The UNP rebels are vowing to go public with their
rebellion from Tuesday, if party leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe fails to allocate time for a vote on
his leadership during...
Govt. wants TNA in
Non cooperation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)
is standing in the way of hammering...
HR Minister takes UN
human rights chief to task
Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights
Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday...
Human Rights Minister Mahinda
Samarasinghe and Foreign Ministry Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona
at a press briefing to take on the hasty remarks of United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for
quoting the casualty figures presented by the pro-Tiger website
(Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)
Fox calls for greater int’l involvement
International community should play a bigger role in the
evacuation and resettlement of civilians trapped in the LTTE...
Indian docs will go into action next week
A batch of 52 Indian medical experts, who are at
present stationed in Pulmodai...
Muslims should learn from the Sinhalese
The Muslims of Sri Lanka should learn from the Sinhalese lessons
of tolerance as how...
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Some in the Foreign Office are betting on veteran
diplomat Prasad Kariyawasam replacing Dayan
Jayatillake as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative
to the UN in Geneva, where the country needs a very
strong and articulate man to defend itself, especially
against human right busy bodies who are ever waiting to
haul the country over burning coal. The same busy bodies
are often conveniently silent over far worse things
happening in places like Somalia...
Ministry ordered to compensate
wounded Wanni civilians
Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Management
Rishard Baduideen has directed his ministry to
compensate all the wounded civilians returning from
According to the Minister, each injured civilian is
entitled to a sum of Rs. 100,000.
An estimated 577 injured persons are at present
languishing in the special welfare centres in
Vavuniya. Of the 33,000 people who entered the
camps, nearly 359 have died due to illnesses and
New UNP women’s wing?
The United National Party
(UNP) has decided to form a new women’s wing to
sideline certain members in its existing Lakvanitha
Women’s Organisation, who have picked faults of the
leadership. The new women’s wing will be headed by a
Wickremesinghe loyalist parliamentarian hailing from
the hills, along with an active member from the
civil society, sources said.
Police make quick breakthrough
Four suspects have been arrested by a special Police
team led by Trincomalee Division SP Vaas Gunawardene
on Friday in connection with the abduction and
killing of a six-year-old girl in Trincomalee.
Highly placed sources told The Nation that the
arrested suspects are henchmen of a top regional
politician. Altogether six suspects had been involved in
the incident and Police investigations are underway to
arrest the rest. Apparently the kidnapped child had been
taken to a political...
Slight improvement in condition of
The condition of Minster of Post and
Telecommunication Mahinda Wijesekara has slightly
improved, Director of the Colombo National Hospital,
Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said last night.
Speaking to The Nation, Dr. Weerasinghe said the
Minister’s condition is slightly improving, “yet he
needs intensive care treatment since the head
injuries are severe,” he said.
Weerasinghe also said that he cannot say for how
long the minister with his head injuries...
Politico’s Sec. caught with illicit arms
A Parliamentary Affairs Secretary of a big
politician was released on Friday by Mount Lavinia
Chief Magistrate Harsha Sethunge on a personal bail
of Rs.100,000 when he was produced before Court by
the Police for possessing two unlicensed weapons
Suspect W.M.N. Shirley Perera, a resident of Mount
Lavinia was arrested at his...
and do change their stripes
Last week, the appointment of Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, better
known as ‘Karuna’, and formerly of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE), as the non-Cabinet Minister of National Integration &
Reconciliation, was long expected, and in fact, belated. Nevertheless,
it is a significant landmark in Sri Lankan politics.
It is often said that, “politics is the art of the possible”. President
Mahinda Rajapaksa has converted this into a fine art- his government,
now consists of persons as diverse as Muralitharan, Wimal Weerawansa...
and political manoeuvrings
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa were
attending religious observances at Temple Trees around 9 a.m. on Tuesday
(10) Poya day, when a call came through on the President’s mobile
telephone, informing him of the suicide bomb attack in Akuressa, Matara.
The President immediately ceased everything he was doing, and personally
called the Air Force Commander and instructed him to have a helicopter
ready as soon as possible to fly to Matara. President Rajapaksa then
telephoned Director National Hospital Colombo, and
Private Medical Colleges: BOON or BANE
In the recent past, there has been much debate about the
establishment of Private Medical Colleges (PMC) in Sri
Lanka. A range of arguments have been put forward and the
topic remains open to debate. Will the establishment of a
Medical College be a boon or a mistake? Is it for the
greater good of our country or is it simply unjust?
This is not merely a philosophical question. At a point in
our history, this issue led to certain tragic events. According
to the Final Report of the Presidential Commission...
Talk about genocide in Lanka is rubbish
- Lord Naseby
Lord Naseby, Conservative Peer and Chair of All Party
Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka, has said that if there was any
genocide in Sri Lanka, it was by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam (LTTE) who hold civilian Tamils by force as a human shield
in the war.
“This talk about genocide is rubbish. The only people who are
causing genocide are the LTTE who are holding the civilians as a
human shield.” He said when a LTTE propagandist in the audience
at a forum discussion...
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Saleem the Thomian saviour
Coming in as underdogs S. Thomas’ salvaged an exciting
draw in the 130th ‘Battle of the Blues’ against Royal at
the SSC grounds yesterday. S Thomas’ proved their true
grit after a heroic partnership of 209 runs between
opener Faahim Saleem (165) and skipper Raveenthiraraja
Nirrushan (104) which spoilt Royal’s chances of pulling
off a win that looked likely after they had forced the
Thomians to follow-on 214 runs behind on the first
innings. The Thomians were shot out for 99 in their
first innings in reply to Royal’s 313-9 declared.
Saleem and Nirrushan who are playing in their final year
went down in the history books of the Royal-Thomian
encounter with their great fight back which certainly
saved face for the Thomians.
Thank you Mahela, welcome Sanga
Sri Lanka cricket has a new captain with the appointment
of Kumar Sangakkara to succeed his predecessor Mahela
Jayawardene in all forms of the game. He becomes the tenth
in the gradually growing list to be appointed full-time
captain of Sri Lanka after Bandula Warnapura, Duleep Mendis,
Ranjan Madugalle, Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva,
Sanath Jayasuriya, Hashan Tillakaratne, Marvan Atapattu and
Worst performance by Lankan women at World Cup
Sri Lankan women’s cricketers will return home after a
disappointing performance at the 9th Women’s World Cup cricket
tournament where they failed to qualify for the Super Six stage
for the first time losing all three first round matches to
England, Pakistan and India.
This is the worst performance by Sri Lanka under the leadership
of Shashikala Siriwardena. The shocking defeat to Pakistan was
the major setback for Sri Lanka. It was their first defeat
against them in 18 matches played between the two countries. The
Pakistani women outclassed Sri Lanka to record their first-ever
win in a World Cup and ensure a place in the Super Six along
with England and India.
Development continuing smoothly — EP
The eastern province that has been wreaked due to the
ethnic war is gradually raising its head. After the
government forces pushed the LTTE out of the province the
government successfully, held local as well as provincial
council elections. Today, the province headed by the Eastern
Province Governor Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama has plans
to compete with other provinces.
According to the governor,
the eastern province gets more funds from the government for
development, than the other provinces. The governor took
over the province in January 2006. During this period the
East was infested with LTTE terrorism. There were areas that
were controlled by the Tigers and areas administrated by the
government. For the governor, not being able to visit every
district and every...