Military heads of key countries are not attending the confab on the war experiences of the Sri Lanka military
The military heads of the main countries will not be participating in the conference on “Defeating terrorism: the Sri Lankan experience” that is to be held at the Galadari Hotel from May 31 till June 2, Army Commander Lt. General Jagath Jayasuriya said.
Dr. Ranjith Bandara to rally the support of professionals to promote Basil Rajapaksa to the Premiership
An operation has commenced get professionals to request President Mahinda Rajapaksa to appoint Minister Basil Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister. The operation is headed by Dr. Ranjith Bandara of the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.
The attack on Matara District judge by army soldiers confirms war crimes charges – former President of the Bar Association
Former President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), Vagarachchige Dayaratne has said the attempt by the government to hide the incident where a group of soldiers assaulted the Matara District Judge Lalith Kumara confirmed the war crimes charges leveled against heads of the government and the military.
Military training : Children in tears with n food, toilets or work
The new entrants to universities who have been forced to follow a military training at military camps had nothing but to listen to President Mahinda Rajapaksa's speech on the first day of the so called training.
Lawyers for Democracy Urges Independent Verification of Facts contained in UN Report on Sri Lanka; Asks for Professional Responses
The war in the North and East has come to an end. Due to the blanket censorship on conflict related news, local and international media did not have the freedom to cover the conflict. Consequently,the public only received one sided information and in general, the public was kept in the dark. In the absence of independent access for journalists, the sources of information were the military and the LTTE, both of whom were obviously biased.
SEVERAL ACTION LEADERS INCLUDING UFL ASSISTANT SECRETARY AMARASINGHE WERE ARRESTED BUT RELEASED
Trade unions yesterday who organised the protest day against the bogus pension scheme said they would be holding a joint front against the controversial pension scheme proposed by the government for private sector employees in action pro grammes.
Colombo action opposite Fort railway station was led by JTUA leaders Linus, Amarapala, Lankapeli, Saman, Ranjith and Anton Marcus. The Joint Trade Union Alliance (JTUA) said even though a date for trade union strike action had not been decided on as yet, they would be taking severe action when the Employees’ Benefit Pension Fund (EBPF) Bill was to be taken up in parliament for debate.The Alliance that constitutes 26 trade unions from both the private and public sector said both sectors would be taking action simultaneously to defeat the bill. The Ceylon Bank
Former Basnayake Nilame of the Ratnapura Saman Devala and Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the Maldives, Dela Bandara is misusing his political powers to operate gem mines in Ratnapura, sources from the National Gem and Jewelery Authority (NGJA) said.
A group of policemen played a role in the shooting of Namal's secretary's house
Two police sergeants and two young men have been taken into custody on the suspicion of their alleged involvement in shooting at one of Namal Rajapaksa's coordinating secretary's, Moorthi Kodituwakku's house, sources from the Police Headquarters said.
Vague and Procedural Commitments:
Asian States Failed to Make the UN Human Rights Council Elections Meaningful
(20 May 2011, Geneva/Bangkok) - The United Nations General Assembly today elected 15 new member States to the Human Rights Council (Council), a 47-member intergovernmental body mandated to promote universal respect for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Seats to the Council are allotted by regional groupings, and today’s election saw the inclusion of 4 new Asian members to the Council, namely India (181 votes), Indonesia (184 votes), the Philippines (183 votes) and Kuwait (166 votes). Kuwait was the last-minute candidate State, replacing Syria which had deferred its bid for a seat amidst its deplorable human rights record as protesters in the country continue to face severe and violent repression.
Emergency should be lifted Immediately
Statement by Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Deputy Leader UNP
The government which came into power after the war victory had many opportunities to rehabilitate the image of the country and the nation. The government could have removed certain laws and regulations which were introduced to defeat terrorism militarily; in order to primarily create an environment where people belonging to all sections of society can lead their lives as true citizens, to enjoy democratic rights and initiate positive action to protect human rights.
Attack on Matara judge is perfect example of war crimes says former BASL president
The former president of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, senior lawyer W. Dayaratne says that the attack on the Matara district Court Judge by security forces is a perfect example that Sri Lanka forces committed war crimes in the north and east during the war against the LTTE.
Minister Chandrasena's lackeys
Destroy 400 acres belonging to the Madhu Church
A massive timber racket is currently taking place in a land extent of 400 acres surrounding the Madhu Church in Mannar with the knowledge of a senior official at the Defence Ministry. The timber racket is being carried out by a group of Minister S.M. Chandrasena's henchmen.
Military training to university students is a violation of their freedom conscience
University student is essentially a person who is expected to question authority and to look at things rationally and critically. Therefore Centre for Human rights (CHR) believes that the decision taken by the government to give 'leadership training' to university entrants in military installations and by predominantly military personnel is a violation of accepted norms.
Work at the crude oil refinery of the Ceylon Petroleum corporation (CPC) is gradually coming to a standstill. It is evident with the decline in the crude oil imported during the five year period between 2006 and 2010 and the increase in the importation of refined products.
The UN in its latest report released on May 16 has stated that the number of displaced persons in the North who have not yet been resettled and are living with their friends and relatives stood at 117,888.
SLFP Executive Committee to meet on June 23
Maithripala Sirisena to be removed from post of secretary
The all island central committee and the executive committee of the SLFP is to meet at Temple Trees on June 23 and Minister Maithripala Sirisena is to be removed from the post of party secretary and replaced by a Presidential relative, Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, Lanka news Web reliably learns.
When customers pay a visit
People's Merchant Bank Chairman under the table
Chairman of People'serchant Bank, Ajith Panditharatne has swindled money form a large number of depositors at the bank and has to now hide in his office when those customers visit him, sources from the bank said.
While Wimal travels to America
A half naked Sashi goes to worship at Dalada Maligawa
While Minister Wimal Weerawansa visited the US with his son, Weerawansa's wife, Sashi had gone to worship the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy dressed in an indecent manner, sources from the Presidential Secretariat said.