Megapolis development plan presented to President
Posted on December 30, 2015 at 5:09 am

The government said the development initiative will eliminate discrepancies reported while developing major cities in the country. The PMD noted, the government will also aim to develop livelihood of the citizens while implementing the programme. The plan will also focus on minimising traffic congestion, solid waste disposal issues and housing issues faced by urban communities.

Local Government elections to be held in June, 2016
Posted on December 29, 2015 at 4:42 am

Speaking at an event held in Colombo today, Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the forthcoming election will be held under a mixed electoral system.

Body to coordinate reconciliation in Sri Lanka
Posted on December 18, 2015 at 3:30 am

The Sri Lankan government has decided to establish a secretariat to coordinate activities of various players engaged in reconciliation. The secretariat will develop a plan on institutions such as the Office on Missing Persons and the Truth and Reconciliation and Prevention of Conflicts Commissions. The proposed body will work with the objective of monitoring and […]

Canada Supports Sri Lanka’s Peace Building Efforts
Posted on December 17, 2015 at 3:32 am

High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka and Maldives, H.E. Shelley Whiting said: “The demining activities that we had the honour of seeing today underscored for me the critical importance of demining work in Sri Lanka.   “Clearance of landmines is a necessary precursor to peace and security for all Sri Lankans and is a […]

Renewed US Sri Lankan Relations
Posted on December 14, 2015 at 3:35 am

There was another high-level U.S. visit to Sri Lanka this week. State Department Counsellor Thomas Shannon visited the island nation from December 14-16. The highlight of his trip seems to have been the formal announcement that the first “U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue” will be held in Washington this February. The dialogue will focus on four […]

Government to shut down some missions abroad
Posted on December 11, 2015 at 3:35 am

The Government is to close down missions abroad for which no clear rationale exists, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera informed Parliament today. He said that Sri Lanka also intends to introduce Non-Resident Ambassadors to further cut-costs and to establish a presence where a full-scale embassy cannot be justified but where Sri Lanka’s interests need to be […]

The Politics on Social Media – From Local to International
Posted on December 10, 2015 at 6:07 am

By Sharanya Sekaram. When the Arab Spring took place in 2011 across the Arab world – the power of social media and real time information sharing became more than just a theory and potential to influence events. The power that social media had to change the very course of events became a reality, a reality […]

Sri Lankan Diaspora; not all demons.
Posted on December 7, 2015 at 6:24 am

By Haritha Wijetunga. Reconciliation, ethnic harmony, religious coexistence, social cohesion to identify a handful, are “hot topics” in the current Sri Lankan context. What about diaspora engagement? How come people, many who generally seem open minded and pro reconciliation, loose their minds and shut down the topic? It’s a sad reality that this notion of […]

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