Kenya wants to use the current tea trade spat — triggered by a single insect— between Russia and Sri-Lanka to boost its volumes to Moscow after years of low exports, the Kenya Daily Nation reported. Wire agencies reported on Friday that Russia would place temporary restrictions on imports of tea and …
The Third Ministerial Meeting of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) on Poverty Alleviation, will be held today (19th Dec.) and tomorrow in Colombo.
The first ministerial meeting was held in Bangladesh in 2008 while the second meeting was held in Nepal in 2013.
The BIMSTEC is an international organization involving a group of countries in South Asia and South East Asia: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.
Before the meeting, the Director General of BIMSTEC M. Shahidul Islam held discussion with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees yesterday (18th Dec.).
For the first time in Sri Lanka, a representative of the Telegu-speaking community in Sri Lanka will be fielded as a candidate at the local government elections.
The Local Government Elections will be held on February 10, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya announced this morning (18th Dec.).
Reveling this fact, Director General of the Elections R.M.A.L. Rathnayake told NEWS.LK that necessary steps have been taken on the instructions of the Commission in this regard.
Visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak yesterday vowed to strengthen relations with Sri Lanka and increase investment by fast-tracking the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries when he met President Maithripala Sirisena.
President Maithripala Sirisena said that there were times when he was not convinced with some decisions taken by the Constitutional Council regarding names sent for the appointments of top posts.
President Maithripala Sirisena and the visiting Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak agreed to expand existing close cooperation in many fields including trade and investment, agriculture, science and technology including nano and bio technology, e-commerce, e-courts, international forums, military training, diplomatic training and intelligence exchange to curb drugs and human smuggling.
Three agreements were signed after the bilateral talks held between the two leaders, in which, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and number of Malaysian and Sri Lankan ministers also participated. The bilateral meeting was held at the Presidential Secretariat, today (18th Dec.).
The Prime Minister of Malaysia undertook this official visit to Sri Lanka to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and a special stamp and a First day Cover were issued to mark this occasion.
President Sirisena thanked Malaysia for the continuous support extended to Sri Lanka at the UNHRC and other international forums.
Premier Najib said bilateral trade has steadily grown in the last few years and during the first 10 months of this year, bilateral trade has reached USD 680 million. However, the trade is heavily balanced in Malaysia’s favour. Hence, Malaysia would explore every possibility to ensure increase of Sri Lankan exports to Malaysia, he assured. The Prime Minister said the proposed Free Trade Agreement will be useful to further expand trade and said his ministers would take steps to speed up talks on FTA.
Malaysia has invested USD 3.1 in 47 projects in Sri Lanka and Malaysian entrepreneurs are looking into many sectors of potential investments, the Prime Minister said.
Two Memorandums of Understanding on Training of Diplomats and Cooperation in Foresight and Science-2-Action and Memorandum of Collaboration between Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation of Sri Lanka and Malaysian Bio-economy Development Cooperation SDN BHD were signed between the two countries.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers John Amaratunga, Tilak marapana, Rajitha Senaratne, Susil Premajayantha, Malik Samarawickrema, Gayantha Karunatilake and Thalatha Athukorale, Secretaries to the President and Prime Minister and Foreign secretary and several Malaysian Ministers, Advisors and senior officials were present during the bilateral discussion.
Sri Lanka local government polls on February 10, EC announces
Mon, Dec 18, 2017, 07:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Dec 18, Colombo: The much anticipated elections for 341 local government bodies in Sri Lanka will be held on 10 February, the Election Commission announced today.
“The election for all 341 councils will be held on February 10, 2018,” Chairman of the independent Elections Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya told media today at a press briefing.
The gazette notification announcing the elections will be issued on the 26th of this month.
Deshapriya said the Commission unanimously decided to hold the elections on February 10th after lengthy discussions on the possible dates.
The Chairman noted that the date will be gazetted only on the December 26 due to technical concerns. If the gazette in this regard is issued on December 22 or 23, the election should be held on February 8, as the election should be held within 49 days of issue of the gazette, Deshapriya said.
The Election Chief stressed that political parades will be strictly prohibited from today across the island. Strict legal action will be taken against anyone who makes statements inciting racial, religious and regional divisions.
The Chairman further said that all actions regarding the nominations have been taken according to the law and anyone can seek redress from courts against the rejection of nominations.
Accepting nominations in the first stage for 93 local government bodies ended last Thursday (14). Accepting nominations in the second stage for 248 local government bodies commenced today and will continue until 12noon on 21 December.
This will be the first time that local government elections will be held under the new mixed electoral voting system eliminating the preferential voting. The government enacted law make it binding on all political parties and independent groups to field at least 25 percent female candidates in local elections.
Under the amendment to the Local Authorities Elections Act, the number of local government bodies increased from 336 to 341 while the number of councilors will increase from 4,486 to 8,356.
In its effort to secure a lift of the restriction on tea trade, the Sri Lanka embassy in Moscow initiated communication with the Russian authorities and await a response, an official here said yesterday.
President hosts luncheon for Malaysian Prime Minister