Month: May 2013

IPL has made players greedy: Ranatunga

Ridiculing the IPL for turning cricketers into a bunch of avaricious people, Arjuna Ranatunga on Thursday said the cash-rich T20 league has given Indian cricket nothing but disrepute….

Sri Lanka Ministry of External Affairs EXCLUDES Buddhist Organizations from meeting Thai PM?

– Shenali D Waduge – The Prime Minister of Thailand arrives in Sri Lanka on May 31, 2013 to mark the anniversary of a highly significant Buddhist event. Her arrival is to promote Buddhism and commemorate the Buddhist links between the two nations. Given the nature of her visit it is questionable why the Minister…

Homagama judge arrested

Homagama district judge Sunil Abyesinghe was arrested by the Bribery Commission when he allegedly tried to solicit a bribe of Rs. 300,000 from a person in order to return a Judgment in his favour, officials said yesterday….

Well Done – Daily Mirror Editor asks Communities to unite in support of Ban on Cattle Slaughter

– by Shenali D Waduge – In an age when editorials are irrelevant as information is electronically available within seconds of events happening, the role of editors need to transform into one of championing causes, bringing people together and not dividing them and working towards the integrity and sovereignty of the nation. The Daily Mirror…

Thai PM visit Sri Lanka – a platform to align the Buddhist Nations of Asia

– by Shenali D Waduge – The Thai Prime Minister Ms. Shinawatra is due to visit Buddhist Sri Lanka during the month of Wesak. The bond that Sri Lanka and former Siam (Thailand) share needs to go beyond diplomatic niceties. The people of present and future need to know the exact nature of what ties…

Chinese Premier Pledges to Rectify Trade Imbalance to Benefit Sri Lanka

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this afternoon at the Great Hall of the People and assured him that the trade imbalance, which is now in favor of China, will soon be addressed to benefit Sri Lanka as well….

Jayalath Jayawardena passes away

UNP MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena has passed away at a hospital in Singapore early this morning. He has passed away following a surgery at a private hospital in Singapore, Hospital sources said….

When Providing Development Aid, Sri Lanka is a Priority Country – China Development Bank

When providing development aid, Sri Lanka will always be given priority, said the Chairman of the China Development Bank (CDB) Mr. Hu Huaibang when he called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the China World Hotel this morning. Several senior officials of the Bank, including Director General Mr. Zhang Linwu, accompanied Mr. Huaibang for the meeting….

‘Dematagoda Chaminda’ follows Duminda

The third accused in the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra killing was released on bail by the Colombo High Court today….

Sri Lanka official sorry for name of cyclone Mahasen

Sri Lanka’s top meteorologist has publicly apologised for the naming of a recent deadly cyclone after a revered third century ruler, King Mahasen….

“British extremists” attack Muslims following Woolwich murder

– by Shenali D Waduge – The labels “Buddhist majority attacks minority”, “extremists Buddhists target innocent Muslims”, “Buddhist chauvinists”, “fanatical Buddhists attack Muslims” were recently spread across virtually all mainstream media attempting to embarrass and humiliate the Buddhists of Sri Lanka. Why are these same media and human rights organizations mum now on the attacks…

China to Invest in Sri Lanka’s Transport Sector, Including a New Northern Expressway

China has pledged to provide further funding to develop Sri Lanka’s transport sector that includes a number of expressways, road networks and railway lines, including a new Colombo-Jaffna expressway. The agreement was one of several others reached during bilateral meetings between Sri Lanka and China that took place in Beijing this afternoon….

Gota-Sambanthan and why Nationalists say NO to the 13th amendment

– by Shenali Waduge – If ever the nation of Sri Lanka stood united wherein all factions of society whatever their opposing views came together to say NO – that was when India forced Sri Lanka’s then President J R Jayawardena to sign the Indo-Lanka Accord on 29 July 1987 threatening to invade Sri Lanka…

Accused murderer given bridging visa

A Sri Lankan man accused of murdering his girlfriend before fleeing to Australia on an asylum boat was released into the community on a bridging visa in 2012….

British soldier murdered by two Black men opens a Pandora’s Box

– by Shenali Waduge – The cold blooded killing of an Englishman in British army uniform in broad day light in Woolwich, London by two black men a few days ago was a heinous crime that shocked the public in both England and overseas, but it has nevertheless opened a Pandora’s box related to accountability…

President Receives Warm Welcome in Beijing

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, commencing a four-day state visit, arrived in China this morning (May 27). President Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wikaramasinghe Rajapaksa were warmly received at the Beijing Capital International Airport by China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Liu Zhenmin along with Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in China Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda….