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BHC Says Britain Believes In Free Media

The British High Commission inColombohas said the British government did not exercise control over media contents. A spokesperson for the High Commission has told the media that Channel 4 is an independent television broadcaster and thatBritainbelieved a free media is a vital part in every democratic country. The statement was made in response to a [...]

Govt. Decides Not To Pay Compensation

The government has decided not to pay compensation to people who build houses in disaster prone areas. The government has announced that houses that are either damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster would not be compensated if it is located in an area identified as a disaster prone area. Therefore, houses built in areas [...]

EC: More Seats When More Voters Register

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has said that when there is a reduction in the number of voters from an electoral area the number of parliamentary seats allocated to respective area need to be adjusted. Deshapriya has noted that more parliamentary seats would be allocated to the Jaffna District when the number of voters increase in [...]

Social Issues Plague Jaffna

Jaffna District Secretary Imelda Sukumar says that violence against Northern women has increased in the past one year with many social issues also plaguing the community. Sukumar has told the media that there were numerous social issues in the area including unregistered premature marriages and pregnancies among minors. Sukmar has said the government officials were [...]

CSC On Power And Energy And Petroleum

The government has appointed a Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC) on Power and Energy and Supply and Distribution of Petroleum Products. Cabinet Spokesperson and Media Minister Keheliya Rmbaukwella says that the CSC was appointed with the aim of providing electricity to the entire country by 2012 and to ensure the steady supply of petroleum products. The Cabinet [...]

TU And Supplies Division At Loggerhead

Health sector trade unions and the Medical Supplies Division of the Health Ministry are at loggerheads over drug shortages in hospitals island wide. The Health Services Trade Union Alliance (HSTUA) claims that the government has failed to supply several essential drugs to the state hospitals and the Medical Supplies Division has denied the claims. Director [...]

TNA Opposes Elections Department Statement

The TNA has said the decision of the Elections Department to reduce the number of parliamentary seats allocated to the Jaffna District was unfair. TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran has told the media that the decision to reduce the parliamentary seats from 10 to six was not a fair decision. The Elections Department announced earlier in [...]

Sajith Invites Karu To Take Over Leadership

UNP’s co-deputy leader Sajith Premadasa today invited deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya to take over the party leadership in order to unify all forces within the party and take it on a path to victory. Premadasa made this request from Jayasuriya during a meeting this morning that was attended by parliamentarians, provincial councilors and members of [...]

Govt. To Completely Lift Emergency Regulations

The government says that Emergency Regulations will be completely lifted by the end of this year. Cabinet Spokesperson and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has told the Cabinet press briefing that the government would continue to lift the Emergency Regulations until the end of the year when it will be completely lifted. He has added that [...]

Govt.: Over 11,000 Families Resettled Near Northern HSZ

The government has resettled over 11,000 families in Thelippalai just outside the Palaly high security zone (HSZ) in the North, the Attorney General’s Department has said. The Attorney General’s Department has informed the Supreme Court that 11,879 families consisting of 38,637 members have been re-settled in Valigamam North, when only 6,928 families consisting of 25,114 [...]

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