President Opens Tele-Cinema Village

President Mahinda Rajapaksa opened Sri Lanka’s first ever fully-equipped television and film production studio yesterday at Ranmihitenna in Tissamaharama. The film studio was constructed in three stages and is estimated to have cost two billion rupees, with the first stage of production costing 600 million rupees. Consisting of administrative buildings, studios, libraries, showrooms and 31 [...]

60,000 Police Officers For Election Day

58,700 police officers will be on duty during the April 8 general elections,  IGP Mahinda Balasuriya said at a press conference yesterday (30). The police officers are being deployed countrywide. 19,500 military personnel will coordinate with the police in order to minimise any incidents of election violence. The IGP also called on candidates to remove illegal posters, cutouts [...]

TNA accuses UPFA Candidate of Bribery

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has alleged that a UPFA Batticaloa District candidate was distributing post-dated cheques to several Hindu temples in the District to entice Tamil voters. Batticaloa district TNA candidate P. Selvarajah has said the respective candidate had distributed cheques dated April 10, two days after the April 8 general elections, for Rs. [...]

Platinum Entertainment to Refund Akon Tickets

Platinum Entertainment, the organizers of the Superfest 2010 concert that was to feature US R&B star Akon, has said they will refund in full the concert tickets of people who do not wish to attend a concert without Akon. Platunim Entertainment said it was in the process of restructuring the concert and would go ahead [...]

Additional Ballot Boxes For Digamadulla District

The Elections Department has taken measures to increase the number of ballot boxes allocated to the Digamadulla District. While 860 ballot boxes were used during the Presidential election, the number has now been increased to 2,580 boxes. Election authorities decided to increase the number of ballot boxes for the district due to the large number [...]

Tuesday Discussion: What Good is Democracy?

We’ve seen the whole circus a hundred times over.  An assortments of misfits, criminals and cronies are asking for your vote- but is there really any point? What do we have to show for 60 years of elections? A parliament full of doctors in Ayurveda! So is it time we all gave up on  democracy [...]

UK Regrets Exporting Arms to Sri Lanka

The British House of Commons expressed regret over the export of arms to Sri Lanka by British companies during the 2002-2007 cease fire period.  A number of UK companies exported arms to Sri Lanka during the cease fire period.  However, a House of Commons select committee report released today concludes  that these exports were not [...]

Candidates To Be Allowed Into Counting Centers

The Elections Commissioner has decided to allow candidates at the April 8 general election into counting centers when preferential votes are counted. Ratnapura Senior Assistant Election Commissioner M.A.P.C. Perera has reportedly told journalists that the unprecedented measure is taken to prevent allegations over discrepancies in the selection of winners. 7620 candidates are contesting to be [...]

Mental Patients To Get Voting Rights

Director of National Institute of Mental Health Dr. Jayan Mendis has reportedly said that over 750 inmates of the Angoda and Mulleriyawa mental institutions are to be given voting rights from next year. Dr. Mendis has added that a decision has been taken to arrange National Identity cards for these inmates within a month. The [...]

Wijedasa Rajapakse’s Motion Denied

The Private Member’s motion presented by UNP parliamentarian Wijedasa Rajapakse to amend the Army Act has been turned down by parliament. Acting Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake informed Rajapakse that his Private Member’s motion could not be entertained, as parliament was reconvened to pass the Emergency only. Dassanayake had informed Rajapakse that parliament was [...]

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