A heavily-guarded vigil was held outside St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo at 8.45am, the moment the bomber struck AFP/Jewel SAMAD The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, held a private mass after cancelling all public services amid fears of a repeat of the bombings that killed 253 people. A heavily-guarded vigil was held outside St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo at 8.45am, the moment the bomber struck the church last week, killing dozens of worshippers. "What happened last Sunday is a great tragedy, an insult to humanity," the cardinal said in a chapel at his residence, where the mass was attended by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. "Today during this mass we are paying attention to last Sunday's tragedy and we try to understand it," he said calling for prayers for the victims. "We pray that in this country there will be peace and co-existence and understanding each other without division," he said. The Sri Lankan military is still … [Read more...] about Security high as Sri Lanka marks one week from suicide attacks
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VNA Director General Nguyen Duc Loi (R) worked with OANA President Aslan Aslanov while attending the 43rd Executive Board Meeting of OANA in 2018 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) is one of the most active members in modernising the website of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), and is an example to other agencies, according to President of the organization Aslan Aslanov. He made the remarks in a recent interview with VNA reporters on the occasion of the 44th Executive Board Meeting of OANA, which will be hosted by the VNA in Hanoi on April 18-20, under the theme “For a professional and innovative journalism”. The following is the full text of the interview. Reporter: We all know that innovation in the press is constant, and each news agency needs to keep up with modern trends and improve product quality. However, these efforts should not be made by only member news agencies. What measures should OANA take to support the … [Read more...] about Vietnam News Agency – an example in modernisation of OANA’s website
Viet Nam News By Sri Lankan Ambassador Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake Sri Lanka is the essence of a people renowned for their hospitality, stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity and a wealth of incredible, immersive experiences on offer for travellers. Within a mere area of 65,610sq.km lie eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330km of coastline - much of its pristine beach, 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 202,343ha of lush tea plantations, 101,171 of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, and a culture that extends back over 2,500 years, with well-preserved archaeological monuments, mostly from the country’s Buddhist heritage, one of the world’s most scenic rail routes. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the year 2019 is marked with many remarkable milestones for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, with Lonely Planet naming Sri Lanka as the top country for travel and recognising Colombo City, the commercial capital … [Read more...] about 2019 Sri Lanka: where all roads lead to!
Thai defence minister’s visit promotes mutual understanding Host Minister of Defence Ngo Xuan Lich holds talks with his Thai counterpart on January 23. Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Prawit Wongsuwan is currently visiting Vietnam from January 23-24, with the intention of enhancing the traditional friendship and mutual understanding between the two nations’ armies. Right after the welcoming ceremony in Hanoi on January 23, host Minister of Defence Ngo Xuan Lich held talks with his Thai counterpart, during which both sides spoke highly of the sound cooperation between the two countries in the past years and reached a consensus on collaborative orientations for the time ahead. Since the two countries upgraded their relations into a strategic partnership back in 2013, the defence cooperative ties have developed in a positive manner, with regular delegation exchanges and robust collaboration in the fields of air force and navy. The established … [Read more...] about Government News 24/12
“Sri Lanka has made impressive gains in ensuring access to and quality of health services for all,” said ADB Social Sector Specialist Mr. Brian Chin. “But challenges remain, including a dramatic increase in noncommunicable diseases, which are causing a surge in demand for health services and rises in costs. The ADB project will operationalize the government’s policy to strengthen the delivery of high quality primary health services, particularly reaching vulnerable groups.”During the period of the Millennium Development Goals (1990–2015), life expectancy has increased in Sri Lanka while maternal and infant mortality have fallen. Most diseases preventable by vaccines are at near elimination stage with immunization coverage at more than 99%. Sri Lanka has also been free from polio since 1994 and malaria and filariasis since 2016.But there has been a dramatic increase in noncommunicable diseases, driven by lifestyle, social, economic, and demographic … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka enhances its health system