Month: October 2012

Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of The Sultanate of Oman, calls on Professor G.L. Peiris

Mr. Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of The Sultanate of Oman, called on Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, at the Ministry….

Sri Lankan parliament to impeach first woman chief justice: Report

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition is all set to impeach the country’s first woman chief justice on the charges of “improper conduct” after weeks of a simmering spat between the executive and the judiciary, a media report said….

Deputy Minister of External Affairs leads bilateral talks with Czech Republic

Deputy Minister of External Affairs, Hon. Neomal Perera, made an official visit to the Czech Republic from 24-27 October 2012 for annual bilateral consultations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The Deputy Minister met with his counterpart Hon. Thomas Dub and senior officials of the Czech Republic on 26th October 2012,…

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Fund extends $ 60 million support for Sri Lanka

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Fund for Development (SFD) yesterday committed US$ 60 million worth of assistance to Sri Lanka for the development of the road network. The SFD is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s main development financing fund….

Gamini, not Baratha, shot Duminda – President’s Counsel

ASP Shani Abeysekera representing the CID submitted that the Attorney General would conclude investigations regarding Duminda Silva very soon, and a comprehensive report would be submitted to courts on the findings of the murder. He stated that he held several rounds of discussions in this regard with the Attorney General on October 16 and 26….

Oil leak near the Orugodawatta flyover

A massive fuel leak from an underground oil pipe has been reported in the Orugodawatta area, the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL) confirmed….

Mahanayakes say ‘out with the 13th’

The Mahanayakes of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters have called for the repeal of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The Mahanayakes said all should join hands by putting aside all party differences to scrap the Provincial Council system, which is causing divisions and is detrimental to the well being of the country….

Bread price goes up

The price of a 450 g of loaf of bread would be increased by Rs.2 with effect from midnight today, the All Ceylon Bakery Owners’ Asscoaition Chairman N.K.Jayawardana said. The decision to increase the prices of all bakery products including the bread has been taken following the price hike of wheat flour last Friday….

Appeal to Sri Lankan Tamils not to be misled again by Pro – LTTE TNA

By Shenali Waduge What do Sambanthan, Premachandran, Senathirajah and Sreetharan all have in common? Apart from being partners of an unregistered alliance called the Tamil National Alliance, they are all former mouthpieces of the separatist agenda and they continue to be the obstacle to allowing people to start life afresh as that would mean an…

Sri Lanka arrests asylum seekers in boat hijacking

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka on Saturday arrested 14 asylum seekers accused of hijacking a fishing boat and throwing its crew into the sea to die, police said….

Hajj, an embodiment of sacrifice – President

‘I am pleased to send this message of greetings on the occasion of the celebration of Eid-Ul-Alha, the festival of Hajj, by the Sri Lankan Islamic community, together with their brethren the world over, states President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Hajj message….

Laptops, vehicle loans for journalists, artistes

Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday arrangements have been finalised to grant vehicle loans and provide Laptops for qualified journalists and artistes next month….

Sharmila Tagore honoured by Edinburgh University

Sharmila Tagore was on Thursday awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the Edinburgh Napier University for her outstanding contribution to Indian cinema. The university’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Dame Joan Stringer, hailed her as an “excellent ambassador’ for Indian culture.”…

Amaraneeya Nayakayek: Gamini Dissanayake – Reminiscences

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Sudath Silva) The first copy of the book titled Amaraneeya Nayakayek-Gamini Dissanayake Puranavalokanaya (Leader Par Excellence, Gamini Dissanayake – Reminiscences) published to mark the 18th death anniversary of Gamini Dissanayake being presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees by Srima Dissanayake and her son State Management…

“Women should take the lead in conserving energy for the future generation” says Sri Lanka’s First Lady at WEF in Dubai

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by:Lalith Welivitigoda) Sri Lanka’s First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa said that women should take the lead in conserving energy for the future generation to make sustainable development a reality. “As women we should make a vital contribution to protect energy on behalf of the sustainable development for the posterity”….

Acid attack on Ambanpola: Seven sentenced

Kandy High Court today sentenced seven accused over the acid attack on former Audit Superintendent Lalith Ambanpola in 2002, for 10-20 years rigorous imprisonment….