Month: June 2011

Army continues welfare and social work in Mathagal-Jaffna

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma The Sri Lankan Army continues their welfare and social work in every corner of Jaffna peninsula and the latest event was launched at Mathagal, a beautiful village situated 16 km away from Jaffna town, in the north of Sri Lanka….

US warns Sri Lanka on war crime charges

The United States urged Sri Lanka to move quickly to address allegations of war crimes, warning of rising pressure for international action if it does not….

Judge Sri Skandaraja takes oaths as new Chairman of Sri Lanka Appellate Court

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Sudath Silva) Appeal Court Judge S. Sri Skandaraja took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Chairman of the Court of Appellate, Court of Sri Lanka at the Temple Trees on Tuesday 28 June….

President Rajapaksa inspects South East Asia’s largest Performance Arts Theatre

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Chandana Perera) President Mahinda Rajapaksa inspected the Sri Lanka’s National Performance Arts Theatre constructed in the old Colombo Municipal Council grounds at Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha in Colombo with financial assistance from China on 27 June. This five storied theatre which is the largest in Sri Lanka and…

Felicitating Pandit Amaradeva: India honours doyen of Sinhala classical music

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma The Indian government felicitated legendary Sri Lankan musician and Magsaysay award winner Pandit Dr W.D. Amaradeva once again for his contribution to strengthening India-Sri Lanka ties through his music. The 85-year-old doyen of Sinhalese classical music was honoured for his outstanding and unique contribution to enriching the relationship between…

President to support political solution decided by Parliament

I will support a political solution decided by the Parliament, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said a short while ago while addressing Media heads at Temple Trees….

US commends Sri Lanka’s human trafficking elimination

  The U.S.Report for 2011 on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) released yesterday by the Secretary of State Hilary Clinton says that Sri Lanka is making significant efforts for elimination of human trafficking.  It has noted that the Sri Lankan government convicted three traffickers, in the first case under its anti-trafficking legislation, and rejuvenated its inter-agency…

AALCO Golden Jubilee Conference kicks off in Colombo

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Sudath Silva) The 50th Anniversary Conference of the Asian African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) kicked off at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel in Colombo today on 27 June. This is the fourth time that the AALCO annual session is held in Colombo and Sri Lanka is privileged to…

High profile Maldives drug network linked to Sri Lanka busted

From right to left: Athif, Shafaz, Athik and Shaheem. PHOTO/ POLICE Maldivian Police have busted a major drug smuggling network involving Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Maldivian media reports. “From our investigations we found out that the drugs were airfreighted via an agent in Sri Lanka,” Police said. Police have identified the suspected drug lord…

Retired IGP for Brazil

Retired Inspector General of Police Dr. Mahinda Balasuriya has been nominated as the Sri Lankan ambassador to Brazil. The name of Dr. Balasuriya has been submitted for the approval of the Parliamentary Committee on High Posts by the Foreign Affairs Ministry….

Private bus strike called off

The private bus strike planned by Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) from today was called off yesterday. LPBOA president Gemunu Wijeratne told the media that the proposed strike by his organization demanding a fare hike had been cancelled. However, Wijeratne said that his organization would go before courts in the future to sort out…

4th Phase of Api Wenuwen Api Houses hand over to war veterans

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Sudath Silva) The fourth phase of the Api Wenuven Api Housing Project launched by the Ministry of Defence was ceremonially held in Monaragala and Badulla Districts on 25 June 2011. President Mahinda Rajapaksa graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and handed over the keys of the…

Sri Lanka Army continues community welfare in Alaveddy area, Jaffna

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma The Sri Lanka Army continues their community welfare and social projects for the villagers in the Jaffna peninsula where people need a helping hand to uplift their livelihoods. This time they extended their social work again in Alaveddy area under the directions of Security Forces Commander- Jaffna, Major General…

Sri Lanka Premier League will go ahead without Indian players

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will push ahead with its inaugural Twenty20 tournament with Australian and Pakistani players, despite a no-show by the 12 Indian stars, the island’s sports minister said today….

Billions as interest

The Sri Lankan government has to pay US$111.21 million or some Rs.11.1 billion as interest for the US$ 307 million loan obtained from China for the Habantota Ports Development Project, it was revealed in parliament yesterday….

Lankans among fastest-growing millionaires

Sri Lanka is among the six of the 10 countries in Asia with the fastest-growing millionaire populations, led by Hong Kong and Vietnam, which each saw annual growth of 33 percent, a latest survey said. Others included Indonesia, Singapore, and India….