World Environment Day celebrated in Mullaitivu

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The World Environment day was celebrated under the concept of “Seven Billion Dreams… One Planet… Consume with care” by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Services, Animal Husbandry, Irrigation, Environment, Water supply, Food supply and distributions and Co-operative Development, NP with the coordination of Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs, Sports and Youth Affairs NP at Katpurapulveli, Mullaitivu on 05th June 2015. Minister of Education T.Gurukularajah and Minister of Agriculture P.Ayngaranesan and Provincial Councilors T.Raviharan, S.Sivamoha and K.Sivanesan also participated.

In the end of the event, seedlings and school kits were issued to the students by the guests.

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Opening Ceremony of Sales Centre Pasikkuda & East in Circuit Bungalow Pasikkuda

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Opening ceremony of Dept. of Rural Industries newly constructed Sales Centre and East in Circuit Bungalow was held at Pasikkuda on 12th of July 2014. Hon. Minister of Agriculture, EPC Eng. Z.A.Nazeer Ahamad was the Chief Guest at this ceremony.

Mr. K.Pathmanathan, Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, EPC, Dr. T.K.Thavarajan, Provincial Director of Dept of Animal Production and Health, Mr.T.M.L.D.Tennekoon, Provincial Director, Rural Industries,EPC, Mr.M.M.Nowfees Assistant Director, District office, Dept. of Rural Industries, Batticoloa , foreign Investors, Hotel owners and staff also participated at this ceremony.

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Limit the Cabinet to 30 Ministers: A Private Member Bill from a Young Member of Parliament, Vasantha Senanayake

By  Dhanushka Jayakody

There is a new phenomenon of Private Member Bills and Motions in Parliament recently which have highlighted the need for constitutional and structural reforms. The least controversial initiative was by the Liberal Party which had a motion to amend Standing Orders. This was placed on the Order Paper, but has then been swallowed up in the usual Parliamentary lethargy, because, in violation of the existing Standing Orders, it has not been brought before the House.

More controversial was the JHU’s Private Member Bill calling for amendment of the 13th amendment to the Constitution. Following debate in Cabinet however, which revealed the strong negative feelings about the Billl, it too was not brought before the House.

Now a much younger member, the Hon Vasantha Senanayake, who has recently led groups of young parliamentarians on international visits, has brought forward a potentially more popular Bill. Being a member of the main government party, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), and elected from the Gampaha District where he organizes Mirigama, he recently handed over a private member bill to the Secretary General of Parliament proposing another amendment to the Constitution.

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Towards Reconciliation

Rajiva Wijesinha

Adviser on Reconciliation to HE the President

 

Four years after the conclusion of conflict, Sri Lanka still has a long way to go to achieve Reconciliation. This is unfortunate, given the enormous efforts made by government to improve facilities for the people most affected by war. But it is not surprising that, as indicated by the results of the last election held in the Northern Province, we have failed to win hearts and minds.

That would not have been difficult had a concerted effort been made. But this requires planning, and unfortunately planning is not something Sri Lanka has been good at. For over three decades now, we have tended to respond to events or rather to crises. The one exception was the care with which, in the period after 2005, we approached the conflict, with all branches of government working together and care taken to ensure the dissemination of clear and convincing information. Following the conclusion of the conflict however all that broke down, and propaganda, often based on parochial electoral considerations, took over, with little attempt at intelligent analysis of ground realities.

Thus we seemed to believe that reconstruction alone would suffice, and reconstruction that placed a premium on cement rather than people. This is on par with the worst delusions of capitalism as elevated into a political philosophy, the assumption that prosperity will trickle down. But this does not work, and Sri Lanka may in the end have to pay heavily for the failure to conceptualize with sensitivity of those who took on responsibility only for construction and not for consultation, who concentrated only on resettlement and not rather on restoration.

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Kilinochchi International Exhibition and Trade Fair – 26 July 2013

International Exhibition and Trade Fair - Kilinochchi Central College -  26 July 2013

International Exhibition and Trade Fair – Kilinochchi Central College – 26 July 2013

The first ever International Exhibition and Trade Fair commenced in Kilinochchi Central College ground premises on 26 July 2013.

Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as the chief guest and inaugurated the exhibition. The exhibition will be held for 3 days from 26th to 28 July 2013.

The exhibition is organized by Ag Biz North and FCCISL with the support of Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Economic Development, Kilinochchi District Secretariat and Security Forces Head Quarters, Kilinochchi. The event will be a new beginning for the people of Kilinochchi. Large number of people are visiting the exhibition.  This exhibition paved the path to the entrepreneurs to participate in this mega event.

The exhibition combined with sophisticated technologies and knowledge of the business delegations would open new horizons to the emerging business and agricultural communities in the region. Prospective entrepreneurs in the region, investors, and farmers, fishing communities, students and school leavers are expected to visit the exhibition.

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