8th January 2017

Udayanga’s 16 bank accounts frozen: Total balance Rs. 225 million

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Colombo’s Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne has directed that the bank accounts in Sri Lanka of Udayanga Weeratunga, former Ambassador to Russia, be frozen. The move follows an application to Court made by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), which gave details of the account numbers and the balances remaining in each one of them. Mr. Weeratunga had 14 different accounts in the Commercial Bank and two in the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC). The total amount of US dollars remaining in these accounts, according to the FCID application, is US$ 1,579,340.66, i.e. US$ 1.5 million (about Rs. 222 million). The Sri Lanka rupee balance in all these accounts, the FCID has said, is Rs 3,042,072.75, i.e. Rs. 3 Million. The FCID application also […]

Whom Is Percy Mahinda Trying To fool?

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is going around the country blowing his horn that he is going to topple the National Unity Government reminiscent of a schoolboy on his big match day going about town screaming that he is going to win the match. Senior politicians with the aspirations of being held up as statesmen are expected to behave with gravitas and decorum and not behave like schoolboys. Opposition leaders who hope to lead the nation once again do not keep repeating at every street junction the threat of bringing down an incumbent government. They bring it down with decorum and in quietude. As a member of the opposition he has the right to call for a change of government and take appropriate action in democratic […]

FOREIGN MINISTER ON FIRST UK VISIT AFTER BREXIT

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will undertake an official visit to the United Kingdom on 9-14 January 2017. This is the first high-level visit from Sri Lanka to the UK, since the appointment of the new Government of Prime Minister Theresa May following the Brexit vote in July 2016. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the visit reflects the continuing dialogue between Sri Lanka and the UK since resetting bilateral ties in January 2015. Minister Samaraweera is scheduled to meet with the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson, and other key interlocutors. During the visit, the Minister will also meet with Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland to discuss Sri Lanka’s shared interests and cooperation as an active member of the organization.

Chennai Lawyers To Challenge Sri Lanka At UN

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Several high-profile lawyers and leaders of Law Societies are meeting in Chennai tomorrow to join a motion challenging the Sri Lankan government at the United Nations.  This motion will be filed with the UN Human Rights Committee stating that the 6th amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution is a violation of freedom of speech and conscience guaranteed in Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.   The motion was initiated by Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Justice K.P.Sivasubramaniam (Retd), Former Judge of the High Court of Madras, India and the self proclaimed Prime Minister of The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran.   The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka criminalizes the exercise of the Tamil’s right […]

My Friend, Mahinda?

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My Friend, Mahinda Today marks the 8th death anniversary of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge. Recently two telephone conversations between Wickrematunge and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa were leaked. The following are chronological extracts of editorials throughout the history of The Sunday Leader, wherein Wickrematunge personally addressed Rajapaksa.   May 3, 1997 When amidst the sweat and toil of the Industrial Revolution the members of Socialist International met in England in 1889 and declared May 1 a holiday of celebration for the workers of the world, they for the first time in the history of mankind flexed a collective muscle not just on behalf of themselves, but on behalf of all the oppressed peoples of the world. Oozing with goodwill and a […]

Authorities accused of attempting to stall Lasantha’s muder probe

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The authorities were today accused of attempting to stall investigations into the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga, eight years after his death. Attorney-at-Law Athula S. Ranagala, who has been appearing in the case, said that much progress was made in the fresh investigations launched after the new Government took office.  However he said investigations have now stalled and he urged the authorities not to pull back the progress made in the case. The eighth death anniversary of Lasantha Wickremetunga was commemorated at his graveside today in the presence of his family members, friends, politicians and others. Meanwhile, Lasantha’s brother Lal, in a statement read by his daughter Raisa as he is overseas, said that Sri Lanka is a better place to practice journalism now yet, the past […]

Minister Mano calls for permanent solution for the national crisis

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Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, Mano Ganesan, has sought Sri Lankan law makers to solve the national crisis through the new constitution without delay. Sending a letter to the leaders of the SLFP, UNP, JVP and Joint Opposition has requested that the problems of the Tamil people should be solved through the new constitution. He said the debate on the draft constitution has been postponed as the parties need more time to study it. He alleged the government intentionally prolong the solution and cheat the Tamil people. – See more at: http://athavaneng.com/?p=265541#sthash.tgDJM34Z.dpuf

2016 G.C.E. A/L exam: Best rankers in the island level

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J. Kanakasundaram of Skandavarodaya College, Chunnakam in Jaffna scored the first rank in the stream of Engineering Technology in the 2016 G.C.E Advanced Level Examination. P. Kurupareshan of Manipay Hindu College scored the second rank in Arts stream. 2016 A/L Best Results: Physical Science 1.    Amaya Darmasiri – Maliyadeva Girls’ College, Kurunegala 2.    Chathura Jayasanka – Richmond College, Galle 3.    Sawindu Dimal Thanuka – Royal College, Colombo Biology 1.    R.A. Nisal Punsara – Rahula College, Matara 2.    Roshane Akthar – Kinniya Madya Maha Vidyalaya 3.    Klerin Dilujan – Carmel Fatima College, Kalmunai Commerce 1.    Akalanka Rajapaksa – Ananda College, Colombo 2.    Vindula Perera – St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 3.    Nipuni Rupasinghe – Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Hingurakgoda Arts 1.    Indeevari Gawarammana – Girls’ High School, Kandy […]