Monthly archives: September, 2010

President confirms 30-month jail term for Fonseka

Sri Lanka’s president has confirmed the 30-month jail term imposed on former army chief Sarath Fonseka following his conviction by a military court, an official said Thursday. President Mahinda Rajapakse approved the prison sentence for a period of two-and-a-half years after returning Wednesday from New York, where he addressed the U.N. general assembly, a senior…



Incessant rain in Anuradhapura: Floods submerge over 100 houses

Over 100 houses in Anuradhapura were submerged by flood waters following incessant rain which lasted for nearly eight hours Tuesday. Residents said they had not experienced such heavy showers for the last 20 years. Areas worst affected included Hidogama, Pavakkulama, Maha Nelubewa, and 8th and 12th canal areas. Some of the houses were three to…



President Returns

President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to the Island in the early morning at 4.00 am Wednesday Presidential sources said. President during his visit to attend the 65th Summit of the UN General Assembly also addressed the UN special summit on Millennium Development Goal (MDG). President also held special talks with UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon…



Maldives thanks President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Maldivian Vice-President Dr. Mohammed Waheed Hassan speaking at the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly has thanked Sri Lanka and President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his support during the Maldivian political crisis while calling on the International Community to assist Sri Lanka in rebuilding after the 25 year period of conflict. “I would like to…



President to The Wall Street Journal: Opportunity for Sri Lanka as China’s labour costs rise

Rising labour costs in China present an opportunity for Sri Lanka to attract foreign companies seeking an alternative low-cost manufacturing base, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published on September 22, 2010. President Rajapaksa, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, told the newspaper that Sri Lanka…



TRAIN TRAGEDY AT KATUNAYAKE: RESIDENTS BLAME MALFUNCTIONING SIGNAL LIGHTS

September 27, 2010: The postmortem into the incident where three persons died at the Katunayake level crossing was conducted today. Those killed when the train knocked the motorbike they were travelling on was a nine-month-old child, his mother and a relative. The motorbike had been travelling from the Averiwatta area in Katunayake towards the Katunayake…



Top US Business Leaders meet President in NY

Express keen interest in investment opportunities in Sri Lanka While on his official visit to New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with leading American business leaders at a luncheon to outline emerging opportunities for investment in Sri Lanka. Business executives from a variety of industries, including the aerospace…



President meets UN Chief and holds talks with other leaders too

President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is New York attending the UNGA summit called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon in New York and held one on one talks at UN office Presidential sources said. President during his address in UNGA had apprised the world leaders of the latest post conflict situation in Sri Lanka and…



Fonseka’s Parliamentary privileges: Call for explanation from Army Commander, UNP urges Speaker

News Courtesy: Ada Derana The issue of the breach of Parliamentary privilege of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Sarath Fonseka came up in Parliament today as well. Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has urged Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to call for an explanation from the Army Commander regarding the matter. United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe…



Taj group to rebrand hotels in Sri Lanka

Looking at expanding its business in Sri Lanka after the end of the 30-year-old conflict, the Taj Group of Hotels today announced rebranding and reclassification of its hotels in the Island nation. “Taj has been among the first hospitality entrants in this country and today we wish to commit ourselves to a renewed relationship with…



Rs. 70m robbed at Paliyagoda

News Courtesy: Ada Derana An armed gang at Paliyagoda has robbed Rs. 70 Million from a vehicle carrying cash to an ATM machine says Police Spokesman. The theft had taken place at around 1.00 am today at Aluwakella, Thegalapotha by five suspects traveling in two motorbikes. It is reported that the robbers had forcibly stopped…



President tells United Nations General Assembly: Healing wounds greatest challenge

Sri Lanka recognizes the challenges we face, among the greatest of which is healing the wounds of the recent past, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 64th United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday. To this end, earlier this year, a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission has been established, giving full expression to the…



BE READY TO STRIKE FOR RS. 8,000 PAY HIKE, LALKANTHA TELLS WORKERS

News Courtesy: News First Workers should be given a Rs. 8,000 salary increment from the next budget, says the National Trade Union Center. lalChairman of the National Trade Union Center K. D. Lalkantha made this statement while addressing a convention in the Anuradhapura area yesterday. Anuradhapura convention series organized by the National Trade Union Center,…



Shooting at school, gunman commits suicide after shooting teacher

News Courtesy: Ada Derana A gunman shot at a lady teacher attached to a school at Siyambalanduwa this morning and later committed suicide by shooting himself. The teacher has been admitted to the Siyambalaanduwa hospital, Senior DIG Moneragala Nimal Mediwaka told Ada Derana….



President tells UN MDG Summit: Sri Lanka well ahead

Sri Lanka has incorporated Millennium Development Goals key performance indicators in our national budget policies, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. Speaking at the Summit of the Millennium Development Goals in New York, he pointed out that as a result Sri Lanka has already attained or is on track to attain the MDGs, despite formidable odds, including…



Apsara agitates overseas for SF’s release

Sarath Fonseka’s daughter Apsara is to appear in overseas protest rallies demanding the release of former Sri Lankan Army commander (then) general Sarath Fonseka and the upholding of democracy in the country, sates the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). Apsara Fonseka is to take part in several demonstrations along with DNA Parliamentarians Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Arjuna…