Month: August 2014

JVP to petition HRC over election violence

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has said it would file a petition at the Human Rights Commission on tomorrow citing the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya as a respondent….

5 years post-LTTE defeat those who ‘counted’ the 40,000-125,000 ‘dead’ are yet to name them

Its been 5 years now and while there’s no shortage of people coming forward to make their predictions on the number of dead during the last stages of Sri Lanka’s war on terror, what they have failed to do is to find a single name for the dead. If they can count them, surely they…

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets to claim series

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the third and final one-day international to claim the series 2-1 at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Saturday….

Investigation against Sri Lanka – then what?

It does look a bit odd that a UN existing since 1945 having done nothing to put an end to 30 years of LTTE terror, suddenly gears into action under the stewardship of the outgoing UN Human Rights head who is spearheading an ‘accountability’ exercise after the terror group has been vanquished. With the leadership…

9-hour water cut on Monday

The water board says that a 9 hour water cut will be imposed on 1st September from 8am-5pm in Nugegoda, High Lever RD up to Wijerama junc, Pita Kotte, Etul Kotte, Mirihana, Udahamulla Pagoda and Nawala….

Sri Lanka and Pakistan agree to enhance defense cooperation

Pakistan Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt called on Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Defence Secretariat in Colombo this morning (August 29) and discussed ways to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries….

Veteran cinematographer Andrew Jayamanne passes away

Veteran cinematographer, film and television director and producer Andrew Jayamanne has passed away in Italy, family members told media. Jayamanne was aged 71 at the time of his demise….

Master blaster to recommend stamp in honour of Mahela

Deputy Postal Services Minister Sanath Jayasuriya said yesterday that he would recommend that a stamp be issued to honour Sri Lanka’s cricketing  sensation Mahela Jayewardene….

Work with existing powers before devolution: Basil

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) should work with existing powers before demanding further devolution, Sri Lanka’s Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said on Thursday….

Dayasiri hospitalised

North Western Province Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara who was admitted to the Badulla Hospital last night due to a sudden illness has left the hospital on his own accord this morning, hospital sources said….

Packer plan for Sri Lanka Crown casino faces fresh delay on legal hitch – minister

Australian gambling tycoon James Packer’s Crown Ltd is facing months of new delays in building a planned $400 million Sri Lanka hotel and casino resort due to unspecified legal issues, a government minister said on Wednesday, Reuters news agency reports….

Ranil-Sajith talks on next presidential election, not positions – Kabir Hashim

Amidst intense speculation that Sajith Premadasa would be re-appointed Deputy Leader of the UNP, Chairman of the party Kabir Hashim said yesterday that their focus was on uniting and strengthening the party with a view to winning not only the forthcoming Uva Provincial Council polls, but also the next Presidential election….

Wariyapola girl arrested

Wariyapola Police arrested 21-year-old Thilini Amalka yesterday for allegedly slapping a youth recently at the Wariyapola bus terminal….

Uva PC polls- violence spike in Moneragala, 88 complaints so far

Some 88 election violation complaints have received so far with regard to the Uva Provincial Council polls, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says….

To retrieve Kachatheevu we have to go to war with Sri Lanka – Indian AG

A week before hearing on petitions by Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and her arch rival M Karunanidhi seeking retrieval of Kachatheevu Island from Sri Lanka, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the task was impossible….

Elections Commissioner writes to IGP

In the wake of a surge in election law violations in the Moneragala District, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday instructed Inspector General of Police, N.K. Ilangakoon to brief up security in the district in the run-up to the elections to the Uva Provincial Council….