Lions who led the way…
Field commanders, who led
their battalions across inhospitable environs of the northern
jungles, braving all obstacles to beat the LTTE, are seen
together in their ceremonial uniforms after being promoted for
their invaluable contribution to the victory over the Tiger
(Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)
crisis in Colombo Port overcome
A grave IT crisis at the Colombo Harbour running for more than a
Urgent educational supplies
sent to IDP kids
Ten thousand sets of school furniture and 25,000 sets of
uniforms have been sent to Vavuniya this week for the children
of Internally Displaced...
After collapse of one
The death of a schoolboy caused by the collapse of a brand new
bridge on the Southern Expressway...
|LTTE fall will alter drug
trade in India
defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the
death of its Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran will change the
dynamics of drug trade in the subcontinent ...
Forut Head ordered out
The Head of a leading Norwegian INGO, FORUT has been
ordered out of the country...
Lanka asks Malaysia to
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister
Rohitha Bogollagama has urged the Defence Minister of Malaysia
Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi to ban the LTTE, stating that the
AG to decide on
controversial Kerawalapitiya LNG power plant
Although foundation stone has been laid for the construction of
1,000 MegaWatt (MW) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) private power
plant at Kerawalapitiya, last week, the Ceylon Electricity Board
(CEB) is yet to receive the Attorney General’s opinion on it.
“The CEB sought the opinion of the Attorney General on the
matter four months back and is yet to receive a ruling. However
neither a Letter of Intent (LoI) nor Power Purchasing Agreement
(PPA) had been issued by CEB,” an official of the Ministry of
Power and Energy told The Nation on grounds of anonymity.
Dengue death toll now 85
The deadly dengue epidemic now raging in many areas has affected
6,573 persons and resulted in 85 deaths so far this year. The
Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Unit Consultant Dr. Hasitha
Tissera said that the most number of cases has been reported
from Colombo with 1,079 dengue patients.
“Alarming numbers have been reported not only from Colombo
but also from Kandy (959), Gampaha (663), Kurunegala (517), and
Kegalle (768). Numbers are increasing day by day and out of the
total number of deaths, 50% are children belonging to the age
group five to 15 years,” he said.
claims 360,000 jobs lost in four months
More than 360, 000 jobs in the private sector have been lost in
the last four months, and thousands of jobs in the financial
sector are in jeopardy, President of the Inter Company Employees
Union (ICEU) Wasantha Samarasinghe said.
The worst affected industry is the apparel sector, and the main
reason behind this is the lethargy and the ineffective financial
management of the government, the JVP affiliated union leader
claimed. “It is not right to blame the world recession for
everything. The government knew that there was a global
recession, but did not do anything to strengthen...
Colombo traders send food convoy
A convoy of essential goods
collected by traders is being delivered to IDPs in the North,
President of Moor Street Traders’ Association Sundaram
Palaniyandi said yesterday.
The special delivery was organised by Old Moor Street
Traders’ Association, Vauxhal Street Traders’ Association and
also has input from the Essential Services Committee. “The
convoy, consisting of about 15 lorries, carries goods worth Rs.
50 million,” added Palaniyandi, while saying that it was being
done at the request of President Mahinda Rajapkasa. The items
include dry rations such as dhal, rice, gram and other
food items, textile, clothing among other essential
Lankan experts gather to destroy
Scientists from research institutions, universities and
private sector engaged in agriculture, finally met on
Wednesday to tackle the ‘Mealy Bug’ menace, still
playing havoc with certain vegetation and agricultural
crops in the country
The meeting chaired by Senior Professor J.M.S.R. Bandara
was held at the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture
of the Peradeniya University. Their task was to discuss
and formulate a policy for the eradication of the ‘Mealy
Bug’ which has created a national crisis in the
GMOA seeks President’s
Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has requested
President Mahinda Rajapaksa for an Action Committee to look
after the health of the IDPs and to over come the administrative
lapses in the Ministry of Healthcare.
GMOA Spokesman Dr. Upul
Gunasekara told The Nation that they were compelled to seek
President Rajapaksa’s intervention due to the fact that certain
officials in the Ministry of Healthcare is not concerned about
the needs and requests made by the doctors: “We never wanted to
take up these issues with President Rajapaksa, but what else can
we do when Minister of Health Nimal Siripala de Silva is not
concerned about it,” he said.
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|Better to close the stable even
after the horse has bolted
The victory parades are still being
held, our war heroes yet being honoured, and that is understandable -
the nation is still heaving a huge sigh of relief that, the 30-year-old
war it waged on terrorism has finally come to a brutal but definite end.
The country’s victory over the Liberation Tigers’ of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
cannot be underestimated in any way - it is a triumph that perplexed
armchair pundits and military veterans alike; indeed, it has been hailed
as a case study for other countries battling terrorism.
West denied its Hypocritical Rights
Sri Lanka, which has been waging war both militarily and
diplomatically, given that the international community has been mounting
pressure on the government about the situation of civilians in the war
zone and the country’s Human Rights (HR) record, scored a massive win in
its secondary battlefield last week. Very like the conclusive defeat of
the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the government of Sri Lanka
managed to emerge victorious at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in
Geneva on Wednesday. Western countries in the world
have been carrying out a massive campaign against
the Sri Lankan Government, claiming that its leaders
need to be tried at the International Criminal Court
for War Crimes, and threatening sanctions.
KILLER ON THE LOOSE
Only five months into the year, the statistics of dengue
cases and deaths have already topped the entirety of last
year’s. A total of 6573 cases have been reported so far, with 85
deaths. The numbers are staggering. In 2008, 6,300 cases were
reported for the entire year, while there were only 25 deaths.
The first case of dengue was reported in 1962, and by 1989
dengue viral fever rose to epidemic levels. Although, it was
under control till 2000, the number of dengue patients and
deaths increased, with 2004 being the last worst hit year.
Sri Lanka wards off Western bullying
The strange lineup of the member countries of the United Nations
Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for or against Sri Lanka, at the
special session of the body scheduled to take place in Geneva on
Tuesday, underscores the maritime Great Game unfolding in the
Geopolitics is drowning the lamentations over the legitimate
aspirations of the Sri Lankan Tamils for equity, justice and
fair play and the perennial Human Rights (HR) questions that
arise, when the State violates the integrity of the individual.
Control of the maritime routes of the Indian Ocean...
On ‘great’ Britain’s rancour at being
I totally sympathise with David Miliband, Gordon Brown, Jeremy
Page and the Times of London for being pissed out of their minds
regarding Sri Lanka, especially after the UN Human Rights
Council adopted a resolution last week hailing the defeat of
terrorism and inter alia snubbing these little Brits.
Post-Empire Angst, after all is a malady that takes several
generations to work itself out of the psyche of a nation, a
society or a community.
Yes, they got snubbed. It probably hurts them, probably
haunts their dreams and wakeful hours and that’s because they
are caught in a time warp; Britain, not ‘great’ then and
certainly not ‘great’ now, can’t get over the fact that the
party is over. So they go...
|ICC World Twenty20 in England
Kumar Sangakkara on his maiden tour as Sri
Lanka captain expressed confidence that his team would make a
very strong impact in the second edition of the ICC World
Twenty20 which commences next month in England.
“I don’t think there is any pressure on us in the T20 format
as an international side as much as it’s on us when we play Test
cricket and one-day cricket. It is still a format that we are
exploring but I think with the side we have, we have a great
opportunity to make a very strong impact,” Sangakkara told The
Nation before his team’s departure to London.
Sri Lanka is grouped with Australia and West Indies in Group C
which Sangakkara described ‘as a group of death’ but also
pointed out to the opportunities it represented.
“You’ve got to win at least one game. But at the end of the
day you have to beat the best sides in the world to qualify in a
tournament. We’ve just got to take our chances,” he said.
Sangakkara – a captain who wants to
keep things plain and simple
Kumar Sangakkara is a cricketer who is driven by pride and
passion to succeed at all levels of cricket and in all forms of
life. That has been his motto throughout his life and it has
earned him great respect from players, administrators and
cricket officials from around the world. Today he holds the
destiny of his country’s cricket in his hands. He knows it very
well that it’s not an easy task to be your country’s captain for
if you are not successful you know for sure you are wearing an
uneasy crown on your head.
The Nation caught up with Sangkkara shortly before the Sri
Lanka team left for England to take part in the ICC World
Twenty20. Knowing Sangakkara he certainly didn’t mince his
Q: Your views on the three formats of the game Test
cricket, ODI and T20 cricket?
KS: I think Test cricket will always remain no. 1. There is
no better testing ground for any player other than on a Test
field. Every other format should support and enrich Test
cricket. When you play Test cricket you are playing for a place
in history and you’re testing yourself in every single
department of your game against the opposition. There is no
better challenge than that.
Stop this shameful politicking
Mendis has been a long-serving servant of Sri Lanka cricket for
nearly two decades and there is hardly any key position that he
has not served at the Cricket Board maybe except as secretary
and treasurer. He was even running the Cricket Board as chairman
albeit briefly for a period of two weeks in 1999 before the
first of many interim committees was appointed.
Duleep Mendis is a household name in Sri Lanka Cricket and in
international cricket because of the vast contribution he has
made to the game both as a cricketer and administrator. He is a
well respected figure in cricket circles and the country should
be proud to have a person of his stature serving the game.
''LTTE was biggest stumbling block for
Batticaloa District Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and
Chairman National Construction of Sri Lanka – Eastern Province,
Batticaloa branch N. Suntharesan says the expectation of the Tamils is
to live in dignity and with self respect. He says the Tamils should have
powers that are enjoyed by the Sinhalese in the South. “Tamils are
expecting equal rights as enjoyed by their brethren in the South. The
country has been devastated by the thirty long years of war because of
this problem. I think, if the successive governments had given the Tamil
community their due share of power and dignity, the present problem that
the country faces could have been avoided to a great extent,” he told
The Nation in an interview from his Batticaloa office.
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