Monthly archives: May, 2011

Katunayake EPZ turned into battlefield; Police, workers trade accusations; Katunayake EPZ closed today

Over a dozen police personnel, including DIG Ravi Wijegoonewardene and many garment workers were injured in clashes between the police and the Katunayake Export Processing Zone (EPZ) workers yesterday….



Minister tells Human Rights Council 17th Session in Geneva: Reconciliation process, govt’s priority

The process of reconciliation is a priority for the government as it has everything to do with the people, who have now begun to enjoy the dividends of peace, Plantation Industries Minister and Presidential nominee for Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe told the 17th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday….



Mihindu Seth Medura: Defence Ministry builds new centre for disabled war heroes

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix By: Sudath Silva) “Mihindu Seth Medura”, a new shelter for the gallant soldiers who dedicated their services for the victory of the motherland was ceremoniously opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning on 30 May. The two storied new building is located in Attidiya, Dehiwala on an area…



Garment employees excluded from Pension Scheme

Government today decided to exempt the employees working in the country’s Free Trade Zones from the proposed Private Sector Pension Scheme….



SLRC New Chairman Mohan

Veteran journalist Mohan Samaranayake has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporaton with effect from today.  The appointment letter in this respect was handed over to Mr. Samaranayake by the Minister of Mass Media and Information Mr. Keheliya Rambukwella this morning….



Tharanga tests positive

Sri Lanka opening batsman Upul Tharanga tested positive for an banned substance at this year’s World Cup, an International Cricket Council (ICC) source told Reuters on Sunday….



India invites Ranil for talks

Two weeks after Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris visited that country, India had invited Leader of the main Opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe for talks on the situation that had arisen in the wake of the release of the United Nations Experts’ Panel report, party sources said yesterday….



Head Of TV Station Killed In Crash

Following a road accident on the Dehiwala flyover during the wee hours of May 24, Head of Station NTV Tushara Kodikara has succumbed to severe head injuries at the Colombo National Hospital….



MINISTERS NIMAL SIRIPALA DE SILVA AND MAHINDA SAMARASINGHE TO ATTEND UNHRC SESSIONS IN GENEVA

Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and Mahinda Samarasinghe have engaged on a tour to Geneva to attend a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council….



Prasanna ton puts Sri Lanka in control

England will have expected to encounter problems removing a Jayawardene during this series, but that was likely to be Mahela not Prasanna. Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper, batting in the elevated position of No. 6, hit his third Test hundred to lift the visitors to an impressive 400 on the second day in Cardiff. Thilan Samaraweera and…



Sri Lanka President at Ranaviru Day celebrations: Only we can solve our own problems, and none other

We do not hesitate to ensure the democratic and human rights of the citizens living in north and east. But we will not heed to the demands of separatists or terrorists. When people in this country do not accept their demands, they look for ways to make us bow down using foreign influence. But I…



Omanthai railway station declared open

The rebuilt railway track from Thandikulam to Omanthai and the Omanthai railway station were declared open a short while ago by Transport Minister Kumara Welgama. Operations of the Yal Devi train will now be extended up to the Omanthai railway station after 21 years, the Railway Department said….



Sri Lanka seeks more investments from Saudi Arabia

“Although we have a considerable amount of bilateral trade, I believe that there is huge potential to enhance it by further diversifying our trade baskets” said  Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Sri Lanka at the bilateral meeting with the Saudi Minister of Commerce and Industry His Excellency Abdullah Zainal Ali Reza recently in…



Ranatunga on what went wrong with Lankan cricket

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s longest serving cricket captain and member of the opposition DNA party in parliament, Arjuna Ranatunga, claims that it was the interest shown by businessmen in the game, after Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup win, that proved a bad influence on the game….



Ranil playing double game, says Sajith

Dissident UNP MP Sajith Premadasa, on Tuesday (25) alleged that those who visited Gen. Sarath Fonseka at the Welikada prison were secretly pushing for the war veteran’s detention….



All set for second Victory Day anniversary: Nation honours War Heroes

The nation will celebrate the second anniversary of the annihilation of one of the most ruthless terrorist outfits in the world, the LTTE, at a solemn ceremony at the Galle Face Green under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa today….