It’s kaput for ‘Gamidiriya’

It is reported that the Ministry of Economic Development has decided to close all functions of ‘Gamidiriya’ project and to close all institutions connected with it. ‘Gamidiriya’ programme presently functions under the Ministry of Economic Development. It was under the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development earlier.

There are about 380 employees who have completed 5 to 6 years of service involved in the project but they are uncertain regarding their livelihood due to the decision to close the project.

According to sources in the Ministry of Economic Development the massive funds available in ‘Gamidiriya’ project are to be taken over by the ‘Divi Neguma’ project.

Working masses amass for huge struggle

The inaugural summit of the series of seminars to be held by the National Trade Union Center (NTUC) as one step of the struggle to get all allowances added to the salaries and to get a salary increase of Rs.10,000 to all employees was held at the auditorium of Colombo Public Library today (24th) chaired by the President of NTUC K.D. Lal Kantha.

A large number of trade union representatives of the state, private and estate sectors including the President of Inter Company employees Union Wasantha Samarasinghe, the General Secretary of Lanka Teacher Services Union Mahinda Jayasinghe, the General Secretary of All Ceylon Trade Union Federation Samantha Koralearachchi and the General Secretary of All Ceylon Railway General Employees’ Union S.P. Vithanage participated.

The series of seminars would be held throughout the island and it would be the first of the moves that would be taken to bring victory to their struggle stated NTUC.


Marvan – Head coach

Former captain of Sri Lanka team Marvan Atapattu has been appointed as the head coach of Sri Lanka cricket team. The decision was taken by the Executive committee today.

Atapattu, as the interim coach, was successful as Sri Lanka won a historic Test series in England and won again at home against Pakistan. He will be the first full time local coach for Sri Lanka since Roy Dias in 1999. He has coached Canada and Singapore national cricket teams previously.

Meanwhile, Sanath Jayasuriya resigned from the committee making the decision. Jayasuriya who is also the chief national selector had expressed his dismay in a mail to SLC and made it clear that he was not part of the decision made.

I was attacked by minister’s goons

The journalist Chandana Kuruppuarachchi, who was injured when he was attacked by thugs at Hali-ele area in Badulla the day after the Uva PC election and is being treated in a private hospital at Pannipitiya, says he was attacked by a group of thugs on instructions from a minister.

After videoing the clash between supporters of UPFA and the UNP at Hali-ela he was returning home in a three wheeler when a gang of thugs pursued him, assaulted him and attempted to grab his camera. In the struggle a part of the camera was broken and the thugs took it away said Mr. Kuruppuarachchi. The gang of thugs were instructed by a minister of the UPFA government says Mr. Kuruppuarachchi adding the value of the camera the thugs destroyed is about Rs.150,000.

Hospital sources say Mr. Kuruppuarachchi was brought from Badulla Hospital, there are serious damage to bones and tissues on his face and he would be subjected to surgery.

The sources further said the injuries incurred due to the beating are serious and he would be subjected to another surgery in a private hospital in Colombo tomorrow (25th). Onlookers say the minister involved in the assault was Dilan Perera.

Defeat Imperialism and Zionism to build ‘Asian community’ – Somawansa

“The ugly alliance of Imperialism and Zionism has caused unprecedented destruction in the Middle East and elsewhere. It encourages separatism and division of countries: It created, Al Qaeda, ISIS and many other terrorist organizations and spreads terrorism throughout the world. It worked hand in hand with Neo-Fascists in killing civilian population and to topple elected President in Ukrain. We have been silent observers. There will be no friends to stop the ugly alliance when it spreads its claws towards our region stopping us from building an Asian Community. Unless we defeat the enemy ‘Building and Asian community’ will only be a distant dream,” said the Secretary on Foreign Affairs Somawansa Amarasinghe addressing the International Conference of Asian Political Parties held in Colombo.

Mr. Amarasinghe said his party completely agrees with President Putin’s economic advisor, Sergei Glazyev when he recently said, ”History shows that the United States has benefited politically and economically from wars in Europe. The huge outflow of capital from Europe following the First and Second World Wars, transformed the US into a super-power: “ Today faced with economic decline, the US is trying to precipitate another European war to achieve the same object.”