The government that is at the center of a controversy
over the petrol impurity crisis has volunteered to
compensate owners whose vehicles have been affected due
Petroleum minister Susil Premajayantha yesterday
confirmed that the government is willing to make
compensation for those affected by the crisis.
Minister Premajayantha said the government is willing to
make compensation for those affected by the petrol
“People whose vehicles were affected by this can make a
complaint to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. If our
teams of mechanics find that the ..
Floating book fair
At the opening
ceremony of Logos Hope book fair in
Galle on board the ship: (L-R) Master of
Logos Hope, Capt. Pat Tracy; Governor
Southern Province, Ms. Kumari Balasuriya
and Shan Wijeyalal de Silva, Chief
Minister of Southern Province
Resolution on PSC
in parliament this week
The government is expected to place before
parliament its resolution to set up a Parliamentary
Select Committee (PSC) to find a political solution
national question on Tuesday (5).
The proposal would formally be presented to
parliament by Leader of the House and minister of
irrigation and water resource management Nimal
Siripala de Silva.
The preamble of the draft is titled ‘National
Integration and Reconciliation’ and calls for a
solution through the PSC to the protracted national
According to highly placed government sources the
PSC that will have a quasi judicial power will comprise
31 members, with the United Peoples ...
Moon, RW to watch
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon would
possibly watch the controversial Channel 4 video before
the planned meeting with Sri Lanka’s opposition leader
Ranil Wickremesinghe, Inner City Press reported.
“We have actually shared the video with the Secretary
General. When he has time, we expect that he’ll see it,”
acting deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told Inner City
General Secretary of the United National Party, Tissa
Attanayake, said that Wickremasinghe already met with US
State Department officials, but was unable to confirm
the meeting with UN Secretary General.
SLFP office in
Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s Jaffna branch office
will be opened this afternoon at Kovil Street with
the participation of Ministers Basil Rajapaksa,
Dullas Alahapperuma and several other
All arrangements regarding the opening of the SLFP
branch have been undertaken by the branch President
After the opening of the SLFP branch, the ministers
and other SLFP parliamentarians were expected to
stay back in the peninsula and engage in election
campaign in view of the forthcoming local polls
scheduled to be held on July 23.
Govt. willing to pay blood money
The government has expressed willingness to pay
the blood money to secure the release of Rizana
Nafeek the Sri Lankan housemaid who stands condemned
The Saudi court condemned Rizana to death for
allegedly causing the death of a four-month-old baby
who was under her care during her tenure as
housemaid in a Saudi household, cabinet spokesman
Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said during the weekly
Cabinet press briefing.
He said the Saudi Monarch, King Saudi temporarily
suspended the death penalty on Rizana following an
appeal by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Several other human rights organizations, too,
appealed to the Saudi king to release the accused.
Call to ratify
The Asian African Legal Consultative Organisation
(AALCO) yesterday called upon countries that have
not so far ratified the Rome Statute, to ratify and
accede to the international convention that binds
them to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The call was made during the 50th session of the
AALCO, held in Sri Lanka from June 27 to July 1.
A report published after conclusion of the sessions
also called upon the countries that had already
ratified the Rome Statute to become party to the
Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the
Injunction order on new
Kamkaru Sevana board
An injunction restraining the new members of the
board of Kamkaru Sevana from participating at any
meeting was served on Friday (1).
The new members of the board were registered as the
new board members after the new board was
constituted in April this year.
The incident took place when the new board headed by
Kingsley Perera was holding its meeting at the
Kamkaru Sevena Ratmalana centre on Friday.
The injunction had been obtained by former members
of the board Vijaya Vidyasagara, Rajah Alahakoon,
and C. P. Vijayahewa.
Maid planned to
exploit Strauss-Kahn for money: Report
New York In a secretly recorded phone
conversation, the New York hotel maid who had
accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault,
can be heard telling her boyfriend in a Arizona
about her plan to get money from the former IMF
IDPs in North: UNHCR official
Over 200,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
remain in the northern parts of the country,
Associate Protection Officer at the UNHCR, Elena
Ferretti said. The numbers were released during a
lecture held at the American Centre on June 27
(Wednesday) in commemoration with World Refugees
This is my Nation
Coming weeks crucial for both govt.,
By making hasty decisions to exit from the PSC - more in
the form of a knee jerk reaction rather than after
carefully evaluating the implications - the opposition
would only be aiding and abetting the government if it
does indeed have any inclination to bulldoze its own
proposals through the PSC.
The opposition cannot ignore the fact that India in
particular would observe the PSC with interest and will
have ways and means of making its intentions clear. The
government is certainly aware of this and would take
care not to antagonise its giant neighbour
The weekly political review
President ready to
President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on the developed world last week
to uphold the interests of the developing world as far as their
economies are concerned.
He made theses observations inaugurating the annual sessions of the 50th
Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation held in Colombo last
A Silver Lining in the International Economy
In as far as the trade balance is concerned the
advantage of decreased import expenditure would be more
advantageous than the fall in export earnings. The
decrease in the oil price could be of much benefit to
the country. The recovery of the international economy
that was somewhat sluggish prior to the reduction in oil
prices and was expected to rise by only 1 percent may
UK’s new bribery law
Bribery is a modern-day scourge on international trade.
At a time when so many people are struggling through an
economic downturn, bribery is a very real disease
threatening our prosperity. It poses a serious challenge
to the development of economies and contributes to
market failure. It distorts competition, damages free
enterprise and blights business. It stifles talent and
innovation and kills entrepreneurship. In many cases, it
is the poorest in society who are hit the hardest.
A time-frame is
answer to `time buying’ charge
PSC process – Chance
too precious to miss
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had told the Newspaper
Editors and the heads of Media Institutions at his
monthly breakfast meeting with them last week that a
Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) would be appointed
to work out a solution to the North-East problem adding
that he was prepared to implement whatever solution to
be presented by it.
Goodness and ugliness of
Among the subjects of intense debate in the national and
international political arenas today is the right or the
propriety of a country or a group of countries to
interfere in the internal affairs of another country.
This subject has come to the fore because of the
increasing tendency for countries to show interest in
what goes on in other countries – neighbouring or
otherwise - in the global community.
Greece can bring down euro dream
It’s age old wisdom to live within one’s means. From the
average family to a complex economy of a nation this
truism still stands and when breached the consequences
can be assured to be devastating. As witnessed these
days, Greece has been attempting to rectify its debt
crisis with a painful austerity package that has caused
popular uprisings across the country.
Is PSC the only way out?
The stage is now set to appoint a Parliamentary
Select Committee (PSC) to find a political solution
to the national question.
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Both teams on par at Lord’s
LONDON, Saturday: It was payback time for Sri Lanka at
Headingley where they fashioned out a resounding 69-run
win over England to draw level 1-all in the five-match
one-day international series and set up a blockbluster
game at the Mecca of cricket - Lord’s tomorrow (Sunday)
where the third match will be played. Another packed
house is expected following Sri Lanka’s win.
The first ODI played under overcast conditions and with
frequent interruptions to rain did not suit Sri Lanka’s
style of cricket at the Oval and they succumbed to a
110-run defeat under the Duckworth and Lewis method.
Kandy set for the fifth win
The formidable Kandy Sports Club will go all out to keep
their unbeaten record intact by overcoming Sri Lanka Air
Force in their inter-club “A” division first round
league rugby match at Nittawela Rugby Stadium today;
kickoff is set for 4.30 pm.
The star-studded Kandy Sports Club will have the edge
over the Airmen as they have a superior three-quarter
line. Fazil Marija the playmaker of the side, a hard ...
ICC makes government wake up to
The Sri Lanka government has finally woken up to reality
and has called for elections to Sri Lanka Cricket in
January. The government’s decision comes in the wake of
the ICC (International Cricket Council), the world
governing body for cricket taking a decision at their
annual conference held in Hong Kong “to suspend a member
country in the event of government interferences in the
running of a national cricket board”.
‘I want to be the best
all-rounder in the world’
Captaincy thoughts far away from
LEEDS, Saturday - Captaincy is something that is quite
far away from the mind of Angelo Mathews. Although his
name has been touted around as a future candidate to
lead his country, Mathews at 24 sees it all differently.
He is barely three years into international cricket
since making his One-Day International debut against
Zimbabwe in 2008 and his immediate focus is to become
the best all-rounder in the world.
The dirty underworld of
We continue to hear of reports of bribery and corruption
in Fifa. Why should it be immune? And like I always say,
where there’s smoke there’s fire. We have Mr Jack Warner
who’s being supported at home, but who resigned from
Fifa, which means we will in all likelihood never find
out the real truth … just like President Sepp Blatter
CR’s Zulker and
Ashean say: Foreigners bring back old sparkle
The advent of foreigners to the ‘A’ Division rugby
scenario is bound to bring the old sparkle back to the
sport because it will bring in the crowds once again,
according to CR & FC’s Zulker Hamid and Ashean
“When the foreigners were there in 2004 the crowds
swelled up more than now. That was good for every team.
It not only dished out enjoyable, fierce and competitive
rugby, it also enthralled the spectators,” says Zulker,
a sentiment which his colleague Ashean is quick to
LG polls in north just three
Voters will walk into polling booths around the country
to cast their votes to elect representatives for 64
Local Government bodies in just over three weeks. Part
of the importance of the election lies on the fact that
some areas – where civil administration had come to a
grinding halt due to thirty years of bloody conflict –
are seeing democratic processes being practiced after a
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