KP to be pardoned after verdict delivered on the General
The proposal by the Defence Secretary to grant a Presidential pardon to Kumaran Pathmandan alias KP has been postponed after the President has decided not to make any decision on the matter in the backdrop of five cases being filed against former Army Commander Retired General Sarath Fonseka by the incumbent Army Commander and the Attorney General, a senior official at the Presidential Secretariat told Lanka News Web.
Several Presidential advisors had asked the President not to grant a Presidential pardon to KP at present as it would lead to a massive political controversy.
Johnston goes before court martial to give evidence against the General
Minister Johnston Fernando was scheduled to go before the fist court martial against General Sarath Fonseka to give evidence against him on the case that the General was involved in politics while being in active service.
A university that gives sports degrees even without possessing a ground
The Students Council of the Sabaragamuwa University says that the university that presented sports degrees does not even have a ground of its own. The degree is called “Sports Science and Management.”
The degree had been introduced about two years ago and the university has so far enrolled 70 students annually for the course. The Students Council says that while many requests have been made to get a suitable sports ground for the students studying for this course, they have all been in vain. According to the students, it is quite hilarious to see a sports degree being handed out by a university that does not have a sports ground.
Ranil off to India on the 20th
Amendments to be introduces to Reforms Report
The Reforms Report is to be presented to the UNP Working Committee when it meets on the 19th and several parliamentarians have already decided to propose certain amendments to the report, sources from Sirikotha said.
Born Again group working hard to secure leadership of the UNP – Sakhanda
The JHU’s official newspaper Sakhanda has reported that anti Buddhist fundamentalist groups like the Born Again and Assembly of God were conspiring to secure the power of the UNP by ousting Opposition and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The newspaper has reported that members of these fundamentalist groups have taken the initiative of trying to oust Wickremesinghe and have even named the alleged conspirators.
In a desperate attempt by the depositors of the failed Golden Key Credit Card Company to get their money back to support their living expenses, a protest was carried out in front of the residence of Mr. Lalith Kotelawala (who was the Chairman of the failed company) at Elibank Road, Colombo 4. The protest started in the afternoon and carried out by about 30 depositors in a peaceful manner. How ever about 15 policemen were deployed in the area around 5:30 pm and the depositors were warned by police to leave the area. Private security of Lalith Kotelawala were seen in the area working closely with police team and at one point the police officer asked them to come and make a
LankaNewsWeb reliably understands that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is to send a special message to President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressing serious concerns over the ‘fast unto death’ and related drama in front of Colombo UN office by Minister Wimal Weerawansa.
Many civilians remain displaced due to the continuance of HSZs says TNA
The TNA parliamentary delegation during its recent visit to India had raised the issue of the continuance of High Security Zones (HSZs) in the North over a year after the war.
TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran who participated in the delegation that visited India said that the party raised the matter with high ranking Indian government officials including the Indian Prime Minister.
Various comments have been made with regard to the reasons behind admitting NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa to the Army Hospital after he ended the fast unto death. It is usually members of the Army who are admitted to the Army Hospital.
It has therefore been revealed that there was another reason for Weerawansa to be admitted to the Army Hospital instead of the Colombo National Hospital or nay other private hospital.
JVP led public sector trade unions demand for Rs. 8,000 salary increment from government
The government’s failure to grant any relief to the working masses and to honor the pledge of granting a Rs. 2,500 salary increment for the public sector employees has now resulted in public sector trade unions demanding for a Rs. 8,000 salary increase in line with the high cost of living.
Minister Basil asks for Sajith’s help to remove North Central Provincial Council Chairman
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has requested the help of UNP parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa to remove the North Central Provincial Council Chairman P.B. Dissanayake, Lanka News Web reliably learns.
Minister Weerawansa’s fast delays Sri Lanka Police assignment in Haiti
The United Nations Organization has rejected the services of a group of 52 police personnel who were supposed to serve in the Haiti peace keeping force following Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s fast outside the UN Office in Colombo.
President’s Office takes charge of Dullas’ bullet proof car
The bullet proof Benz car given to Minister Dullas Alahapperuma for his security has been taken back by the President’s Office recently. The Preisdnetial Secretarait has requested the Minister to use a Peugeot car instead.
The Presidential Secretariat a few weeks back retained a house assigned to the Minister that belonged to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority on Buller’s Road. Dullas’ security officers occupied the residence.
Minister Wimal shouts at Western countries while encouraging his son to follow a London based education
Minister Wimal Weerawansa who appears to stand against colonialism and Western nations, has decided to encourage his 12 year old son, Vibuthi Weerawansa, to follow his education in London. Wimal’s son, who is currently being educated at Ananda College, was sent to London two weeks ago with a female teacher from an international school in Colombo.
Senaka proposes formation of an alliance between the UNP and the General
A senior UNP parliamentarian told Lanka News Web that Captain Senaka Silva, who is currently in remand custody, has sent a message to Opposition and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe proposing the formation of a joint opposition alliance between the UNP and General Sarath Fonseka’s party.
Lanka News Web has reliably learnt of an incident where Sri Lanka Cricket Operations Manager Ashley de Silva being hit by a slipper when he had tried to make an indecent proposition to a female debt collecting official of Lanka Private Hospital.
Namal’s Geneva protest a failure
Less than 60 participate in it
Sources from Switzerland told Lanka News Web that less than 60 persons have participated in the protest organized by parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa in Geneva, Switzerland today at 2.30 p.m. against UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s panel of experts.
We are not scared of Ban Ki-moon – Minister Mervyn Silva
Deputy Highways Minister Mervyn Silva has said, “It is the Rajapaksas who ended the 30 year old war. There is no need to have any fear if the head of the country is direct and brave. Ban Ki-moon would come crawling to our country, if he is told of our rich history.”
He had made this statement in an interview with the Lakbima newspaper. Some of the excerpts published in the Lakbima newspaper are as follows:
Namal’s Nil Balakaya and the NFF surround the UN Office in Geneva today
The Nil Balakaya and the National Freedom Front (NFF) under the supervision of parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa is to hold a massive protest campaign outside the UN Office in Geneva Switzerland at 12 noon today.
The Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK and the Sri Lankan missions in France, Italy, Norway and Germany have made arrangements to provide transport for Sri Lankans living in these countries to participate in the protest in Geneva.
Royal blood spilt
PSD officials destroy night club
Son of Colombo Municipal Councilor Mansil had assaulted the youngest son of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Rohitha Rajapaksa. The incident had taken place following an argument that had gone sour on the 10th at a night club at the Taj Samudra Hotel.
Presidential Security Division (PSD) officials who had arrived at the venue after the incident had attacked those who were enjoying at the club.
A senior member of the EPRLF told Lanka News Web that the Alliance of Tamil Parties, which was formed to put in place a programme to address the issues faced by the minority communities, is to be broadened and discussions on the matter would be held with Tamil parties in the estate sector and Muslim parties as well.
He said that discussions are to be held with the Ceylon Workers Congress and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress in the next few weeks.
Karu asks Opposition Leader to include Sajith, Ravi and Kabir for discussions with government
UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya has told Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that parliamentarians Sajith Premadasa, Ravi Karunanayake and Kabir Hashim should be included in the party delegation when it meets with the government to discuss the proposed constitutional amendments. Jayasuriya had made this statement when the UNP delegation to meet the President and government officials met at the Opposition Leader’s Cambridge Terrace office at 3 p.m. yesterday.
Peradeniya University students surround SB and protest against private universities
Peradeniya University students launched a massive protest at the university premises on Monday (12) against the government’s decision to permit the establishment of private universities in the country.
Dinamina News Editor Chandrani Marasinghe replaced by one of Chairman’s men
Lake House Chairman Bandula Padmakumara has appointed the Provincial News Editor of the Dinamina newspaper, Deepal Samarasekera as the Provincial Editor of the newspaper, sources from Dinamina said. Samarasekera, is reportedly a member of the Chairman’s unofficial security committee.
UNP to propose the implementation of constitutional amendments in line with the Tissa-DEW-Dinesh committee
The UNP has decided to impress upon the President the need to implement the proposals made by Ministers Tissa Vitharana, DEW Gunasekera and Dinesh Gunawradena in their respective committee reports on electoral reforms and constitutional amendments, when several UNP representatives meet with President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (12) evening.
Namal assigned the task of surrounding the UN’s Geneva office
The President has assigned the supervisory MP for External Affairs, Namal Rajapaksa, the task of organizing a massive protest campaign outside the UN’s office in Geneva against the panel of experts on Sri Lanka appointed by UN Secretary General ban Ki-moon to inquire into alleged human rights violations.
Arrangements have been made to hold the protest on Tuesday (13) at 12 p.m. with Sri Lankans living in the UK, France, Germany and Italy with the help of the Sri Lankan missions in the respective countries.
CID watches “Debiddo” after Anura’s comment in parliament
A special team of CID members on instructions from the IGP had attended and watched the Debiddo drama that went on the boards at the Lionel Wendt yesterday (11) to determine if the drama was anti government. The drama directed by Prasanna Vithanage is currently being staged in theatres island wide.
Protests Against UN Echo Anti-Justice Campaign Secretary-General's Support for Expert Panel Advances Wartime Accountability
Demonstrations led by a Sri Lankan government minister to protest a United Nations expert panel show the government's open hostility to investigations of alleged war crimes in the Tamil Tiger conflict that ended last year, Human Rights Watch said today.
Minister Weerawansa had ended the fast after President makes four promises
NFF media spokesperson and Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority, Jayantha Samaraweera said that Minister Wimal Weerawnasa had stopped the fast unto death after three days following four promises made by the President.
Samaraweera told the media that the NFF leader had stopped the fast following agreements reached between himself and Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Dullas Alahapperuma and Anurra Priyadharshana Yapa. He said that the President had promise through the ministers that he would not permit any of the soldiers who fought in the war against terrorism to go before the panel appointed by the UN Secretary General to look into war crimes allegations.
Army Hospital reveals that Minister Weerawansa had consumed light food during fast unto death
A doctor at the Army Hospital told Lanka News Web that Minister Wimal Weerawansa had consumed light food like biscuits, vitamins and a small amount of water during his fast unto death that lasted fro three days.
He said that Wimal’s kidneys were weak and would have therefore faced a serious condition had he not consumed at least a little water.
The United National Party is currently exploring the possibility of bringing forth an impeachment motion against Supreme Court judge Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, it is learnt.
When inquired, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that the party was discussing the rulings recently delivered by Bandaranayake, whose husband is a close confidante of the President and is the Chairman of the National Savings Bank.
Complaint against Radaliyagoda for making death threats
A newspaper agent has complained to the Wellampitiya police that UPFA Kurunegala District electoral organizer, defeated UPFA Colombo District candidate at the last general election and Deputy Director General at ITN, Sudarman Radaliyagoda had threatened to kill him while flashing a pistol.
The complaint was lodged on July 7th and it states that if anything were to happen to the complainant’s life, Radaliyagoda would be responsible for it.
In order to secure the governing party’s victory at the Northern Provincial Council election, a group of seven UPFA MPs are currently engaged in coordinating the development work in the Wanni and Kilinochchi Districts under the supervision of UPFA parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa.
The supervisory MPs are Lohan Ratwatte, Dilum Amunugama, Duminda Silva, Tharanath Basnayake, Roshan Ranasinghe, Kanaka Herath and Udith Lokubandara.
Kovils in the East removed after claiming them to be unauthorized structures
TNA Batticaloa District parliamentarian D. Yogeswaran told a group of journalists on the 7th that the government has forcible taken away two Hindu kovils in Trincomalee and that the Army had taken charge of one kovil in Batticaloa.
Yogeswaran has said that the religious leaders at the kovils had informed him that the authorities had presented fake documents claiming them to be unauthorized structures before demolishing them.
The fast will be called off if there’s a Presidential request or a court order – NFF media spokesperson
NFF Spokesperson and former parliamentarian Mohomad Musammil has said that the fast unto death commenced by NFF Leader and Minister Wimal Weerawansa as a mark of protest against the panel of experts on Sri Lanka appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would only be called off if there is a court order to do or a special Presidential request.
He made this statement when inquired if Weerawansa was planning on calling off the fast.
When we contacted Weerawansa’s mobile number 0773601658 to receive more information about the NFF protest campaign and the fast unto death, the person who answered the
Angered by the actions of the police to move a group of NFF supporters led by Minister Wimal Weerawansa protesting outside the UN Office in Colombo, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has called and threatened to sack the IGP. Journalists are in possession of the video recording of the telephone call made by the Defence Secretary.
Acting in a manner that hampers the work of an internally accepted organization situated in a high security zone (HSZ) is unacceptable under the Emergency Regulations as well as any normal la that governs the country. The news about the Defence Secretary acting against the
Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa, who is on a ‘fast unto death’ campaign in front of the UN compound in Colombo has been transported to a secret location few times late Thursday night, LankaNewsWeb exclusively learns.
He was seen taken away in a jeep –thought to be one of his ministerial vehicles – late at night after the journalists and crowds dispersed.
It was not known where he was taken to or whether he was given food or drinks. But his spokesman, Dr. Wasantha Bandara, told journalists on Friday that the minister’s condition is getting deteriorated.
Income of cricketers from 2003 till 2009 handed over to Inland Revenue Department
Sri Lanka Cricket has handed over files containing details about the incomes earned by senior cricketers from 2003 till 2009 to the Inland Revenue Department.
It is learnt that after the files were handed over to the Department officials are currently planning to file cases against senior cricketers to investigate their personal accounts.
It is also learnt that cricketers Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttaiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilekaratne Dilshan, Marvan Atapattu and Russel Arnold are to be subjected to an inquiry by Inland Revenue officials.
Auditor General prepares to investigate plight of the missing Rs. 4,000 lakhs at Sri Lanka Cricket
The help of a computer software engineer has been sought to delete data in computers following an audit initiated by the Auditor General to find what happened to a sum of Rs. 4,000 that had gone missing at Sri Lanka Cricket.
Sri Lanka Cricket sources said that the Auditor General has requested for details of accounts of Ajith Jayasekera, Nishantha Ranatunge, Ashley de Silva, Suraj Dandeniya, Kapila Dandeniya, Anurudhdha Polonnovita and Ruwan Gallage from the Sri Lanka Cricket financial administration unit.
UN panel of experts remain
Wimal ends fast unto death after drinking water from President’s hand
National Freedom Front (NFF) and Housing, Construction and Engineering Minister Wimal Weerawansa was taken to the Army Hospital today (10) after he ended the fast unto death outside the UN Office in Colombo.
Weerawansa launched a fast unto death demanding the withdrawal of the panel of experts on Sri Lanka appointed by UN Secretary General ban Ki-moon.