Basil asks for stories to be published that Dhanuna is being hidden in the US embassy premises in Colombo
Minister Basil Rajapaksa has asked Divaina reported Keerthi Warnakulasuriya and a female journalist at Lake House to publish stories saying that General Sarath Fonseka’s son-in-law Dhanuna Thilekaratne is being kept inside the US embassy premises in Colombo.
Meanwhile NFF Leader and Minister Wimal Weerawansa has been assigned the task of creating an impression among the public against such actions.
Jackson paid Rs. 30 million for the cultural show at the ceremony held to fill water into the Hambantota Port
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has decided to pay Rs. 30 million to Jackson Anthony after handing his propaganda company, Helanka, the cultural show at the ceremony to be held on August 1 to fill the Hambantota Port with water.
Veteran dancer Channa Wijewardena and several artists had visited the venue a few days back to inspect the grounds where the cultural show is to be held.
President unhappy with India for not objecting to Ban Ki-moon’s panel
A senior official at the External Affairs Ministry told Lanka News Web that the President was displeased with India for not raising objections against the panel of experts appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to study and make proposals on Sri Lanka.
He said that the President had told the External Affairs Minister that while 29 countries including Russia have objected to the appointment of the panel, neighboring India has remained and that India’s silence was a sign of the country’s approval of the panel.
Bandula’s henchman appointed as head of transport at Lake House
Lake House Transport Manager Sendanayake, who is allegedly helping the Chairman’s corrupt activities, has been promoted as the head of the transport division at the institution and as the manager of the Lake House provincial office yesterday.
Lake House sources said that the transport manager had been given such a promotion and a massive pay hike since he allegedly supported Lake House Chairman Bandula Padmakumara in his corrupt and irregular dealings.
STOP LABOUR RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE APPAREL
SECTOR AND COMPLY WITH ILO STANDARDS TO PROTECT
The US government has accepted a petition
to review the US GSP status enjoyed by Sri Lanka. The American Federation of Labour and
Congress of Industrial Organisations (AFL-CIO) filed the petition. Sri Lanka is now at the brink of
losing both EU and US GSP regimes. The Republic of Maldives lost its US GSP due to such
complaints at the beginning of this millennium.
The TUC wishes to state that the US GSP complaint accepted this week by the US government is
a direct result of poor labour conditions and non-compliance with international labour standards of
the ILO especially by the apparel sector employers and the government of Sri Lanka. It draws
attention to poor enforcement of labour laws in Export Processing Zones and the apparel sector,
restrictions to form union federations consisting of public-private sectors, etc..
A plan to give the coastline between Puttalam and Jaffna to India under the guise of using the area for a wind power project has been revealed. The Power and Energy Minister had made this statement during a visit to the area recently.
The Minister had said that the Kalpitiya area in Puttalam is to be used for a wind power project, but had not stated as to who would carry out the project.
Decision not to grant positions to defeated candidates not applied to All Ceylon Muslim Congress
Senior officials at the SLFP headquarters told Lanka News Web that the President’s decision not to appoint defeated candidates at the last general election to positions in state institutions has been violated by all other constituent parties in the UPFA, with the exception of the SLFP. The official said that All Ceylon Muslim Congress leader Minister Rishard Bathiudeen had yesterday violated the Presidential directive by making such an appointment.
Samurdhi not approved for the Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar districts
A TNA parliamentarian told Lanka News Web that the government when allocating funds for Samurdhi payments had not made provisions to include the Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar districts in the scheme.
The parliamentarian said that when queried about the matter from Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, he had said that there was no need to allocate monies through Samurdhi for the three districts as funds have already been allocated for those areas through the resettlement programme.
UPFA to filed Omar, UNP to field Musammil
A senior government minister from the Colombo District told Lanka News Web that the President has already decided to filed Omar Kamil as the UPFA’s main candidate at for the Colombo Municipal Council during the local government elections.
Kamil had previously held the post of Colombo Mayor when he contested under the UNP and won. He currently serves as the Colombo Municipal Commissioner following a Presidential appointment.
A group of students affiliated to the agriculture division of the Peradeniya University had hooted at Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena and Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.
The Health Minister had been hooted at by the students when he had participated at the event to open the agriculture equipment and food products sales center within the agriculture division of the University yesterday (29).
JVP trade unions vow to fight for a salary increment
The JVP affiliated trade unions have decided to fight to win relief and salary increments to the working masses following the government’s announcement that salary increments would only be introduced in the 2011 budget.
JVP politburo member and President of the National Trade Union Center, K.D. Lalkantha called on the public and other trade unions to join the fight saying it is now up to the trade unions to fight to win salary increments for the working masses.