Monthly archives: November, 2010

HIGH-CORP CASE POSTPONED TO JANUARY 14

November 30, 2010: A decision has been reached to postpone the Hi-Corp financial fraud case, which was filed at the High Court against former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka and his son-in-law Danuna Thilakaratne, to the 14th of January. This decision was taken based on the agreement reached between the lawyers appearing for the plaintiff and…



Sri Lanka ‘porn actors’ arrested and bailed

Sri Lankan police have arrested and bailed seven people accused of appearing in pornographic films. Police said the seven had to make statements and pay a surety before being released. They said those arrested were all suspected of featuring in locally made pornographic movies. The faces of people accused of taking part were earlier published…



Wikileaks confirms that US led the international op. against Lanka – Wimal

This is what we said from the start, Construction and Housing Ministers Wimal Weerawansa told Ada Derana regarding the Wikileaks documents on Sri Lanka. He added that this substantiates the fact that it was the US that led the International operation against Sri Lanka. They wanted to isolate us internationally, Wimal claimed. Weerawansa went on…



Daughter sees attack on CCTV: Lankan killed in UK robbery attack

The teenage daughter of a Sri Lankan shopkeeper stabbed to death during a suspected robbery, watched in horror as the attack was shown on CCTV in the family’s flat upstairs in Birmingham, UK Saturday night. She saw attackers armed with a knife try to grab cash from the till, and called the police….



Pakistan offers Sri Lanka specialized police training in counter-terrorism

COLOMBO, Nov 29 (APP): Pakistan on Monday offered specialized training, closer collaboration and sharing of expertise in counter-terrorism to help Sri Lanka better train its security forces to thwart any future terrorist threat.“We wish to strengthen our cooperation in ridding our countries of this menace and we can do it by learning from experiences of…



‘Incautious behavior’ of police, cause of clash: Welikada report

The report produced by the committee that had been appointed to examine and investigate the clash that occurred at the Welikada Prison recently has been submitted to the Secretary of the Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry. At least 44 policemen were hospitalized as a result of the clash that took place on 07 November, when…



Youth Parliament to meet under the patronage of President

The maiden sessions of the Youth Parliament is scheduled to be held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 12th January at the National Youth Centre in Maharagama. A Youth Prime Minister, Speaker, Cabinet and Youth Parliamentarians will be selected following the results of the polls conducted for the Youth Parliament were released. The…



MINISTERIAL POST CAME TO ME AND I DIDN’T REFUSE IT: VASU

November 29, 2010: The ministerial post came to me and I didn’t refuse it, says Vasudeva Nanayakkara, the new Minister of National Languages and Social Integration. Addressing the first convention of the Joint Workers’ Union of the State Distillery Corporation, which was suspended, in Kalutara yesterday, Vasudeva said that with the ministerial post came more…



Sri Lanka-Pakistan ink four agreements: Bilateral ties strengthened

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari who is on a four day visit to Sri Lanka called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and held bi-lateral talks at the Presidential Secretariat last evening. Before the commencement of the talks between the delegations,a One-on-One Meeting took place between the Sri Lankan President and the visiting President of Pakistan for…



Seniors kicked up in jumbo cabinet

President Rajapaksa holding the hand of wounded JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti, trying to listen to what was being said amidst the din at the Parliament canteen where the customary Budget tea party was hosted. Pic by Gemunu Wellage Veteran ministers given big posts but little power UNP infighting worsens: Young MPs slam Ranil while Sajith…



53,407 affected by floods, risk of landslides if rain cont.

53,407 persons belonging to 13,520 families are facing distress due to heavy rain and flooding affecting several Districts in the island. It has been reported that two people have died while another five have been seriously injured due to the severe weather conditions in the past few days. While a total of 61 houses have…



UNP MP Jayasekera has phone confiscated in Parliament

The mobile phone of UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera was confiscated in Parliament today after he attempted to play a speech made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa which he had recorded on his phone, during today’s Budget debate. Mr.Jayasekera who was participating in the debate had recorded a speech made by the President during an election rally…



President meets Indian Minister: India gives $ 416 m for Northern Railway

A Credit Agreement for USD 416 million for the construction of the Northern Railway line was signed between India and Sri Lanka at Janadipathi Mandiraya yesterday, in the presence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and India’s External Affairs Minister S M Krishna. Exim Bank of India Managing Director Nadeem Panjetan signed the agreement for the Indian…



Udul Premaratna further remanded

Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) Convenor Udul Premaratna was further remanded till December 10th by the Colombo Magistrates’ Court today. Mr. Premaratna had been arrested and remanded for forcibly entering the Ministry of Higher Education premises and damaging government property….



Sri Lanka’s Dilshan puts Windies batsmen in spin

COLOMBO (AFP) – Part-time spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan bagged two wickets in one over in fading light to boost Sri Lanka’s hopes of gaining the lead in the second Test against the West Indies on Thursday. The off-spinner dismissed well-set Darren Bravo (80) and Brendan Nash (29) before the West Indies reached 165-5 in their first…



Budget – 2011 Private Sector friendly

The 2011 Budget has given many concessions in the form of tax reduction, tax removal, tax holidays etc., which would encourage the private sector to expand their activities and create confidence for investment and open up new ventures. This was stated by the Managing Director and CEO of the Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC., Mr. Kishu…