14December2017

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Law, Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka yesterday assured that the government was committed to taking action on crimes committed against journalists in the past. Speaking at the the UNESCO Regional Conference in ‘Reinforcing Regional Cooperation to Promote Freedom of Expression and the Rule of Law in Asia through Ending Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ held at the Taj Samudra, Colombo, Minister Ratnayaka said he had asked the Police to ‘prioritize cases on freedom of expression’. “When we started most of these cases we were started below zero, the evidence had been destroyed, many years had lapsed and it…

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday lambasted unnamed private media organisations of undermining democracy and attempting to push the country back to the Rajapaksa-era when they made easy money through corrupt deals. The Prime Minister told an international gathering in Colombo that private media organisation heads and their editors were conspicuously absent from a UNESCO-sponsored seminar calling for an end to impunity for attacks against journalists. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe asked if upholding press freedom had now fallen solely on his administration and a few civil society organisations while private media bosses remained silent. He stressed that Sri Lanka’s media should be…

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The Local Government Polls will be held in the first week of February next year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today. However he said the ultimate decision on this would be decided by the Election Commission. The Prime Minister gave this assurance at a public meeting in Bingiriya last evening. "The next local government election will be actually a trial to test the effectiveness of the new mixed electoral system introduced recently and if it is a success it will be used for the Parliamentary polls as well" he said. " The mixed electoral system was first proposed by the…

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Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne has canceled the circular issued by the management of the Hambantota harbour informing the workers to not to report to work, a Labour and Trade Union Relations Ministry spokesman said. According to the spokesman, the circular had been issued by the manager of the private company which manages the harbour. The Circular stated that no worker should report to work from November 30th onward. Minister Seneviratne canceled the Circular after holding a discussion with the management and workers. The Minister pointed out that Circular No. MPMC/CIR/2017/18 purely violates labour laws and disrespecting…

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President Maithripala Sirisena who was in Kandy for several official engagements inspected the Polgolla dam yesterday. Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake was present. (Picture by President's Media Division)

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will inaugurate the UNESCO's main seminar for the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in Colombo today. The 2017 International Day to End Impunity main event, entitled “Reinforcing regional cooperation to promote freedom of expression and the rule of law in Asia through ending impunity for crimes against Journalists”, will be held at Taj Samudra. The event will be organised by UNESCO and the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, with the participation of various regional stakeholders including ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission of Human Rights (AICHR) and Human Rights Commissions’ representatives. The one-day seminar…

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Total government revenue increased by 15.7% to Rs. 1,172.4 billion in the first eight months of 2017, compared to Rs. 1,013.4 billion in the same period of 2016, a Finance Ministry report said. Tax revenue increased by 17.5% to Rs. 1,094.9 billion whereas non-tax revenue declined by 4.9% to Rs. 77.4 billion during the review period in 2017. Domestic consumption base tax revenue increased by 26.9% to Rs. 342.3 billion in the first eight months of 2017, compared to Rs. 269.7 billion recorded in the same period. This was mainly due to increased domestic Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue by…

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President Maithripala Sirisena received a warm welcome when he arrived at the Incheon International Airport in Seoul on November 28 for a three day state visit to Republic of Korea on an invitation extended by the Korean President Moon Jae-in. He was received by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cho Hyun, Chief of National Security, Chung Eyi-yong and other high dignitaries. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana and Minister Daya Gamage, who arrived in Seoul yesterday, Sri Lankan Ambassador Manisha Gunasekera were also present at the airport. Ministers Dr Sarath Amunugama and Ranjith Siyambalapitiya also arrived with the President…

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“The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) have formed a consensus government to finalise and adopt a new constitution for Sri Lanka as we do not know who would be elected as the Executive President in the future; so let's use this opportunity for the betterment of the country," Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. He was addressing the gathering at the third ‘Sathyagraha’ campaign, ‘6.2 million on alert’, which is carried out island-wide, held opposite the Sacred Bo Tree in Matara last Friday (24) evening. TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran, Ven. Dambara Amila…

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The Rajapaksa regime was responsible for tarnishing the country’s international image rather than safeguarding it in the past. Consequent to the defeat of the Rajapaksa regime on January 8, 2015, people received the opportunity to enjoy peace and freedom. But unfortunately, certain sections of the media have failed to understand that freedom and use it properly, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. The Prime Minister made this observation, addressing a meeting of the Kolonnawa UNP Bala Mandalaya, held at Kolonnawa on November 26. The Prime Minister said that following the January 8 victory, a good governance government was formed under the…

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