Don’t attend military training – JVP

SUNDAY, 22 MAY 2011 12:25
The JVP today requested the parents of students who have been selected to the universities not to send their children for military training which begins tomorrow. 

JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a news conference today that they request the parents not to send their children for the proposed military training. 

“Take a firm decision as there is no provision in the law for the higher education authorities take action against your children if they fail to attend the training sessions, “ Mr. Dissanayake told journalists today.

Three killed in Battuluoya

SUNDAY, 22 MAY 2011 11:22

Three persons were killed when two lorries collided head on in the Battuluoya area in the Puttalam- Chilaw main road this morning.

Two victims were the lorry drivers. One person is in a critical condition and receiving treatment at the Mundalama Hospital. The victims are residents of Wennappuwa and Dummalasuriya areas. 

The Mundalama police are investigating into the incident.

Courts suspends Lanka e News


The Pugoda Magistrate ordered to suspend the activities of Lanka e News website until court case against it is over. The Magistrate ordered the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to suspend the operations of the website temporarily.

Court made this direction when the case against Lanka e news journalist Shantha Wijesooriya who was arrested by the Kirindiwala police on April 25, 2011 for allegedly committing contempt of court by publising a news item, was taken up this morning. 

The Magistrate also ordered to further remand journalist  Wijesooriya until next hearing on, May 12, 2011.

Meanwhile, spokesman for Lankaenews website said that an appeal will be filed in the Court of Appeal against the Magistrate's order. 

Players to abide by SLC decision: Sanga

FRIDAY, 15 APRIL 2011 

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Thursday said that his national team-mates in the Indian Premier League will have to abide by the decision taken by their Cricket Board regarding returning home midway into the Twenty20 league for a tour of England.

"We have a tour of England happening by the en d of May. I think the Board (SLC) will start calling us back. I am not sure if it is going to be May 5 or not (for the return home)," Sangakkara, who captains Deccan Chargers IPL side, said.

"It is upto the BCCI and SLC to negotiate on this (date of return). We as players can do is to abide by the decision of our Board. I hope the players would be communicated after a decision is taken by the BCCI and SLC. We have to abide by that," he said at the post-match press conference after Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 33 runs.

Sangakkara described Thursday's win a team effort and said it was a relief that Deccan finally won at home in the IPL.

"It is great to win at home. It is relief and joy at last. It was a great team effort. Everybody contributed to the win. Chipli played a brilliant innings. Gony and Steyn bowled exactly according to the plan," he said.

Asked about his side breaking the jinx of losing all their IPL matches at home before today, Sangakkara said, "Win is a win and you have to keep on being positive. We did just that."

RCB captain Daniel Vettori blamed poor fielding and bowling performance for his side's loss. "We did not bowl and field well. We did not stop 15-20 runs while fielding. That is not unacceptable in Twenty20 cricket. We have some good fielders and we should have stopped 15-20 runs. We let them add these runs," he rued.

Engage in a process of accountability-US

FRIDAY, 15 April, 2011

The United States has said that it encourages the Sri Lankan Government to engage in a process of accountability with regard to the allegations of war crimes during the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE).

"We have encouraged the Sri Lankan Government to engage in a process of accountability and to also use this Panel of (UN) Experts and their expertise, obviously, to address some of the questions," the State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, told reporters at his daily news conference.

He was responding to question about the report that was commissioned by the UN about war crimes in the final stage of the conflict.

The report has been shown to the Government of Sri Lanka but still hasn''t been given to the public.
"I think that we believe that the Lessons Learnt commission and Reconciliation commission were good steps.
But we believe also that the UN Panel of Experts is a useful asset and should be taken advantage of by the government," Toner said. 

MR to visit Bangladesh

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will pay a five day state visit to Bangladesh from next Monday to Friday on the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. This is the first state visit of President Rajapaksa to that country.

Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were formally established in 1972 and the Sri Lankan High Commission in Dhaka was set up in 1979. In addition to the Mission in Dhaka there is an Honorary Consul functioning from Chittagong.

Sri Lanka’s Exports to Bangladesh have shown a healthy and steady growth during the past years. The total value of exports in 2010 stood at US$ 35.54mn registering a growth of 36% compared to the value in 2009.
Mihin Air has recently launched its service between the two countries. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have signed several Memorandums of Understanding, for Agricultural Research in the Fisheries Sector and for Export Promotion. 

Over 200 hospitalized

More than 200 people were admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo on the Sinhala-Tamil New Year’s eve with most of them being victims of road accidents and fire crackers, hospital sources said.