New peace moves
Govt-LTTE in talks
Norwegian facilitators anticipated Colombo’s response to an
apparent peace overture by the LTTE yesterday, but
representatives of both sides played down their faith in the new
moves to get them back to the negotiating table.
The LTTE decision to release NCPA policeman Bandujeewa
Weerasinghe Bopitigoda left the government in a quandary, after
Norway claimed that it had been a gesture of goodwill on the
part of the Tigers to kick-start the stalled peace bid,
Diplomatic sources told The Nation that the government believes
that the LTTE only makes peace overtures when they are
militarily weak. According to these sources, the government
believes it will ...
edges out his Indian and Pakistani competitors by a hair’s
breath to take gold for Sri Lanka. He beat current South Asian
Games record holder India’s Anil Kumar to take the men’s 100
metres gold medal in 10.52 seconds at the Sugathadasa Stadium
last night. Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara
Six soldiers killed in Muhamalai
Six soldiers died and five were wounded in an explosion at a
bunker in the Muhamalai forward defence line yesterday morning.
The explosion occurred when the troops were on a clearing
operation after repulsing an LTTE offensive. Military sources
claim that the blast was triggered by an improvised explosive
Norwegian oil pact halted
President Mahinda Rajapakse narrowly salvaged Sri Lanka’s oil
prospectus by ordering the termination of a pact with Norwegian
oil company TGS-NOPEC and by appointing a negotiating committee
comprising independent persons, during a meeting with oil
|“Didn’t carry surveys in
‘Tamil homeland’ waters”
Although Norwegian oil giant TGS-NOPEC was required to
conduct surveys in all territorial waters of Sri Lanka
it had conducted from Mannar to Unawatuna and it had
failed to conduct surveys in the Cauvery Basin and in
Basins off Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Kumana and
Mahinda ready for
talks with Prabha
Mahinda Rajapaksa has said he is ready to have a one to
one discussion - “man to man” - with Tiger leader
Velupillai Prabhakaran to hammer out a solution to the
In an interview with the India Today magazine President
Rajapaksa said: “For me, the ceasefire is still on
although the LTTE has been waging an undeclared war ever
since the agreement was signed. We are now just
defending ourselves. But we want peace. We want a
UNP says ‘no’ to media gag
The United National Party will strongly oppose any sort
of censorship on the media that the government intends
imposing in the future citing the current security
situation in the country, former minister professor G.L.
Elaborating he said, that it is pointless to impose a
censorship at a time communication media has developed
by leaps and bounds.
Ranil, Mahinda jointly must
take country forward - Hakeem
SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem was of the opinion that both the
President Mahinda Rajapakse and Opposition Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe should seize the opportunity to take the
country out of the present political morass.
Deva Aditya briefs Mahinda on
Niranjan Deva Aditya the Co-ordinator of the Overseas
Development Committee of the European Parliament met
President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently and informed of his
intention to run for the post of the UN Secretary
freed after ten months
Sub Inspector Bandujeewa Bopitigoda who was in Tiger
captivity for nearly 10 months was released by the LTTE
yesterday and reunited with his wife and five year old
daughter in Vavuniya .
Bopitigoda who was attached to the National Child
Protection Authority was handed over to the Sri Lanka
Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Kilinochchi by the LTTE.
President pushes for peace
appear to be fresh hopes for another round of talks between the
government and the LTTE after President Rajapaksa’s meeting with
representatives of the co-chairs.
mind war, the drama has only just begun
Buried amid the rubble of war, terrorism, strikes and the
escalating cost of living, the country’s two major political
parties face a different kind of hurdle shortly-their upcoming
Mahinda the realist Vs. Prabha the
LTTE which lost face over the Mavil Aru issue also suffered
heavy casualties in Muttur and Jaffna. As if rubbing salt in
their wounds, the FBI staged a crackdown on the Tiger operatives
in North America. Those who dole out money to the LTTE and its
front organisations are also likely to be prosecuted.
map out battle plans
LTTE Supremo Velupillai
Prabhakaran was a bitter man last week with the Sri Lanka Air
Force bombing the Sencholai orphanage building in Vallipunamn on
August 14. The best friend of his wife Mathivathani, who hailed
from Punguduthievu, was learnt to have run this orphanage.
Feeding the hungry or the well fed?
Serious questions have been raised as to whether the post
tsunami reconstruction and development work undertaken by a
plethora of organisations and task forces in Sri Lanka had paid
Tapping the pulse of a nation
We are living in a time of uncertainty. Be it the political
situation or the plight of the economy or the dire state of the
peace process, our little island home seems to be cruising along
‘blissfully’ in a vessel of ambiguity.
“We won’t allow any peace rallies again”
A clash took place at the peace rally at Vihara Maha Devi Park
last week, after several monks of the Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya
interrupted the meeting and got on stage. The ensuing clash was
witnessed by thousands of television viewers.
“There is no solution through war”
Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana is keen to
convince the JVP and the JHU to accept the reality that the
ethnic problem needs a solution through proper power sharing.
Sri Lankan athletes asserted their dominance in the sub
continent when they won 5 gold medals on the ninth day of the
South Asian Games yesterday. The day’s highlight was Sri Lanka’s
Susanthika Jayasinghe and R.D Surendra winning the 100 metres
women’s and men’s events respectively.
Jayawardene named skipper for Champions
COLOMBO, Aug 26, 2006 (AFP) - In-form batsman Mahela
Jayawardene was Friday named captain of the Sri Lankan squad
that will take part in the upcoming Champions Trophy in India.
Although opening batsman and former captain Marvan Atapattu was
named in the side, Sri Lankas selectors opted for Jayawardene at
the helm as there were still worries about Atapattus fitness.
“We’ll see how Marvan goes. He might not play all matches during
the Champions Trophy and we want to take a look at his match
fitness,” chief selector Asantha de Mel told AFP.
obscurity to celebrity
Obstacles and hostilities are not a novelty for an emerging
sportsman in this part of the world. It’s with their own skill
and determination that each one reaches his or her goal. The
modern epitome of this is none other than Chinthana Geethal
Vidanage, our most renowned weightlifter.
The truth is that if not for Vidanage the sport weightlifting
may still be hidden in some nook or corner in our list of
Olympic Games. Almost after two months of foreign training he is
back in Sri Lanka. The training he had turned out to be fruitful
as he was able to win a gold medal at the South Asian Games with
Implications of the war on cricket
The hasty departure of the South African cricket team without
fulfilling their commitments with Sri Lanka Cricket, four days
after the bomb blast a few kilometres away from their hotel in
Colombo is only one in a series of similar episodes that has
affected the game of cricket in this country.
Cricket has suffered the most from the eternal war between the
Sri Lankan government and the rebel Tamil Tigers. The full
impact of it was first felt in April 1987 when the New Zealand
team led by Jeff Crowe was forced to abandon their tour after
completing just one Test when a bomb killed over 100 people at
the crowded Pettah bus station which the team had passed at a
distance of 150 metres half an hour before. The second and third
Tests and the three one-day internationals were all cancelled as
a result of it.