IMF Executive Director, President discuss Sri Lanka’s role in Asian region

Published : 12:55 am  July 31, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  289 views  |  

The Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) representing Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan, Dr. Rakesh Mohan called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday at Temple Trees. Commenting on the Government’s initiatives toward rapid infrastructure development, Dr. Mohan said that it was a very wise decision to put in place development plans that focus on the medium and long term and not just the short term. Dr. Mohan said he was “delighted” to see that because it is very seldom that countries implement such long-term strategies. President Rajapaksa said that the long-term, sustainable development of the country was always his priority when devising development initiatives... 


US report links BBS to Government, anti-Muslim wave

Published : 12:13 am  July 30, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  964 views  |  
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Sri Lanka and Bodu Bala Sena feature in report’s Executive Summary Section on Lanka highlights attacks on churches Laws in place but local authorities failing to respond to communal violence: report “Security forces stood by” while churches and mosques attacked: report Religious freedom an integral part of US global diplomatic engagement: John Kerry By Dharisha Bastians The Bodu Bala Sena is behind a growing wave of anti-Muslim activities carried out by violent Buddhist groups, with local media and civil society noting strong linkages between the hardline group and the Sri Lankan Government, according to the latest US Government report on religious freedom across the world. US Secretary... 


International media groups condemn death threats against FMM Convenor

Published : 12:11 am  July 30, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  788 views  |  

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) have strongly condemned the death threats issued to Sunil Jayasekara, the Convener of Free Media Movement (FMM) in the recent past. The IFJ has also questioned the role of Government agencies in sabotaging a media workshop in Colombo during the weekend and called on the Sri Lankan Government to probe these serious threats against Jayasekera as an utmost priority or risk further regional and international condemnation on its human rights record. “Jayasekara has received continuous death threats from anonymous numbers since the FMM hosted a media conference to condemn the role of Government agencies... 


North Central Province gets Rs. 5.8 b for development

Published : 12:10 am  July 30, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  305 views  |  
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The Economic Development Ministry has allocated Rs. 5,791 million for developing the North Central Province, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Districts under the House-to-House, Village-to-Village National Economic Development Plan. The North Central Province program will cover 997 Grama Seva Divisions in 30 Divisional Secretariat areas of the 10 Electorates of the districts.  The beneficiaries will be 1,337,141 persons of 348,926 families of the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Districts. According to Anuradhapura Government Agent Mahinda Seneviratne and Polonnaruwa Government Agent Nimal Abeysiri, 2,788 villages will benefit from this program which is being launched under the direction of Economic... 


Nihal Sri at discussions in China on Rule of Law and Combating Fraud and Corruption

Published : 12:08 am  July 30, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  578 views  |  
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The International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), which is sponsored by China, and supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), had held intensive interactive brainstorming deliberations, among about 60 high profile specialists involved in investigation and prosecution of fraud and corruption. They had been selected from about 25 countries spread out globally. Nihal Sri Ameresekere of Sri Lanka, a Professional Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association, was one of the resource persons selected. President of IAACA and Prosecutor General of China, Prof. Cao Jianming had chaired these discussions.   The... 


JVP Leader leaves hospital, driver arrested for recklessness

Published : 12:07 am  July 30, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  589 views  |  

JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake was discharged from the Colombo National Hospital yesterday but his driver was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, Police said. The JVP Leader was transferred to the Colombo National Hospital after he sustained a minor injury when his vehicle collided with a truck in Kiriella in the Ratnapura District on Monday morning. Dissanayake was to attend several public meetings in the area on Monday. Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said the JVP Leader’s driver had been arrested yesterday and charged with reckless driving.  Read More →


US silence on Israel

Published : 12:07 am  July 30, 2014  |  Category: News  |  2 Comments  |  249 views  |  

Israel is pummelling and smashing the Gaza under the eyes of the world.  But, the US which has been so concerned about the final stages of the war on terror in Sri Lanka, is maintaining a deadly silence.  In fact, some of the US leaders are endorsing the Israel stand.  Whom is the US trying to fool? Mahinda Senanayaka Colombo  Read More →


National Chamber CEO Forum on ‘Changing Skyline of Colombo’

Published : 12:04 am  July 30, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  234 views  |  

The National Chamber will conduct a CEO Forum on the theme ‘Changing Skyline of Colombo -   Opportunities for the Private Sector’ on Thursday 7 August from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  at the National Chamber Auditorium, 450 D.R. Wijewardene Mw, Colombo 10. The special Guest will be. Nimal Perera, Chairman, Urban Development Authority and assisted by Nihal Fernando, Deputy Director General (Projects) & the Technical Team of Urban Development Authority. Phenomenal changes are taking place in the  infrastructure of Colombo, such as the new look on the  Dutch Hospital, extensive and innovative changes to the Race Course, and the latest addition – Arcade Independence Square are some... 


Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrive in Australia after weeks held at sea

Published : 12:22 am  July 29, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  275 views  |  

Reuters: A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were held at sea by Australian authorities for almost a month, sparking a legal challenge against their detention, have arrived at a detention camp on mainland Australia, government officials said on Monday. Indian consular officials are due to begin interviewing members of the group, whose boat was intercepted by the Australian navy several weeks ago after setting sail from India. The group was taken to the remote Curtin Detention Centre in outback Western Australia on Sunday and Monday. The interception and detention of the group has thrown a spotlight on Australia’s controversial and secretive policies dealing with asylum seekers, under... 


Voting MR regime out of power: UNP wants people to start from Uva

Published : 12:21 am  July 29, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  293 views  |  
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Lankan Neros fiddling while country burns says Karu J The main Opposition party UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday that the President Mahinda Rajapaksa regime should be voted out of office and urged the people to start the process from Uva. Following is the full text of Jayasuriya’s statement. “Yet another election is looming ahead. The Uva Provincial Council has been dissolved and nominations for the forthcoming elections have been announced. Twenty years’ scourge needs to be eradicated and it should be done now, not next year or year after, let’s show that the people of this country are sick and tired of this corrupt and incompetent familiocracy, that we... 


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