Launching of a forest cultivation programme and awarding badges to students of environment brigades were held recently at the ampitigala temple in Madurawala. Chief guest was Deputy Minister of Environment and Mahaweli Development anuradha Jayaratne. Jayaratne pinning a badge on a student. Chief incumbent of the temple Ven. hakiyalwala Chandananda thera, Deputy Minister of internal affairs, Cultural and Wayamba Development Palitha thewarapperuma, Bulathsinhala SLFP Organiser thusitha Kularatne, Chairman of the Central Environmental authority and principals of schools in Kalutara District were also present at the event.
Geneva Resolution being
implemented – Mangala
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Monday assured that the the process implementing the Geneva Resolution was on track
Strongly denying a dispute within the ruling coalition over the process, Minister Samaraweera stressed that President Maithripala Sirisena had been consulted before the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) co-sponsored the Resolution at the Sept/Oct, 2015 sessions of the UNHRC in Geneva.
The Matara District MP vowed to proceed with the process regardless of resistance by hostile elements hell-bent on sabotaging the peace initiative.
Foreign Minister Samaraweera Monday evening called a special session with the media, including members of the Foreign Correspondents Association to explain the measures taken by the government to address accountability issues. Having explained the circumstances under which the GoSL had reached agreement on Resolution 30/1, Minister Samaraweera declared the agreement as Sri Lanka’s biggest achievement recently.