Month: October 2011

CPC chairman reveals reasons for fuel price hike

The main two causes for the recent increase in fuel prices, according to CPC Chairman Harry Jayawardena is the increase in crude oil prices in the global market and the providing of oil to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) at a concessionary price….

UNP slams govt. for fuel hike

Slamming the government for the fuel price hike, the main opposition UNP said today that institutions including Mihin Lanka and SriLankan Airlines owes the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) instead of putting the burden on the people to meet the losses….

Private bus operators to hike fares

Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne yesterday gave effective notice of an impending bus fare hike with the government increasing the price of diesel by eight rupees per litre….

Sajith Group to chargesheet Ranil

The Sajith Group is to chargesheet UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for allegedly violating the party constitution inspite of Thursday’s Working Committee ruling that members have to obtain the leadership’s permission to hold press conferences or public meetings….

UN chief, team pleased with SL’s post-war reconciliation process

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon, his Chief of Staff Vijay Nambiar and former UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox have reportedly commended Sri Lanka’s resettlement and rehabilitation process, during a meeting with Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Special Envoy, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe in New York yesterday….

President tells Commonwealth Business Forum: ‘Clarity of economic vision powered progress’

Sri Lanka’s success in economic progress and development during the past six years was due to the consistency and clarity in its economy, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said….

Defence secretary to reveal the truth behind the Mulleriyawa incident

Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa vehemently rejects the accusations made by the opposition. He points out that the opposition is always engaged in propagating false propaganda about the degradation of peace and law in the country. Now the country is experiencing a rapid economic growth. The crimes that prevailed during the war period have been gradually…

President sends open invitation to critics: ‘Visit SL and savour its pluses’

Sri Lanka yesterday invited all those who level charges against it, to visit the country and see for themselves the progress it has made since the eradication of terrorism and the peaceful environment and ethnic coexistence that exist in the island….

Teacher arrested for punishing student

A Horana school teacher who had allegedly given 20 canings and slapped a Grade Nine schoolboy was taken into custody by the police and produced before Horana Chief Magistrate Mahinda Ranasinghe….

LLRC Report will reveal the truth – President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the truth behind Sri Lanka’s humanitarian operation would be revealed once the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report is out. “Very soon, the LLRC Report will be out….

Sri Lanka’s Ceypetco removes ban on Vitol for fuel tenders

SINGAPORE, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s state owned company Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) has reinstated Switzerland-based Vitol in its tender process, lifting a two-year old ban, Minister of Petroleum Industries Susil Premajayantha said on Tuesday….

Australia presses Sri Lanka over war crimes claims

AFP News Report Australian leader Julia Gillard on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka to address claims of serious human rights violations as a man filed war crimes charges against President Mahinda Rajapakse….

Tough new laws against porn

The Justice Ministry will introduce tough legislation to strictly control the import, distribution, production, exhibiting, telecasting, printing or broadcasting of pornographic material in Sri Lanka, a senior official said today….

Sri Lanka President attending CHOGM welcomed in Australia

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Sri Lankan delegation attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting arrived at {erth International Airport on Monday.  The president and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa were welcomed by Senator for Western Australia, Mark Bishop and Membeof Western Australian Parliament Mrs.Elizabeth Behjat at the Airport.  D. Frank Crawley, Consul for Western Australia,…

Sri Lanka calls for explanation on Gaddafi death

Sri Lankan government called for an explanation on the killing of former Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. Col Gaddafi was killed on Thursday after being captured by the rebels in his home town, Sirte….

SriLankan risks being barred from Europe

The country’s national carrier SriLankan is now running the risk of being barred from Europe, from where the bulk of its income is derived, allegedly due to some negligence on the part of the airline’s engineering division….