Co-Chairs meet on Nov. 20 in
Red notice on
The Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor conference will meet in
Washington on November 20, to review the Sri Lanka peace process
and the second round of peace talks in Geneva which ended in a
It is likely that the co-chairs will put the government and the
LTTE on red notice saying that it would be difficult to help the
peace process any further if the meetings are not productive.
The Co-Chairs would exert pressure on the government of Sri
Lanka to be flexible and to stick to the Ceasefire Agreement.
Similarly they had already warned the LTTE that it would be
difficult for them to be involved in the peace process if they
do not contribute to the de-escalation of violence.
It is learnt that the European Union is particularly worried
about the situation and is contemplating imposing restrictions
on the Sri Lankan government. Germany had already frozen aid
money and Netherlands is likely to follow suite.
The European Union has taken up the position that they could not
deal with the LTTE as it is a banned organization ...
leader Ranil Wickremesinghe facing heavy pressure from
several frontline members to reform the party structure
was captured by our shutterbug Ishara S.Kodikara while
holding on to the hot seat at his office last week
minutes before a meeting with members of the Anti War
Rajitha to mediate between Ranil and SB
UNP firebrand Dr. Rajitha Seneratne has been asked by party
leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to mediate between the leadership
and S.B. Dissanayake to iron out the recent differences of
opinion on reforms to the party constitution.
Wickremesinghe who earlier dismissed the pressure for reforms
has had a lengthy discussion with Senaratne on Friday evening
and had requested him to mediate between the various groups and
bring everyone to a common ground on party reforms.
At the meeting Wickremesinghe had inquired from Senaratne what
sort of reforms he expects in the party to which Senaratne had
replied that they were the same as those proposed by S.B.
Dissanayake. Wickremesinghe had then explained that he did not
have a problem with the proposals but since there were several
factions proposing various reforms to speak with all and bring
them to a common understanding.
Senaratne had promptly informed the discussion he had with
|Hectic campaigning by UNP
The UNP working committee will meet on Wednesday
November 8 at 5pm to discuss the party reforms that have
led to sharp differences of opinion in the party rank
It is likely that they would take up the reforms
submitted to the General Secretary of the UNP by S. B.
Dissanayake, several other individuals and
CBK due back
after Nov. 15
Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga who created a
diplomatic faux pas having arrived earlier than the
scheduled time is likely to come back on November 15
after her visit to Pakistan.
On her arrival to the country last week, the VIP lounge
at the Bandaranaike International Airport was not ready
to receive her as she had arrived earlier.
Colombo abductions before
international community for redress: Ganesan
Parliamentarian Mano Ganesan and the Civil Monitoring
Committee on the recent abductions of Tamil civilians
are to request the international community to look into
the disappearances in Colombo and the suburbs during the
past few months.
CMC warns of star class health
The Colombo Municipal Council has issued a warning to
several leading star grade hotels in Colombo after
failing a sanitary inspection, especially in the food
preparation areas, conducted by the medical officers,
The Nation learns.
Mine blast kills two sailors,
A claymore mine explosion killed two navy personnel in
Nilaveli, Trincomalee yesterday morning while they were
on an early morning foot patrol.
The claymore had exploded targeting the foot patrol
which was on a routine clearanceoperation.
Anti-LTTE US Lankans in bid to
unseat pro-LTTE Congressman
LTTE Sri Lankans in the United States has launched a
campaign to unseat pro-LTTE Congressman Danny K. Davis,
the Democratic Congressman from Illinois, who visited
the LTTE’s Political Headquarters in Kilinochchi and met
LTTE leaders in April 2005, at the next week’s general
Ministerial brother in dirty
The brother of a Deputy Minister from the hill country
associated with energy was last week caught in an ugly
fight with Ministerial Security Division at a five star
hotel in Colombo when a Russian comfort lady had
complained that the ministerial brother had tried to rob
“Geneva II was more graceful”
debate on whether Geneva II was an abysmal failure or
provided some hope for keeping the channels of political
discourse open between the government and the LTTE raged
on, as the week in review progressed. The talks ended
without agreement on any issues, but there is a degree
of optimism that a Geneva III may just be on the cards.
Douglas wants provincial
council polls in NE
with a price on one’s head, having escaped several
assassination attempts, and especially defying one of
the most ruthless terrorist organisations in the world,
is no mean task. That is what the leader of the Eelam
People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), Douglas Devananda, has
been doing since he entered the democratic mainstream of
Sri Lankan politics since 1989.
“Party reforms as we
envisaged will be tabled”
Chairman of the UNP, which is the single largest
political party in Sri Lanka, says that the party stands
strong despite recent differences of opinion among its
rank and file on wide ranging issues from party reforms
to the MoU signed with the SLFP. He says that the long
overdue party reforms will be tabled at the forthcoming
working committee meeting.
Where do we go from here?
nation witnessed another round of peace talks between
the government and the LTTE last week. The two parties
have returned to the island without even setting a date
for the next round of talks. Various political parties
and analysts have rendered theories as to why the talks
have failed and where the country is heading hereafter.
the message of the Compassionate One on this Il Poya Day usher
in peace in the minds of all.
military or monetary gain?
28 and 29 were significant days in the peace
process. The parties came back to the negotiating
table, weeks after war and months since Geneva I.
November 20 and 27 will be equally important days in
the peace/war calendar.
Exactly a week ahead of the policy statement to mark
LTTE’s Heroes Week, the Co-Chairs have fixed its
review meeting in the US Capital, Washington. They
will issue a strongly-worded statement cautioning
the two parties against reverting to full-scale war.
The main intent, however, is to soften LTTE Leader
Velupillai Prabhakaran’s statement currently drafted
with a copy of his 2005 statement before him.
Geneva II - they came, they
saw and did not concur
scenes played out on television now have a sense of
déjà vu: government ministers and leaders of the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) posing for
the cameras with contrived smiles in some foreign
capital. Ah, another round of peace talks, so what’s
Judging from the general reaction of all concerned,
nothing except that S.P. Thamilchelvam instead of
Anton Balasingham headed the Tiger delegation. They
all came to Geneva, they saw but they did not
What was Geneva all about then? It does now appear
that the talks were just a face saving mechanism for
the government in Colombo as much as it was for the
On the sneaky ways of language
‘What goes without saying, comes without saying’ – Pierre
Assumptions, following Bourdieu, the French Sociologist, and
others, do not fall from the sky, but rather are socially
produced. Bourdieu, however, is not a determinist in that he
subscribes to the view that there is a symbiotic relationship
between structure and agency. He speaks, for example, of
‘structuring structures’ as well as ‘structured structures’. In
other words structures impact action and human agency can dent
and otherwise alter structures. Marx put it in a different way:
‘Men make their history but not in the circumstances of their
choice’. What reminded me of the above quote is a careful
reading of ‘considered opinion’ in national newspapers. The
‘taken for granted,’ I find does not arrive along pathways
innocent of ideological intent.
Disastrous deluge may return
Mass scale floods are predicted in future years similar to last
week if steps are not taken to install an appropriate irrigation
system, mainly in the Gampaha District. Such floods could hamper
all services and production, including those of the airport as
well as many other industrial units registered in the free trade
zone of the Katunayake area, economically essential to the
Families, businesses and cattle were affected in the Gampaha
District, which was the worst affected out of the four
districts. According to numbers and statistics of the Disaster
Management Centre, 149,000 (33,000 families) were internally
displaced in the Gampaha District.
“In the Ja-ela area, nearly 17,000 people were affected situated
in 54 ‘Grama Seva Wasam’, damaging 6,000 houses and killing two
persons. Herds were affected in areas from Wahatiyagala,
Tudellawa, Ekala and Dehiyagatha areas. This happened after
almost 20 years but if nothing is done this will happen just for
heavy showers,” said the Chairman of the Ja-ela Pradeshiya Sabha,
Lalith Nishantha Abeywickrema.
measures to combat post flood epidemics
deluge experienced in some regions due to the heavy showers in
the past few weeks is likely to have a detrimental influence on
the public in certain areas. The drinking water sources could be
contaminated by the increasing flood water which over flows
through the septic tanks, drainage channels and the polluted
According to the Epidemiology Unit sources of the Ministry of
Healthcare and Nutrition, one of the main public health problems
would be the likelihood of an increase in the incidence of water
born diseases such as dysentery, diarrhoea, and leptospirosis.
- Captain of the Year
Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene poses with his award after
being picked the Best Captain of the Year over Australia’s Ricky
Ponting, England’s Michael Vaughan and India’s Rahul Dravid at
the ICC awards ceremony held in Mumbai on Friday. Jayawardene
was also named captain of the World One-day team of the Year.
MUMBAI - The Champions Trophy reaches its climax today
when holders West Indies, who had to pre-qualify, play
pre-tournament favourites Australia in the final.
The two teams met in the group stages, Runako Morton and Jerome
Taylor starring as the Windies triumphed.
Australia veterans Glenn McGrath and Damien Martyn have been
their star performers in the tournament so far.
West Indies opener Chris Gayle has successive centuries, against
England and South Africa, behind him.
As well as a remarkable 437 runs in the tournament, Gayle has
taken eight wickets with an economy rate of less than four an
A good eye-opener says Mahela
Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene described his team’s early exit
from the ICC Champions trophy in India as ‘a good eye-opener’
ahead of the 2007 cricket World Cup in the Caribbean in five
“It is good for us to realize where we are and the areas which
we have to improve,” said Jayawardene at a media conference held
at the Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters after his team had to
return home early when they failed to make it to the semi-finals
of the tournament.
Basil sounds death knell of Sri
Lanka’s provincial cricket
Sri Lanka Cricket tournament committee chairman Basil Perera
sounded the death knell of provincial cricket in this country
when he said that all their energies were diverted towards
making the Premier tournament the blue riband of cricket in Sri
When the tournament committee met the media last week to outline
their plans for the 2006-07 season, the Premier tournament took
precedence over everything and there wasn’t a single mention of
the provincial tournament, which was last held in 2004-05.
Heshan and Madhavi shine
Trinity College schoolboy Heshan Unamboowa and Asian
International School’s Madhavi Dharmadasa won best performance
awards in the men’s and women’s categories for swimming at the
finals of the National Aquatic Championships which were worked
off at the Sugathadasa Indoor Gymnasium yesterday.
After the blow
The Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) at the moment is
doing all it can to keep its head up in the face of adversity.
This is encouraging when the island nation has been named as an
unsafe destination for tourists and touring sports teams by
travel advisories and foreign based security firms. The SLRFU at
present is fighting a battle to host the Asian Rugby
Championships and it is quite unlikely that the event will be
held even early next year.
tennis has provided many disabled people with a fair chance to
take part in sport. When one looks at a disabled person it
underscores an old saying, ‘life isn’t fair’. However, when the
disabled take to sport it is only fair for the authorities to
create a level playing field for them.
Lakmali Amaratunga is a wheelchair tennis player who believes
that this form of tennis presents disabled people with a fair
chance to compete in sport. I think this form of tennis is easy
to play. I am confident that I can make steady progress in
wheelchair tennis,” said.
A rugby experience to cherish
Memories of making the line-up of teams at the 2001 Youth Rugby
World Cup in Chile are sure to pop up in the minds of Sri
Lanka’s rugby players when they go into training for the
upcoming Junior Asian Rugby Championships which also serve as a
qualifier for the next edition of the Youth Rugby World Cup.