President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated the commitment of the government to establish a BIMSTEC Center for Technology Transfer Facility to contribute to the collective drive for economic advancement.
The International Organization on Migration (IOM) has expressed readiness to further enhance its assistance to Sri Lanka, by providing training and capacity building support for the Ministries of Foreign Employment and Foreign Affairs, and to the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE).
Two unexpected developments in the run up to the Big Goa Summit made the BRICS gathering an event worth watching. This has nothing to do with the failure of SAARC to hold its Islamabad summit with Pakistan leadership getting an earful from member nations on its duplicity on the terrorism front.
In a desperate bid to set foot and discreetly regroup LTTE in Valvetiturai, the birth place of the slain LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, Nediyawan group has come forward to build a sports stadium at the cost of Rs.10 million, in the very Football ground, said to belong to Prabhakaran family, located at Netkolu, Valvetiturai.
The emerging-market bloc of BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, issued here on Sunday, a joint declaration in Benaulim, Goa, after a meeting, looking to play a bigger and enhanced global role.
Final debate: Donald Trump needs to deliver a knockout blow next Wednesday in order to beat the odds he faced, barring any barefaced bloopers by Hilary Clinton. With 20 days to go, polls indicate that Trump was lagging even among female and college-educated white voters.
The situation inside the Rohingya villages in north-western Arakan state of Myanmar, bordering Bangladesh, is dire. Another genocidal campaign has been launched by the government. As we have seen before with the previous military regimes, the new government of Aung San Suu Kyi has its version of justification for its heavy handed treatment of the minority Muslims.
The euphoria over the successful surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in Pakistan and chest thumping over it now appear meaningless as India has failed since then to take retaliatory steps following increased attacks by Pakistanis on multi-targets in India. India’s other ‘enemy’, China, has hardened its stance on issues of vital concern to India. Russia has signaled that India no longer enjoys a pre-eminent position in its South Asia policy formulations. To all these developments the Indian response has been feeble, if at all.
Ven. Walpola Piyananda, the Chief Sangha Nayaka of the United States, President of Sri Lanka Sangha Council of America and Canada and the founder-president and chief incumbent of the Dharma Viyaya Buddhist Vihara of Los Angeles, California has sent condolence message to the people of Thailand, for the loss of their ‘beloved king’, His Majesty King Bumiphol Adulyad.
A prominent front page news from Pakistan on October 6, seems to suggest that Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has asked the military to stop sheltering terrorists. “Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military,” the report said implying that this move by Sharif would be a step in easing tension with India. Reports have also said that Sharif wants the Army to stop supporting terrorists because it has led to Pakistan’s isolation. The Sharif office has since denied the report and ordered an inquiry into how the sedate Dawn broke the ‘news’ in the first place.
The Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Atukorale, who is also the Chair in Office of the Colombo Process (CP), the regional consultative forum of contractual labour originating countries in Asia has said, Sri Lanka is providing leadership for the CP to be a bridge between labour sending and receiving countries fostering strong partnership for the Asian region.
The cyber-warfare leading to the disclosure of internal sensitive e-mails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), WikiLeaks- release of Hillary Clinton classified/sensitive e-mails from her (illegally-kept) private server when she was secretary of state and the accusations directed at the Russian government involvement in all these have led to the emergence of serious questions: