Month: August 2012

Monday declared a day of mourning

The government has declared September 3, as a day of mourning as a mark of respect for the late Mahanayake Thera of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Nikaya, the most Venerable Weweldeniye Medhalankara Thera, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 103….

Lankan economy recorded impressive successes – President

I take modest pride in the fact that Sri Lanka is one of the economies in Asia where impressive successes have been recorded during these turbulent times, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said at the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran yesterday….

Munneswaran Kovil cancels animal sacrifice

The Chief Priest at the Munneswaran Bhadrakali Kovil today announced that the annual animal sacrifice will not take place as scheduled following a request made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to refrain from such act during the exposition of the sacred Kapilawasthu relics….

Chinese Defence Minister calls on President Rajapaksa

A high level 25-member high powered delegation led by State Councillor and Minister of National Defence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) General Liang Guanglie called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Wednesday (29)….

I am going to Munneswaram- Mervyn

Minister Mervyn Silva said today that he will go to the Munneswaram Kovil premises in order to ensure that the animal sacrifice is not conducted….

Suspend animal sacrifice during sacred relic exposition – President requests

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has requested that the animal sacrifices are not made especially during the exposition of the sacred Kapilavastu relic, Presidential Spokesman said today….

Sri Lankan airline swaps paper manuals for iPads

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s national carrier announced on Wednesday it had jettisoned pilots’ bulky paper manuals weighing 84kg in favour of iPads that weigh just 660 grams….

States should not be deprived of weapons – Shavendra

Ambassador Major General Shavendra Silva, Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, emphasized that action taken by the UN and its member states to curb proliferation of small arms and light weapons shouldn’t affect right of governments to acquire weapons….

Put a halt to communal slogans – Dullas

File Photo The UPFA requested Opposition parties not to obstruct the path towards national reconciliation for the sake of securing votes at elections. Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister and SLFP General Treasurer Dullas Allahapperuma addressing a press conference at the Mahaweli Centre yesterday, requested political parties contesting the Eastern Provincial Council election to refrain…

Mahanayaka of Ramanya Nikaya passes away

Mahanayaka of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Nikaya most venerable Weweldeniye Medhalankara Thera passed away at the age of 103….

6 killed in a three wheeler-Private Bus accident

The death toll of the accident that took place in Samanturai last night has risen to six. Three persons died on the sport and three more victims succumbed to their injuries upon admission to Ampara hospital when a three wheeler collided with a private bus.  The victims were two children, three women and the three…

Yet another escape attempt foiled, 28 Lankan refugees held

As many as 28 Sri Lankan refugees, trying to flee to Australia in a boat, were apprehended by the ‘Q’ branch police near Cuddalore port on Monday night….

Sri Lanka stocks hit three-month high; Spence boosts turnover

Sri Lankan stocks closed at a three-month high on Tuesday with turnover hitting a two-month high on block deals in conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC. The Colombo Stock Exchange’s main index gained 0.58 percent, or 29.55 points, to 5,102.65. The market has fallen 16 percent so far this year….

Validity period of passports for minors reduced

The validity period of passports issued to minors has been reduced….

Singer Amal Perera arrested

Singer Amal Perera has been taken into custody by the Kalutara police over a warrant while he is to be produced before the Court, police stated….

Sri Lankans will continue to train in India, says Centre

Notwithstanding the demands of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, DMK president M. Karunanidhi and other Tamil Nadu political leaders, the Centre on Monday reiterated that it would continue to train defence personnel from Sri Lanka in Indian military establishments as it was a friendly nation….