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Sajith Premadasa - Prasanna Ranatunga - Opposition groups meet diplomats in Colombo to discuss current state of affairs - newsfirst.lk - Japan - Usa - India - Sri Lanka - Italy - Britain - France - Australia - Canada - Eu - New Zealand - Netherlands
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Opposition groups meet diplomats in Colombo to discuss current state of affairs
COLOMBO (News 1st); Several leaders of opposition political parties in Sri Lanka led by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa met with Ambassadors and Delegates representing 12 countries in Colombo on Wednesday (22) evening.According to reports, the objective of the meeting was to discuss the current state of affairs in Sri Lanka.The discussion was mainly focused on Sri Lanka's Democracy, Constitution, and the Local Government Election.The Opposition Leader had requested the foreign missions to extend support to Sri Lanka Internationally.The foreign diplomats who attended the meeting, according to the office of the opposition leader, were:– Sarah Hulton, High Commissioner, High Commission of the United Kingdom in Sri Lanka– Denis Chaibi, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union in Sri Lanka– Michael Appleton, High Commissioner, New Zealand High Commission in Sri Lanka– Julie J Chung, Ambassador, Embassy of the United States of America in Sri Lanka– Anouk Baron, Deputy Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka– Dr Francesco Perale, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Italy in Sri Lanka  – Vinod Jacob, Deputy High Commissioner, High Commission of the Republic of India in Sri Lanka– Katsuki Kotaro, Minister/Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka– Lalita Kapur, Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka– Aurélien MAILLET, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of France in Sri Lanka– Daniel Blood, Counsellor (Political), High Commission of Canada in Sri Lanka– Ozaki Takeshi, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka.However, in Parliament on Thursday (23), Government Minister Prasanna Ranatunga alleged that the opposition had met with the foreign diplomats to
Fraud in importing Aussie heifers to Sri Lanka - newsfirst.lk - Usa - Sri Lanka - Australia - Netherlands
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Fraud in importing Aussie heifers to Sri Lanka
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Reports have surfaced that an attempt is being made to cover up a serious fraudulent deal involving the importation of dairy heifers from Australia dating back to 2012 all the way up to 2018.Sri Lanka spend US $37.3 Mn to import 5,000 dairy heifers from Australia for dairy farms operated by the National Livestock Development Board from 2012 to 2015.A majority of the dairy heifers imported from Australia's Wellard without following proper procurement process died as they could not adapt to Sri Lanka's climate.The project failed, and thereafter in 2018 the Ministry of Rural Economic Development again decided to import dairy heifers, and this time the number was 20,000 animals.Sri Lanka obtained a US $237 Mn loan from Rabobank in the Netherlands, and used US $23.7 Mn to import 5,000 heifers.Most of these animals fell ill and died after they were given to farmers, and at the same time another US $11.9 Mn was paid in advance for another back of 5,000 heifers.The advance was paid when there were no monetary allocations, and the then-Ministry Secretary had made payments without approval from the parliament.The payment was made five days before she retired, and her spouse is a high ranking public servant at the moment.This serious matter was taken up in COPE on Wednesday (24).Mahindananda Aluthgamage, a Former Minister said "Heifers were imported from Wellard for this project for breeding at a cost of Rs. 4.46 Billion.
UNHRC : Core Group produces 19-point resolution on Sri Lanka - newsfirst.lk - Usa - Sri Lanka - Switzerland - Italy - Austria - Croatia - Germany - Britain - Ireland - Australia - Canada - New Zealand - Netherlands - Denmark - Greece - Slovakia - Norway - Portugal - Bulgaria - Belgium - Finland - Malta - Sweden - Luxembourg - Latvia - Romania - Iceland - Malawi - Cyprus - Bosnia And Hzegovina - Albania - Slovenia - Macedonia - Montenegro - Lithuania - Estonia - Liechtenstein
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UNHRC : Core Group produces 19-point resolution on Sri Lanka
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Core Group at the United Nations Human Rights Council has produced a 19-point resolution on Sri Lanka.This is a draft resolution and it has received the support of thirty other countries Albania,* Australia,* Austria,* Belgium,* Bosnia and Herzegovina,* Bulgaria,* Canada,* Croatia,* Cyprus,* Czechia,* Denmark,* Estonia,* Finland, Germany, Greece,* Iceland,* Ireland,* Italy,* Latvia,* Liechtenstein,* Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta,* Montenegro,* Netherlands, New Zealand,* North Macedonia,* Norway,* Portugal,* Romania,* Slovakia,* Slovenia,* Sweden,* Switzerland,* United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.The draft resolution noting with appreciation the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights towards the promotion and protection of human rights and truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka, has made the following 19-points.1.Welcomes the oral update presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights Council at its forty-ninth session and the report of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights presented to the Council at its current session;2.Also welcomes the engagement of the Government of Sri Lanka with the Office of the High Commissioner and the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, encourages the continuation of such engagement and dialogue, and calls upon Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations made by the Office and to give due consideration to the recommendations made by the special procedures;3.Expresses concern at the human rights impact of the economic crisis, including as a result of increased food insecurity,
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