SAARC member states are planning to amend the Charter.
Friday, 31 October 2014 19:47
SAARC member states are planning to amend its Charter in order to hold the Summit of heads of state/government of the regional body every two years, instead of the current provision of holding the Summit every year.
The government stance over removing the LTTE ban by the European Union will be conveyed through other parties.
Friday, 31 October 2014 19:46
Cabinet spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says that the government stance over removing the LTTE ban by the European Union will be conveyed through other parties. The government did not intervene in the court actions taken to remove this ban.
The President says intellectuals of the country have a crucial role to play in the process of making Sri Lanka a knowledge hub.
Friday, 31 October 2014 14:12
President Mahinda Rajapakse says intellectuals of the country have a crucial role to play in the process of making Sri Lanka a knowledge hub. During a certain era certain groups defined Sri Lanka as a country in the 3rd world that does not have a developed society. However the government has now proven it is wrong. The president says government has taken number of measures to upgrade science education.
***** A long term programme is to be implemented to ensure the future of the children who were affected by the incident.
Friday, 31 October 2014 14:11
Minister Tissa Karaliyedda says a long term programme will be implemented to ensure the future of the children who were affected by the landslide occurred at Koslanda. Therefore a programme will be introduced under the guidance of the president to ensure the social protection of those children. Data regarding those children are now being collected. Speaking to SLBC minister Karaliyedda said 2.5 million rupees have been given to the district secretary to provide emergency aid for them. Meanwhile another long term programme will be introduced for the women who were affected by the incident.
The President says better expectations could be kept about the future with the change done in the education sector.
Friday, 31 October 2014 19:44
President Mahinda Rajapakse says better expectations could be kept about the future with the change done in the education sector of the country after establishing Mahindodaya technical laboratories. Problems prevailing in the education system are the main reason for the retard of technological sector.
***** Minister of Disaster Management says all facilities will be provided for the families who were affected by the landslide.
Friday, 31 October 2014 14:12
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says search operations are further being carried out to find the persons who have gone missing after the landslide occurred at Miriyabedda area in Koslanda, Haldummulla. Speaking at the parliament he stated that according to the latest information the number of persons who have gone missing is lower in comparison to the estimated numbers. 450 army personnel and 50 air force personnel along with officials from the disaster management center are engaged in the search operation. Speaking further the minister said maximum measures have been taken to look after the children who have lost their parents form the incident. The government has provided all facilities for the families who have been affected from the landslide.
Meanwhile the cabinet yesterday decided to provide permanent houses for all the families who have lost their houses. Furthermore new houses will be constructed in safer locations for the estate workers who are living in unsafe places.
Gold worth 10 million rupees smuggled in to the country illegally has been taken into custody of Customs.
Friday, 31 October 2014 14:10
The Police Narcotic Bureau has arrested a 37 year old male from Colombo who attempted to smuggle gold biscuits worth 10 million rupees in to the country. 20 pieces of gold biscuits weighing 2 kilograms had been concealed in his waist belt. The Customs Spokesman Customs Director Leslie Gamini says the Police Narcotic Bureau later handed over the suspect to the customs for further inquiries. After the customs inquiry held by deputy director of customs. P.Chandrarathne, the gold biscuits were forfeited and a penalty of 1 million rupees was imposed.
Meanwhile two Sri Lankan males who attempted to smuggle gold worth 2.6 million rupees have been taken into custody by the Customs at the airport. The Customs Spokesman said four pieces of gold balls weighing 530 grams had been concealed in the waist of their trousers.