Security forces obstruct demonstration in Kilinochchi
Organizers detained; No permission to protest
A demonstration organized by 'Api Sri Lankikayo' (We are Sri Lankans) today at 11 am (June 23) in Kilinochchi has been obstructed by security forces. There is a large military contingency placed at the venue and those who had arrived for the demonstration have been asked to leave Kilinochchi.
President reprimands Thilanga over story published in the Lakbima newspaper
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has publicly reprimanded Colombo District parliamentarian Thilanga Sumathipala over a story published in the Lakbima newspaper about the arsenic issue, which the government is trying to make out to be a national controversy.
500 days since Fonseka’s arrest
Religious observances held island wide
Religious ceremonies were held in several locations in the country to invoke blessings on former Army Commander and Common Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka yesterday (22) to mark 500 days since his arrest by the Rajapaksa administration.
Soldiers in the Channel 4 video footage have been identified
Contrary to the statement made by Military Spokesperson Major General Ubhaya Medawela denying the story published in our website that the soldiers in the controversial Channel 4 video footage have been identified, we reiterate that the facts reported in the story are correct.
The registration of Tamil civilians by the Army in Jaffna continues in the Valigamam and Vadamarachchi areas although the Commanding Officer for Jaffna, Major General Mahinda Haturusinghe has said the registration of civilians has been stopped.
Cricket officials involved in corruption blame each other
The Sri Lanka Cricket officials who were unable to respond to questions posed by the media while trying to justify the construction of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota and the request for Rs. 200 million as bail out from the government, ended up blaming each other.
GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO TAKE COGNIZANCE OF HEIGHTENING INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE IN PROMOTING NATIONAL RECONCILIATION
The recent video clip released by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom titled "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" alleges video evidence of civilian casualties and battlefield executions during the final phase of the military conflict which came to a conclusion in 2009. The Sri Lankan government has argued that this material has been fabricated, as indeed it claimed when a previous video was released. The government position is that during the final phase of the war which it deemed to be a humanitarian operation, it followed a policy of zero tolerance for civilian casualties.
A millionaire business friend of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando, Majula Narayana has earned massive profits by importing low quality coconut oil from Malaysia with Board of Investment (BoI) approval, a senior official from the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) told Lanka News Web.
The importation of inferior quality oil by the CPC
Vehicle owners face difficulties
Vehicle owners are faced with a severe problem due to the importation of low quality fuel by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) management, a senior official at the Petroleum Ministry told Lanka News Web.
Power and Energy Minister and Secretary clash over rural electrification programme
The clash between Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and the Minstry Secretary Ferdinando over the Ministry’s rural electrification programme aimed at providing 100% electricity supply to the rural areas has placed the deputy general managers in-charge of the programme in a difficult spot.
Sri Lanka Cricket bankruptcy was due to the construction of the Hambantota cricket stadium – Interim Committee Secretary Nishantha Ranatunge implies
Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee Secretary Nishantha Ranatunge had told a weekend newspaper that the board had constructed the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota spending a large amount of money following advice from the government and the promise that the state would meet the additional costs.
Election of a Muslim national as the Chief Minister of the East would cause problems – Presidential representative Arun Thambimuttu
One of the President’s henchmen have reportedly told the Indian government delegation that visited the country recently that it would be dangerous to devolve police and land powers to the provinces, as it could much problems if a Muslim is elected in the future as the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province.
Commercial Manager of Rupavahini
Employed by Yoshitha’s sports channel
Commercial Manager of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Prasanna Jayasundera has been employed as the Commercial Director of the President’s second son, Navy Sub Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa’s Carlton Sports Network (CSN).
Sarath raises his voice against the Rajapaksas in Ampara
Disgruntled over the current administration and the arbitrary actions of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Digamadulla District parliamentarian Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera has said he would make an important decision soon.
Why did the special Indian government delegation not meet with the Opposition Leader? – Political circles discuss
Doubts have been cast as to why the members of the Indian government who visited the country recently did not meet with Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe when they even met with representatives from the Tamil National Alliance, a senior UNP parliamentarian said.
“Keeping quiet because of the diplomatic appointment” – former IGP Dr. Mahinda Balasuriya
Former IGP Dr. Mahinda Balasuirya has said that he has decided to keep quiet without speaking about his early retirement due to the Katunayake attack although he could have remained in the post for two years because he would lose the diplomatic posting promised to him if he made any comments about the matter.
The Alaveddi meeting was attacked without knowing that MPs were there
– officers who carried out the attack say
The Army personnel who were involved in the attack on a meeting in Alaveddi has told the police that they had followed orders issued by the Jaffna Commander Major General Mahinda Haturusinghe who had said that no Tamil should be allowed to raise their heads in the North.
The attack on TNA MPs
Gota, Mahinda and the police give different explanations
The police have told courts that no information has been received about the group of persons involved in the attack on a meeting organized by the TNA MPs in Alaveddi in Jaffna and that the attackers therefore have not been identified.
Sri Lanka sending conflicting signals to investors says IMF
The International Monitory Fund (IMF) says that “some potentially conflicting signals” sent by the Sri Lanka government over the role of the private sector in economic development may deter further investment in the post-war development of the island.
Defence attaches in foreign missions face difficulties trying to justify the Channel 4 charges
The defence attaches in Sri Lankan missions overseas are facing great difficulties trying to justify the killings shown in the Channel 4 video after the government had stated that the footage had been filmed in India.