Chief Secretary to Northern Province transferred

Published : 1:13 am  January 20, 2015  |  Category: News  |  9 Comments  |  3,390 views  |  

Public official was openly on war-path with NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran By Dharisha Bastians Hot on the heels of appointing a civilian as Northern Governor, President Maithripala Sirisena has also transferred the Province’s Chief Secretary, another executive appointment in the Tamil majority region. Northern Province Chief Secretary, Vijayalakshmi Ramesh – the most senior civil servant in the province – has been transferred, authoritative sources told Daily FT. Ramesh, who served directly under Northern Governor and former military commander G.A. Chandrasiri, has been on a collision course with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran.   According to the new list... 


Iran congratulates Maithri, wants stronger ties with Lanka

Published : 1:12 am  January 20, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  409 views  |  
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Iran hopes to expand bilateral ties with Sri Lanka “more than ever before”, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said while congratulating his counterpart President Maithripala Sirisena. In a message addressed to President Sirisena, President Rouhani congratulated him on winning the election and expressed hope for expansion of bilateral ties more than ever before, Iran’s official news agency IRNA said in a release.  “I sincerely congratulate Your Excellency’s election as the president of the friend country, Sri Lanka,” wrote President Rouhani in his message.   “I hope in the new chapter that will be opened with the elected choice of the Sri Lankan nation and the responsibility... 


Panel discussion on ‘Role of Youth in Rebuilding a Nation’s Political System’ tomorrow

Published : 1:10 am  January 20, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  273 views  |  

‘Shaping Davos’ is a conversation that features local solutions to global issues. Through a series of live events hosted by the Global Shapers Community Shaping Davos connects 40 cities from around the world to discuss 10 topics related to the theme of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2015 in Davos-Klosters. Forty community-wide events will provide viewers with unprecedented access to insights from cities and issues in every major region of the world. The local events will also ensure that the local community has the opportunity to move the issue forward locally. The Colombo Hub has been selected to host a local event under the theme ‘Conflict Resolution: The Role of Youth in... 


Ranil speaks for independence of Judiciary at Asia-Pacific Attorney Generals conference

Published : 12:37 am  January 20, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  387 views  |  
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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday struck a chord for the restoration of the rule of law and the dignity and independence of the Judiciary under the newly elected Government, in a keynote address to a conference of Attorney Generals from Asia. Wickremesinghe told the Conference of Attorney Generals of Asia, held in Colombo to mark the 130th anniversary of the office of the Attorney General of Sri Lanka that the new Government was in the process of drafting the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The Premier said systems and the rule of law that had been tampered with over the past five years would be put right. “I know the pressures the Attorney General’s Department has undergone.... 


Maithri asks newly appointed Secretaries to restore eroded public service

Published : 12:35 am  January 20, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  191 views  |  
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President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday it was the duty of the newly appointed ministry officials to act with determination and patience to restore the ruined image of the eroded public service. After handing over letters of appointment to new Secretaries to Ministries at the Presidential Secretariat, President Sirisena said it is the responsibility of the new secretaries to ensure the pledge of good governance of the new administration is implemented in full. President Sirisena stressed that it is the responsibility of all government officials to win the hearts and minds of the general public by diligently discharging their duties and responsibilities.                         He... 


Pope makes emotional appeal for world’s suffering children

Published : 12:51 am  January 19, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  413 views  |  
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Reuters: An emotional Pope Francis, moved by the tears of an abandoned child, said on Sunday the world needed to “learn how to cry” over the plight of the millions of poor, hungry, homeless and abused children. During a rally with young people, 12-year-old Glyzelle Iris Palomar asked him: “Many children are abandoned by their parents. Many of them became victims and bad things have happened to them, like drug addiction and prostitution. Why does God allow this to happen, even if the children are not at fault? Why is it that only a few people help us?”                                   The girl, who was... 


Hakeem visits UDA

Published : 12:50 am  January 19, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  609 views  |  
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Newly appointed Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem  last week assumed duties as the Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply.  Soon after he visited the Urban Development Authority at Sethsiripaya Battaramulla and held a discussion with senior officials – Pix by Samad Ashraff  Read More →


Bar Association requests Chief Justice’s resignation

Published : 12:48 am  January 19, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  383 views  |  

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has called on Chief Justice Mohan Peiris to tender his resignation to preserve the honour and integrity of the Judiciary. The Bar Association in a statement released Friday said there have been reports that the Chief Justice Mohan Peiris was present at the Temple Trees on 9 January prior to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa announcement conceding defeat at the presidential elections. “It is reiterated and emphasised that it is absolutely essential for the Chief Justice and members of the Judiciary to remain strictly separate and uninvolved in political and executive decisions,” BASL said in its statement. The BASL reiterated and emphasised that a member... 


Loosening Beijing embrace, Sri Lanka reviews China projects

Published : 12:32 am  January 19, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  654 views  |  
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Reuters: The new Government will review Chinese infrastructure projects awarded under the previous administration, a junior minister said, a move bound to please Indian and Western powers concerned about Beijing’s access in Sri Lanka. On Friday, the Government said it would review a $1.5 billion port deal with China Communication Construction Co Ltd. over concerns about the Chinese company getting land on a freehold basis in a high-security zone. That port project had been of particular concern for India, the destination for the majority of the transshipment cargo through Colombo. India was furious with the last Government after it allowed to a submarine to dock there twice.                             Harsha... 


Maithri pledges to develop country with national and religious reconciliation

Published : 12:31 am  January 19, 2015  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  350 views  |  
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President Maithripala Sirisena says he is dedicated to build a prosperous and peaceful country while fulfilling pledges given to the general public at the presidential election. The Government elected by the public will always seek the advice and the blessings from the Maha Sangha to fulfill the obligations and responsibilities it has to the people, the President said. Addressing a religious ceremony held at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple on Saturday (17) to bless the new Government and the new leaders as well as the members, the President said the Government’s hope was to build a prosperous country with a strong economy. He said the country would be developed with the national and religious... 


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