The broadcasting license of the Carlton Sports network (CSN), had already been cancelled, since the channel failed to adhere to transmission regulations, said Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunatilake.

He made this observation responding to a question raised by UPFA MP Dinesh Gunawardena under Standing Order 23(2).

He said it was a decision related only to the administration of television network and not related to any issue concerning journalists who were attached to it.

The minister said CSN had violated broadcasting regulations by changing its official address without prior notice to the Secretary of the Mass Media Ministry. They have also failed to submit their audited annual accounts to the Secretary.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that the CSN had failed to pay Rs. 1,000 million rupees that was imposed on it though we sent them many reminders to pay up the due amount. That was the most important and valid reason for the cancellation of their broadcasting license.

Raising the question under Standing Order 23(2), MP Dinesh Gunawardena urged the government to reverse the decision of cancelling the broadcasting license of Carlton Sports Network (CSN) charging that it was an illegal decision taken by the government.

According to reasons provided by the Mass Media Ministry Secretary, the address of the CSN had been changed without prior approval of the Secretary, while the reason he has given under Item 11 on the license. The license had not become affiliated to a registered political party in the event of the licensee selecting to surrender the license.

The third reason given by the Secretary was that the license should submit audited annual accounts to the secretary within the first three months of the following financial year.

Based on these three reasons, the government had taken measures to cancel the license of this popular TV network. He queried as to whether the government would take measures to reverse its illegal decision enabling to continue with the transmission of the TV channel or whether the government would accept that they have breached the constitutional and legal rights of the channel.

He further said CSN did not have any affiliation to any political party by adding that a business belonging to a family member of a politician could not be labeled as a business of a political party which he represents. “In other countries, even Presidential candidates have declared some television channels. We do not expect to do the same here,” he added. Changing the address could not be accepted as a reasonable fact to cancel the license of this channel. He also stressed the necessity of conducting a proper investigation before taking such a decision.

The Right to Information (RTI) Act will be implemented from 4 February 2017, Deputy Minister, Karunarathna Paranawithana said at yesterday's Cabinet press briefing. He added that information officers are currently being trained and after they are stationed in government institutions, the general public will be able to access important information that affects their daily lives.

Earlier, Director General of the Government Information Department, Ranga Kalansooriya told media that the government would attempt to provide as much information as possible for the public.

"We try to get as much information as possible because the alternative is giving space for rumours, which is much more dangerous. And there are times when we have to change the story because of new evidence that is uncovered. But at the end of the day someone should be responsible," he said.

The RTI Act was passed earlier this year and the government said that it will establish a special office to disseminate information on the Right to Information Act (RTIA) in Battaramulla.

A special ceremony was held at Temple Trees yesterday under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to mark the 60th anniversary of two artistic masterpieces, Maname by Professor Ediriweera Sarachchandra and Rekhawa by Dr. Lester James Peries. Sarachchandra produced his first stylist play Maname in 1956 to widespread acclaim. Rekhawa is the first film on village life and mythical belief of Sri Lankans directed by Dr. Peries. Picture shows Dr.Lester James Peries receiving an award from the Prime Minister. Sumithra Peries is also in the picture.

Department of Census and Statistics regularly gather data in a vast range through Censes and Surveys and quarterly calculate various indexes /Journalists mayassist policy makers by accurately reporting statistical data through media. Furthermore, the assistance of journalists is essential in gathering accurate data at institutional and household level as well as in raising public awareness in its relation.

 in view of the above, the Department of Census and Statistics in collaboration with the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media had been organized a workshop on “The use of  Statistics for Media Reporting”  It was held on 20.10.2016 from 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.at Water’s Edge, Baththaramulla.

Hon.Niroshan Perera, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Mr.M.I.M.Rafeek, Secretary to the Ministry, Mr.Nimal Bopage, Secretary to the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media and Dr. A.J. Satharasinghe, Director General of the Depatrment of Census and Statistics were gracing the occasion.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is on an official visit to Belgium on Tuesday met the President of the European Commission Jean Claude Junker at the EC headquarters in Berlaymont palace, Brussels.


They held discussions in detail regarding the current political situation in Sri Lanka under President Maithripala Sirisena, which is based on peace and reconciliation.


According to the EC President under these circumstances, Sri Lanka has a great chance to regain the GSP Plus and he assured his fullest cooperation towards Sri Lanka without any hesitation.

President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, has requested to implement the project for preparing the third communication report with the grant assistance provided under Global Environment Facility of the United Nations Development Programme, and to submit the same to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers said minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka.


 Minister said that Sri Lanka ratified UNFCCC in 1993. According to its 12th article member states should provide a communication report consisting of information on climate change and and 2012.

President Maithripala Sirisena stated that not only our country, but the whole world has to face the consequences of environmental pollution and further emphasized that the present Government follows a very stern policy against the environmental degradation.

He made these remarks addressing the main launching ceremony of the “Sri Lanka NEXT – Blue Green Era” policy initiative, held at the BMICH, today (18).

President Sirisena also emphasized that if any individual or institution take actions to harm the environment the Government will not hesitate to enforce the laws against the wrongdoers. He also said that as the Minister of Environment recently, he took strong decisions against several these kinds of  incidents reported in various parts of the country.

The President said that the state officials and the institutions responsible for the environmental conservation should act in a responsible manner, in this regard and said that he believed the relevant authorities will fulfill their respective responsibilities honourably by taking effective steps against the smugglers.

The year 2017 has been declared as a year of eradication of poverty in the country , the President said that adding all the initiatives in this regard will be implemented giving priority to the sustainable development and further said that it is one of the main objectives of the Government.

“The Government has understood the importance of moving towards natural resources while resolving issues related the energy field,” he added.

A series of programs for taking Sri Lanka towards a green era are being carried out from Oct. 17, 18, 19 at the BMICH. The Asia Pacific Conference on climate change simulations commenced yesterday with participation of 500 foreign scientists.

International Research Seminar, film exhibition on environment, exhibition on environmental creations and productions, specialists’ dialog and a global youth society on climate change were held parallel to this summit.

Over 80 Presidential Awards were presented at the main ceremony held today. The Green Climate Fund offered 38. 18 millions USD to Sri Lanka at this occasion.

The first copy of the publication on climate change, prepared by the Climate Change Secretariat of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment was presented to the President.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghes’s dedication and sacrifice to convert Sri Lanka into a democratic state which is dedicated to Good Governance is highly appreciated by the European Council, said President of the European Union Donald Tusk.


Meeting with the visiting Sri Lankan delegation led by PM Wickremesinghe on Monday (17th Oct.) at the EU headquarters in Brussels, he assured his fullest cooperation towards Sri Lanka as a special consideration to get GSP Plus back.


According to him, PM Wickremesinghe has stated about a unity government at several elections and today it has become an exemplary to the whole region.


Further commending on the honesty, determination, and the sacrifice made by Premier Wickremesinghe to establish political stability in Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, he added that Sri Lanka is very near to GSP Plus relief with the current political, and social reforms, taking place in the country.


Prime Minister Wickremesinghe expressing his gratitude to the European community for supporting Sri Lanka including GSP Plus relief, extended an invitation to Mr. Tusk from President Sirisena to visit Sri Lanka. Accepting the invitation, Mr. Tusk said that he would visit Sri Lanka next year.


He further requested the Premier to pay more attention towards illegal migrants from Sri Lanka to Europe. In his response to the President Tusk, PM Wickremesinghe assured that this issue will receive a solution when the development process is continued. A Task Force with the assistance of the Law and Order, Resettlement, and Justice Ministries, Department of Immigration and Emigration, and EU will also be established.


This would be the first time that a Sri Lankan political leader held discussions with a President of the European Union.

Department of Census and Statistics regularly gather data in a vast range through Censes and Surveys and quarterly calculate various indexes /Journalists mayassist policy makers by accurately reporting statistical data through media. Furthermore, the assistance of journalists is essential in gathering accurate data at institutional and household level as well as in raising public awareness in its relation.

  in view of the above, the Department of Census and Statistics in collaboration with the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media has organized a workshop on “The use of  Statistics for Media Reporting”  It will be scheduled on 20.10.2016 from 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.at Water’s Edge, Baththaramulla.

 Hon.Niroshan Perera, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Mr.M.I.M.Rafeek, Secretary to the Ministry, Mr.Nimal Bopage, Secretary to the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media and Dr. A.J. Satharasinghe, Director General of the Depatrment of Census and Statistics will grace the occasion

President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated the the government's commitment to establish a BIMSTEC Centre for Technology Transfer, to facilitate a collective drive for economic advancement.

“To take Sri Lanka to the next stage of development, the vision of my government is to create a knowledge based competitive social market economy which is integrated with the world”, he said.

The President made these remarks, addressing the BIMSTC Summit held in Goa, India yesterday.

“The full potential of regional cooperation however remains yet to be realised. We need to change course now to fulfill the expectations of our people to deliver a strong growth dividend through economic and technical cooperation”, the President pointed out.

“Diversification and modernisation of economies, infrastructure development, knowledge exchange, increased access to technology, enhanced capacity building, expansion of trade and investment can no longer be held back”, the President further stated.

Following are excerpts of President Sirisena’s speech:

“Our presence today is a clear demonstration of the unity of purpose and solidarity in working towards the effective realisation of BIMSTEC objectives.

“Since its inception in 1997, BIMSTEC meetings have resulted in adoption of several declarations focusing on achieving prosperity in the region. We need to regain, through meaningful and outcome oriented collaboration, the legitimacy that underpins any serious regional framework.

“My government’s approach to regional cooperation and inter-regional collaboration is be based upon friendship with all and enmity towards none. In the inter-dependent world that we see today no country or people can seek to prosper in isolation. In the same vein, none can be cast away as unimportant or irrelevant given that challenges are of a cross-cutting nature.

“We need to consolidate peace, ensure security and prosperity for all our citizens. “While strengthening BIMSTEC our vision of providing the nexus between SAARC and ASEAN needs to be further explored.

“It is timely to reorient the organization to meet one of its original expectations that is to enhance inter-regional trade, investment and tourism. I am happy to reiterate the commitment of the government of Sri Lanka to establish a BIMSTEC Centre for Technology Transfer to contribute to our collective drive to economic advancement.

“To take Sri Lanka to the next stage of development, the vision of my government is to create a knowledge based competitive social market economy which is integrated with the world. In conclusion, I seek your support for the success of the irreversible journey that my country has undertaken towards advancement of peace and prosperity since the establishment of the National Unity Government last year,” President Sirisena said.