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Trinco Koneswara honours year 5 students, teachers

 

Thirty nine students who were qualified in the Year 5 scholarship examination from the Trincomalee Sri Koneswara Hindu College and their teachers Read more

The Annual prize giving ceremony of Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies

 

Trincomalee Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College Thursday held its 2011 annual prize giving ceremony at the collage Read more

Competence in English for countless opportunities:Butenis

 

US Ambassador Butenis observed that competence in the four skills of English, a global language, offers countless opportunities to Read more

Gnanai Education Fund awards scholarships

Twenty students of the Trincomalee Sri Koneswara Hindu College Old Boys’ Association have been awarded scholarships Read more

US Calls for Cultural Preservation Programs

USAThe Embassy of the United States has called for proposals for Cultural Preservation Projects in Sri Lanka. It has demonstrated its commitment Read more

Madu gets Peoples’ Bank Golden Jubilee Housing Scheme

 

Golden Jubilee Housing Scheme of the Peoples Bank constructed at a cost of fifty five million Read more

Children’s Day comes alive with laughter, delight

International Children’s Day hosted by British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, came alive with laughter Read more

3-day sports competition among Navodhaya schools in North

 

Three day sports competition organized by the Northern Provincial Ministry of Education among Navodhya schools in the Read more

Full Moon Day cultural programme in Oddusuddan

 

Under the guidance of Northern Provincial Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs Thunukaai Zonal Education Read more

Trincomalee honors Thondar Shanmugarajah

 

ThondarVeteran Saiva Periyar E.Shanmugarajah fondly called as “THONDAR” in the Saiva community in Trincomalee and elsewhere Read more

Batticaloa St.Cecilia Girls College emerges champion

 

St.Celicia college BatticaloaThe annual Net Ball big match between Trincomalee St.Mary’s College and Batticaloa St.Cecilia Girls College was held on Read more

World Teachers’ Day in Trincomalee

The Trincomalee Zonal Education Office held the World Teachers’ Day celebration in TrincomaleeRead more

Kalmunai RKM Vidiyalayam’s 75th anniversary

Kalmunai Ramakrishna Mission Vidiyalayam held its annual prize giving and its seventy fifth anniversary on oct 11th with Read more

ACHC’s women empowerment project

 

All Ceylon Hindu Congress Social Service Wing Chairman Vidaikodi Chelvar S.Dhanabaala handed over sewing machines Read more

Chathurthy festival in Thailand

Thailand Hindu TempleChathurthy festival was recently conducted in the Pallalva style Hindu temple in the province of Phanganga in Thailand. Read more

‘Rama Rajyam, Sai Samarajyam’ by UK, Tamil Nadu Sai students  

The Sai organizations from UK and Tamil Nadu performed a drama under the title ‘Rama Rajyam Sai Samarajyam’. Grama Seva Read more

USAID assists farmers of Trincomalee

 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is assisting farmers of Trincomalee District, who Read more

200 year old Kumbam Festival in Trincomalee

Kumbam festival200 year old Annual 'Kumbam' festival, which is unique, was held in Trincomalee with pomp and pageantry Read more
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Krishna’s music mesmerizes Jaffna, Killinochi

T.M.KrishnaJaffna music lovers enjoyed a musical evening by eminent carnatic vocalist T.M.Krishna and his troupe Read more

Chevening Cambridge scholarships benefit Lankans

 

British Deputy High Commissioner, Robbie Bulloch, hosted Chevening alumni from Sri Lanka at an annual receptionRead more 

 

International Trade Exhibition in Batticaloa

 

Three day International Trade Exhibition - BITE 2011 - organized by the Ministry of Industry and CommerceRead more

Rotary “Mathura Kuyil: finalists selected

Six youths- three males and three females- were selected to participate in the final of the Rotary “Mathura Kuyil” singing competition.Read more

Pakistan’s APC rejects US allegations 

Pakistan PMPakistan’s All Parties’ Conference has rejected the recent assertions allegations made by the US against  against Pakistan and resolved unanimously not to Read more

India to renovate dilapidated schools in North

Several damaged schools in a dilapidated condition in Killinochi, Mullaitheevu and Vavuniya in the North are to be renovated by the Indian government. Read more

Support TNA’s commitment for negotiated solution:Sampathan appeals

 

Sampanthan TNATamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan has appealed to the Kalmunai voters to demonstrate their unequivocal support for Read more

Soora Sangaram festival in Trincomalee

 

The traditional Soora Sangara Festival at the conclusion of the Navarathry Festival was held at Tricomalee Arulmihu Pathirakali Amman temple.  Read more

Trincomalee honors veteran educationist Thandayuthapani

 

Mr.Singanarveloo Thandayuthapani, veteran educationist in eastern province and who has completed forty one years of service in the field of education as teacher, Principal, Zonal Director of Education, Provincial Read more

13 double cabs for Dept of Animal Production

 

Minister for Livestock Arumugam Thondaman handed over 13 Nissan double cabs to the Department of Animal Production and Health for the promotion of the activities of the department. Read more

Ram’s clarion call for Sinhala consensus for political solution

 

Reputed Editor Ram has made a clarion call for Sinhala political consensus on scope and content of devolution Read more

Apple Founder Steve Jobs dies at 56

 

The Apple co–founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. Read more

Jaffna Life Style Exhibition

 

Jaffna Life Style Exibition‘Jaffna Life Style’ Exhibition which commenced on September 25 was declared open by Director of the Read more

Religious discourses at Rehabilitation camps

 

Two day religious discourses were held on September 15 and 16, for youths undergoing training in 4 rehabilitation camps in Vanni. Read more

TULF affirms solidarity with TNA for Talks:Ananadsangaree

 

TULFTamil United Liberation Front Secretary General V.Anandasangaree has assured the Tamil National Alliance the fullest Read more

Kathirkamanathan re–elected Tamil Sangam President 

Dr.KathirkamanathanDr. .Kathirkamanathan has been reelected President of Colombo Tamil Sangam. He is a talented speaker. He is also the author of a book of great sayings by great men.Read more

Veteran footballers honored in Trincomalee

S.LaxmananTwenty veteran football players who rendered immense service to the development of football in Trincomalee district were honored last Saturday at an event held in Trincomalee Mc Heyzer Read more

Annual festival of Lord Saturn Temple begins

Lord SaturnThe annual festival of Trincomalee Saneeswaran Kovil (Lord Saturn) commenced on Saturday. Read more

Rajapakse’s UN address on terrorism, peace, democracy

 

President Mahinda Rajapakse addressing the 66th sessions of the UN General assembly expressed views on the threat of terrorism all over Read more

Khar’s maiden UN Address on elimination of terrorism

Hina

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbin Khar, in her maiden address at the 66th session of the UN Read more

Massive Perumal Kovil consecrated in Trincomalee

 

The newly built massive Sri Luxshmi Narayanaperumal at sixth mile post along Trincomalee-Nilaveli road was consecrated on Wednesday morning. Read more

Inclusivity, trust & respect essential for peace:Rankin   

 

British High Commissioner John Rankin has observed that inclusivity, trust and respect Read more

ACHC founds Hindu Research Institute in Jaffna

 

ACHCThe Hindu Research Institutefounded by the All Ceylon Hindu Congress in Jaffna to promote the study and Read more 

Annual Feast of St. Antony’s Shrine, Kochikade commences with flag hoisting

 

 

The annual feast of St.Antony’s Shrine, Kochikade commenced with the hoisting of the flagstaff on June 3 after Morning Mass, Nonenas and Masses. Read more

Islamabad offers Most Favoured Status to India

 

India Pakistan Islamabad offered Most Favoured Status to India on Wednesday. The decision  was taken by Pakistan Cabinet triggered off volley of questions over the decision by extremist elements.

 

Pakistan’s Information Minister Firdous Ashaq explained that India had already granted most favoured status to Pakistan as early as in 1995.

 

The granting of MFS to India will not dilute country’s stand on Kashmir. India and China have a flourishing trade despite territorial disputes. World Trade Organization mandate that Islamabad reciprocate.

Alleged occupation of a room in CMC premises
Commissioner complains to police

 

Bhadrani Jayawardena

 

Colombo Municipal Commissioner Bardharini Jayawardena has made a complaint to the police over an alleged occupation of a room said to have been for the Leader of the Opposition.


Reports say that she made the complaint following a directive by Colombo Mayor Muzammil. He had already criticized the move as illegitimate. The illegal occupation of October 31 even before he assumed office as Mayor.

Colombo CMC Standing Committees
Opposition seeks more seats

 

CMC

The opposition in the Colombo Municipal Council has sought more representation in the Council’s standing committees.

 

This request is made in a letter addressed to Colombo Mayor Muzammil by UPFA Group leader Millinda Morogoda and other members.

 

The letter states that the opposition is entitled to more representation in view of the fact that the opposition has been given a majority. A majority representation is needed to keep in line with the wishes of the people.

UK High Court upholds Assange extradition order

 

Julian Assange Wiki Leaks FounderUK High Court, on Wednesday, upheld the District Court order of extradition of Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange, 40 year old Australian to face charges of rape of a woman and molestation of another in Sweden.

 

The Bench comprised High Court Judges John Thomas and Duncan Ausley. Earlier accused Assange had appealed against the District order to extradite him. He pleaded that his sexual encounters were consensual and are not crimes in England and Wales. It is unfair and unlawful to send him to Sweden.

 

High Court in its Order stated that in any event the case in itself evident that it is not a case relating to trivial offences but to serious sex offences. Had he committed the same offences in England or Wales, he would have been charged. High Court further held that the European Arrest Warrant in respect of an extraditable offence is lawful. EU Arrest Warrant by Prosecutor, a judicial authority, is lawful.

Trinco ‘Soorasamharam’ amid torrential rain

 

soorasamharam

Soorasamharam, the Hindu event was held at Trincomalee Sri Muttucumaraswamy Kovil On November 1.

It is traditionally held at the end of six day Kanthasashdi Viratham observed by devotees of Lord Murugan.

 

In Tricomalee, the devotees attended the poojas amid torrential rain. Read more

 UN Resident Representative visits
Central Province College of Fine Arts

 

CPCfUN Resident Representative Subinai Nandy paid a visit to the Central Province College of Fine Arts located among the beautiful hills in Ramboda and saw for himself the training and education imparted to students.

Livestock Minister and the CWC Leader Arumugam Thondaman has allocated funds for the College. An auditorium too has been constructed for the conduct of cultural programs.  

The students are given instruction in Carnatic Music, Bharatha Natyam and other allied subjects. Indian lecturers, who have gained expertise in the relevant areas, are on the tutorial staff. OL or AL qualified students, with passes in dancing or music, are eligible to apply through  Read more

Reconstructed Chelvanayagam's statue unveiled

 

SJV.ChelvaThe statue of Federal Party Leader late S.J.V.Chelvanayagam, called Thanthai Chelva with reverence by the Tamil people, located at Sivan Kovilady in Tincomalee was reconstructed and unveiled again yesterday.

The statue was damaged by some mischievous elements recently. The police and army officials rushed to the scene, made inquiries from the UC Chairman and requested the Council to reconstruct the statue forthwith, reports say.

 

Trincomalee Urban Council Chairman K.Selvarasa, Vice Chairman S.Sriskandarasa   and many others paid homage to the statue by offering floral Read more

Reintegartion, reconciliation of ex LTTE cadres;
Norway’s contribution     

 

Norway IOMThe Norwegian Embassy in Colombo has contributed NOK 3 million (approximately Rs. 57 million) to support the International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM) programme that is assisting reintegration and reconciliation of former LTTE cadres into their own society.  

 

A signing ceremony between Norwegian Ambassador Hilde Haraldstad and IOM Chief of Mission Mr. Richard Danziger took place on 02 November at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo. Read more

‘We are committed to work with all for Colombo upliftment’
Mayor Muzammil after assuming duties  

 

Colombo Mayor Colombo new Mayor Muzammil expressed his commitment to work with all irrespective of political differences for the development of Colombo city and the well being of the city dwellers.

 

He was addressing after he assumed duties as Mayor. He attended religious ceremonies at places of all religions prior to tha assumption of duties.


He reiterated that his declaration to work with all should not be misconstrued as  a sign of weakness. It is an expression of political conviction. It is a desire to evolve a new political culture that respects dissent, that reflects democracy.

Bill on underperforming and underutilized assets
Opposition condemns

 

Sri Lanka ParliamentThe opposition has condemned the bill under the title ‘Revival of Underperforming and Underutilized Assets’ as undemocratic. The Bill has been referred to the Supreme Court as an urgent bill for its determination.

 

The contents of the Bill were criticized as undemocratic by UNP and TNA at the meeting of the leaders of the opposition chaired by Deputy Speaker.

 

Meanwhile the Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunge has written a letter to the Speaker requesting the Government to reconsider the presentation of the Bill.

Alliance with SLFP political error; JVP in retrospect

 

Anura

JVP Parliamentary Group Leader Anura Kumaar Dissanayaka has stated that the alliance of his party with the SLFP in 2004 was a political blunder arrived at due to a political misjudgement.

 

Addressing a seminar at Pollanaruwa recently, he continued that since the then existing left parties were not vibrant, Comrade Wijeweera formed the JVP. But it was at a time when there was a threat for separation that they decided to join the SLFP hoping that it would tread along the socialist path.

 

He added that as Marxist party, we look back at our errors and act accordingly.   Looking back we realize it was a political mistake to have joined the SLFP.

Regional countries can play supportive role  
Foreign Minister Khar

 

HinaPakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has observed that the neighbouring countries should have only supportive role in ensuring peace, security and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and the Istanbul Regional Conference would help further this cherished objective.

 

She was talking in Istanbul, where she would represent the country at the Istanbul Regional Conference Wednesday, Khar said the meeting is being attended by immediate and extended neighbours of Afghanistan and important countries of the world with stakes in that country.

 

The foreign minister said the conference would lead up to different peace processes including Bonn Conference on Afghanistan next month and Chicago conference.Read more

Launch of prestigious Chevening scholarship

 

British High CommissionThe British High Commission and the British Council in Colombo on Tuesday announced the launch of the Chevening Scholarship Scheme and the Chevening Cambridge Scholarship for the academic year, 2012/2013 in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. These scholarships will afford high potential students in Sri Lanka and the Maldives an opportunity to apply for a postgraduate course in the UK.

 

Speaking in a YouTube video published to announce the launch of both scholarships, British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Robbie Bulloch, said, “Many former Chevening scholars have gone on to be leaders in their fields, and indeed, even leaders of their countries. Read more

Body of one  day old baby floats in river

 

body of one day old baby floats in river

The body of a one day old baby has been found floating in the Binga Oya near Akurana town.

 

The onlookers say that the baby must have been born either on October 31 or November 1.


Kandy Corner is expected to hold an inquest into the incident. Katugastota police are conducting investigations to find the mother of the child and how it has been abandoned. Read more

Trial Court orders reappearance;
Jayalalitha appeals to Apex Court

 

Jayalalitha

Bangalore trial Court hearing the disproportionate case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha has ordered her reappearance. Earlier, she appeared in person in Court and answered 566 questions on October 20 and 21.

 

In this case she is accused of accumulating Rs66 crores beyond known income during the period between 1991 and 1996 when she had been Chief Minister.

 

She has challenged this order for reappearance in the Supreme Court pleading that she had obeyed SC order and appeared already. She has requested that she be allowed to answer the remaining questions in writing.

Estate youths must be self reliant ; look for new avenues of employment: Minister Thondaman

 

NorwoodMinister Arumugam Thondaman has appealed to the youths in the estate sector to come under one umbrella, stand united, look for new avenues of employment and be self relient.

 

Livestock Minister Thondaman was delivering the key note address at the two Youth convention attended by 3000 youths held at Norwood town under the auspices of Saumiyamoorthy  Thondaman Foundation. He declared open an Exhibition.Read more

 

Palestine gets seat in UNESCO

 

Palestine UNESCO

Palestine has gained full membership to the UNESCO following an election by its members. Until now it has been enjoying only an observer status. One hundred and seven voted for, fourteen against and 2 abstained.  

 

Palestinians hailed this accommodation in the August assembly as a small but a significant step towards their struggle to gain international recognition and statehood.

Development of rural areas, main concern:Namal

Namal

Hambantota Parliamentarian Namal Rajapakse has stated that the aim of the government is the development of the infra structure of the rural areas at par with the urban areas.

 

He was addressing a ceremony held at Ambettane in the Kandy district. He inaugurated the project to lay a carpet road along Ambetene and Pokkuwela. The project is estimated at 1400 million rupees.  Read more 

World population exceeds seven billion; cheers and fears
First Lady greets Lankan celebrity baby

 

Billion BabyWorld population exceeded seven billion yesterday amidst fears and cheers. There was a note of optimism. There was also a note of pessimism. UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon is optimistic.

 

He said: ‘ Some say our planet is crowded. I say we are seven billion strong. The challenge is to build a more just, tolerant and inclusive world.     

 

We all have something to give, something to gain by appreciating each other’s diversity and work together in common cause.’

 

In Sri Lanka, historic baby was born at the Castle Street maternity hospital to 23 year old mother Danushika Dilani and father Ishara Madhushanka.

 

There was a simple ceremony, at which the First Lady Shiranthi Rajapakse attended. The parents were given a cheque for Rs 50,000 and gifts by the UNFPA.

TNA leaders in Canada

 

TNA Leaders in Canada

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians R. Sampanhan and Mavai Senathyraja arrived in Canada after their visit to Washington following an invitation by the US. They held meetings with State Department Officials in Washington, reports say.


The two Parliamentarians were received by the officials of the TNA branch in Canada at the Toronto Air Port. They were draped with colourful shawls in a traditional manner. They were scheduled to address two functions,Tamil media reports say.  

Ranil’s directive to UNP members

 

Ranil Wicremasinghe UNP

United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has issued a directive to all members of the party to ensure discipline and unity. The directive has been issued in the wake of reports of statements by different sections of the party.

 

According to the directive, they should act in accordance with the party constitution. All statements issued by them should be for unity among members and not lead to splits. Only persons authorized by the party can make statements to the media. Committee meetings can be summoned only by the persons who are empowered under the constitution.  

CBI to explain basis for its stand on Kanimozhili’s bail

 

Kanimozhi

Supreme Court has sought an explanation from the CBI to explain the basis on which it did not oppose the bail application of Parliamentarian Kanimozhili.

Supreme Court made this order when two accused in the 2G scam appealed against the CBI’s objection to their bail application, while not opposing the bail plea by Kanimozhili.

The Bench comprised of Justice Singvi and Justice Dattu. Supreme Court told the Additional Solicitor General Solicitor Haren Raval to submit his report outlining the basis on which CBI took its decision.    

69 Reservoirs levels rise

 

Victoria Water ReservoirThe water levels of 69 reservoirs have risen by 42% due to the incessant rains in the island.


Dr.G.G.A. Godaliyedda, Director General of Irrigation department, said that the water levels of these reservoirs could rise further, as a result of the prevailing weather condition in the country.


However, He added that cultivation for the Maha season which has already commenced can now be carried out successfully.

Attack by swarm of wasps

 

WaspsAn attack by a swarm of wasps in a village in the hill country has resulted in the death of a woman and in injuring 14 others.

The deceased woman is identified as Weeraiya Jusamini of village Marawetha in Maskeliya. She died of the attack. The other victims were admitted to Maskeliya and Galankanda hospitals. Four are still receiving treatment at the hospital, while the others have been discharged after treatment.

 

They are residents of Morray Estate in Maskeliya. Nallathanniya police are conducting investigations.

Former CJ on proposed probe by PSC

 

Sarath Silva

Former Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva has challenged the propriety of a proposed probe on him by Parliamentary Select Committee. He stated this at a media meeting held Solls Hall. He was responding to a request by Parliamentarians to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee to probe his conduct during his tenure of office as Chief Justice.  


Former Chief Justice Sarath Silva states that any probe on him for his conduct during his tenure of office as Chief Justice could be interference with the independence of the judiciary. He is not a former Chief Justice but a retired Chief Justice.


He maintaine that this legislature has no power to penalize him as he was no longer in service. This Parliament has no power to take action since he was functioning under a former Parliament. Furthermore, it would be a bad precedent. It is a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.      

Hosting of CWG, opportunity for emerging nations to showcase talents:President Rajapakse

 

CHOGM

President Mahinda Rajapakse has observed that sports is a universal language in human interaction. The hosting of Commonwealth Games is an opportunity for emerging nations to showcase their talents. It helps these countries to undertake land mark infra structure development.

 

President Rajapakse was addressing the Commonwealth Sports Breakfast Meeting was held at Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth, Australia. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard also addressed the meeting. Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma was also present.

 

President Rajapakse stated that Sri Lanka accords high priority to sports. Development of sports is among the matters that are in the Mahinda Chinthanaya.

Kamalesh Sharma reelected Secretary General CHOGM

 

Kamalesh Sharma

Secretary General of Commonwealth Heads of Governments’ Meeting Kamalesh Sharma has been reelected for the next term of office commencing from April 2012. It will be for a four year term. He has been serving in this capacity since 2004.       

Seventy year old Kamalesh Sharma, who was a former Indian diplomat, was elected unanimously.

Referring to his age, Sharma quipped; ‘ In life it does not matter how old you are, but, how young you think’.

Charter of Commonwealth , HR Commissioner
CHOGM refers to Task Force

 

CHOGMThe recommendation for the appointment of a Human Rights Commissioner is to be sent to the Task Force of Commonwealth Ministers for further consideration.

CHOGM has also decided that a Charter of Commonwealth to bring together common values, aspirations of the Commonwealth in clear and powerful words.    

This is one of the recommendations by the Eminent Persons Group Chaired by former Prime Minister of Malaysia M.Abdulla Badawi. The EPG made 106 recommendations. 30 were adopted, 11 rejected, 12 were adopted subject to consideration of financial resources. 43 recommendations including the appointment of a Human Rights Commissioner were sent to task force of the Commonwealth Ministers.  

40 year old partially blind Elephant on rampage

 

Elephant on rampage

The 40 year old elephant that went on rampage on Dambulla-Kekirawa road on October 29, is partially blind. It had become blind following gunshot injuries.

 

It is, now, under treatment by a team of veterinary officials led by Veterinary Surgeon Dr. Chandra Jayasinghe. The elephant cannot be anesthetized due to its old age. It had attacked a bus, Read more

UN Resident Representative at CWC Seminar, Exhibition

 

CWCUN Resident Representative Subinai Nandy was Guest of Honour at the final sessions of the Seminar and Exhibition held at Norwood to mark the 12 death anniversary of Saumyamoorthy Thondaman, the Founder of Ceylon workers Congress. The Chief Guest visited the stalls at the Exhibition and was full of praise for the performance by the hill country youths.

 

Minister of Livestock Arumugam Thondaman, Deputy Minister of Livestock, was the Chief Guest. H.R.Mithirapala, Central Province Education Minister, Tamil Affairs, Anushya Sivarasa and UVA Provincial Councilor Senthil Thondaman were guests of honour. Read more

Namal declares open Iyankulam Primary Medical Unit

 

Namal RajapakseParliamentarian Namal Rajapakse last Thursday declared open the renovated Iyankankulam Primary Medical Care Unit in Northern Province. This was earlier damaged severely during the last war.


Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksha participated as Chief Guest and the Governor of Northern Province G.A. Chandrasiri attended as guest of honor. Patients admitted for medical examination were distributed with gifts by guests. Read more

Award for Murali

 

Muralitharancricketer Muthiah Muralitharan was awarded the Maththa Rata Abimanya, for the highest sports achievement in the Central Province by Central Province Chief Minister for 2010.

 

The award for Muthiah Muralitharan was received by his father S.Muthiah in his absence. The event was held at the Kannoruwa Agricultural Research Institute Auditorium recently.

 

Addressing the event, Central Provincial Chief Minister Saarth Ekanayaka stated that he was proud that the award goes to the greatest son of the hill country. He is one who has faced challenges bravely and progressed in life and brought fame to the country and the people. He is an example to others.

Thorny issues at CHOGM

 

CHO)GMCertain recommendations by the Eminent Persons Group triggered off controversy. One of such recommendations was the creation of a Human Rights Commissioner. It has now been deferred indefinitely after a lively debate for it needed further study.

 

Indian Vice President Hameed Ansari, who stepped in to represent India with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pulling out without giving any reason, argued against the proposal that there was no need for it since there is a similar mechanism, UN Human Rights Commission. So, the creation of a Commonwealth Human Rights Commissioner would be duplication. Read more

Queen leaves Australia with fond memories

 

Queen 85 year old Queen Elizabeth, who was in Australia to inaugurate the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting in Perth, retuned to UK with ‘fond memories of the warmth of the people of Australia.


This was her 16th visit during her tenure as their Queen. She had been in Australia on a 10 day visit with her husband Duke of Edinburgh. There was barbecue at a riverside. People enthusiastically gathered wherever she went. There was an atmosphere of warmth welcome.


She hosted a dinner to heads of governments who attended the Summit. She received all heads of Governments at Pan Pacific Hotel.

Quetta Association seeks enhanced interaction between
Lankan Pakistan armed forces   

 

The Quetta Association has underlined the need for enhanced interaction between Sri Lankan and Pakistan armed forces. This was stated at the first convention of the Quetta Association which comprises the graduate officers of the Command Staff College Quetta Pakistan. The convention was held on Friday at Galadari Hotel. Chief Patron of the Association Retired General Rohan de S.Daluwatte chaired.  Read more

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