STRONGER CIVIL SOCIETY AND INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE
NEEDED TO DEAL WITH THE FLOOD CRISIS
Recent heavy rains across Sri Lanka have caused flooding and landslides that have left tens of thousands homeless, caused several deaths and affected over a million people. The flood crisis continues to be serious. The worst affected areas are in the East of the country which was previously devastated by long years of war and by the Tsunami of 2004. In comparison to the Tsunami, even though the number of persons who lost their lives is significantly less, the damage is terms of destruction agricultural lands, infrastructure damage and loss of livelihoods is higher.
Millions of rupees due to be paid to the five star hotels and other business establishments for services provided for the IIFA awards that was held last year have not been paid yet, it is learnt.
A sum close to Rs. 100 million due to the five star hotels in Colombo for providing lodging facilities for the Indian film stars who arrived in the country to participate in the ceremony is yet to be paid and a large number of business establishments have also not been paid their dues.
The New Year will be celebrated under Sajith's leadership – Buddhika Pathirana
UNP parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana who is also a member in Sajith Premadasa's group has said that the New Year this time would be celebrated with Sajith as the party leader. He had made this statement to several media personnel after the Working Committee meeting at the party headquarters Sirikotha on the 13th.
Buddhika Pathirana is a mental patient – MP Harin Fernando
UNP MP for Badulla District Harin Fernando has said that UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana suffered from a mental disorder where he puts one person against the other. He has made this statement to parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera at the Opposition Leader's official residence on the 14th.
Walana Police chief gets calls inquiring if Geena Madam had revealed their names
Head of the Walana Police crimes division has received several telephone calls from government and opposition politicians inquiringgg if Geena Madam, who operated a high class brothel at Liberty Plaza in Colpetty, had revealed their names as clients during the investigation, sources said.
Some in Sajith's group unhappy with his decision to give up battle for leadership
Some of the members in Sajith Premadasa's group who have openly said that Sajith would take over the party leadership before the local government elections are displeased with Sajith's decision to postpone his claim for the party leadership until the conclusion of the elections, it is learnt.