Our government is responsible and respects the worker for fighting for his demands, but our commitment to the tenets of democracy and human rights should not be perceived as weakness Prime Minister's Chief of Staff and Minister of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka says.
Sri Lanka Army's annual international defence conference, the 'Colombo Defence Seminar 2018' is to be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) at the end of this month. This was revealed at a press briefing held to announce of the event at the Hotel Galadari in Colombo, today (07). The two-day conclave is to be held under the theme, 'Security in an Era of Global Disruptions' on the 30th and 31st (August).
Four railway workers have been interdicted in connection with Monday evening’s train accident at Panaliya, near Polgahawela. Over 30 passengers were injured after two trains collided at Panaliya. Transport Ministry spokesman said the driver, assistant driver, the chief guard and the assistant guard were interdicted pending an inquiry. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva had directed to appoint a special three-member committee to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the accident.
A special Unit has been established to submit any firm information with the evidence regarding the fraud, corruption and malpractices relating to construction works of the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Development Project, stated the President’s Media Division.
A special committee has been appointed to look into the train accident in Panaliya, Polgahawela, Sri Lanka Railways Additional General Manager (Operations) Wijaya Samarasinghe said.The official said a three-member committee has been appointed by the General Manager of the Railways S.M. Abeywickrama to conduct the preliminary investigations into the accident.
In a landmark event, the Inspector General for Police (IGP) and the Secretary General of SCRM and signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to allocate 52mln worth of funds to implement and run the project named 'Refocusing of Community Policing Committees to promote National Unity and Reconciliation Dialogue', aiming to create an excellent platform through Community Policing Committees (CPC) to communicate and receive information about the reconciliation agenda of the government and to start grassroots national unity, co-existence and reconciliation dialogues to ensure the communal and religious harmony.
The 6th South Asia’s Regional Civil Affairs Seminar – 2018 (SARCAS), aimed at bringing all military officers that specialize in civil-military operations, humanitarian assistance professionals and disaster response practitioners in the Asian region under one roof, began its Colombo sessions on Monday (6) at Hotel Movenpick, Colombo 3 under the main theme ‘Disaster Recovery & Planning’.
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army at the invitation of the Office of Defence Cooperation in the Embassy of the USA and the Ministry of Defence delivered the opening remarks to the 5-day sessions, co-hosted by the Special Operation Command Pacific (SOCPAC).Lieutenant General Senanayake in his opening remarks pointed out that 40% of disasters in the world take place in the disaster-prone Asia-Pacific region, necessitating all partners to devise a collective mechanism to face these disasters.
“Each year thousands are affected by disasters and millions are uprooted in the region and we need a closer collective partnership. Disaster spectrum can be conceptualized into preparation, responses, recovery and mitigation. Each phase has different degree of involvement which is very much of civil-military liaison which should be effective. We need to focus on growing complexities of disasters, management of relief and recovery operations and enhancing associated preparedness and recovery. These deliberations are therefore a good basis to broaden understanding in the region and sharing civil-military knowledge,” the Commander said.
SARCAS in Colombo is being attended by representative practitioners from Bangladesh, Vietnam, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Maldives, Cambodia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and the US and focuses on ‘Preparation and Mitigation of Disasters’, ‘Immediate Responses’, ‘Preventing Humanitarian Crisis’, ‘Long-Term Recovery & Development’ and ‘Looking to the Future’, followed by different sub themes of related spheres.
Arrangements to this effect have been made jointly by the Army Directorate of Psychological Operations, commanded by Brigadier Athula Hennadige and the US Embassy of Sri Lanka with the participation of a few more than 30 tri-service representatives of above-mentioned countries.
Chargé d Affaires of the US Embassy, Robert Hilton graced the inaugural occasion as one of the distinguished guests, together with the Commander of the Army, Director General General Staff, Major General Dananjith Karunaratne, Director General Training, Major General Aruna Wanniarachchi and a few Senior Officers.The interactive sessions throughout the Seminar would break into small groups on all five days to produce their own outcome and presentations, borne out of interactive exchange of views.
President Maithripala Sirisena says even though the Sunday newspapers published that the decision was made to increase the salaries of the Ministers and MPs by the consent of all the party leaders, it should be submitted to the cabinet and that he would never allow it to be approved.
The visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland assured Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance Mr Sampanthan that Commonwealth will continue to support the ongoing new Constitution making processes. The Secretary-General who met Opposition Leader at Parliament yesterday, appreciated Mr Sampanthan for his moderation and for being an ambassador for peace.
Several spells of light showers will occur in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces. Light showers may occur in Western province and in Galle and Matara districts. Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in Uva province and in Ampara and Batticaloa districts after 2.00 p.m. Fairly strong gusty winds up to 40-50 kmph can be expected in Hambantota and Badulla districts. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.
WEATHER FORECAST FOR NEXT 36 HOURS
Several spells of showers will occur in Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and North western provinces.Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in Uva and Eastern provinces and Mullaitivu district after 2.00 p.m. Fairly strong gusty winds up to 40-50 kmph can be expected in Hambantota and Matale districts. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity. Fairly strong gusty winds up to 40-50 kmph can be expected in Hambantota and Matale districts. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.
Weather Forecast for Main Cities Date : 4-Aug-2018
City Temperature (0C) Relative Humidity (%) Weather
Max Min Max Min
Anuradhapura 33 25 90 55 Mainly fair
Batticaloa 33 26 85 55 Showers or thundershowers are likely after 2.00p.m
Colombo 30 26 90 75 Several spells of light showers
Galle 30 26 90 80 Several spells of light showers
Jaffna 32 27 90 65 Mainly fair
Kandy 29 21 95 70 Several spells of light showers
Nuwara-Eliya 19 14 95 80 Several spells of light showers