JHU launches international operation to prevent Ban Ki-moon’s re-election
JHU Media Spokesperson Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said the party was planning on launching an operation at international level to ensure that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would not be re-elected to the post. He said the party was planning on getting the support of non aligned countries like China, Russia and India by sending JHU delegations to meet with representatives from those countries.
Ven. Medhanandha Thero to join the SLFP after being ousted by JHU
Plans are underway to get Ven. Ellawela Medhanandha Thero, who was ousted from the JHU leadership, to join the SLFP, sources from the SLFP headquarters said. Sources added that the President has extended an invitation to the Thero to join the party.
However, the Thero said that he still remained a member of the JHU and that although he had received invitations from several parties to join them, he would remain as an independent MP acting on behalf of national interests.
Yesterday, July 15 my father was supposed to be at Parliament at 9.30am for a Health Ministry advisory Committee meeting.
Despite a clear order by the courts that this Colombo District MP should be allowed without any hindrance to attend Parliamentary meetings, committee meetings, group meetings and other discussions relating to Parliamentary matters - the Military Commander didn't allow him to leave the navy head quarters where he is detained.
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.