Minister Mervyn Silva harassing Muslim nationals – Provincial Councilor Mujabeer Rahuman
Western Provincial Councilor Mujabeer Rahuman says that Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva has unleashed terror in the Peliyagoda, Wattala, Akbar Town and Hunupitiya areas and has prevented the Muslims in those areas from celebrating Hajj.
Police has accepted President's double faced nature
“debiddo” stage drama
The police had taken into custody several persons who were pasting posters on the Debiddo (double faced people) stage drama in the Passara area on the 16th night, but have later released them. The posters had been taken into custody after claiming that the word “debiddo” was being used to refer to the President.
The government has decided to immediately resettle the Sinhalese families who fled the Batticaloa District during the ethnic conflict. A special discussion was held at the Valachchenai divisional secretariat on the 16th about the resettlement of 73 Sinhalese familiess in Kalmadugama in Kalkudah.
Development projects will be stalled if a salary increment is granted – President
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told the Cabinet of ministers that all development programmes maybe stalled if the government is forced to grant a salary increment to the public sector workers. The President had explained that the government would have to spend a sum of Rs. 1.4 billion, if the salaries of the public sector is increased by at least Rs. 100.
Gamini, Sajin, Dhammika join forces against P.B. Jayasundera
A formidable alliance has been established between Additional Presidential Secretary Gamini Senarth, President's confidential secretary Sajin Vass Gunawardena and Casino businessman Dhammika Perera against Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, who is the most powerful public administration officer in the Rajapaksa government, sources from Temple Trees said. The new alliance is trying to curtail PB's powers through the President during the Cabinet reshuffle.
Azath Sally questioned by the Royal Guard security service
Member of Sri Lanka's Hajj Committee Azath Sally had been subjected to a lengthy interrogation by the Saudi Royal Guard security service on the allegation of swindling monies of Hajj pilgrims, sources from Saudi said.
Maverick Minister Weerawansa’s vituperation of Sri Lanka Guardian editor
Wimal (left) Ilangamuwa (right)
The website run by the former shotgun terrorist and the maverick Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Wimal Weerawanse of the President Rajapakse government, having failed in his campaign against the UN General Secretary and the international community has launched his personal tirade against the Editor of the Sri Lanka Guardian, Nilantha Ilangamuwa.
Let’s establish a sustainable peace, building a National Economy
& securing the heritage of fishers, farmers and labors
National Fisheries Solidarity Movement
National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO), A fisher people’s movement, based on small scale, artisnal fishers and fish workers, small holder farmers works towards securing sustenance of fisheries industry as well as rights of small scale fishers. NAFSO is affiliated to World Forum of Fisher Peoples' [WFFP], in which there are 35 countries are united as small scale, artisanal fishers in the globe. NAFSO together with WFFP celebrate world fisheries day on 21st November every year to focus the attention of world fisher people's issues in the international arena in globalised world. We, as small scale
CHANGES WE LIKE TO SEE IN THE PRESIDENT'S SECOND TERM
Sri Lanka President sworn-in for a second term
President Rajapaksa took his oaths today to the most powerful position in the Sri Lankan polity. He has won the confidence and trust of a majority of the general population as the commander-in-chief of the Sri Lankan armed forces who provided overall leadership to eliminate war and terrorism from the country.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes the awarding of an anti-corruption prize to Sri Lankan journalist and press freedom activist Poddala Jayantha, who was forced into exile after a brutal attack in June 2009.
Sri Lanka: A Tamil journalist arrested at the Colombo Airport
A London based Tamil journalist has been arrested on Wednesday (17) at the Colombo Airport, while he was on his way to visit his family. A British passport holder, Karthigesu Thirulogasundar (37), was arrested by the officers attached to Sri Lankan state intelligence agency and currently being held in an undisclosed location. Thirulogasundar was previously attached to London based popular TV channels Deepam TV and GTV. He is currently working as a full time journalist for London based radio station, IBC. He had visited the island, hoping to visit his aging mother who is seriously ill.
Basil asks for PB's removal from Economic Development Ministry
P.B. Jayasundera left
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has requested the President to appoint a permanent secretary to his ministry after moving away Dr. P.B. Jayasundera as he has other responsibilities in the government apart from the Economic Development Ministry.
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe left for India yesterday (17) morning with his wife Maithri to attend to several religious activities. Sources from Sirikotha said the couple would spend two days in India.
Rauf Hakeem and Basheer Segu Dawood clash over portfolio
A cold war has erupted within the SLMC on deciding the person to be appointed to the ministerial portfolio that has been offered b y the President to the party, party sources said. The SLMC expressed it support to the government to pass the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and last week decided to join the government.
Sajith faction asks party leadership not to hold convention at Sirikotha
Sajith Premadasa Right
Sajith Premadasa and a group of his supporters have asked the party leadership not to hold the scheduled party convention at Sirikotha, a senior UNP MP told Lanka News Web. He said that a final decision has not been made with regard to the venue of the party convention.
Eight rural hospitals under the purview of the Eastern Provincial Council have been shut down within the last six months. The hospitals have been shut due to a shortage in staff, equipment, medicines and other basic infrastructure.
State banks assigned to promote the President's image
A programme has been launched by all state banks from the 19th till the 16th to promote the President's image after he is sworn into office for a second term. The respective heads of the state banks have already issued the relevant circulars.
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission
SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: The AHRC urges the government of Sri Lanka to immediately enable the family of Rizana Nafeek to go to Riyadh
The Asian Human Rights Commission urges the government of Sri Lanka to immediately enable the family of Rizana Nafeek to travel to Riyadh to participate in the proceedings of Rizana's case. It is of the highest importance that Rizana's family are present in Riyadh during
LTTE Political Wing Head Thamilini remanded till 29th
Colombo Chief Magistrate Rashmi Singappuli ordered that LTTE women's wing leader Subramaniam Suvagami alias Thamilini, who has been in remand custody for the past one and a half years be re-remanded till November 29th.
Gampaha District parliamentarian and well known actress, Upeksha Swarnamali also known as Pabha, had on the 15th night called the News Director of Derana TV, Shehan Baranage on his mobile phone and shouted at him in filth.
Dr. Rohan Gunaratne from the Singapore national university to be appointed as an intelligence unit head
Dr. Rohan Gunaratne
Dr. Rohan Gunaratne, who analyzes and lectures on terrorism at the Singapore national university, has been proposed to be appointed as the head of the new intelligence unit that is to be set up by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The name has been proposed by Major General Kapila Hendevitharana and the professor has also indirectly agreed to it.
Defence Ministry sources say the professor is frequent traveller to Sri Lanka and had recently undertaken a trip to the UK to meet with Tamil groups that opposed the Rajapaksas with the intention of changing their minds.
Mahinda's son assaults UNP candidate in a brawl over a girl in Colpetty
Former Minister Mahinda Wijesekera's son and UPFA Southern Provincial Councilor, Kanchana Wijeesekera, has assaulted one Anuradha Wimalaratne on Saturday (13) at a brawl at the Amuseum night club in Colpetty.
Anuradha contested the last general election under the UNP banner in the Ratnapura District.
Special treatment should not be given to the Tamil civilians when providing relief for the war displaced – President tells NGOs
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told the local and foreign NGOs that when providing relief to the people displaced by the war, it needs to be carried out in an ethnically unbiased manner where the affected Sinhala, Muslim and Tamil persons are treated equally without special treatment being meted out to the Tamil civilians.