13th January 2018

We don’t want Basil’s leadership says Vasu

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Anuradha Herath New Left Front Leader and Member of Parliament Vasudeva Nanayakkara says that the result of this Local Government election will send a political shock enough to shatter the Government. Excerpts: What has happened to the earlier strength of the Joint Opposition (JO)? A: I don’t know what you used to measure it. I‘m asking about the journey you started making quite a big noise saying that the Government will be toppled and its fraud and corruption revealed? A: We have a complete programme in mind. That’s what we started at the Sugathadasa Stadium on 2 January. That is the programme on selling State assets, fraud and corruption. It was said that many will join the JO but has it happened? A: Nimal […]

TGTE Member refused entry – Mr Ratnabalam is on banned Tamil Diaspora list

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Leon Berenger A member of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) was refused entry into the country on Thursday (11), shortly after landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake, with his family, officials said yesterday (12). They said that 48-year-old Suresnath Ratnabalam had arrived on……a scheduled Etihaad flight from Abu Dhabi along with his wife and two children at 3:45 p.m. and were stopped by Immigration officials at passport control as he had been blacklisted. His family was, however, permitted entry but they had opted to stay with him.They are currently at the BIA transit lounge awaiting deportation, officials based at the airport added. According to officials, extensive efforts are currently underway by interested parties to cancel the deportation order and allow […]

Earl and Countess of Wessex to visit SL

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The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, will visit Sri Lanka from 31 January to 4 February 2018. They will represent the British monarchy at the 70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence on 4 February. Edward is the youngest child of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Earl and Countess will travel to Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka, celebrating the long-standing friendship between the two countries and shared interest in the Commonwealth, youth development and education. They will meet participants in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and young Sri Lankans selected as the monarchy’s Young Leaders, an initiative to recognise and celebrate exceptional young people across the Commonwealth and will also meet representatives of a […]

Rape of Swiss woman in N’eliya Suspect believed to have fled the area

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By Paneetha Ameresekere A week after the rape of an 18-year-old Swiss woman at knifepoint at ‘Single Tree,’ a lonely but scenic suburb of Nuwara Eliya on 4 January, the Police have still not been able to make a breakthrough, Senior Superintendent of Police – Nuwara Eliya, Mahinda Dissanayake said yesterday (11).”We suspect that the criminal has fled the area,” he said. “We have drawn a sketch of the suspect based on the evidence supplied by the victim. Consequently we have questioned several suspects and have also imposed roadblocks in an effort to apprehend the perpetrator of the crime, but all these actions have come to naught,” said Dissanayake.He further said that they were still awaiting the victim’s medical report from the doctor. “The victim […]

Mahinda will contest the next Presidential election.

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Can Mahinda be ejected from SLFP? By Faizer Shaheid There is nothing new in seeing dirty politics at play. The tactical ploys of those in power are somewhat a musical comedy to some and a rather frustrating melodrama to others, yet it continues. The latest saga once again concerns Mahinda Rajapaksa, the deposed President of Sri Lanka, who continues to be the face of the SLFP, no matter which party he contests from. Ever since Rajapaksa was defeated three years ago, the political bigwigs have been tailing his every move, pointing fingers at him no matter which direction they turn. The negative publicity was always negated by the disappointment of the people that the Government had to resort to the blame game instead of manning […]

Britisher’s death head injury or drug OD? Police awaiting Govt. Analyst’s report

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Paneetha Ameresekere The death of a British national, whose body was found in Maligawatte early this month, could be due to a drug overdose or due to his head being struck by a three wheeler, Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the Tourist Police, Prabath Withanage, said yesterday (10). “Anyway, it is an open verdict and investigations are continuing,” he said. Two persons have been arrested in connection with the death and the victim’s body parts have been sent to the Government Analyst’s Department for further investigations,” Withanage said. The victim, instead of taking his flight home, had taken a cab and had got himself dropped in the vicinity of Maligawatte where he had lodged in an inn. The victim had then made the acquaintance with one […]

Indo-Lanka accord is a sound framework, say experts

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Book on the accord signed 30 years ago released The Indo-Sri Lankan agreement drafted in 1987 is a sound framework that can be improved upon, say politicians and those who were involved closely with the political developments then. For speakers at the launch of Tamil book, Ore inaprachinaiyum or opandhamum on Friday, it was time to recall the incidents that led to the accord and the later developments, including the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the death of LTTE leader Prabhakaran. N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu Group, recalled that Panruti S. Ramachandran, then a Minister in M.G. Ramachandran’s Cabinet had explained Prabakaran’s position to Rajiv Gandhi and that the former would never compromise on anything less than a separate State for Tamils. “The gap could not […]