No private assets will be taken over by govt - Basil
Some people said that molasses too are
manufactured during the sugar-making process. The investors have
requested permission from the Excise Commissioner to import 250
metric tonnes of cane molasses. When the Excise Commissioner
conveyed to the Sugar Research Institute, the investors’ request to
import molasses, the latter ruled it out as completely wrong and
cannot be allowed at any cost. The investors’ case against the
Excise Commissioner is pending in the Court of Appeal.
Unforgettable 520 days on ‘Mars’
Despite losing some weight and hair, Chinese
researcher Wang Yue, along with five other astronauts from different
countries, has successfully finished Mars-500, the 520- day mission
of living in a confined capsule that simulated a trip to Mars.
Economic development and democracy have to grow together
I was told very recently by a young liberal
friend that, whenever I spoke, a frustration with Europe came
through. This, he claimed, had led to everyone switching off when I
spoke. I do not know if that is true, but if it is I must thank the
Alliance of Democrats even more for inviting me here again, to a
gathering that I have always found fruitful and pluralistic, if I
might draw attention to a value we celebrated at the recent
Conference of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats.
Deyata Sevana National Tree Planting Programme today
The Deyata Sevana Tree Planting Programme began
last year to mark the occasion of the commencement of the second
term in office and the 65th birthday of President, Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The government decided that this programme be implemented with the
cooperation and support in particular of the public bureaucratic
machinery. This programme was coordinated by the Presidential
Secretariat and the Ministry of Environment, implemented with
support of all ministries and government agencies, provincial
councils, the district secretariats, and divisional secretariats and
local authorities, and also private sector, NGOs etc.