Monday, November 30, 2009

Boost for eastern transport : Two rail bus services

The Government will open two new rail-bus services between Gal Oya and Trincomalee and Gal Oya and Batticaloa in the Eastern region under the Negenahira Navodaya project.
The project aims to provide quick and affordable convey facilities to commuters in the East.
A Sri Lanka Railway's Spokesman told the Daily News that the rail-bus repair proposed to operate between Gal Oya and Trincomalee will commence from the Gal Oya station once the Meenagaya train (Colombo-Batticaloa) arrived. The Trincomalee bound civilians have to wait nearly four hours at the Gal Oya position to go to Trincomalee. With the operation of this new rail-bus service from Gal-Oya to Trincomalee, they would reach the purpose within a short period.
Similarly, the rail-bus was from Gal Oya to Batticaloa will commence as of the Gal Oya station once the Trincomalee nighttime mail train (Colombo-Trincomalee) at home. The rail-bus to Batticaloa will benefit Batticaloa bound civilians.
He said three rail-bus services are in service from Batticaloa to Valachchenai, from Kurunegala-Anuradhapura, and from Polgahawela-Kurunegala.
The Railway Authority has conventional positive responses from the public on the process of rail-bus services as it has reduced travel time significantly he said.
The Indian Government has provided 10 buses at a cost of SLR 44 million to Sri Lanka Railways and has made obtainable an additional Rs. 22 million to pay for the price of change of these buses into rail-bus units.
The buses will be converted to rail-buses in the Railway clinic at Ratmalana under the management of the Railways universal Manager P.P. Wijesekara.
Eeach rail-bus will have two buses. A rail-bus comprising eighty seats approximation about Rs.6 million is easier to maintain, the Railway spokesman added.
Courtesy : Daily News

Free movement for civilians in welfare camps

Civilians who have taken shelters in welfare villages will be free to leave from day after today onwards sans any situation being imposed. The villages will be declared as unfasten from this day. There will be no restrictions compulsory on the duration of their absence from the villages, Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services, Risath Bathiyutheen said.
The Government has declared that any inhabitant will be free to leave the villages once they have given their individual particulars to the authorities concerned. A bulk of the displaced in the Welfare villages have by now been resettled.
More will be resettled this week. Minister Rishath Bathiuddin has said that as of December 1st, inmates will be able to freely leave and enter the villages on one occasion they have registered their details with the relevant authorities. Government has pledged to remove all the displaced in the wellbeing villages by January 31st. All civilians of the Vavuniyia welfare village from Jaffna Peninsula and Eastern region have already been resettled.
Courtesy: Government Information Department

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fillip for children's education in Jaffna islets

The Education Ministry has focused special attention on the education of over 2,200 children who are studying in Karainagar, Delft, Ninathivu, Analaithivu, Punguduthivu and Velanathivu.
Deputy Education Minister M. Sachittananda made a four-day surveillance tour in the five islands last week. He was a special representative of Education Minister Susil Premajayanth.According to Education Ministry sources there are 21 schools in these islands and steps will be taken to improve the education facilities of these schools, before the end of the year.
Referring to a new visit to the islands, Deputy Education Minister Sachittananda told the Sunday Observer that prompt act will be taken not only to get improved the quality of education of students in the island schools, but also to renovate obtainable school buildings.Minister Sachittananda, the first Member of Parliament, who made an official visit to the island schools with the dawn of calm said that he had discussed the instructive activities with principals, teachers and the parents of the brood
On their arrival to the islands by boat, the Minister and the side were known a moderate welcome the islanders called upon the Ministerial social gathering to give priority to improve the teaching amenities of their children, since their education had been deserted due to various reasons throughout the past more than a few years.
Courtesy : Sunday Observer

Police traffic personnel an asset - IGP

Police Traffic personnel are an asset to the Police Department. The image of the law enforcement section is built by the Police Traffic Division as they always get together the public on the streets, said IGP Mahinda Balasuriya at the sharing of certificates to 44 Traffic Police personnel, including three Women police personnel, who effectively followed a three months Junior Traffic Training route conducted by the Police transfer Headquarters.
The event was prearranged by the Traffic Police Headquarters Director DIG Lucky Peiris assisted by ASP Sumith Nissanka, Chief Inspectors K.L.S. Tillekeratne and Rohan Gamage of the Police Media centre.
Senior DIGs N.K. Ilangakoon, Gamini Navaratne, Nimal Mediwaka, DIGs Asoka Wijetilake, Lalith Jayasuriya, P.K.S. Pinidiya, Upali Gunasekera, Police Media Spokesman Senior SP S.M. Karunaratne, SPs and more than a few other police personnel also participated.
IGP Mahinda Balasuriya said that they should put into practise what they study from this course and teach other Traffic Officers in their own police stations.
The Traffic Police workers are very fortunate to follow a training course of this nature to develop their information of traffic controlling as the police traffic separation is a very significant department in the police repair. The Traffic Police personnel should uphold the dignity of the Police Department while they are busy in bureaucrat duties, the IGP added.
The IGP emphasised that as law enforcing officers traffic police personnel have a bounden duty to help the public and the motorists. If a motorist violates traffic laws, the law enforcing officers could take necessary action against him according to the law of the country. Be polite to the motorists.
The Junior Traffic Police personnel, who followed the training course, praised the organisers of the training course. They said that it was a very important preparation which equipped them for day to day behavior in the field.
Courtesy : Sunday Observer

More warlike items found

Sri Lankan Troops recovered more LTTE war items during the search operations done on 27th November 2009.
Troops of 29 separation engaging the search operations on received in order in worldwide area Kandapuram, Vavuniya recovered one suicide kit, 03 claymore mines(01 x 2.5Kg, 01 x5Kg, 01 x 1.5 Kg) , 06 Hand grenades (made by LTTE) and one far-away control.
Meanwhile the troops of 57 Division found 03 claymore bullets throughout their look for operations in the general area Murusamodai , Kilinochchi
Troops of Task Force 8 engaging the search operations in Puthukkudiyiruppu East exposed one Mobile phone and in the general region Puthukkudiyiruppu West troops found 120 unidentified bullets and 01 power control.

Ranaviru Arana housing scheme

The 'Api Wenuwen Api", the ever active programme for war heroes will open the next grand accommodation scheme at Attidiya, Ratmalana shortly to benefit war heroes.
The 'Api Wenuwen Api" was mooted by Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa to help the war heroes and their families.
The system is also designed to boost the confidence of the disabled military who sacrificed their limbs to let go the nation.
Courtesy - Government Information Department

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

US relaxes Sri Lanka travel advisory

The U.S. Department of State last week issued a "revised" travel advisory for Americans in Sri Lanka to, "reflect improving security circumstances in the country," the U.S. delegation in Colombo announced.
In its revised travel warning, the State Department states: "Stability in the southern and western areas of the country has improved with the end of fighting. The Department of State urges U.S. people to remain watchful while traveling in Sri Lanka."
The State Department's decision comes exactly six months after Sri Lankan Government forces defeated the LTTE. No terrorist incidents have occurred in Sri Lanka as then, and tourism arrivals have jumped considerably. The Government expects to attract 2.5 million tourists in 2010.
Japan also relaxed its, "Travel Advisory & Warning," for Sri Lanka to a "Travel Caution," also noting the improved safety state of affairs.
The United Kingdom revised its own travel warning in July 2009.
Additionally, the Government of Sri Lanka lifted restrictions on those livelihood in Jaffna to travel all through Sri Lanka , a security measure that was imposed during the disagreement with the LTTE radical group. The LTTE was headquartered in northern Sri Lanka .
The Government also lifted the compulsion that lorries must register in order to transit goods between the north and south. It said that such register was no longer essential
The US State Department noted that landmines are buried all through northern Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka has launched a extensive de-mining effort there.
There are an estimated 1.5 million landmines and unexploded weapons in northern Sir Lanka, and Government armed forces have sustained to unearth buried LTTE arms caches. But no terrorist incidents have occurred.
More than 288,000 civilians, mostly from the north, were initially displaced by the conflict and then housed in Government-run welfare centers. As de-mining has higher a huge resettlement movement has begun.
As of Nov. 20, 2009, more than semi of those displaced civilians had been sent home. The Government has pledged to go back most of the displaced by Jan. 31, 2010. concerning 135,000 people stay in the centers today.
Courtesy - The Sunday Island

Search Operations in North Continue

Troops on their look for and clear operations in the universal areas of Mirusuwil, Illuppakadavai, Kilinochchi, Puthukkudiyiruppu and Vellamullivaikkal healthier two thousand one hundred and fifty rounds of 7.62 x 39 mm ammunition, five hundred and twenty-two rounds of 7.62 x 54 mm ammunition, 1.5 kg of explosives, one Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG), one firing device, one hundred and eighty-three rounds of T-56 ammunition, eighteen rounds of 25 mm ammunition, one hundred and fifty rounds of 23 mm bullets, three rounds of Multi Purpose mechanism Gun (MPMG) bullets one hand grenade, fifteen 60 mm gun bombs, one Sub Machine Gun (SMG), four SMG magazines, three radio message sets, two thousand rounds of FNC ammunition, twenty-five artillery booster bags, two parts of anti air craft gun, one 40 mm grenade launcher and three Outboard Motors (OBM) on Friday (20).
Meanwhile, troops in the east recovered four shotgun and two rotten trap gun barrels Meeyankolla, Batticaloa in a search procedure on the same day (20).
Courtesy : SL Army

Sunday, November 22, 2009

"Fashion Show" to raise funds for wellness resort a success

The Seva Vanitha Army Branch's (SVAB) newest welfare project, "Wellness Resort for Dependant put out of action War Heroes" received a further boost on Sunday (22) when the country's most stylish dress designers showcased their latest fashions on phase in hold up of the military who sacrificed their hands and limbs for the sake of the state.
The SVAB prearranged style Show at Mount Lavinia Hotel drew a huge crowd of enthusiasts including the First Lady Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa who declared unlock the Fashion Show on the invite of Mrs. Manjulika Jayasuriya, President SVAB. Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President Ministry of Defence Seva Vanitha Branch Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa, leader of the Army replacement General Jagath Jayasuriya, senior SVAB members, Army officers and their relations members were among the spectators
This novel concept of a permanent centre that cares dependent relative disabled soldiers was initiated by Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya soon following she took office as leader SVAB. Reputed designers Ramani, Indu, Loching, Romesh, Kamal, Rohitha, Sajith, Kashyapa, Dlifford, Eric, Channa, Jananath, Lucien and Sithara added colour to the Fashion Show, "Mt. Lavinia Designer Collection".
The proposed "Wellness option for Dependant Disable War Heroes" at Anuradhapura is to cost Rs. 150 million and dish up as a permanent place for dependant War Heroes throughout the relax of their lives. The scheme is to give accommodation for instant family members, too throughout their stay at the Anuradhapura multifaceted. The SVAB plans to set up alike centres in Kandy and Galle during second and third phases of the scheme
Courtesy : SL Army

President presents Ranajayapura to the War heroes

His Excellency Mahinda Rajapksa, President of Sri Lanka and the Commander in leader of the Armed armed forces today handed over Ranajayapura mega housing scheme to the disagreement heroes. At a rite held at Ipalogma, the President handed in excess of keys of 100 houses to their owners.
Ranajayapura is a idea made reality under the Mahinda Chinthana program, the President's vision for the country's future. The housing scheme at Ipalogama marks the conclusion of the first phase of total project aimed at structure 50,000 houses for the war heroes. Ranajayapura is the largest ever housing project built for the war heroes consisting 1509 completed houses with all contemporary facilities.
The scheme was planned and implemented by the Ministry of Defence under the leadership of Defence desk Gotabaya Rajapaksa. With his great interest in ' looking after the men at the back the weapon" , the Defence Secretary gave the top main anxiety to somewhere to live project over a lot of other Ranaviru welfare projects carried out under his leadership.
Additional desk of Defence, and the scheme manager Mr. Willy Gmamage verbal communication to said that the cost of each three roomed house with lavatory amass cupboard and a ten rest on land was Rs. 1.4 million. The management has borne Rs. 600,000 of the total cost and the remaining Rs. 800,000 was given as interest free loans to the recipients which are unsurprising to be healthier within ten to fifteen years.
Also, the housing scheme is provided with a Super Market, a Bank of Ceylon branch, a major school a daycare unit and a well equipped hospital
The Foundation stone was laid for the scheme on the 14th December 2006. The building was at first undertaken by NACL but later taken over by the Sri Lanka Navy engineers. With an tireless effort and promise, navy engineers accomplished the task of completion 1509 houses within 15 months.
Former Commander of the Navy Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda made tremendous labors even during the humanitarian operations to accelerate the project. After him, Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, Commander of the Navy taken over the climbing job and talented it. The following chart shows the speedy progress of the project after taken over by the Navy.

Freedom of Movement for all IDPs from December

All welfare centres will be named as freedom villages with result from 1st of December 2009, announced older Presidential Advisor and leader of the President's Task power for treatment and Resettlement, Basil Rajapaksa, MP, who visited Vavuniya welfare centres this morning (21).
Thus all Internally Displaced People (IDP) will have total freedom of group from 1st of December.
This official announcement was made amidst applauds from the IDPs.
The option was taken as part of government moves to get improved the rights and human rights of inside Displaced community housed at welfare villages in the North.
Secondly, Mr. Basil Rajapaksa announced that under the orders of leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, all IDPs will be resettled by 31 January 2010.
Thirdly, the current Rs. 25,000 provided to IDPs will be doubled to Rs. 50,000 with effect from 15 December 2009.
In adding, the government will provide the IDPs with dry rations sufficient for 6 months, roofing sheets, kitchen utensils, agricultural equipments and other essential matter to make easy a smooth transition all through resettlement.
Courtesy : Presidential Media Unit

President to open Ranajayapura ; mega housing scheme to war heroes - Ipalogama

His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa , President of Sri Lanka and leader in Chief of the Armed armed forces is to present Ranajayapura , mega housing scheme to the war heroes nowadays (Nov 22). The housing scheme consisting over 1500 houses is the largest still built for the armed forces personnel in Sri Lanka.
The leader will ceremonially hand over keys of 100 houses to their owners at a purpose organized at Ipalogam this evening. The rest of the keys will be handed over by the Ministers participating to the event.

Friday, November 20, 2009

UN envoy lauds Govt Says IDP numbers in Menik Farm have halved: Holmes impressed with Govt's commitment :

United Nations Under Secretary General for Humanitarian relationships and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Sir John Holmes said he was extremely encouraged and frightened by the rapid relocation of the IDPs in progress.
Holmes made these statements at a joint press meeting at the Foreign Ministry with overseas Minister Rohitha Bogollagama.
Holmes was in Sri Lanka on a three-day tour on an invite by the Foreign Minister. He visited Jaffna, Vavuniya and Menik Farm, while expenditure a night in Jaffna.
During his visit, he had also been briefed at length on the demining process.
In answer to a query whether the UN thinks that the 180-day timeframe set by the Government for resettlement could be kept, Sir John Holmes replied that timeframes are not significant but what is important is the commitment of the administration which has frightened him.
He had held wide discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Justice and Law Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda, Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and Senior Presidential consultant Basil Rajapaksa MP on a broad variety of issues covering IDP resettlement, political and the de-mining procedure.
Stating that it was his fourth call to Sri Lanka, Holmes said he had been to IDP camps and spoke with the IDPs. He said the UN had before entertained concerns over the timing of the resettlement.
However, this procedure had seen a rapid change over the past three months, with the number of IDPs in Menik Farm having been almost halved from its first figure of 285,000 to 135,000.
One of the chief concerns of the UN diplomat was the fundamental issue of liberty of group. He had discussed this extensively in his meetings with the President and Ministers, and said that he was greatly encouraged by the optimistic feedback received on the go back to normalization.
He specially credited the reopening of the A9 road as playing an significant step in this procedure.
language on the progress and possible of development in Sri Lanka, Holmes said he was worried about the long term process of rebuilding rehabilitation and resettlement.
He stated that the UN hopes to labor with the Government to accelerate this process, providing aid of food, healthcare services and education, as well as convey and communications development.
Courtesy : Daily News

President will bring economic prosperity - Deputy Minister

Estate Infrastructure Deputy priest and Ceylon Workers' Congress President Muthu Sivalingam said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was able to end nearly thirty years of war that absorbed the country. He would be the only leader who could find a following answer to the ethnic difficulty.
He recalled that throughout the years when the Ceasefire accord was in force no efforts had been made to find a political solution. Since the war was over people are reassured from fear hang-up.
While appreciating the efforts made by the administration to resettle more than one hundred and fifty thousand Internally Displaced Persons and the gap of A9 highway to the public, Muthu Sivalingam said that by these steps the free movement of populace had been ensured. This was possible since of the political management given by the President, he said.
The Ceylon Workers' Congress head said that under the guidance of President Mahinda Rajapaksa the century-old line rooms were being replaced by separate houses. He added that the Estate communications Ministry had been clever to build more than 4,000 houses.
The permanence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a second word was essential to the financial development of the country. Therefore, the CWC had decided to hold up Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential vote, he said. M.P.M
Courtesy : Daily News

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Remainder of bogus asylum seekers agree to disembark the ship

The remainder of the original group of 78 bogus asylum seekers, after a three week stand off agreed to go away an Australian customs ship moored of near the Indonesian island of Bintane on Wednesday (Nov 18), Australian journalists reported.
The 78 asylum seekers were picked up by the Australian ship sea Viking in International waters as they were on their way to Australia.
When they were to be taken to Bintane, they refused to come ashore demanding that they be sent only to Australia.
Last week part of the asylum seekers decided to go to Bintane when they were promised the speedy processing of their 'refugee' claims by the United Nations refugee organization, the UNHCR.
Indonesian officials have promised to send the last lot of 56 to Bintane island dispensation center and detain them only for one month.
An official was quoted as saying, "They would be detained for one month following their claims are processed by the UNHCR previous to they could be sent to a third state eager [to take them in".
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'LTTE terrorists dug its own grave'- Karunanidhi

The LTTE terrorists did not take into account future penalty while implementing its war strategy, Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Chairperson M. Karunanidhi has said on Tuesday (Nov 17).
Indian daily 'The Hindu' quoting Minister Karunanidhi's statement stated that the sight was made in the background of a recent meeting given by Sri Lankan opposition leader Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe to a Tamil journal.
Recalling the LTTE's call to Tamils for boycott of the 2005 presidential elections, Mr Karunanidhi, in a statement, said that SLFP leader Mahinda Rajapaksa had defeated UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe by a margin of about 1.81 lakh votes and that seven lakh Tamils in Sri Lanka did not shed their votes. Mr Wickramasinghe had then promised the electors that he would give priority to peace talks with the LTTE in the time of his election, Karunanidhi was quoted as saying.
Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was also assassinated by LTTE terrorists for not towing their nationalist ideologies.

Monday, November 16, 2009

More rehab assistance to the North

Massive reconstruction and rehabilitation assistance for the North is in the pipe line as of Japan, the European Union, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and a very large degree of paddy land that remained fallow over several existence was to be brought under the plough this Maha crop season, Vavuniya District Secretary Mrs. P.S.M. Charles told the Daily News yesterday.
While a stipulation of 11 million US Dollars from Japan and 12 million Euros from the European Commission for the rehabilitation and renovations of resettlements has been made the Asian Development Bank had assisted with US Dollars 250 million for the growth of the Vavuniya District, she said.
The Vavuniya Development Plan drafted by the Urban Development Authority was approved by the Presidential Task Force and the UNDP had shown their readiness to facilitate this project she further noted.
A modern sewerage treatment plant is to be in progress at a cost of 18 million US Dollars by the British NGO, OXFAM in teamwork with the UNDP at Vavuniya while one extra sewerage plant similar to that was to be funded by the Japanese administration was to be started at Thambamadu she explained.
torrential rain rains have started and the resettled civilians have started cultivating their paddy lands. About 4,000 acres in Vavuniya alone which were abandoned for a lot of years are life form cultivated with much eagerness as they have been provided with armed forces like ploughing done by the military and seed and agricultural equipment provided by the particular Task Force, she said.
Commenting on the progress of resettlement of IDPs she said almost 150,000 IDPs have been resettled by now and the balance were to be resettled by January 31, 2010.
Courtesy : Daily news

Children of war heroes receive scholarships

Children of war heroes were awarded with scholarships by H.E the President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the place of worship Trees today (Nov 16).
The scholarship recipients were children of security forces workers, who had made their supreme give up and those upset during the caring operation.
First Lady Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Defence desk Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Chairperson of the MOD Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa were also there at the occasion.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

President of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe visits Sri Lanka (By: Janaka Alahapperuma)

The President and the Chairman of the State Peace and growth Council of the Union of Myanmar, older General Than Shwe and the First Lady Than Shwe arrived in the isle yesterday(12 Nov), on an bureaucrat visit to Sri Lanka.
President Than Shwe and his delegation was warmly welcomed by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa at the Katunayake global Air Port.
Myanmar's President General Than Shwe at home at the invitation of his Sri Lankan complement President Mahinda Rajapaksa to further strengthen bilateral ties. throughout the Myanmar President's stay in Sri Lanka more than a few MOUs would be signed flanked by the two countries.

Govt relaxes transport along A-9 trunk road

The Government has decided to relax transport of goods and passenger transportation by A-9 Road, for the convenience of the public in Jaffna. According to media reports following choices were made facilitating transportation of people and merchandise from Jaffna and forth.
• There is no limit to transport goods to Jaffna and back as in the case of any other part of the state.
• The vehicles that are already registered with the Commissioner General of necessary Services (CGES) can engage in the transportation of goods. Registration of vehicles by CGES for transport of goods to Jaffna is extended till November 30, 2009.
• The vehicles belonging to Government Departments, Corporations, Banks and Manufacturing Companies, will be permitted to convey goods by their possess vehicles, for six months continually.
They are requested to present applications for CGES approval.
The community are permitted to travel to Jaffna and back by public convey and private busses which are now in operation.
Any private bus/coach owner who wishes to operate between Colombo and Jaffna, should apply to the National Transport charge for route permits.
confidential vessels are permitted to carry cargo to the North from any port of the country, subject to marine clearance and operational supplies of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. Approval of the CGES is not required.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

HE the president appoints New IG Police

Mr. Mahinda Balasuriya, Snr. DIG/ Administration, STF & ready authority has been appointed by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Democratic, collective Republic of Sri Lanka, as the 32nd Inspector General of Police of the law enforcement history.
Official ceremony will be held at the Police Headquarters, Colombo on 04.11.2009 at 09 00hrs.

To build a nation that upholds justice: Independence of Judiciary essential - President Mahinda Rajapaksa

*If the public were to respect the law and lawyers the law should be equal for everyone
*Today the rule of law was effective in all parts of the country
oIt is necessary to defend the self-government of the judiciary, to build a state that upholds justice. In our country we had experienced the rule of law for a considerable time but during the past three decades violence prevented carrying out the decisions made by Courts, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday(Nov 02).
The President was verbal communication after laying the base stone for a new lawyers office multifaceted at Hulftsdorp, Colombo.
Continuing the President said while the law and judiciary were performance on this side of the country a group of terrorists were setting up their own courts in disobedience of the judiciary and certain decisions made by our Courts of law could not be carried out and became a empty exercise due to the threat of terrorism. But today the rule of rule was effective in all parts of the country and no one could challenge the judiciary and laws.
If the public were to respect the law and lawyers the law should be equal for everyone.
Laws were enacted or amended by the legislature and we have over a very long period of time recognized our judicial institutions and our laws were time tested. The administration was not prepared to interfere into the judiciary for any reasons whatsoever as the government respected the independence of the judiciary and all of us should unite to defend the judiciary, the President said.
He said the time has come now for all of us to work hard and utmost efficiency was demanded by the country and efficiency and speed of resolving problems was also called for in the Courts of law and all other institutions linked to the judicial scheme.
Chief Justice Asoka de Silva, Ministers Prof G.L.Peiris,. Milinda Moragoda, Attorney General Mohan Peiris and the Bar Association President W.Dayaratna were also present.
Courtesy: Daily News