Opinion: Wikileaks and US frustrations in Sri Lanka The reality may be that there is little the United States can do to influence Sri Lanka.
With great pomp and amid massive government-sponsored celebrations, President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka just started his second term. In the coming months, he and his many relatives in senior government posts will no doubt trumpet Rajapaksa's re-election as proof of his popular appeal and democratic credentials.
UN received Information from Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam on Sri Lanka War Crimes Victims’ families gave information on final moments of White Flag Surrendees, Executions, Genocide, and Destruction of War Graves
The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) sent a memorandum to the United Nations advisory panel on investigating War Crimes in Sri Lanka. It detailed grave abuses committed by the Sri Lankan government against the Tamil ethnic group. This UN panel – Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka - was formed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, after approximately 60,000 Tamils were killed by Sri Lanka Security Forces during the final months of the war that ended in May 2009.
Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa admits that Samurdhi officers were used to win the Presidential election
Deputy Economic Development Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena has said that the services of Samurdhifficers who are ssstationedsislande were used in President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Presidential election campaign where ever there were electoral organizers who were weak.
DNA split over UNP leadership crisis
Arjuna supports Ranil and Tiran supports Sajith
The DNA headed by Sarath Fonseka is split over the UNP's leadership crisis with the proposal put forward by party secretary Tiran Alles to support Sajith Premadasa being opposed by party deputy leaders Arjuna Ranatunge claiming that they should all support Ranil Wickremesinghe, reliable sources said.
Don't agree to the deputy leadership, chase Ranil and take over the leadership – Sajith being forced by his group
A majority of the members in Sajithmadasa's group have asked him not to agree to the proposal brought forward by UNP seniors asking Sajith to take over the party's deputy leadership on a temporary basis and allow Ranil Wickremesinghe to continue as party leader. The group has asked Sajith to launch a campaign to capture the party leadership within four months.
Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) conducts 69 academic programmes without single Regulation approved by the University of Colombo.
Today, having considered a writ application No CA (writ) 844/2010 filed by Dr. Sarath Weera Bandara , Medical Superintend base hospital (Teaching) Gampola Court of Appeal ordered to issue notices on 206 Respondents returnable on 17th January 2011. The Counsel appeared on behail of Dr. Bandara informed the Court that the University of Colombo has failed to approve a single Regulation in respect of 69 academic programmes conducted by the PGIM.
What national reconciliation by discussing to prevent national anthem in Tamil? - DPF leader Mano Ganesan
Reported attempt to prevent national anthem being sung in Tamil language is yet another ill attempt that alienates Tamil speaking people in this country. We wonder what national reconciliation the government is talking of by discussing such divisive attempts at a time when Sri Lanka needs more endeavors towards reunion. We fail to understand why the government leaders cannot accept the our national anthem also in Tamil as a symbol of unity and make use of it to bring communities together, asks DPF leader Mano Ganesan in a statement released by DPF media office. Mr. Ganesan in his reaction to reported discussion on preventing national anthem of the country being sung in Tamil language said further,
Protests outside British embassy in Rome against the disrespect shown to the President
A group of Sri Lankans have planned a protest outside the British embassy in Rome today (16) against the British government for allowing LTTE sympathizerss to organize a protestagainstt President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit to the UK and to humiliate him.
Local government elections to be handed over to Sajith
Senior UNP members have requested the party leadership to hand over the operations of the forthcoming local government election campaign to Sajith Premadasa, sources from Sirikotha said. The Working Committee has alreadyanded the campaign work to a committee headed by dddeputyeader Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith is also a member in the committee.
President informs Malik to solve the party crisis by appointing Sajith as the deputy leader
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had informed former UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema to quickly solve the party crisis by removing Karu Jayasuriya and appointing Sajith Premadasa as the deputy leader, since the Sarath Fonseka and the JVP were trying to reap the benefit of the long drawn internal crisis in the UNP, sources from Sirikotha said.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has informed Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunge to take over the post as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka at the UN, sources from Temple Trees said. Weeratunge had not been keen with the President's proposal and sources said that he had asked the President to appoint him to parliament through the National List and make him the Education Minister as he wished to enter politics.
Party seniors will get positions that are included in the Constitution – Gayantha responds to Buddhika's statement
UNP Spokesperson Gayantha Karunathileka told the media that party seniors would be given positions that are in the party constitution and not and would not be appointed to any other “senior” or “honored” posts.