Government keen to sustain good governance

As part of his keynote address during the Code4Good Sri Lanka forum, the Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development articulated that another prominent aspect of democratic governance was to ensure that those appointed as legislators acted with responsibility and commitment.“Democracy is a dynamic and continuous process, not something that should be invoked every 4 or 5 years when there is an election. A process of reasoning and responding should happen all the time. Until a couple of years ago, democracy was limited to elections; but that’s changing rapidly”.In conclusion commending the Code4Good Sri Lanka Initiative Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne stated that “the overall idea of Code4Good is to bring tech teams together with social causes. Just because somebody has a technical education, it shouldn’t mean they are removed from civic responsibilities. Whatever their field of study, everyone has something to contribute in making society better. I am pleased to see the manifestation of that today”. (Colombo Gazette) Moreover remarking on the fundamental aspects of democratic governance Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne noted that the process by which political leaders are appointed should be legitimate and credible. The Government says it is keen to establish and sustain good governance within Sri Lanka.Delivering the keynote address during the Code4Good Sri Lanka forum which was held in Colombo today, Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne stressed that in order for governance to be good, it needs to be democratic. Deputy Minister Wickramaratne also opined that the balance of legislators should represent the different and diverse interests of the island nation’s population.“A government can’t just be comprised of those representing the majority of the population. All segments of the population, including the minorities, need to be adequately represented and their views voiced”. “As you know, there are leaders being appointed at every level. I remember the time when the story was that of stuffing election boxes. That phenomenon has largely been eliminated; it’s being done through a more legitimate process. But in my view we still haven’t used ICT in the electoral process. Maybe the time will come we will all be voting from home. Hopefully all Sri Lankans living abroad too can be involved in the democratic process” he said. read more

Woman arrested over Jeremy Vine cycle rant footage

first_imgJeremy Vine starts his new role on Crimewatch in September Jeremy Vine starts his new role on Crimewatch in SeptemberCredit: Lorenzo Agius/BBC The woman was arrested on September 2 after police assessed the footage.Scotland Yard said: “The 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of common assault and a public order offence. She has been bailed to return to police on a date in early September.”The clip shows the driver of a black Vauxhall getting out and shouting at Vine after he had stopped in the middle of the road. She said: “Why the f*** would you stop in front of a car? You don’t respect your f****** life. Move your bike, move your bike.”The presenter claimed that she began kicking the bike off camera and, later at a set of traffic lights, she was filmed again getting out of the car and saying: “If you take a picture of my car again I’m going to knock you out because that’s my personal belongings. Don’t f****** take a picture.”Off camera, Vine claimed that, as he pulled alongside the car, she then made her hand into the shape of a gun and mimed firing it at him.But the woman denied this in an interview with The Sun and claimed she had been provoked.Giving her name only as Shayna, she said: “He made me look impatient but he was riding on the pavement and came out on to the road in front of me, with no hand signals.”The road had parking on either side. He was dangerous. He pulled out in front of me, making me have to make an emergency stop.”Then he had the arrogance and cheek to block me in the middle of the road. That’s what set me off.” A 22-year-old woman has been arrested after broadcaster Jeremy Vine posted footage online of a confrontation with a driver on his cycle home.The clip, which has been viewed more than 500,000 times via the 51-year-old’s Facebook page, showed a row in a street in Kensington, west London, on August 26.Vine, who has a regular slot on Radio 2 as well as presenting TV shows including Crimewatch, Panorama and Eggheads, commutes by bike from his home in Chiswick to BBC offices near Oxford Circus, and wears a helmet camera for the journey. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more