Director General of the Government Information, Attorney-at-Law, Sudharshana Gunawardena addressed the 2nd National Youth Summit (NYS) titled ‘Dialogue for Sustainable Peace and Development’ held at the premises of the Department of Government Information on Saturday (21st April).
Ending widespread speculation, the Interpol headquarters last week issued a formal communique to the CID Colombo, the Interpol Agent for Sri Lanka, confirming the issue of a worldwide red notice on former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran who is wanted in connection with the Treasury Bond investigation, authoritative sources told . Despite concerns that the Red Notice had not appeared yet on the official Interpol website using the search criteria for Sri Lanka, a senior official at the Attorney General’s Department confirmed that Sri Lanka’s Interpol portal at the CID now has a Red Notice on the former Central Bank Chief.
Interpol has issued ‘Red Notice’ for former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran in connection with the investigations being carried out by the CID on the central bank treasury bond scam. He stated that the red notice will be in effect in all countries and not just in a particular region.
Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani, who arrived in the island yesterday (18th April) on an official visit, called on Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament Karu Jayasuriya today at the Parliamentary Complex.
Ministry of Health has taken measures to extend inspections and raids on errant traders selling food items not suitable for consumption for the forthcoming Wesak festive season. The Ministry of Health earlier this month launched the raids to arrest traders selling food items not suitable for consumption during the New Year festive season and the program will be extended until the end of this month ahead of the upcoming Vesak festival.
The raids are aimed to inspect the quality and ensure security of foods issued to the market for public consumption and customer protection. According to the Ministry the information on the ingredients of a food item, the date of manufacture, the expiry date, the price and weight should be indicated on the package of a particular food item.
The information should be displayed on the package before they are marked for sale and it is also the consumer's responsibility to check the package information before purchasing, the Ministry points out.During the past few days, food raids were carried out in many areas of the island and legal actions have been taken on the establishments that sell foods unfit for consumption.
Health inspectors also took measures during the raids to destroy the expired food items.
In line with the government’s policy of releasing civilians’ land, hitherto used by Jaffna Security Forces, the Sri Lanka Army without compromising national security interests released a record 683 acres of land in Thelippalei Divisional Secretariat area to 964 legal owners during a ceremony, held in the same location, Thelippalei under the auspices of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake and the District Secretary for Jaffna, Mr Nagalingam Vedanayaham.
Speaking of the recent measures taken against money laundering and terrorism financing, the State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne categorically denied the claims, that the government mulls amending companies act to send the details of persons having 25 % of the shares in Public Limited Companies to CID to inquire on money laundering acts. It is also alleged that wider powers are to be given to CID to question Directors, shareholders of private companies.