Month: May 2015

Nothing has changed in Lanka: Karunanidhi

Tamil Nadu main opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi has seized on a report by the US Oakland Institute to condemn the Sri Lankan army’s “continued occupation” of traditional Tamil homeland.

MR To Be Issued Notice

The Commission to Investigate Allegation of Bribery or Corruption is to issue notice on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to appear before the commission despite recent protests in Parliament and outside.

Somalatha Subasinghe passes away

Award winning actress, playwright, directress and theatre educationist Somalatha Subasinghe passed away this morning at the age of 79.

Ex- CJ’s son slams Namal

Shaveen Bandaranayake, son of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake questioned MP Namal Rajapaksa’s statement over summons issued on her mother by the FCID, drawing parallels with the way the former government treated his mother.

New Ministers sworn in

Five United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarians including Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena were this morning appointed as ministers by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.

U.S. think tank urges continued human rights pressure on Sri Lanka

There is little hope of post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka unless the new government acts to end the oppression of minority Tamils and ensure reconciliation, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday, urging continued pressure on the country.

Sri Lanka appoints special commission on port city project

The Sri Lankan government on Thursday said it has appointed a fresh committee to study the possibility of continuing a multi-million-dollar port city project in capital Colombo, an official said.

Sri Lanka’s opposition to protest for removal of government

Sri Lanka’s main opposition the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said on Thursday that it will be launching protests after June 9 to gather support for the removal of the current government.

Sarath Fonseka says he would welcome war crime investigation

Sri Lanka’s wartime army chief says his conscience is clear and he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence.

Johnston Fernando released on bail

Former Minister Johnston Fernando, who was arrested and remanded over charges of financial fraud, was released on bail by the Kurunegala High Court today.

‘Maithri-Ranil reluctants to punish Rajapakshe family’

JVP leader Anura Dissanayake speaking at the seminar held in Kunrunegala Town hall has said that “I am certain that either president or Prime Minister will not facilitate the legal process to punishing the Rajapakshe family who have robbed several millions of public money”

Sri Lanka sacks officials over sex scandal

Sri Lankan cricket’s governing body on Wednesday announced the sacking of three officials after allegations that members of the women’s national team were asked to perform sexual favours to keep their places.

Do not arrest Tiran – SC

Supreme Court a short while ago issued an order to FCID saying not to arrest MP Tiran Alles.

Basil re-remanded for the fourth time

Former Minister of Economic Development and UPFA MP Basil Rajapaksa has been re -remanded till 10 June.

Shiranthi Rajapaksa summoned to FCID

Former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa has been asked to appear before the police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) on June 1, over alleged corruption in connection with a bank account of the ‘Siriliya Saviya’ Foundation,MP Namal Rajapaksa told media.

Strikers deemed to have vacated posts

The Health and Indigenous Medicine Ministry will consider all substitute and casual health workers who were involved in yesterday’s strike as having vacated their posts, Health and Indigenous Medicine Ministry sources said.