Monthly archives: September, 2013

Principal of St. Mary’s College, Negombo found hacked to death

The St Mary’s College, Negambo principal who was found with serious cut injuries in the school washroom died on admission to the Negambo hospital this morning, police said….



NO WITHDRAWING ARMY FROM NORTH

President Mahinda Rajapaksa asked as to how he could withdraw the army from the North without acceding to the requests of other Provincial Councils too to do the same. “Where can I have the Army?. Ask somebody else to give me a place to keep the Army”, he said in an interview with Al Jazeera….



If Islamic radicalism is West engineered – why does Islam call to conquer the world?

  – by Shenali D Waduge – There are 2 factors that just do not add up. If we accept the Muslim version that Islam is a ‘peaceful religion’ and explore the possibility that the present radical Islam enveloping world geopolitics has been engineered by the West, our next question is why would the West…



President meets with Business Council for International Understanding

President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended a breakfast briefing with the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) on Thursday (26) on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York….



Sri Lanka rupee weaker on importer dollar demand despite cbank direction

(Reuters) – The Sri Lankan rupee ended weaker on Friday on importer dollar demand, while the central bank’s direction not to trade above 132.00 per dollar made dealers trade in the forward market, dealers said. The rupee spot quoted at 131.90/132.10, compared with Thursday’s close of 131.90/132.00….



Berty Premalal passes away

North-Central Province former Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake passed away at a private hospital in Colombo a short while ago….



History of US Embassy ‘interference’ in the internal affairs of countries

  – by Shenali D Waduge – If anyone has the guts to call a spade a spade it is Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapakse who has rightly pointed public attention to the US embassy in Colombo pursuing a political agenda. When countries had been henpecking Sri Lanka to hold elections in the…



UNP to undergo significant changes: Harin

UNP parliamentarian Harin Fernando said today the party would undergo significant changes soon in the wake of the defeat at Saturday’s elections to the three provincial councils….



Looking Forward to CHOGM, New Zealand PM Tells President Rajapaksa

NEW YORK: President Mahinda Rajapaksa and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key held discussions this morning in New York. In a cordial conversation, the two leaders talked about a number of topics, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 that will take place in Colombo in a little more than a month….



Puttalam election chief transferred

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya decided yesterday to transfer the Puttalam district Assistant Elections Commissioner to Colombo with effect from October 1, the Elections Department said….



Ambassador Aryasinha says High Commissioner Pillay has no mandate to set deadlines on Sri Lanka

FILE PHOTO Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha told the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday (25 September 2013) “Sri Lanka strongly repudiates the High Commissioner’s assertion that if certain concerns are not comprehensively addressed before March 2014, she believes the international community will have a duty to establish…



Sri Lanka drifting towards authoritarian rule – UN rights chief

(Reuters) – Four years after it crushed a long separatist rebellion, Sri Lanka may be sliding towards an authoritarian system as President Mahinda Rajapaksa gathers power around him, the U.N. human rights chief said on Wednesday. The report by Navi Pillay, said the largely Buddhist South Asian state was also seeing a surge of violence…



SL President meets UN Secretary General and US President.

– by Janaka Alahapperuma – President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is in New York to participate the 68th United Nations General Assembly met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the summit on Tuesday September 24….



ANTI CORRUPTION UNIT OF BCCI REFUTE THISARA PERERA MATCH FIXING CHARGES – SLC

Sri Lanka Cricket announced that the alleged match fixing charges against Thisara Perera in a certain Indian Newspaper, had been totally refuted by the Anti Corruption Unit of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI)….



Lessons from the break-up of Yugoslavia and ‘independence’ of Kosovo for Sri Lanka

– by Shenali D Waduge – When countries are eyed to serve the self-interests of a handful of ‘civilized’ nations they know the perfect medicine to ensure these targeted nations are brought to their knees. The break-up of Yugoslavia serves as a catalyst for why Sri Lanka needs to be alert at all times….



President Rajapaksa met US President Barack Obama and US First Lady

President Rajapaksa met US President Barack Obama and US First Lady…