BASL condemns police brutality

Published : 12:00 am  June 7, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  257 views  |  

The Standing Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka on Rule of Law condemns the attitude adopted by the Police when students of the Ruhuna University were brutally assaulted by a mob led by a Deputy Minister and some members of the Provincial Council. This is another instance where the Police were mere spectators to the commission of crimes by politicians. It is a pathetic sight to watch such episodes over and over again. What these incidents show over and over again is the complete erosion of Rule of Law in our country. It is now clear that the politicians enjoy absolute immunity in respect of the commission of crimes against persons who do not agree with them. The dangerous aspect of... 

Protecting our environment is safeguarding our children: President

Published : 12:00 am  June 7, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  150 views  |  
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Invaluable lives have been lost due to the dengue hazard facing the country. It is necessary for all in society to be committed to ensuring a clean environment to save the country from the widening dangers of dengue. Such protection of the environment is in fact the best protection for our children, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He was speaking at the World Environment Day event held at the Navarangahala, Colombo on Thursday. The theme of the 41st World Environment Day was ‘Impact of Climate Change on Island States’. President Rajapaksa emphasised that whatever laws were passed, however much money was spent, if society did not carry out obligations, it will not be possible to save the... 

Missing Persons Commission begins public sittings in Batticaloa

Published : 12:00 am  June 7, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  274 views  |  

The presidential commission to investigate into complaints regarding missing persons commenced its fourth round of public sittings in Batticaloa yesterday. Sittings were held at the Kattankudy Divisional Secretariat and will continue today as well and at Manmunaipattu Divisional Secretariat on 8 June. “The Commission during their visit will record evidences in relation to the Kurukkalmadam massacre”, Secretary to the Commission H.W. Gunadasa said. The LTTE killed 163 Muslims in 1990s in Kurukkalmadam, in Batticaloa. The Commission had previously conducted public sittings in January, February and March this year in Killinochchi, Jaffna and Batticaloa respectively. To date, 18,590 complaints... 

Sri Lanka represented at presidential inauguration ceremony in El Salvador

Published : 12:00 am  June 7, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  125 views  |  
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The Inauguration Ceremony of the newly elected President of El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Ceren took place at the International Fair & Convention Centre in San Salvador on 1 June, amid a large gathering of foreign dignitaries including heads of state and government, vice presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, special envoys and diplomats. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Cuba, Sarath Dissanayake who is concurrently accredited to El Salvador represented Sri Lanka on this occasion. At the ceremony, Vice President Sanchez who was elected President on 9 March was sworn in as the President of El Salvador by the President of the National Assembly, Sigfrido Reyes who administered the constitutional... 

Multi–stakeholder effort to promote Walla Patta cultivation in home gardens

Published : 12:00 am  June 7, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  286 views  |  

Sadaharitha Plantations Limited, the nation’s foremost commercial forestry plantations recently released a landmark study on the possibility of growing Walla Patta in home gardens. Initiated by Sadaharitha Plantations, the research was conducted in collaboration with the National Research Council and the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, to dispel the baseless beliefs that are prevalent in the media on Walla Patta. The study also focused on the rampant destruction of the Walla Patta plants causing untold harm and extinction of the plant. The Sri Lankan Government too has supported this research with financial assistance towards the project. The... 

University assistance via Divineguma to boost economic prowess of people: Basil

Published : 12:00 am  June 7, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  179 views  |  
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Tissue culture lab for Gampaha District flower growers Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa stated that action will be taken to open a tissue culture centre in Gampaha Botanical Gardens to produce ornamental flowers, with the assistance of the University of Kelaniya. This is yet another step of the program which envisages obtaining assistance from the universities through the Divi Neguma National Program in order to uplift the economic prowess of the people. The Minister added that programs initiated to develop the livestock resources sector with the assistance of the University of Sabaragamuwa and to develop the animal husbandry sector with the assistance of the North Western University... 

Rehabilitation of ex-LTTE cadres nearing completion

Published : 12:44 am  June 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  326 views  |  

According to the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR), there are 132 former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) currently undergoing rehabilitation. The Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Maj. Gen. Jagath Wijetilleke said that nearly 12,000 former LTTE cadres either surrendered or were taken into custody following the end of the war in 2009. The remaining 132 ex-LTTE combatants are currently undergoing the one-year rehabilitation program that is jointly conducted by the Sri Lanka Army and BCGR at the Poonthottam Rehabilitation Centre in Vavuniya. Maj. Gen. Wijetilleke said delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visit the... 

K.R. Ravindran first Lankan to be nominated as Rotary International President

Published : 12:44 am  June 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  540 views  |  

For the first time in the history of Rotary International, Sri Lanka’s K.R. Ravindran of the Rotary Club of Colombo was nominated as the Rotary International President at the Rotary International Convention held at the Sydney Olympic Park. The Rotary International Convention which was attended by 27,000 people from all over the world with 200 participants from Sri Lanka, was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Australia and Premier of New South Wales. Ambassador Bandula Jayasekara, Consul General of New South Wales and Queensland joined Ravi and his wife Vanathi to share the proud moment for Sri Lanka. Congratulations to Ravi and his wife Vanathi who will lead 1.2 million Rotarians from all... 

Sri Lanka, Algeria agree for regular political consultations

Published : 12:43 am  June 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  246 views  |  

Sri Lanka and Algeria, building on the close cooperation between the two countries in international fora, have agreed to hold political consultations on a regular basis, the External Affairs Ministry said. Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris and his Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra have signed a comprehensive agreement with regard to regular political consultations. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the recently held 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Algiers on 29 May. Algeria is Chair of the current Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement, while Sri Lanka is Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth and Chair of the Group... 

Sri Lanka backs Uganda’s candidate for UN top post

Published : 12:43 am  June 6, 2014  |  Category: MAIN IMAGE, News  |  1 Comment  |  592 views  |  
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Sri Lanka has confirmed that it will fully support Uganda’s candidate Sam Kutesa for the Presidency of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured Sri Lanka’s support for Uganda’s candidate when Uganda’s Minister of State for International Affairs Okello Oryem called on the President at Temple Trees earlier this week. Okello said Sri Lanka confirmed its full support for Kutesa, who is currently Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, for the UN top job. Kutesa’s election to preside the UN General Assembly from 11 June has come under severe criticism for his anti-gay stance and being a part of a cabinet that passed a brutal and widely... 

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