Several Chinese projects still under review

The Prime Minister also said that Sri Lanka’s foreign policy will be discussed with Parliament in order to reach the best possible policy framework. “We will discuss all our foreign and internal policies when the President convenes parliament on September 1. All matters will be discussed with the parry leaders and we will debate on what should be the basic policy framework,” he said.Asked how he intends on balancing ties with India and China, the Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka will work with both countries based on its foreign policy. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Chinese projects launched by the previous regime are being reviewed but some projects have already been cleared.The Prime Minister was responding to a question raised by a foreign journalist while having a chat after the Prime Minister met the media briefly last week after winning the Parliamentary election. “We are reviewing it and we have already started some of them. We will decide on the other projects as well. The process is on,” he said. read more

UN teams with World Economic Forum to drive financing for development

The influential, Swiss-based non-profit WEF, which sponsors the annual gathering in Davos of political and corporate leaders from around the world, formalized its relationship with the UN with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at UN Headquarters in New York.The initiative seeks to bring together all stakeholders to help the UN promote new or improved policy responses to the main development challenges identified by the International Conference on Financing for Development, held two years ago in Monterrey, Mexico. The yearlong project will take advantage of the public-private synergies that were a distinguishing characteristic of that conference.Oscar de Rojas, head of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ (DESA) Financing for Development Office, told a press briefing that beginning in June, a series of multi-stakeholder workshops would gather experts and representatives of private, public and not-for-profit organizations, who would issue recommendations on specific issues identified at Monterrey.The informal meetings would address important issues such as the effectiveness of public-private partnerships and improving the climate for private investment in developing countries. He said he was confident that cooperation with the World Economic Forum would assure productive involvement of the private sector and other stakeholders.Stressing the importance of the initiative, Richard Samans, the WEF’s Managing Director for Partnership and Governance, said the Forum claimed nearly 1,000 of the world’s leading companies as its members, and had a diverse array of constituencies. Currently, it was collaborating with DESA, the private sector, academics, the media and governments, as well as labour and religious organizations in what was called an “Agenda for Public/Private Cooperation.”For the next year to year-and-a-half, the Forum, in partnership with the UN, would participate in the effort to improve and expand existing public-private partnerships in specific areas of development, he said. In particular, the initiative would attempt to draw lessons from previous experiences, to determine what types of partnerships worked best. Another area requiring attention was capacity building in such areas of financial governance as accounting and auditing. read more

International Court of Justice orders Pakistan to review death penalty for Indian

Kulbhushan Jadhav, said the Court, had not been informed of his rights by the Pakistani authorities, and that the Indian Government has been deprived of “consular access”: the right to communicate with him.During the hearings, the ICJ had directed Pakistan not to carry out the death sentence until the Court’s final ruling. On Wednesday, the Court ordered a “continued stay of execution”, as a “indispensable condition for the effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence”.Mr. Jadhav was arrested three years ago by Pakistani authorities, who say that he was in the restive Balochistan province, which is home to a separatist insurgency that Pakistan accuses India of backing. The charges levelled against Mr. Jadhav were of “espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan”.Although a video was released shortly after Mr. Jadhav’s arrest, in which he was shown admitting involvement in spying, India has always questioned the alleged confession, saying that it was extracted under duress. The Indian authorities also deny that Jadhav is a spy and say that he was kidnapped in Iran, which borders the province, which he was visiting on business.Following Pakistan’s pronouncement of the death penalty, in April 2017, India filed a case with the ICJ, calling the trial, which took place in a military court, “farcical”, and asked for a stay of execution and consular access to Mr. Jadhav. Pakistan countered that Mr. Jadhav was not given consular access because he is a spy who illegally entered the country in order to create “unrest and instability”. read more

12 trickster teachers we wish we had in our school days

first_img Source: Imgur7. Or this master of physics questions8. These tutors who know how to mark a test Source: Imgur 9. Or one that’s vaguely threatening Source: Imgur Source: Imgur10. This guy, who’d let us nap in class11. This scholar, who’s about as arsed as us Source: Imgur12. Or we’d even take this genius, who found the perfect way to stop students stealing pens Source: Imgur8 teachers you definitely had in secondary school>Some of the best and worst teachers ever> DID YOU HAVE a stuffy teacher with no sense of humour. Did their jokes stretch to, “I don’t know, CAN you go to the toilet?”You missed out. Send us back with any of this lot.1. The guy who sips on this dewy elixir Source: Imgur Source: Imgur2. The educator who keeps this harrowing warning on their desk Source: Imgur3. This badass scientist Source: Imgur4. Draw us like your blackboard sketchescenter_img 5. Teach us your ways, master of geometry6. ANY of these maths teachers would dolast_img read more