Month: September 2010

PRESIDENT HOLDS BILATERAL TALKS WITH HEADS OF FRIENDLY NATIONS

Gov News – Pix by Sudath Silva President holds bilateral talks with Heads of States attending the UN GA summit. These bilateral discussions with heads of friendly nations held in the side line of the special UN Summit on Millennium Development Goals convened by the UN Secretary General. Later, in the evening President Mahinda Rajapaksa…

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DON’T BE SURPRISED IF GOVT. WANTS TO MAKE PARLIAMENT AN AUTHORITY: GAYANTHA

September 20, 2010: It is not surprising if the government took steps to convert the parliament into an authority as well, says parliamentarian Gayantha Karunathilaka, media spokesman of the United National Party (UNP). He expressed these views while addressing a media briefing at the Opposition leader’s office this morning. “The Colombo Municipal Council has been…

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Gampaha voters protest Paba’s ‘politriks’

Voters from the Gampaha District held a protest against Paba or Upeksha Swarnamali’s recent crossover to the government side in the township of Kirillawela in Kadawatha a short while ago. The protestors claimed that Ms. Swarnamali had gone to Parliament through the votes of the United National Party (UNP) supporters and had betrayed them by…

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Foreign company owned 3 explosive containers exploded – Karadiyanaru, Batticaloa

According to the latest information, three explosive containers belonged to Chinese company engaged in highway construction in Eastern Province had exploded short while ago. According to sources two Chinese nationals of the construction company had come in a double cab and two dump trucks to obtain explosives from containers. Sources further said one dump truck…

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More Facebook abuse complaints

DM Online – By Indika Sri Aravinda More complaints have been lodged against the ‘Facebook’ and the authorities had blocked one account last week,an official of Women and Children Bureau said. He said that last week the Women and Children’s Bureau had received at least four complaints against the social network site being abused by…

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Sri Lanka established a Model to defeat Terrorism

In an exclusive interview, with ‘The Asian Age’ Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that Sri Lanka’s military victory over the LTTE offers lessons for the international community. Following are excerpts of the interview on 15th September, 2010. Q. Recently you visited India for defence talks. There was defence cooperation for years before and during the…

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India hands over water harvesting project to Sri Lanka

India has handed over a water harvesting project here to Sri Lanka with a hope that it would popularise the process for recharging underground aquifers in the country. Officials of the Indian High Commission here handed over the project on Artificial Recharge of Ground Water Resources at the Export Processing Zone in Katunyake to Sri…

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“Conditions have changed and improved in Sri Lanka”, says British Minister Alistair Burt in the Parliament

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma “There is no doubt that conditions have changed in Sri Lanka and have improved to a degree after the conflict, but the issue is how far that goes,” Alistair Burt, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs said in the British Parliament this afternoon on Tuesday…

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PROTESTOR CLIMBS ATOP STEEL TOWER AT VIHARA MAHA DEVI PARK

News Courtesy: Sirasa TV September 14, 2010: An unidentified person has climbed a steel tower at the Vihara Maha Devi park opposite Horton Place roundabout demanding solutions for problems faced by the country’s youth. Newsfirst reporter at the scene said that the man is wearing a helmet and is covering his face….

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Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization forum: Lanka emerging as telecom hub – President

Daily News – By Rasika Somarathna Sri Lanka today is among the most widely connected countries and societies in the Asian region. It is emerging as the telecom hub of the South Asian region, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. Addressing the eighth annual Forum and the 50th Council Meeting of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO)…

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UNP in support of electoral system changes

News Courtesy: Ada Derana UNP Spokesman, Gayantha Karunathilakesays that the United National Party supports the proposed changes to the Local Government electoral system. He said that even though further clarification is needed the party in general agrees with government on the changes. The Galle District Parliamentarian in reply to a question by the media said…

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Ranil losing Opposition Leader’s post is a possibility: Dayasiri

News Courtesy: Ada Derana The United National Party (UNP) leadership is yet to respond to their ultimatum to sit as an independent group in the Opposition if the party fails to sort out internal issues. If no response is forthcoming the group will sit as an independent group when Parliament meets next, Dayasiri Jayasekera told…

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18th Constitutional Amendment has twelve objectives

TC – by Basil Rajapaksa (Following is an edited text of the speech made by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, during the debate in Parliament on September 8, on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution) The 18th Constitutional Amendment has 12 objectives, the first of which is the removal of fetters against the people’s sovereignty….

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President Rajapaksa participates multi-religious observances at Katharagama

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Nalin Hewapathirana) President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the sacred city of Kataragama and attended several religious ceremonies today on 10th September, the President Media Unit said. The President first worshipped at the Kiriwehera temple and joined a special ‘Bodhi Pooja pinkama’ held at the temple premises. After engaging…

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Prof J.B’s “Handbook of Simple Tamil” presented to President Rajapaksa

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Nalin Hewapathirana) The first copy of the “Handbook of Simple Tamil” by Prof. J B Dissanayake being presented by the author to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday 8th September at Temple Trees. Deshamanya Jayantha Banda Dissanayake (73) is an emeritus Professor and one of the leading authorities…

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Happy President

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) The 18th Amendment to the Constitution which was presented before the Parliament for voting today on 8th September has been passed with a two-thirds majority. It was passed with 161 Parliamentarians voting for the reforms and 17 against. UNP, the main Opposition party members…

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