Chief Justice Asoka De Silva when asked by a journalist from a foreign media institution whether news reports of him handing in his resignation letter were true, the Chief Justice had said it was better to keep the interview to the main topic that was being discussed. The foreign media journalist had been interviewing the Chief Justice about a complaint that had been made to the Supreme Court.
Governing party Councilor Gamini Thilakasiri says Minister Kodikara is a rogue
Western Provincial Councilor of the governing party and former minister of the council, Gamini Thilakasiri says that Western Province Minister Upali Kodikara is a a rogue who commits unbelievable frauds and corruption through his ministry. He made this statement at the Council meeting on Tuesday (4) morning.
Councilor Thilakasiri had made a detailed exposure of the massive frauds and corruption committed by Kodikara's ministry and had expressed his displeasure at the failure of the authorities to conduct an investigation into the matter. Minister Kodikara had remained silent in the face of Thilakasiri's verbal attack against him.
A group of UNP parliamentarians are currently exploring the possibility of forming an opposition alliance to contest the upcoming local government election, it is learnt. A young senior parliamentarian of the UNP, who is currently overseas, has already made an initial contact on the matter with a JVP MP and DNA parliamentarian Arjuna Ranataunge from Sarath Fonseka's party.
Sajith group says the LG elections are pushed in a hurry following Ranil - Mahinda agreement
The President has decided to hold the local government elections in a hurry following an agreement reached with Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, a parliamentarian in Sajith Premadasa's group told Lanka News Web.
People cannot bear the prices of goods – Prime Minister
Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne told a public meeting in Gampola on the 2nd that the people could not bear the increase in commodity prices and that it was his duty as well as of the Cabinet ministers to work hard to bring down the prices. He has said that the situation had to be accepted without any argument.
The agreement signed between Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the Indian Defence Secretaryy Pradeep Kumar during his visit to the country between December 27 and 29 has not received the approval of the Security Council and has not been a pre-planned one. Although the agreement needed to be sent to the President's Secretary to correct any technical faults, the agreement signedd between Gotabhaya and Pradeep had not followed this procedure.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is scheduled to leave the country tomorrow (6) for Israel on a one week tour, sources from the Defence Ministry said. Sources said the visit is aimed at procuring latest military equipment for the Sri Lankan security forces.
Sajith asks Ranil to postpone the protest planned for the 26th
UNP MP Sajith Premadasa's request from the UNP Leader to postpone the massive protest organized for the 26th by the Movement Against Dictatorial Insanity under the supervision of the UNP has been rejected by the party leadership.
Sajith's group gears to contest for senior posts in the party
Fonseka to be the national organizer
The operationsommittee of the Sajith Premadasa faction are discussing the persons to be nonominatedo senior posts in the party in trthevent of an election to five key posts according to the new constitution.
Ranil can be the Oppositionnnn Leader after giving Sajith the leadership – Ranjith Madduma Bandara
Parliamentarian in the Sajith Premadasa faction, Ranjith Madduma Bandara said that the only way to prevent the party from splitting and solve the internal crisis is to immediately appoint Sajith as the party leader while Ranil Wickremesinghe continues as Opposition Leader.
Sri Lanka's permanent representative to the UN takes money from the Sri Lankan community to celebrate independencee and Sambuddha Jayanthi
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN, Major General Shavendra Silva has launched an operation to collect money from the Sri Lankan community residing in the US to celebrate independence and the Sambuddha Jayanthi.
Karu Jayasuriya, Deputy Leader of the UNP states that General Sarath Fonseka, the war hero who liberated the country from the LTTE terror is treated by the Government of Sri Lanka, worse than Aung San Sui Kyi, the democratic leader of Myanmar, is treated by the military regime of that country.
Money Collected by Consul General Jeff Goonewardena for US Democrats election campaign was RETURNED
Distancing itself from a potential scandal involving illegal foreign campaign contributions, Senator Barbara’s Boxer’s campaign said it has returned the monies a foreign diplomat raised for a fundraiser where President Obama was the chief guest, but maintained that the funds were not illegal and that it had no knowledge of where they were raised.
Auto driver reported missing in Urumpiraay, Jaffna
A 27-year-old auto driver, Sobinathan Gopinath, has been reported missing since 7:30 p.m. on New Year Day in Urumpiraay area, where Deputy Director of Education was killed and a teacher abducted in recent days.
Six CCTV cameras set up near Fort Railway Station to identify protesters
A senior official at the Police Headquarters said that once of the objectives of setting up CCTV cameras in Colombo is to identify those protesting and pasting posters against the government. Hence, CCTV cameras has been set up at venues where anti government protests are held like the Lipton Circus and the Fort railway station.
Six Sense leaves Kalpitiya after refusing to bribe
An Indian company based in Dubai called Six Sense that arrived in the country to invest a large amount of money in the tourism sector has left the country after refusing to pay a US$ 80 million bribe to a senior official at the Tourism Development Authority.
The 60Km railway line between Kankasanthurai and Palai given to India at an additional US$ 90 million
The railway line between Kankasanthurai and Palai that was agreed to be built at a cost of US$ 60 million by the engineers of the Railway Department has been given to an Indian company at a cost of US$ 150 million.
Chief Justice hands in resignation letter following the President's critical comments against Appelate Court judges
Chief Justice Ashoka de Silva has handed in his letter of resignation to the President in protest against comments made by the President during a recent meeting with the Chief Justice, Lanka News Web reliably learns.
Were they shot dead or killed before shooting? Mystery surrounds killing of 7 robbers
A viewer has sent ‘Lankatruth’ a controversial video relevant to the killing of the 7 robbers who plundered a pawning centre at Anuguwella Junction at Warakapola. The robbers shot dead two police officers when they were confronted and later police claimed that all seven robbers were shot dead in confrontations.
Stagnating representative democracy by continuing with the proportional representation system
Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) states that the government decision to conduct the coming Local
Authorities Election under Proportional Representation (PR,) when all major political movements have agreed to
First Past the Post system will lead to a stagnation of representative democracy.