Namal pockets the gold commission
Rs. 250 million commission for 17 tons of gold
The government has sold 17 tons from the Treasury’s gold reserve to Sheikh Mohomad from Saudi Arabia. Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa had acted as the intermediary in the transaction where a kilo of gold had been purchased at Rs. 4,475,000.
A bad omen
Plant brought down from Japan for Sambuddha Jayanthi by Minister Wimal’s racketeer friend dies
The death of the Japanese plant brought down by one of Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s racketeer friend Japan Saman also known as Saman Priyankara and planted at the Dalada Maligawa for the 2,600the Sambuddha Jayanthi is bad a omen, a senior official at the Dalada Maligawa said.
The long-awaited meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan is slated for July. The question is what kind of a meeting it will be; what purpose will it serve other than to repeat the farce that has been going on since the resumption of the ‘paused’ Indo-Pak dialogue?
Stock of Pethadine hidden during the war to be destroyed due to expiration
The shortage of a painkiller called Pethadine that was essential for the soldiers who were fighting the war in the North was due to the inefficiency of the then Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, a senior Health Ministry official said.
Due to a threat on national security
Report by the Commission on weapons and military equipment procurements hidden
Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has misled the House by telling parliament that the President has decided to keep the report by the Presidential Commission that inquired into frauds and corruption committed in weapons and military procurements as a confidential document considering the possible threat on national security, a senior government minister said.
Here are the arms dealers whom Dinesh tried to conceal
Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday informed parliament that the Presidential Commission report on the corruption and frauds committed in procuring military equipment and weapons for the three armed forces could not be published. However, we are in possession of details of several armed forces chiefs who were found guilty by the Commission.
Every temple gets a three wheeler
To safeguard and propagate Buddhism
The government has decided to present every temple in the country with a three wheeler. The programme is to be carried out in several steps and as the first step, the government is to import 10,000 three wheelers and distribute them among temples.
Ishara Nanayakkara gets Duminda Silva to arrest his employees
Chief Executive of Commercial Leasing Company, Ishara Nanayakkara has got Colombo District parliamentarian Duminda Silva to get two minor employees in the company’s Kaduwela branch arrested by the Navagamuwa Police and remanded after presenting them before the Kaduwela Magistrate.
Clash between Wimal and Japan Saman
Engineering Corporation Chairman resigns
Minister Wimal Weerawansa and one of his main racketeer friends, Japan Saman also known as Priyankara are on a collision course resulting in Japan Saman’s lackey, the Chairman of the State Engineering Corporation, Ashu Marasinghe resigning from the post on May 31st, National Freedom Front (NFF) sources said.
Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka had decided to remove the Chairman and board of directors at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) following pressure from officials affiliated to the President when he commenced cracking down corruption amounting to millions of rupees that have taken place at the CEB and LECO, a senior member of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said.
Cricketers may lose lodging and transport facilities
Leading hotels and transport agents in the country have reportedly decided not to provide rooms and transport facilities to Sri Lanka Cricket on credit. A senior cricketer who had at one time represented the country said that Sri Lanka Cricket, which is faced with a severe financial crisis, would now be faced with a bigger crisis.
“I went near the JVP monks to get a ministerial post after getting assaulted by them and hospitalized” – MP Nishantha Mutuhettigama
Galle District parliamentarian Nishantha Mutuhettigama has told several of his colleagues at the governing party parliamentary group meeting that he had gone to speak to the JVP monks who marched to Temple Trees last week with the aim of instigating them and getting assaulted. He had said the President had asked him to get himself hospitalized after being slapped at least once.
Government plans religious ceremonies to invoke blessings on those killed by the JVP
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has asked governing party parliamentarians to organize island wide religious ceremonies and almsgivings to invoke blessings on the persons killed by the JVP during the 1988-89 period.
Showing photographs of crowds carrying iron bars
Duminda scores points with the President
Parliamentarian supervising the Defence Ministry, Duminda Silva has managed to score points with the President by showing photographs of his supporters carrying poles and clubs making their way to attack a JVP protest last week, a senior government minister told Lanka News Web.
By appearing for suspect army personnel
Army legal division violates military tradition
Army lawyers who do not appear for suspect army personnel in any case, had violated tradition by appearing for the army personnel accused of assaulting the Matara District judge creating a bad precedent, a senior army officer said.
After taking medicine prescribed by Dr. Eliyantha White
Lasith Malinga’s injury worsens
Cricket star band fast bowler Lasith Malinga has had to retire early from playing test cricket due to the worsening of his knee injury after taking medicine prescribed to him by quack Dr. Eliyantha White on a Presidential directive, a specialist doctor in sports medicine said.
Operation commences to clear Defence Secretary’s name
From the Katunayake police shooting incident
The information given to political gossip columnists in the weekly Sinhala newspaper and the state owned Observer newspaper by the Presidential Media Unit as part of the operation to clear Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa from being accused in the Katunayake police shooting incident, have been published with exaggerations by the respective media institutions.
From the underworld leaders who have fled the country
Keerthi from Divaina gets a patriotic award
Several well known Sri Lankan racketeers in Italy and several other underworld members who have fled the country have presented an aware to senior journalist at Divaina, Keethi Warnakulasuriya on the 28th.
‘Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’ at the UNHRC in Geneva
Remarks after the screening of the Channel 4 documentary were – one human rights worker said ‘How did we let this happen to these people’....’Is that man still in power’ said a junior diplomat.....’In my country we would have hanged him a long time ago’ said another.
State terror back off from messing up workers funeral
Sri Lanka Army on Saturday June 4 forced the kith and kin of Roshen Rathnasekara to allow them to shift the coffin to Roman Catholic Church, Minuwangoda, were the last rites were to be performed. They tightened security in and around the area of Galloluwa and transported the coffin around 8 am to the church themselves, in an unprecedented act of “protection”. Thousands of mourners ranging from factory hands, schoolchildren to friends, relatives and others flocked to the small church from early to pay their last respects as armed soldiers kept close watch. There were soldiers in every inch along the route from the main road.
SRI LANKAN seminar damp squib after countries pull out over human rights concerns
The Government of Sri Lanka's showpiece seminar "Defeating Terrorism, the Sri Lanka Experience" ended this weekend. Yet far from being the validation of the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL)'s tactics that the government had hoped, the event demonstrated how unacceptable the wider world finds the methods employed in Sri Lanka.