Monthly archives: October, 2010

Bilateral meeting between Presidents of Sri Lanka and Nepal in China

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Sudath Silva) President Mahinda Rajapaksa met his Nepalese counterpart Ram Baran Yadav, this morning (31 October) in Shanghai China. Both leaders are currently in China to participate the closing ceremony of the six months long Shanghai EXPO 2010 International Trade Exhibition organized by the Government of China….



President Rajapaksa participates EXPO 2010 Closing Ceremony

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma Pix by: Sudath Silva Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa participated the closing ceremony of the Shanghai EXPO 2010 International Trade Exhibition in Shanghai, China today on 31 October. The six month long trade exhibition under the theme of ‘Better City- Better Life’ is showcasing that the modern day urban…



Hope for Manju

Head of the Sports Ministry Medical Unit Dr Geethanjana Mendis is confident that disgraced Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist Manju Wanniarachchi can be proved innocent and that he would be able to retain his medal he won beating Welshman Sean McGoldrick in the bantam weight final at New Delhi. Dr. Mendis told The Nation that…



Warm welcome for President Rajapaksa in China

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Sudath Silva) Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Shanghai, China, on Saturday, 30 October, to attend the closing ceremony of the Expo 2010 trade Exhibition. Over 70 million visitors had attended this impressive event during the 180 days in which it took place in Shanghai. On…



CONVENOR OF IUSF UDUL PREMARATNE ARRESTED

October 29, 2010: Convenor of the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Udul Premarathne was arrested by police….



Asin gets notice for loss of vision to Sri Lankans

Oct. 28:A legal notice has been sent to film star Asin of Ghajini fame, holding her responsible for vision impairment to 10 Tamils in Sri Lanka and claiming compensation on their behalf. HMK state youth wing general-secretary Gurumurthy, in his notice through advocate Balamurugan to the actor’s residence in Kochi, referred to earlier media reports…



President tells Defence University Convocation: One law for all

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that the law of the land is applicable to all citizens of the country equally and Forces personnel are no exception. The President said Forces personnel have to comply with the country’s military, civil and criminal law. He stressed that they cannot evade the civil law of the country merely…



CROWDS PROTEST IN KELANIYA AGAINST STUDENT UNION

October 28, 2010: A protest was held against the Inter University Students’ Federation opposite the Kelaniya University yesterday monrnig. The protest had been organised by a crowd calling themselves the residents of Kelaniya….



Tourists taunted during Maldives ‘wedding ceremony’

(WARNING: Contains strong and abusive language.) COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – The Maldives expressed “shock and disgust” yesterday after a video surfaced of a Swiss couple being mocked and insulted by a celebrant during their marriage ceremony at a luxury hotel. In the video, posted on YouTube several days ago, a couple can be seen seated…



Babul Beeda seized

The Aduruppu Street Police yesterday seized two separate hauls of the illegal drug Babul Beeda worth of Rs 2 million and arrested two suspects. The Police acting on a tip off arrested one person at the Gaspaha junction and found Babul Beeda and a mixture of cannabis powder and tobacco powder that were used to…



Check point removal begins

All check points in Colombo city limits would be removed from today and will be replaced by an alternative surveillance system to ensure city security, Military Spokesman Major General Ubaya Medawala said. As of today checkpoints in Bambalapitiya and Wellawatte have been removed and other points will be removed gradually….



President appeals for Rizana

The Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has asked the King of Saudi Arabia to revoke the death sentence imposed on a Sri Lankan maid. Rizana Nafeek was convicted three years ago of killing a baby in her care. President Rajapaksa’s office says he has written to King Abdullah on behalf of the maid, who was…



Year after death, LTTE chief’s case closed

CHENNAI: The LTTE supremo, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is no more the prime accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. In the first official acknowledgment by India of the LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran’s death, a designated court for Tada cases in Chennai has dropped all charges against him, on the basis of a CBI report. “The case…



All rice in market fit for human consumption: Health Ministry

Almost one hundred per cent of the rice available for sale in the market is fit for human consumption, said the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health. I response to allegations from certain quarters that most of the rice in the open market was not fit for human consumption, officials had inspected stocks of…



J’pura hostel sub-warden assaulted

The sub warden of the Sri Jayawardenapura university hostel for Buddhist monk students has been admitted to the Kalubowila hospital after he was assaulted by a group of students. He was allegedly attacked by a group of Buddhist monk students of the hostel. Vice Chancellor of the Sri Jayawardenapura University, Dr. N. L. A. Karunaratne…



Provide 24 hour OPD services – President directs health authorities; A move for a Patient friendly health service

The President Sunday directed the Secretary, Health Ministry to initiate a system to keep all Out Patient Departments (OPD) in the Hospitals open to the public, 24 hours. The Hospitals in Sri Lanka offer health care services to people free of charge and as a result the OPD’s are always over crowded and the patients…