Tuesday, May 10, 2011

News Today (11-05-2011)


‘We will present the world with our achievements on bringing normalcy and peace to Sri Lanka,
bring to light the factual position about this country and thereby expose the falsity of the 
controversial Darusman Report, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.
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The Jaya Pirith Chanting ceremony with the participation of 3,000 members of the Maha Sangha was held at the
BMICH yesterday. The ceremony was organized by the Defence Ministry. Here President Mahinda Rajapaksa greeting
members of the Maha Sangha. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is also in the picture. Picture by Sudath Silva

Blessings invoked on President and country

The Jaya Pirith Chanting with the participation of 3,000 Buddhist monks representing all districts in the
country was held at the BMICH to invoke blessings on the President and the country for the fourth
time in succession. This pirith chanting ceremony is organized by the Defence Ministry.
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Mahanayaka Theras, President, PM to participate in State Vesak Festival

The State Vesak Festival and Sambuddhathva Jayanthi celebrations will be held on May 14 at Jaya
Sri Maha Bodhi Premises in Anuradhapura to mark the 2600th year of the Enlightenment of The Buddha.
The Mahanayaka Theras of Asgiri, Malwatte and Amarapura Chapters will officiate at the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi celebrations.     Full Story

People of Jaffna will be given all facilities - Minister Basil

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa promised all facilities to the people of Jaffna to lead their lives peacefully in their original plots of land and homes. He said this at the Mavadipuram Kandaswami Temple at a ceremony where nine Gramaniladhari Divisions in Valikamam North which were under the High Security Zone were handed over to the people by the Army on Monday,     Full Story

Monday, May 9, 2011

News Today (10-05-2011)

In terms of new UGC circular:


Three months’ notice, a must:
Dons holding administrative positions in universities cannot resign from such positions without
giving three months’ prior notice, according to a new circular issued by the University Grants
 Commission (UGC).       Full Story

Honorary title for PM : The Most Ven Agga Maha Panditha Theripehe Somananda Mahanayake Thera of the Udarata 
Amarapura Maha Nikaya hands over a sannasa bearing the Hela Bodu Janaranjana Kirthi Sri Vagishwara honorary
title on Prime Minister D M Jayaratne. Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwelle is also in the picture.

Buddhist awakening in country, says PM

‘There has been a great Buddhist awakening in the country as never seen before. President
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s leadership too has contributed towards creating this new thinking among
society, said Prime Minister D M Jayaratne.       Full Story

Sambuddhatva Jayanthi:

Seventy five pc off on temples’ water bills

The Water Supply and Drainage Ministry on a directive from Water Supply and Drainage Minister 
Dinesh Gunawardana has decided to slash water bills of every temple which has been supplied 
water by the Water Board by 75 percent, to mark the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi during May.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

News Today (09-05-2011)

Clashes erupt over wage demand:


Negotiations to bring back 15 jailed workers:
The two week long strike by over 1,500 Sri Lankan apparel workers in Jordan demanding higher
wages, is close to an amicable settlement as the majority of the protesting employees have
expressed their willingness to resume work, authorities said yesterday.

Pleasant surprise : President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa yesterday visited the
Victoria Home for the Disabled in Rajagiriya. Here the President presents a gift pack to a resident at the
 home. Picture by Nalin Hewapathirana

Has high regional download speed of 127 MBPS:

Dialog Axiata in another South Asian regional first

Sri Lanka’s flageship telecommunications operator with the largest subscriber base -
Dialog Axiata PLC - on Saturday created regional history when it became the first
South Asian corporate to roll out the 4th Generation Long Term Evolution (LTE)
 pilot network. Full Story

Bar Assn passes resolution against Darusman Report

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) at a special meeting on Saturday at 
Hultsdorp adopted a resolution directing UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon not
to take any step directly or indirectly to implement the recommendations of the Panel
 Report which is ‘biased and prejudicial’ against Sri Lanka.

Sambuddhatva Jayanthi:

Host of activities at Jayasumanarama

The Sri Jayasumanarama temple in Ganemulla, Bulugahagoda will hold a series of religious
 activities to mark the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi. These activities will be organized under
 the guidance of Chief Incumbent Ven Moettiya Ananda Thera.    Full Story

Pardon for prisoners

The Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation Ministry is planning to release a large number of prisoners to mark the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi. Prisoners serving short prison terms for minor offences, those unable to pay small fines and those who have conducted themselves in an exemplary manner during their prison term, are to be considered for the general pardon.      Full Story

Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who is the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary embarked on an 11 day meditation retreat at the Kanduboda Meditation Centre yesterday. Here the minister with 23 other JHU members at the Sadaham Asapuwa, Gothami Road. - Picture by Lalith C Gamage. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

News Today (07-05-2011)

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says:
Leader of the House and Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva  said that the LTTE rump and the NGOs trying to destabilize the country and tarnish its  image will definitely make use of the Darusman Report at the UN
Human Rights Council  and in other forums to achieve their sinister motives.  
Veteran star calls on President: Veteran film star Joe Abeywickrama called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday. Here Abeywickrama being received by the President. Picture by Sudath Silva

Southern Expressway:

Finish construction by August, directs President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday directed officials to complete the
construction of the Southern Expressway by August. He stressed the importance
of having an arrangement through which the Southern Expressway can be opened
for the public by August.              Full Story

Mobitel, first in S Asia to successfully demonstrate LTE

Achieves data rate of 96 Mbps:
Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, the National Mobile Telecom Service Provider, announced
yesterday that it has carried out a successful trial of LTE (Long Term Evolution)
Technology achieving speeds of up to 96 Mbps.
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Darusman Report tarnishes Lanka’s image - Army Commander

Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya said that the
controversial Darusman Report ruins and tarnishes the image of Sri Lanka since
it is biased and incorrect. The Army Commander was addressing Army personnel
at the Welikanda Security Forces Headquarters yesterday.         Full Story