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Sunday May 24th, 2009

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. SEE INSIDE

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. SEE INSIDE

‘‘Prabhakaran wrote his
own death sentence...

                President honoured               

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 priests
(Pic by Thushara Dasanayake)

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President conferred with title
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been conferred with the title Vishawakeerthi Sri Threesinhaladishwara by the prelates of Malwathu... SEE INSIDE

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 UNPers.
Wickremesinghe returned after an European visit, which included a controversial tour of Norway, when the armed forces were about to crush the LTTE. SEE INSIDE

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... SEE INSIDE

 

Tribute to heroes

NEWS

Ki-moon denies bloodbath claim
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.  SEE INSIDE

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... SEE INSIDE

Campaign to recruit 2,000 Tamil speaking PCs
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.  SEE INSIDE

Firing Line
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... SEE INSIDE

Indian field hospital shifted to Menik Farm
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 that...  SEE INSIDE

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. SEE INSIDE



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POLITICS

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... SEE INSIDE

Thwarted 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... SEE INSIDE

DEFENCE

END 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...  SEE INSIDE
 

SPECIAL EDITION (19-05-2009)

SPORTS

ICC, BCCI should stop treating us like beggars: Butt
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 security concerns. SEE INSIDE

Batting is the key for Lanka
With 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...  SEE INSIDE

INTERVIEWS

“Regaining of dignity and pride is important”
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. SEE INSIDE

“International assistance welcome”
Last 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 Basil Rajapaksa. SEE INSIDE

“I pleaded with Prabha to join mainstream”
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. SEE INSIDE

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