Magistrate’s brother used to push the decision to arrest Bennet
Brother of the Kaduwela Magistrate, Jayaki de Alwis, Prasanna de Alwis had been used to push the move to arrest News Editor of LankaeNews website, Bennet Rupasinghe, a senior official from the Police headquarters told Lanka News Web.
Kumar Sangakkara is under political pressure to resign from the captaincy of the Sri Lanka Cricket team, reliable sources said. Sources said that he would therefore hand in his resignation to the Sports Minister.
IMF Executive Board Completes Sixth Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement for Sri Lanka and Approves US $218.3 Million Disbursement
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the sixth review of Sri Lanka's economic performance under a program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). The completion of the review enables the immediate disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 137.8 million (about US$ 218.3 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to an amount equivalent to SDR 1.10 billion (about US$ 1.75 billion ).
President to get Ranil’s support against report by Ban Ki-moon’s experts’ panel
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is looking at getting the support of Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to carry out a campaign among the people in the event the experts’ panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon makes any accusation against the government or the security forces, a senior government minister told Lanka News Web.
LLRC visits Buttala and Siyambalanduwa in Monaragala District
Sinhalese who were affected by the war also neglected
The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) visited Buttala and Siyambalanduwa on
March 26th, 2011 during their last outstation session. Around 50 oral submissions and a similar number of
written submissions were presented during the two sessions in this predominantly Sinhala area.
The neurosurgical hospital opened by the President was inaugurated two years ago
The neurosurgical hospital of the Colombo National Hospital situated in a new 10 storey building that was opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on March 31 had been opened one year ago and patients have been treated at the hospital, sources from the health sector said.
People in Sooriyawewa sent away to build a sports village
The government is all geared to acquire 5,000 acres of land being used by people and agriculture belonging to two grama niladhari divisions near the Sooriyawewa cricket stadium in order to build a sports village aimed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Seniors loyal to the President axed
Basil puts forwards a special group
Minister Basil Rajapaksa has launched a strategic plan of axing ministers and party activists loyal to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and bringing forward ministers, organizers and activists loyal to him in the Gampaha District, a senior minister from the Gampaha District told Lanka News Web.
He said that several senior ministers loyal to the President are disgruntled after being axed by Basil.
Thushara Jayaratne, who revealed that President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s eldest son and parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa had violated all rules when sitting for the Law College exam, is once again faced with death threats.
Doubts if the changes made to the Sri Lankan team at the finals was due to an Indian businessman
A former member of the Sri Lankan cricket team told Lanka News Web that there was a reasonable doubt if four changes that were made in the Sri Lankan team by the Cricket Selectors before the World Cup finals were done after taking a large amount of money from a millionaire businessman.
Sri Lankan team’s defeat stops the media campaign to uplift the President’s image
The massive media campaign planned by the state media and several private media loyal to the government had to uplift the images of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in the event the Sri Lankan cricket team won the World Cup finals had to be stopped following the team’s defeat.
Angered by the defeat of the Sri Lanka cricket team at the 2011 World Cup finals, the President had called several state media heads last night and had ordered them to commence a mud slinging campaign against the players and officials who were responsible for the defeat, an official from the Government Information Department told Lanka News Web.
Director General of the Media Center for National Security (MCNS), Lakshman Hulugalle has been appointed to the board of directors of one of the leading private banks in the country, Commercial Bank, as the government representative.
The editor of Lanka E News Bennet Rupasinghe was arrested by the police on March 31, 2011 and denied bail till his next court appearance on April 8, 2011. This website has been under severe attack for over a year. The arrest of the editor follows an arson attack against the office of the website that destroyed its equipment in January this year. One of its reporters, Prageeth Eknaligoda has been missing for over one year now with the police completely failing to make any progress in the matter.
Appointment of UNP’s National Organizer delayed till the 6th
The UNP’s Consultative Committee has decided on the 1st to delay the appointment of the party’s new National Organizer till the 6th. The Consultative Committee is to hold a special meeting that day to decide only on the post and the Working Committee is scheduled to meet that evening, sources from Sirikotha said.
Secret discussions between Magistrate and Police the day before Bennet’s arrest
Kaduwela Magistrate Jayaki de Alwis had agreed to the arrest of LankaeNews News Editor Bennet Rupasinghe the day before his arrest, on March 30th, a senior official from the Attorney General’s Department told Lanka News Web.
MP Sri Ranga’s accident
Attempt to place the blame on the dead Sergeant
There is an attempt to place the blame of the accident involving MP Sri Ranga in Vavauniya on the parliamentarian’s dead security officer, sources from the Police Headquarters said. Sri Ranga was elected to parliament from the UNP and later joined the government after supporting the 18th Amendment.
Ravi to be given UNP National Organizer post
Madduma Bandara to get a senior post
The UNP Leader has decided to propose the name of Ravi Karunanayake to the post of National Organizer and Ranjith Madduma Bandara to another senior post when the Advisory Committee meets next week, sources from Sirikotha said.
The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission LLRC) visited Ampara on March 25 as a part
of their last outstation session. The Commission also visited Buttala, Siyambalanduwa and Kalmunei
in the following days. Immediately after their return it was announced that the LLRC had stopped
public sittings and will focus on preparing the final report which is to be handed over to the president
by May 15th, 2011.