Monthly archives: February, 2010

STF security for Chief Minister Pillayan

The Thamil Makkall Vaduthalai Puligal (TMVP) yesterday denied that the government had withdrawn the security of its leader, Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan (Pillayan) of the Eastern Province, explaining that 40 army personnel in the chief minister’s security detail had been replaced with STF personnel. This was consonant with the government decision that the military will…



Nomination period ends for Sri Lanka elections

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka’s election department says it has completed the nomination period for April’s parliamentary vote. The April 8 poll is crucial for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to further tighten his grip on power by securing a majority in the 225-member legislature. Rajapaksa was re-elected to office in January. The parliamentary vote is…



Government targets cheaper electricity

President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking at the opening of the multi fuel combined cycle power plant at Kerawalapitiya yesterday said that the Government will focus on how the consumers are to be relieved from the burden of higher electricity bills soon. The Government focused on alternative energy sources to generate electricity with the escalation of oil…



Australian PM’s Special Rep meets President Rajapaksa

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix By: Nalin Hewapathirana) Mr. John McCarthy, Special Representative for Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on 24th February. Mr McCarthy was accompanied with Ms.Kathy Kay Klugman, High Commissioner of Australia in Sri Lanka at the occasion….



Wimal’s ‘Garu Kathanayaka Thumani’ presents to President Rajapaksa

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Chandana Perera) ‘Garu Kathanayaka Thumani’, a book that includes all the speeches delivered in the parliament by Mr Wimal Weerawansa MP was presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa this afternoon on 24th February….



President at Moragahakanda: ‘Yes we can’ paid dividends

Daily News – By Rasika Somarathna President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday emphasized that the present Government’s ‘Yes we can’ approach had paid rich dividends in delivering the people’s desired expectations in many spheres including the defeat of terrorism and development. He said that the difference between this Government and other regimes was that the present one…



Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court refuses to free Fonseka

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court refused Tuesday to order the release of detained opposition leader and former army chief Sarath Fonseka as it deliberates a petition challenging his arrest by the military. Fonseka, 59, has been held at a naval detention centre since his arrest on February 8, sparking international condemnation and violent…



UNP still has time to unite for democracy – Vijithe Herath

The UNP still has the opportunity to contest under a broad alliance to rescue democracy said Genral Secretary of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and former Parliamentarian Vijithe Herath. He said Gen. Sarath Fonseka, in spite of being arbitrarily detained, requested through Ms. Anoma Fonseka for the UNP, the JVP and other parties to contest under…



My husband who shed his blood & nearly died for the country is prepared to dedicate himself again for the Motherland – Anoma Fonseka

Her husband Gen. Sarath Fosneka is a person who has shed his blood for the country; he faced death on three occasions in defending the Motherland and is prepared to dedicate himself for the Motherland in the future as well said Ms. Anoma Fonseka. Speaking at the inaugural press conference of the Democratic National Alliance…



President Rajapaksa inaugurates the Nagamu Purawara programme

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix By: Sudath Silva) “Nagamu Purawara”, a special programme to enhance infrastructure facilities of the low income housing schemes in the Colombo City area is launched under the patronage of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the early hours of Sunday on 21st of February. President Mahinda Rajapaksa made…



Italian Ambassador pays farewell call

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) Out going Ambassador Mr. Pio Mariani for Republic of Italy in Sri Lanka paid his farewell call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at temple trees on Friday19th February. Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weerathunga, and Foreign Secretary Mr. Romesh…



Justice Dr Shirani Bandaranayake- Acting Chief Justice

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix By: Sudath Silva) Senior Supreme court Judge, Justice Dr Shirani Bandaranayake took oaths as the Acting Chief Justice before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s House this morning on Sunday 21st February. She took oaths in the post as Chief Justice Asoka De Silva is on an…



Better UNP reveals the truth to country without further lying – Anura Kumara

Source: Lanka e news Former JVP Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Lanka e News today (21) that, UNP Gen. Sercretary Tissa Attanayake‘s statement at the media discussion yesterday (20) that the UNP is awaiting a reply from Gen. Fonseka to decide on contesting the Gen. elections as an alliance with them is an absolute lie….



Lokubandara still with UNP?

Source: Lakbima News Rumour was rife that former speaker W.J.M.Lokubandara would join the UPFA , but when asked he denied such a move. The President’s media division said that W J M Lokubandara and his wife were among the distinguished persons who participated at yesterday’s SLFP working committee meeting that took place at the Bandarawela…



Mano sends warning signals to UNP

News Source: CaFFE In a letter released to the media, The Democratic People’s Front (DPF), a constituent party to the UNP-led alliance yesterday criticised the UNP for what it termed as attempts to field Tamil businessmen as candidates from Colombo sidelining their noinees. In a letter sent to UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, DPF leader MP…



Who will contest the Next Parliament Election 2010 in Sri Lanka?

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