The suspect was arrested at a hotel in Tissamaharama by officers of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.He is expected to be produced before the Tissamaharama Magistrate. (Colombo Gazette) A Divi Neguma officer who sought sexual favours was arrested by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) today.Director, Investigations at CIABOC Priyantha Chandrasiri said that the Divi Neguma officer in Kataragama was arrested after he sought sexual favours to provide assistance to a Samurdhi beneficiary and Government assistance to a kidney patient.

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first_imgJimmy Page will be awarded the O2 Silver Clef Award at the upcoming Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards on Friday 4th July at the London Hilton.Founding member of British rock sensation Led Zeppelin in the late 1960s, Jimmy Page is unquestionably one of rock’s most important, influential and versatile guitarists and songwriters.Jimmy Page said: “A big thank you to Nordoff Robbins and everyone involved in awarding me the Silver Clef Award.”Nuala Donnelly, Sponsorship O2 said: “It’s a real honour to have Jimmy Page accept the O2 Silver Clef Award this year. There is no doubt that his support for the charity back in 1990 helped to raise the profile of the outstanding work that Nordoff Robbins do and it is a pleasure to be recognising such a huge talent and bonafide music legend.”CAA’s Emma Banks is Chairman of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Committee. Emma said: “Ask anyone ‘Who is the greatest guitar player of all time?’ and it wouldn’t take long before you hear the name Jimmy Page. Truly a legend, we are deeply honoured that Mr Jimmy Page will join us to receive the O2 Silver Clef Award.”Also just announced is the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins will present Black Sabbath with the AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award at the 2014 O2 Silver Clef Awards.After almost 44 years and 75 million albums sold worldwide the band continues to be as vital as ever. Black Sabbath is currently finishing up a 16 month sold-out world tour which concludes this summer when the band headlines Hyde Park for the very first time, the same stage that fellow rock legends The Rolling Stones presided over for two historic gigs last year.The Hyde Park gig, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, takes place immediately after the Silver Clef Awards – just across the road from the London Hilton on Park Lane.Ozzy Osbourne said: “Winning the Ambassadors of Rock award from Nordoff Robbins is a huge honour. Music is our life, and we couldn’t live without it. The world can’t survive without music and this is a very special charity that brings music to everyone. There are a lot of talented people already being honoured at the awards and we are looking forward to celebrating with them at the O2 Silver Clefs this summer.”Tom Miserendino, President & CEO, AEG Europe says: “We are extremely proud to be sponsoring this award which highlights the massive impact Black Sabbath has had on the music world. Starting in Birmingham and going on to conquer the world, the band really are great ambassadors for the music industry. We are equally excited about them taking over Hyde Park later the same evening following their triumphant return to live gigs last year.” CAA’s Emma Banks is Chairman of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Committee. Emma said: “Black Sabbath are still at the top of their game after a long, illustrious and occasionally controversial career. Selling out arenas all over the globe, they really are Rock Gods!”Also being honored at the event are Pharrell Williams, Paloma Faith, Giorgio Moroder, Tom Jones, Laura Mvula, Chas and Dave, and Gareth Malone.More info and tickets can be found here.last_img

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“I think it augurs well for future tasks ahead of us,” Mr. Annan said after the vote. “We have many challenging questions and I hope we will be able to approach those tasks with the same spirit.”Speaking to reporters earlier in the day, the Secretary-General stressed the need to move very quickly, but noted that the military situation “will dictate how quickly we get back. We have been able to work very effectively on the ground over the years.”Noting that the Iraqi authorities have established 45,000 centres of distribution, he added: “We would hope, once we get there, depending on the situation on the ground, to be able to tap into that distribution network.”The issue of resuming food and medical supplies to Iraq has been a major concern ever since the suspension of the UN Oil-for-Food programme, which allows Baghdad to use part of its oil sales to buy relief supplies. The scheme was halted temporarily on 17 March when Mr. Annan ordered the withdrawal of all UN personnel from Iraq. Since then the Security Council has been discussing his proposals on the adjustments to the programme.Mr. Annan said he had discussed the humanitarian situation in Iraq with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday. Asked what role Mr. Blair wanted the Secretary-General to play in post-war Iraq in terms of governing, Mr. Annan stressed that the matter was up to the Security Council.”I think as to what role the UN will play down the line is an issue that is under discussion and the Council itself will have to give me a specific mandate for any additional responsibilities that the UN takes on in Iraq, over and beyond the humanitarian and the Oil-for-Food programme which they would endorse today.””We don’t know how this is all going to pan out, and how the post-conflict situation will look like on the ground in terms of security and other aspects,” he said. “The Council will have a chance to discuss all these issues and determine which role the UN would be.”Noting the differences of opinion over a UN role in post-conflict Iraq, Mr. Annan said: “Of course, there are certain ‘red lines’ for the Council, which as we move forward everybody has to be aware of. In my discussions with Council members they do not want to see any situation where the UN is subjugated to authority of a country or several countries.”Some are concerned that they should not be placed in a situation where they take initiatives or action which appears to legitimize the military action ex post facto,” he said. “Obviously, if the UN is going to be on the ground, we will have to determine the relationships between the UN, occupied Iraq and the occupying power. So there are lots of issues that would have to be tackled by the Council in discussions and determine what role the UN should play and to what extent.” Video of Kofi Annan speaking to reporters

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