Month: August 2011

Karuna’s backup vehicle meets with accident

The backup vehicle of Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman has met with an accident at Manampitiya, Achchibokkuwa area at 4.40am today. Two STF personnel have been admitted to the Polonnaruwa hospital following the accident….

No petty politics or polythene in my campaign – Milinda

Colombo’s UPFA mayoral aspirant Milinda Moragoda said Colombo’s rate payers deserve better returns for the rates they pay, adding that he would ensure this would be done once he becomes mayor….

Ban on imported cement from Pakistan lifted

The ban imposed on cement imported from Pakistan has been lifted after tests were conducted on the cement in foreign laboratories, Internal Trade Minister, Johnston Fernando stated….

SF petition:Polls chief given time till Oct.3

The Court of Appeal yesterday granted time till October 3 to the Elections Commissioner to file objections in respect of the writ petition filed by former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka who seeks to have his seat in parliament restored….

Missing Lankan pilgrim found Search on for two others

Indian authorities yesterday found one out of the three Sri Lankan pilgrims reported missing in India. The Sri Lankan High Commission in India informed the Indian Foreign Ministry about the three missing Buddhist pilgrims and the Indian government had alerted all police stations. The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry had also informed the Indian High Commission…

Diaspora’s bid to mislead us will not succeed Says S. P. Thamilselvan’s wife

The widow of the late LTTE political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan, Shashirekha in an exclusive interview with The Nation goes back to her youth, learning Bharata Natyam, becoming a dancing teacher, meeting with the LTTE leader Prabhakaran and Thamilselvan. She recounts her experiences in the terrorist group-controlled north including the fate that befell her….

President Rajapaksa hands over credentials to Dr Nonis, new Sri Lankan HC for UK

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Sudath Silva) President Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over credentials to the newly appointed Sri Lankan High Commissioner- designate to the United Kingdom, Dr Chris Nonis, recently at Temple Trees. According to the reliable sources of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Dr Nonis will assume duties this…

NATA on censorship

National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol said today, that as of September 1, the censorship of alcohol and tobacco consumption on television will be scrapped and instead new regulations will be introduced to discontinue the airing of all television programmes showing alcohol or cigarette consumption….

1800 Korean jobseekers in pending list

Approximately 1800 persons who passed the Korean language proficiency test are included in the pending list for employment in Korea, the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment said….

Sri Lanka seeks allies’ support

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister left on Sunday on a two-week mission to shore up diplomatic support ahead of a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting, where the Indian Ocean nation is expecting to face a fight over Western-led pressure for a war crimes probe….

Memories of fallen Sinha Regiment (SLSR) war heroes recalled

Secretary Defence Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the invitation of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya took time off on Saturday (27) and attended a series of commemorative ceremonies, organized by the Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) at its Ambepussa Headquarters….

Retired Judges complain to MR; Former CJ to face probe

In a shocking turn of events, the government is planning to appoint a parliamentary select committee soon to probe the conduct of former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, based on complaints made by a group of retired judges to President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday….

Death penalty for former OIC & three subordinates

The former Angulana police OIC and three officers accused of abduction  and the killing of  two youths while in custody were yesterday sentenced to death by a panel of High Court Judges….

Mini polls III on Oct 8

With the Elections to the Colombo Municipal Council taking centre stage in the elections to 23 Local councils, scheduled for October 8, the main contenders for the Mayoral post were Milinda Moragoda from the UPFA, A. J. M. Muzzamil (UNP), Mano Ganeshan (DPF), Shafeek Rajabdeen (SLMC) and Sunil Watagala (JVP), Political sources said yesterday….

President proposes to lift Emergency

President Mahinda Rajapaksa proposed to Parliament yesterday that the state of Emergency needs to be repealed. Making a special statement he said: “I am satisfied with the fact that there is no need of an Emergency law for the administrative activities of the country now. The country can function democratically under the ordinary law”….

Journalists should guide masses for a fruitful development process – Prof.Athugala

New policies and new projects are being launched for the national development of Sri Lanka.  It has become necessary to lure the people’s support for these projects and policies and inculcate an attitudinal change among them.  If this requirement is appropriately carried out, it would also in turn assist the government in reaching its targets….