Major General Niyshshanka Ranawana, Commander Security Forces – Kilinochchi on last Wednesday, visited the housing project under construction by Army troops with the patronage of the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) at Thunukkai, Alankulum.
The Environmental Foundation ( EFL) says it believes that, a combination of the existing bans whilst imposing new levies will work successfully to reduce plastic consumption and help manage our waste crisis.
A Fast Attack Craft attached to the Southern Naval Command carried out a naval operation to rescue a fishing trawler in trouble in the sea area off Galle yesterday (12th September).A merchant vessel had informed the Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centre (MRCC) about a capsized fishing vessel in the sea area about 30 nautical miles off the Galle Lighthouse. On receipt of this distress call, the Navy rushed a Fast Attack Craft along with a team of Navy divers to the sea area where the incident was reported.
Naval personnel attached to the Fast Attack Craft belonging to the Western Naval Command, during their patrol to curb transnational crime in the territorial waters of the island, apprehended 90 suspects onboard suspicious trawler plying in the Western seas of Sri Lanka yesterday ( 11th Sep).
The attention of the Department of Government Information has been drawn to certain media reports that refer to public statements alleging that political authorities of the Northern Provincial Council have settled 250 Indian families in a village (in Nedunkerni) of that Province.
Sri Lanka Navy apprehended 31 persons engaged in illegal fishing at several locations in the island during the past few days and the suspects were handed over to the respective Directorates of Fisheries. Naval personnel onboard a craft on patrol, attached to SBS in the Eastern Naval Command apprehended 15 persons who were engaging in illegal fishing with banned nets in the Eastern seas, on 3rd Sep. There, 2 banned nets, 2 dinghies and 533 Kg of fish catch were taken into naval custody and they were handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries-Trincomalee for onward legal action
The Sri Lanka Army strongly condems critisisms, attributing to the government, Ministry of Defence and the command of the Army, which are intended to serve own personal and political agendas, and appeals intelligent people of this country, regardless of rhetorics of such opportunists, to repose the confidence in the Army which has defended our country in the past, and is commited to do so in future, too as a professional outfit, taking all measures to prevent any resurgence of warfare.1
'SLINEX-2018', the joint naval exercise of the Sri Lankan and Indian Navies began in Trincomalee, on Friday (07 September). According to Navy media, the seven day Exercise is scheduled to be held off the coast of Trincomalee in the Eastern region till Thursday (13).
The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has recommended amending the Enforced Disappearances Act to expressly recognize the full scope of command responsibility, including the ordering of enforced disappearances.
The OMP, in its first interim report submitted to the President on Thursday, has also recommended the Government to publish a full list of all detention centres as well as detainees, and ensure that persons are not detained in any unauthorised detention centre.
The OMP in its report has also undertaken the task of creating a list of the missing and the disappeared. “At present there is no single accepted statistic for the total number of the missing and the disappeared in Sri Lanka. The Office thus will take on the critical role of compiling these records and developing a centralized list for its work and the interventions of other agencies and institutions,” it added.
It recommends investigating all incidents of arbitrary arrest, torture and deaths in custody.The OMP proposes the implementation of a financial aid programme to provide a monthly living allowance of Rs. 6,000 to the surviving spouse, children and/or surviving parents of a missing or disappeared person, who have no permanent income.
“The current socio-economic situation of many families of the missing and the disappeared is dire and cannot wait until a final reparation scheme is devised,” the report observed. As interim relief measures, the OMP proposes a debt-relief programme, Housing development programme, Educational support programme and Vocational training and livelihood development programmes to the family members of the missing/disappeared. It proposes to introduce an employment quota of 1 percent to family members of the missing/disappeared when vacancies in the public and semi-governmental sectors are filled.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Sri Lanka as a Rubella-free-country, the Health Ministry said.Health Ministry's Media Secretary Nipun Ekanayake said the WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Poonam Khetrapal Singh awarded the certificate declaring Sri Lanka as a Rubella-free-country to Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne at the WHO South-East Asia Regional Conference in New Delhi, India Wednesday.