Month: December 2011

Sri Lanka’s PM commends China for strong support

COLOMBO, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne said Sri Lanka appreciates China’s long-standing support and his government will further developing its relations with China….

LLRC report covers all relevant ground – Australian MP

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report sets the framework for practical reconciliation in Sri Lanka, said Australian Member of Parliament Telmo Languiller who is on a brief visit to look into the ground situation in post war Sri Lanka….

State sector geared for optimum output – President

The government has strengthened and streamlined the state services to obtain the maximum benefit for the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said….

Special Police Teams to probe on Tangalle incident

Sri Lanka’s Acting Minister of Economic Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene addressing a Media Conference at the Information Department yesterday said that the Ministry of Economic Development and the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority have worked very hard to promote Sri Lanka’s image abroad as a multi-faceted tourist destination and as a result of these efforts…

Fish trader found dead after being abducted

A fish trader was found dead last night in Thotalanga after he was abducted by an unknown group in Modara on Wednesday, the police said….

Lankans earn historic win in Durban

Sri Lanka beat South Africa in the second Test match played in Durban by 208 runs after setting a second innings target of 450. South Africa were all out in the second innings for 241 runs with Rangana Herath picking up five wickets for 79 runs….

Presidential Comm. to probe GCE (A/L) results mess up

President Mahinda Rajapaksa would appoint a committee to probe the District ranking mess up of the GCE (A/L) examination results 2011, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said….

Luxury bus service on Southern Expressway

Arrangements have been put in place to commence a luxury bus service on the Southern Expressway from the first week of January next year….

President pays homage to Jaya Sri Mahabodhi

President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Anuradhapura yesterday morning and paid homage to the Sacred Jaya Sri Mahabodhi seeking blessings for the New Year. The President who was accompanied by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and son Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa offered a cheevara and pirikara pooja to the Sacred Bodhi….

We believe that a home-grown solution is the best solution for Sri Lanka – Lankan Envoy

Sri Lanka will hold accountable every person accused of war crimes during its decades-long civil conflict, the island nation’s ambassador to the U.S. Jaliya Wickramasuriya says….

Remanded for misappropriating property of Hollywood actress

A Sri Lankan who had allegedly misappropriated Rs.17.8 million from Sri Lankan properties belonging to popular Hollywood actress of X-Files fame Gillian Anderson, was remanded till January 4 by a Colombo Court….

UN Chief watched the Channel 4 documentary – report

The controversial documentary “Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” has been watched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, according to a response provided to Inner City Press by Ban’s Office of the Spokesperson….

Special meeting on Z-score to be conducted: Bandula

Education Minister Bandula Gunawardane said yesterday that he would conduct a special meeting with the relevant officials this morning to identify the reasons for the irregularities in Z-score rankings of students who sat the Advanced Level Examination this time….

Wimal strikes independent line

National Freedom Front leader and Construction and Housing Minister, Wimal Weerawansa has expressed his party’s reservations over the proposed private university bill….

For Sri Lanka, India comes first – President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he considers India first and others later.“As soon as I came to power, I went to India and got their support; after that, I did not have to bother about the UN, UK, US, and so on. In fact, we got help from the US by way of vital information about…

SL’s ‘Wonder of Asia’ image strongly intact

The incident in Tangalle where a tourist was killed will not have any negative impact on the Sri Lankan tourism industry as the government has taken action to minimize the impact of the incident….