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Police shaken by daring abduction of two cops and killing of one

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Madura Ranwala Two unarmed traffic constables attached to Kurunegala police station were abducted, while they were on duty, by unidentified armed men, who arrived in a white van in the early hours of yesterday at Barawedapola junction in the Kurunegala town and one of them was shot dead about two kilometres away near a jungle. The deceased had received two gun shot injuries to his back. He was lying fully naked on the ground. The abductors had stripped them naked. The other constable had survived by hanging on to the T-56 assault rifle that shot dead his fellow constable and pulling out its magazine. After killing the one constable, the abductors targeted the escaped constable who was at the time in the vehicle fully […]

India to grill Pakistan/Lankan terror suspect

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Intelligence officials from Andhra Pradesh are to interrogate Mohammed Zakir Hussain, a Sri Lankan arrested by the Tamil Nadu police days before recent terror attack in Chennai, The Hindu newspaper quoted Deputy police chief B. Prasada Rao as saying. They would elicit information if Hussain and his handlers had planned any attacks here, he said at a press conference replying to a question if the terror operatives behind Chennai attack had targeted Andhra Pradesh. Referring to Tamil Nadu DGP statement that the target of bomb planters could not have been Chennai, Rao said investigation was on to ascertain facts. “Investigation is inconclusive on this angle. We’re not yet sure if the terror suspects planted the bombs in the train at Bangalore, Chennai or somewhere in between […]

President had secret meeting with BBS!

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a secret meeting with Bodu Bala Sena representatives last night (23), say Temple Trees sources. This meeting had been arranged by defence ministry secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya. BBS general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera and theoretician Dr. Dilanthe Withanage had participated in this meeting at Temple Trees. Earlier in the day, as a BBS team that had called on the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter in Kandy in the morning was returning to Colombo, the president had telephoned them and invited them for a meeting as soon as possible. Accepting the invitation, they had gone to Temple Trees around 7.00 pm. At this meeting, the president had commended the BBS for its activities, and asked them to carry on doing what the defence […]

Minister Weerawansa’s public threats to quit UPFA laughed at

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

by Norman Palihawadane Wildlife Resources Conservation Minister Wijitha Wijayamuni Zoysa yesterday said that Housing, Construction, Engineering Services and Public Utilities Minister was blowing his own trumpet obviously referring to the latter’s public threat to pull out of the ruling alliance. The Wildlife Minister likened his ministerial colleague’s rhetoric to the din that emanates when a kottu roti was made in a wayside boutique. Simply by making a big noise National Freedom Front leader Weerawansa could not scare the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, he added. Kaduwela Mayor G.H.Buddhadasa, who had been at loggerheads with the NFF leader for sometime, also denounced Weerawansa’s behaviour. He said that the Minister was making a big noise about casinos and the international community thinking that he would become more popular, […]

Sri Lanka court grants bail to Buddhist monks

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Monks from nationalist Bodu Bala Sena or Buddhist Force accused of insulting the Quran appear in a Colombo court. Four of Sri Lanka’s hardline Buddhist monks appeared in court on Monday accused of insulting the Quran, in the first such case following a spate of religious hate attacks. Police accused the monks, from the nationalist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or Buddhist Force, of making disparaging remarks against the Islamic holy book after bursting into a meeting of religious leaders last month. At the meeting, the monks also intimidated a moderate colleague who was promoting religious tolerance on the Buddhist-majority Island, police said. “The four priests along with two laymen were summoned by court today and granted bail in the sum of 100,000 rupees ($770) each,” police […]

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court to hear case on Northern land acquisitions on August 7th

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka will hear six fundamental rights petitions filed by 160 petitioners challenging government’s occupation of their lands on August 7. The petitioners allege that Sri Lanka Army has unlawfully occupied 6,381 acres of land belonging to the residents of Valikamam North Division in the Jaffna peninsula. The petitioners in their application had claimed they were in occupation of their lands for the past 23 years and had to vacate their places of residence due to the conflict between the LTTE and the government. They have further noted that they were not informed in writing that their lands were to be acquired by the Army for the construction of Battalion Headquarters and that they had come to know only through posters […]

Report: Pakistan’s ISI Targeted U.S. and Israeli Consulates in India

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Pakistan’s intelligence agency (ISI) has a controversial history of assisting terrorists, including the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Now, the Times of India is reporting that Pakistan’s ISI has plans to conduct terror attacks on two foreign consulates in India, including the U.S. consulate in Chennai and the Israeli consulate in Bengaluru. Official sources say that a Sri Lankan national confessed Sunday that Pakistani high commission in Colombo reportedly hired him as part of ISI’s alleged plans to conduct reconnaissance on the two foreign consulates in India. Sakir Hussain, a suspected ISI operative, reportedly told officials that he was supposed to set up travel papers and safe houses for two men that the agency was sending from Maldives to Chennai. An unnamed Southeast Asian country tipped an Indian central security agency about […]

Indian airports put on high alert after Pakistan terror plot

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 The central intelligence agencies fear that Pakistan backed ISI  terrorists are trying to sneak into major cities in the South India. All major airports in South India have been put on high alert following an alert by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). In an alert, the BCAS has warned that the terror groups may attack an airport in the South India. International airports in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mangalore, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram have been put on high alert. The local police have been asked to increase the random checking of all vehicles and the passengers near the airports and the roads leading to these airports. The BCAS has warned all southern airports of potential car-bomb attacks. According to intelligence sources, the arrest and interrogation […]

Govt has made judicial service a ‘safe haven’ for political stooges

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The UNP today accused the government of “unabashedly” violating long established traditions of the system and making the judicial service a safe haven for political stooges and henchmen. As part of its plan to emasculate the country’s judiciary, the Rajapaksa government has deliberately made a “mockery” of important appointments in the judicial system, the party said in a statement. “The nearest example is the appointment of Priyantha Jayawardena as a Supreme Court judge above the heads of many eligible candidates, sending shockwaves across the entire judicial system of the country,” it said. The United National Party, however, said this was not the first time the present government acted in a “dubious and non-transparent manner” when it came to key appointments in the judiciary. “They unabashedly […]

Gota intervenes to secure Gnanasara’s release

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage yesterday granted bail to General Secretary of the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS), Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero and four other Buddhist monks after Defence Secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa intervened in the matter. Senior DIG Anura Senanayake who appeared for the police had not objected to granting bail to the monks. When news about the attempt to arrest Gnanasara Thero and the other BBS monks started to spread, the defence secretary had contacted the Chief Justice. The Chief Justice had informed the defence secretary that the matter was being carried out according to an understanding between the President and Gnanasara Thero. The defence secretary had denied the statement and had immediately contacted the President. The defence secretary had explained to the President that […]

Jaffna university to close on May 18

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Jaffna university is to close during the period when the Sri Lanka army celebrates five years since the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009. Students attached to the Jaffna university were informed today that the university will be closed from May 16 to May 21 but no reason was given. The university administration also informed students staying in the hostel to leave before May 16 and return on May 20, a day before academic activities resume. The Jaffna media said that the closing of the university was timed with the annual remembrance of what is now known as the “Mullivaikal massacre” where more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians were believed to have been killed during the final battle against the LTTE. The army […]

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