'Electricity' summit on 28th

The 11th Convention of Lanka Electricity Board Employees’ Union will be held in Pradeepa Hall at Gunasinghepura in Colombo on 28th March at 10.00 a.m. The President of National Trade Union Center (NTUC) K.D. Lal Kanthe will chair the proceedings says the General Secretary of the Union Ranjan Jayalal.

The Convention held under the theme 'Build power of working masses against selling power stations and failure to remove salary anomalies' will be participated by representatives of all power stations, work sites and offices in the island.

Mr. Jayalal said several resolutions regarding price hikes and the unfair electricity tariffs would be adopted and a programme to be followed by working masses against the government's arbitrary moves that burden masses too would be discussed.

Pastor running a piggery released on bail

Kodithuwakku Arachchige Dayaratne, a pastor and caretaker of a children's home at Bogahapalassa in Tissamaharama arrested on charges of getting children in the 'Home' to slaughter pigs, has been released on a personal bail of Rs. one million by Acting Magistrate of Tissamaharama P.A. Jayasiri.

The pastor has told the Magistrate that there were 84 children in his 'Home' and if he is remanded someone should be appointed to look after the children. He had said his wife was suffering from diabetics.

Legal action is to be taken against the pastor for creating a brutal environment for children and the case will be heard on 8th April. The Chairman of Tissa Pradeshiya Sabha Harsha Jayaweera said no permission had been obtained to have a piggery at the premises and government approval was necessary to slaughter animals.

State banks in crisis – Amunugama

The existence of state banks will be an issue if state institutions have to be further bailed out states Deputy Minister of Finance Sarath Amunugama. He points out it is funds from state banks that are pumped to unprofitable state institutions and state banks are confronted with a difficult situation when the funds given to bail out these state institutions cannot be recovered.

Mr. Amunugama said 25% of the funds from the two main state banks is given to Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and Ceylon Electricity Board. He said all this time details regarding bailing out these institutions were kept a secret but now it has been made necessary to talk them in public.

The Deputy Minister of Finance made these observations at an opening ceremony of a Bank of Ceylon branch at Medawala town in Harispaththuwa recently.

CJ had to withdraw from Greek bonds case


The Chief Justice had to withdraw from hearing of the case regarding inflicting losses to the government due to investments in Greek Government Bonds when defense councilor objected to him being part of the panel of judges hearing the case. Objections were raised as Mr. Mohan Peiris had been a legal adviser to the Central Bank. Several, including the Governor of Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, have been named as respondents of the case.

The hearing participated by Judges Mohan Peiris, Sathya Hettige and Nimal Gamini Amaratunga held yesterday and filed by Parliamentarian Sujeewa Serasinghe will be heard again on 25th May.

The government has incurred a loss of about 22 million Euros valued at more than Rs 3.4 billion due to investing in Greek Government Bonds.


Tamil Nadu film industry to go hungry against Sri Lanka

Rajnikant and Kamal Hasan, Vijay, and several popular Tamil stars are to engage in a 'hunger strike' on 2nd April in Chennai to extend their support to Tamils in Sri Lanka and oppose the Sri Lankan government.

A day-long hunger strike in support of Tamil people in Sri Lanka was held on the 19th by those engaged in Tamil film industry, including superstars. Tamil student organizations have requested Tamil film directors to support their cause.

Meanwhile, the DMK of Mr. Karunanidhi accused Jayalalithaa's State government of using the police to repress students’ protests across Tamil Nadu on the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue.

The party executive, in a resolution, hailed the peaceful and spirited protests organized by college students demanding justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Jayalalitha's AIADMK however, ordered the closure of colleges in a bid to prevent students from gathering for protests.