Mervyn Silva and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's friends receive UK jail sentence
Six men in UK have been convicted for deception and money laundering offences which netted them £10m. Led by Vibhawa Fonseka, the men mainly targeted the Sri Lankan community, convincing them to put money into investments they promised would make a huge profit.
The BBC Sinhala and Tamil services have emerged as two of the few winners of the job cuts announced by the World Service management. The World Service announced on Wednesday that it will terminate five language services namely the Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian, Caribbean and Portuguese for Africa. Although no job cuts are announced, BBC Sandeshaya and the Tamil Services are asked to save ten percent of its budgets within the next few years. It is still not clear how these savings will be achieved.
Senior diplomats in Sri Lanka have expressed anger and frustration over foreign minister Prof. G.L. Peiris addressing 'Sir' to President Mahinda Rajapaksa's secret affairs advisor MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardene and Namal Rajapaksa even in front of ministry officials.
Maithripala sends a message wishing the President good health and strength
SLFP Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena has issued a statement wishing President Mahinda Rajapaksa a good health and strength. The message had been sent to congratulate the President on the first anniversary since he was re-elected for a second term in office.
Ranil and Sajith to avoid elections campaign
Party's election campaign to be handled by Karu
The UNP's campaign for the forthcoming local government elections is to fall completely on the shoulders of deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya since party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa are trying to avoid the campaign by leveling various allegations against each other, a young UNP MP told Lanka News Web.
600 police constables were killed in vain due to a directive by President Premadasa - retired SSP Thasie Seneviratne
Retired SSP Thasie Seneviratne told the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) on the 24th that an investigation was not conducted into the inhuman killing of 600 policemen in one day by the LTTE. He has said that an investigation had not been conducted when the killings had taken place or afterwards.
“You are not fit to hear cases. Your are good to eat grass, so go ahead and eat grass” - A suspect who had not been granted bail for four and a half years tells a Magistrate
A suspect who has been in prison for the past seven and a half years without being charged has asked the Magistrate in Pugoda as to why he was not being granted bail. When the Magistrate had remained silent, the suspect had said, “Why are you not granting bail only to me? The others who were arrested with me have all been granted bail.”
For speaking on behalf of Fonseka
The milk packet given to Ven. Sobitha Thero's Sunday school slashed
The afternoon milk packet given to the students of the Vijaya Sunday school has been stopped following a Presidential directive. The President has reportedly made the order as a mark of protest against comments made in favor of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka by chief incumbent of the Sri Nagavihara, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, who also manages the Sunday school.
A senior minister checks his horoscope after hearing the President's health condition
Soon after learning through media reports that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had traveled to the US for treatment for a serious health condition, a senior SLFP minister has met a well known astrologer to get a forecast for his horoscope.
Controversy in preparing the Wattala nominations list:
Provincial Councilor Nimal Lansa opposes decisions made by Basil, Anura Yapa and Sarath Gunaratne
The delay in preparing the UPFA nominationslist for the Wattala electorate due to various disagreements had come up at the selection committee meeting. It is learnt that names of illicit liquor brewers, bookies and those accused of murder have been removed from the initial list presented by Wattala organizer Neil Rupasinghe according to a directive by the Gampaha District Leader, Minister Basil Rajapaksa.