Month: January 2012

U.S. punishing small nations: says president Rajapaksa

As the combined United States and European Union sanctions against Iran take effect, small nations like Sri Lanka are extremely worried. Sri Lanka depends almost entirely on Iran for its crude oil supplies and the only refinery in the country, Sapugaskanda, can only process Iranian crude….

Sri Lanka bank clarifies IMF interest rates

Sri Lanka’s Central Bank said it would only have to pay a higher interest rate for International Monetary Fund loans exceeding 300 percent of the country quota, and lower balances would only attract a rate of a little over 1.0 percent….

UNP to fill vacant organizer posts within 2 weeks

The United National Party (UNP) says all existing vacancies for organizer posts will be filled within the next two weeks….

Premajayantha meets most senior Tamil member of SLFP

UPFA general secretary Susil Premajayantha today (Jan. 30) had a meeting with Dr. Telli C Rajaratnam, the most senior Tamil member of the SLFP….

President to help kick-start PSC process

“I will be asking all relevant political parties to come together in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) process in an effort to iron out differences of opinion among them with regard to the issues facing our communities and to speed- up the normalization process in the country. All these parties and other relevant sections are…

Boxing Champion Holyfield meets Sri Lanka President

Former undisputed world champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions Evander Holyfield who is on a visit to Sri Lanka called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning….

Sri Lanka named among top five travel destinations for 2012

Sri Lanka has been named among the top five destinations in Kuoni’s annual poll of where UK customers want to spend their holidays. Sri Lanka also retained the number one destination for weddings according to the report….

Destroyed documents to be collected from respective courts

The Prison Department is to collect the criminal records of the prisoners in remand for narcotic offences from respective courts destroyed after the records room of the Magazine remand prison was set on fire during riots on Tuesday, a senior prison officer said….

Ranil condemns politicos hijacking religion for personal benefit

UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Saturday condemned politicians making use of occasions such as venerating the tooth relic and private meetings with religious dignitaries for political propaganda activities….

President in Polonnaruwa: Home-grown solutions to Lanka’s issues

‘In finding solutions to whatever issues the country faces, the government would always look for home-grown methods, that meet the aspirations and needs of the people, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. He said that solutions to country’s problems should come from within based on dialogue and understanding and stressed that he and the government were…

17 killed in 15 accidents within 24 hours – police

The highest number of fatal traffic accidents reported to the Police Headquarters within the course of 24 hours was recorded between 6.00 am yesterday (28) and 6.00 am today, according to police media spokesman SP Ajith Rohana….

Oman says willing to sell crude oil to Sri Lanka

(Reuters) – Oman is willing to sell crude oil to Sri Lanka, which is scrambling to find an alternative to its threatened primary supply from Iran, Oman’s oil minister said on Friday….

Professor Peiris meets Indian minister and envoys in New Delhi

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, on a two-day visit to New Delhi held discussions on Monday with over 70 envoys accredited to Sri Lanka who are resident in New Delhi….

Special Pinkama to mark two years of President’s second term

President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended a Bodhi Pooja Pinkama held at the Gangaramaya, Hunupitiya on Thursday to invoke blessings on him, the War Heroes and the country….

Chinese economic hit men have invaded Sri Lanka – Harsha

The Mahinda Rajapaksa government, which included the likes of Minister Wimal Weerawansa, who paraded as patriots, had allowed the ‘economic hit men’ from China to invade Sri Lanka, causing serious geopolitical implications for Indo-Lanka relations, UNP MP Harsha de Silva said yesterday….

Lankan files case against X-files actress

A disabled Sri Lankan Army Captain who had been appointed as a caretaker of the properties owned by popular X-files actress Gillian Anderson had filed a case at the Colombo Commercial High Court against Ms. Anderson and her husband claiming Rs.100 million as compensation….