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Indian consulate in Jaffna to engage more with regional media

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The Indian consulate in Jaffna in the future will regularly interact with media persons in Jaffna, the Indian High Commission has said in a media statement on Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay’s visit to Northern and Eastern Provinces.

On the second day of his visit, the High Commissioner met with a few prominent media persons over a luncheon hosted by the Consul General of India in Jaffna. In this meeting those gathered spoke of the significance of freedom of speech and expression for democracy.

“The suggestion to establish a platform for regular interaction of media with the Consulate was welcomed,” the High Commission said.

On the same day the High Commissioner met the Mayor of Jaffna V. Manivannan and visited the Jaffna Cultural Centre, built under India’s grant assistance.

“The building, whose design celebrates close architectural and cultural links with India, is intended to serve as a people – centric hub of cultural activities that reinforce civilization heritage and cross-Strait ties. Discussions of the High Commissioner at the Centre included various aspects of its functioning under joint management after early inauguration,” the press release said.

The High Commissioner also spoke to Jaffna businesspersons on promoting investment from India in infrastructure, energy and manufacturing, skills development, agriculture and food processing, fisheries and tourism.

“The High Commissioner reiterated India’s readiness to support all such mutually beneficial initiatives. He emphasized that enhancing sea and air connectivity, through development of the KKS Harbour and expansion of the Palaly airport will bring greater economic benefits and prosperity to the region,” the High Commission said.

The day High Commissioner and Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Priyantha Perera, and other senior Officers of Sri Lanka Army also paid homage to the India Army soldiers who died in Sri Lanka after the Indo – Sri Lanka Peace Accord was signed, “for the cause of peace in Sri Lanka.”

 



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Stay on course and don’t go back to the past – Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy

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Former Governor of the Central Bank delivering the keynote address at a high profile Webinar hosted by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka today (24)  said that Sri Lanka must implement the structural reforms proposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) without relaxing like in the past or else we will be in a deeper economic mess.

The webinar was titled ‘What is next for Sri Lanka in the wake of the IMF programme’

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Sustainable economic development goals cannot be achieved unless attention is paid to mitigating climate change – Sagala Ratnayake

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President’s Senior Adviser on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff  Sagala Ratnayake said sustainable economic development goals cannot be accomplished without taking steps to mitigate climate change.

He said this while participating in the 10,000 sapling planting program organized by the LEO Youth Vision 2048 Club and the LEO Club at the Royal College, Colombo on Thursday (23rd).

This program was organized in view of President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s birthday, which is today (24), and the required plants were distributed to the main schools of the Colombo District.

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SF claims thousands of police and military personnel leaving

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By Saman Indrajith

Thousands of police and military personnel had left the services recently as they did not want to carry out illegal orders, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka told Parliament yesterday. According to the war-winning army commander 200 policemen have resigned during the past two months and 25,000 soldiers have left the army during the last two years.

“We urged the law enforcement and military officials not to follow illegal orders. We will reinstate them with back pay,” he said.

Fonseka also urged the President and the government MPs not to take people for fools.

“Sri Lanka owes 55 billion dollars to the world. Ranil’s plan is to borrow another seven billion during the next four years. So, in four years we will owe 62 billion to the world.

Ranil and his ministers ask us what the alternative to borrowing is. These are the people who destroyed the economy and society. They must leave. Then, we will find an alternative and develop the country,” he said, adding that the IMF loans had made crises in other nations worse.

“Ranil says that by 2025, we will have a budget surplus as in Japan, Germany and South Korea. These countries are economic power houses, and this comparison is ludicrous.”

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