lanka news
| NewsRoom| SL Explorer | Classifieds | Miyuru Gee | E-Cards | Chat Room | Forums | Malini's Kitchen | Lankans Web | jokes |
 SL Time:
News Room
News Papers

 Bottom Line
 Daily Mirror
 Daily News
 Lakbima (English)
 Lakbima (Sinhala)
 Lanka Irida
 Sunday Leader
 Sunday Observer
 Sunday Times
News Sites

 Ada Derana
 Asian Tribune
BBC Sinhala
 BBC Tamil
 Colombo Today
 Lanka Academic
 Lanka Business
 Lanka Everything
 Lanka News Web
 Lanka Papers
 Lanka Truth
 Lanka Web
 Mawbima Sri Lanka
 Ministry of Defence
 Muslim Guardian
 SL Army
 Srilanka Guardian
 Srilanka Watch
 Sudar Oli
 World News
Radio (Live)

Max Radio
Neth FM
 Rasa FM
Rhythm FM
 Shakthi FM
 Sirasa FM
Siyatha FM
 S L B C
 TNL Radio
 Yes FM

 J9 Radio
 L.A. Baila
 Lanka Broadcast
 Nilwala Radio
Rangiri FM
 Syber Viduliya

 I T N
Max TV
 Siyasa TV
V i d e o

Lanka Video
Sri Lankan Tube

Counter proposals not conducive to peace- Vanni MP

Dec 5 (TN) "The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) should desist from placing counter proposals before resuming negotiations. GoSL should be prepared to resume talks on the basis of Interim Self-Governing Authority proposals. Any further delay has the potential to lead Sri Lanka into another dark period of war and destruction. more..

Sri Lanka names 11 new envoys

Dec 5 (TN) The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) Saturday announced the names of eleven diplomats who are to be posted to various countries as Sri Lanka's envoys. Two Tamils and three Muslims are among those named, foreign ministry sources said. more..

Heavy rain belts Jaffna

Dec 5 (TN) Jaffna district experienced torrential rain for the last twenty-four hours ending Saturday at 6 p.m. flooding major roads that created major traffic delays on roads linking several towns, sources in Jaffna said. 87 mm of rain was recorded during this period, meteorological sources said. more..

'Elitist Hegemony an Obstacle to Devolving Power to the People Sri Lankan'

Dec 5 (AT) Since independence in 1948 the system in Sri Lanka has been devised to alienate the broad masses of the people from the decision making and planning process that largely affected their lives to maintain the hegemony of Sinhalese and Tamil elites. more..

It is the LTTE, Stupid ...!

Dec 5 (AT) Extremism often thrives on chaos. The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) was born out of the chaos created by Sinhala-Buddhists supremacists after the untimely (though entirely natural) demise of Ven. Gangodwila Soma Thero. more..

President says that she will never drop her honest intention of restoring peace in the country

Dec 5 (Rupavahini) President Chandrika Kumaratunge yesterday reiterated that her government will achieve peace through discussion, irrespective whoever opposes since the majority of Sri Lankans have faith in the government's efforts to bring peace to the country. more..

Suspects to be kept up to seventy two hours in police custody

Dec 5 (BBC) In response to escalating crime rates the government intends to enact legislation for the police to hold suspects up to 72 hours. Justice Minister John Senaviratna told parliament that at the moment in most cases suspects are produced before a magistrate within 24 hours and time available for police investigations are not adequate. more..

Judge Ambepitiya killing: Naufer's police friends interfere in investigations

Dec 5 (SO) Startling revelations have surfaced since the arrest of Potta Naufer, the chief conspirator in the slaying of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya on November 19. A thorough check on the calls received and originated from the mobile phone of Naufer revealed that some senior police officials have had close rapport with the master mind. more..

Sri Lanka is drifting towards war- Ranil

Dec 5 (TN) "The UPFA Government has not taken any forward looking steps towards peace talks or to finding a solution to our pressing national question. Sri Lanka is inexorably drifting towards war with the continued stalemate in peace talks," said Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, more..

CHA advocates signing Landmine ban treaty

Dec 5 (TN) "Sri Lanka government is not a signatory to the Ottawa convention on banning of land mines, but the Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum (LABF) sees the government participation at a recent review meeting as a step toward signing and complying with provisions of the conventions," more..

Indian trawlers continue their poaching

Dec 5 (SLA) Naval troops continued to observe the presence of more and more Indian fishing trawlers, engaged in poaching in the general sea areas of north of KOVILAM POINT, ELUVATIVU, Island and VANKALAPADU between 6.00 - 6.25 p.m. on 04 December 2004. more..

ISGA cannot be accepted! -Pakistani deputy High Commisssioner

Dec 5 (LT) The Pakistan Islamic Government in genearally accept the self determination of a nation but it does not agree with the ISGA proposals of the Wanni Tigers, the Deputy High commissioner of Pakistan has said. more..

Rohitha Bogollagama sacked! -UNP Working Committee

Dec 5 (LT) The Working committee of the UNP has reportedly decided to suspend the Cabinet Minister Rohitha Bogollagama from his parliamentary seat. The deputy secretary general of the UNP announced that the unanimous decision of the working committee is as a result of Mr. Bogollagama’s crossing over to the government side in the parliament. more..

Project to promote 1000 milk producing villages

Dec 5 (LT) The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has launched a Programme to Promote 1000 villages where milk production is the major means of living. This programme will be ceremoniously started on the 5th at Dikkapitiya, Badulla with the attendance of Sarath Amunugama the Minister of Finance and Planning as the guest of honour, more..

Sri Lanka always stood for Palestinian cause - Kadirgamar

Dec 5 (SO) Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said that the governments of Sri Lanka, of whatever hue, had consistently and firmly supported the long and bitter struggle of the Palestinian people to realise their rights, legitimate aspirations and their yearning for statehood. more..

Muralitharan will tour New Zealand, but may not play in Tests

Dec 5 (AFP) Sri Lankan cricket selectors have recalled middle-order batsman Russel Arnold and fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara for the tour to New Zealand, while retaining spin bowler Muthiah Muralitharan in the reserve list. more..

It's time a South Asian became the UN Secy Gen, says Lanka

Dec 5 (HT) Sri Lanka is making a bid for the post of UN Secretary General on the grounds that it is time the top job in the world body went to a South Asian. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirganar told the Sri Lankan parliament on Saturday that Sri Lanka was of the view that the principle of rotation should apply to sub-regions within regions. more..

Bharathiraja moved by LTTE's 'sacrifices'

Dec 5 (PTI) Tamil Film Director Bharathiraja, has said he was deeply moved by the "sacrifices" made by Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka. Bharathiraja attended the Heroes' Day ceremony in Jaffna last month to honour 17,800 men and women the LTTE has lost in fighting so far. more..

Rotten ropes, ramshackle gallows, inexperienced executioner - Sri Lanka's prison system prepares for a return to capital punishment

Dec 5 (AP) The country's 25-year-old executioner has no experience. The hanging ropes have rotted and the bolts on the gallows have rusted. This tropical island hasn't had an execution in 28 years. But the president lifted a moratorium on capital punishment a few weeks ago and prison officials are waiting for their first hanging order. more..

Hanging onto hanging to fight crime in Sri Lanka

Dec 5 (PTI) Sri Lanka first announced lifting a moratorium on executions after an Indian woman was raped and killed while on her honeymoon here. The gruesome murder of Rita John in 1998 shocked the nation and sparked public cries to hang criminals convicted of heinous acts, more..

Two nations theory is not new to Sri Lanka-TNA MP

Dec 6 (TN) "Theory of two nations is not a new idea to Sri Lanka," said Mr.Joseph Pararajasingham, TNA parliamentarian Saturday participating in the committee stage debate on the votes for Labour Relations and Foreign Employment in Parliament. more..

Floods inundate Pooneryn, Pachchilaipalli villages

Dec 6 (TN) Torrential rain in Pachchillaipalli and Pooneryn divisions has submerged several settlements in water and severely affected life in several villages, Eelanaatham, a NorthEast Tamil daily, said quoting Kilinochchi Government Agent Mr Rasanayagam. more..

Muttur Tamil villages ignored in rural electrification

Dec 6 (TN) Mr.K.Thurairatnasingham, TNA Trincomalee district parliamentarian speaking during the committee stage debate in Parliament said that although several villages in Muttur have been selected as part of Rural Electrification project no Tamil villages are included in the scheme, more..

Lanka school honours top achievers

Dec 6 (TOO) Sri Lankan School, Muscat, has held the fourth Top Achievers Awards ceremony at the school hall to felicitate students who have obtained the best results at the Ordinary Level, Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level examinations of Edexcel International (UK) held in May/June 2004. more..

Business of Peace

Dec 6 (LBO) The business community, worried about the fragile ceasefire agreement between the government and LTTE is keen to a resumption of direct peace talks. Businessmen from South Africa were here last week to share their experience in establishing democracy there. more..

UNP celebrates its' 50th anniversary in Colombo

Dec 6 (Rupavahini) The 50th annual convention of the UNP was held under the patronage of opposition leader and UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe. The convention was held at the municipal grounds, opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has been named unanimously as the UNP presidential candidate. more..

Nilwala Harasara national felicitation ceremony begins in Matara

Dec 6 (Rupavahini) The Nilwala Harasara national ceremony organized to felicitate President Chandrika Kumaratunge for her historic services to the south during her 10 year tenure of high office was inaugurated by Minister Mangala Samaraweera today. more..

A Sri Lankan Tamil girl’s lone battle for survival in Canada

Dec 6 (AT) A teenaged Tamil girl is engaged in a lone battle for her survival in Canada, when she was marked for deportation by the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration department as she has been already notified that her asylum claim has been rejected more..

Sri Lankan opposition leader announces Presidential bid

Dec 6 (Xinhua) The leader of main opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe has announced his presidential bid in the country's next presidential election on Sunday. At the 50th annual convention of the main opposition UNP held here Sunday, the UNP endorsed the candidature of Wickremesinghe more..

Norway to launch fresh bid to salvage Sri Lankan peace process

Dec 6 (AFP) Norway is sending a top envoy for another attempt to save Sri Lanka’s faltering peace process amid fears that Tiger rebels may return to their protracted armed struggle, diplomats said on Sunday. more..

Bharatirajaa, DPI leader visit LTTE-held areas

Dec 6 (Hindu) Tamil film director, Bharatirajaa, and the Dalit Panthers of India leader, Thol. Tirumavalavan, visited the rebel-held parts of Sri Lanka when the LTTE observed the Heroes' Week, sources in northern Sri Lanka said on Saturday. more..

CTB to re-open workshops

Dec 6 (SLBC) The Central Transport Board (CTB) has decided to recommence work at its workshops. The Kaludewala workshop of the CTB will be renovated and reopened by the end of this month while taking swift measures to develop other workshops islandwide. more..

Culture, civilization can be restored from school level

Dec 6 (SLBC) The National Programme of Educational Reforms has now been launched at a cost of Rs.12000 million to improve patriotic feeling among young to bring about a historic change in the future of our country. more..

Norway on the second phase of offshore oil and gas exploration

Dec 6 (SLBC) Norway will begin the second phase of surveys to find Sri Lanka's offshore oil and gas resources shortly. Norway's TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co. (TGS.OS) is expected to begin the next phase of seismic surveys this month. more..

LTTE detained youth escapes and seeks protection

Dec 6 (SLA) A twenty-three year old youth abducted and conscripted by the LTTE has escaped from their clutches and surrendered to the troops in the general area of VAVUNATHIVU on 06 December 2004 around 06.00 a.m. more..

LTTE office demands money from his son living abroad

Dec 6 (SLA) A civilian has escaped from the LTTE custody and surrendered to the Police personal on duty while he was being abducted by the LTTE on 04 December 2004 around 09.00 a.m., stated a complaint made to the VALLAWELI Police in the general area of VELLAWELI, about 26 km south of BATTICALOA town. more..

Mani Shankar Ayer captivates his audience

Dec 6 (PRIU) The BMICH’s Committee room A was packed to its capacity on Saturday afternoon with a very distinguished audience of clergymen, professionals, diplomats and politicians of all hues. They gathered for a lecture by Shri Mani Shankar Ayer. more..

Sri Lankan teachers meet parents

Dec 6 (TS) As recent immigrants from Sri Lanka, we found the article by education reporter Louise Brown both condescending and ill-informed. Her story begins with the line, "There's no such thing as a parent-teacher interview in Sri Lanka." more..

ICICI Bank to expand in Russia, Lanka

Dec 6 (Sify) ICICI Bank Ltd plans to expand in Sri Lanka and Russia next year as it seeks to boost international sales. The company's moves will help it reach its target of containing 25 percent of revenue from international markets within three years. more..

Rs.500 m ADB loans to develop Samurdhi banks

Dec 6 (SLBC) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted Rs.500 million to the Government to upgrade the Samurdhi bank network financially and technically. The ADB has provided this sum to the Sri Lanka Samurdhi Authority (SLSA) for a period of four years to develop the Samurdhi bank system. more..

Power sharing for a lasting peace

Dec 6 (ANN) Dr Mohamed Saleem addressed a seminar at the Savsiripaya on “Power sharing for a lasting Peace” which was reported by The Island of Monday, the 29th November 2004. If there is a criticism to it, it was its ethnocentric accent towards grappling a national problem namely the problem of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. more..

Dhanapala sees challenge ahead

Dec 6 (PIS) The government's Peace Secretariat chief Jayantha Dhanapala yesterday while expressing his delight at being nominated as candidate from Sri Lanka for the top UN post described it as a "major challenge". more..

Sri Lanka GDP To Grow 5.5-6.5% In '05 vs 5-5.5% In '04 -2

Dec 6 (DJ) The agriculture sector, which accounts for a fifth of the economy, is forecast to grow by 2.7% next year from a negative 0.5% this year. The industry sector, which produces mainly garments for exports, is expected to grow by 5.3% from 4.9% this year. more..

Prabakaran’s war would compel foreign countries to interfere in an "Operation Afghanistan" in Sri Lanka – Sangaree

Dec 6 (AT) V. Anandasangaree in an appeal to the Leader of the LTTE has urged him not to launch a war against the Government of Sri Lanka, a decision based on emotions, not the correct and appropriate one at the this point of time, more..

UNP to begin street campaign next year

Dec 6 (DN) The United National Party vowed that the party would get to the streets from January next year demanding the UPFA Government to hold the Presidential Election in 2005. "We have given sufficient time and the time drawing near is our time," UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said. more..

A civil rights group challenges a govt attempt to make Buddhism the 'official religion'

Dec 6 (LBO) A civil rights group challenges a government attempt to amend the Sri Lankan constitution to make Buddhism the 'official religion' in the island. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) – a civil rights organization in Sri Lanka - took the proposed 19 amendment to the constitution before the Supreme Court last week. more..

Sri Lanka vulnerable to AIDS epidemic, say experts

Dec 6 (HT) Available statistics on HIV indicate that Sri Lanka is a "low prevalence" country. But experts warn that the statistics may be misleading, and that there are many "risk factors" which make Sri Lanka vulnerable to an AIDS "epidemic". The first HIV positive case in Sri Lanka was reported in 1987. more..

Tamil trainee escapes from rebel camp in Sri Lanka

Dec 6 (AP) A man who claims he was abducted by Tamil Tiber rebels and forced to undergo military training has escaped and surrendered to the Sri Lankan army, a military official said. Anamalai Jayasundaram Jayakanthen escaped from the training camp in the restive eastern region of Batticaloa and surrendered to a nearby army post, more..

Sri Lanka Buddhists want Bollywood stars show scrapped

Dec 6 (AFP) Sri Lanka's Buddhist establishment asked the government to cancel a concert by Indian film stars at an outdoor park this weekend because it coincided with a revered monk's death anniversary. more..

Local Municipal Councils build 3-dimesnional maps of city limits

Dec 6 (LBO) If you’re trying to strike it big in Kotte City, its Municipal Council is now equipped to tell you just about anything, from the best place to build a house to the worst site to start a business. more..