8 Oct

UNESCO denies reports Dambulla at risk of being delisted

“In the press conference, the Director-General made reference to a Reactive Monitoring Mission dispatched by ICOMOS, our Advisory Body for cultural properties, in March 2015 to assess this question. As a result, a number of recommendations were put forth in order to improve the conservation and management of the site,” UNESCO said. With regard to the media reporting on the state of conservation of Dambulla Temple, the Office of the Director-General reiterated that the Organization is engaged in a process of dialogue with national authorities on this matter, and that no reference was ever made to its delisting as a World Heritage Site. The UN’s cultural agency, UNESCO, today denied reports that the Dambulla Temple is at risk of being delisted as a World Heritage Site.The Office of the Director-General of UNESCO noted that inaccurate representation had been made in the media on the remarks made by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokovain following a press conference in Colombo this week. UNESCO said that during the press conference, the Director-General had emphasized that UNESCO is committed to working through dialogue with the Government to implement these recommendations.The Organization says it stands ready to support the Government through capacity building and technical support as recommended by the Mission. (Colombo Gazette) read more

25 Sep

A 17yearold boy is arrested on suspicion of murder after teenage girl

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenage girl was found dead inside a Wiltshire home.The victim died at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics – who called police to a residential street at around 3.15pm.Officers arrived at the house in Calne, a town of 7,000, and arrested the teenager a short time later in nearby Chippenham.Police are currently holding the male, thought to be known to the victim, as pathologists prepare to carry out a post mortem.Residents claimed the victim had recently began learning how to drive – and could often be seen practicing in the area.Kier Pritchard, Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, said: “My thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic event.”It’s such a tragic and early loss of life. All family members and the wider community will be absolutely devastated.”Thank you to all police officers, staff and wider partners for your professional response.”Meanwhile, Superintendent Conway Duncan offered the family of the victim his condolences as he promised ‘a robust response’.He said: “This investigation is still in its early stages but I would like to reassure the local community that a robust police response was launched yesterday and will continue in the days to come. 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 thoughts of everyone at Wiltshire Police are with the family of the victim at what must be a devastating time for them.“They are receiving support from specially trained officers and we will continue to do everything we can to help them come to terms with what has happened.“People in Calne are likely to see a significant police presence in the area over the weekend as our enquiries progress.“If anyone in the local area has any concerns, please approach one of the officers on patrol or at the cordon and they will be happy to answer your questions if appropriate to do so.” read more