Governance Council mooted
The UNP alternate group that is to join hands with President
Mahinda Rajapaksa will sign a separate Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with the government that will include the
establishment of a Committee or a Council on Good Governance.
Agreement had been reached on the establishment of this
committee during discussions between the UNP alternate group led
by former Deputy Leader of the UNP Karu Jayasuriya and
Troops that captured the LTTE eastern
stronghold of Vakarai on Friday waving the national flag
in front of the Vakarai base hospital.
Two WPC Ministers to face the axe for
allegedly helping criminals
Two WPC Ministers have been found to have allegedly facilitated
the visit of two suspected criminals out of the country under
the pretext of participating at a conference, according to the
findings of two separate committees.
The two Provincial Ministers, Hector Bethmage and Gamini
Thilakasiri, have further been alleged of cheating and
misleading the foreign embassies by associating themselves with
the criminals to obtain foreign visas.
|LTTE admits defeat in Vakarai
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) admitting
their defeat in the East have further described it as a
Speaking to The Nation, LTTE Media Spokesman Daya Master
yesterday admitted that Vakarai was now in the hands of
the government troops and that the Tigers were no more
present in the area.
Though he denied allegations that the LTTE was weak
following the defection of Karuna, Daya Master said the
government troops had an advantage ...
Army consolidates East
Troops yesterday continued to consolidate its strength
over Vakarai while marching towards Kathiraveli area to
clear off remaining LTTE pockets, military sources said.
“Sri Lankan troops are advancing further north, while
consolidating the defences in the Vakarai town area,”
the military said without giving details.
Military sources said ground troops were moving on
several flanks to secure a stretch of land along the
coastline in a bid to cut off Tiger supply lines.
Meanwhile Colonel Charlie Gallage has taken over the
command of the army commando brigade in the area.
JVP to take crucial decision
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is to decide whether
it would continue to support the government or not, at
its Central Committee meeting scheduled for this week.
JVP sources said that a decision would be taken in this
regard after taking into consideration the situation
that would arise after the crossing over of a number of
UNP MPs to the government. Also the JVP, it is learnt,
is irked over the political solution to the North-East
conflict to be presented by the All Party Representative
Committee headed by Minister Tissa Vitarana.
SLMM gets back to ceasefire
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) will re-commence
its operations at regional level with effect from
tomorrow, SLMM Spokesman Thofinur Ommarson said.
According to him the Ceasefire Monitors have already
been sent to Batticaloa, Jaffna and Kilinochchi and more
Monitors were on their way to Vavuniya to commence their
Committee recommends 12 new
The Committee appointed to study and make
recommendations regarding the re-demarcation of existing
divisional secretariat and grama niladhari divisions has
recommended the setting up of 12 new divisional
|Thin ice and landslides – the crossover saga
Political circles were agog with frenzied
lobbying attempts and last minute deal-making last week, as the UNP reformists
looked poised to join President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, even as the
fissures in his own ranks began to show.
The UNP reformist group is likely to join the government this week, with at
least 18 members crossing over from the main opposition party. UNP Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe was engaged in a relentless effort to stop this erosion of the
Grand Old Party, by telling the President at their one-to-one pow-wow last
Tuesday that encouraging crossovers ...
So whose nation is this
I am not conversant enough in literature to
assess the worth of the recently held Galle Literary
Festival. I was there only on the final two days
anyway and then only for two or three sessions. I
don’t know to what extent the so-called ‘best minds
in the country’ deliberated on the politics of the
word or if they did so at all, but the organizers,
bless them (!), did throw in the ‘political’ on the
“Ranil and Karu are no different in principle”-
A: The government did not keep the JVP informed or ask for our views even when
they signed the previous MoU with the UNP. They tried to keep us informed about
the fact that such a pact was going to be signed, but apart from this there was
nothing further said. Once again the government is poised to welcome a separate
group from the UNP the same way and they have not done so after having sought
the JVP’s views on the matter. As per the MoU signed with the JVP prior to the
2005 presidential election in order to support President Rajapaksa’s
candidature, the JVP cannot be in any way satisfied with the current behaviour
of the government.
“No peace with military action”
Q: The government’s attempt to win the war on the one hand, and at the same
time, find a political settlement, seem to be a failure. How do you see
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political, as well as military, strategy in this
Muscle building now an obsession
Former Mr. Sri Lanka class winner Anton Fonseka is an advertisement for that old
dictum, ‘health is wealth’.
Fonseka still has the vigour in him to put to shame most young physical
culturists who train with him. The 61-year-old told The Nation in an interview
that the secret to maintaining his health and fitness was an active life-style
Retired from serving the Sri Lanka Army he now spends time running a gymnasium
in Kochchikade, Negombo. Fonseka isn’t all that excited in trying his hand at
gym business which is very competitive and booming in Sri Lanka.
Educate, the Australian way
With the completion of the GCE O/L examination
the accent is now on the school cricket season which is gradually gaining
momentum and, the Sri Lanka under 19 cricketers who are due to leave for
Malaysia on Tuesday.
With school cricket being the focus of attention these days it would be
pertinent to note how Australia have included cricket to their curriculum of
Australia as you might know is used as a role model by virtually all
cricket-playing countries not because they are the top cricket nation, but for
their expertise on other fields connected to sport.
Look around and you will find three of the four Asian cricket
nations has an Australian as national cricket coach.
Malaysia will be a good eye....
One cannot blame Sri Lanka’s under 19 cricket coach Roger Wijesuriya if he has
to spend part of his valuable time reading autobiographies of cricketing icons
like Steve Waugh and Shane Warne.
Why he does that is not purely to enhance his knowledge on the game, but to pick
up useful hints from the superstars and pass it onto his young protégés.
If Sri Lanka’s rugby can be given life one can envisage a human wearing a mask.
Rugby fans world over know that Sri Lanka played well at the recent 15-a-side
World Cup qualifiers and its junior team played in the 2001 Youth World Cup in
Chile. The picture Sri Lanka portrays to the world that its prowess lies in the
longer version of rugby union is misleading.