It has been identified the necessity of amending National Environment Act to meet the current and future environmental issues such as water pollution by factories, Urban garbage issues, and the problems coursed by illegal constructions.
: A delegation led by the former Prime Minister of Japan Yukio Hatoyama arrived in Sri Lanka today for an official visit. The former Prime Minister and the delegation were warmly welcomed at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. Ministers Vajira Abeywardena, Harin Fernando and Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara were among those present to welcome the Japanese delegation.
A tearful farewell by the rehabilitated LTTE cadres awaited departing Commander of Civil Defence Force in Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Jaffna, Colonel Rathnapriya Bandu as he was being transferred out.It was not only the people of the area that felt his loss but the rehabilitated LTTE cadres there also were unable to control their emotions as he was leaving the Wishvamadu area on transfer.
Australia will provide renewed support for the humanitarian de-mining efforts in Sri Lanka committing $A700,000 in assistance over the next two years through a partnership with the Mine Action Group (MAG) and Sri Lankan organization, Devlon Assistance for Social Harmony (DASH), the Australian High Commission said on Friday in a statement.
“Reconciliation is a spiritual philosophy and, in a society, where spiritual values are not considered, it is challenging to achieve target sets in this regard. It is the responsibility of all to fulfil respective duty towards achieving this target. So, all must unite together to conquer the challenges against the peace and reconciliation”, Director General of Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) M.S Jayasingha said.
An officer who has a charge sheet against him would not be granted promotions, as this was the policy maintained by not only the Police Department, but in all state institutions, said Law and Order and State Administration Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara.
The attention of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is drawn to several articles in the media as well as social media quoting its Chairperson, Saliya Pieris as having told protesting families at Mulaithivu that the OMP can release the name list of the disappeared during the final stages of the war or those who surrendered to the security forces, if a written request is submitted. This is not accurate.
On a Cabinet decision, 'Health' will be made a compulsory subject for the GCE (O/L) examination from next year, Cabinet spokesman and Minister, Gayantha Karunatilaka said yesterday. Adderessing the weekly cabinet media briefing last Morning he said this decision was taken after considering the proposal submitted by the Committee of Experts on Educational Reforms and a proposal by Health Minister Rajitha Seneviratne.
Commissioners of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) held their third session with families of the disappeared in the war-affected district of Mullaitivu yesterday, as it sets about designing its operations and approach to tackling one of the biggest caseloads of enforced disappearances in the world.
The Right to Information Commission on yesterday said it was opposed to certain clauses in the proposed National Audit Bill, arguing it violated the spirit of the RTI Act.Their statement follows a similar challenge to the law by the advocacy group Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) in April, who alleged before the Supreme Court that some language in the Draft Bill attempts to skirt requirements of the country’s RTI law.
Draft laws “that (propose) to place selected state offices on an advantaged position as against others and enforce general prohibitions on citizens seeking information … raise legitimate concerns as to whether this will create exclusive domains of privileges for those offices,” the commissioners wrote.