Month: November 2011

Mohan Lal Grero crosses over to the Government

United National Party (UNP) MP Mohan Lal Grero crossed over to the government today….

Hambantota rock blasted

The rock in the Habantota International Harbour (HIH) that prevented the berthing of large ships had been blasted at a cost of US$35 to US$40 million and the pieces are being removed, a senior Hambantota harbour official said today….

Only Sri Lanka can resolve Tamil problems – Malaysian MPs

Two Malaysian MPs who are very vocal about the situation in Sri Lanka now say that only Colombo can resolve Tamil problems, not any other country or government….

Study to find out how students obtained examination papers before exam

UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana said that the examiination papers for the term tests in some of the schools in the Matara district had been released to the students prior to the exam, while some students have been made to participate at a cricket match in the midst of examinations….

Denied permission to talk of SF, Irate Ranil removes Commonwealth tie

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday prevented Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe from making a special statement in parliament on behalf of defeated presidential candidate, General Sarath Fonseka….

Ananda College, Colombo: 125 Not Out

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Sudath Silva) Ananda College, Sri Lanka’s premier Buddhist School, turned 125 years on 31 October 2011, and celebrated its historic anniversary under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the school premises yesterday on 29 November.  Having maintained its pristine glory for 124 years, Ananda College stepped…

Speaker calls for motion to suspend Sarana Gunawardana

Speaker Chamal Rajapakse has ordered Leader of the House to propose a motion preventing Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena from attending Parliament for one week….

Census can dispel doubts about civilian deaths – Japan

Former Japanese peace envoy Yashushi Akashi yesterday said that a recently conducted census in the Northern and Eastern Provinces could help Sri Lanka to establish the number of civilians killed in the final phase of the conflict in 2009….

Duminda’s bed ticket filed in court

The CID yesterday filed in court, parliamentarian Duminda Silva’s bed ticket issued by consultant Neurosurgeon Maheshi Wijeratne….

Norochcholai power plant temporarily closes

The Norochcholai power plant was shut down temporarily after a fire broke out. There were no major damages to the plant. The power supply is to be restored in a few hours….

Rajapaksa wants Colombo–Jaffna expressway

Soon after opening the first expressway in the country, connecting the capital Colombo with the southern port city of Galle on Sunday, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has begun spadework on the next infrastructure project: An expressway linking the capital with the Tamil-dominated Jaffna….

First accident on the Southern Expressway injures two

The first accident on the Southern Expressway occurred today (November 28) at 7.15am when a speeding vehicle toppled over injuring two persons, the Kelanigama Police stated….

JVP calls for war crimes probe

An opposition party in Sri Lanka that supported the government’s war against the Tamil Tigers has called for an investigation into alleged war crimes. Somawansa Amerasinghe, the leader of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it supports the recent statement by the defence secretary that accountability will be addressed by the government if needed….

President declares open Southern Expressway

Sri Lanka’s first Expressway was ceremonially declared open a short while ago by President Mahinda Rajapakse. The President opened the access road to the Expressway from the Pinnaduwa interchange in southern city of Galle….

Building bridges instead of people – Eran

A UNP National List Parliamentarian says the government, through the budget is looking to build bridges than the people. He said the government had failed to increase the salaries of professionals and therefore is at the risk of losing the managerial class. Eran Wickramaratne, MP speaks to The Nation about the UNP stance on the…

Southern Expressway journey begins today; President opens Rs. 77m mega project:

All arrangements have been finalised for the grand opening of the Southern Expressway – the ‘Gateway to Wonder’ by President Mahinda Rajapaksa today, heralding a fast-track development drive in Sri Lanka….