Trinco killing: 12 STF suspects remanded further

Published : 3:58 am  July 19, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  900 views  |  

The Trincomalee Magistrate yesterday ordered 12 police Special Task Force (STF) to be re-remanded till 5 August over their alleged involvement in the murder of five students in Trincomalee in 2006. The Magistrate re-remanded them when they were produced in court by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). The incident, referred to as the Trincomalee massacre, occurred when the five Tamil high school students playing by the beach were briefly detained and then shot dead. The incident drew a huge outcry among human rights groups calling on the Government to bring to justice those killed in the incident. The killing of the five students was also mentioned by non-governmental organisations at... 


20 transferred from Deraniyagala Police over killing of Estate Manager

Published : 3:57 am  July 19, 2013  |  Category: News  |  4 Comments  |  1,267 views  |  

Twenty Police officers attached to the Deraniyagala Police Station have been transferred with immediate effect over the murder of Nooriya Tea Estate Manager Nihal Perera, whilst authorities are looking for four more suspects. The Police have arrested 18 people including the former Chairman of Deraniyagala Pradeshiya Sabha Anil Champika Wijesinghe and the suspects have been remanded until 24 July. The superintendent of the tea estate, Nihal Perera, 71, was hacked to death on 5 July by a group of people who were reportedly against the measures taken by the Estate Manager to curtail corruption and wastage. The residents in the area have staged protests against the Police for not taking prompt action... 


President Rajapaksa discusses local grievances with Catholic clergy, politicians from Mannar

Published : 3:55 am  July 19, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  758 views  |  

A group of priests from the Diocese of Mannar, along with several local politicians from the region, met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. While thanking the President for all the development work that has taken place in the region, the clergy members expressed gratitude for the opportunity to meet the President in person and directly discuss local grievances. “We give a special thank you to you and your Government for all the work you have done,” said one of the priests from the Diocese. “After 30 years of war, we are enjoying peace in Mannar,” said another priest. President Rajapaksa said he values being able to learn about the latest ground realities... 


Down with the presidency – Ranil

Published : 12:05 am  July 18, 2013  |  Category: News  |  2 Comments  |  1,364 views  |  
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UNP Leader says party will support constitutional amendment to abolish presidential system immediately or push for early polls By Dharisha Bastians Making a resolute stand on the abolishment of the executive presidency, the Opposition Leader yesterday pledged to support a draft constitutional amendment to repeal the powers of the presidency with immediate effect after years of oscillating on the issue. “The system has to go,” United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said, during a panel discussion moderated by his Party’s National List Legislator Eran Wickremaratne on achieving “constitutional consensus” last night. “We will agitate for this constitutional reform, but if... 


Handunetti denies Arundika’s claim

Published : 12:03 am  July 18, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  299 views  |  

JVP MP Sunil Handunetti has said yesterday that he was willing testify in Court if he were summoned but stated that he would not respond to “crazy ramblings” of Parliamentarian Arundika Fernando. “I don’t understand how these people can talk crazy like this and then expect us to respond to them. I am ready to testify in Court if I am summoned,” he said. Handunetti was responding to claims made by UPFA Parliamentarian Arundika Fernando in court on Tuesday that it was the former who had told Fernando that missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda was residing in Belgium.  Read More →


Rs. 39 m Deyata Kirula fraud case to be referred to AG

Published : 12:03 am  July 18, 2013  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  882 views  |  

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda The statements given by two suspects before the Magistrate regarding a Rs. 39 million fraud at the Deyata Kirula exhibition site in Ampara are to be forwarded to the Attorney General for his advice, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed Court yesterday. When the case pertaining to the matter came up before Colombo Fort Acting Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage, the two suspects Kanthi Gunawardana, the former CEO of Deyata Kirula National Exhibition 2013, and Sarath Chandra Ekanayake, an owner of a construction company, were ordered to be further remanded till 31 July. The suspect Kanthi Gunawardana who also served as an Additional Secretary to the Ministry of... 


3,000 overstaying Sri Lankans return during Saudi amnesty

Published : 12:03 am  July 18, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  358 views  |  

The Foreign Employment Bureau says that 3,000 Sri Lankans have returned to the island during the amnesty period provided by the Saudi government for the overstaying foreigners. The Bureau further said that the Saudi king has extended the amnesty period up to 4 November or undocumented migrant workers in the Kingdom to correct their status and the Sri Lankans can return home without any hindrance during this period. The amnesty period was to end on 3 July earlier. Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau said that there has been a delay in issuing the temporary visa for overstaying foreigners to leave the country. About 14,000 overstaying Sri Lankans have registered at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh... 


Britain expects Lanka to allow all journalists access to cover Commonwealth summit

Published : 12:02 am  July 18, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  616 views  |  

The British government said it expects Sri Lanka to issue visas to all the accredited journalists to enter the country to cover the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo in November. In an interview with BBC Sinhala Service, the Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Alistair Burt said he has learned that some British journalists, especially the director of ‘No Fire Zone’ Callum McCrae, will not be allowed to visit the island, as indicated by the Sri Lankan Consul General in Australia Bandula Jayasekara. Burt said he expects the Sri Lankan Government to not only allow the British media personnel to enter the island but also allow them... 


SLMC to go solo at provincial polls

Published : 12:03 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  430 views  |  

  Invitation still open for all Muslim parties to contest under one banner at NPC poll: Hasen Ali As political parties prepare to enter the fray in the crucial Northern Provincial Council election, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress yesterday announced it would ‘go solo’ under the tree symbol in not just the north, but at all three provincial elections scheduled to be held in September. The SLMC, the country’s largest Muslim party, will not contest on the UPFA ticket at the North, North Western and Central Province polls, the party said in a statement yesterday. The decision was arrived at during a crucial meeting held at the Party Headquarters ‘Dharussalaam’ chaired by SLMC Chief... 


JVP MP Handunetti said Eknaligoda alive in Belgium: MP Arundika Fernando

Published : 12:02 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  928 views  |  

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda MP Arundika Fernando giving evidence in the case of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda before the Homagama Magistrates’ court yesterday said that JVP MP Sunil Handuneththi had told him that Ekneligoda was alive and was living in Belgium. He named Handuneththi after the lawyer who led evidence, Upul Kumarapperuma, asked Fernando to name the Opposition parliamentarian who he claimed in a newspaper had also informed Fernando that Eknaligoda was alive. “Since it’s in Court I will name him- he was Sunil Handuneththi,” he said. Giving evidence further MP Arundhika Fernando said his statement in Parliament regarding the existence of missing journalist Prageeth Ekanligoda... 


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