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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 Gotabhaya ...

 

President 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



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Galle not a pledging meeting, says WB Vice President
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 conflict.

 

NEWS

Four caught after claymore found
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
The 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 Independence follows:

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’ yesterday.

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 matters.

Check on mushrooming bottled water industry
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 licenses.

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 failed.

 

 


 

UNP 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).


UNP Hambantota District Organiser Sajith Premadasa with Indian Premier Dr. Manmohan Singh at Hyderabad House during a visit to New Delhi recently

POLITICS

This 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.

INTERVIEWS

We need to stabilise this government
SLFP 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 about.

NEWS FEATURES

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 implemented.

‘Female 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.

“This was not a pledging session” - Praful Patel
Hot 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.

SPORTS

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 event.
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.

Point Blank
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 sports.

   

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