TNA in dilemma
Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which till now insisted on
recognising the Tigers as the sole representative of the Tamil
people, will now take some crucial decisions on their future
stand in the coming days, party sources said yesterday. The
other major decision before them is whether to go along with the
13th Amendment to the Constitution, brought in under the
Indo-Lanka Accord signed in 1987.
Basil tells international community to be
our partners, not monitors
The international community is welcome to provide Sri Lanka with
assistance, but it should be according to the wishes of the
people of this country, including the people of the North,
Senior Presidential Advisor and MP Basil Rakapaksa said in a
message to the international community. “If they want to be our
friends, then they should be genuine friends. We do not want
‘monitors,’ we need partners.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
and First Lady Shiranthi escorted by Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga
Dela in a procession to the Dalada Maligawa to be blessed by the
(Pic by Thushara Dasanayake)
President conferred with title
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been
conferred with the title Vishawakeerthi Sri Threesinhaladishwara
by the prelates of Malwathu...
Ranil sneaks into the country?
UNP Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe’s sudden return to the country yesterday morning
without informing his close party members has surprised many
Wickremesinghe returned after an European visit, which
included a controversial tour of Norway, when the armed forces
were about to crush the LTTE.
Prabha’s ashes thrown into sea
Not even the ashes remain of
LTTE Leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran, the man who dreamt of an
Eelam State. Defence authorities have taken steps to discard the
ashes of Prabhakaran at sea.
According to Army Commander Gen. Sarath Fonseka...
|Ki-moon denies bloodbath
The government should allow unimpeded and immediate access to
IDP camps to the UN and other humanitarian agencies, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday while adding that
although the government is doing its best to help the IDPs,
there is a definite lack of resources.
Weather gods too smile on Lanka
The country is finally experiencing the South West monsoon that
everyone has been hoping for.
“The monsoon spread over the island starting last Friday,”
Meteorology Department Director General G.B. Samarasinghe said.
“Due to a lack of adequate rainfall during the
North-East Monsoon the country has been experiencing a
drought with most of the reservoirs...
Campaign to recruit 2,000 Tamil speaking
Interviews to recruit 2,000 primarily Tamil speaking Police
Constables were held on Thursday (21) and Friday (22) in
Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Kantale with limited success.
The first round of interviews was held on Thursday while the
final interviews were held on Friday.
In Batticaloa, out of a total of 250 persons who faced the
interviews 67 candidates ((51 Tamils, 15 Muslims, and one
Sinhalese) had been picked to undergo training as constables.
Biggest party in Batticaloa after 30 years
Unknown to most Sri Lankans a big party was held in
Batticaloa after about 30 years the previous Friday
night. It was certainly not to celebrate the impending
crushing of the LTTE militarily that was to take place
within the next three days, but a dinner hosted by
Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai
Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan in honour of visiting
Chief Ministers who were attending the two-day annual
Chief Ministers meeting, which was...
Indian field hospital shifted to Menik
Indian Government has sent a new set
of doctors along with 27 tonnes of medicines worth more than Rs
3 billion, Ministry of Healthcare said. This is the second
medical team which has been sent by the Indian Government to
treat the IDPs.
The Nation learns that in the latest Indian medical team
there are 27 members including eight doctors along with
a surgeon, physician and a anaesthetist, “Not that we
are not having local doctors but the situation is such
Dengue rages across the country
Dengue fever is now spreading rapidly throughout the country
with the number of cases topping 5,100 and 70 deaths reported up
to yesterday, the Ministry of Healthcare said.
Ministry Spokesman W.M.D. Wanninayaka told The Nation that the
public was mainly responsible for the increasing number of
dengue cases and the deaths since they are very careless about
keeping their surroundings free of mosquito breeding places.
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|Only option for UNP is
to bury the hatchet
Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead. So are all his top lieutenants in the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Tigers can no longer be
considered a fighting force that matter. These are epoch making events.
This week, history was being made at such a rapid pace that, even
with all the modern day communication gadgetry at their disposal, the
masses were finding it difficult to keep pace with the unfolding drama.
The celebrations have yet to die down. That is excusable, given that,
Sri Lankans were struggling under the yoke of terrorism for the past 30
years. We do not speak ill of the dead, let alone celebrate deaths.
But, on Monday afternoon, the nation did so for Velupillai
Prabhakaran, as news broke of the Tiger supremo’s demise, and that is...
hopes of LTTE
It was a triumphant week for the Sri Lankan Government and the Armed
Forces of the country. Despite nay-sayers and detractors voicing
opinions to the effect that the LTTE could not be defeated and this war
against them could not be won, the Armed Forces managed to liberate the
final swath of territory remaining within the control of the Tigers and
free the innocent civilians trapped in the fighting. The LTTE which laid
claim to three aircraft, two submarines, more than
200 gunboats, five massive supply ships and a host
of other military equipment was considered one of
the most ruthless and well-equipped...
OF AN ERA OF TERROR
The Security forces gained a historic victory by virtually wiping out
the LTTE, considered the world’s most formidable terrorist outfit,
killing its ruthless leader Prabhakaran, over 70 top military wing
leaders, as well as several thousands of its hardcore cadres in the
process. Government troops under Army Chief General Sarath Fonseka will go
into the annals of world military victories for also the unprecedented
achievement of killing all top leaders of a terrorist organisation,
including its supreme, in one strike, after cornering them into a small
area. This also can be seen as a result of President Mahinda Rajapaksa
as Commander-in-Chief and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as Secretary of Defence,
giving the Army Commander a free hand...
|ICC, BCCI should stop treating us like
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt has
accused the ICC and the BCCI of treating them as beggars and
threatened dire consequences if they are not allowed to host
2011 World Cup matches.
Butt is on a mission to drum up support from 2011 World Cup
co-hosts India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh after the International
Cricket Council moved the matches away from Pakistan following
Batting is the key for Lanka
the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in South
Africa nearing its end with the final scheduled to be played
today (Sunday) the focus of attention will now revert to England
where the second ICC World Twenty20 will take place from June
5-21. What hopes Sri Lanka has of making an impact on the World T20
will rest largely on their batting which is not all that
hunky-dory as one might imagine it to be. For Sri Lanka to be a
successful T20 side in the competition they will need good
starts from their openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne
Dilshan and that too should be scored...
“Regaining of dignity and pride is
As the security forces delivered the final blow to the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), capturing the last bit
of land held by them, the entire nation celebrated with
jubilance. None would be more relieved of the conclusion than
the security forces personnel and their
commanders who fought continuously over the past three years to
bring about this victory.
“International assistance welcome”
week saw quite an unprecedented spirit of jubilation and
celebration among the people of Sri Lanka, at the conclusion of
30 years of bitter civil war. Enough of celebrations; now, it is
time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work – the immediate
task at hand is to resettle the 250,000 people who have been
displaced in the North, and rebuild the infrastructure, social
networks and civil administration in the areas. Spearheading the
operation resettlement is Senior Presidential Advisor and MP
“I pleaded with Prabha to join
One of the veteran Tamil politicians in the country V.
Anandasangari has extended a humble invitation to all the LTTE
supporters to join the mainstream of democracy. Anandasangari,
leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), who himself
is a war victim, also calls upon the Tamil Diaspora not to waste
their hard earned money to encourage another militant group to
emerge, but instead to use that money prudently for the growth
and development of the almost lost Tamil civilisation.
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