Our universities must be free of ‘union terror’: SB

Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake is in an open showdown with unruly JVP-led student unions in the university system that have held virtually the entire student body of many a university hostage.
Dissanayake explains his vision for the Lankan universities to come out of their dark age.
Q: If we look back, university students hooting the country’s leaders was quite common. In the past, they have not spared even Prime Ministers like S W R D. Bandaranaike and Dudley Senanayake, but they all took such actions in the correct spirit. But why are you taking such a hardened stand on undergrads who hooted at you?
Not that I did not ignore such actions, but what has happened is that during the last 40 years, the politicians did not sight our universities.  Full Interviews

JVP using SF ‘to cover its political nudity’

Ours is a political movement committed to providing leadership to patriotic forces of the motherland. We at all times represent the interests of the `war heroes’. When the war was on, we raised the former General, Sarath Fonseka, to the highest possible pedestal of honour, said Jatika Nidahas Peramuna front-liner Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development Deputy Minister Weerakumara Dissanayake in an interview with our sister paper `RIVIRA’.
A former JVP activist, Weerakumara Dissanayake, is a member of Wimal Weerawansa-led JVP splinter group – National Freedom Front -- that has now become a partner of the UPFA coalition government.  Full Interviews

Anoma misguided by JVP and UNP: Wimal

Q The talk of the political rounds these days is former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. In your opinion, should he be entitled for a presidential pardon?
Sarath Fonseka was sent to prison as a result of him being proven guilty in connection with the Hicorp deal. Even though Fonseka says various things about the bench of judges of the court martial not being competent there is no basis for that argument. Because it is the same bench that Fonseka appointed to hear the case against Parakrama Pannipitiya. On the other hand, President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Commander-in-Chief has to sign the decision of the court martial. If he did not, it will be a disgrace to the judges.   Full Interviews

President must say sorry to Fonseka: Vijitha

Q You seem to be reawakened politically with the imprisonment of former army commander Sarath Fonseka as it provided plenty of slogans. Some even question the genuineness of these protest campaigns. What have you got to say about these?
The government of Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot solve any of the burning issues in the country at present. The cost of living is sky rocketing, unemployment is increasing and above all even the prices of basic and essential goods are increasing rapidly. The government cannot solve these issues and instead they have opted to suppress public uprisings. The government doesn’t want the voice of the ordinary be heard.   Full Interviews

What they say about SF’s imprisonment

Former Tiger leaders ‘enjoying privileges’

Ven Maduluwawe Sobhita Thera, Viharadhipati, Naga Viharaya, Kotte:
Incarcerating garbed in a `jumper’ the former army commander who played a decisive role in ridding the country of the scourge of LTTE terrorism when the Tiger leaders like Pillayan, Karuna Amman and Kumaran Pathmanathan responsible for inhuman massacres are living in the right royal comfort, enjoying privileges, can be described as an act that shocks the entire world. This type of thing, in my opinion, should not happen in any civilised society. Full Interviews