Month: June 2012

Sri Lanka Mirror staff released

Nine workers of Sri Lanka X-News and Sri Lanka Mirror who were arrested by the CID were granted bail by Colombo Magistrate, UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera stated….

Presidential secretariat to resolve Z-score crisis

The presidential secretariat has decided to intervene in trying to resolve the Z-score crisis following the Supreme Court ruling that the University Grants Commission (UGC) recalculates the rankings on the basis that the two syllabuses are different, informed sources said….

Nine arrested from Sri Lanka Mirror

Nine people were arrested and seven computers including a personal lap-top were taken into custody by the CID from the Lanka Mirror office in Etulkotte this evening….

Hostages at Vavuniya Prison rescued

Three jailors who were taken hostage by a group of inmates at the Vavuniya Prison have been rescued following a joint Army, Special Task Force (STF) and police operation today, STF spokesman said….

I still want to be made deputy minister – Muthuhettigama

Galle District MP Nishantha Muthuhettigama, at a media briefing at his office in Galle recently, said that though Sanath Jayasuriya had withdrawn his request for a deputy minister’s post he (Muthuhettigama) would not do so…


Onlanka News – by Walter Jayawardhana The Hindu said the Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon who has arrived in Sri Lanka in a special aircraft , who will unequivocally convey to the Sri Lankan leadership the path that India will traverse towards achieving a genuine political solution in Sri Lanka, has the most…

Sri Lanka Navy should stop harassing Indian fishermen – Jayalalitha to PM

Observing that Indian fishermen hailing from Tamil Nadu have been “traditionally fishing” in contentious Katchatheevu, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ask Colombo to stop its navy from harassing them….

Hirunika to enter active politics

Hirunika Premachandra, the daughter of late Presidential Advisor Baratha Lakshman Premachandra, said today that she would enter active politics soon….

Canada hastens Sri Lanka human smuggling trial

Canadian prosecutors announced they were forgoing a preliminary hearing and proceeding to trial for six men charged with smuggling hundreds of Tamils aboard a rickety ship into Canada….

Sri Lanka’s Tamils face identity crisis

Without a national identity card, many Tamils in Sri Lanka cannot avail of basic services and it makes them suspect in the eyes of the police, writes Ponniah Manikavasagam of the BBC’s Tamil service. In a remote and dusty part of Kilinochchi district in the Tamil-dominated northern Sri Lanka, people gather around a group of…

Three Provincial Councils dissolved

  The Eastern, Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provincial Councils were dissolved with effect from midnight yesterday at the request of Chief Ministers, and the relevant Gazette Notification was signed by the respective Governors effecting the dissolution of the Provincial Councils….

Sri Lanka population is 20,277,597 – reveals Census Report 2012

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Nalin Hewapathirana) Sri Lanka’s latest population is 20,277,597 as of 20 March 2012 revealed within the preliminary report issued by the Department of Census and Statistics. The preliminary publication related to the 14th Population and Housing Census handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Superintendent of Census…

Re-scrutinized 2011 A/L results released

The re-scrutinized 2011 A/Level results have been released. They could be obtained at…

Sri Lanka banks stop quoting rupee spot rate after central bank request

The Sri Lankan rupee market came to a standstill on Tuesday as banks stopped quoting spot prices against U.S. dollar, after what dealers said was a request from the central to stop trading the ailing currency beyond the 133 level….

Sri Lanka cricket grabs 30 million dollars in franchise deals

In a major breakthrough for Sri Lanka Cricket, all seven Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) franchises have been snapped up with bids worth over 30 million U.S. dollars received, a statement said here on Tuesday….

Polls register on the web

Sri Lankan voters will get the opportunity to surf the web to check their name in the electoral register after August 15, Elections Commissioner General Mahinda Deshapriya said today….