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The government extends its appreciation to all the countries that supported Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council yesterday.

The Government of Sri Lanka extends its appreciation to all the countries that extended support to Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council yesterday.
The government deeply appreciate the understanding shown by all, and support for Sri Lanka’s processes for promoting reconciliation, justice, and human rights, towards enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.


Following the January 8th 2015 Presidential Election, the National Unity Government, under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, made a promise to the people of Sri Lanka that the Government will shift from the practice under the previous administration, of antagonism and self-isolation, and instead engage and work with all stakeholders including friends and partners in the international community, to uphold human rights, establish rule of law, end impunity, strengthen democracy and good governance, and create the stability and peace required in the country for the prosperity of all our people.

Russian deputy minister of foreign affairs says that the friendship between the presidents of the two countries earmarks high standards of diplomatic relations between the two countries.


Russian federations deputy foreign minister Igor Mogiyalov says that the close friendship between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will meet new standards in the bilateral relations of the two countries. Marking 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, deputy foreign minister of Russian federation hosted a special dinner in honour of visiting Sri Lankan president.

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Speaker demands that parliamentarians should protect the respect of the parliament when they take part in parliamentary debates.


Speaker Karu Jayasooriya addressing the parliament at the beginning of today's session said that all the members of the parliament should protect the respect of the parliament when they are participating in its debates. Mr. Karu Jayasooriya said that the parliament is the August assembly in practicing democracy in a country.

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Parliament condoles the demise of late former Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayake.

The parliament express its condolences at the demise of former Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake.  During the session speaking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that late Rathnasiri Wickremanayake had been an independent and impartial ideologist.  He was not of grave anger of revenge and also was not vindictive.  Mr. Wickremanayake flourished the polity of Sri Lanka.  

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UNHRC adopts resolution on Sri Lanka extending time by two years.

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva says the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the draft resolution on Sri Lanka without vote.

The resolution gives Sri Lanka a two-year extension on Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the United States and four other countries and adopted by the UNHRC in October 2015. Forty countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Macedonia and Montenegro sponsored the Resolution giving Sri Lanka a two-year extension to fulfill obligation relating to reconciliation and accountability.The Minister says Sri Lanka will engage and work with all stakeholders to uphold human rights, establish rule of law, end impunity, strengthen democracy and good governance, and create the stability and peace required in the country for the prosperity of all the people.

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State Defence Minister holds talks with Malaysian Defence Minister.

State Minister Ruwan Wijewardena joined in the Lima 2017 Exhibition considered to be the largest Naval Aerospace Exhibition in Southeast Asia to be organized in Malaysia at the invitation of the Malaysian Government. Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunatilake also joined in the occasion.

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The President makes floral tribute to the monument of Unknown Soldier in Moscow.

President Maithripala Sirisena today visited the popular monument of Unknown Soldier in Moscow and maid floral tribute to it. This monument has been erected at the Alexander garden in the red square in Moscow to mark the Soviet soldiers who sacrifice their lives during the Second World War. President Sirisena was warmly accepted by the army commander in Moscow at the red square. Special guard of honor was also accorded in respect of the Sri Lankan leader.

New constitution will provide solution for delay of court cases.

Several special orders under the criminal court were taken up for debate in the parliament today. Opening the debate minister Dr. Vijayadasa Rajapakse said these special orders have been introduce to strengthen the rights of civil society. The government is committed to mete justice to people. The government will never introduce any mechanism detrimental to the constitution. No foreign judges will be called for any judicial affairs in the country.

The government will be committed to safeguard the independence and sovereignty in the country. Sri Lanka has entered in to the path of national reconciliation. All parties have been invited to prepare a new constitution. However a small group is attempting to gain political mileage by disrupting this process.

Minister Rajapakse stress that powers will be decentralized within the framework of unitary constitution. Buddhism will be given the proper place.

The minister added that the new constitution will provide solution for delay of court cases. A cabinet paper has been presented to increase the number of Supreme Court judges from 11 to 15. Measures have been taken to introduce a justifiable salary system for judges.

Joining the debate parliamentarian Vijitha Hearth says that the government should intervene to strengthen and accelerate the services of the judicial service commission.

President Maithripala Sirisena will hold official discussions with his Russian Counterpart in Moscow today.

Today is the 2nd day of the President Maithripala Sirisena's official visit in Russia. The presidents of the 2 countries will meet at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow this afternoon.

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Construction of the Kadawatha-Nittambuwa segment of the Kandy road will be completed by the end of this year.

The  Department of Highways says that the development work of Kadawata-Nittambuwa segment of the Colombo-Kandy road will be completed within this year.The 23 kilo meter segment will be developed in 4 lanes at a cost of 6.9 billion rupees.

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