APRC awakens from deep
The All Party Representative Committee (APRC) will end yet
another snoozing epoch this week when it recommences sittings...
Trade unions to fight government
National Trade Union Centre (NTUC) Convenor K.D. Lalkantha
warned of a massive strike campaign in collaboration with the
private sector if the government attempts...
Security boost for Kataragama,
Security in and around Kataragama and Kebithigollewa has been
given a fresh boost to ward off any future attacks similar...
Jayantha Wickremaratne enjoys a light moment with colleagues
last morning at the Special Task Force (STF) Headquarters in
Ishara S. Kodikara)
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Govt. to work out its own security for
The government has worked out
its own security network for the forthcoming SAARC Summit to be
held in Colombo during the...
Harry J. facing fresh crisis as partners
go to court to sever all ties
Business tycoon Harry Jayawardene is facing a fresh crisis, with
his business partners taking him to courts seeking to sever all
ties with the tycoon.
Top JSS members shown the door for
alleged double game
The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya
(JSS) Chairman and Vice Chairman have been removed from...
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|Hasan Ali to be an MP, again
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC)
General Secretary Hasan Ali will be sworn in as a Member of
Parliament (MP) on July 22.
Ali, who quit Parliament to contest the May 10 Eastern
Provincial Council election, was elected with the highest number
of preferential votes to the council.
SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem was the other member from the SLMC who,
along with Ali, quit Parliament to contest the Provincial
Council election, early May.
Energy Ministry now wants LECO to handle
Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) trade unions once again are up in
arms against the Power and Energy Ministry, which has approached
Lanka Electricity Company (LECO), asking it to manage the
Moragolla hydropower project.
According to a CEB source, Ministry Secretary M.MC. Ferdinando
had sent a letter to the CEB last week, requesting the CEB to
grant permission for LECO to manage the Moragolla hydropower
Weakened Sri Lankan rebels seeking
Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels are seeking the support of
neighbouring South Indian state of Tamil Nadu for survival in
the face of the present military onslaught, the state radio
announced on Saturday.
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation said in its morning news
bulletin that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) now
hit by military campaign in the north is engaged in an attempt
to drag Tamil Nadu to intervene on their behalf in order to see
an end to military operations.
HRW blames govt. for making Lankan women slaves in Saudi
The New York-based right organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW)
has criticised the Sri Lankan Government for failing to protect
and help Sri Lankan migrant women in Saudi Arabia, who have been
virtually treated like slaves for years.
After releasing a 133-page report titled ‘As If I Am Not Human:
Abuses against Asian Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia’, in
Jakarta on July 8, the author of the report, Nisha Varia told
GMOA wants Blood Bank investigations
The Government Medical Officers’ Association has requested the
Healthcare Ministry to fast-track investigations relating to the
Blood Bank attached to the Castle Street Hospital, citing it as
a vital institute.
GMOA Spokesman Dr.Upul Gunasekara told The Nation that he could
not see any justifiable reason for delaying the investigation.
“I am not personally blaming any party, but I don’t
understand the reason to delay the investigation. The
inquiry board has to go to only one place to get
statements from witnesses, since none of the staff...
Consultants in rural areas nowhere to be
Several consultants and surgeons
who were posted to difficult areas have gone missing, according
to a spokesman from the Health Ministry.
According to the latest information, it is learnt that these
medical experts have migrated to foreign countries without
informing the Health Ministry.
The Health Ministry spokesman said there is a severe shortage of
psychiatrists, neurosurgeons, anesthetists and several other
consultants and they have left the country after they were
posted to difficult areas.
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Fully functional Constitutional Council need of the
As the composition of the Council shows, it is intended to be
impartial. Unfortunately, the Council was stymied because there appeared
to be no agreement on the last slot-that reserved for the person to be
nominated by the other political parties where the JVP and the Jathika
Hela Urumaya (JHU) had differences of opinion. Now, that too appears to
have been resolved but the work of the Council is yet to get off the
Why the Constitutional Council is so significant is because of the
impact a properly functioning Council would have on the body politic of
the country especially...
Bandula-Fowzie clash over Economic
The token strike
organised by the JVP was gathering momentum last week subduing
other issues including the Provincial Council (PC) election.
Many within the government were under the impression that, the
strike would be a success in view of the spiraling cost of
living. The JVP expected government servants to join the strike
demanding a salary increase. Meanwhile, the JVP focused greater
attention on the PC election in the North Central and
Sabaragamuwa Provinces. JVP Parliamentarian Lal Kantha who was
responsible for organising the election campaign in the North
Central Province (NCP), was not in apposition to devote much
A BATTLE THAT FOUND ONLY ‘WINNERS’
much hyped token strike on July 10 has given rise to mixed
reactions on the part of the strikers, the Govt. and the public.
The JVP calls it a success. The Govt. says it was a failure. The
public on the other hand has mixed feelings with regard to the
end result of the one day strike. The Nation attempts to find
out which of the claims are true: the JVP’s or the Government’
Following are excerpts.
The CEB’s nemesis
attached to the CEB have warned the government that the proposed
Kerawalapitiya Power Plant, if constructed and operated, would
incur the country a staggering loss of Rs. 77 million a day. A
confidential document with details of how the government would
incur heavy losses due to this has already been submitted to the
Power and Energy Ministry Secretary. The confidential report,
prepared by some of the country’s leading power and energy
consultants, has also been circulated to other relevant
officials including President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Power and
Energy Minister John Seneviratne.
|Bell chimes for England
Ian Bell fell agonisingly short of a double century
at Lord’s but his Test-best 199 left England in a commanding
position against South Africa on the second day of their series
opener here Friday.
The Proteas, when rain forced an early close, were seven without
loss in reply to England’s first innings 593 for eight declared.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who’d opted to field after
winning the toss, was two not out and Neil McKenzie five not
Bell did something few England batsman have managed in recent
years - upstage the South Africa-born Kevin Pietersen who
earlier made 152 in his first Test innings against the Proteas.
His innings was all the more impressive as Bell had arrived at
Lord’s under pressure for his England place after making just 45
runs in his four previous Test innings and knowing Andrew
Flintoff’s return from injury was imminent.
A failed campaign
who carried out a campaign to oust Mahela Jayawardene from the
one-day captaincy must be feeling rather sheepish and looking
for a place to hide after he led his country magnificently to
win the Asia Cup for a record-equaling fourth time at Karachi.
A morning daily went to the extent of inviting its readers to
express their opinions on Jayawardene’s one-day captaincy and
the majority who wanted him out must be regretting, rather
shamefacedly, that they had jumped the gun rather prematurely to
write him off. Were they so short-sighted and forgetful that not
so long ago Jayawardene was the first recipient of the ICC
Captain of the Year award?
The readers, sad to say, were led up the gum tree by an
individual who had a personal grudge against the captain
and who has a habit of stooping to the lowest levels of
journalism to achieve his own ends. That the plan
boomeranged on him is another case of how inexperienced
a soldier, I have faced worse situations bravely:
Maj Gen Janaka Perera
The race between Berty Premalal Dissanayake and Maj. Gen. Janaka
Perera will be the main focus at the NorthCentral Provincial (NCP)
Council election scheduled for August 23.
The battle hardened Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera is going to be a
major threat to Berty Premalal Dissanayake- the UPFA’s chief
ministerial candidate, in the NCP. Gen. Perera, who is the
United National Party (UNP) chief candidate in the NCP, has
already carved out a niche for himself as the ‘saviour’ of the
people, who are staggering in the face of the present
skyrocketing cost of living. A confident former soldier, who had
the gumption to take the LTTE by their horns in Jaffna and Weli
Oya during several operations, says he never fears competitions.
Though prevented from visiting the Army camps by the Army Chief,
Gen. Perera says he could still muster the votes of the armed
soldiers. “The very fact that, I am not allowed to visit Army
camps, is a clear indication that the Government is ‘dead
scared’ of my presence. This itself is a victory for me,” Gen.
Perera told The Nation in an interview.