Bench and Bar should stand together: BASL President

Published : 12:10 am  April 1, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  452 views  |  

The Bench and the Bar should stand together to protect rule of law and the independence of the Judiciary in these difficult times, says BASL President Upul Jayasuriya. We reproduce below his inauguration address, delivered on 30 March 2013Ven. Maha Sangha, Your Lordships, Judges of the Supreme Court, Hon. Attorney General, Your Lordship President of the Court of Appeal and Judges of the Court of Appeal, other Judges, Your Excellencies of Foreign Missions, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I would like on this important occasion to thank all of you for the overwhelming support I received at the last election of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.  Read More →

‘Long War, Cold Peace’: A book of excellence

Published : 4:06 am  March 29, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,026 views  |  

‘Long War, Cold Peace’ – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Vijitha Yapa Publishers By Capt. Elmo Jayawardena Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka has not stopped at merely hitting the nail on the head; he’s gone a lot deeper. The man has taken a Black and Decker and drilled the skull of the reader and carefully pushed in 498 pages of faction and action (shameful and laudable) that relate to our ‘Long War’ of almost three decades.  Read More →

Gratiaen Shortlist announced

Published : 4:05 am  March 29, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  522 views  |  

Celebrating 20 years of recognising and awarding the best work in English by resident Sri Lankan writers, the Gratiaen Prize opened the awards season with the announcement of its 2012 shortlist at Park Street Mews on Friday 22 March 2013.  Read More →

Entries for Voice Over Festival of Performing Arts now open

Published : 4:03 am  March 29, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,299 views  |  

The Voice Over Festival of Performing Arts is one of the most distinguished festivals in the field of performing arts in Sri Lanka. It is a member of the British Arts Festivals Association (BAFA). BAFA is UK’s longest established festival network covering the widest span of arts festivals. These include some of the large international cultural events such as the Edinburgh International Festival and the Brighton Festival through to small dynamic festivals such as the Winchester Hat and the Corsham Festival in Wiltshire. The festival is supported by the Trinity College, London Sri Lanka centre.   Read More →

Island Dairies receives ISO status

Published : 3:05 am  March 29, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  4 Comments  |  906 views  |  

Island Dairies set the benchmark for dairy quality in Sri Lanka when they scooped the coveted and prestigious ISO 22000:2005/HACCP accreditation in lieu of the company’s continued commitment to quality. The award was presented to Island Dairies in recognition for outstanding quality handling of their range of products.  Read More →

NZ All Blacks Captain highlights Fonterra’s commitment to national dairy industry

Published : 3:04 am  March 29, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,838 views  |  

Fonterra Ambassador and New Zealand All Black Rugby Captain Richie McCaw today joined 50 Sri Lankan dairy farmers at Fonterra’s milk processing site in Biyagama, getting an up-close look at Fonterra’s contribution to the national dairy industry in Sri Lanka. As Fonterra’s global ambassador, McCaw is visiting Sri Lanka to learn more about the business and today’s tour introduced him to a key focus area for Fonterra – national dairy development.     Read More →

Geocycle celebrates 10th anniversary with int’l conference on waste management

Published : 12:00 am  March 27, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,124 views  |  

By Shabiya Ali Ahlam Celebrating 10 years of involvement in the removal of waste while ensuring no environmental liability is left for the generations to come, Geocycle, the waste management arm of Holcim (Lanka) Ltd., hosted the first international conference on waste management in Colombo last week under the theme ‘Towards a Waste Free Sri Lanka’.  Read More →

Friday Forum on protecting inter-religious harmony and democratic freedoms

Published : 12:00 am  March 26, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,513 views  |  

The Friday Forum has, in several earlier statements, drawn attention to the breakdown of law and order witnessed in Sri Lanka in the recent past. We have pointed to the escalation of grave crimes committed even in public places.  Read More →

DMK first family stands divided on Lanka Tamil issue

Published : 12:00 am  March 26, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  436 views  |  

New Indian Express: On the morning of 19 March, the DMK headquarters witnessed celebrations usually reserved for big electoral victories. DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi had chosen to “honour” Tamil sentiments and pulled the plug on the UPA Government at the Centre over its unwillingness to take on Sri Lanka over alleged war crimes against Tamils.  Read More →

UN resolution and what is next for Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  March 26, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  1 Comment  |  650 views  |  

By the Asian Human Rights Commission Last week the United Nations Human Rights Council approved the resolution on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.  Read More →

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