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
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.
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)
India promises food supplies to
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
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
question under pressure
Over Vakarai massacre
An oral question posed by UNP General Secretary Tissa
Attanayake to Tourism Minister Anura Bandaranaike in
Parliament had been withdrawn under pressure, The Nation
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Tamil parties furious over
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
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)
“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
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
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
newly appointed governor of the North Central
Province and popular singer Karunaratne Divulgane
assumed office this week. So what, one may ask, is
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
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
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.
Cup takes centre stage at felicitation dinner
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
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
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
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
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”
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:
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.