President expresses concerns over Paris attacks

President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed concerns over the attacks in Paris in which over 153 people have been killed.“As a nation that has undergone much suffering due to terrorism, Sri Lanka unreservedly condemns such acts of terror. The international community must unite to collectively combat the menace of terrorism and extremism. The Government and people of Sri Lanka stand united with the Government and People of France during this time of grief,” the President said. The Foreign Ministry said that there are no reports so far of any ‪‎Sri Lankans‬ affected by the attacks. Meanwhile the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it was in touch with the relevant officials to gather information on any Sri Lankans who may have been affected by the attacks. ‎Sri Lankans‬ in Paris who need assistance can contact Col. Nazeer Majeed +33620505232 or Deputy Chief of Mission Ms Gunasekera +33677048117 read more

Five most powerful people in Britain are women says Prof Stephen Hawking

first_imgFive most powerful people in Britain are now women, Professor Stephen Hawking has said, claiming there has been a ‘seismic shift’ in gender equality.The 75-year-old astrophysicist said that the Queen, Prime Minister Theresa May, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick were evidence that times had changed.However he argued that the private sector was yet to catch up.“I welcome these signs of women’s liberation,” he said on an interview with Piers Morgan for ITV’s Good Morning Britain. “But there may still be a gap between those women achieving high public status and those in the private sector. The Queen and Theresa May are examples of powerful women in Britain, says Prof Hawking  Jeremy Corbyn Credit:Jane Barlow PA “It is not scientific proof of gender equality that is required, but general acceptance that women are at least the equals of men, or better.“This is coming. If we factor in high-powered women in Europe as well, such as Angela Merkel, it seems we are witnessing a seismic shift for women to accede to high-level positions in politics and society.“I have always supported women’s rights. I moved the admission of women to my college, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. The results were wholly good.” 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. The Queen and Theresa May are examples of powerful women in Britain, says Prof Hawking  Professor Hawking also said that he would continue to vote Labour, even though he did not believe the party could win under Jeremy Corbyn. Earlier this month, Prof Hawking branded Mr Corbyn a ‘disaster’ who should resign. Jeremy Corbyn  “I don’t believe there will be much chance of Labour winning an election under him,” he said. On the meaning of life and happiness, Professor Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged 21, said: “My three children have brought me great joy. And I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space. I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately.”And when asked if he believed himself to be the world’s most intelligent human being, he replied : “I would never claim this. People who boast about their IQ are losers.”And on whether he had worked out the mystery of true love since he had solved the mystery of life, Professor Hawking said: “Thankfully, this is beyond human reasoning. And should remain so.” Prof Stephen Hawking said he had seen a seismic change in women's rights  Prof Stephen Hawking said he had seen a seismic change in women’s rights Credit:AFP “He doesn’t come across as a strong leader, and he allowed the media to portray him as a left-wing extremist, which he’s not. It’s no good having the right principles if you never get in power. But I will continue to vote Labour, it’s the party that matters.”last_img read more