Boucher insists on Vitharana proposals
Should be basis for talks with
Visiting US Secretary of State Richard
Boucher has told the government that the Tissa Vitharana
proposals submitted recently should be the basis for a
negotiated settlement with the LTTE.
Boucher visited Sri Lanka at a time when there was a
campaign against the government on the deteriorating
human rights situation and the freedom of the media.
It is also learnt that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has
expressed reservations about what Boucher has proposed
but it is open for all political parties to consider the
matter. Minister Vitharana in his recent proposals has
suggested that the unit of devolution should be the
province. Some of the highlights of the Tissa Vitharana
proposals to the All Party Representative Committee
includes: a senate to be elected by provincial
legislatures, two vice presidents from different
communities, the abolition of the Executive
Presidency at the end of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s
Secretary of State for South Asia Richard Boucher who
was in Sri Lanka last week gestures while fielding
questions from the media in Colombo. - (Pic by
Ishara S. Kodikara)
Anura meets ‘Anura’ in Japan
Heritage Minister Anura Bandaranaike is currently in Japan to
grace the celebrations of an elephant donated by Sri Lanka fifty
years ago and named “Anura” after him.
The elephant “Anura” was donated by Minister Bandaranaiake’s
father Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike in 1957 to Japanese
Prince Mikasa, the younger brother of Emperor Hirohito.
Since the elephant is completing 50 years in Japan, the Japan-
Sri Lanka ...
CBK to get rent allowance?
government is now devising a formula to pay a rent
allowance to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga in
lieu of an official residence.
According to the President’s retirement benefits she
could be given a suitable residence or a percentage of
the commuted pension as a rent allowance.
MR says won’t budge from APRC
President Mahinda Rajapakse has vowed to honour the
final findings of the All Party Representative Committee
(APRC) as the final peace proposal for the country to
solve the ethnic conflict.
MR seeks AG’s advise on crisis
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought advice from
Attorney General C.R. De Silva as to what action he
should take regarding the crisis ridden Colombo
US to actively take part in
Sri Lankan peace process
The US government is likely to play an active role in
Sri Lanka with regard to the ethnic conflict and the
peace process in the near future.
The US government on the eve of the Sri Lankan visit of
Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Richard
Boucher, said that they would try to get both parties
back to the negotiating table.
Shell wants whopping Rs. 160
Distribution delay due to LTTE
The price of gas may increase by Rs. 160
shortly, Rimoe Saldin, finance director, Shell Gas Lanka
Limited said yesterday.
Since an increase in gas price must be approved by the
Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA), Shell Gas has put
forth an application, requesting the increase of gas
price from Rs. 960 to Rs. 1120 per cylinder.
Major attempts world record
W.J.M. Dhammika Navaratne Bandara (42), of the Sri Lanka
Army Police Regiment, is planning to create a Guinness
record in 50 ventures, called ‘Panas Prayama’
Karu to revamp the ailing
Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs Karu
Jayasuriya has set in motion a series of measures to
revamp the entire public service to make it more dynamic
and efficient and make it more public responsive.
Municipal Commissioner in
soup over CMC gantry tender
The Local Government Parliamentary Select Committee has
appointed a three member Investigation Commission to
look into allegations of irregularities in the awarding
of Gantry tenders of the CMC in the City of Colombo. It
is understood that a party who has only quoted Rs.18.5
million has been awarded the tender.
Eminent lawyer to head Italy
Eminent criminal lawyer President’s Counsel Hemantha
Warnakulasuriya is likely to be appointed as the Sri
Lankan Ambassador to Italy.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has proposed Warnakulasuriya
to Rome where he will be overseeing relations with the
Vatican in addition to Italy, sources said. Hemantha
Warnakulasuriya was recently appointed as a President’s
Counsel on the recommendations of the Chief Justice.
humble pie in a war of diplomacy
Call it a colonial hangover or whatever else you
want to call it, but Britain’s unprecedented
interest in Sri Lankan affairs dominated the
headlines last week.
Why did Sri Lanka’s last colonial ruler suddenly
wake up to the fact that the island nation was in
the throes of civil strife? What prompted its lament
about Sri Lankan affairs in general and about the
country’s human rights record in particular?
Mangala in limbo as
President turns sour
The Mangala Samaraweera – Sripathi Sooriyarachchi
episode is dragging on despite Samaraweera deciding
in favour of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s offer to
rejoin the government, at one stage.
Mr. Samaraweera, after having discussions with
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the day of the World
Cup semi finals between Sri Lanka and New Zealand,
is undecided about joining the government pondering
what if the status quo remains, just as it was
before they were sacked. Samaraweera demanded
Sripathi Sooriyarachchi’s position be restored and
also the releasing of the funds belonging to the
Moubima newspaper, that were frozen.
Villagers damn Government bulldozing
Moragahakanda and Kaluganga Development Projects, the largest
reservoir project under the Mahaweli River Development Programme
in Sri Lanka, was inaugurated in January, by President Mahinda
The government spent lavishly to advertise and promote the
programme through posters and hoardings visible almost in all
the main towns. President Rajapaksa at the ceremonial
inauguration of the Moragahakanda and Kaluganga projects, said
that this project would douse the fires of communalism, by
uplifting the lives of thousands of people in the North Central,
Northern and Eastern provinces.
Bench, Bar & You
Role of director under Companies
The director’s duties being catalogued in a statutory form for
the first time in Sri Lanka in the new Companies Act No. 07 of
2007, is a revolutionary step forward in the corporate arena.
Hitherto, the duties of directors had to be ascertained from the
common law (ie. case law) on the issue. If the directors are to
be held responsible for their acts there should be a clear
identification of their responsibilities and duties. The
provisions of the Act provide it now.
Exit Karuna: Pillaiyan, new kid on the
On the eve of an ambitious programme to resettle displaced
people in the East and hold elections in the province, the
military maintains that it cannot afford confrontations in
cleared areas. This position was taken, even as the ‘Karuna’
group feud led to open clashes and killings in the past
Gautam Gambhir’s second one-day century, and a promising
three-wicket debut for Piyush Chawla were the highlights
as India sealed the one-day series against Bangladesh
with a comprehensive 46-run victory in a match reduced
to 49 overs a side by early-morning drizzle. Aftab
Ahmed’s brisk 40 gave Bangladesh a glimmer of hope early
on, but needing to overhaul 284, they fell a fair way
short on a sluggish pitch.
Why 80-80 is a non-starter
Sri Lanka might be making a mistake if its rugby
administrators are thinking of promoting 80-80 rugby
amongst its charges. Most Asian countries have begun to
seriously consider 80-80 (weight category rugby as in
boxing) as an option in their quest to make progress in
the sport of rugby union. The concept of weight category
rugby has become the talking point in the Sri Lankan
rugby circles too following the thumping defeat the
country’s national rugby players suffered recently in
the hands of the hefty Arabian Gulf players.
A pointless controversy
Adam Gilchrist and his now famous (or infamous)
squash-ball-in-the-glove incident has more or less
dominated the sports pages of the local media to the
extent that it must be getting pretty close to drawing
comparison with the World Cup cricket coverage.
Marvan not ready to throw in
the towel yet
The treatment meted out to Marvan Atapattu by the
national selectors has become the focal talking point in
cricket circles today. Let alone being reduced to the
role of a drinks waiter during the 2007 cricket World
Cup where the selectors failed to find a place for him
in any of the 11 matches played by Sri Lanka, he has now
been excluded from the Sri Lanka team of 15 for the
three-match one-day series against Pakistan at Abu
Gomes targets Olympic medal
The old war horse in boxing, Dian Gomes, is well set to
continue his work for another year after being elected
as the president for the third consecutive time. Though
still having a long way to go to gain supremacy in the
field the Sri Lanka Amateur Boxing Association has
successfully completed some of their prime tasks, during
the last few weeks.
The hunt for a new national coach was successfully
accomplished by Gomes.
“I know nothing about politics” –
Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera
General Janaka Perera who led several successful battles against
the LTTE in the past, has again come to the limelight after the
main opposition United National Party requested President
Mahinda Rajapaksa to appoint him Defence Secretary. Major
General Perera retired as Army Chief of Staff and served as the
Sri Lankan Ambassador in Australia and Indonesia.
Meet the Nation
Commons’ debate on SL not uncommon:
United Kingdom, embroiled in a controversy over a debate
initiated by some MPs, on the deteriorating security situation
in Sri Lanka, has no intention, whatsoever, to de-proscribe the
LTTE, says British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Dominick