Def. Secy. hits back at Prof. Wijesuriya

Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence has sent a letter of demand claiming a sum of Rs 100 million from the Convener of the National Movement for a Just Society (NMJS) Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya for having tarnished his public image. When contacted by Ceylon Today, Prof. Wijesuriya stated that he had received a letter of demand last Friday from Hettiarachchi. Defence Secretary Hettiarachchi when contacted said in the recent past the Convener of NMJS had made several derogatory statements regarding him thus tarnishing his image in the eyes of the public. “He has claimed Read more...

‘Act aims to bring about speedy development’ – PM

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the development (special provisions) act will bring about accelerated development to the country. He made the remark yesterday (20) at the handover at Sugathadasa indoor stadium of land ownership deeds to 2,667 families in Colombo district. The government does not need to keep powers of the provincial councils, but this act will be implemented with the support of the PCs, he went onto say. The aims of the government are to bring about political stability within Read more...

Sri Lanka takes urgent measures to avert dengue epidemic

Sri Lanka is likely to face a dengue epidemic if the number of infected patients continues to rise, health ministry officials said on Wednesday. A total of 48,000 people have been infected with dengue so far this year, with 76 deaths reported, compared to the 30,000 infected last year with 54 deaths. The health ministry said that urgent preventive measures have already been put in place in order to avoid an epidemic. “The numbers are much higher this year. This is mainly due to the floods in June. Read more...

Rajapaksa’s allegations malicious and misleading – Govt

The government on Wednesday vehemently rejected as “malicious and misleading” the allegations made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the government is selling off the national assets. “The government vehemently rejects these allegations and it is unbecoming of a person who ruled this country twice to implement such a vicious circle to mislead the people,” the Finance Ministry said. The Hambanthota Port which failed to bring return on its huge investment will be converted in to a Read more...

Jayalalitha no more

One of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, J Jayalalitha, has died at 68. The chief minister of Tamil Nadu state suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 23:30 local time (18:00 GMT) on Monday, Chennai’s Apollo Hospital said. Thousands of her supporters had gathered to pray for her recovery. Extra police have been deployed in the southern state amid fears of unrest among her supporters. The former film star served as Tamil Nadu chief minister four times. She Read more...

Kumar Gunaratnam to be deported!

FSP leader Kumar Gunaratnam will be deported once he completes his one year imprisonment term on December 09, according to government sources. He is presently being held at Anuradhapura prison. To protest the government decision, FSP activists staged a sit-down protest in Kandy town yesterday (29). Gunaratnam returned to Sri Lanka after the present government came to power, but was arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned. Grant him citizenship At the demonstration, FSP central committee member Sujith Read more...

India turns bank Gnanasara Thera!

Bodu Bala Sena general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera returned home last night (26) after he was refused entry to India over a visa issue. According to reports, the double-entry visa he had been given by the Indian high commission here has apparently expired. He had recently been India and then gone to Nepal, and the issue surfaced after he tried to enter India again, to attend ‘Sanchi Mela’ Buddhist festival.  Read more...

Large sums of money at institutions were misused: MP Buddhika Pathirana

Statements were made in Parliament on Wednesday, November 23 regarding the confusion which has arisen when searching for individuals responsible for transactions which took place during the previous administration. UNP Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana said, with the politicisation which was prevalent during the previous regime, large sums of money at institutions were misused. “Since your ministry has failed to intervene and take the necessary legal action in this regard, those suspected to be Read more...

All Island Bus Operators’ Association to oppose fine hike

The All Island Bus Operators’ Association (AIBOA) asserts that it opposes the decision to increase Rs.25,000 hefty fine for several traffic violations. AIBOA president Stanley Fernando said a meeting would be held with several bus unions and trishaw unions in this regard this afternoon. However, The Chairman of the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association, Gemunu Wijeratne, said they had agreed to increase fines following a meeting held with Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and Ravi Karunanayake on Read more...

Traffic jam on Lotus Road due to protest march

The entry road to Galle Face has been closed for traffic from Lotus Roundabout due to a protest by a group of people affected by the Salawa armoury explosions. Severe traffic congestion was reported along Lotus Road in Colombo Fort due to the protest march, reporters said. The demonstration was organised by residents of the Salawa area who claim delays in the payment of compensation for their properties damaged by the fire at the ammunition depot in the area. The road has been blocked for traffic Read more...