Maternal mortality is on the rise in Sri Lanka, with close to 40 deaths per 100,000 live births being recorded, Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) Secretary Dr. Kapila Jayaratne said.
Noting that the European Union has threatened to withhold its Generalised scheme of preferences (GSP)+ concessions if Sri Lanka resumes capital punishment, President Maithripala Sirisena said today that such ultimatums are a threat to the sovereignty of the state.
President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed concern over issues that have arisen due to delays in clearances carried out by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) when dispatching police and security forces personnel to United Nations Peace Keeping Missions.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs' World Population Prospects report released on Monday (17) states that the world population is expected to climb up to 9.7 billion in 2050 from 7.7 billion today.
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has assured Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera of continued support for Sri Lanka's reconciliation and sustainable development agenda.