The United States has agreed to grant US$ 3.2 million for the development of schools in the Eastern Province.
The signing of the agreement took place under the patronage of Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando at his office Friday.
David Christine of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo and Chief Secretary of the Eastern Province Sarath Abeygunawardena signed the agreement in the presence of Representatives of the U.S. State Department.
The District Disaster Management Units are in the process of sorting out the drinking water problems of the people impacted by the dry climatic conditions.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has unveiled a programme of addressing human rights issues at the regional level. The aim of this programme is to sort out complaints through regional committees before they reach the Commission.
The first stage of establishing these Committees was launched in the Ampara District. The Committees comprise state officials as well as Civil Committee officers.
As President Sirisena said last Saturday at a land-return ceremony in Sampur, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka’s efforts has attracted support from the international community. The United States joined other international donors and will provide $1 million to support resettlement efforts in Sampur as part of its continuing commitment to strengthen Sri Lanka’s peace and development.
The Chairman of the Presidential Commission to Inquire into Complaints on Missing Persons, Maxwel Paranagama will hand over the second interim report of the Commission to President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday.
Mr. Paranagama told media that the first interim report was handed over to the President on April, 10 and that the government had taken steps to implement its recommendations.
By Amantha Perera
VISUVAMADU, Sri Lanka, Aug 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Since Sri Lanka's three-decade civil war ended in 2009, Nagarathnam Ganeshan has faced a major new uncertainty: how much water he will have to grow his crops.
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UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged Sri Lanka's new government to ensure "long term peace" as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was set to form a coalition committed to ethnic reconciliation.
"The secretary-general encouraged the prime minister and the national unity government to seize this opportunity to advance long-term peace for all Sri Lankans," the UN said in a statement.
Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Friday 8/21/2015 - 06:43 GMT
Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka's prime minister on Friday for another term after securing the backing of the country's second-biggest party for a new government of national unity.
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party of Mahinda Rajapakse agreed to enter a broad-based coalition government with Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP), although the former president will remain on the opposition benches.
Islamic Relief’s latest project in eastern Sri Lanka has enabled more than 1,300 children to remain in school, as disaster-affected families struggle to make ends meet.
Last year, families in Ampara district were hit by severe drought followed by flash floods which affected nearly 79,000 households. Over 60 per cent of paddy land in the area was deluged, livestock killed, homes damaged, and many people displaced.
Statement by: H.E. Dr George Abela, Former President of Malta and Chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group
An independent Commonwealth Observer Group was invited by the Office of the Commissioner of Elections of Sri Lanka to observe the country’s parliamentary elections on 17 August 2015.
The nine-person observer team, selected by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, was led by former President of Malta Dr George Abela as Chairperson.
At a press conference in Colombo on 19 August, Dr Abela issued the following statement:
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General applauds the people of Sri Lanka for their peaceful and broad-based participation in the parliamentary elections of 17 August. He commends the President for having shepherded an inclusive process and the Election Commissioner for his exemplary efforts in helping guarantee the exercise of the right to vote of the people of Sri Lanka.