Ban on access to Facebook lifted with immediate effect

The Government had earlier taken steps to lift the temporarily restrictions imposed on WhatsApp and Viber. Meanwhile the President’s Media Division said that the Government had taken steps to restrict access to social media tools temporarily during the last few days, in order to curtail the attempts to spread communal violence across the country, misusing the social media in a manner detrimental to the national harmony. The ban on access to Facebook in Sri Lanka has been lifted with immediate effect.President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the telecommunications regulator to lift the ban following talks held today between the Government and officials from Facebook. “In a context where the impact that could be made by social media to expeditiously increase violent actions based on racism and religious extremism has been internationally proven, Sri Lanka was able to control the rapid spread of violence by temporarily imposing restriction on social media as an action to ensure the national and public safety of Sri Lanka,” the statement said.However, the President has stressed on the importance of a guided mechanism to prevent the attempts to disturb the livelihoods of people through spreading  ethnic-hatred and racism and damaging the image of an individual through false allegations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take a trip back to where it

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge raises a toast to Norway The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Haakon at a fair for start-up innovation Prince William and Princess Mette-Marit He added: “For the United Kingdom, our relationship with Norway is extensive and very special.”We are North Sea neighbours. We are allies. We are close partners in all sorts of enterprises. But above all we are the strongest of friends.” The event came half way through Duke and Duchess’ first day in Oslo.Landing in heavy snow, they were welcomed into a winter wonderland, stepping out of their charter plane and onto a red carpet where they were greeted by Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit.The couples, who have not met before, later undertook a walkabout to meet the Norwegian public, who turned out in their thousands to wave flags and make small talk about the cold weather.Led by Queen Sonja, the group were given a tour by 14-year-old Princess Ingrid Alexandra, who showed them around a children’s sculpture park named after her. Prince William delivers his speech in Norway The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were taken on a surprise trip down memory lane during their trip to Norway yesterday, given a video tour of their favourite spots in St Andrews. The Royal couple, who are on their first official visit to Norway, reminisced over their old halls of residence, familiar streets and local cafe at the university where they met, as the Duchess exclaimed: “You’re bringing us down memory lane.”Shown technology is designed primarily for people with dementia, the Duke was offered the chance to try it out during an event highlighting innovative start-up companies. With the Duke in the seat of a high-tech exercise bike, a video showing a detailed ride around the streets of St. Andrews was shown, accompanied by a soundtrack of their favourite songs.With the Duchess and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit looking on, the Duke operated the controls and soon spotted his room at St Salvatore’s halls of residence where both he and his wife stayed in their first year.  Prince William and Princess Mette-MaritCredit:Getty The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Ingrid Alexandra The films are generally created with customers with dementia, to encourage them to recall favourite places, such as where the user grew up, and increase their activity. center_img In a formal speech at an evening banquet, the Duke underlined the defensive and economic ties which bind the UK and Norway, emphasising their shared work to fight against terror.Though he did not mention Brexit, he said: “Our economic partnership is hugely valuable to both of us. The UK is one of Norway’s most important export markets; and notably Norway is the UK’s most important energy supplier.”Norwegian oil, gas and renewable energy all keep British kettles boiling – and you can imagine how important that is to a nation of tea-drinkers. Prince William delivers his speech in NorwayCredit:Chris Jackson The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Haakon at a fair for start-up innovationCredit:Getty “In a range of other sectors, I am delighted to say that British companies are doing excellent business in Norway.  We want these economic ties to grow.” Returning the compliments, Norway’s King Harald said:”I hope we will be able to maintain our close and extensive co-operation when the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union.”Dear William, dear Kate, I admire the way you carry out your duties and the way you support Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The Queen and I know from our own experience how valuable it is to work together with the younger generation and how important it is to support one another in this rather unusual profession of ours.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Ingrid AlexandraCredit:Samir Hussein Jon Ingar Kjenes, CEO of Motitech, said: “William was enthusiastic. He knew straightaway where we were filming and said ‘you’ve filmed my room.’”To a soundtrack of Coldplay, Linkin Park and Ellie Goulding’s Your Song, which she sung at the couple’s 2011 wedding, the film showed a cafe called the North Point, which displays a sign saying that ‘William met Kate here — for coffee’. The Duchess of Cambridge raises a toast to NorwayCredit:Chris Jacksonlast_img read more