|UK’s All Party
Thamilselvan to address British MPs
In an unprecedented gesture that could spark a
diplomatic row, British ruling Labour Party MP Keith Vaz
last week said that the All Party Parliamentary Group
for Tamils formed by British MPs had agreed to invite
LTTE Political-wing Leader S.P. Thamilselvan to visit
Britain and address parliamentarians.
Pillayan falls out and
allegedly on the run
An internal strife within the Karuna faction
has come to a head on with deputy leader of the group
Pillayan falling out and one of his loyalists Sindujan
being killed in internecine warfare, military sources
this year’s Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna May Day rally lay
abandoned at the flooded Parliamentary Grounds as a lone
member looks on the wreckage of the once firmly standing
stage and decorations. - (Pic by Ishara S.
to be ‘slightly’ adjusted
The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will
this week hold a crucial meeting to evaluate its proposals
before submitting them to the All Party Representative Committee
CFA the only realistic way, says
British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has assured his
country’s support in achieving peace in Sri Lanka.
The “only realistic way” to solve Sri Lanka’s national
question is to fully implement the Cease Fire Agreement
(CFA) signed in 2002, he told British parliament on
Tony Blair was responding to a question raised by Keith
Vaz, Labour MP representing Leicester East constituency
on the “tragic situation unfolding in Sri Lanka”.
Norway to continue as
facilitator despite UK interest
Despite the British Government’s renewed interest in Sri
Lanka’s ethnic conflict, the Norwegians will continue to
play the facilitator’s role, The Nation learns.
Ten Sea Tigers killed off
Ten Sea Tigers were killed and 12 others were injured in
a midnight clash with the Sri Lanka Navy close to the
LTTE stronghold of Mullaithivu.
The military said the mid sea clash occurred between a
Sri Lanka naval contingent and Sea Tigers when Navy
boats spotted a cluster of rebel boats heading towards
Canterbury Archbishop due
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams is to
spend four days in Sri Lanka beginning tomorrow (7) as
part of a visit to South East Asia.
Dr Williams’ visit comes at a time when tensions have
increased in the country following the apparent
breakdown in peace negotiations between the Government
and the Tamil Tigers, the Anglican church said in a
Heavy rains claim 13 lives
The torrential rainfall on Thursday and Friday resulted
in the deaths of 13 people in the island.
The Disaster Management Centre stated that the heavy
rainfall resulting in landslides and floods claimed six
lives in Galle, three in Kalutara, two in Colombo and
two in Gampaha.
CWC moots five major regional
The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) has strongly suggested
a merged regional council for the Tamils of North and
East as part of its proposals to the All Party
Representative Committee (APRC), a spokesman for the
Solution must be far better
than PC system - UNP dissident
The 17 dissident United National Party (UNP) ministers
will meet together to discuss the Sri Lanka Freedom
Party (SLFP) draft proposals in detail on Tuesday, May
Lankan Embassy complains to
US State Dept.
to beam LTTE broadcasts’
The Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC complained to the
Justice Department and the State Department that the
Washington based Intelsat Corporation is breaking US law
by continuing to broadcast the propaganda television and
radio services of the LTTE by a satellite they own
despite public assurances given weeks ago to the
over Ranil’s right to query Defence Secy.
Business and Management Consultant Nihal Sri Amarasekere
has raised questions over Opposition Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe’s right to question the appointment of
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as defence secretary.
US lists LTTE, 42 other
groups as terrorist organisations
The United States Department of State has designated the LTTE as
a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in its “Country Reports on
According to this report the LTTE gets external funds through
its overt Organisations, which support Tamil separatism.
areas in Colombo
The torrential monsoonal rains that hit the Western and Southern
provinces in Sri Lanka on Wednesday and Thursday last week,
wreaked havoc with many tragic incidents and obstacles reported:
deaths by drowning and electrocution, floods, displacement,
damage to public property and heavy traffic congestion. However,
what is more deplorable is that the city of Colombo is awfully
unsafe for the public, in weather conditions of such sudden
|None are so blind as
those who refuse to see
Saturday, while the Sri Lankan cricket team was
fighting a losing battle in the cricket World Cup
final against Australia, in near darkness in
Barbados, a different kind of battle was being
enacted in the darker skies of Colombo, where the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were staging
their third air strike.
If losing the World Cup in less than ideal
circumstances was distressing, even more pathetic
was the country’s plight in dealing with the world’s
foremost terrorist group which now has its own
aircraft capable of striking against a sovereign
state as and when it pleases.
World focus on Sri Lanka
heightens as conflict intensifies
An initiative taken by the British to resuscitate
the peace process in Sri Lanka has gained much
prominence with diverse opinions being expressed in
this regard. However, air attacks by the LTTE and
retaliation from the security forces have dimmed
hopes of the government and the terrorists returning
to the negotiating table.
The British initiative gained prominence in the wake
of a debate on the situation in Sri Lanka at the
House of Commons. At a fairly long debate, where
members from the British government and the
opposition raised valued points on the situation in
Sri Lanka, the British lawmakers urged the Sri
Lankan government and the LTTE to push for a
Crackdown on LTTE fundraising
Everything, including the World Cup finals, in which Sri Lanka
participated last weekend, paled into insignificance, as the
Tigers caused panic in the skies over Colombo in the wee hours
of Sunday morning.
In fact, virtually, in the whole week that followed – Tuesday,
Thursday and Sunday- the Tigers’ nocturnal escapades gripped the
country in a state of fear.
While the Tiger flights on Tuesday and Sunday were observed by
many persons, including civilians, on Thursday, “Sri Lanka Air
Force (SLAF) personnel had sighted two aircraft, 40-50 miles in
the Puttalam district…” Senpathi reported last week.
Simmering pot of ethnic tension
At a time when media attention and peace keeping efforts are
understandably focused on Sri Lanka to bring an end to the
ongoing ethnic conflict, a dangerous mix of developments is
taking place in Pottuvil, in the south eastern part of the
SLFP proposals come under flak
The long awaited proposals of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party were
finally placed before the public and subsequently to the All
Party Representative Committee recently, creating debate among
political and other interested parties.
The APRC, which was formed with the expectation of reaching a
plausible solution to the ethnic conflict that had been plaguing
the country for over two decades, was expecting the SLFP, the
main constituent party of the government to submit their
proposals, for over seven months.
consensus on Electoral Reforms
Voting at future elections in Sri Lanka will be electronically,
if and when recommendations of the Parliamentary Select
Committee on Electoral Reforms (PSCER) are passed in the House.
The Committee was of the view that a system of electoral voting
should be made a priority. The Elections Commissioner has
recommended to the Committee that this proposal will reduce
heavy expenditure, hitherto incurred by the Department, for
manpower during elections and to overcome incompetence in
counting, corruption and delays in releasing election results.
concerned over British government travel warning
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has expressed grave concern over future cricket tours to
this country following the British government’s decision to warn its nationals
to avoid traveling to Sri Lanka following the recent air raids to Colombo by the
militant rebel group LTTE.
SLC secretary K. Mathivanan told The Nation that with the England cricket team
due later this year the grave situation in the country at present was not
England are due to make a tour of Sri Lanka in two legs – first for a series of
five one-day internationals from October 1 to 13 where they play in Dambulla (3
matches) and at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo (2 matches). The second leg is
from December 1 to 22 for a series ...
to work hard to compete with Australia - Mahela
Mahela Jayawardene said that other countries including Sri Lanka will have to
work hard if they are to compete with Australia.
“The Australians have the talent and ability to identify roles to individual
players who can step in most of the time,” Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka skipper
told The Nation after returning home from a successful World Cup campaign in the
Caribbean where his team finished runner-up to the eventual winners Australia.
“There is always this confidence thing. There are 14 guys who believe in that.
Mentally they are prepared for any situation because their domestic structure is
such. Other countries including Sri Lanka are not strong enough,” said
Jayawardene. “We have to work on those areas. To be consistent as Australia all
14 have to be prepared to take on that responsibility and be mentally tough.”
Jayawardene admitted that his team worked really hard and had the self belief
and confidence to go out there and win the World Cup.
“We identified a lot of roles for the guys. Everyone stepped in and performed.
We played very good cricket under different conditions and situations, but we
couldn’t win the trophy,” said Jayawardene.
fills the missing link and calls it quits
The only missing link in the illustrious career of Michael Hugh Tissera was that
he had not served in the capacity of manager of the national cricket team for a
period of time.
At the conclusion of cricket World Cup 2007 he had more or less fulfilled that
task and has requested Sri Lanka Cricket not to consider him for any future
appointments as manager as he intends calling it a day.
Tissera’s contract ceases at the end of May and if Sri Lanka don’t make it to
Abu Dhabi to play Pakistan in a series of three one-day internationals scheduled
for sometime this month, then Tissera will end his term as manager on a high
note with the Sri Lanka team finishing runner-up to Australia in the 2007 World
Cup concluded in the Caribbean last week.
backing for Go-Kart racing
In a country where cricket is worshiped as a religion in day to day life,
17-year-old Rikaaz Khalid is merely another reminder of the so-called less
popular sports. Motor racing where his heart lies, has given him immense glory
and fame in the international circuit.
An old boy of D.S. Senanayake College, Khalid had inborn talent for go-kart
racing. Even before reaching his teens, he became one of the fastest go-kart
drivers in the island and at the age of 15 he earned his competition licence -
the youngest to get it.
So near and yet so far
It finally boiled down to a point of being a
‘so near and yet so far’ situation when Sri Lanka had to settle for the
runner-up spot behind Australia instead of being crowned champions at the 2007
cricket World Cup which ended in the Caribbean last Sunday.
The nation’s hopes of winning a second World Cup after Arjuna Ranatunga’s boys
triumphed in 1996 was very high because Mahela Jayawardene’s team had all the
ingredients and a fine balance to win it. But as bad luck would have it fortune
favoured the Aussies and not Sri Lanka on this occasion.