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

Mahinda Rajapkse agrees not to base his talks on ISGA and PTOMS in the future with the LTTE

Sep 5 (AT) Reports emerging from Colombo indicates that Mahinda Rajapakse, Prime Minister and the Presidential candidate of the SLFP has agreed to the 12 conditions, which are of far reaching political implications, put forward by the JVP for their support in the forthcoming presidential elections. more..

Intervention of UN : Getting International Recognition for Eelam - A Hela Urumaya statement

Sep 5 (AT) In a statement to the Media by the Jathika Hela Urumaya issued yesterday (4th) it is revealed that the invitation by the President to the United Nations Organization to intervene in the peace process would be getting international recognition for the Tamil Eelam. more..

Norway on the way out in Sri Lanka?

Sep 5 (AT) International and national pressure is mounting to get Norway out of the peace process and to bring in United Nations as the go-between to restore peace and stability in Sri Lanka. more..

New evidence points directly to LTTE killing Lakshman Kadirgamar

Sep 5 (AT) Police are putting together piece by piece the jigsaw saw puzzle of the killer of Lakshman Kadirgamar. The evidence of the two suspects held in custody has revealed the direct connection to the LTTE. more..

The Presidential Election and the Ethnic Problem

Sep 5 (AT) It is an article of faith with the LTTE that Tamils are Tigers. This identification may or may not be acceptable to a majority of Tamils; it is certainly taken as axiomatic by a large (and an influential) segment of the Sinhala political and civil society. more..

S. B. Dissanayake’s brother joins Mahinda Rajapakse

Sep 5 (AT) Media reports revealed that Saliya Bandara, the brother of jailed UNP National Organiser, S. B. Dissanayake, has joined Mahinda Rajapakse, the presidential candidate of the government. This is seen as a body blow to the Ranil Wickremesinghe, the UNP presidential candidate. more..

SLMM should be present in all SLA Check posts - LTTE

Sep 5 (AT) SLMM’s representatives must be present at all the Sri Lanka Army’s boarder checkpoints, suggested LTTE. Representatives of the SLMM for the Batticalao district and Ilanthithrayan LTTE’s Political Head for the Batticalao district met on Saturday at the Kokkadicholai Pradeshiya Sabah Secretary’s office. more..

Bodujana Samuluwa - Thousand with righteous objective is better than Ten Thousand with none

Sep 5 (SN) Large crowds from all parts of the island, mostly glade invite, were present among the many yellow robed Bikkus and Bikkunis at the Bodujana Samuluwa, which was held on the 03rd of September 2005, evening at the Vihara Maha Devi park open air auditorium, Colombo 07. more..

When the going gets tough the land in Madiwela gets going

Sep 5 (SN) President Chandrika Kumaratunga will own a plot of land valued over Rs. 100 million close to the Parliament complex after her retirement in December. The cabinet has approved a proposal to grant one and a half acres of state land in the Madiwela gramasevaka division of the Maharagama Assistant Government Agents (AGA) division, more..

EU decision on LTTE expected this week

Sep 5 (PIS) Diplomats said yesterday that the European Union was expected to consider whether to call for a ban on political activities by the LTTE in the 25 countries of the union. more..

LTTE in the dark about UN role

Sep 5 (PIS) The LTTE says it has not been informed of any move to replace Norway with the United Nations as peace facilitator in Sri Lanka or remove the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and install a UN observer team. more..

Norway's 'pro-Tigers' stand condemned

Sep 5 (ANN) A petition to world leaders on the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has tossed up some interesting viewpoints on the Sri Lankan conflict, with the general contention being that the international community should stop adopting double standards in dealing with terrorism. more..

The (dumb) economics of nationalism

Sep 5 (ANN) One of the features of modern life is the hankering for communal (or group) identity, sometimes unfortunately manifest in violent conflicts, for example in the Balkan countries and also in Sri Lanka and now in Iraq. more..

Govt firm against train strike

Sep 5 (SAMN) Railways Minister Felix Perera yesterday took a firm stand on the ongoing train strike, saying he was not ready for any discussion with the striking locomotive operators until they call off their trade union action. more..

Police to boost VIP security

Sep 5 (SAMN) Police have decided to strengthen VIP security as threats to several key political figures are on the increase, Deputy Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara said. According to DIG Jayasundara the Police department is concerned about the security of VIPs from all prominent political parties. more..

President gives free hand to Mahinda for elections

Sep 5 (LNP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday gave the go ahead to SLFP Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse to get the support of any faction including the JVP in his campaign for the upcoming Presidential election. more..

Norway`s biased pro LTTE stand condemned

Sep 5 (LNP) A petition to world leaders on the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has tossed up some interesting viewpoints on the Sri Lankan conflict, with the general contention being that the international community should stop adopting double standards in dealing with terrorism. more..

Voters' register updated

Sep 5 (DN) COMMISSIONER of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake has directed District Secretaries to submit lists of names of persons who are missing or have gone abroad for employment in addition to those killed in the tsunami disaster. more..

Fostering peace through education in Sri Lankan communities

Sep 5 (OW) “I will go back and teach my friends the songs I have learnt here,’’ said 15-year-old Yasodara from Rakwana. “It is a great experience being in this camp meeting so many new people and making friends with boys and girls from different communities. more..

Police link Tigers to minister's murder

Sep 5 (Gulf) Police investigating the assassination of Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar have unearthed vital evidence to suggest that Tamil guerrillas were involved in the murder, despite claims by the LTTE that they were not involved in the assassination. more..

Local efforts key to success in Lankan peace process

Sep 5 (HT) Internationalisation is thought to be a panacea for all difficult and longstanding political conflicts. But what is not realised is that internationalisation, by itself, does not solve conflicts. Most of the hard work and a lot of the thinking will have to be done by the two parties to the conflict. more..

Six killed in landslides as floods hit Sri Lanka

Sep 5 (DPA) At least six people were killed, more than a dozen houses damaged and several roads made impassable as rains followed by landslides hit central Sri Lanka, police said Monday. Five people of a family were killed when their house was buried in a landslide in Ratnapura, more..

Inquiries into Premadasa, Dissanayake killings closed

Sep 5 (Hindu) Sri Lankan investigators have closed probes into the assassinations of Ranasinghe Premadasa, and Gamini Dissanayake, media reports here said. Ranasinghe Premadasa was assassinated on May Day, 1993 and Gamini Dissanayake in October 1994 by suspected LTTE suicide bombers. more..

UNP election manifesto to be out soon

Sep 5 (GT) The election manifesto of the United National Party (UNP) prepared in view of the forthcoming presidential election will be released soon after handing over nominations, UNP deputy general secretary Tissa Attanayake said. more..

‘No rift in’ ruling party

Sep 5 (GT) MINISTER Mangala Samaraweera discounted a news report that an unhappy President Chandrika Kumaratunga has summoned an emergency meeting of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) central committee. more..

PM to take tough line on rebels - Marxists

Sep 5 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's hardline Marxists vowed on Monday to back Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at coming presidential elections, saying he had agreed to take a tough line with Tamil Tiger rebels and renegotiate the terms of a truce. more..

Marxists back PM for presidency, say he agrees to redraft truce

Sep 5 (AFP) Sri Lanka's influential Marxist party said it would support Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse for the presidency after he promised to drop plans for a federal state, redraft a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels and scrap privatisation. more..

Atapattu and Moody pleased with youngsters

Sep 5 (CI) It cannot be denied that Sri Lanka weren't fully tested in their recent three-match one-day series against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka outplayed the tourists, convincingly beating them in each game, prompting Tom Moody, Sri Lanka's coach, to comment that his side couldn't make full use of the new, experimental one-day rules. more..

Jayalalithaa tells Delhi: Stop Sethu dredging

Sep 6 (AT) The Sethu Samudram project has become a political football in Tamilnadu with parties guided by vote bank politics since Tamilnadu is going for a general election next year. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is upped her ante and sternly told Delhi: Stop Sethu dredging. more..

Sri Lankan peace process will be further strained if Labour Party wins Norwegian elections next week

Sep 6 (AT) Norwegian general elections for the Stortington (parliament) will be held on September 12. All 169 seats are contested. Sri Lanka has hardly figured in the national debate between the Conservatives and the Labor Party. more..

Rajapakse agreement a straightforward challenge Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sep 6 (AT) The 12-point agreement endorsed by the presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse and the JVP stands in stark contrast to the UNP policies on major national issues. This presents a clear cut alternative to the voters in the forthcoming presidential election. more..

Uncertain times in Sri Lanka

Sep 6 (AT) The assassination of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Laxman Kadirgamar has accentuated the sense of uncertainty that the three-year-old ceasefire between the Government and the LTTE could not quite obliterate. The promise of a resumption of peace talks under Norwegian intervention does not inspire confidence that stability is at hand. more..

Lanka minister’s uncle goes missing

Sep 6 (TT) Finance minister Sarath Amunugama’s uncle had come on a visit to the famous Sanchi stupas, but he has gone missing from Bhopal railway station. According to a case registered with Government Railway Police, 83-year-old A.W. Amunugama disappeared from platform number one around 11.30 pm on August 25. more..

Norway not leaving SL- UN

Sep 6 (BBC) A United Nations special envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, has met the Sri Lankan prime minister, Mahinda Rajapakse, in Colombo. Secretary General Kofi Annan’s special representative is assessing the state of the island's fragile peace process following the assassination of the Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar in August. more..

UNP: Rajapakse using the JVP

Sep 6 (BBC) Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse is using the former coalition partner JVP to win the forthcoming presidential elections, Sri Lanka’s main opposition has said. UNP parliamentarian Rajitha Senarathne said that the PM may not be “a fool to dance into JVP’s rhetorics”. more..

Happy surprises in Sri Lanka

Sep 6 (NST) K.T. CHELVI discovers rock-solid thrones, cave shrines, scenic sites and quaint villages on a visit to Sri Lanka. Shops, spices and safaris are also the stuff that makes a happy tourist. more..

A move to defeat secret agenda of the separatists, says JVP

Sep 6 (Hindu) The JVP on Monday said it would support Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse in the coming presidential election based on a set of 12 conditions. JVP leader Somawanse Amarasinghe described the support as "the politically correct decision" and one taken "to defeat the secret agenda of the separatists." more..

JVP, SLFP alliance spells disaster for Sri Lanka - Ranil

Sep 6 (TN) Leader of Sri Lanka's opposition and the presidential candidate of the United National Party (UNP), Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Tuesday warned that to prevent Sri Lanka plunging into chaos NorthEast crisis need to be addressed and solved urgently. more..

Kumaratunge declines life presidency of SLFP

Sep 6 (TN) President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge has turned down the decision Central Committee and the All Island Executive Committee of the ruling SLFP to make her life president of the party stating that will tarnish SLFP's image as a dictatorial party, SLFP sources said. more..

Three LTTE cadres killed, five injured in Vaharai

Sep 6 (TN) Three Liberation Tigers cadres were killed when a group of armed men wearing military fatigues raided a sentry post at Kattumurivu inside Liberation Tigers controlled Vaharai area Tuesday morning around 8:45 a.m. Five cadres were injured in the raid, more..

Intensified Tamil Tiger hand grenade attacks meant to provoke Troops & Police

Sep 6 (SLA) Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in the east, in what confirmed to be one of their latest violent modes, meant to provoke troops and the Police have intensified their ‘hit and run’ terror tactics against the Security Forces and the Police in the east of Sri Lanka since of recent times. more..

Absent Army Officer taken in for questioning

Sep 6 (SLA) An Army officer, absent from duty was arrested at OMANTHAI Entry/Exit point on Monday (05) at about 5.45 p.m. while he was entering cleared areas from JAFFNA in the company of three others without following guidelines laid down for members of the Armed Forces. more..

Troops recover weapons and explosives

Sep 6 (SLA) Troops on hearing bursts of explosions from the general area of MARATHADIYA, TRINCOMALEE on 05 September 2005 around 9.00 a.m. rushed to the scene and found that the explosion has emanated from a garbage dump. more..

South East Asian Health Ministers call on President Kumaratunga

Sep 6 (PRIU) Health Ministers from eleven South East Asian nations are now in Colombo for a WHO Conference. The Ministers and senior WHO and local health officials called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday [5th September]. more..

Ginisiriya a money Spinner

Sep 6 (CT) The Government of Sri Lanka has named Ginisiriya, also known as wetamara, ladappa, nanchi, kola pohora and Sevana a commonly used variety for tree fencing and a fuelwood as the fourth National Plantation Crop in Sri Lanka after tea, rubber and coconut. more..

Moratuwa police officer abducted, assaulted, and robbed of his firearm and jewelleries

Sep 6 (AT) The OIC, Minor Complaints Unit of the Moratuwa Police was abducted while he was on an official duty, at Rawathawatte area by an armed gang, then assaulted him mercilessly, tied his hands, robbed his firearm and his personal ornaments worth around Rs 75,000. more..

President asks Janadasa Peiris to resign

Sep 6 (LT) As a result of the 12 policy matters included in the agreement reached between the Prime Minister and the JVP being published in 'Dinamina' and 'Daily News', Janadasa Peiris, Chairman of Lake House has been asked by the President to immediately resign from his post. more..

Thondaman meets President

Sep 6 (LT) CWC leader Ammugam Thondaman had a discussion with President Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga today (6th) morning. The President is expected to leave the island during the course of next week to participate at the UNO sessions. Mr. Arumugam Thondaman too is expected to join the President. more..

Disciplinary action by UNP against MP Maheswaran

Sep 6 (LT) It is reported that the UNP has decided to take disciplinary action against Mr Maheswaran for exposing the internal matters of the Party. He has stated that Mr Thondaman, leader of Lanka Congress has demanded money to extend his support to the UNP in the presidential poll. more..

TNA’s support after meeting with the Wanni Tiger leadership

Sep 6 (LT) The Tamil National Alliance will announce their stand on the presidential elections on consultation with the Wanni Tiger and needs time to study the election manifesto of both candidates i.e. SLFP and UNP according to MP Mavai Senathirajah. more..