Hon. Basi Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development declared open the new housing scheme at Nelsonpura in Trincomalee district on 29 February 2012.
Nelsonpura new house scheme has been built for the benefit of Tsunami-affected families. This house complex has 80 Housing units and the total cost of this project is Rs. 120 million.
Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama, Eastern Province governor, Hon. Susantha Punchinilame, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources also participated at this occasion.
Ensure protection of asylum-seekers pending refugee status determination
Improve the living conditions of refugees and asylum-seekers
Strengthen the partnership with the Government of India on global issues of concern to UNHCR
Strategically implement durable solutions: local integration, voluntary repatriation and resettlement
Support Government and NGOs efforts to protect Sri Lankan refugees and facilitate their voluntary repatriation
(RSF/IFEX) - 28 February 2012 - Reporters Without Borders calls on all members of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council, which began its 19th session yesterday, to pass a resolution condemning the Sri Lankan government's violations of freedom of information and to demand an end to threats and violence against news media and human rights defenders in Sri Lanka.
Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development was the chief guest at the occasion of handing over cheques for Tsunami-affected families in Karawahuvattei in Kalmunai electorate division.
This financial assistance, worth of Rs. 110 million, was provided to 200 tsunami affected families to reconstruct their homes. Under this program each beneficiaries was received a grant of Rs. 550000 to build their homes. Funds were allocated by the Ministry of Economic Development.
A significant milestone was achieved on 3 rd February 2012 with the official handover of upgraded health facilities in Thoppur Rural Hospital, Mutur in Eastern Sri Lanka with funding by the European Union (EU) through the Red Cross.
Description South Asia is arguably the most vulnerable region to increasing food inflation given the large segment of the population living below or near the poverty line. This paper deals with the problems related to food price inflation in South Asia in a comprehensive manner. It presents an in-depth empirical analysis of the possible factors that could explain the increase in food inflation, and discusses the impact of food price inflation on poverty and macroeconomic stability in South Asia.
3149th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting
Brussels, 27 February 2012
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
"1. Ahead of the 19th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the EU reaffirms its strong support to the Human Rights Council and welcomes the progress made in performing its mandate over the last year.
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The EU believes that the end of the conflict has offered a historic opportunity to achieve a peaceful and stable future for the people of Sri Lanka. Genuine reconciliation among all groups and communities in this country is essential and this requires justice and accountability for past events. The EU notes the view of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lay in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people.
The Government of Japan has extended a total of US$ 1,079,116 (approximately Rs. 130 million) for two livelihood projects in Trincomalee and Batticaloa.
The first project titled ‘Livelihood Development Project in Resettlement Areas in Trincomalee Phase 2’ will support to renovate eight minor tanks and provide agricultural promotion exercises and assistance for dairy farmers. This project will be implemented by Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) and benefit more than 450 families.
Official record on deaths occurred during conflict released
The Census and Statistics Department has released an official report on the deaths occurred in the five districts of Northern Province for the last four years of the conflict that ended in May 2009.
UNDP recently concluded an independent evaluation of its Transition Recovery Programme (TRP) and Support to Mine Action Project (SMAP) to assess how it was faring in contributing to UNDP Sri Lanka’s Country Programme results. The TRP is UNDP’s flagship programme and provides recovery support to the conflict affected populations in the North and East, while the SMAP provides management support to the mine action sector in Sri Lanka.
In a recent statement to the United Nations, the Enough Project in conjunction with a coalition of other NGOs is urging the U.N. Human Rights Council to examine the severe atrocities committed by Sri Lankan security forces and rebels during the final months of the country’s 26-year civil war. The statement backs an initiative by United States to press the council to address impunity in Sri Lanka during the HRC’s upcoming session in March.
FOCUS - Sahel: The food crisis looms
A future in dotted lines Log book of a mobile team at the gates of the Sahara Deprived of food and income “Many are those who would not cope without solidarity”
This report indicates the UN and NGO partner response to continuing humanitarian needs and early recovery concerns, in support to the Sri Lankan Government’s efforts to rebuild the former conflict-affected regions. Activities show progress towards the sectoral priorities and goals described in the 2011 Joint Plan for Assistance.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS
Conseil de sécurité 6722e séance – matin & après-midi
Le Conseil de sécurité a, aujourd’hui, au terme d’un long débat sur les femmes et la paix et la sécurité, mis l’accent sur l’« importance de la prévention, de l’alerte rapide et d’une réponse efficace aux violences sexuelles lorsqu’elles sont utilisées comme tactique de guerre ou dans le cadre d’une attaque généralisée ou systématique contre des populations civiles ».
COLOMBO, 21 February 2012 (IRIN) - As the government of Sri Lanka comes under increasing international pressure to implement recommendations submitted by a presidentially appointed war commission, IRIN asked national analysts which recommendations were most easily achievable.
Food prices climb for the first time since July
A sixth-month downward slide in food prices came to an end in January as the FAO Food Price Index rose for the first time since July 2011. FAO analysts cited poor weather as the possible main factor. The Index stood at 214, a 4 point or 2 percent increase over December. Nonetheless, food prices were still 7 percent below the levels recorded in January 2011. The increase was propelled by rising prices in every commodities group measured by FAO, with oils and fats recording the largest increases.
The EU SEM (European Union Support to Socio Economic Development) is a Programme aimed to support the sustainable development of Socio Economic Measures in North and East of Sri Lanka. A sum of EUR 16 million (LKR 2.4 billion) in grant funding has been allocated for this program, which was adopted in 2011 and will last throughout 2014. The EU-SEM programme targets the populations in the North and East, while majority of the activities will be concentrated in the Districts of Mullaitivu and Killinochchi where the needs are the highest.
The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to grant Sri Lanka four billion rupees (approximately US$ 33 million) to improve healthcare services in the country.
The Additional Secretary to the Health Ministry Dr. Palitha Mahipala along with several Ministry officials and the representatives of JICA held a special discussion yesterday at the Ministry on the provision of the grant.