Monthly archives: December, 2010

President began the year with a lie – Ranil

President Mahinda Rajapakse began 2010 with a lie as he promised that public sector salaries will be increased within the year but nothing has been done about it so far, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said at a press conference in Colombo today. He stated that former LTTE Chief Arms Procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan’s wealth could have…



Matara Mayor resigns

Matara Mayor Upul Nishantha stepped down from office today. He said that he was being politically victimised and therefore stepping down from office….



Remarkable increase of visitors to Jaffna in 2010

According to the statistics being maintained on the entry to the Jaffna peninsula across the Elephant Pass (EPS) gateway a recorded number of visitors from the south have arrived in Jaffna during 2010. By 28 December 2010 approximately 3 million of visitors entered via EPS gateway and pilgrims, Ministers and Parliamentarians, investors, vendors, diplomatic missions…



Police release name of Lankan student gunned down in robbery

Kansas City police today identified a gas station clerk fatally shot during an ambush robbery Tuesday as 25-year-old Sri Lankan student Sujendra Amarasingham. The Ad Hoc Group Against Crime is sponsoring a prayer vigil at 5 p.m. today for Amarasingham at the scene of the crime….



Ferial rejects appointment by Bandula

Former minister Ferial Ashraff yesterday rejected her purported appointment to the seven member board of the National Institute of Education (NIE) and said that it had been done by Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena without her consent. Mrs. Ashraff told Tamil Mirror Online that she never expected this kind of position. The Education Ministry has not…



Ten million cigarettes to go up in flames

Dinesh DE ALWIS These cigarettes will be put into the Puttalam Cement Factory burner in the presence of Tobacco Company and National Authority for Tobacco and Alcohol officials. The total value of the cigarettes is Rs 200 million. The Government would have lost Rs. 180 million in terms of duty and other levies if they…



VETERAN ARTISTE GRAETIAN ANANDA DIES

Graetian Ananda, the veteran musician, vocalist and music director, died this morning. A spokesperson for the National Hospital said that Graetian passed away at 6.45am while receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)….



PRIVATE TUITION CLASSES NEED TO COME UNDER A LEGAL FRAMEWORK – BANDULA

Private tuition classes need to come under a legal framework, says the Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena. The Minister expressed this view at a seminar in Colombo today organised to reveal facts gathered through an initial survey conducted by the National Education Commission on private tuition classes. According to the survey carried out on a…



Sri Lanka crunches numbers cheaply

News Source: The Australian SOME countries have oil. Others sit on vast deposits of ore. Now Sri Lanka is striving to capitalise on its own bountiful resource: a mountain of cheap accountants. For three decades the island nation was plagued by a civil war, which ended last year when government troops finally vanquished the separatist…



Electricity rate hike : President orders relief

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday directed the Ceylon Electricity Board not to increase the electricity rate of the consumers whose usage does not exceed more than 120 units. The Presidential directive came in the wake of Public Utilities Commission’s recommendations that eight percent electricity tariff increase should be applied to each and every consumer who uses…



Defence ties to expand further: Indian Defence Secretary meets President

The longstanding good defence relationship between India and Sri Lanka should be further expanded and strengthened, Indian Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar said when he called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday. The defence dialogue on promoting bilateral relations between the two countries should be further extended to include infantry and air force, the…



Sri Lanka refutes BBC Sandeshaya report

Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs today refuted a BBC Sandesaya report about the Sri Lankan LLRC Commission. The Ministry said in a statement that the report carried by the ‘BBCSinhala Sandeshaya’ website with the dateline of 24th December 2010 under the caption “Sri Lanka War Panel ‘pro-LTTE’”, is a complete fabrication. “The above mentioned…



UNP has been united to oust Rajapaksa regime – Ranil

Leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremesighe said yesterday that the party has been united following the recent annual convention and a cohesive unit was in place, to oust the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime before it completes its second term. Speaking to the media in Colombo,he said that a strong team comprising seniors such as Karu Jayasuriya,…



8th National Scout Jamboree declares open by President Rajapaksa in Hambantota

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Chandana Perera) The Eighth National Scout Jamboree organized by the Sri Lanka Scouts Association commenced today on 27 December at the International Stadium in Eraminiyaya, Angunakolapelessa in Hambantota under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest. The President was received by the Chief Commissioner…



INDIAN DEFENCE MINISTER ARRIVES TODAY

Indian Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar is scheduled to arrive in the island today on an official visit….



LLRC will not meet UN Panel outside Sri Lanka

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has no expectation to meet the UN Secretary General’s Panel outside the country. “In the event of the government facilitating them to visit Sri Lanka, we are willing to meet them here in the country,” LLRC media consultant Lakshman Wickramasinghe has said. Earlier the Commission had said any…