Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera delivered an address on the theme “Sri Lanka after the Presidential Election,” outlining the priorities of the government at the prestigious Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in Washington DC on 11th February 2015 to a full house.
Vijaya Kumaranatunga was brutally assassinated on the 16th Feb 1988. This year marks the 27th death anniversary of Vijaya who was the founder of Sri Lanaka Mahajana Party (SLMP) which used to be the third largest party at a point in Sri Lanka’s political history. Vijaya and the founding members of Sri Lanka Mahajana Party Ven. Podaramulle Thero, T.B Illangarathna, Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga with many other created this party as an alternative to UNP and SLFP. Unfortunately, the SLMP almost died down as it lost many members, totally about 117 who were assassinated during the 88 insurrection. Vijaya was the first to be killed from SLMP. I pen down an appreciation in honour of the close friendship my father Ossie Abeyagoonasekera shared with him. Vijaya was commemorated by my father until his death in 1994.
In announcing at Polonnaruwa earlier this week that in the planned constitutional changes, the term of the Executive Presidency would be reduced to five years, instead of the current six years, President Maithripala Sirisena has underlined the necessity to curtail the scope and powers of the Executive Presidency as it prevails today.
In keeping with the trust placed in this government by the people in the recent election, which paved the way for a historic change in the country, all ministers, of whatever rank, should set the best example to the public in every aspect of their conduct and behavior.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Wednesday (14) morning on Galle Face Green, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, during which he canonized Saint Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) – an Oratorian priest and “Apostle to Sri Lanka” who preached the Gospel there during the time of Dutch Calvinist dominion over much of the island.
1.The salaries of public servants will be raised by Rs 10,000 a month. Immediate relief will be provided by a payment of Rs 5,000 in February. A consolidated salary scheme will be put in place then, to cover all arrears
When Maj Gen G.A. Chandrasiri was given the command of Jaffna in 2005 the North was in a terrible state. According to a biographical sketch on him available on the net, “there were landmines, strikes and hartals. The universities were closed. The LTTE had stopped children from attending school. The civil administration had come to a standstill. Government servants reported to work only to sign-in and go home. Maj. Gen Chandrasiri has to put everything in order, get things moving while at the same time ensuring security and attending to the prerogatives pertaining to dealing with the LTTE, especially after November 2005.