APRC Experts’ Panel proposals to be
beyond CBK package
A set of proposals envisaging internal self determination,
widespread devolution of power and electoral reforms which would
be a basis for the government’s final solution to the North-East
conflict will be finalised by a group of experts within the next
few weeks, Government sources said.
These proposals put forward by the Experts’ Panel of the All
Party Conference (APC) will be handed over to the Representative
Committee of the APC shortly. It is learnt that these proposals
would be taken as a basis for the final solution that the
government intends to put before the country and the LTTE.
The proposals of the Expert Panel would not mention the word
federalism but would devolve power beyond the year 2000 draft
constitution, sources said. It would also propose electoral
reforms on the German model with half from the first past- the-
post system and the other ...
journalists were for the first time barred from entering
the press gallery to cover the budget presentation on
Thursday. They were only allowed to cover the arrival of
the President at the lobby. Here a smiling President
Mahinda Rajapaksa walking past shutterbugs followed by
Deputy Finance Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya. -
(Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)
Twenty MPs to boycott UNP convention
The much troubled UNP National Convention will take place today
at Town Hall grounds with party reforms envisaged by the party
leadership taking the centre stage and over twenty MPs from the
reformist group planning to boycoytt the event, party sources
Senior UNP MP and party trade
The gay boy living at the “Paya” down the street that is
staple has been engaged in a livid mud slinging campaign against
his secretary. The latest being scurrilous poetry dished out by
the gay bard to sling mud at the secretary. But all know that
this gay boy lives in abundance at the expense of the taxpayers
money singing the glory of his parents since he had not achieved
much. But the gay boy does not know what is in store for him as
the secretary is planning to reveal the gay activities of this
|Manmohan Singh says in
“India to take up civilian issue
with SL Govt.”
India has expressed strong concern about the situation
in Sri Lanka and had said that the Indian government
would be “taking up with the Government of Sri Lanka, at
the appropriate level, the recent cases of civilian
casualties, as well as the killing of innocent Tamils.”
In a letter to the pro-LTTE Tamil Nadu politician Vaiko,
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the
recent incidents leading to the loss of civilian lives
was a matter of “utmost concern” and “sorrow.”
The Indian Prime Minister’s letter released to the media
by Vaiko, yesterday, comes ahead of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa’s visit to New Delhi next week.
Karu hits back at those
UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya in a strongly worded
statement yesterday hit back at the Ranil Wickremesinghe
loyalists in the UNP who were resisting reforms to the
“There are those who are of the view that the powers of
the leader should remain intact and that no changes are
necessary in the party structure either. We wish to
state that it is only those who lack the strength of
character to stand on their own two feet, who are so
incompetent that they cannot but shine except in the
reflected light of better people, who hold this view.
The UNP can do better than this, we firmly believe,”
11 killed in accident
At least 11 people died and 15 were injured when a bus
collided with two vans in the Gokarella police area
Govt. won’t budge on A9:
Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat chief Dr. Palitha Kohona has
informed the Co-Chairs through the Japanese Ambassador
that the LTTE’s insistence on opening the A9 road has no
valid cause and that there would be no change on the
government’s stance on the temporary closure.
Dr. Kohona made this observation when Japanese
Ambassador Kiyashi Araki called on him Friday at the
formers Colombo office, to discuss the current situation
prevailing in the country prior to his visit to
Washington to attend the Co-Chairs meeting.
The Co-Chairs deliberation is scheduled to commence in
Washington on Tuesday November 21.
Events to mark Mahinda’s one
year in office
Several events are lined up for today in commemoration
of President Mahinda Rajapakse’s one year presidency in
Weerawila and several other areas.
The main event is to commence at nine in the morning
with the laying of the foundation stone of the proposed,
Weerawila international air port. Later the President is
expected to address the nation. Following this event the
President will attend to other ceremonies organized in
Tests at Kelaniya varsity
Blood samples from patients in Colombo, Hambanthota and
Kalmunai have shown positive for Chikungunya viral fever
in tests which were conducted by a team of doctors in
the Molecular Medicine Unit in the Faculty of Medicine
of the Kelaniya University last week raising concern and
alarm that the virul infection is widespread in the
The team that conducted the test comprised Dr.
Wimaladharma Abeywickrama, Dr. Arjuna de Silva, Dr.
Harsha Perera and Dr. Chandika Hapuarachchi. Dr.
Abeywickrama said, that according to their test results
it is confirmed that Chikungunya is prevalent in Sri
Lanka. First they had tested some blood samples from
Colombo and Hambanthota and subsequently they were
requested to test another 10 samples from Kalmunai. Out
of those test samples from Kalmunai, five have proved
that they were infected by the Chikungunya virus.
Three held over Raviraj
The Criminal Investigation Department probing the
assassination of TNA member Nadarajah Raviraj told the
Colombo Additional Magistrate Mohamed Ishadeen that they
have arrested three suspects in connection with the
killing and are interrogating them.
Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri
Lanka in a release said
“We wish to draw your attention to the news article that
appeared in ‘The Nation’ on November 12, 2006 bearing
the title RMV closed after experts bungle.The news
states that personnel from the Information and
Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) as
having deleted computer ...
roads in Colombo were inundated as heavy rains lashed several
parts of the country yesterday. -
(Pic by Pushpakumara Matugama)
contingent of the Navy Special Boat Service passed out from the
Navy Training Centre in Boossa yesterday. The Chief guest on the
occasion was Rear Admiral D.N. Dharmaweera. - (Pic. by
|Co-Chairs to save CFA
entire nation awaits the outcome of the Co-Chairs’
deliberations scheduled for Tuesday, November 21, in
Tuesday’s meeting in Washington is expected to be a
crucial one in the backdrop of the escalating
violence between the Sri Lanka troops and the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
It is too premature to guess what is in store for
Sri Lanka by the Co-Chairs but what could be
expected is pressure from the Co-Chairs on the
Government and the LTTE to recommence direct talks.
However, serious questions are raised whether any
decision arrived at by the Co-Chairs; the United
States, the European Union, Japan and Norway, would
have any impact on either the Government of Sri
Lanka or the LTTE. In other words, one wonders
whether both the Government and the LTTE would take
the decisions of the Co-Chairs seriously.
Extra judicial killings – a
killing of Nadarajah Raviraj, Tamil National
Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian a week ago at
Narahenpita in broad daylight during rush hour
traffic is a grim reminder of the perilous period
this nation is in.
Statements will duly condemn his killing, Scotland
Yard has already been requested to assist in the
investigation and who knows, even a Commission to
probe the event may become a reality. Sadly though,
the outspoken and firebrand lawyer turned politician
has now become a statistic in a long list of Tamil
politicians that include Neelan Tiruchelvam and
Lakshman Kadiragamar, among others.
Slipping into chaos
This week landslides took their deadly toll with over 20 people
being left dead in the aftermath of several massive earthslips
in the country. The greatest loss of life occurred in Pusellawa
when a section of the Kandy- Nuwara Eliya road collapsed killing
motorists and bystanders. In this earthslip more than five
people were confirmed dead, among them a deputy postmaster
general of the central province. The 100 metre earth slip took
several days to clear and bodies were being recovered in the
aftermath, buried in the mud.
year of Mahinda Chinthanaya
President remains strong
Exactly a year ago the backwoods politician from the deep south
Mahinda Rajapaksa ascended the pinnacle of Sri Lankan politics
when he took oaths as the fifth Executive President of the
country before Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva.
Failed revolutions and fallen heroes
November is the month of remembrance. It is the month of
revolution and failed coups as well. The fact is valid to Sri
Lanka too. Il Maha Viru Samaruwa – the commemoration of November
heroes - is a combination of all three; remembrance, revolution
and failed plots. Who are these November Heroes? Are they
Revolutionaries? Che Guevara impersonators? Romantics?
Killing people will not solve
Leader and Minister Douglas Devanananda dismiss all allegations
leveled against the EPDP on political killings. He categorically
denies any link hinted by some of an EPDP link to the killing of
TNA MP Nadarajah Raviraj. Speaking to The Nation Minister
Devananda said that he operates in the political mainstream.
Taking stock of a shameful time
The anti-war folk dreamed up an interesting signboard for
the demonstration regarding the killing of TNA parliamentarian
K.Raviraj. ‘Shame’ it said. In Sinhala it was even more
interesting. ‘Lajjai’ is also a confession, as in ‘I am
ashamed’. Someone might even say ‘Freudian Slip’.
Priyantha props Japanese bid
Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) President Priyantha Ekanayake
hails Japan’s bid to host the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup.
Ekanayake backs Japan to host the World Cup because he feels the
move would help the country play a big role in rugby development
in Asia. “All Asian rugby playing countries look forward to
Japan as their big brother,” said Ekanayake.
Premier league cricket
Malinga, Tharanga put NCC in control
On a day when rain prevented a start in four of the six Premier
league matches for the second successive day NCC were the only
team to grab a first innings lead and play themselves into a
winning position against Ragama CC at the FTZ grounds,
Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga’s pace proved too much for
Ragama as they were bundled out for 114 in reply to NCC’s first
innings total of 221.
Lanka ‘A’s star batsman on their tour of India for the Duleep
trophy, Malinda Warnapura is determined to put behind the
disappointment of being overlooked for the New Zealand tour and
pile on the runs in the Caribbean.
Tour to Windies crucial for World
Sports in brief
Sri Lanka ‘A’ team coach Chandika Hathurusingha said that their
maiden tour of the West Indies would be crucial before the team
for the 2007 World Cup which will also take place in the
Caribbean is finalised.
Williams sisters on trial
MIAMI, (AFP) - A court case against tennis superstars
Venus and Serena Williams got underway in Florida with promoters
for a Battle of the Sexes tournament claiming they lost 45
million dollars because the duo reneged on a pledge to
participate in the event.
But counsel for the two sisters, who were present in the West
Palm Beach court room insisted the two had never signed any
Enter: Dharmasena, the UMPIRE
Kumar Dharmasena, a key member of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup
winning team is of the opinion that the present side under
Mahela Jayawardene has all the ingredients to repeat that
success in the Caribbean in 2007.
Another award for Kapugedera
seems that Sri Lanka’s exciting young batsman from the hill
country Chamara Kapugedera cannot avoid being in the limelight.
Former Sri Lanka youth rugby skipper Jivan Goonetilleke sees a
huge change in attitude towards how schoolboys view the
opportunity of representing the country at the Asian Junior
Cricket literature at its best
is no doubt that Sri Lanka is starved of quality cricket
literature when compared to other leading Test-playing nations.
It is most probably athletics which carries our usual medal
prospects at any kind of international meet. It is high time to
change the situation. A contingent of 150 athletes will be
leaving for Qatar to represent Sri Lanka in the 15th Asian Games
and among these athletes there are members of four less popular
‘We fully support Rock’s statements’-
Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) spokesperson Helen
Olafsdottir, says the Mission fully supports the statement made
by Ambassador Allan Rock, Special Advisor to the UN Special
Representative for Children in Armed Conflict, accusing
Government troops of recruiting child soldiers for the Karuna