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News: Malawi to Receive UK Aid in Tackling Modern Slavery - Commonwealth Countries Unite to End Child Labour and Trafficking
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Malawi will among Commonwealth countries that will receive Britain's support through a 5.5 million pound ($7.8 million) aid package to help eradicate human trafficking and child exploitation as more countries commit to take action to help victims and bring perpetrators to justice. This support, from the Department for International Development and the Home Office, will identify vulnerable people most at risk of child labour and strengthen law enforcement responses in a number of Commonwealth countries to crack down on this horrific crime.
Events: லண்டனில் தமிழர் திருமணங்கள் - புத்தக வெளியீடு
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Woddocote High School, Meadow Rise Coulsdon Croydon CR5 2EH
Events: தமிழீழ நாட்டுப்பற்றாளர் நினைவுநாள் – 2018 – மெல்பேர்ண்
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
St Jude Parish Hall, 49 George St, Scoresby, Vic 3179
Events: இன்னிசை மாலை
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Corelli College, Corelli Road, Blackheath london SE3 8EP
News: Govt. to deploy Navy to protect tourists if necessary – John Narcotics blamed for violence in tourist hot spots
Posted Date: 20/04/2018 (Friday)
Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga yesterday blamed the increasing use of synthetic drugs in tourist hot spots in Sri Lanka for violent incidents. Addressing the media at Samudra Hotel in Colombo, Minister Amaratunga said dangerous drugs such as hashish and synthetic drugs such as ‘Ecstasy,’ ‘Crystal Meth,’ ‘Ice,’ ‘Ketamine’ and ‘LSD’ were now available in tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. About eleven foreigners had been arrested with narcotics in their possession and 18 cases were pending against Sri Lankans in High Courts in the coastal areas, police said.
News: Aid, influence and ‘strategic anxiety’ in the Pacific
Posted Date: 20/04/2018 (Friday)
In February 2018, New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced his new government’s commitment to revitalising relations with the Pacific. He argued that a renewed foreign policy focus on the Pacific is necessary because the region has ‘become an increasingly contested strategic space’ and an area of ‘strategic anxiety’ for Australia and New Zealand. This claim echoes recent comments from Australian journalists and think-tank contributors. The Pacific is certainly attracting the interest of a number of external states. But few of them
Photos: “CHARGE GOTA!” Says Nambuwasam CoI On Welikada Massacre
Posted Date: 20/04/2018 (Friday)
Events: Book Launch: War, Denial and Nation-Building in Sri-Lanka by Dr Rachel Seoighe
Posted Date: 20/04/2018 (Friday)
The College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT.
News: TUs to hold joint May Day rally on May 1: JTU
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Trade unions will hold thei joint May Day rally as usual on May 1, the Joint Trade Union (JTU) said condemning the government’s decision to reschedule the rally to May 7. In a statement, JTU Joint Secretary Anton Marcus said the government had not even discussed postponing the May Day with the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) prior to arriving at the decision. “It was back in 1956 that the May Day was declared a public, bank and mercantile holiday. After 62 years, the Yahapalana Government issued a gazette notification declaring this day as
News: Minister Announces crackdown on tuition Teachers who hassle pupils Warned
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam yesterday (18), urged the public to call the Ministry hotline 1988 if there are complaints regarding incidents in which schoolteachers are found harassing students who do not attend tuition classes conducted by them. During a meeting with Education Officials, the Minister gave instructions to take strict disciplinary actions against such teachers who force students to attend tuition classes conducted by them directly or indirectly. Kariyawasam gave these instructions following complaints he received from parents that
News: President thanks Lord Naseby for constant support
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Lord Baron Naseby, a member of the British House of Lords, met with President Maithripala Sirisena in London, yesterday (18). Lord Baron Naseby appreciating the development programme conducted by Sri Lanka ensured to provide fullest assistance as a true ally of Sri Lanka. Thus the Baron, who appreciated the programme of reconciliation said that the duty done by Sri Lanka in the post war era is in quite a good standard compared to other countries.
News: Time ripe for growth in Iran-Sri Lanka ties: Larijani
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Ali Larijani, the Iranian Parliament Speaker, told the media, on Wednesday upon arriving in Sri Lanka, that Iran and Sri Lanka should increase their trade interactions and develop political and trade ties. “Iran has always have had good relations with Sri Lank in areas of trade and politics, although with tides and ebbs but it has always been in place,” said the Speaker of Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani on Wednesday upon arriving in Sri Lanka while addressing the news reporters and journalists. Mr. Larijani along with a 36-strong delegation arrived in Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo on Wednesday at 7.10 pm local time and was officially welcomed at the Bandaranaike
News: 'Political instability is advantageous to JO'
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
United Peoples Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Keheliya Rambukwella says the prevailing political instability is advantageous to the Joint Opposition. Speaking to media in Kandy the MP said more MP’s are expected to cross over to the opposition. The MP stated that today 16 SLFP members crossed over and another 10 are to cross over as well.
News: Efforts to tackle Commonwealth trafficking gets UK aid boost
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Commonwealth countries are to increase efforts to stamp out human trafficking and child exploitation. The UK has committed a further £5.5m of aid towards these goals to coincide with this week’s Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London. Under the ‘call to action to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking’, United National specialists determine where child labour is taking place, and so where work should be directed to stop this including by taking action against businesses and supply chains.
News: Inside China's US$1 billion port in Sri Lanka where ships don't want to stop
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Each year roughly 60,000 ships vital to the global economy sail through the Indian Ocean past a Chinese-operated port on the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Almost none of them stop to unload cargo. The eight-year-old Hambantota port - with almost no container traffic and trampled fences that elephants traverse with ease - has become a prime example of what can go wrong for countries involved in President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road trade and infrastructure initiative. Sri Lanka borrowed heavily to build the port, couldn't repay the loans, and then gave China a 99-year lease for debt relief.
Events: கண்டனப் பேரணி
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Malborough House, Pall Mall London SW1Y 5HX
News: Maithri and Mahinda will get together - Dayasiri
Posted Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Former Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekera says if the Government of Good Governance continues to work like this it will not be able to stop Mahinda Rajapaksa from coming to power again. Excerpts of the interview: It is said that the defeat of the no-confidence motion brought against the Prime Minister ruined the Joint Opposition as well as the SLFP faction?
News: U.S. places conditions on aid to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
The United States government’s bilateral economic assistance to Sri Lanka is conditional on certain transitional justice mechanisms being established, according to the U.S. spending bill passed last month. In an explanatory statement attached to the spending bill, Congress said that the USD 35 million would be allocated to Sri Lanka “provided, that such funds shall be made available for programmes to assist in the identification and resolution of cases of missing persons.” The bill says that the money will only be made available to the government of Sri Lanka if the U.S. Secretary of State certifies that it is following certain transitional justice mechanisms.
News: Will announce future steps when President returns- PM
Posted Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the governments future steps will be announced once President Maithripala Sirisena returns to the country from the UK. The Prime Minister said the Mahanayaka Thera were informed of the future plans today. The Premier stated during the last year the government faced several crises, including natural disasters. Premier Wickremesinghe expressed his views after calling on the Chief Prelates and paying homage at the Temple of the Tooth Relic this morning.
News: A ‘No-Confidence Motion’, Or What It Means To Have ‘No Faith’
Posted Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Hot on the heels of the ‘no-confidence’, or ‘no-faith’ motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month, the ‘Joint Opposition’ (JO), the largest opposition group in Parliament, is in talks to bring a no-confidence motion against Opposition leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, on charges he sided with the government during the no-confidence motion brought against the Prime Minister. The JO is of the opinion that as the leader of the Opposition in the government, Sampanthan is duty bound to vote against the government. A final decision on if it would bring a no-confidence motion would be made after Parliament reconvenes on May 8, having been prorogued by the President on April 13. Meanwhile, Sampanthan made it clear in Trincomalee this week, he was prepared to face any no-confidence motion.

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