weren’t flying Tigers intercepted?
are once again being asked as to why the Air Force
failed to intercept the LTTE aircraft before they
Holmes concerned for
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency
Relief Coordinator, John Holmes expressed...
Dayan returns home
Somewhat controversial Sri Lankan Ambassador and Permanent
Representative to the UN in Geneva, Dr. Dayan...
failed mission on 20th night
President to visit Nepal and Libya
Rajapaksa will pay an official visit to Nepal
shortly, and pray at holy Buddhist shrines in the land where...
A suspected LTTE attack on the village of
Karamatiyagama in the Ampara district yesterday left
two civilians dead and seven...
ICRC assures continued service
The International Red Cross (ICRC) yesterday assured
that they would continue to ferry injured people in the
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|Police on the trail of Dompe
Dompe Police are on the hunt for two suspects who
were allegedly involved in the killing of a close
associate of Piyadasa Ratnayake alias Danduwan
Mudalali of Hungama at Pahuruwila area in Dompe.
Police said they had received information regarding
two suspects from Colombo in connection with the
killing and investigations are on going to arrest
Danduwan Mudalali himself is in remand having...
UPFA wins Puttalam
The election result for the Puttalam Polling division was announced by the
Elections Secretariat after the votes cast at the
re-poll at the Nayakkarchenai Tamil Vidyalayam
polling booth was counted. The UPFA has obtained
26,753 votes (53.4%,) the UNP 22,667 (45.24) and the
JVP 337 (0.68.) Around 65 per of the voters had cast
their ballots when polling closed yesterday evening.
roulette with our culture
Two Russian women, said to be models, and a
photographer, arrested by the tourist police on
Tuesday morning and handed over to the Polonnaruwa
police, for allegedly taking semi nude pictures at
the ancient Polonnaruwa Nissanka Latha Mandapaya,
were released on police bail.
When contacted, Polonnaruwa OIC Chief Inspector
Darmithigoda told The Nation that he consulted the
Attorney General’s Department before the suspects...
Observers split on their verdict
The re-poll at the Tamil Vidyalaya, Nayakkarchenai
in the Puttalam District was peacefully concluded
yesterday, but election observers were divided on
Prasanna Adhikari, Convenor and spokesman of the
National Polls Observation Centre said that the
election was peaceful and nothing out of the
ordinary happened. He also said that there was a
huge turnout of voters.
Even though the election day was peaceful, it wasn’t
a fair election, Campaign for Free and Fair Election
(CAFFE) spokesperson Rajith Keerthi Tennekoon said.
New SEC boss
Udayasri Kariyawasam has been appointed as the new
Chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission by
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is also Minister of
Kariyawasam is also the Chairman of the Insurance
Board of Sri Lanka. He is a chartered accountant and
certified fraud examiner. He was also formerly
The BBC and the use of
I would like to warmly congratulate our President
on his recent initiative in promoting English and
IT. All those with any compassion for the
underprivileged would support this, because it is
the underprivileged who would benefit most from it.
The JVP and the JHU would probably not be delighted
because they have been traditionally against the
promotion of English. Their frog-in-the -well
attitude has held Sri Lanka back for decades.
throw dilemmas for main parties
Saturday’s Provincial Polls laid bare what everyone
suspected, but few dared to express: that the ruling
United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has a
stranglehold on the voter at least for now, and that
the prospects for the collective opposition are
extremely dim in the foreseeable future.
Realistically, even though the United National Party
(UNP) was making enthusiastic noises especially in
the Central Province, where a politically
re-incarnated S. B. Dissanayake was running for
Main parties still mull
In the government’s rapid march towards capturing the final bit
of territory laid claim to by the LTTE, it has had to ward off
severe international pressure on the side.
Even as the Des Browne affair that has left Britain decidedly
red-faced, after the Sri Lankan government flatly refused to accept
him as Britain’s special envoy to the island was unfolding, other
moves were underway at the United Nations in New York. The Mexico
representative in the UN attempted to bring a resolution against Sri
Lanka. However, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in
New York, H.M.G.S. Palihakkara moved swiftly to mobilise...
PRABA’S CHOICE -
Genocide or Holocaust
In 1987, after the resounding defeat of the LTTE at
Vadamarachchi, the taking of Jaffna was there for the asking.
The only hesitation of the successful military commanders was
about civilian casualties. As they debated the humanitarian
concerns, India threatened SL with invasion, quite like Nazi
Germany did Czechoslovakia in 1940. The rest is history. Today,
the same humanitarian concerns have arisen in the minds of the
SL Government and its Forces, of evicting the LTTE...
Must win race for UNP and
There is no doubt that the popularity of the UPFA and
President Rajapaksa, has been climbing especially since the
historical military victories against the LTTE. The fact that
the terrorist outfit is on the verge of losing all of its land
areas, also weighs heavily in favour of the government. However,
it is also clear that the minorities, especially Tamils, are yet
to be convinced of the government claims of equal opportunities
for the minorities. Given that Tamil political leadership...
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Mahela, Thilan flay Pakistan in
Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera hit punishing
hundreds to lead Sri Lanka’s run charge against Pakistan
on the opening day of the first Test here on Saturday as
the tourists reached 406-3.
The Sri Lankan skipper was unbeaten on 136 -- his 25th
Test hundred -- while Samaraweera notched 130 not out...
Time to stop playing ducks and drakes
the Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge really serious
about appointing an interim committee or going for
an election to administer Sri Lanka Cricket?
From the looks of it, it seems that the Minister is
not too keen to do either but let things run the way
it has since he sacked former captain Arjuna
Ranatunga as chairman and dissolved the interim
Governor’s vision for the
Northern Province Governor Dickson Sarathchandra Dela has a
vision for the north. He is determined to make the north
much better than the south. Whether or not his dream would
come true, is something all Sri Lankans will have to wait
and see. But he has already put his heart into it. He seemed
to have understood the fundamental problem that has given
rise to splits between the Tamil and Sinhala communities. He
is now planning to learn Tamil. He wants just three months to
People have given me a
clear mandate – S.B.
In the aftermath of the Central
Provincial Council election, the United National Party (UNP)
National Organiser and Chief Ministerial Candidate for the
Central PC, S.B. Dissanayake spoke at length about the outcome
of the election. Despite the UNP’s defeat, Dissanayake believes
he is in the right party and asserted that the UNP is the only
party that is capable...
SLFP must groom Tamil
United People’s Freedom Alliance recorded a massive victory in
the Central Provincial Council election, even winning the Nuwara
Eliya District where the rival UNP has always enjoyed election
victory. Power and Energy non-Cabinet Minister and SLFP
strongman representing Nawalapitiya, Mahindananda Aluthgamage in
an interview with The Nation said the SLFP must groom Tamil
political leaders, without having to go behind...