The Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe paid an Official Visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from 7 to 8 September 2014, on the invitation extended by the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his Official Working Visit to Japan in March 2013. This is the first visit to Sri Lanka by a Prime Minister of Japan in 24 years since 1990.
BRINGING NEW STRENGTH TO JAPAN - SRI LANKA RELATIONS
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake
The arrival of Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe on an official visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow will mark the further strengthening of relations between the two countries, and a new phase in the long standing association of friendship. The visit follows the invitation extended to Prime Minister Abe by President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he visited Japan last year to mark the 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“While we have defeated the LTTE in Sri Lanka, the organization, its ideology and its operations are very much alive in a number of western countries. Immediately, this remains a challenge to speeding up the pace of reconciliation in Sri Lanka, and eventually, a potent danger to Sri Lanka as a rising nation,” so observed Mr Ravinath Aryasinha, Ambassador / Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva, Consul General of Sri Lanka to Switzerland, Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the Holy See, in his opening remarks to the Session Three on Day 2 (Aug 19) of the Army organized ‘Defence Seminar 2014’ as the Chairperson.
(By Dharman Wickremaratne) - The lives of the rural population is changing rapidly. It is one of the results of the State’s administrative machinery reaching to people through the rural community mobile services. Mobile service officers have been going from village to village and house to house looking into issues affecting the villagers and find quick solutions to the problems.
(By Michael D. Mosettig) - In a satellite photo of the Indian Ocean, the nation of Sri Lanka looks like a mere dot southeast of India. But to the extent that geography can be destiny, this nation of 21 million has a key position in international politics. More than two-thirds of the world’s petroleum pass through these waters, as does an increasing share of the Western world’s trade with a dynamic Asia.
The World Justice Project (WJP), based in Washington DC, in its 2014 Rule of Law Index has ranked Sri Lanka 48th among 99 countries assessed by the Project. The WJP Rule of Law Index is an assessment tool that offers a comprehensive picture of adherence to the rule of law, using experts and general populations of countries to assess issues of government accountability, fundamental rights, openness of government and access to justice.
( By Shenali D Waduge) - The topic was 'India under Modi: Relevance for the Region and the World', organized by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies and held at the BMICH moderated by former foreign secretary HMGS Palihakkara. Introducing the panelists was Mr. Sunimal Fernando, Advisor to H.E. the President of Sri Lanka and Chairman/Board of Studies of the BCIS. Prof. Madhav Das Nalapath of Manipal University, Dr. Suresh Prabhu was a former Union Minister under the Vajpayee Government and a member of the Shiv Sena, Dr. Swapan Dasgupta was introduced as a senior journalist and political commentator, Dr. Seshadri Chari was from the RSS and National Convenor of the Foreign Policy cell of the BJP. Dr. Subramaniam Swamy (Former Union Cabinet Minister & Chairman of BJP Committee for Strategic Action) did not require any introduction and Mr. Sunimal Fernando summed up his popularity by saying that if Dr. Swamy was to contest an election in Sri Lanka he would win with a resounding victory.