4/20/2014

A Sri Lankan entrepreneur dreaming to build a network of theaters

A Sri Lankan entrepreneur said that the plans are underway to establish 60 mini theaters in 30 towns in Sri Lanka to enhance the cinema industry of the country.

The entrepreneur is Dr. Arosha Fernando, a Sri Lankan professional who has given up his career in Australia to engage in the cinema industry in his home country.

He said to Rasanduna supplement of the state owned Sunday newspaper The Silumina that the President has focused to his proposal.

He said that the theaters in Sri Lanka has problems. 

Dr. Arosha Fernando has already produced seven Sinhala movies and at present he is discussing with renowned cinematographer Prasanna Vithanage to produce a new a film. He says his ambition is to produce at least two movies annually.

He says he faced lot of difficulties when distributing his initial productions.

Big companies have large circuits of theaters and sometimes well marketed movies are also removed to pave way for the screening of their productions. They often continue showing of their movies in these halls despite while other producers find it difficult to get halls to show their movies.

4/19/2014

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Seems worth to share this information:

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Sri Lanka to brief the foreign diplomats about banning of Tamil Diaspora organizations

Sri Lanka government has decided to make aware the foreign diplomats in Colombo about the government's recent decision to ban 16 organizations linked to Tamil Diaspora.

Accordingly, the Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Pieris will meet the foreign ambassadors and High Commissioners based in Colombo on Thursday (April 24) this week.

The Ministry of Defense and Urban Development will also join the Ministry of External Affairs in this awareness programme.

On April 01, Sri Lanka government signed the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373, which sets out strategies to combat terrorism and to control terrorist financing. Immediately after signing the Resolution 1373, the Sri Lankan government banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and 15 other Tamil diaspora groups including Trans National Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) headed by New York lawyer Visuvanathan Ruthirakumaran, Global Tamil Forum (GTF), which is headed by Fr.SJ Emmanuel and active in Europe, and the UK-based British Tamil Forum (BTF) that are alleged of having terror links.



4/18/2014

Who attacked the opposition MPs of Sri Lanka at Rajapaksa's inefficient harbor and airport?

A speaking photo of MP Eran Wickramarathna at empty airport taken by MP Ajith P. Perera
Sri Lanka police media spokesman Ajith Rohana, SSP, said that an investigation is underway regarding if there was any drawback from the side of police at yesterday's incident of a mob attacking a group of MPs of the major opposition United National Pary (UNP) at Mattala airport and Hambanthota harbor.

The police media spokesman said that two police officers each of the VIP security had been deployed in the security of the MPs and they should have informed the relevant police station in case of any security issue of the MPs. However, they had not informed so, he added.

Police media spokesman said to Derana TV yesterday that the MPs had not sought security from police in their visit to the airport and harbor which had been criticized by the opposition for alleged inefficiency and malpractices.

However, MP Ajith P. Perera said to media yesterday that the MPs had informed the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Southern Province about the situation.Derana TV showed a police vehicle driven ignoring MPs' plea to provide them with safety.

A violent mob attacked a group of Sri Lanka's major opposition United National Party (UNP) MPs today as they visited the newly built Hambanthota port and Mattala international airport.The attacks and manhandling of the members of the legislature were videoed and aired by private TV channels this evening. Footage showed police inactive whilst the attack.

A photo carried in media showed a gun wielding Mayor of Hambanthota Eraj Vernando running into the violent scene.  

Some of the other persons who attacked the MPs are said to be the lumpen cohorts of the politicians who had been given jobs without proper work to do in return to their service at elections. Some others are the contractors, service providers and vendors who profit from the loss making ventures which have almost no business.

The group of MPs led by UNP MP Ajith P. Perera visited the development projects in down south today under an invitation from the government, as they said. The MP said that they had due permission from the Minister of Civil Aviation Priyankara Jayarathna.

The MPs were threatened by thugs that claimed to be defendants of the ventures. One person who claimed to be a person who wanted to safeguard the airport said that the MPs could see that three flights were landed in the so called international airport today. The MPs were jeered by mobs and they were attacked with rotten eggs and stones as they left the site due to troubles. The bus that was carrying the MPs and the media persons was damaged slightly.

MP Ajith P. Perera said to media that it was a very pathetic situation that the MPs were denied access to the public enterprises. He said that the MPs had informed the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Southern Province about the situation.

4/17/2014

Not only Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) but United National Party (UNP) also in Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) list of terrorist groups

Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) has named Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) as a terrorist organization.

This is the link to the TRAC page of BBS.

TRAC has listed about 3,800 groups known to aid and abet political violence or terrorist organizations including Al-Qaeda and the LTTE, Colombo Page website mentioned .

Interestingly, the organization has named major opposition United National Party (UNP) as an inactive terrorist group that has used  Assassinations as a Terrorist Tactic and Bombings. Definitely, a very accurate recognition.

No doubt, People's Liberation Front (JVP) and some other political parties like Tamil People's Liberation Tigers (TMVP) are also listed in this website due to their violent past despite they are in democratic mainstream now.

4/12/2014

Sri Lanka President guarantees ultimate impunity for the criminals in the Presidential Security Division

Rookantha after the attack
Sri Lanka President pardoned 10 personnel of the Presidential Security Division under President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga who were sentenced last year for torturing the family of famous singer Rookantha Gunathilaka and robbing their property.


On January 26, 2001, the personnel forced into the house in Mattegoda in which Rookantha Gunathilaka, his wife Chandralekha Perera and their children, aged seven and two then, and Chandralekha’s mother lived wielding pistols. They held pistols to their heads, cut off their hair and the couple was doused with petrol. The police officers also robbed cash and jewellery and got away in the jeep belonging to Rookantha Gunathilaka.

On August 01, 2013, Panadura High Court judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena sentenced 10 former Presidential Security Division members who involved in this crime to jail terms of four and a half years each for the attack.

Soon after the court ruling, Rookantha and Chandralekha held a press conference and said they would forgive the men. Rookantha wrote to President Mahinda Rajapaksa saying he had no objection to a presidential pardon for the men. Meanwhile, he alluded to Chandrika Bandaranaike, Sanath Gunathilaka and others in the political, cinema and military fields as culprits of the attack.

No fresh investigation was initiated against them.

But the sentence was politically manipulated against Chandrika. After incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa came to power Rookantha Gunathilaka returned to the island from US where he had lived since the attack and expressed support to the President.

The case was crucial in public interest despite the President pardoned based on a personal appeal of the victim. There is no legal basis that links the pardoning and the victims' appeal.

The convicts proved of engaging in the crime whole-heatedly although Rookantha wanted to show them as mere undertakers of orders.  

4/10/2014

Police calls on Sri Lanka's violent BBS but action unlikely

Sri Lanka police has summoned the general secretary of the Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero to appear in Slave Island police on April 12th to question him on the incident that took place at Hotel Nippon.

The general secretary of Jathika Bala Sena Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thero has complained to the Slave Island police that he was threatened by the BBS.

Watateka Vijitha Thero and BBS member Kirulapone Nanda Thero have also been summoned to the police on the same time.

BBS disrupted a press conference of a inter-faith movement press conference held in Colombo against the racist organizations that are raising their head.

The press conference was summoned by an organization called Jathika Bala Senawa and the calling letter was signed by Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thero.

Muslim religious representatives were also present to participate in the press conference.

A group of BBS monks led by Buddhist monk Galagodaaththe Gnanasara invaded the press conference and questioned the organizers. They threatened the Muslim clerics and the Buddhist monks.

Watareka Vijitha Thero was forced to apologize but he later complained to Slave Island police that he apologized due to threats to his life.

Officer-in-Charge of Slave Island police and other police officers witnessed the violence but did not act to prevent it. 

4/09/2014

Sri Lankan newspaper editor questioned by CID

Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today questioned Saman Wagaarachchi, the editor-in-chief of Sinhala daily The Lakbima over an incident of defaming Ayoma Rajapaksa, the wife of the secretary of the Ministry of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

The newspaper carried a photo on April 07 on page 8 in which the Chairman of the Sewa Vanitha Unit of the Defense Ministry Ayoma Rajapaksa was depicted buying goods at a New Year fair of the Civil Defense Department.


The caption of the photo carried a title 'They aren't fake money, aren't they?'

The newspaper apologized the following day to Ms. Rajapaksa and the Civil Defense Department. The apology was posted on the front page today.

The police media spokesman said that the editor-in-chief Saman Wagaarachchi was questioned for three hours and a statement was recorded. 

4/07/2014

Sri Lankan doctor kicks a fve year old boy suffering from fever

A doctor in Matale Base Hospital of Sri Lanka has kicked  a five year child who had come to the Outer Patients' Department (OPD) to take medicine since he was suffering from fever. 

Eyewitnesses said that the doctor had got angry since the child was tapping the door of the doctor's room with his finger, as reported by Divaina Sinhala newspaper.

The child fell down with the attack as the mother cried loudly creating a chaotic situation in the OPD.

The mother Sunethra Malani has lodged a complaint in police.

4/02/2014

Nurses, doctors, midwives clash in Sri Lanka over midwifery training

Man (more accurately woman) is the only animal that needs specially trained midwife to deliver the baby. No other animal visits hospital for this.

Sri Lanka's Family Health Services Union has decided to strike work since tomorrow, said the Chairman of the union Devika Kodithuwakku.

Accordingly, the midwives will keep away from deliveries in the maternity hospitals and also the work related to maternity clinics island wide.

The midwives protest the nurses given the midwifery training as part of their basic training. They demand the midwifery training given only to them.

Meanwhile, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) which represents the doctors has decided not to give midwifery training to the nurses.

As a protest to the development, the Government Nursing Officers' Association (GNOA) has planned a one day token strike for tomorrow, April 3 in the hospitals island wide.