Wednesday, November 24, 2010

visit of the Chairman Senate Mr. Farooq Hamid Naek and Mr. Saleem Mandaviwalla, Chairman BOI to where they participated in the swearing in ceremony

Visit of the Chairman Senate Mr. Farooq Hamid Naek and Mr. Saleem Mandaviwalla, Chairman BOI to where they participated in the swearing in ceremony 

In a special gesture of friendship and solidarity form the Government of Pakistan towards the Government of Sri Lanka, the Chairman Senate Mr. Farooq Hamid Naek   represented the Government of Pakistan along with Mr. Saleem Mandaviwalla, Chairman BOI in the swearing in ceremony of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who assumed the charged for the 2nd term of office in Colombo on 19th November, 2010.

In interaction with the Sri Lankan President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Chairman Senate Mr. Farooq Hamid Naek handed over the congratulatory message from the President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari to the President of Sri Lanka Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa for assuming the charge for his 2ndtenure of Presidentship. He also conveyed the greeting and best wishes from the Government and people of Pakistan to the Government and people of Sri Lanka on the occasion.

The Chairman, Senate also had interaction with the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Speaker of the Maldives and other foreign envoys attending the ceremony and participated in the official lunch hosted by the President of Sri Lanka. 

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have continued to maintain strong, robust and reliable relations, through increased interaction at the highest political level and in the people-to-people domain. Record representation in trade activities by delegations from both countries have given the opportunity of reinforcing bilateral trade with impressive increase in the volume of trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

During his stay in Sri Lanka, the Chairman Senate also held several high profile meetings with the top leadership of Sri Lanka. These interactions included a meeting between the Chairman Senate and the Speaker of Sri Lanka Parliament Mr. Chamal Rajapaksa. During the meeting, the two leaders agreed to further enhance the level of cooperation between the traditional allies and friendly countries of Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the spheres of trade, economic, political and diplomatic integration.  The Chairman Senate invited the Speaker and Sri Lankan Parliamentarian delegation to visit Pakistan in January, 2011.

The Chairman Senate also thanked the Chairman of Sri Lankan Parliament for his support in the reactivation of the Sri Lanka Pakistan Parliamentary friendship Association. The Sri Lanka Pakistan Parliamentary friendship association is a bipartition grouping of Sri Lankan Parliamentarian, which is aimed at enhancing the inter Parliamentary coordination and mutual support.

The Chairman, Senate also attended the official lunch with the members of Sri Lanka Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Association which was hosted by the High Commission of Pakistan.

Monday, November 22, 2010

SLMC to sit with Govt Bench in Parliament today

SLMC to sit with Govt Bench in Parliament today
The Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Mr Rauff Hakeem said that all 8 Parliamentarians of his party will sit with the Government Benches at the time of the presentation of the Budget in Parliament this afternoon.
Mr Hakeem told that before that they would formally join the Cabinet when the new cabinet of ministers is sworn in by President at
the Presidential Secretariat forenoon today.

“As at present we have been offered one ministerial and a deputy ministerial portfolio” said Mr. Hakeem confirming their joining the

When asked whether they will cross over the chambers to the government side he said such a step looks awkward as by the time they may be  the
members of the Cabinet of ministers. Therefore, “there is no need for cross over but still some of our members will have to sit in the opposition side later as the seats in the government benches are already filled.” quipped Mr. Hakeem.

The New Cabinet Sworn in

   The  New  Cabinet Sworn in

Prime Minister D.M.Jayarathne , 09 Senior Ministers, 49 Cabinet Ministers & 31 Deputy Ministers were sworn in before the President this morning (22 Nov) at the Presidential Secretariat
Following is the list of Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers  and their portfolios:
 Cabinet Ministers

1.Prime Minister
   D. M. Jayaratne                                             – Buddha Sasana & Religious Affairs

  Senior Ministers

 2.Mr. Ratnasiri Wickramanayake                    – Good Governance & Infrastructure Facilities

 3.Mr. D E W Gunasekara                                – Human Resources

 4.Mr. Hon Athauda Seneviratne                             – Rural Affairs

 5.Mr. P. Dayaratne                                          – Food & Nutrition

  6.Mr. A. H. M. Fowzie                                           – Urban Affairs

 7.Hon S. B. Nawinna                                       – Consumer Welfare

  8.Mr. Piyasena Gamage                                  – National Assets

  9. Prof. Tissa Vitharana                             – Scientific Affairs

  10.Dr. Sarath Amunugama                         – International Monetary Cooperation

Other Cabinet Ministers

11.Mr. Nimal Siripala                                       - Irrigation & Water Resources Management

12.Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena                            – Health

13.Mr. Susil Premajayantha                              – Petroleum Industries

14.Mr. Arumugam Thondaman                         - Livestock and Rural Community Development

15.Mr.Dinesh Gunawardena                            - Water Supply & Drainage

16.Mr.Douglas Devananda                  - Traditional Industries & Small Enterprise Development

17Mr. A. L. M. Athaullah                   - Local Government & Provincial Councils

18Mr. Rishad Bathiyutheen                - Industry & Commerce

19Mr.Champika Ranawaka                - Power & Energy

20.Mr.Hon. Wimal Weerawansa           - Construction, Engineering Services, Housing & Common                    
21.Mr. Rauff Hakeem                            –Justice

22.Mr. Basil Rajapaksa                           –Economic Development

23.Mr.Vasudeva Nanayakkara              – National Languages and Social Integration

24.Mr. S. B. Dissanayake                       – Higher Education

25.Mr. Prof G.L. Peiris                           – External Affairs

26.Mr. W. D. J. Seneviratne                   - Public Administration & Home Affairs

27.Mrs. Sumeda G Jayasena                    - Parliamentary Affairs

28.Mr. Jeevan Kumaranatunga               – Postal Services

29.Mr. Pavithra Wanniarachchi              – Technology and Research

30.Mr. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa         – Environment

31.Mr. Tissa Karaliyadde                       – Child Development and Women's Affairs

32.Mr. Gamini Lokuge                           – Labour and Labour Relations

33.Mr. Bandula Gunawardena               – Education

34.Mr. Mahinda Samarasinghe               – Plantations

 35.Mr.Rajitha Senaratne                        – Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development

36.Mr. Janaka Bandara Tennakoon        – Land and Land Development

  37.Mr. Felix Perera                                 – Social Services

 38.Mr.C B Rathnayake                               – Private Transport Services

 39.Mr.Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena                 – Agriculture

40.Mr. Keheliya Rambukwella                           – Mass Media and Information

 41.Mr.Kumara Welgama                                   – Transport

42.Mr. Dullas Alahapperuma                              – Youth Affairs and Skills Development

43.Mr. Johnston Fernando                                  – Cooperatives and Internal Trade

44.Mr. Chandrasiri Gajadeera                            – Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms

45.Mr. Salinda Dissanayake                               – Indigenous Medicine

 46.Mr.Reginold Cooray                                     – Small Export Crops Promotion

47.Mr. Dilan Perera                                            – Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare

48.Mr. Jagath Pushpakumara                              – Coconut Development and State Plantations


 49.Mr.T B Ekanayake                                        – Culture and Aesthetic Affairs

 50.Mr.Mahinda Amaraweera                             – Disaster Management

  51. Mr. S M Chandrasena                                    – Agrarian Services and Wildlife

 52.Mr. Gunaratne Weerakoon                            – Resettlement

  53.   Mr. Mervin Silva                                            – Public Coordination and Public Affairs

54.Mr. Mahindananada Aluthgamage                – Sports

55.Mr. Dayasritha Tissera                                   – State Assets and Enterprise Development

56.Mr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya                          – Telecommunication and Information Technology

57.Mr. Jagath Balasuriya                                    – National Heritage

58.Mr. Lakshman Seneviratne                            – Productivity Promotion

59.Mr. Navin Dissanayake                                 – State Management Reforms

Deputy Ministers

1.Mr.Susantha Punchinilame,                         - Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development

 2.Mr.Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena,             - Economic Development

 3. Mr. Rohitha Abeygunawardena                   - Port & Highways

  4.  Mr.Pandu Bandaranaike                              -Indigenous Medicine

  5.Mr.Jayarathne Herath,                                 -Industry & Commerce

 6. Mr.Duminda Dissanayake                           - Youth Affairs & Skills Development

 7.Mr.Lasantha Alagiyawanna,                       - Construction, Engineering Service, Housing &                    

                                                                           Common Amenities
 8.Mr.Rohana Dissanayake,                             - Transport

  9.Mr.H.R.Mithrapala,                                     - Livestock & Rural Community Development

10.Mr.Nirmala Kothalawala                             - Port & Highways,

 11.    Mr. Premalal Jayasekera,                              - Power & Energy

  12.Hon. Geethanjana Gunawardena                    - Finance & Planning
  13.Mr. Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan             - Resettlement

  14.Mr. Faizer Musthapa,                                    - Technology & Research

 15.   Mr. Indika Bandaranayake,                         - Local Government & Provincial Councils

16.Mr. Mutthu Sivalingam                                - Economic Development

.17. Siripala Gamlath,                                   - Lands & Land Development

18. Mr.W.B.Ekanayake                                     - Irrigation & Water Resources Management

19.    Mr. Chandrasiri Sooriyaarachchi,                 - Social Service

20.    Mr.Nandimitra Ekanayake                          - High Education

21.        Mrs.Nirupama Rajapaksa                              - Water Supply & Drainage

22. Mr.Lalith Dissanayake                                 - Health

23. Mr.Sarana Gunawardena                             - Petroleum Industries

 24.Mr.Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza                        - Education

 25.Mr.M.L.A.M.Hisbulla                                 - Child Development & Women’s Affairs

 26.  Mr. Weerakumara Dissanayake                    - Traditional Industries & Small Enterprises   Development  

 27.Mr. G.D.S.Gunawardena                             - Buddha Sasana & Religious Affairs

 28.Mr.Earl Gunasekera,                                    - Plantation Industries

29.Mr. Segu Dawood                                        - Co-operative & Internal Trade

30.  Mr. Abdul Cader                                          - Environment

31. Mr.Dullip Wijesekera                                   - Disaster Management

Saturday, November 20, 2010

No polythene at Botanical Gardens

No polythene at Botanical Gardens

The uses of polythene at Botanical gardens are to be banned from the beginning of next year.
According to  Director of Botanical Gardens Dr Cyril Wijesundera  
that more than three tractor loads of litter mainly polythene is being removed daily from the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens itself. These numbers sometimes exceeds he said.It's  huge  environment problem.
The use of polythene has increased the threat to nature which prompted the Department to take this action he said.  Awareness Programmes on the ban will be held for the visitors at the Gardens within the comings months.
.Accordingly visitors to Peradeniya, Haggala, Henarathgoda Gampaha Botanical Gardens will be subjected to checks for any polythene wrappers. Steps have also been taken to provide alternate meal wrappers at the venues for visitors. Visitors have also been requested to use plantain leaf wrapping for their meals by the Botanical Gardens Department. 

The Department, as a measure to ban the use is also to introduce alternative wrappers and accordingly cloth bags will be made available at the entrance of the Gardens said Dr Wijesundera. The bag will carry the logo of the Botanical Gardens Department so that they could be used at all three gardens in the Country.

Meanwhile visitors have also been advised to use banana leaf wrapping for their meals by the Botanical Gardens Department.

The Royal Botanical Garden, at Peradeniya and is visited by 1.2 million people per year. It is the largest botanical garden on the island.

Friday, November 19, 2010

President Rajapaksa took oaths as in for his second term

President  Rajapaksa took oaths as in for his second term

 President Mahinda Rajapaksa  took oaths as  the  President of Sri Lanka for his second term short while ago at the Presidential Secretariat. 
Yesterday(18th November ) his 65th birthday. Several foreign dignitaries are due to attend the ceremony in Colombo. 
Bhutanese Prime Minister will attend the ceremony as the leader of the SAARC.Maldivian President  also attend the ceremony

President Rajapaksa was elected in 2005 but opted for early presidential elections in January this year, nearly two years ahead of the end of his term.

The president's popularity shot up after ending the three decade old war against the Tiger terrorists in May 2009. He reaped the benefits of early elections and secured 57.8 per cent of the vote. His main rival, the combined opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka, got only 40.21 per cent.

The ruling United People's Freedom Alliance government led by Rajapaksa is also in a strong position after securing 143 seats in the 225-seat parliament in the April elections. It later won the support 17 more opposition members to gain a two-thirds majority.