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National Freedom Front (Jathika Nidahas Peramuna) leader Wimal Weerawansa is under fire in his party, this time from Parliamentarian Weerakumara Dissanayake.Dissanayake has raised concerns over attempts by his party leadership to prevent President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from working together. He feels that preventing Sirisena and Rajapaksa from working together will allow Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the United National Party to rule the country and in the process divide Sri Lanka.Recently National Freedom Front member Piyasiri Wijenayake had also made statements critical of Wimal Weerawansa. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The fire however had caused extensive damage to the clothing store.The Air Force deployed a helicopter to assist in the operations to extinguish the fire. (Colombo Gazette) A major fire destroyed a clothing store in Battaramulla today.The fire brigade had been deployed to extinguish the fire.

Luis Alfonso de Alba. UN Photo/P-M. Virot.Mr. de Alba will be the task of providing “leadership, guidance and strategic direction” towards Summit and will be engaging key strategic climate change leaders, including governments, and coalitions, to galvanize climate action ahead of the event.The 2019 Climate Summit will be held with the objective of building momentum, enhancing national ambition, as set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Bringing together Heads of State and Government, business leaders, academics and scientists, youth, civil society representatives, local leaders and the UN system, it will aim to accelerate implementation of climate action worldwide.Mr. de Alba will work closely with Robert Orr, Special Adviser on Climate Change, as well as Peter Thomson, Special Envoy for the Ocean, Michael Bloomberg, Special Envoy for Climate Action and other UN senior officials.Prior to this appointment, he served since September 2017 as Mexico’s Under-Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean.  Appointed Ambassador in 2001, he brings experience as Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States, the International Organizations in Vienna, the UN, and other international organizations in Geneva, among others.As Mexico’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Mr. de Alba led negotiations for the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference (COP16) in Cancún, Mexico.  He also held several elected positions including Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council (2012) and First President of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (2006-2007).  A diplomat since 1983, he undertook various other assignments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.As the world is gearing up for the 24th Conference of the Parties in Katowice, to be held from 3 to 14 December this year, Mr. de Alba will play a key role in galvanizing international support for climate action ahead of the discussions. read more