Month: April 2011


Motor vehicle importers say that with the new tax revision that has been introduced, the price of a hybrid vehicle that has an engine capacity of over 3000cc, will increase by around Rs 3 million….

Hashan Tillakaratne alleges match-fixing in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Dropping a bombshell, former Sri Lanka skipper Hashan Tillakaratne has claimed that match-fixing is common in his country since 1992 and promised to reveal names of those involved, soon. Tillakaratne, who played 83 Tests and 200 ODIs for Sri Lanka, made the sensational claim while appearing in a TV show….

GL: Moon Report ‘is legally, morally and substantively flawed’

External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris says the controversial Darusman Report is the product of a personal initiative taken by UNSG Ban ki-Moon and the mandate of the Panel was purely advisory in nature, as stated in its Terms of Reference….

US welcomes report while India studies

News Source: BBC Welcoming the report issued by the UN expert panel on Sri Lanka, the US says it highlights the need for an independent and full inquiry on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. Susan Rice, the US Permanent Representative to the UN said the report is “a valuable contribution” towards establishing justice, accountability,…

Lanka e-News temporarily banned

The Pugoda Magistrates Court today (April 28) temporarily banned the operation of the Lanka e-News website until the court proceedings regarding arrested Journalist Shantha Wijesooriya are over….

Britain welcomes panel report

 While welcoming the Panel of Experts report of the UN Chief on Sri Lanka, the British government yesterday called on Sri Lanka to use its response to the UN report and the report’s recommendations to strengthen the process of accountability….

Six new diplomats present credentials

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Sudath Silva) Six new foreign diplomats have handed in their credentials to President Rajapaksa at the President’s Office yesterday on 26th April….

US welcomes recommendations

The United States welcomed recommendations of the Panel of Experts to the Secretary-General on questions of accountability on Sri Lanka. The report “makes a valuable contribution to next steps that should be taken in support of justice, accountability, human rights, and reconciliation in Sri Lanka,” said the US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice….

Dr.Jayalath Jayawardena awarded ‘Guiness World Record’

Parliamentarian Dr.Jayalth Jayawardena has won the Guinness book of World Record for his TV medical programme ‘Vaidya Hamuwa’ He received his certificate on Tuesday at the Guinness book of World Record LTD in London….

UN feared for staff amid Sri Lanka conflict: Ban

The United Nations feared for its staff in Sri Lanka as government troops crushed a Tamil separatist uprising in 2009, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said defending the actions of UN agencies….

How the controversial Darusman report cynically whitewashes the terroristic LTTE: The horrifying doings of the ‘world’s most disciplined militant group’

While the world had been horror-struck by the gruesome terroristic acts of the LTTE over nearly 30 years, the controversial Darusman report, which Sri Lanka totally rejects, attempts to give the LTTE some dubious respectability in the most cynical fashion.The following quote from the report proves the point:…

Pensions for All

The government has decided to provide pension rights to all employees of Government Institutions and Private Sector who do not get pensions at present.  A special discussion in this regard was held at temple trees yesterday, under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapakse….

Retirement due to injury fears – Malinga

Sri Lankan star bowler Lasith Malinga today said that he had taken the decision to retire from test cricket, before the 2011 World Cup due to his physical condition and injuries and hoped to play in the shorter forms of the games until the next World Cup  in 2015….

UN Expert Panel report made public

Click to Read Report The panel of experts set up to advise Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on accountability issues with respect to the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka has found credible reports of war crimes committed by both the Government and Tamil rebels and calls for genuine investigations into the allegations, according to…

Royal Mail issues new stamps to celebrate Royal wedding

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma from London The British Postal Service, the Royal Mail issued a new set of stamps on 21 April, just over a week before the big day to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding. The new commemorative stamps, launched by the Royal Mail, show a series of images…

UPDATE: Taxes on imported vehicles increased – P.B. Jayasundera

Sri Lanka has raised import duties on several categories of petrol-engined cars and three wheelers with steeper increases seen in larger hybrid vehicles, which had exceptionally low taxes earlier, Treasury Secretary P.B….