The Nation Briefs
May Day Traffic plan
An estimated eleven May Day rallies are to be held
in the city of Colombo and a new traffic plan is
implemented by the city police.
The roads that will be closed due to the rallies are
F. R. Senanayake Road, Green Path (Library
Roundabout to Horton Roundabout), Baseline Road
(from Dematagoda junction to Borella junction) and
the Park Lane (from Park Road to the Isipathana Road
The police said vehicles from the Kandy Road
attending the UPFA rally will be allowed to be
parked in Deans Road, Sudu Wella area while the
vehicles from Galle Road and Negombo areas attending
the rally are allowed to be parked in the Green Path
Vehicles from High level Road and Kaduwela areas are
allowed parking in Reid Avenue while vehicles from
Piliyandala-Kesbewa and Sri Jayawardenapura areas
are allowed to be parked in the Independence Square
area and Maitland Crescent area respectively.
The vehicles attending the NFF rally will be allowed
parking in the Arnold Ratnayake and D.R Wijewardena
The vehicles proceeding to the JVP rally are to be
parked in the Isipathana Road, Park Lane,
Saranankara Road, Pamankada Road, Highelevel Road
and Maya roundabout.
Destroyed paddy stores
The Norwegian funded NGO, FORUT has repaired seven
paddy warehouses in the Wanni that were fully
destroyed by the war.
The warehouses have the capacity to store nearly
4,000 tonnes of rice, according to FORUT local chief
M. Marikar. They were handed over to Consumer
Affairs Minister Johnston Fernando last week.
The warehouses that were completely destroyed due to
war are at Thunukai, Kilinochchi and Vattakkachi.
The FORUT is also planning to build twin store
houses in Ramanathapuram and another huge warehouse
to store paddy in Mullaitivu.
Plantation workers to get attractive increase
The major plantation unions that are signatories to
the Collective Agreement (CA) and the Employers
Federation (EF) have agreed to a substantial wage
increase to the plantation workers.
Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) senior vice president
and Minister Muthu Sivalingam, who did not wish to
indicate the amount already agreed upon, said the EF
this time had been generous in meeting the wage
demand placed before them by the three major
According to him the next round of talks with the EF
will take place on May 5 and probably the final
decision will be taken on that day. He said the
decision to increase the wage was due to the Sri
Lankan tea fetching attractive prices in the world
The plantation unions that are signatories to the CA
are CWC, Joint Plantation Trade Union Committee
(JPTUC) and Lanka Jathika Estate Workers Union
SLMC to discuss panel report after May 6
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) that has so far
not made any comments about the Moon panel report,
alleging war crimes against Sri Lanka will take a
decision whether or not to comment on May 6.
A spokesman for the party said the party will make
its observation public and official only after the
members of the politburo meet on May 6.
The spokesman said as the issue is of a sensitive
nature, the party has decided not to make any
comments public unless the politburo took a
Conch shell robbers nabbed
The Sri Lanka Navy attached to SLNS Vijaya in the
north western naval command apprehended two persons
who were transferring a haul of conch shells at
Wannimundalama area in Kalpitiya on April 28.
The navy confiscated 165 commercially valuable conch
The two persons who were seized were handed over to
the Assistant Fisheries Director in Puttlam for
Special unit to monitor Tamil Nadu politicos?
Pressure is mounted on External Affairs Ministry to
set up a special unit to monitor the developments in
the Tamil Nadu.
According to ministry sources various politicians
from the Tamil Nadu have recently begun to make
adverse remarks about Sri Lanka and the recently
released UN panel report and that there is no
mechanism from the external affairs ministry to
It is learnt as the Tamil politicians make their
utterances in English, they are easily picked by the
The Nation learns external affairs minister Prof.
G.L. Peiris has agreed to look into it immediately.
Expel traitors, says Azwer
UPFA national list parliamentarian and former
minister A. H. M. Azwer says any Member of
Parliament raising views jeopardizing national
integrity and sovereignty should be expelled from
He said all MPs have taken their oaths under the
constitution to safeguard the integrity and
sovereignty of the country and had also further
pledged to preserve the constitution and therefore
they have no right to say anything that would
jeopardize the country’s image.
He told The Nation that certain members were making
statements that contributed to the division of the
country and added that their oaths further affirmed
that they will not directly or indirectly work
towards the separation of the country.
Navy recovers LTTE weapons
Naval troops attached to naval deployment Mullaitivu
in the eastern naval area while engaged in land
clearing recovered a haul of LTTE assault rifles and
hand grenades in the Mullaitivu area on April 27.
The following weapons were recovered by the Sri
Lanka Navy. Seven T56 weapons (fixed butt), one T56
weapon (folding butt), two T56 weapons (side butt),
three bold groups, two recoil springs and three