Prasad to present credentials to Obama in July

Published : 3:16 am  June 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  291 views  |  

Veteran career diplomat Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam assumed duties at the Embassy of Sri Lanka to United States at Washington D.C. on 23 June. President Obama is scheduled to receive Ambassador Kariyawasam on 14 July at the Oval Office of the White House at a Ceremony accepting the credentials of the new Sri Lankan envoy. Ambassador Kariyawasam joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981 and has held variety of diplomatic assignments including as the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to India, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York as well. Prior to joining the Embassy in Washington, Ambassador Kariyawasam served... 

YMCA Youth at Parliament

Published : 3:16 am  June 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  207 views  |  

The Youth Department of the YMCA, who conduct the Saturday Youth Program for kids visited the Parliament, Waters Edge and ‘Apay Gama’ on 20 June. The Youth Department of the Colombo YMCA conducts a varied and interesting program for children every Saturday at the Colombo YMCA Gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The weekly program consists of games, art, handwork, lectures, talks, etc and special programs are held on festival days like Christmas and Aluth Avurudha. In addition, there are programs to develop leadership and skills. Various camps, outreach programs and seminars are regularly held. Recently they held a very successful Prefects Leadership Seminar for schools which was attended by... 

EU provides assistance to drought-affected people in Sri Lanka

Published : 3:16 am  June 27, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  431 views  |  

Following a prolonged period of drought in several parts of Sri Lanka, the European Commission is providing 250,000 euros to help the most vulnerable families meet their food security needs. Lack of adequate rainfall has caused extensive damage to the paddy crop over the last six months, thereby creating a food insecurity crisis for hundreds of thousands of people. “The effect of the drought is likely to linger on for some time as water reservoirs have dried out,” said Ambassador of the European Union in Sri Lanka David Daly. “The funds we are providing will ensure people have enough food to meet their immediate nutrition needs as well as the means to restore their livelihood in the coming... 

President arrives in Maldives for bilateral talks

Published : 12:28 am  June 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  471 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa accompanied by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa arrived in the Maldives yesterday on an official visit at the invitation of Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. The Sri Lankan President and First Lady were greeted on arrival at the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Male, by President Yameen and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim. President Rajapaksa was given a ceremonial welcome at the airport with a 21-gun salute and a Guard of Honour by the Maldives National Defence Force. At the welcoming ceremony, President Rajapaksa was introduced to Ministers, and other senior officials of the Maldives’ Government. The members of the Sri Lankan delegation were then... 

New High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India

Published : 12:25 am  June 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  364 views  |  
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Professor Sudharshan Seneviratne was appointed as High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India by President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday at Temple Trees  Read More →

New Navy Commander

Published : 12:23 am  June 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  420 views  |  
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Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Jayantha Perera, has been promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral and appointed as the Navy’s new Commander with effect from 1 July. He will be the 19th Navy Commander of Sri Lanka. He succeeds the outgoing Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage. The new Navy Commander will ceremonially assume duty in the post on 1 July.    Read More →

Religious freedom expert on UN inquiry team for Lanka

Published : 12:20 am  June 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  515 views  |  

 Ex-UN Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir to serve in supervisory capacity Pillay formally names Maarti Ahtisari, Silvia Cartwright and Jahangir to supervise Lanka probe Experts to ‘support, advise and independently verify’ during investigation Ten days after two southern towns were rocked by religious violence, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay officially announced the three-member expert advisory group that will supervise the UN investigation into alleged major human rights violations in Sri Lanka, including a Pakistani lawyer who is an expert on freedom of religion issues. Former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion, and President of Pakistan’s Supreme Court Bar Association... 

Re-launch of Zahira College ‘Crescent’ mag today

Published : 12:19 am  June 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  256 views  |  

The re launching ceremony of Crescent magazine will be held on 26 June 2014 at 4 p.m. at the College Gaffoor Hall under the patronage of Principal of the College Trizvi Marikkar. Jamiah Naleemiah Institute Director Dr. M.A.M. Shukri will be the guest speaker. Crescent magazine is the official publication of Zahira College which was started by Dr. T.B. Jayah when he was the Principal. The first issue of this magazine came to light in June 1922. It was a monthly publication at the beginning. At first it was an eight page pamphlet printed in rough demy paper and was sold at ten cents, each. Later, that became quarterly and then annually. The last issue was in 1946, when the college commemorated... 

Vijitha Thero arrested and remanded

Published : 12:19 am  June 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  198 views  |  

The police yesterday arrested Ven. Watareka Vijitha thero, a Buddhist monk who openly spoke against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), over allegations he had staged a recent attack on himself. Vijitha thero was arrested after he was discharged from the Colombo National hospital where he was receiving treatment and produced before the Panadura Magistrate last afternoon. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that legal action is to be filed against the monk over the staged abduction and attack and false complaint. The monk was produced in court and remanded until 2 July. However lawyers for the monk say he had been forced to confess to staging the attack. The monk was was found slashed, bound and left... 

Ranil to meet religious, civil society leaders today

Published : 12:17 am  June 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  331 views  |  

Opposition and United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will today hold discussions with the religious and civil society leaders regarding the current situation. The discussion will be held at Parliament from 2:30 p.m. onwards. The Opposition Leader is expected to focus the discussion mainly on the clashes that took place recently between the Sinhala and Muslim residents of the Aluthgama and Beruwala towns and discuss the action needed to be taken to prevent such violence in future.  Read More →

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