Ministry said the World Bank had agreed to allocate a two-year special funding program to ensure the success of this initiative. World Bank Country Director Francoise Clottes with Child Affairs Minister Rosy Senanayake during their meeting on Friday. Secretary to Policy Planning, Economic Affairs,Child,Youth... 

Namal voted for Interim Budget reluctantly

Published : 12:02 am  February 9, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  138 views  |  

SLFP Parliamentarian and son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa, says he voted for the Interim Budget of the new Government yesterday, with reluctance. He noted that the SLFP had taken a decision to vote for the Interim Budget presented by the new Government and in the interest of maintaining the integrity and unity of the Party, he had decided to stand with the party decision. “However, I do so with reluctance because of concerns I have about the unsustainable nature of the proposals that have been presented,” he added. He said the Budget was prepared to please the public with impending elections in mind, with short-sighted proposals that were more appropriate for a 100-day... 

TNA lobbying in Geneva for release of UN report on Lankan war crimes

Published : 12:01 am  February 9, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  196 views  |  

NIE: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran is currently in Geneva lobbying at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for release of the UN’s investigative report on allegations of war crimes committed in the last phase of the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV in Sri Lanka. The TNA is trying to counter the US move to postpone the presentation of the report which has been prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at the request of the UNHRC. The “strong” report castigating Sri Lanka, is due for presentation at the March session of the UNHRC. But the US and its allies are wanting a postponement of the presentation to September, to give the new liberal-democratic... 

President Maithripala Sirisena met Government and Semi-Government….

Published : 12:51 am  February 7, 2015  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  580 views  |  
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President Maithripala Sirisena met Government and Semi-Government organisation trade union leaders and members at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday – Pic by Sudath Silva  Read More →

FM Mangala to discuss Sri Lanka-US relations in Washington

Published : 12:47 am  February 7, 2015  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  825 views  |  
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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera during his first visit to the United States after assuming the post will discuss the relations between the two countries at an event hosted by the National Press Club in Washington next week. Minister Samaraweera will discuss Sri Lanka-US relations at a special briefing and reception on Thursday, 12 February from 6:30-7:30 pm at the National Press Club. Earlier in the day the Foreign Minister is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State John Kerry. Minister Samaraweera was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Maithripala Sirisena following the 8 January presidential election, which ended the decade-long rule of his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa. Within... 

30-hour water cut in Colombo

Published : 12:44 am  February 7, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  503 views  |  

A 30-hour water cut will be imposed in Colombo from 9.00 a.m. today (Saturday) to 3.00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon because of an urgent repair to the main pipeline at Maligakanda, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) said. The water supply to Colombo 1, 2, 3 and 7 to 14 will be disrupted while the water supply to Colombo 4, 5 and 6 will be at a lower pressure.  Read More →

State Defence Minister Wijewardene visits Northern war memorial

Published : 12:41 am  February 7, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  525 views  |  
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State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday paid homage to fallen war heroes at a monument erected in their memory at the Special Force Headquarters in Jaffna during his visit to the region – Pic by Pradeep Pathirana  Read More →

Nimal Siripala speaks up for Homagama MR Vidyalaya

Published : 12:38 am  February 7, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  600 views  |  

Our Lobby Correspondent The Opposition sought Government intervention on Thursday to defuse the growing tension inside Homagama Mahinda Rajapaksa Vidyalaya and ensure the safety of students. Opposition Leader Nimal Siripla de Silva said: “For the last four years this school was functioning well. However, political intervention and the change of school operating hours have led to this unfortunate situation. Students got beaten by the Principal and were hospitalised. People clad in black roam around inside the school, according to parents,” MP de Silva reported. However, Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, who disputed that there was any violence within Homagama Mahinda Rajapaksa... 

India looking forward to President Sirisena’s visit from 15-18 February

Published : 12:36 am  February 7, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  204 views  |  
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New Delhi: Indian Government yesterday said the forthcoming State visit of President Maithripala Sirisena from 15 to 18 February would strengthen India’s” warm and friendly” ties to Sri Lanka. The Spokesperson of India’s External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said the President Sirisena had a talk with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and indicated his desire to undertake an early visit to India. This is President Sirisena’s first visit outside of Sri Lanka. Path to his visit was paved during the early discussions between Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Sri Lankan counterpart Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who visited New Delhi on 18 January as his first outside visit... 

Sri Lanka Embassy in Tokyo celebrates 67th Independence Day

Published : 12:01 am  February 7, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  295 views  |  
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The 67th anniversary of the independence of Sri Lanka was held on Wednesday, 4 February at the Reiyukai Hall in Tokyo. The event which was organised by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo was held with a large gathering of Sri Lankan expatriates in Japan. The official ceremony of the Independence Day celebrations was commenced with the hoisting of the national flag accompanied by Magul Bera followed by the National Anthem. Religious observances were conducted by the representatives of the Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian clergy, followed by reading of the Independence Day messages of the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. In addressing the gathering, Ambassador of Sri... 

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