Month: January 2011

Government condemns torching of E-News Website

The Government condemns the torching of Lanka-e-News as an act of criminals to discredit the Government. The Minister of Mass Media and Information Mr. Keheliya Rambukwella, issuing a Press Release on the incident, describes the attack on the Sri Lanka-e-News Media Institution as a malicious attempt to place the government in an intricate position….

President orders urgent inquiry

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the Inspector General of Police to conduct an urgent inquiry into the attack on the Lanka e news office in Malabe and submit a report,…

Lankan housemaid death confirmed

RIYADH: The autopsy report of a Sri Lankan housemaid who died late last year in the Eastern Province revealed the woman was murdered, according to the Sri Lankan Embassy. Pospawalli Selladurai, 36, died on Nov. 5, 2010, in mysterious circumstances, and police took her female employer into custody. The authorities were awaiting the forensic report…

Lanka E News office set on fire

(Lanka-e-News, 31,Jan.2011, 3.25AM) About an hour ago, the LankaeNews office premises was set on fire. At about 2.00 am today, a group of unknown personnels had broken into the premises and set it on fire. By now everything that was inside the building has been destroyed….

Independence celebrations shift to Kataragama this year

Sri Lanka’s 63rd Independence Day celebrations will be held on a grand scale at Kataragama on February 4. Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W. D. J. Seneviratne said yesterday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was scheduled to address the nation at 9.15am . He said the garlanding of the statue of the first Prime Minister…


Another three mahouts of Pinnawala have been interdicted over the death of Neelagiri, the elephant in the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Bhashwara Senanka Gunaratne of the Zoological Department said that the services of 10 employees of the Orphanage have been suspended over the incident….


The 32-year-old passer-by, shot while passing by close to the Mount Lavinia courts when prison officers opened fire at a suspect who was escaping from their custody, succumbed to his injuries early this morning. “He died around 1am today,” said Dr. Lionel Muhandiram, Deputy Director of the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital….


J. Jayalalithaa, leader of the Anaitha India Anna Dravis Munnethra Kalaham (AIADMK) party has demanded that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh step down if he is not capable of finding a solution to end the mid sea attacks on Indian fishermen, says the Times of India. Jayalaithaa had said that the reason for continuing attacks…

Local Government polls on March 17; Several lists rejected:

Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake yesterday announced that the Local Government election would be held on March 17 to elect 3,931 members for 301 Local Government bodies islandwide. Over 20,000 candidates will vie for 301 slots in four Municipal Councils, 39 Urban Councils and 258 Pradeshiya Sabahas while over 12 million voters will be eligible to…

“American Corner” in Jaffna

A cultural corner named as ‘American Corner’ has been established in Jaffna by the United States Embassy in Sri Lanka. The new Center will help people to tap educational opportunities, knowledge and information technology. The U.S. Ambassador in Sri Lanka Ms. Patricia Butenis had said that “The American Corner” is much more than a small…

Another prisoner dies following the Anuradhapura prison clash

Another prisoner who was injured in the clash at the Anuradhapura prison on Monday (January 24) died last night at the Anuradhapura hospital. Over 20 prisoners were injured in the clash that ensued following a protest in the prison area while two people have now died from their injuries….


January 26, 2011: Anoma Fonseka, wife of Sarath Fonseka says that she does not think justice would be meted out unless through a court of the people. Mrs. Fonseka expressed this view at a media briefing convened by the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) today….

‘Chooty Putha’ makes a run for it

Infamous underworld suspect ‘chooty putha’ today fled from police custody when he was brought to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate courts. Police had shot at the suspect during his escape attempt however he had managed to escape, SSP Daya Samaraweera told Ada Derana….

Supreme Court decides: Court Martial court of law; Court of Appeal delivers Supreme Court verdict:

The Court Martial in terms of the Army Act is a ‘Court’ in terms of Article 89 (d) of the Constitution, the Court of Appeal delivering the reasons they received from the Supreme Court stated yesterday. Earlier the Court of Appeal referred to the Supreme Court to determine -”Whether the words ‘any court’ referred to…

White flag story deliberate lie -Defence Secretary

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa testifying before the Trial- at-Bar hearing Sarath Fonseka’s white flag issue yesterday said that the Sunday Leader lead story on December 13, 2009 that he gave orders to eliminate LTTE members who came with white flags to surrender at the last stage of the war is totally false and a deliberate…

Tamil-Americans ask Obama for probe against Rajapaksa

Washington, Jan 25 (PTI) Tamil-Americans have asked US President Barack Obama to initiate investigations against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, over alleged crimes against humanity during the civil war. The memorandum to Obama has been signed by more than a dozen Tamil-American organisations, many of whom held day-long protest outside the White House and the…