Monthly archives: June, 2010

Post mortem of sweep ticket seller to be held tomorrow

The post mortem of a disabled man found near the Mount Lavinia police station, is scheduled to be held tomorrow, according to police spokesman Prashantha Jayakody. The body was discovered today by Mount Lavinia police. The victim, thought to have been a sweep ticket seller, had sustained severe head injury. It is suspected that the…



Budget outlines long-term goals

Acting Finance and Planning Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama yesterday presenting Budget 2010 in Parliament spelled out a wide range of people friendly proposals aimed at accelerating public welfare programs and local productivity in realizing the long-term economic benefits for the country. At the start of the presentation, Acting Finance and Planning Minister Dr. Amunugama thanked…



Patriotic Sri Lankans gather at Global Sri Lankan Forum Inaugural meeting in Toronto

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma The Patriotic Sri Lankans gathered at Radisson Hotel at Toronto on 25th of May for the inaugural meeting of Global Sri Lankan Forum. The meeting hall was decorated with Sri Lankan and Canadian flags all over the room, which expressed the true nationalist and patriotic sprit of the Forum….



UN chief defends plan for Sri Lanka rights panel

Reuters – By Patrick Worsnip UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dismissed on Tuesday objections by Sri Lanka to his plan to establish a panel to look into possible human rights abuses there and said he would set it up without delay. Ban told a news conference he was within his rights to…



Sri Lanka bars foreign contracts until World Cup

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP)—Sri Lanka has imposed a temporary ban on its cricketers playing in foreign leagues to help it select a squad for next year’s World Cup, an official said Monday. Brian Thomas, Sri Lanka Cricket media manager, said the ban affected 76 players, who are set to be sent away to a camp…



6 including 2 children dead in accident at Kurunegala

Six people have died in a motor accident that occurred at Kirivawula area in Kurunegala today (27th) morning says our reporter at Kurunegala. A van from Uhumiya in Kurunegala carrying a group returning from a tour in Jaffna and a lorry transporting manure to Batticaloa have crashed head on at 6.00 a.m. today….



Human rights an essential element of Sri Lankan future: US

Noting that human rights is an essential element of Sri Lanka’s future, US has said that the Rajapaksa Government should use the post-LTTE situation to establish a new dynamic relationship with its people. “We’ve stressed in Sri Lanka many times, there’s an important opportunity here to change its relations with its population and subgroups within…



The untold tales of a President

MAHINDA’ -a book on the early years of President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Muthu Padmakumara, was launched at the Hilton Colombo on Monday, June 21. The biography published by Sarasavi Publishers depicts the early years of President Rajapaksa up to his assumption of duties as the Executive President of the country. ‘MAHINDA’ provides an insight to…



Interpol after Lankanewsweb operator; Issues Red Notice for arrest:

Interpol Headquarters in France has issued a Red Notice for the arrest of Chandima Anil Withanaarachchi, operator of Lankanewsweb.com, for ‘counterfeiting/forgery’. According to investigations carried out by the CID, Withanaarachchi, a lawyer has fled the country with his wife after several of his fraudulent activities had come to light….



Sri Lanka rejects ‘insulting’ EU trade conditions

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka Thursday trashed “insulting” EU demands that it make a written undertaking to improve its human rights record in exchange for trade benefits. Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said Colombo also rejected a July 1 deadline issued by the European Union to agree to a host of other conditions to qualify for…



Sri Lanka slams UN over war crimes probe

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka accused the United Nations on Wednesday of a “hidden agenda” behind its plans to investigate alleged human rights abuses by soldiers in the final months of the island’s savage civil war. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s appointment of a panel to advise on any violations of international human rights was “an…



Ban appoints expert panel to advise on human rights issues during Sri Lankan conflict

22 June 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues relating to alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka that ended last year. The three-member panel will advise Mr. Ban on implementing the commitment…



Sri Lanka beat India by 7 wickets

DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (AP)—Sri Lanka beat India by seven wickets in the final Asia Cup preliminary-round match at Rangiri Dambulla Stadium on Tuesday. Put into bat, India was dismissed for 209. Sri Lanka reached its target with 12.3 overs to spare….



WE SHOULD NOT WORK FOR MERE POLITICAL AIMS, SAYS NAMAL RAJAPAKSA

June 21, 2010: We should not think about our personal aspirations and not work for mere political aims, says parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. As a country with a strong political environment the aim of all of us should be to develop the country for our future generation, he said addressing a function in the Ambalangoda area,…



MILK POWDER PRICE HIKE: WORLD MARKET PRICES UP: JOHNSTON

June 20, 2010: The Minister of Co-Operatives and Internal Trade, Johnston Fernando announced that the price of milk powder had been increased with effect from midnight yesterday. This was announced at a media briefing held yesterday. “The price of milk powder has increased in the world market. Companies have been requesting for an increase in…



IS IT ETHICAL TO CELEBRATE VICTORY WITHOUT GEN. FONSEKA, ASKS ROSY

June 18, 2010: All parliamentarians received invitations for the heroes day celebration, but not General Sarath Fonseka, the person responsible for the victory. Is it ethical, asks parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake. Ms. Senanayake, the UNP MP, expressed this view at a meeting held in the Kosgama area in Awissawella yesterday….