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Sunday November 26th, 2006

CBK to be quizzed over shady arms deals
Court Martial for top military officers
The three-member Presidential Commission investigating corrupt arms deals has recommended that a few serving and non-serving military officers including top brass be court martialed.
The commission findings have implicated North East Governor Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrema, former Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Daya Sandagiri, and former Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera among others.
The interim report was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday (17) by Supreme Court Judge Shiranee Tilikawardene, the chairperson of the commission. The other two members are Justices Nimal Dissanayake and Nissanka Udalagama of the Supreme Court.

Members of the new special motorbike squad of the Sri Lanka Army that carry out sudden checks in Colombo and its suburbs wading through a flooded road in Kotte. (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

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India promises food supplies to North-East
The Indian government has promised to send food supplies to the North and the East if the government supplies are not satisfactory, Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Mennon has assured the TNA delegation on Thursday (23).
The TNA met with Mennon briefly preceding a reception hosted by acting Indian High Commissioner A. Manickam. At this meeting TNA Leader R. Sampanthan has raised three issues vis-à-vis, humanitarian food supplies to Vakarai, irregular food supply to the East and the de-merger of the North and the East provinces.
He has said that although the government promised to send food supplies to Vakarai, it had


Major attack in Colombo averted
Security forces yesterday recovered seven claymore mines along with ten kilograms of explosives reportedly from the suburbs of Colombo. A suspected suicide bomber was also taken into custody by the army on Friday.
A spokesman for the media centre for National Security told The Nation that the mines and explosives were discovered from the general area of the Western Province and did not mention the specific area citing continuing investigations.

Tissa withdraws question under pressure
An oral question posed by UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake to Tourism Minister Anura Bandaranaike in Parliament had been withdrawn under pressure, The Nation learns.

Over Vakarai massacre
US Tamil expatriates condemn GOSL

The Sri Lankan Tamil expatriates living in the United States, have urged the international community to intervene in Sri Lankan peace process and condemn what they call the “brutal, inhuman actions of the Sri Lankan government.”

CMU urges private sector pay hike
The Ceylon Mercantile Industrial General Workers’ Union (CMU) is to take firm steps to pressurise the government to consider their request to increase the private sector salaries taking into consideration the rising cost of living, The Nation learns.

Hospitals overcrowded with flue, Chikungunya patients
Hospitals in Colombo are chock-a-block with patients suffering from a viral flue spreading in the city and the suburbs as well as from those suffering from suspected Chikungunya disease.

A9 food convoy to Jaffna next week?
The A9 Road is expected to be opened at Muhamalai entry/exit point early next week to facilitate a food convoy reach Jaffna, said Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Spokesman Thorfinnur Omarsson yesterday. The government has requested the SLMM to take steps to send food and other essential items to Jaffna to address the humanitarian crisis in the Peninsula.

Doctorate for oral defence
The International Open University has decided to confer a doctorate to Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, to felicitate the “yeomen” service rendered by him on the Defence affairs of Sri Lanka, the media centre for National Security said yesterday.

DIG who took sand miners to task transferred
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, North Western Range, Nihal Karunaratne has been transferred to Colombo allegedly due to pressure exerted from a powerful Deputy Minister from Puttalam.


India’s hands tied: Who will untie?
Under Secretary Nicholas Burns was asked by an Indian Journalist about “two different tracks of U.S. policy,” vis-à-vis the two parties to the local conflict. This was during the Tuesday (21) press conference following the Donor Co-Chairs Review Meet.

UNP: Monarchist or Republican?
The problem of poor governance is often attributed to the structures of the state, especially in terms of the constitutions. Structures can be faulted and the architects condemned, but the degree of evil that flow from these is also attributable to those that people the edifice.

Tamil parties furious over Rajapaksa visit
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to India from Saturday has generated a lot of heat in Tamil Nadu, with political parties adamantly opposed to any military alliance between New Delhi and Colombo.



Ajith bids adieu

The funeral of veteran journalist Ajith Samaranayaka was held at the General Cemetery, Kanatte yesterday with the participation of many eminent personalities from the fourth estate. Grieving relatives including wife Manohari (extreme right) seen at the final rites ceremony. - (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

President in India
President Mahinda Rajapksa arrived in New Delhi yesterday on a three-day visit to India. Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Manishankar Aiyar and State Minister for Finance H. Handick welcomed President Rajapaksa at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. - (pic by Sudath Silva)


Budget 2007: Challenges ahead
 “Some men wrest a living on nature; this is called work. Some men wrest a living on those who wrest a living on nature; this is called trade. Some men wrest a living on those who wrest a living on those who wrest a living on nature. This is called finance.”  
 This erudite yet melodious quote came from Father Vincent Mc Nabb (1868-1943) who propounded the theory of distributism, a forerunner to the market economy with renowned author G.K. Chesterton and Hillaire Bellock.
 However, the Committee stages of Budget 2007 which opened out on Thursday morning were a paradox to the erudite quote and the very purpose of Parliamentary business with the main opposition virtually abandoning it (there were only around five MPs). The legislators on the Government benches were also sparse with only around 20.

Best of luck, singing Governor
The newly appointed governor of the North Central Province and popular singer Karunaratne Divulgane assumed office this week. So what, one may ask, is it news?
News about the appointment of governors is usually buried among reams of more exciting events and hardly raises any eyebrows. But Divulgane’s appointment did and that was because the good man was a household name as a vocalist who had carved a niche for himself in the local music arena within a relatively short period of time.

Legal tangles of a de-merger
The recent ruling by the Supreme Court on the de-merger of the North- East province has paved the way for much debate on the future status of the disputed region. Many Non Governmental Organisations, peace lobbyists and even certain sections of the international community have expressed their displeasure over the ruling.


Starvation looms in Jaffna
"Barely 24 hours before the Co-Chairs met in Washington on November 21, President Mahinda Rajapakse directed his officials to dispatch food items through the A9 road to the North.
President Rajapakse’s announcement was a sequel to media reports that the Co-Chairs were going to mount pressure on Rajapakse and his government to open the A9 road to feed the starving civilians.



Sports officials plan to protect athletes from viral flu
Sri Lanka’s sports authorities have shown concern over the spreading of two types of viral fevers in the country ahead of the Asian Games in Doha Qatar.

World Cup takes centre stage at felicitation dinner
The 2007 cricket World Cup featured quite prominently at the felicitation dinner accorded by Sri Lanka Cricket at Cinnamon Grand Hotel on Sunday to the national cricketers for their special achievements in the international cricket arena.

Moody’s boys ready for Kiwis
Although the 2007 World Cup is barely four months away winning the two-Test series against New Zealand is of utmost importance to coach Tom Moody if Sri Lanka is to keep the momentum going.
“To me, sport in general is all about momentum. If we can take some positive momentum out of these Test matches by getting our top order batsmen scoring runs and our bowlers taking wickets and bowling well with good rhythm that will flow into our one-day games” observed Moody.

We need to compete says Sri Lanka skipper Jayawardene
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene feels that his side needs to compete under New Zealand conditions and pitches if they are to give the home country a good run in the Test and one-day series.

Ponting tightens noose
BRISBANE, Australia - Australia were digging a massive hole for beleaguered England to escape from, as the tourists faced a demoralising defeat in the first Ashes cricket Test at the Gabba here Saturday.

In search of aces
The Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) shares the similar view as cricket administrators that the country’s future in sport lies in the hands of youth in rural areas.

GOM of Bloomfield is 81 today
The Grand Old Man of one of the oldest cricket clubs in this country Shelley Wickramasinghe turns 81 today.
Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club which is 114 years old and Shelley are quite synonymous with each other. If not for Shelley the club would not be standing handsomely at its present location at Reid Avenue.


“Reforms; yes, but not other agendas”
New General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake strongly feels that the much argued about reforms to the party should not be used as a cover to meet what he terms as other motives of some individuals. He says that the internal party democracy spoken by the reformists do not exist within any party in Sri Lanka.

There must be a compromise: Kodituwakku
Senior member of the UNP working committee and former minister Karunasena Kodituwakku says that both factions with the UNP should be patient and reach a consensus on the issues that are at the centre of the present crisis.

Mangala blocked Chandrika’s PTOMS
A fearless and candid Deputy Ports minister Dilan Perera views Ex-President’s statements to the media as malicious and baseless. Referring to some of the interviews former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has given to the media, the deputy minister says the types of interviews carried out will not help her gain any respect from either the party or the country.


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