Harassed and threatened, news website’s journalists no long able to work normally
Reporters Without Borders reiterates its support for LankaeNews, a Colombo-based online newspaper that has made a major contribution to media pluralism and independently reported news and information in Sri Lanka, and for its journalists, who are unable to work normally because of the many threats and attacks against them.
There are increasing signs that Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksha is planning to abandon his close friend, the Libyan dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi as the NATO takes over the commanding responsibility of attacks on Libya.
Ravi Karunanayake agrees to take over National Organizer post
UNP Colombo District Leader and head of the party’s international affairs, Ravi Karunanayake has informed party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that he was ready to accept the post of National Organizer of the UNP, a senior official from the party headquarters, Sirikotha said. The agreement had been reached following a telephone conversation between Karunanayake and Wickremesinghe last night.
A head of a private security firm has organized a weekly “Model Show” for a limited number of persons at the Jaic Hilton with the aim of satisfying ministers and senior government officials. The VIPs who attend the show are provided with liquor and food of the highest quality and are also provided with the opportunity to pick any of the beautiful models to satisfy their carnal desires after the conclusion of the show, reliable sources said.
Fuel supply suspended to Yugadhanavi
In order to benefit Harry’s power stations
The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has suspended the supply of fuel to the Yugadhanavi power plant due to pressure from the CPC Chairman and millionaire businessman Harry Jayawardena, a senior official of the Power and Energy Ministry said.
An accused in Bala’s assassination case
Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s relative given an executive post at the SLPA
A respondent in a murder case has been promoted from a non executive post to an executive post at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s relative Ananda Kumara has been promoted from the post of assistant security officer at the SLPA to the post of security superintendent.
Defence Secretary rejects extension of service given to the IGP
A request made by IGP Dr. Mahinda Balasuriya for an extension of his service for another year from Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been turned down by the Defence Secretary, sources from the Police Headquarters said. Balasuriya is due to retire in a few weeks.
30 dengue deaths in three months
BTI still in stores
While 2,546 persons have been infected by dengue since January this year, 50 deaths have been reported due to dengue. In such a backdrop, the government has failed to take any measure to eradicate dengue.
The Veyangoda arms storage facility will not be removed – Basil
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said that he was not prepared to move the explosives store of the Sri Lanka Army and the long range arms storage facility situated in the premises of the Veyangoda mill.
Disciplinary inquiry against Shiral Lakthileka for conspiring against the party leadership
The UNP leadership has decided to hold a disciplinary inquiry against the party’s organizer for the Kotte electorate, Attorney Shiral Lakthileka for allegedly conspir9ing against the party leadership and trying to create dissention within the party, sources from Sirikotha said.
Fishermen face difficulties following the sale of Kalpitiya islands
A group of fishermen have reportedly informed President Mahinda Rajapaksa in writing that following the sale of three islands including Vellai and Ippantivu in the Kalpitiya area in Puttalam, has posed a problem for their fishing activities, it is learnt.
After showing cricket matches to the Airport Chairman
Aravinda takes over contract at the Airport
Head of the Sri Lanka Cricket selection committee Aravinda Silva has managed to secure the contract of expanding the Katunayake Airport to the company he poses as the local agent after providing special privileges to the Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services, Colonel Prasanna Wickremasuriya and his friends to watch the World Cup Cricket matches being played in the country, it is learnt.
After spending 408 days in jail
Fonseka’s private secretary granted bail
The Appeal Court today granted bail to Sarath Fonseka’s private secretary Retired Captain Senaka Silva after being held in jail for 408 days. Silva was charged of receiving the services of Army soldiers for Sarath Fonseka after he had retired from active service and providing them with a monthly salary and lodging facilities and for making them anti-Rajapaksa.
Appointment of a National Organizer postponed
Imthiaz proposes Madduma Bandara's name
Ranil's representative Ravi does not attend the meeting
Shiral's disciplinary inquiry not taken up for discussion
Former Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar today proposed the name of UNP Moneragala District parliamentarian Ranjith Madduma Bandara to the post of National Organizer of the UNP when the Working Committee met today. The proposal was seconded by former deputy minister Chandra Gankanda. However, the UNP Leader had appointed a committee to look into the matter saying there was no necessity to hold an election to decide on the National Organizer post.
Gota rejects Karannagoda's request for special security in Japan
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has rejected a request made by Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, asking that he be provided with VIP security in Japan. Where he has assumed duties as the Sri Lankan ambassador and to assign his current security personnel to Japan.
The latest finding of the Divaina Defence columnist
A secret transaction between the heads of three unpatriotic websites
The heads of the three unpatriotic websites Sri Lanka Guardian, Lanka News Web and Lanka Enews have reportedly held a secret discussion in Washington in the US and have agreed to carry out the campaign against Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government in a different mode. The secret meeting between Nilantha Ilangamuwa, Chandima Vithanarachchi and Sandaruwan Senadheera had been facilitated by the US embassy in Sri Lanka and a female official from the US State Department affiliated to the Sri Lanka Guardian website. The respective female official had at one time worked for US intelligence service and her friendship with Nilantha Ilangamauwa from the Sri Lanka Guardian website had taken
School Rugby grading politicized:
President’s Thurstan College taken to the top after putting Science College to a lower grade
Science College that was in the “A” grade in school rugby has reportedly been put down to the “B” grade and on the insistence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his alma mater, Thurstan College has been upgraded to “A” grade in school rugby.