Month: September 2011

Doctor shot dead, tense situation in Karandeniya

A tense situation prevailed in Karandeniya between the police and residents following the death of a 40 year old doctor who was shot dead yesterday by two men who came in a motorbike….

Tense situation in Dompe

A tense situation erupted in Dompe, a short while ago, as villagers surround the police station following the death of a suspect in police custody….

Arrested for printing 20,400 copies of ‘Lanka’

Five suspects were arrested last night for printing about 20,400 illegal copies of the ‘Lanka’ newspaper by a suspended editor of the Lanka Newspaper, police said…

JVP factions to hold two conventions to expel rivals

The warring factions of the JVP vying for the party’s power, plan to hold two conventions in Colombo. The dates and venue have not yet been fixed but both Somawansa faction and the dissident group are preparing lists of names of the participants, according to party sources….

Deported Lankans being questioned by CID, 50 deportees arrive

The group of Sri Lankans who were deported from UK are being questioned by the CID at the Bandaranaike International Airport. However despite British media reports the CID claimed that 50 deported Lankans had arrived at the BIA….

50 deported Lankans arrive from UK tomorrow

A group of 50 Lankans who are being deported from the UK will arrive on a flight to Sri Lanka tomorrow (September 29), Chaminda Kularatne, Minister Counsellor (Consular and Immigration) of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London stated….

‘Shavendra Silva protected by diplomatic immunity’

The External Affairs Ministry says that it will take all necessary measures to ensure that ambassador Shavendra Silva’s ability to conduct his duties as a diplomat of the Sri Lankan government is protected….

Indian Co to invest $15 m in Sri Lanka in beverage plant

A Consumer products maker in India- Dabur India has announced that it would invest $15 million in Sri Lanka to set up a new export -oriented beverage manufacturing plant to cash in on the rising demand for fruit-based beverages….

Divided JVP’s convention soon – Somawansa

Party convention of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will be convened soon to discuss the current political turmoil. JVP leader Somawansa Amerasinghe admitted to the BBC Sinhala Service that there is an internal conflict in the party as reported by the media….

First poppy flower pins on President Rajapaksa

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Nalin Hewapathirana) The first poppy flower was pinned on President Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday on 27 September at Temple Trees in view of World Poppy Day or Remembrance Day which falls on November 14….

Malysia to Relook at US$ 1B Sri Lanka Highway Project

The Malaysian government will be resubmitting a proposal to revive Sri Lanka’s 110km Colombo-Kandy Toll Expressway project worth US$1 billion (RM3 billion), Malaysian news agency Bernama  reported quoting  Special Envoy (Infrastructure) to India and South Asia, Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu….

Backing SF at presidential polls led to JVP’s split — Dissidents; “We command support of majority of members”

The JVP dissident group says that the incumbent leader of the party, Somawansa Amarasinghe, General Secretary Tilvin Silva and its Parliamentary Group Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake have violated the party’s constitution and therefore a party convention must be summoned to take punitive action against them….

JVP rebels push for convention

The JVP dissident group yesterday came out in the open for the first time and vowed to carry out its struggle for a national convention of the party so that the membership could get an opportunity to change its present policies and ideology….

Explosion reported in Weerawila

An explosion took place in the ammunition dump of the Weerawila Army camp situated near the Weerawila Air Force Base last evening injuring a soldier….

India worse than China, Bangladesh for women

India ranks 141st among 165 countries analysed by Newsweek magazine in connection with how women are treated. In the best and worst places for women analysis of Newsweek, determining the countries which offer women the most expansive rights and the best quality of life, Iceland tops the list….

Only UPFA can overcome Colombo challenges – Muzammil

Colombo Municipal Council UPFA candidate Mohamed Muzammil said it is only the UPFA that can overcome the challenges that confront the Colombo Municipal Council. “The main burning issue is lack of housing. Over 65,000 people living in Colombo do not have houses and even the families who have housing do not have proper houses with…