Mahinda hits out at
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday came out strongly against
his political opponents saying that he had identified clearly
those who are acting against the interests of the country.
“There is no basis for the allegations leveled against the
government by defeated politicians, retired politicians and
politicians who are in a hurry to come to power,” the President
Speaking at a gathering of eminent persons at the Presidential
Secretariat last evening President Rajapaksa said that certain
sections are conspiring to undermine the security forces who
achieved victory by liberating the innocent civilians from the
clutches of the terrorists.
It was go Thora go
celebrate their resounding innings and 44 runs win
against archrivals Royal in the 128th ‘Battle of the
Blues’ cricket encounter which concluded at SSC grounds
yesterday. - (Pic by Nissanka Wijerathne)
Over 5000 illegal pharmacies to be taken
More than 5000 illegal pharmacies that are currently functioning
in the country without proper license will be dealt in courts
under the Cosmetic Devise and Drugs Act, along with the
implementation of Bibile recommendations, The Nation learns.
This is sequel following an order from President Mahinda
Rajapaksa to investigate pharmacies that operate without the
Secretary to Ministry of Health Dr Athula Kahandaliyanage said
that the President had directed him to take action against
|SLFP APRC proposal
Not beyond 13th
The province will be the basic unit of devolution and
the 13th Amendment will be the extent of power
devolution in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)
proposals to the All Party Representative Committee that
would be presented shortly The Nation learns.
Another two abducted
Adding to the number of abducted persons, one more
incident was reported yesterday from the Borella police
area where a 34- year- old man was abducted.
UNP calls for transparency
Past examples of transparency at the highest political
levels were brought in when the proposed Parliamentary
Select Committee (PSC) to probe the alleged
pre-Presidential poll agreement between the President
Mahinda Rajapaksa and the LTTE was discussed during the
Emergency debate on Wednesday.
Rise in number of landmine
The number of landmine victims has started to escalate
with the resumption of hostilities between the
government troops and the LTTE since last year.
Govt. servants irked over new
attendance marking move
Controversy surrounds the Government’s decision to get
the thumb impression in marking the daily attendance of
LTTE acknowledges they had a
pact with govt.
High ranking LTTE officials yesterday acknowledged the
existence of an alleged secret pact with the United
People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government led by
President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Private sector help sought to
boost hybrid rice production
Govt. declares April 29
The Rice Research and Development Institute (RRDI) at
Batalagoda urged the Agriculture Ministry to make a
policy decision to authorize the private sector to
develop and promote hybrid rice varieties, Dr. Nimal
Dissanayake, Director, RRDI told The Nation.
Mixed reaction over move to change
The annual May Day commemorating the international day
of the workers is poised to be brought forward to April
29 as May 1 clashes with the Vesak Poya this year.
Baghdad car bomb kills 26 during
BAGHDAD, (AFP) - A suicide bomber attacked an
army checkpoint in Baghdad on Saturday, killing 26
people while foreign envoys held peace talks just three
kilometres (two miles) away, a security official said.
Australia charges Indonesians
with smuggling Sri Lankans
SYDNEY, March 10, 2007 (AFP) - Australian
police said Saturday they had charged two Indonesian men
with people smuggling, for allegedly organising a
boatload of Sri Lankan asylum seekers intercepted last
Over 2000 acres acquired in
Western Province as Wetlands
The Ministry of Urban Development and Sacred Areas has
acquired 1000 acres of wetlands in the Greater Colombo
Area and another 1000 acres of land in other parts of
the Western Province in a bid to protect these areas
getting flooded during rain storms.
special adviser Basil Rajapaksa visited Vakarai in the Eastern
Province yesterday and inspected the development and
resettlement work taking place there while inquiring after the
wellbeing of the displaced persons living in camps. -
(Pic. By Sudath Silva)
is my Nation
Taking the flak on
Human rights are a much maligned phrase. It is also
a phrase that is liberally used to malign
governments, especially of the developing world. Sri
Lanka whatever its faults, being a vibrant democracy
has by and large escaped being tarred with the brush
of human rights violations-until the recent past,
that is. Suddenly however, the prospect of the
country being censured for human rights excesses
SLFP takes stock while UNP prepares
to strike back
Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government have won the confidence of
the public when it comes to executing the war and fighting the
LTTE. However, it’s been quite the contrary with regard to human
rights issues and the cost of living.
The human rights record in the country is going from
bad to worst and concerns have been raised locally
as well as internationally in connection with the
recent abductions that have been taking place in
many parts of the country, especially in Colombo and
“I remained faithful
when others conspired with the Opposition against
the party” - Mangala
Although I have not yet received the agenda for the
SLFP Central Committee Meeting scheduled for March
7, 2007 (today), the media reported that it will
decide my future in the party. There had been
forecasts in the media of recent that my role within
the SLFP would be crucial.
Operation Human Shield II launched
Mystery surrounds the death of Centre Commandant of 8GR (Gajaba
Regiment- Saliyapura), Lt. Col. Jayantha Suraweera who recently
went for a fitness test and was awaiting a promotion as full
who was also the Sub Area Commander of Anuradhapura, was the
Colonel in charge of the Wilpattu detachment, the entry point to
Mihin – to fly high or
Rule of Law paralysed; Abductions,
Disappearances and Extra Judicial Killings rule the day:
much-hyped Mihin Air finally made its maiden flight last Sunday
but not before several hiccups. The first flight of the fully
government owned budget airline flew to the closest
international destination from Colombo-Trivandrum, India.
At 2:15 a.m. yesterday, Anton Eric and his girlfriend Shiromala,
were walking home after a Friday night musical show at Campbell
Park. As they walked past the Government Press in Borella, a
white van drove up to the couple and a group from inside the
van, grabbed Anton, dragged him into the van and drove off.
Thora!! Thora!!! Thomian Toast
S. Thomas’ won back the D.S. Senanayake Challenge Shield for the 34th occasion
beating Royal by an innings and 44 runs before lunch on the third and final day
at their annual 128th ‘Battle of the Blues’ cricket encounter that ended at the
SSC grounds yesterday. With this win the Thomians will now take the lead in the
series with 34 wins against Royal’s 33.
Arguably this year’s Royal team was a mere shadow of the one that won the 2006
encounter by seven wickets. The Thomians last beat Royal in 2005.
record breaking Thomian duo
They became the heroes for S. Thomas’ College. It was their centuries that paved
the way for Royal’s defeat at the 128th cricket encounter between the two
institutions that took place at the SSC grounds yesterday.
The record breaking partnership of 238 runs between Ashan Peiris and Nisham
Mazahir was the first double century stand for the Thomians in the time honoured
series and will be long remembered.
have been as good as today’s....
David Heyn is a name synonymous with Sri Lanka cricket of the seventies, a
period in which many easily tend to forget whenever the past history of the game
is written or spoken about.
It is perhaps the period when Sri Lanka had in its ranks some of the finest
cricketers to emerge from this country and who could have taken cricket to lofty
levels on par with other Test playing nations only if that recognition had been
given to them by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
to hit British economy
LONDON, (AFP) - The Cricket World Cup, due to
start next week and last almost two months, could hit Britain’s economic
productivity by 270 million pounds (397 million euros, 521 million dollars),
according to an independent study published Saturday.
“Although it will not grab the international imagination to the same extent as
the soccer World Cup it remains the case that, even to those only half
interested, watching cricket is one of the best ways of avoiding working known
to man,” said the study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).
The captain must fire
One worrying aspect of Sri Lanka’s build up
towards cricket World Cup 2007 is the form of their captain Mahela Jayawardene
who has continued to fail with the bat after a heady tour of
England seven months ..
Govt aware of the killings and the
abductions: Mano Ganesan
district parliamentarian and convener of the Civil Monitoring
Commission of Sri Lanka (CMCSL) Mano Ganesan holds the
Government responsible for the series of extrajudicial killings
and abductions taking place on a daily basis. Ganesan believes
that the Government is aware of all the killings and especially,
of the abductions, though it denies vehemently.