Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Sri Lanka expects pressure at UNHRC session, enlightens member states on post-conflict developments

Published : 12:00 am  January 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,084 views  |  

Anticipating a serious challenge from the international community at the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva, the Sri Lankan government has initiated a program to enlighten the member states on the measures taken for reconciliation and to address other critical issues. According to the External Affairs Ministry, a program has been implemented in collaboration with the Presidential secretariat to appraise the relevant countries on the Government’s progress in implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The Ministry Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama said that envoys have been sent to those countries to enlighten... 


Nimal Lanza appointed Gampaha SLFP organiser

Published : 12:00 am  January 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  439 views  |  

Western Provincial Council Minister Nimal Lanza was appointed as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) organiser for the Gampaha District on Saturday. President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the letter of appointment to Nimal Lanza at the Katunayake International Airport Saturday morning, prior to his departure to Middle East for a state visit.  Read More →


Sri Lanka to establish a training centre for Palestinian youth in Ramallah

Published : 12:00 am  January 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  620 views  |  

The Sri Lankan Government plans to establish a training center for the Palestinian youth in the State of Palestine. The center will be established in the Ramallah City in West Bank. The Palestinian Youth will be provided training in the areas such as tourism and hospitality, middle level healthcare (nursing) and similar vocations. Sri Lanka will administer the center for an initial period of five years from January 2014. The Cabinet has approved the proposal put forward by the Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris to establish the training centre.  Read More →


President Rajapaksa holds talks with King of Jordan

Published : 12:00 am  January 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  238 views  |  

Discuss defence, trade and economic ties President Mahinda Rajapaksa held talks with the King of Jordan King Abdulla II Ibn Al Hussein on Sunday afternoon at the Royal Hashemite Court in Amman. Following a warm welcome for President Rajapaksa, the two leaders held discussions on a number of topics relevant to both countries, including cooperation in defence-related activities and progress of the Joint Committee that was established after the signing of the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement in 2007. President Rajapaksa also requested King Abdulla to consider a duty concession for the tea that Jordan imports from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is currently the largest supplier of tea to Jordan.... 


IGP removes Payagala OIC

Published : 12:00 am  January 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  89 views  |  

Police Headquarters, on the instructions of the IGP, has removed the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Payagala police station with immediate effect. The police media unit said that the OIC was removed in relation to a bribe obtained by a sub inspector attached to the traffic division of the Payagala police. The sub inspector was arrested for obtaining a Rs. 10,000 bribe to release a three-wheeler involved in an accident. The IGP ordered the removal of the OIC of the Payagala police station on the basis that he had failed to carry out his administration duties as an OIC in relation to the bribery incident. (Colombo Gazette)  Read More →


TNA holds talks with CPI(M)

Published : 12:00 am  January 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  72 views  |  

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R Sampanthan has held discussions with India’s CPI(M) Tamil Nadu state unit leaders, The Hindu newspaper reported. The TNA leader discussed the “situation after elections to Northern provincial council in September” in Sri Lanka, problems faced by ethnic minorities and TNA’s stand on solutions to those problems, a CPI(M) statement said. Senior leaders of the state unit, including its Secretary G. Ramakrishnan, were present, it added. Sampanthan had earlier met state BJP leaders in October, urging India to press for the 13th Amendment to empower Tamils in the island nation.  Read More →


Presidential treat for Vasu’s birthday

Published : 12:03 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  338 views  |  
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National Language and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara’s birthday was celebrated yesterday on the sidelines of the New Year’s first Cabinet meeting, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself arranging a special cake and colleagues singing Happy Birthday – Pix by Sudath Silva      Read More →


Govt. systematically addressing youth issues: President

Published : 12:01 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  197 views  |  
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The Government is in the process of addressing problems faced by the youth systematically, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. He said the Government is in the process of removing ‘youth unrest’ from the lexicon as it succeeded in removing claymore attacks, border villages, underdeveloped villages and ceasefire agreement from the Sri Lankan lexicon, the President further said. The President said no government had a plan to address youth unrest which triggered youth resurrection in the country in the 1970s and 80s. He said more youth of today are fortunate to secure government employment due to the government’s policy. President Rajapaksa was speaking at the presentation of appointment letters... 


Indian PM pledges to continue taking up genuine issues of Tamils in Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  298 views  |  
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India has consistently made efforts to persuade the Sri Lankan Government to address “genuine” problems of Tamil population in Sri Lanka, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday and asked Tamilians from Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu to work together to resolve the fishermen issue. “It is not true that we are not concerned about the well being of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka. We have consistently made every effort to persuade the Government of Sri Lanka to address the genuine problems of the Tamil population. We continue to do so and will do in future as well,” Singh said while replying to a query at a press conference. Observing that the Government has raised the fishermen... 


Sri Lanka expects to be an Upper Middle Income country by 2016

Published : 12:00 am  January 4, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  577 views  |  

Sri Lanka expects to graduate to the “Upper Middle Income” category by 2016 and the Central Bank will fashion its macroeconomic policies accordingly to avoid the Middle Income Trap, the head of the country’s monetary authority said on Thursday. Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal explained that as some countries have stagnated at this middle income level, Sri Lanka’s medium term macroeconomic strategy will need to focus on avoiding this “Trap”. Presenting the Central Bank’s policy direction and work plan for the upcoming year “Road Map for Monetary and Financial Sector Policies for 2014 and Beyond” for the eighth consecutive year, Cabraal said Sri Lanka for the new year... 


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