8th September 2016

Seeman denies instigating attack on Sri Lankan envoy

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Naam Tamizhar Katchi founder Seeman has denied instigating the recent attack on the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ibrahim Sahib Ansar. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday told the Sri Lankan Parliament that the attack was carried out not by Sri Lankans but Indian-origin Tamils affiliated to the Naam Tamizhar Katchi. His comments come following news reports of five people being arrested in Malaysia for attacking the Sri Lankan High Commissioner around the visit of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.  While earlier media reports in Sri Lanka said the attackers were from pro-LTTE groups, the Prime Minister on Tuesday said they were supporters of a political group in South India. However, the leader of the fringe Tamil-nationalist party has denied the allegations.  “Mr. Wickremesinghe has […]

Lycamobile No 1 in the telecoms sector – Brand experience survey

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Lycamobile has been ranked as No 1 in the telecoms sector in a brand experience survey, coming above competitors Giffgaff, O2, Vodaphone and others. In addition to finishing first in the telecoms sector, Lycamobile were also No 2 in the overall rankings  just behind Singapore airlines beating IKEA, Virgine Artlantic, SKY and many other international companies. People’s direct experience of a brand has a significant impact on customer loyalty, according to the new Brand Experience Index from London-based experiential agency Rufus Leonard.  Among the brands included in the survey, Singapore Airlines (96), Lycamobile (94), and IKEA (91) have the highest Brand Experience Index (BXi) in their relative sectors, based on the BXi score of a maximum 140, with the average score being 80. Rufus Leonard developed the new […]

Death penalty for Duminda,four others on split decision

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By Chitra Weeraratne Two Judges out of the three High Court Judges, who comprised the trial-at-bar yesterday convicted former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva and four others of the conspiracy to murder and commit the murder of former Parliamentarian and presidential advisor, Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. Death penalty was imposed on the convicts for that crime. Eight out of the 13 accused who were indicted were discharged. The death penalty was imposed on Duminda Silva, Anura Thushara de Mel, Chaminda Ravi Jayanath, G. D. Sarath Bandara and Priyantha Janaka Bandara. The High Court Judges who convicted these accused and imposed death penalty were High Court Judges Padmini N. Ranawaka Goonetillake and M.C.B.S. Moraes.High Court Judge Shiran Guneratne (Chairman) acquitted all the accused on grounds of contradictory evidence. Deputy […]

Minister accuses ex-President Rajapaksa of not being consistent

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of not being consistent with his condemnation of violence directed at innocent persons. Addressing the media at the Government Information Department on Tuesday (Sept. 6), Minister Samarasinghe castigated the former President for seeking political mileage in the wake of an unprovoked attack on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia Ibrahim Sahib Ansar last Sunday (Sept.4). Samarasinghe said  the former President had remained silent when the then Foreign Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena assaulted Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK Dr Chris Nonis in New York in Sept. 2014 though he now called the Kuala Lumpur incident an attack on Sri Lanka. Anti-Rajapaksa activists pounced on Ansar […]

OF UN RESOLUTIONS, LOIN CLOTHS AND FAECES!

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What National Freedom Front Leader and former Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa is to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is, what the rectum and the faeces is to the loin cloth (Amuday)! Weerawansa who played the self-proclaimed role of Foreign Affairs spokesman of President Rajapaksa while in office, also made an absolute mockery of himself and the former President by touting international conspiracy theories and staging a fast unto death campaign outside the United Nations office at the time Moon arrived in Sri Lanka in May 2009. It was when Weerawansa was almost dying with the bravado of the starvation that the former President had to salvage his life by offering him king coconut water! Then there was also the cantankerous Mervyn Silva (buttressed with […]