Gota advices the police

Rajapaksa said that in a post war situation the police should also ensure that the public feel they are in a peaceful situation. He said that while protests and demonstrations can be staged in a democratic country, those protests should be staged in a responsible manner.The Defence Secretary said that the public have a responsibility to protect the name of the country and not allow it to go back to its war days. (Colombo Gazette) Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says the police must maintain a good relationship with the civil population while maintaining law and order.The Defence Ministry quoted him as saying that the police, including the Special Task Force (STF), have been given extensive training to deal with law and order issues. He said that even the STF has been stationed in all districts to assist the police if they are unable to control a law and order situation. read more

SLTDA insists no move by tourism industry to boycott awards

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has strongly rejected claims that tourism industry leaders have decided to boycott the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards tomorrow as President Maithripala Sirisena has been invited as the Chief Guest.SLTDA, as the governing body of Sri Lanka Tourism, believes that the duties vested in the institution should be carried forward under any circumstances and as a collective decision, hosting Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018 was decided to recognize the industry stakeholders after a break of 6 long years. It has also come to notice that more than 400 invitees have already confirmed their participation for the ceremony tomorrow (6) hence SLTDA looks forward to seeing all the stakeholders in celebrating the achievements of Sri Lanka’s Tourism industry after 6 long years. (Colombo Gazette) SLTDA is of the opinion that it is best to invite the Head of State to attend the event, despite the prevailing political situation, as the event is the national event to recognize the valuable contributions made by individuals and organizations for the development of the Tourism Industry in Sri Lanka. read more