Minister ditches youth in Japan
Rs. 15 million job scam exposed
of Religious Affairs Pandu Bandaranaike who had
allegedly taken 15 youth promising them employment in
Japan has ditched them and returned to Sri Lanka, The
Nation reliably learns.
The Minister who had been part of a Sri Lanka – Japan
cultural exchange programme had taken these youth to
Japan in the guise of being ‘delegates’ of the cultural
attacks in Pompaimadu
soldiers died and 15 more were wounded yesterday when
LTTE artillery fire targeted a military gun position at
Pompaimadu, Vavuniya 11 miles off the Omanthai Forward
Defence Lines, defence sources revealed.
An ammunition dump was also blasted when the Tigers
directed a barrage of artillery fire from the direction
of Omanthai towards Pompaimadu and the newly created 57
Division in Mannar.
A rough ride for Alles
Newspapers Ltd. Chairman Tiran Alles being transferred
from Nawaloka Hospital to Colombo National Hospital
yesterday, under the watchful eyes of prison guards.
Alles was arrested by the TID on Wednesday and remanded
till June 13
WFP calls it quits in North-East
Leading humanitarian organisations led by the World Food
Programme (WFP) has decided to suspend their activities in
Batticaloa and Jaffna this month.
Reliable sources told The Nation that the organisations were
compelled to take this decision due to the lack of funds, the
deteriorating security situation and the incapability to travel
to certain conflict prone areas such as Jaffna.
“The organisations have decided to suspend operations by June
15. However there is a possibility that they maybe ...
|Akashi here on Tuesday to
special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi will arrive in Sri
Lanka on Tuesday to persuade the government and the LTTE
to cease hostilities and begin negotiations.
Mr. Akashi is scheduled to meet with both government and
LTTE leaders and will wrap up his visit with a news
conference in Colombo.
takes pro-Pillaiyan cadres hostage
The Karuna-Pillaiyan crisis has reached new heights with
Karuna cadres running riot in Batticaloa and Ampara
harassing pro-Pillaiyan cadres and their families.
Sources based in the East speaking to The Nation on
condition of anonymity claimed that more than 75 cadres
who support Pillaiyan have been held hostage in camps
under extremely deplorable conditions in Ampara and
Rajiva Wijesinghe to head
Rajiva Wijesinghe, one time chairman of the Liberal
Party and professor at the Sabaragamuwa University is
likely to be appointed Head of the Secretariat for
Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP).
Pakistan’s suspended chief
justice to lead rally
ISLAMABAD, (AFP) - Pakistan’s suspended chief
justice was to lead a procession followed by a rally on
Saturday amid mounting political pressure on military
ruler President Pervez Musharraf.
Mihin and Lanka Logistics
under COPE microscope
Several recently established government owned companies
will come under the purview of the main parliamentary
committee looking into the workings of public
EU willing to reconsider aid
freeze if need arises
European Union (EU) Head of Mission Julian Wilson has
assured that although several European donor countries,
including United Kingdom and Germany, had suspended aid
to Sri Lanka, they would reconsider this decision, if
and when an emergency situation arises.
UNP reformists promise a
country with proper governance
The United National Party (UNP) reform group leader and
Minister Karu Jayarsuriya yesterday pledged to make the
UNP a party which will serve the country and its people.
The Minister also assured to make Sri Lanka, a country
with proper governance, justice, peace and harmony.
SLIC assets worth Rs. 70
billion sold for less than seven billion
Sri Lanka and its citizens have been victims to an
immeasurable loss caused as a result of the selling of
the assets of the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC)
worth about Rs. 70 billion for a mere six billion and
fifty million rupees, this was disclosed to the Supreme
Court during the filing of a Fundamental Rights
Re-opening of entry/exit
point brings relief
The re-opening of the Omanthai - Uyilankulam entry/exit
points has brought relief to an estimated 350,000 Tamil
civilians who were bottled up in the Vanni region since
the entry/exit points were closed on May 22.
Cabinet Minister for Media, Foreign Employment
Lakshman Yapa Abeyewardana visited the Lakbima
photo journalist Sajeewa Chinthaka who was
alledgedly beaten by Security forces personnel
and now receiving treatment at the National
hospital. - Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara
Tamil family from the North loads their baggage
into a three wheeler last afternoon, after
police ordered all Tamils living in Pettah
lodges to vacate within 24-hours. Pic by
is my Nation
Reading between India’s
In diplomatic circles, even the rudest of
communications is couched in polite language, where
the real meaning of the message has to be searched
for in between the lines. Yet, last week, India did
not mince its words by issuing an ultimatum of sorts
to Sri Lanka and the government in Colombo.
Mangala lashes out at cops
The government is in a dilemma. After 18
comparatively smooth sailing months in power, the
Rajapaksa administration is gradually slithering
down a political quagmire, especially due to its
Fence mending and the India card
The week kicked off with the country’s top defence trio making
policy statements on war and peace, that reverberated far and
wide and dominated proceedings throughout the week, more than
even on battlefront reports.
Even as the political tables begin to turn following the arrest
of Tiran Alles and deposed Minister Mangala Samaraweera
threatening to avenge the unfair treatment of his old friend by
taking the government on, the question of ‘who is Tiran Alles?’
continues to be on many minds.
Cementing fraud by the bags
SLSI allegedly setting double
A persistent issue that concerns the general public
in Sri Lanka is the constant violations of the code of ethics by
public servants and elected officials.
Policy framework for school
The national policy framework by the National Education
Commission (NEC), applicable to all government and supplementary
schools, with regard to admission into Grade 1, has captured the
attention of a wide spectrum of society, most importantly school
authorities and parents awaiting admission of their children.
upset over Murali’s harassment
SYDNEY, (AFP) - Former Sri Lankan cricket coach
Tom Moody says he is embarrassed by the derogatory reaction and constant
harassment directed by Australian crowds towards Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah
Muralitharan’s ultra-flexible bowling action has come under its heaviest
scrutiny in Australia, where he has been called for throwing on two tours,
prompting him to boycott Sri Lanka’s 2004 tour here.
Rohitha Indunil may be the most controversial person in the schools rugby arena
today. Being the secretary of the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA)
he is in a hot spot with a few leading schools in the game having locked horns
with the SLSRFA in courts. In addition, disciplinary and technical problems have
added to the confusion with no one knowing where they stand.
rolls back the years when Trinity...
Whenever Bradby Shield rugby encounters between Royal and Trinity are discussed
Ajith Abeyratne’s indomitable team of the late sixties is bound to figure quite
It is 40 years today since Abeyratne led a Trinity College side of invincibles
that created history in this time immemorial series.
Howzat? for umpiring
The poor marks obtained by some of our leading
cricket umpires in a written test on the laws of the game conducted by Sri Lanka
Cricket is a sad reflection of the standard of umpiring in this country.
The excuse given by the majority of those who failed the exam is that it was
conducted in English and not in Sinhala, the official language of the country.
DSS top rugby schools 2006
St. Peter’s College was awarded the Group ‘A’ rugby champions trophy in the
division I league tournament 2006, while the award for group ‘A’ division II
went to D. S. Senanayake College at the Singer rugby awards and sponsorship
presentation held at the Kularatne Hall, Ananda College on Tuesday.
President Rajapaksa claims
The following is an unedited transcript of an interview between
Al Jazeera’s 101 East presenter Teymoor Nabili and Mahinda
Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka.
Teymoor Nabili: Mr President, the Tamil Tigers launched their
first attack against your government and against the Sri Lankan
people only weeks after you came to power. Why do you think it
happened after so long of adhering to the peace plan, they
suddenly decided to start attacking again?
“Govt can’t hide behind a military campaign
After having entered into a political alliance with the SLFP in
2004 to topple the UNF government, the JVP has in recent days
become one of this administration’s worst nightmares. From the
war, to the cost of living, to the government’s dubious deals,
the JVP has emerged stronger than the main opposition UNP in