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Paranthan Chemicals notches Rs. 40 mn PBT for 2014

December 24, 2014 at 11:32 pm


December 24, 2014, 7:58 pm

Paranthan Chemicals Company Limited, records profit before tax of around Rs.  40 million for 2014, compared with Rs. 37 million for 2013 and Rs. 32 million  for 2012 respectively.

Paranthan Chemicals Company Limited (PCCL) is a state owned profit making  entity, which is currently under the purview of Ministry of State Resources and  Enterprise Development.

Dr. D.J.U Purasinghe, the chairman of Paranthan Chemicals Company Limited  stated at employee get-together held recently at Aqua Pearl hotel, Moratuwa- “We  are very satisfied with our overall performance in 2014. We are the market  leader of liquid chlorine with 95% of market share.

Terror compels ‘revisit’ of national security vs human rights debate

December 24, 2014 at 11:29 pm


December 24, 2014, 12:00 pm

Indian activists hold lighted candles and placards during a vigil in Mumbai  on December 22, 2014, held for schoolchildren and teachers killed in an attack  by Taliban militants on an army-run school in Peshawar. Pakistan plans to  execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said, after the  government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a  Taliban school massacre. Six militants have been hanged since December 19 amid  rising public anger over the December 16 slaughter in the northwestern city of  Peshawar, which left 149 people dead including 133 children. AFP

Candidate Sirisena’s manifesto on foreign relations

December 24, 2014 at 11:25 pm


December 24, 2014, 9:32 pm

The ‘section’ on Foreign Relations in Maitripala Sirisena’s ‘Chintanaya’ does  make interesting reading and I wish to reproduce it along with my comments for  the benefit of the public.

1. “All political appointments and appointment of relatives attached to the  Foreign Service will be annulled and the entire Foreign Service will be  reorganized using professional officers and personnel who have complete  professional qualifications”.

Sujeewa places commissions earned by govt. cronies at Rs. 800 billion

December 24, 2014 at 11:18 pm


December 24, 2014, 10:13 pm

By Harischandra Gunaratna

UNP MP Sujeewa Senasinghe yesterday alleged that commissions earned by some  UPFA politicians on development projects during the last few years amounted to  Rs. 800 billion and when Common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena came  to power they would be investigated and those responsible severely dealt with. 

Johnston ready to resign if…

December 24, 2014 at 11:02 pm


December 24, 2014, 10:12 pm

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Minister of Co – operatives and Internal Trade Johnston Fernando yesterday  said he would give up politics if anyone could prove that he was involved in  illegal ethanol business.

Addressing the media at SLFP Head Office, Minister Fernando said he had  inherited a family business which was more than 100 years old.

Sirisena lost to me: How can he defeat Mahinda?

December 24, 2014 at 10:59 pm


December 24, 2014, 9:42 pm

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Minister of Higher Education and former SLFP General Secretary S. B.  Dissanayake said yesterday that he had once comfortably beaten Maithripala  Sirisena to become the SLFP General Secretary at an intra party election.

“I won hands down and how can Sirisena defeat a popular President like  Mahinda Rajapaksa,” said Minister Dissanayake, who described his former cabinet  colleague as a weakling. “He had to wait till I left to become the party General  Secretary.”

Arrest warrants issued against Mutuhettigama, his driver

December 24, 2014 at 10:32 pm


December 24, 2014, 9:40 pm

By Madura Ranwala

The Baddegama Magistrate yesterday issued arrest warrants on UPFA  Parliamentarian and Deputy Minister Nishantha Mutuhettigama and his driver, the  Police Media Unit (PMU) said.

Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the MP and his driver would be  charged under Section 220 of the Penal Code for abducting suspects while in  police custody.

Sirisena planned conspiracy one and a half years ago – Basil

December 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm


December 24, 2014, 10:42 pm

by Shamindra Ferdinando

SLFP National Organiser and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa  yesterday said that he felt the then SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena  had been planning his move against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa about  one and a half years back.

Minister Rajapaksa said that he had always suspected Minister Sirisena’s  intentions unlike others who had their faith in him.

Sirikotha protest organisers deny NFF involvement

December 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm


December 24, 2014, 10:43 pm

Executive Member of the Collective of National Organisations (CNO) and  General Secretary of the Patriotic National Movement (PNM) Dr. Wasantha Bandara  yesterday said his outfit had no connection with the National Freedom Front of  Minister Weerawansa with regard to yesterday’s protest. “The protest was  organised by the CNO. The PNM is one of the 32 organisations of the CNO. We  staged a protest opposite the Sirikotha and all our members wanted was that a  senior UNPer to come out and respond properly to certain questions we had with  regard to the said secret pact between Ranil Wickremesinghe and Maithripala  Sirisena where they agreed to reduce the number of army personnel in the North  and to dismantle high security zones. Some UNP members have said that there was  no such agreement. But, that is not enough. We needed the UNP to give us an  assurance that they will not reduce the number of military

US surveys one-time LTTE strongholds

December 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm


UK based GTF urges Tamil electorate to exercise franchise, TNA divided

December 24, 2014, 10:39 pm

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The US embassy is examining the ground situation in former LTTE Vanni bastion  in the run-up to Jan. 8, 2015 presidential election.

Political Officer Sandeep Cross has met representatives of the Tamil National  Alliance (TNA) as well Puthukudirippu based senior UPFA coordinator Kanagaratnam.

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