Your Excellency Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Your Excellency Alvaro Garcia Linera, Vice President of Bolivia and President of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia, Honorable Members of the Legislative Assembly,
(by Dinusha Wijesinghe ) In the wake of the Ukrainian crisis and rising tensions between China and Vietnam in the South China Sea, Russia and China signed a historic gas deal that will bolster the regional relationship between the two countries for the next thirty years. While Russia and China have proven to be a cooperative force in global politics and security, as they share similar interests and ideologies in this arena, the neighboring countries have historically faltered in creating effective economic relations.Both Russia and China have prioritized looking to Western capital and markets for economic development and stability instead of looking to each other. The landmark gas deal between Russia and China, however, could change this global dynamic indicating the pervasive rise of a multipolar world.
The Group of 77, popularly known as G77, is a coalition of developing nations designed to promote its members’ collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development.
Poson full-moon poya day (Poson Poya Day/Poson Festival) commemorates the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. It is a festival of great historical and religious significance celebrated island-wide by Buddhists. Poson, held on the full moon day of June, commemorates the occasion over 2,000 years ago when Arahat Mahinda, son of Emperor Asoka of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism. The main center of celebration is Mihintale, the ancient monastic complex where the royal missionary monk Mahinda preached the first sermon to the ruling king at Anuradhapura the ancient capital, to which large crowd of pilgrims converge. Mass religious observances, illuminations pageants are part of the celebrations.
Sri Lanka has reiterated its categorical rejection of the Human Right Council Resolution 25/1, and said it will not cooperate with the OHCHR-driven so called “comprehensive investigation” emanating from it. Sri Lanka has observed that the Government is firmly committed to continuing its ongoing processes of reconciliation, nation building and accountability, and towards this end, will continue to work with countries and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations that are genuinely interested in the welfare of the Sri Lankan people.
This is something that everyone knows, Sri Lanka was engaged in a conflict with the Liberation of Tamil Tiger Eelam (LTTE)-considered as the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world-for 30 long years. Yes, Sri Lanka achieved peace and freedom in May 2009 amidst the great sacrifices of the Armed Force, Police, Civil Defence Force, Military Intelligence and of course the people, all over the country. A conflict that was raged by the LTTE supposedly for the betterment of the Tamil people was anything but that. The moderate Tamil leadership of the country was systematically removed. That is another story to tell.
By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera (Executive Director, LKIIRSS, Sri Lanka) Permeated by many turbulent events in May 2014, East Asia served as the milieu for events from the coup d'état in Thailand, to maritime cooperation for the Indonesia-Vietnam boundary between President Susilo and the Prime Minister of Vietnam, all on the backdrop of the World Economic Forum in East Asia in Manila. Indonesia, the largest Muslim democracy in Southeast Asia, was at the center stage. During the forum, outgoing President SusiloBambangYudhoyono received the Statesmanship Award, and many of his achievements during his decade of Presidency were discussed. During his speech, President Susilo made direct reference to China regarding the East China Sea emphasising that “…any disputes including maritime border tension can be resolved peacefully - not with the use of military might which [may] endanger stability and peace in our region.”
In view of the improved macroeconomic environment, greater stability in the external sector as well as the development of a more effective and comprehensive regulatory and surveillance framework, several Exchange Control Regulations have been liberalized over the past few years. In keeping with the above policy trend, a series of further relaxation measures as follows, will be implemented with effect from 28 May 2014. Such measures are also expected to further enhance the external competitiveness of Sri Lanka in the global market.