Club de Madrid calls on Lanka to formally condemn hate speech and religious violence

Published : 2:01 am  July 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  4 Comments  |  699 views  |  

Pro democracy grouping of ex world leaders including CBK responds to Aluthgama riots Group says calls for restraint and regret not sufficient from Government Calls for action against perpetrators of violence The Government of Sri Lanka must formally, unequivocally state its condemnation of those who use language that incites violence against people on account of their religion, the world’s largest forum of former Heads of State and Government, Club de Madrid said this week. “We welcome the calls for restraint and regret that have been made by leaders from all communities but this is not sufficient at a time of heightened fear and tension,” the group said in a statement on its official... 


Basil visits China as President’s Special Envoy

Published : 1:20 am  July 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  261 views  |  
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     Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and Vice Premier of  China, Wang Yang   Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa visited China, as a Special Envoy of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Trade and Commerce, from 29 June to 6 July at the invitation of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. During his visit, Rajapaksa met with the Vice Premier of China, Wang Yang on 2 July. At the meeting, the Vice Premier conveyed the cordial greetings of Chinese President Xi Jinping to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He stated that China and Sri Lanka are good friends and partners and share a traditional friendship with the effective communication between the two Heads of... 


Sri Lanka, star attraction at G-77 golden jubilee celebrations

Published : 1:18 am  July 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  182 views  |  
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Sri Lanka led the commemoration of the Group of 77 in Vienna as the Group marked the 50th anniversary of its establishment, with celebrations at the Vienna International Centre from 23 to 27 June. The week long celebrations included several cultural performances from Member States of the G-77, a food festival and a charity event. To mark this anniversary, the G-77 in Vienna also launched the first issue of its newsletter. A tombola raffle was conducted, with an air ticket to Sri Lanka on offer as the first prize, arranged by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka. Cultural activities featured Sri Lankan drummers and dancers from the National Youth Services Council, sponsored by the Ministry of Youth... 


The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) conducted a program…

Published : 1:16 am  July 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  265 views  |  
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The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) conducted a program for members of the Police Force in Jaffna recently in the Auditorium of the Jaffna Public Library. Here from left: ASP Jaffna P.H. Nihal Perera, SSP KKS Damayantha Wijaya Sri, PCCSL Chief Executive Officer Sukumar Rockwood and Complaints Officer Tamil Print Ameen Hussain listen to Complaints Officer Sinhala Print Kamal Liyanaarachchi presenting the Editors’ Code to the audience. The program was made possible by Jaffna Division DIG Rohan Dias.  Read More →


Ifthar for Welikada inmates

Published : 1:14 am  July 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  141 views  |  
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Minister of Prisons and Rehabilition Chandrasri Gajadeera organised an Ifthar program on Thursday at the Welikada Prison. A large number of Muslim inmates participated at the event. Prison Commissioner General Chandirathina Palagama, Additional Secretary of the Ministry As-Sheik A. Ameer and other Ministry official also participated.    Read More →


President, only leader to achieve development and independence: Speaker

Published : 1:09 am  July 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  140 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only leader who achieved development and independence in Sri Lanka, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa remarked while addressing the gathering at the opening of the Molakepupatana Drinking Water Scheme. Though leaders of different governments governed the country before 1994, they could not achieve the desired and expected goals. He added that the sole aim of President Rajapaksa is to make a country where all people can live conveniently, independent of foreign influence, and by strengthening the economic standards of its farmers. He stated that though Tissamaharama experienced dry weather, farmers could protect their crops with the help of reservoirs such as Mauara and... 


JVP accuses Govt. of using health sector issues to destroy free health service

Published : 1:07 am  July 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  143 views  |  

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has accused the Government of using the crisis in the health sector to destroy the free health service. Speaking at a media conference, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said a serious crisis has developed in the health sector and the Government has allowed an administrative issue between nurses and family health workers to escalate. Referring to the clashes between the nurses and the midwives at the Ragama Hospital, Silva said the issue first appeared at Kurunegala Hospital has now spread into other hospitals as well and as a result the employees of the health sector have not been able to engage in their duties with a clear mind. Patients who cannot afford... 


Saying no to the return of Black July!

Published : 1:16 am  July 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  397 views  |  
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A young school boy seen here in front of fort railway station today placed his signature on a large banner which was used as a ‘public petition’ against recent ethnic violence in southern Sri Lanka. The campaign reminding the public about the violence against minority Tamils in July 1983, which is known since then as ‘Black July’, was organised by the Movement for Equal Rights, an organisation formed by all ethnic groups in Colombo  Read More →


No interest in prosecuting ex-Tigers: Keheliya

Published : 1:15 am  July 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  9 Comments  |  1,656 views  |  
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UN probing LTTE crimes to put GoSL and terrorists on equal footing: Govt. Spokesman “LTTE a dead organisation” says Keheliya months after claims Tigers were regrouping Says no Tigers left at ground level to hold accountable for LTTE crimes GoSL strategy of ex-Tiger rehabilitation has been successful says Minister Claims Govt. has already investigated LTTE atrocities By Dharisha Bastians The Government has reiterated its contempt for the UN investigation into alleged rights abuses committed by Sri Lankan troops and the LTTE in the last phase of the war, announcing that it was “not interested” in holding former Tiger leaders accountable for past crimes. “Our policy is rehabilitation... 


CTC assistance for new police station in Weeraketiya

Published : 1:13 am  July 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  284 views  |  
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Extending its assistance to build a new police station at Weerakatiya in the Matara District, Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) made a financial donation for the second time at a function held at the Ministry of Defence premises on Friday. The donation was handed over to Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa by CTC Managing Director and Chief Executive Felicio Ferraz with the presence of company representatives.  Read More →


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