Daily Archives: September 9, 2015

New State and Deputy Ministers sworn in


President’s Media Unit sent out a press release a short while ago, stating that the appointments of Nimal Lansa as Deputy Minister of Tourism and Christian Affairs and Arundika Fernando as Deputy Minister Home Affairs had been swapped.

However they have not stated a reason for this portfolio exchange. Nimal Lansa will now be the Deputy Minister for Home Affairs and Arundika Fernando will be the Deputy the Ministry of Tourism and Christian Affairs.

Political commentators observe that this could be the beginning of a new trend where ministers and deputy ministers can exchange portfolios by agreement.

State Ministers

01 T.B. Ekanayake – State Minister of Land

02 A.H.M. Fawzie – State Minister of National Integration

03 Priyankara Jayaratne – State Minister of Law and Order

04 Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane – State Minister of Finance

05 Dilan Perera – State Minister of Highways

06 Ravindra Samaraweera – State Minister of Labour and Trade Union

07 Dilip Wedaarachchi – State Minister of Fisheries

08 Niroshan Perera – State Minister of National Policy and Economic Development

09 Palitha Range Bandara – State Minister of Vocational Training

10 Ruwan Wijeyawardene – State Minister of Defence

11 Mohan Lal Grero State – Minister of University Education

12 Champilka Premadasa – State Minister of Industries and Commerce

13 Vijayakala Maheswaran – State Minister of Child Affairs

14 Vasantha Senanayake – State Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources

15 Sujeewa Senasinghe – State Minister of International Trade

16 Wasantha Aluvihare – State Minister of Agriculture

17 Sudarshani Fernandopulle – State Minister of Water Supply

18 V. Radhakrishnan – State Minister of Education

19 A. L.M. Hizbullah – State Minister of Rehabilitation and Reconciliation

Deputy Ministers

01 Sumeda G. Jayasena – Deputy Minister of Wildlife

02 Susantha Punchinilame – Deputy Minister of Public Administration

03 Ameer Ali – Deputy Minister of Rural Economy

04 Lasantha Alagiyawanna – Deputy Minister of Mega polis

05 Indika Bandaranayake – Duputy Minister of Housing

06 Faisal Cassim – Deputy Minister of Health

07 Dunesh Gankanda – Deputy Minister of Disaster Management

08 Dulip Wijesekara – Deputy Minister of Postal and Muslim affairs

09 Lakshman Wasantha Perera – Deputy Minister of Plantation

10 Nishantha Muthuhettigama – Deputy Minister of Ports and Shipping

11 Anoma Gamage Deputy – Minister of Petroleum

12 Harsha De Silva Deputy – Minister of Foreign Affairs

13 Ranjan Ramanayake – Deputy Minister of Social Services

14 Ajith P. Perera Deputy – Minister of Power and Energy

15 Eran Wickramaratne – Deputy Minister of State entrepreneurship

16 Ashoka Abeysinha – Deputy Minister of Transport

17 Arundika Fernando Deputy – Minister of Home Affairs

18 Tharanath Basnayake – Deputy Minister of Telecommunications & Digital Infrastructure

19 H.M. Haris Deputy – Minister of Sports

20 Karu Paranavithana – Deputy Minister of Provincial Council & Local Government

21 Nimal Lansa – Deputy Minister of Tourism & Christian Affairs

22 Siripala Gamlath – Deputy Minister of Foreign Employment

Three more cabinet ministers sworn in – තවත් කැබිනට් අමාත්‍යවරුන් තිදෙනෙක් දිවුරුම් දෙති


Faizer Mustapha was sworn in as the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils.

Malik Samarawickrema was sworn in as the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade.

Vijith Wijeyamuni Zoysa was sworn in as Minister of Irrigation.

විජිත් විජිතමුණි සොයිසා  – වාරි මාර්ග හා ජල කළමනාකරණ

ෆයිසර් මුස්තාෆා  – පළාත් සභා සහ පළාත් පාලන

මලික් සමරවික්‍රම – සංවර්ධන උපාය මාර්ග හා ජාත්‍යන්තර වෙළඳ

DMK opposes US move to bring in revised resolution


DMK today opposed any move by the US to bring in a revised resolution in a UN rights body on a probe into alleged rights violations in Sri Lanka, as reported in the media, and said India should not support it.

“It is widely reported in the press that the USA is going to bring in a totally revised resolution seeking a domestic inquiry into alleged war crimes and human rights violations during the peak of civil war in 2009,” DMK President M Karunanidhi said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This was “contrary” to their earlier stand demanding an independent international probe when Mahinda Rajapaksa was the Sri Lankan President, he said.

Karunanidhi said Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was “believed” to have been “mobilising” support for the revised US resolution and that “he may like India to support” it.

“We and the diaspora Tamils are opposed to this sinister move. History will not forgive if India yields to this crafty design,” Karunanidhi said in the letter.

Karunanidhi noted that six months had passed after Maithiripala Sirisena was elected as President but there had been “nil progress” on the promises made by him on Tamils’ welfare.

The DMK chief urged Modi to take up with Sirisena and Wickremesinghe, during their forthcoming Indian visits, a series of issues pertaining to Tamils’ welfare even as he reiterated his party’s demand for a UN supervised “referendum” among Lankan Tamils.

“We firmly believe that this political solution of the choice of the Tamils will alone put an end once and for all to the problems of Sri Lankan Tamils,” he said.

He also appealed to Modi to take up with Wickremesinghe during his India visit this month the issue of attacks on Indian fishermen allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.

“We, the people of Tamil Nadu and diaspora Tamils will be grateful to you for a very sympathetic and positive approach to wipe out the disgrace and dishonour suffered by the Tamils of Sri Lanka,” Karunanidhi added.

It may be recalled that Sri Lanka has been subject to three UNHRC resolutions in 2012, 2013 and 2014 over alleged rights abuses and the last one had prescribed an international probe. India had backed the US-sponsored 2012 and 2013 UNHRC resolutions but abstained at the crucial vote last March.


Queen Elizabeth II surpasses Queen Victoria’s long reign


Queen Elizabeth II has reached a major milestone by becoming the longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history.

She passes Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother, who was on the throne for 63 years and 7 months.

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that millions on Britons would celebrate the Queen’s “historic moment.”

“Over the last 63 years, Her Majesty has been a rock of stability in a world of constant change and her selfless sense of service and duty has earned admiration not only in Britain, but right across the globe,” Mr. Cameron said.

“It is only right that today we should celebrate her extraordinary record, as well as the grace and dignity with which she serves our country.”

Buckingham Palace marked the event by releasing an official photograph of the Queen taken by Mary McCartney, a photographer who is the daughter of former Beatle Paul McCartney.

Queen Elizabeth came to the throne in 1952 upon the death of her father King George VI. She was touring a remote part of Kenya when news of her father’s death arrived.

The 89-year-old monarch has cut back on her international travel and has lightened her work load somewhat, but she still carries out many royal duties.


Serena Williams beats Venus at US Open to extend Grand Slam bid


Serena can still become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to collect all four Grand Slam titles in a calendar year.
If Serena Williams would feel sympathy for any opponent standing in the way of her pursuit of tennis’ first true Grand Slam in 27 years, it might very well be her sister Venus.

Still, no way was Serena going to let anyone, or anything, stop her on this night, even if she found herself in a mid-match lull while facing her older sibling in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Moving two matches from history, top-seeded Serena got all she could handle from 23-seeded Venus before moving onto the semifinals at Flushing Meadows with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory on Tuesday in the 27th installment of the unique Williams vs. Williams rivalry.

When it ended, they met at the net for a hug, with a smiling Venus wrapping both arms around Serena.


Secretaries appointed for 44 Ministries


01 Ministry of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs C. Sivagnanasothi
02 Ministry of Finance Dr. R. H. S. Samarathunga
03 Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations S. M. Gotabhaya Jayaratne
04 Minister of Parliamentary Reform and Mass Media W. M. V. Narampanawa
05 Ministry Education W. M. Bandusena
06 Ministry of Primary Industries J. K. D. Amarawardana
07 Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Udaya R. Seneviratne
08 Ministry of Transport Nihal Somaweera
09 Ministry of Mineral Oil and Petrolium Gas Mrs. W. S. Karunaratne
10 Ministry Buddha Sasana Wasantha Ekanayake
11 Ministry of Postal Service & Muslim Affairs P. H. L. Wimalasiri Perera
12 Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Affairs P. H. J. B. Sugathadasa
13 Ministry of Foreign Employment G. S. Vithanage
14 Ministry of Disaster Management S. S. Miyanawala
15 Ministry of Justice Padmasiri Jayamanna
16 Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wild Life R. M. D. B. Meegasmulla
17 Ministry of National Dialogue Mrs. V. B. P. K. Weerasinghe
18 Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Upali Marasinghe
19 Ministry of Southern Development Gamini Rajakaruna
20 Ministry of Plantations A. M. Jayawickrama
21 Ministry of Sports Dr. D. M. R. B. Dissanayake
22 Ministry of Agriculture B. Wijayaratne
23 Ministry of Home Affairs J. J. Rathnasiri
24 Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy Dr. B. B. S. Batagoda
25 Ministry of Ports and Shipping L. P. Jayampathi
26 Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs M. I. F. Rafeek
27 Ministry of Lands Dr. I. H. K. Mahanama
28 Ministry of Public Administration and Management J. Dadallage
29 Ministry of Rural Economy Mrs. D. K. R. Ekanayake
30 Ministry of Upcountry New Villages, Infrastructure Facilities and Community Development Mrs. R. Nadarasapille
31 Ministry of Industry and Commerce T. M. K. B. Thennakoon
32 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mrs. C. Vageeshwara
33 Ministry of Megapolice and Western Development N. Rupasinghe
34 Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi
35 Ministry of Skill Development and Vocational Training P. Ranepura
36 Ministry of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs D. Swarnapala
37 Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare M. Senevirathne
38 Ministry of Technology, Technical Education and Employment Mrs. R. Vijayalakshmi
39 Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mrs. W. M. M. R. Adhikari
40 Ministry of University Education and Highways D. C. Dissanayake
41 Ministry of Housing and Construction Mrs. W. K. K. Athukorala
42 Ministry of Law and Order and Prisons Reform Jagath Wijeweera
43 Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs Mrs. Chandrani Senarathne
44 Ministry of Public Enterprise Development Ravindra Hewawitharana

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