MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS BRIEFS DIPLOMATIC COMMUNITY ON DARUSMAN REPORT
The Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris addressed the Colombo-based diplomatic corps at the Ministry of External Affairs in Colombo today to convey the response of the Government of Sri Lanka on the substantive aspects of the Darusman Report. The Minister stated that the Government of Sri Lanka was no longer constrained to comment substantively as the Report is now in the public domain.
Cabinet Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya has invested Rs. 30 million in a fixed deposit with the People's Leasing Company (PLC) this morning, sources from Temple Trees said. Sources said the Minister had received the monies from a contractor.
Security and justice units of the US government to question the Defence Secretary
The US Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are to question Defence Secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who is currently visiting the US, diplomatic sources told Lanka News Web.
MULTI-PARTISAN APPROACH TO ADDRESS UN PANEL REPORT IS DESIRABLE
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has released to the public the report of the Expert Panel he appointed to advise him on human rights issues in relation to the last phase of Sri Lanka's war. The panel of experts has called on the UN Secretary General to immediately set up an independent international mechanism to investigate credible allegations that both the Sri Lankan government and LTTE committed serious human rights violations, including some that could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, in the months before the decades old civil war ended in 2009.
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) that claims to have earned a massive revenue last year is planning on sending 5,000 of tits employees on a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS). The Ports Authority officials have spread the word around saying those who wish to take up the VRS will be paid compensation up to Rs. 20 lakhs.
A section of the Alan Methiniya Road in Kirulapona that is used to gain access to Kekunagaha Watte has been barb wired and acquired by the Alan Methiniyarama. The Alan Methiniya Road has been used to gain access to the estate that is over 100 years old.
UPFA Provincial Councilor in the Mawanella Pradeshiya Sabha P.D. Piyatissa has said that Senior Minister Athauda Seneviratne had taken Rs. 20 lakhs from him promising him the candidacy to contest the local government elections. He has made this comment at a meeting held at the Southerlink Hotel in Mawanella.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is paying special attention to see if the statement due to be made by former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka in connection with the White Flag case on May 4 would confirm allegations leveled against the country by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's panel of experts, a senior government minister said.
A Tamil woman, Kristi Maria Suluchana, who was injured during fighting between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers, holds her daughter at a temporary refugee camp in the country's north in 2009. Photo: REUTERS/Nir Elias
Two years ago, a war without witness was executed by the state against the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka.
In September 2008, after ordering all United Nations personnel, non-government organisations and media out of the Vanni region, the Sri Lankan government embarked on a vicious military campaign.
Ranil appoints another committee to study Moon's report
A committee headed by former senior civil servant Bradman Weerakoon has been appointed to study in depth, analyze and report their observations to the UNP on the report by the panel of experts appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Secret discussions between the President and Wijedasa
UNP parliamentarian President's Counsel Wijedasa Rajapakse had met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently and had discussed at length about the legitimacy of the report by the panel of experts appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sri Lanka and the action to be taken against it.
LankaeNews journalist Shantha remanded till the 28th over contempt of court charges
Pugoda Magistrate Kumari Abeyratne has ordered that LankaeNews journalist Shantha Wijesuriya, who was arrested on the 25th by the Kirindiwela Police over contempt of court charges, be remanded till the 28th.
Protest against appointing Chandrasena as Chief Executive of Mobitel
The SLFP trade unions have raised objections to the decision by the administration to appoint Kapila Chandrasena as the Chief Executive of the Mobitel Company, which is a subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom.
“War crimes charges have been leveled due to the carelessness of our people”
- Major General Prasanna Silva
The Defence Attache of the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK, Major General Prasanna Silva says that the country was facing war crimes charges at an international level due to the shortcoming of some people who operated the war and that such allegations would never have come up had the war being carried out in the manner he steered his battalion.
Lotteries Board advertising only through Willie's Thineth
The administration of the National Lotteries Board has been taken entirely under the Thineth advertising agency. The company is owned by Secretary of the State Resources and Enterprise Development Ministry, Willie Gamage.
The Australian Tamil Congress is calling on the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to openly call for an independent international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, after a report on the issue submitted to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki Moon by a UN Expert Advisory Panel was officially released today.
TGTE is urging Ban Ki-Moon to take the next important step
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) applauds UN Secretary
General's decision to release the report on Sri Lanka, despite intimidation
by the Sri Lankan government. Sri Lankan government should know that their
days are numbered before they are hauled before the International Criminal
Court. TGTE will not rest until that happen.
Defence Secretary in Los Angeles
Story about going to Uzbekistan is a lie
A Defence Ministry official said the story about Defence Secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa going to Uzbekistan published in a website is a lie and that the Defence Secretary is currently in Los Angeles in the US.