Construction sites, fishing and factories are examples where modern slavery occurs. Sri Lanka is no exception with an estimated 45,000 people …
“Gam Peraliya” initiative to make a huge revolution in villages – President
Preethi Saturday, 16 June 2018 22:44
Your government put that in the first place. What about the VAT paid by patients on all private medical bills for last 2 years?
Colombo (News1st) – The SLFP 16, who defected from the Government following the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister, convened a …
Former Japanese Premier meets President
The elections to six provincial councils are not likely this year because political parties are apprehensive of the outcome following the experience gained at the February local government polls, Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Musthapha said yesterday.
He said delimitation report has to be debated and approved prior to any elections to the PCs and rejected certain media reports that he had agreed to hold the PC polls under the old system.
The minister said neither he nor the President had agreed to hold the PC polls under the old system.
“We have committed ourselves to holding the PC polls under the new electoral system because it is an election pledge given to people and because we are determined to do away with the much criticized preferential voting system that has led to election violence, corruption and the violation of the election law,” he said. “The President has instructed me to expedite the approval of the delimitation report in Parliament and pave the way for early polls. But this has not happened because the party leaders are undecided. The new Act passed with a two-thirds majority also requires the delimitation report to be passed in Parliament within a month since being tabled. This has not happened. I tabled the report on February 19, 2018.”
The minister said he met party leaders before the New Year to discuss the elections to the Sabaragamuwa, North-Central and Eastern Provincial Councils.
He said if the PC polls were to be held under the old system, we must go back to Parliament and get its approval. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
Over 1,500 airmail sacks had piled up at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) due to the ongoing postal work stoppage, a spokesman from SriLankan Imports said yesterday.
The strike launched by postal employees entered its sixth today, disrupting all postal related services.
Accordingly, mail sacks were also seen piled up at the Central Mail Exchange (CME) as mail collection and distribution islandwide has come to a standstill as a result of the strike action.
The strike had resulted in an average daily loss of Rs 150 million in revenue to the Postal Department according to Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne.
Other than mail collection and distribution, postal services such as pension payments, examination payments and spot fine payments has also been totally disrupted following the strike causing severe inconvenience to the public.
Postal trade unions stated that the Government should take the responsibility for the inconvenience caused to the public and the loss to the department as a result of the work stoppage.
United Postal Trade Unions Front (UPTUF) convener Chinthaka Bandara said that the ongoing strike will continue if the Public Administration Minister failed to produce the Cabinet paper as promised at the next Cabinet meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday (19).
General Secretary Post and Telecommunication Officers’ Union H.K. Kariyawasam said that although the losses were mounting day by day, the authorities had not even tried to resolve their issues and help end the strike.
Postal services were at a standstill since Monday (11) due to the joint trade union action launched with the support over 23,000 employees belong to 24 Postal Services unions, including officers. Services at 653 island-wide post offices, 3,410 sub-post offices and 100 control officers had been disrupted as a result of the trade union action. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
Muslims in Sri Lanka will celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr, Ramazan Festival today (Saturday 16).
The Colombo Grand Mosque announced last evening that the new moon had been cited in several parts of the country last night.
The decision was taken at a meeting attended by President of the All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulema (the Supreme Council of Muslim Theologians of Sri Lanka) and the Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Department, Trustees of the Colombo Grand Mosque, trustees and khatheebs of mosques in Colombo and the suburbs last evening after Maghrib prayers at the Colombo Grand Mosque.
President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have requested the 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members, who quit the government, to remain united amid reports about a split among the them.
Eleven of the 16, excluding MPs Susil Premajayantha, John Seneviratne, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and John Seneviratne had met the President on Wednesday and discussed the current political situation in the country.
Some among them are said to be considering joining former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, while the others insist on remaining with the SLFP.
Political sources said they had informed the President that they were keen to secure their political future, and therefore the entire party should quit the government and highlighted the fact that the SLFP was riddled with confusion.
The President asked them to remain united and participate in the re-organising of the party. These SLFPers are reported to have taken a swipe at Ministers Duminda Dissanayake and Mahinda Amaraweera for contradicting a statement made by SLFP General Secretary Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa. (Kelum Bandara)
The newly appointed National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Sri Lanka is confident of taking Sri Lanka to the next level.
However the NOC says it needs to be given time to show results as it has just taken over the administration.
NOC Vice President Asanga Seneviratne told The Sunday Leader online that the newly elected President of the NOC,Â Suresh Subramaniam, has already shown what he is capable of doing.
He said thatÂ Subramaniam had managed to secure Chinese assistance ahead of theÂ South Asian Games in Nepal.
Following a deal with the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC), Sri Lankan athletes will be hosted and trained at no cost.
COC President Gou Zhongwen made the commitment following a meeting with Subramaniam in Beijing recently.
Seneviratne said that over the next couple of years the NOC will look to get more assistance to take Sri Lanka to the next level in Olympic sports.
While performing well at South Asian and Asian level, Sri Lanka often struggles at Olympic Games.
Sri Lankan athletes have won a total of two Olympic silver medals, both in athletics.