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News: Extraordinary gesture of friendship from President Moon
Posted Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena received an unexpected warm welcome from Korean President Moon Jae-In today (Nov 28), a day ahead of the scheduled official meeting. President Sirisena, who arrived in Seoul this morning visited the famous Buddhist place of worship, Jogyesa Temple and was surprised to find President Moon waiting to receive him together with the Most Venerable Seol Jeong, head of the Jogye Order, the most prominent Buddhist sect in Korea.
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News: Interview: Sri Lanka has potential to be regional hub with more FDIs, says ADB VP
Posted Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka has the potential to grow into a regional hub with more Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) from other countries including China, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice President Zhang Wencai told Xinhua in a recent interview. Zhang said Sri Lanka\'s present economic growth was between 4.5 to 5 percent, but the island country had the potential to grow faster with more private sector investments.
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News: Indo-Lanka FTA is Sri Lanka's most significant bond with India.
Posted Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed in 1998 paving way for the two countries to strengthen their trade relations is Sri Lanka's most significant bond with India, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said. Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement was the most significant Indo-Sri Lanka partnership we have realized on the commercial front Minister Bathiudeen said addressing the inaugural
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News: Local government polls in January as agreed - PM
Posted Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the government expects to hold the Local government polls in January as agreed before and after that the postponed Provincial Council elections in March next year. The Prime Minister has made these comments when he attended the Committee meeting on Parliamentary Business (Party Leaders' meeting) chaired by the Speaker of Parliament. The meeting was held as a special emergency meeting to pay attention to the injunction order issued against holding the next local government elections.
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News: Reconciliation results framework to track reconciliation efforts
Posted Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation in collaboration with Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA) has organized a national workshop to develop a reconciliation results framework and scorecard which was a felt requirement for national integration and reconciliation. The purpose of the national workshop is to develop a reconciliation results framework with key performance indicators to track the progress on reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka.
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News: Gota files writ petition in court against moves to arrest him
Posted Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal against moves to arrest him. Rajapaksa was expected to be arrested earlier over the alleged misappropriation of over Rs. 90 million of Government funds for the construction of a memorial for his parents when he was the Defence Secretary.
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Photos: Govt’s biggest political threat is Gotabaya – Gammanpila
Posted Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
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Videos: Hon. Sumanthiran's Speech in Matara
Posted Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
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News: Resistance and resilience
Posted Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
Today on Maaveerar Naal Tamils around the world gather in memory of those who died fighting Sri Lankan state oppression. Emboldened by the thousands that gathered at destroyed LTTE resting homes (Thuyilum Illams) last year, preparations this year have been on the largest scale since the end of the armed conflict. Tamils across the North-East have braved intimidation from the military and intelligence personnel to clear and decorate Thuyilum Illams. This November has like those past seen a deliberate campaign of fear-mongering by
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News: Tamils mark Maaveerar Naal 2017 worldwide
Posted Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
Hundreds of thousands of Tamils across the world on November 27 and preceding days held events to mark Tamil National Remembrance Day or Maaveerar Naal. Maaveerar Naal, which remembers those who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil struggle for freedom, is marked on November 27 yearly, in memory of the first death of a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadre in fighting - Lt. Shankar died in combat on November 27, 1982.
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News: Sri Lanka arrests 22 trying to go to Australia by boat
Posted Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
Sri Lankan police said Monday that they have arrested 22 people who were attempting to migrate illegally to Australia by boat. The suspects were arrested on a tip Sunday in the coastal town of Puttalam, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the capital, Colombo, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara's office said. They were to appear in court on Monday. Sri Lankan and Australian authorities are cooperating to combat human smuggling. No Sri Lankan asylum seekers have reached Australia by boat since 2013.
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News: British MPs bat for those remembering dead Tigers
Posted Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
The British All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils called on Sri Lanka’s government to allow Tamils to freely remember their war-dead in the North-East. During the war, the LTTE held week-long celebrations in the last week of November with Prabhakaran making his policy statement. Condemning the destruction of cemeteries in the North-East, the cross-party group of British
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News: When the State Fails...
Posted Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
When the State fails, everything else tends to fail as well. This is what we observe around us today. Parliament does not enact urgent legislation in a timely fashion. The Government does not come up with comprehensive public policies in critically important areas. State institutions do not function effectively due to a whole host of reasons. The result is public disillusionment leading to many adverse consequences.
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News: Polls and arrests
Posted Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
An electoral contest is the last thing the present government wants. If the National Election Commission (NEC) makes good on its promise to hold elections at least to some of the local councils which have been in the bardo for more than two years, the government will go to any extent to weaken the Joint Opposition (JO); it may even resort to mass arrests in a bid to cover up its failure to substantiate damning allegations they have been levelling against their opponents.
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News: PM warns UNP Parliamentarians Refrain from indulging in political expediencies
Posted Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned the UNP Parliamentary Group to refrain from criticizing President Maithripala Sirisena. The UNP Parliamentarians were specifically informed not make any statement in public which would harm the consensus of the unity government. Addressing the UNP Parliamentary Group at the Parliamentary complex, the Premier made a
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Events: VCS Conference
Posted Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
Hillcroft College 11 South Bank Surbiton KT6 6DF
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Events: தமிழீழ விடுதலைக்காக இறுதிவரை போராடி வீரச்சாவடைந்த மாவீரர்களை நினைவுகொள்ளும் தேசிய நினைவெழுச்சிநாள் - Martyrs Day 2017
Posted Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
Springvale City Hall, 397 Springvale Road, Springvale VIC 3171 Australia
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Events: VCS Conference - November 2017
Posted Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
Hillcroft College, Surbiton
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News: Government notes China is a dependable friend
Posted Date: 26/11/2017 (Sunday)
The Government has noted that China is a dependable friend and has been there during good times and bad. State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake noted that Sri Lanka’s relations with China grew stronger during former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s tenure and when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in office. He said China helped defeat terrorism in Sri Lanka both economically and in the form of military assistance and by crucial support at international fora.
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News: Government’s Balance Sheet
Posted Date: 26/11/2017 (Sunday)
A balance sheet of any organisation such as a firm or even a family shows either income and expenditure, or receipts and payments, or credits and debits, or assets and liabilities. The balance sheet projects the financial position and financial progress. If the balance sheet does not look healthy, then there should be changes and reforms, which are painful sometimes. The government also has a balance sheet, which is presented annually to the Parliament and to the people of the country – that is the government’s budget. There is, however, a problem
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