Overseas trips of UNP
UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed that
all UNP members of Parliament should remain in the country
during the month of May.
According to informed sources he had told his MPs that attending
Parliament is important during this period.
Ranil Wickremesinghe had apparently cancelled all foreign visits
of UNP MPs. The party had declined all invitations extended by
foreign organizations to UNP members including those by the
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Inter Parliament
The UNP will strategically move to change the party composition
in Parliament and create an imbalance in the government benches,
thus pushing the government to a parliamentary general election
or force the President to accept a UNP led government.
It is learnt that the UNP was trying to contact deposed Minister
Mangala Samaraweera who is in Singapore at the moment, to
explore possibilities. But Samaraweera is apparently in two
minds and had not responded.
May Peace be with you
Christians all over the world celebrate Easter Sunday
today. Jesus Christ became man to resurrect his
followers from sins. - (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)
Eight killed, 25 wounded in Vavuniya bus
Eight people including a soldier were killed and 25 injured when
the LTTE triggered a claymore mine targeting a public transport
bus at Parayanalankulam off Vavuniya yesterday morning.
According to the army the explosion took place around 7.30a.m
when the bus belonging to the SL transport board was plying
towards Vavuniya from Mannar on the Vavuniya- Mannar main road.
“Army medical teams rushed to the scene and took immediate
measures to transfer casualties to the hospitals. Five people
died on the spot and the other two died on admission to the
Vavuniya General Hospital,” Army Spokesman Brigadier Prasad
Brigadier Samarasinghe said that all the civilian victims were
Tamils and Muslims. Six women and two children were also among
the injured. The soldier who died had been on leave.
This is the second attack on a public bus this week. On Monday
(2) a powerful bomb exploded in a bus at the military ....
|‘Another channel for al Qaeda
to attack US, courtesy LTTE’
Mike Scheuer, former head of the al Qaeda Unit of the
CIA and the present terrorism analyst of CBS TV said the
Sri Lankan terrorist group LTTE stealing European
passports and supplying them to al Qaeda terrorists
provides another channel for the 9/11 attackers to enter
United States for an assault.
SLFP proposals before APRC within two weeks
Sri Lanka Freedom Party proposals to the All Party
Representative Committee had been presented to the party
general secretary recently, The Nation learns.
No power cuts during New Year
CEB officials said that there will not be power cuts
during the New Year festive season even though power
generation capacity has dwindled drastically due to lack
of rain in hydro reservoir areas.
No dissident UNP Minister will
return — Lokuge
Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge yesterday scotched rumours
that more dissident UNP ministers were planning to
return to the opposition benches.
Security men in verbal barrage
with JR’s grandson
Grandson of former President J.R Jayewardene was abused
by a group of army personnel claiming to be from the
security division of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya
Rajapaksa. Amrith Jayewardene was stopped by the army
men when he tried to overtake several army vehicles in
CMC gears up to face mosquito
The Colombo Municipal Council officials anticipate
another outbreak of dengue and chikungunya with the
onset of the monsoon rains shortly, and are gearing to
take precautionary measures, The Nation learns.
TID to question Sivajilingam
The Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) has
re-summoned Tamil National Alliance (TNA)
parliamentarian and TELO Leader M.K. Sivajilingam for
further questioning tomorrow April 9.
Rupesinghe launches website
The website of Kumar Rupesinghe which intends to focus
on the current crisis in Sri Lanka, the prospects for a
negotiated solution and good governance was launched at
a simple ceremony attended by friends and well wishers
on Friday, March 30.
Diplomatic missions in
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the Foreign
Ministry to find out the possibilities of establishing
diplomatic missions in Palestine and Libya.
Minister cites personal
reasons for two members quitting commission probing HR
Two members of the Commission of Inquiries looking into
15 cases of human rights abuses and killings are to be
relieved of their duties with immediate effect, The
ill-fated bus caught in yesterday’s claymore mine blast in
Periyanalankulam off Vavuniya
the storms as Executive President
As the country is being gripped with cricket fever
due to the on-going cricket World Cup in the West
Indies, where Sri Lanka’s cricketers are performing
quite well, the governing Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)
was playing a different kind of ball game in
On the one hand, it had to deal with the growing
threat of dissident Ministers Mangala Samaraweera
and Sripathi Sooriyarachchi and it was also being
compelled to make public its proposals to devolve
power in the search for a solution to the ethnic
forward to April prophecies as govt. takes stock
Sri Lanka’s political future is poised to take an
entirely different course come April Sinhala and
Hindu New Year. This was the prophesy spelt out by
the head of the UNP’s southern command Wajira
Abeywardena at a political rally held at the Layards
Broadway (Kosgashandiya) in Colombo last week.
SLT buries land phone for CDMA
missive addressed to top Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) officials of a
decision to stop issuance of land phones to subscribers has
The latest decision by SLT, already embroiled in corruption and
Eastern Muslims face threat of
de-merger of the north and east by a court order has posed a
fresh threat to the minority Muslims in the east.
Muslims in general fear the sudden spurt of state aided
colonisation in the predominant Muslim areas in the east. They
fear that this turn of event might change their life overnight.
Noose tightening on badly wounded Tiger
The pattern of ‘rise and fall’ is inevitable, when it comes to
an organization that uses terror as its modus operandi.
In the latter eighties, we saw the JVP’s military backbone
broken, accounting for its mighty fall after an unprecedented
rise. The JVP called the shots through the barrel of the gun.It
appears the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is facing
the same phase of decline after rising to the position of almost
undisputed representative of the Tamil people.
like Zimbabwe, Chappell tells India
(AFP) - India’s outgoing coach Greg Chappell on Saturday slammed the
unprofessional set up in the country, saying “if you want to be like Australia,
you can’t run your cricket like Zimbabwe.”
on the importance of sports medicine
Chris Padfield has been coming to Sri Lanka since 1984 to coach Rugby. He was
originally invited by the SLRFU to coach its National team. At that time, he was
the National Coach to Wales under 21 squad.
Dharmaraja gets an international cricket ground
One of the oldest Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka, Dharmaraja College, Kandy which
has been in existence for 120 years is building a new international cricket
stadium at Lake View with the help of Sri Lanka Cricket who have already funded
them Rs. 750,000 for the preparation of five centre pitches.
longs for national recognition
Anil Rideegammanagedera was picked the Cricketer of the Year for the season
2006-07 by Sri Lanka Cricket which entitled him to a brand new Suzuki Swift car
worth Rs. 1.6 million. It was the first time SLC had ever handed out such a
handsome prize and Ridee (as he will be referred to from now on) with his
exceptional all-round performances for Moors SC in the recently
concluded season was a worthy recipient.
Old order changeth
Is there a paucity of good cricket umpires in
the country that we have to keep on persisting with just two all the time and
nominate them each year to the International Cricket Council (ICC) panel?
Hitting out with Aravinda
Our batting is not up to the mark
The game against the West Indies went as
predicted. Other than Lara one could not see anyone else making runs against the
Sri Lankan attack. Though Chanderpaul made runs Lara was the one who would have
made the difference. On that helpful pitch the West Indies bowlers were not
penetrative to contain the Sri Lankan batting.
every minute of my stay”
served as Attorney General for over seven years, K.C.
Kamalasabayason, P.C., retired from the Official Bar last week
after a long illustrious career. He hails from Trincomalee and
has five siblings, four brothers and a sister.
terrorists for peace in SL: Karuna
Muralitharan (39), better known as Karuna, has become a
household name in Sri Lanka, since his defection from the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in March 2004. He is
hated by the LTTE Wanni faction but praised by others keen on
defeating the Wanni Tigers. In a wide ranging interview with
Ruwan Weerakoon, ....