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Sunday June 10th, 2007

Fuel ration on the cards
Excessive use of fuel in the market has prompted the government to seriously contemplate rationing fuel in a bid to trim down on the importation of petroleum products.
A special committee to examine the possibility of implementing this new scheme has already been appointed under Prime Minister Ratnasiri ...

EU, Co-chairs to pass strictures on Lanka
The European Union (EU) and the Co-chairs are likely to pass strictures on Sri Lanka over the prevailing situation here.
According to informed sources, the EU resolution is likely to come up again, since the Human Rights Watch presented a devastating report against the human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.


Please leave me alone!

PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE… appears to be what this 67-year old woman is saying with her hands clasped in supplication. She along with several other hundred of Tamils was brought back to Colombo last afternoon from Vavuniya after police on Thursday evicted them from their lodges (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)

Japan still hopeful
Japan has no immediate plans to follow the lead of several other donor countries and freeze aid to Sri Lanka, the country’s Special Peace Envoy Yasushi Akashi said at the conclusion of his four-day visit to the island yesterday.
The Japanese envoy said that while the ...




Ranil snubs Milinda?
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda were among the distinguished guests at the wedding reception of former Central Bank Governor A.S. Jayawardene’s daughter, which was held at a five-star hotel in Colombo on Thursday.

Telecom unions threaten legal action if demands not met
Telecom trade unions will take both legal and trade union action if their conditions are not incorporated in the new agreement entered into between the Government and Malaysian telecom giant Maxis.

COPE probe on SLIC privatisation
Asia Box gives new dimension

Adding more spice to the already complicated drama, a group of Sri Lankan Insurance (SLIC) officials led by business tycoon Harry Jayawardene told a parliamentary committee that a hitherto unknown company was part of the conglomerate which bought the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation from the government in 2003.

Authorised constructions around Colombo Port removed
Due to the deteoriating security situation in the country, the defence ministry has ordered the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to forcibly remove all small-time ‘authorised’ constructions situated in close proximity to the Colombo Port.

UNHCHR pushes SL to set up office
The United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Louise Arbour is to push the Sri Lankan government to set up a regional office in Colombo amidst mounting human rights violations in Colombo and the region.

Govt. MPs want Rambukwella as deputy defence minister?
Senior government parliamentarians are to pressurise President Mahinda Rajapaksa to appoint a deputy minister of defense to answer queries in Parliament.
Senior Cabinet ministers have already decided to seek an appointment with President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss this issue seriously.

Sri Lankans stage massive demo in London
Some 500 Sri Lankans from all walks of life living in Britain gathered in front of the British Houses of Parliament in Westminster on Friday to show their strongest protest at some British MPs who recently formed a group called ‘’The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT)’’.

More than 1000 killed in three months--PAFFREL
The People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) issuing an interim report on the ongoing human rights situation in the country has disclosed that at least 1006 people have been killed in the country within a short span of three months.





Political Affairs
Economic crisis to take Sri Lanka by storm

Politics is the art of possible, they say. In Sri Lanka, nothing is impossible in politics – today’s political enemy could be the best ally tomorrow and vice versa and these are the characteristics of the art of ‘possible’ politics

This is my Nation
Government in need of saner counsel

The Mahinda Rajapaksa regime (or the Rajapaksas’ regime, as his critics would call it) can never be faulted for being dull and monotonous; it seems to thrive on making news as if believing that any publicity is good publicity.

Seneviratne’s multi-barrelled fusillade

Chaos reigned supreme when Parliament sat last week, with accusations being levelled and charges being traded back and forth.


What’s an Opposition to do?
Fundamental to a thriving democracy, is a healthy, vibrant opposition. In the corrupt political quagmire that is Sri Lanka today, it would seem that the government’s impunity is largely a result of an opposition that has consistently refused to engage it.

Millitary Matters
Crouching Tiger pounces on army in Vavuniya

With the East almost bagged and a showdown expected at Toppigala- the last bastion of the Tigers holed up there- the military began its forays into the North via Vavuniya and Mannar during the past several months. The security forces had advanced more than five kilometers into the LTTE-controlled areas.

MURDER most foul
One of the most edifying remarks ever made in the recent past of the current security situation in Sri Lanka was that by Rohan Edirisinghe of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), who said that there was a link between the culture of impunity and the present situation.

Evictions leave many a heart bleeding
The comedy of errors that was enacted in Colombo last week was a dark one, which exposed the ugly malignancies of racial discrimination that poison our nation.



England lefties rock Windies
MANCHESTER (AFP) - Ryan Sidebottom sparked a West Indies collapse as England strengthened their grip on the third Test at Old Trafford here Friday.
Fellow left-armer Monty Panesar followed up with two wickets in three balls as England closed in on an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

Television, more than any other factor, has contributed to the declining interest in cricket, believes Sir Garfield Sobers.
While his words were in context of West Indies cricket, it is as applicable anywhere around the cricketing world.

Dilantha’s lone race to fame
The heydays of Sri Lankan motor racing appear to have gone into history. Those days when the foreign drivers and riders used to come here the sport used to run far more efficiently and was held in higher esteem. Dilantha Malagamuwa may perhaps be the last link to that glorious past.

Point Blank
Asian dilemma
Asia’s headhunt for cricket coaches is getting curious and curious by the day. It is by a strange coincidence that one finds the four leading cricket nations in the subcontinent India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in a situation where they are all on the search for a suitable foreign cricket coach for their respective national cricket teams. Seldom has it happened in the past.

Lanka in no hurry to appoint Tom Moody’s...
Australians Terry Oliver and Trevor Bayliss put themselves as front runners for the post of Sri Lanka cricket coach to succeed Tom Moody even though its interim committee president Jayantha Dharmadasa said that they were in no hurry to appoint a coach immediately.
Dharmadasa speaking to The Nation yesterday stated that although Oliver had already been interviewed by Sri Lanka


‘Govt. is becoming the mirror image of LTTE’
Q: Do you feel the state is losing control over the situation regarding abductions? Alternatively, do you feel there is complicity by sections of the security forces, together with paramilitaries?
A: Well, I will put it this way – either it is a question of complicity, commitment, collusion or loss of control. Whichever way you look at it, the state cannot abdicate its primary, fundamental responsibility for the protection of human rights of all the citizens of this country.
Q: President Rajapaksa, in an interview with Al Jazeera, has denied a government hand in abductions. What is the role of the state in guaranteeing security of the people?





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