Saturday 19th April 2014

UNP says ready for elections

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  316 views  |  

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) says preparations by the party have almost been finalised to contest the Western and Southern Provincial Council elections. UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that the UNP Working Committee would meet next week and decide on the members to be named to the board. He said that the Western and Southern Provincial Council elections were likely to take place before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year this year. Attanayake said that interviews had been concluded with UNP applicants for the polls and last minute applications were now being reviewed. Attanayake also said some Government members had expressed the desire to join the UNP and contest the... 


Supreme Court to allow email petitioning from March

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  85 views  |  

The Supreme Court says that a system is being developed to enable filing Fundamental Rights petitions by email. The new system will be active from March this year, said the Registrar of the Supreme Court Maheshi Jayasekara. She further told media that the Fundamental Rights petitions may be filed in Supreme Court even in midnight under the new system. At present, all cases in Supreme Court must be filed before 4 p.m. The aim of the new move is to enhance the efforts of the Supreme Court to inspire public trust and confidence.  Read More →


Student centred education to be introduced in universities

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  482 views  |  

The Ministry of Higher Education announced that a student centred education system would be introduced in the country’s universities from this year. The Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne said the present lecture method would be changed with the introduction of the student centred education. Dr. Navaratne said that the student centred education system would be introduced first in Art, Social Sciences and Management faculties of the universities. Subject oriented text books are also to be introduced for the university students under the new system. The Secretary further stated that the aim of the student centred education is building a creative generation... 


Deyata Kirula Mobile Service Phase 2 begins in Kegalle Jan. 17

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  160 views  |  
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Phase 2 of the Deyata Kirula Mobile Services will commence in the Kegalle District parallel to the 2014 Deyata Kirula National Development Program on 17 January with the participation of Ministry Secretaries to solve people’s common and individual problems that were not solved under the program launched in 573 Grama Seva Divisions of 11 Divisional Secretariat areas. Deyata Kirula Mobile Services were launched on 1 July last year under Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s direction in accordance with a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to solve people’s problems from village to village and from house to house. The number of people who attended the 573 mobile services in... 


Sri Lanka, US talks on importing Iranian oil not successful: Yapa

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  87 views  |  
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The Ministry of Petroleum Resources said the talks held between Sri Lanka and the US over the imports of Iranian crude oil were not successful. Petroleum Resources Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has said that several rounds of discussions were held between Sri Lankan officials and the US Embassy in Colombo as well as between the Us Authorities and Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington. However, the two sides haven’t been able to come to an agreement over importing oil from Iran and the government has been informed that it cannot import Iranian oil. The Government has requested an exemption to import Iranian crude to start the now closed oil refinery in Sapugaskanda which has been built to process... 


Grand Meelad Conference

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  125 views  |  

By Ruzaik Farook Assunnah Trust Sri Lanka, a popular Dawah organisation which spreads peace, unity and love, are organisers of the upcoming biggest Meelad conference in Sri Lanka. The upcoming month signifies Rabiul Awwal which is known for the birth of the Prophet Muhammed (may peace and blessings be upon him) and this conference goes in the same theme which is titled ‘Seerathul Musthafa’ and will be based on the life history of Prophet Muhammed (may peace and blessings be upon him) such as his blessed birth, his youth life, prophecy and miracles and the Wafath Sheriff, (may peace and blessings be upon him). There will be local as well as international speakers at the event such as Hafiz... 


Jayalalithaa fixes 20 Jan for fishermen-level talks with Lanka

Published : 12:01 am  January 3, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  794 views  |  
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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa on Tuesday said her Government will extend all help to the Centre to facilitate talks between Indian fishermen and their Sri Lankan counterparts in Chennai on 20 January 2014 to resolve the dispute over fishing rights in each other’s territorial waters. She asked the Centre to reciprocate in a favourable manner. The frequent arrests of Tamil fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy for maritime violations have been a bone of contention between the Centre and the state and have also threatened to strain Indo-Lanka relations. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the chief minister wanted the Centre to take firm steps to seek the release of fishermen... 


Challenges to pluralism in South Asia

Published : 12:01 am  January 3, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  474 views  |  
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The lack of pluralism in the different facets of a country has impeded the progress of many developing nations. The people and places that have overcome their differences are seeing the most progress to date and stand in the vanguard of development of their communities and nations. The South Asia Policy and Research Institute (SAPRI), which aims to highlight and address the issues in the region is bringing together an international panel of four eminent persons to discuss the ‘Challenges to Pluralism in South Asia’. The colloquium to be held on 7 January at the BMICH from 3 to 6 p.m. will see Prof. Rajeev Bhargava from India and Prof. Radhika Coomaraswamy discuss Religion and Politics in... 


Buddhist devotees pray at a temple during New Year….

Published : 12:00 am  January 2, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  386 views  |  
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Buddhist devotees pray at a temple during New Year celebrations in Colombo January 1, 2014. Sri Lankans start the new year by visiting temples to participate in religious ceremonies, praying for success in life and finance. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte    Read More →


New Year will mark a good beginning for a new Sri Lanka: Media Minister

Published : 12:00 am  January 2, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  552 views  |  

The New Year will mark a good beginning for a new Sri Lanka if a good transformation takes place in the people’s thoughts corresponding to the New Year, said Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella in a New Year message.     Following is the text of the message: The New Year becomes meaningful when human beings are armed with new ideas and acts according to a new vision by discarding obsolete attitudes. Hopes and aspirations give energy to life and becomes a factor which builds a new future. In comparison to the recent past Sri Lanka had achieved targets considered difficult to achieve. The challenge of bringing prosperity to the nation is achieving success every... 


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