Mervyn gets a brand new Jag after assaulting students
Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva has been given a brand new Jaguar car valued over Rs. 18 million after he assaulted the students of the Kelaniya University. The vehicle had been secretly cleared from the Colombo Port on the 9th. The vehicle has been imported by the Highways Ministry.
The value of the vehicle when it reached the Colombo Port was US$ 68,791 (approx. Rs. 7.7 million). While the amount of the import duties on the vehicle amounts to approximately Rs. 10.6 million, the Ministry has paid Rs. 3.5 million as taxes as the remaining Rs. 7.1 million has fallen into the duty free category.
A senior UNP MP currently engagedddd in the Grama Charika programme told us that tgovernmentmtn, which is trying to cover up its failures by speaking of terrorism, created a bread terrorism when the bread prices started to increase and given the increase in the milk powder prices, there would soon be a milk powder terrorism.
11,000 security personnel to be deployed for swearing in ceremony
Island wide celebrations at government expense
Group of MPs prepare to leave the government
The police has taken measures to deploy a group consisting of 11,000 forces personnel to cover the President' swearing in ceremony while more security personnel have also been brought down to Colombo and a separate task force has been set up to act in the event it rains during the ceremony, police sources said.
Will not stop my UK tour in fear of LTTE sympathizers – President emphasizes
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has stated that regardless of the allegations leveled by the LTTE supporters and the international tribunals they go to, he was not afraid and would continue with his London visit. He had made this statement during a discussion with senior government ministers after the Cabinet meeting last week.
Negombo Lagoon Fisher Folk determined to have aggressive agitations against the violation of Promises by deputy Minister Dayasritha Tissera:
True Colors of Freedom & Democracy of MR regime is emerging gradually
After successful meeting with the deputy minister at Negombo Town Hall on 11th November, people dispersed with a hope that there will be a solution from President Mahinda Rajapakse when he meet the committee as agreed by the deputy minister. It was successful as deputy minister agreed to hold the ongoing excavations at Negombo Lagoon from 11th.
Presidents' swearing in ceremony
China sends special envoy, India send none
A senior External Affairs Ministry official told Lanka News Web that although the Chinese government is scheduled to a send a special envoy to Sri Lanka on the 17th to attend President Mahinda Rajapaksa's swearing in ceremony, the Indian government is yet to announce of any such state delegate attending the ceremony.
The eight main temples in the country increased to nine following Presidential vow
The President is gearing to construct a dagaba similar to the Ruwanveliseya in Anuradhapura as part of a vow made to ensure his victory at the elections. The foundation stone for this dagaba, which will be of the same height and width as Ruwanveliseya, will be held under the President's patronage on the 22nd.
The amendments for the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Act has been presented to the Cabinet for approval in order to pave the way for parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa to telecast his Youth TV.
According to the existing Sri Lanka Rupavahini Act, a legislator either elected or appointed through the National List to parliament cannot own a television channel. Therefore the government is tryingo amend the Act in order to pave the way for members of Namal's Tharunyata Hetak organization to carry out the broadcasting work on Youth TV.
Sajith's Sasunata Aruna programme for propaganda is an insult to Buddhism
– a monk informs the UNP Leader
A Buddhist monk from the Horana area has informed Opposition Leader Ranil Wicrkemesinghe that the Sasunata Aruna programme launched by parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa for propaganda purposes was a disgrace to Buddhism, sources from Sirikotha said. The Thero had said that when Sajith had arrived at his temple to donate Rs. 50,000, he had declined to accept the monies.
Even I didn't that a foreign Casino company has been permitted in the country – President tells the Opposition Leader
The President had over the telephone informed the Opposition Leader that he was thankful to UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera for raising the issue of a foreign casino that is operating at D.R. Wijewardena in parliament during the debate on the Gaming Levy Bill. The President had said that he was unaware of such a place until Jayasekera had raised the issue.
India has to intervene to hire drivers for buses donated by the Indian government to the East
The Indian High Commissioner in Colombo has had to seek the assistancee of a senior government member to hire drivers for 10 busesdonatedd by the Indian government to the people in the East after Eastern Province Governor Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrema objected to hire people.
Indian High Commissioner not invited for Hambantota Port opening
While invitations have been sent out to many High Commissions and Embassies in the country to participate in the opening ceremony of the Hambantota Port, which is one of the events organized to celebrate President Mahinda Rajapaksa's swearing into office for a second time, the Indian High Commissioner or the High Commission has not received an invitation for the event, diplomatic sources said.
According to a source in the Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry, Minister Professor G L Peiris is unhappy about his recent disastrous visit to the United Kingdom and refused to authorise instalment payment to Bell Pottinger, a UK based PR firm appointed by the Sri Lankan government to salvage its image in the world stage amidst claims of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by its armed forces whose Commander-in-Chief is President Rajapaksa. The source also confirmed that Bell Pottinger has suspended its services to the Sri Lankan government because of non-payment of fees. The contract with Sri Lanka also causes adverse publicity for the PR firm.
Government points finger at Transperancy International Sri Lanka office in Geneva Human Rights Commission
The Sri Lankan delegation that was unable to respond to questions posed during the social, economic and cultural heritage sessions that went on for two days at the Human Rights Commission in Geneva, has falsely accused the Transparency International Sri Lanka office at the Commission, Lanka News Web learns.
The 15 member UN experts who were in-charge of the two day sessions on social, economic and cultural heritage at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva has be en critical of the report presented by the Sri Lankan government, it is learnt.