8 Oct

President Sirisena arrives in Rome to attend summit

President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to deliver his special speech at the Session on July 16. The 24th session of COFO and the 6th World Forest Week will explore the contributions that forests can make to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the Fuimicino International Airport in Rome today to attend the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) and the 6th World Forest Week organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations scheduled to begin tomorrow (16).He was received by a special representative and officials, the President’s office said. Later, President Sirisena will undertake a tour to Georgia from 17-19 to attend the Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2018. (Colombo Gazette) read more

22 Sep

And the Forbes worlds most powerful person is

first_imgTHE FORBES MOST powerful person in the world list is out and this year the title went to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP/Press Association ImagesThe Russian leader knocked his US counterpart, Barack Obama off the top spot. The US president held the title last year.Obama has been on the top of the list for every year with the exception of 2010, when Hu Jintao, the former political and military leader of China, was number one.The annual World’s Most Powerful list is made up of heads of state, financiers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs and the list represents the collective wisdom of top Forbes editors, who consider hundreds of nominees before ranking the planet’s top 72 power-brokers.NewcomersThere are thirteen newcomers which include, Pope Francis (No. 4), Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-Hee (No. 41), Volkswagen’s Martin Winterkorn (No. 49) and the South Korean President Park Geun-hye (No. 52), to name but a few.There are just nine women on the list, but that is an improvement on both 2011 and 2012 which featured six women leaders and the inaugural list from 2009 included only 3. Two of the world’s most important NGO’s run by women feature on the list – Christine Lagarde (No. 35) who leads the IMF and Margaret Chan (No. 59) who steers the World Health Organisation.Here are the top ten. To view the full list click here.#2. Barack Obama, President of the United StatesCharles Dharapak/AP/Press Association Images#3. XI Jinping, General Secretary Communist Party of ChinaAP Photo#4. Pope Francis, Roman Catholic ChurchSource: Vatican/YouTube#5. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of GermanyYves Logghe/AP/Press Association Image#6. Bill Gates, Cofounder Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationPBG/PBG/Empics Entertainment#7. Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the US Federal ReserveAlex Brandon/AP/Press Association Images#8. King Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King of Saudi ArabiaCarolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images#9. Mario Draghi President of the European Central BankSteven Senne/AP/Press Association Images#10. Michael Duke CEO Wal-MartApril L. Brown/AP/Press Association Images And the world’s highest earning actress is…>Merkel, Obama, Clinton, Gates: here’s who topped the list of most powerful women>last_img read more