The Kilinochchi District Conference under the ‘Child Protection’ national programme will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Kilinochchi Madya Maha Vidyalaya playground at 10 am today (June 18). The programme is aimed at building a more conducive environment for the physical and mental development of children, who form the lifeblood of the nation.
Major General Mark W. Gillette, Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy of the U.S Indo-Pacific Command paid a courtesy call with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne on Thursday (14th June) at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff (OCDS) at BMICH.
The Court of Appeal yesterday decided to vacate its Interim Order dated May 31, 2018 staying the holding of the election that was scheduled to be held on last May 31 to elect the office bearers of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
The National Procurement Commission (NPC) after two years of deliberations, yesterday introduced the new Public Procurement Guidelines for all government procurements. This is expected to be the first step towards cutting down on corruption and waste in government and making public expenditure more transparent.
The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation, Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, has been sentenced to 6 months of rigorous imprisonment, for threatening Sandya Ekneligoda. He was sentenced for 6 months each for both charges to be served at once.
The first permanent High court of Trial at Bar which will try offences such as money laundering , bribery and large financial crimes. Will commence on July 04th cabinet spokesmen Minister of health, Dr Rajitha Senarathna revealed this morning.
As part of implementing the resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Cabinet endorsed a Bill to be enacted by Parliament for the payment of reparation in respect of war-affected and missing persons.
However, there was resistance within the Cabinet for the reparation formula which includes benefits to families of former LTTE combatants. The formula has been worked out by Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan. Some ministers including Patali Champika Ranawaka opposed benefits being provided to families of ex-LTTE cadres.
The Cabinet memorandum was prepared by the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The UNHRC, in its resolution on Sri Lanka called for proposals for transitional justice in Sri Lanka. The establishment of the Office of Missing Persons was one such step.
President Maithripala Sirisena today held a special discussion at the Presidential Secretariat on the Shasya Shakthi Project implemented in parallel to the Gramashakthi people's movement, the national program of poverty alleviation.
While in 2017, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Sri Lanka grew to over $1.710 billion including foreign loans received by companies registered with the BOI, more than doubling from the $801 million achieved the previous year, Sri Lanka still has ways to go to attract more FDI, according to the World Bank.