Pakistan NDU delegation visits Jaffna

Published : 1:10 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  330 views  |  
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A military delegation from the National Defence University (NDU), Pakistan arrived in Jaffna on an official visit this week. Members of directive staff headed by Major General Noel Israel Khokhar and student officers comprised the delegation of 21 members. The visiting military officers, after being received in warm welcome ceremony at the Palaly Airport, were guided to the Headquarters Security Force Jaffna where they met Security Force Jaffna Commander Major General Udaya Perera. Later the team left for Jaffna town to see the places of cultural and historical importance.                      Read More →

Gampaha District Mahapola Higher Education Scholarships awarding ceremony

Published : 1:07 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  504 views  |  
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Presentation of Mahapola Higher Education Scholarships to students admitted to universities from the Gampaha District for academic year 2011/12 was held with the patronage of Pushpa Rajapaksa, Attorney-at-Law and the Chairperson of the Liya Abhiman Organization on 24 April at Rathnavali Balika College, Gampaha. A batch of 1,021 students received Mahapola scholarship awards at this ceremony. The ceremony was organised by the Gampaha District Secretariat and Mahapola Scholarship Trust Fund. Addressing the gathering, Deputy Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Hemal Gunasekara said that the Mahapola Higher Education Scholarships would be increased from Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 5,000 in the near... 

Man who threw kids into river, found dead

Published : 1:03 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  497 views  |  
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The man who threw his two children into the Nilwala River on Thursday, was found dead in the river yesterday, the police media unit said. The police said that the body of the man had been identified as the father of the two children who were thrown into the river before they were rescued by soldiers. After throwing his two children into the river from a bridge in front of the public, the man had fled. A group of soldiers who were in the area at the time rescued the two children. The police had later launched an operation to locate the father while the mother was arrested from her house.  Read More →

UN expresses concern over sexual violence in Sri Lanka

Published : 1:02 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  222 views  |  

NEW YORK: The United Nations has expressed concerns over sexual violence during and after the war in Sri Lanka and raised the need for the Sri Lankan Government to address the issue. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura told media in New York at the press briefing to launch UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s annual report on the sexual violence in conflict, that the UN is worried and concerned over the incidents of sexual violence in Sri Lanka. The senior UN official said she has had discussions with Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York Dr. Palitha Kohona on the issue. “We both have agreed that we need to sit back and put down in detail... 

Pakistan says Lanka key to SAARC

Published : 12:58 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  174 views  |  

Pakistan says Sri Lanka was an important member of SAARC and Pakistan wants to have strong and stable relations among SAARC countries. Sri Lankan High Commissioner Air Chief Marshall (Rtd.) Jayalath Weerakkody called on Lahore Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and matters of mutual interest and bilateral relations were discussed during the meeting, The Express Tribune reported. The Chief Minister said Pakistan and Sri Lanka had strong friendly relations. He said Pakistan attached a lot of importance to its relationship with Sri Lanka. He said that there was a need to strengthen economic ties between the two countries, and increase cooperation in health and education sectors. He said there should... 

Lawyers for Democracy condemn the harassment of Lakbima Editor

Published : 12:58 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  208 views  |  

Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) has condemned the harassment of the Editor of Lakbima Newspaper, Saman Wagaarachchi by calling him to appear before the CID for questioning for the mere reasons that the caption to a photograph published in the paper has caused embarrassment to a party. “While conceding that it may have coursed embarrassment, we are surprised that the Editor is called for questioning by the CID after the paper has voluntarily, the very next day, publicly apologised for any embarrassment caused to the person in question,” LfD said in a statement. “It is a revelation of the situation in the country today.  The Editor of a newspaper is called before the CID on a trivial matter... 

Attorney General’s Department sets up provincial units

Published : 12:58 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  156 views  |  

Attorney General’s Department has taken measures to strengthen its presence in the provinces as well as in the capital to ensure the progress in implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). Accordingly, the Department has restructured its supervision system, effective from 20 April 2014 to set up units in each of the nine provinces to ensure provincial supervision. According to the National Action Plan for monitoring the implementation of LLRC recommendations, the measure addresses the recommendation 9.212 of the LLRC Report, which instructs to “Set up units of the Attorney General’s Department in the provinces to guide and advise the police... 

Co-operation with Sri Lanka to prevent people smuggling is a success: Australia

Published : 12:58 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  287 views  |  

The Australian government says it is engaging proactively and positively with Sri Lanka to prevent the illegal migration of people through the sea route and the measures taken in cooperation with Sri Lanka are successful in reducing the number of people illegally entering its borders. In an interview with a radio program Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison said the Australian government is cooperating with Sri Lanka to ensure that the island nation has the necessary means to ensure the integrity of its borders, which ensure integrity of his country’s borders. He was responding to a media query about the patrol vessel gifted to Sri Lanka to assist the anti-people... 

President orders setting up special Police unit to deal with attacks on religious activities

Published : 2:31 am  April 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  355 views  |  
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the setting up of a special Police unit to deal with complaints on attacks on religious activities. “We cannot allow unlawful activities by any religious group and I have discussed this issue with the IGP and instructed him to set up a special unit to deal with such incidents,” President Mahinda Rajapaksa said during an interaction with Editors over breakfast at Temple Trees. The President said he had instructed the Inspector General of Police to set up a special Police unit to deal with complaints regarding religious activities. “There are many incidents of religious groups resorting to unlawful acts. We cannot allow anybody to break the law. When... 

Prof. Peiris briefs diplomats on Government action against terrorist funding

Published : 2:30 am  April 25, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  442 views  |  
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A comprehensive briefing was provided for Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Sri Lanka, at the Ministry of External Affairs, on Thursday, 24 April 2014 by Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris with the assistance of Major General K.H.G. Hendawitharana, representing the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. The principal purpose of the briefing was to give the diplomatic community authentic information regarding action taken by the Government against groups and individuals involved in terrorist funding and other activity connected with plans to revive terrorism.             The Minister said that the Government’s action in designating... 

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