Sunday February 04th, 2007
President in Vakarai
Invites LTTE to unconditional talks
President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Vakarai
yesterday, and thanked the Special Forces for the victory gained
in the formerly LTTE-controlled area.
The President’s visit follows the recapture of Vakarai by the
Sri Lanka armed forces on January 19. President Rajapaksa spoke
with the Special Forces personnel and also posed for a
photograph with them.
The President landed in Vakarai around 9:30 a.m. with his
entourage in five Sri Lanka Air Force helicopters. He was
accompanied by Ministers Nimal Siripala De Silva, Rishard
Badurdeen, Ameer Ali and Deputy Minister Suresh Vadivel,
Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunge, Defence Secretary
Mahinda Rajapaksa being greeted by a woman during a
surprise visit to the recently recaptured Vakarai area
yesterday. The President was accompanied by the three
service chiefs and a coterie of ministers on his tour
Galle not a pledging meeting, says WB
A number of donor countries have indicated that there would not
be any new financial commitments made to Sri Lanka until the
security situation improves. They had even come closer to
withdrawing the commitments made earlier, diplomatic sources
told The Nation.
The source said that the donor meeting in Galle was mainly to
push the government to go into a negotiated settlement for the
current ethnic crisis. “That is why we did not agree to a
pledging meeting,” he added saying that the objective was to
urge the government to go for a peaceful resolution to the
|Four caught after claymore
Four persons were arrested in a cordon and search
operation in Maligawatte following the claymore mine
found in the area yesterday morning, police said.
COPE to continue with probe -
Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Public
Enterprises (COPE) Wijeyadasa Rajapakse said that
despite several UNP members joining the government, he
will not stop the ongoing investigations into
privatisation deals and misappropriation committed
during the UNP regime.
‘History has shown that we can
rise when we are united’
President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his independence day
message said that history had shown that our country
could advance when we are united. The full text of his
message to the nation on the 59th anniversary of
Reformists must abide by
Mahinda Chintana, JVP
By Thimali Ranaweera
The JVP has thrown a challenge at President Mahinda
Rajapaksa asking him to get a written assurance from the
UNP MPs that joined the government that they agreed with
the Mahinda Chinthana manifesto.
UNP can’t be swayed by
defections - Ranil
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing UNP
supporters assured that nothing can bring down the party
irrelevant of how many leave. He made these comments
speaking at the party headquarters ‘Sirikotha’
I quit as CWC lacked
transparency - Puthrasigamany
Parliamentarian V. Puthrasigamany who quit the Ceylon
Workers Congress (CWC) said the Congress lacked
transparency especially with regard to financial
Check on mushrooming bottled
The Health Ministry is to closely monitor the bottled
water industry after random checks carried out by the
Ministry had revealed that there were many substandard
products in the market produced without obtaining
Plot within UNP made us join
Mahinda’s governtment says Naveen
Investment Promotion Minister Naveen Dissanayake
revealed that if they did not join hands with President
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, there was a plot within
the UNP to deny nominations to those critical of the
party leadership at a future election.
UNPers joined govt. after
reform attempt failed - SB
UNP strongman S.B. Dissanayake said yesterday it was
really sad that the cream of the UNP reformist group
joined the government and took up portfolios.
He said that this disgruntled group of MPs joined the
government after their attempt to reform the party
Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP Secretary, International
Affairs, Ravi Karunanayake met with New India Congress Leader
Mrs. Sonia Gandhi on February 1. They discussed the Sri Lankan
issue at length during their meeting. The Opposition Leader
returned to Colombo on Friday (2).
Hambantota District Organiser Sajith Premadasa with Indian
Premier Dr. Manmohan Singh at Hyderabad House during a visit to
New Delhi recently
is my Nation
The political fun and games
30 years after!
The political fallout from last Sunday’s crossover
of parliamentarians from the United National Party (UNP)
to the cabinet of ministers has not materialised
yet, but it sure will.
We need to
stabilise this government
General Secretary, Agriculture Minister and one of the two
signatories to the MoU between the SLFP and the UNP, Maithripala
Sirisena made headlines last week, when he publicly hung his
head in shame at the size of the new Cabinet of ministers and
heaped blame on the JVP for causing such a situation to come
Nothing much to hype about
Apparently what took place in Galle from
January 20 to 30, was not a pledging meeting, but instead it was a meeting
convened by the Sri Lankan government to apprise the donor community of its
future plans to develop the country and to explain further the cost that would
incur for such infrastructure and other development projects if they were to be
brothel operator killed my husband’
Mrs. Mangalika Wickremasinghe, wife of slain businessman, Morris
Wickremasinghe, yesterday alleged that the mastermind behind the
slaying of her husband was a female brothel operator who posed
off as a business person.
not a pledging session” - Praful Patel
on the heels of the Sri Lanka Development Forum, Vice President,
World Bank for the South Asian Region, Praful Patel, met with
newspaper editors for a no-holds barred discussion on the
progress made at the donor meeting and their concerns for Sri
Lanka’s future with regard to development and the conflict.
Sri Lanka Cricket
confident coach Moody will stay
Tom Moody’s future as coach with Sri Lanka seems fairly secure
after he pulled out of the race to become Australia’s next coach
and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman David Morgan
told BBC Radio that Duncan Fletcher, the England coach would
remain with them.
Moody was mentioned as a potential replacement for Fletcher,
should he resign and speculation that Moody’s wife was English
and his family stayed in England and not in Sri Lanka.
Moody looking at World Cup and beyond
Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody said that his team was pretty sure of the brand of
cricket they want to play at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean next month and
added the Indian tour would be used to boost their confidence ahead of the major
The Sri Lankan team left for India on Friday to take part in a series of four
one-day internationals, the first of which starts on Thursday week at Kolkata.
It is the final dress rehearsal for both countries before the World Cup.
Tampering with rugby’s traditions
Tradition and sport go a long way like husband and wife. Bonds are made in sport
when new things introduced in the agenda of an institution are cherished and
nurtured. A lot of good things introduced to Sri Lankan sport by the British,
one time rulers of this country, still exist. As much as cricket is a wonderful
gift by the Englishmen to the islanders, so is rugby.
A nation salutes her sports stars
A short while after Sri Lanka won her freedom from British rule, Duncan White
paid tribute to the new-born nation by winning a silver medal in the 400metre
hurdles at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. The timings returned by Duncan
(51.8 seconds) and the winner Roy Cochran of USA (51.1 seconds) bettered the
existing Olympic Games record.
Stand and deliver
So the country has a new Minister for Sports.
Expectations from sportsmen and sportswomen right down to sports administrators
and the sporting public will be high that the new minister would resurrect sport
from its present malaise. This has been the wish expressed from every minister
who was appointed to this post in the past.
One thing good about the appointment of Gamini Lokuge to the post is that he has
been given cabinet ranking unlike his predecessor Jeevan Kumaratunga who was a
non-cabinet minister ipso factor the President holding onto the portfolio of
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