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UN chief and President discuss reconciliation process

The President briefed the visiting UN Secretary General about the steps taken by the Government with regard to constitutional reforms, devolution and structural reforms. He explained the steps taken by the Government for resettlement and rehabilitation, release of land to the original owners and livelihood development. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House in Colombo today.The two leaders discussed about the ongoing development programmes, the progress of the programmes being implemented to strengthen reconciliation and the process of constitutional reforms. President Sirisena said that he is looking forward to attend the UN General assembly later this month to use the international forum for furthering Sri Lanka’s global interaction. Ban Ki-moon expressed appreciation over the progress made by Sri Lanka in different spheres over the last one and half years and assured continuous assistance and support from the United Nations Organization for the efforts of the government.He said that during his visit to Galle today he could witness the progress achieved in various fields. He added that he held a dialogue with the people, especially the youth and expressed his satisfaction of the free and friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile Ban Ki-moon urged Sri Lankan youth to appreciate diversity in unity. Ban Ki-moon together with his wife, Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, visited Galle to attend an event titled ‘Reconciliation and Coexistence: Role of Youth’, organized by the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) – Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), and the United Nations in Sri Lanka.Speaking here the UN Secretary General urged the youth to work together with young people from different neighbourhoods, ethnic groups or religions. He also urged then to share their vision for a sustainable and peaceful future for this country and for our planet. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Two Sri Lankans drown in rough seas at Dubai beach

Dubai Police have confirmed that three people, including two Sri Lankans, died in rough seas at the weekend at Umm Suqeim beach near Burj Al Arab, 7days.ae reported.Officials from Dubai Police said that they tried to rescue three people from drowning. The victims, two people from Sri Lanka and the third from India, were drowned in separate incidents on Friday, despite warnings from the authorities telling residents to stay out of unusually rough seas. However, also on Friday, a 24-year-old Egyptian man was rescued after he and his friend got into difficulty in the water off Al Khan beach in Sharjah. His friend, a Somalian in his 20s, was later found dead. At sunset on Friday, five men were rescued after getting into difficulty off Al Hamriyah Beach in Sharjah. The men were taken to Khalifa Hospital in Ajman, but one, a Syrian national in his 40s, could not be revived. (Colombo Gazette) read more