takes on Wanni NGOs
An apparently angry government on Friday hit out at the
International Non-Government Organisations (INGOs) and demanded
that the heads of the organisations take responsibility for many
Mervyn to meet his
Boisterous Government Minister Mervyn Silva is likely to face a
interdicted over Ranjan’s assault
Six Policemen belonging to the Ratnapura Police Division have
been interdicted for neglecting their duties at the time...
A NATION’S PRIDE
Three majestic tuskers,
gloriously attired, stand proudly in front of the brightly-lit
Dalada Maligawa on Friday, to take part in the Esala Perahera in
(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)
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Sri Lanka’s First Lady is Shiranthi, not
The leading Qatar English language daily Gulf Times made a major
blunder in its August 11 issue by calling Sri Lanka’s First
Lanka takes on UK over
diverting tsunami aid
A senior Sri Lanka minister has accused Great Britain of failing
to keep its pledge to support...
Govt. gives ear to Kilinochchi crisis
The growing humanitarian crisis
in the Kilinochchi District was given special attention by the
government last week at a special...
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|CPC stands to lose market leader position
Ceylon Petroleum Corporation’s (CPC) position as the market
leader in petroleum products is at risk if it does not speed up
its refinery expansion, in the backdrop of reports that its
competitors are set to introduce new technology.
A CPC official who wished to remain anonymous warned that Lanka
Indian Oil Company (LIOC) would be commencing its own refinery
at China Bay in Trincomalee and that another private company
would be embarking on a refinery plan in Hambantota.
“LIOC and another private firm are hoping to own their
own refineries and if this happens, the CPC would be
facing a huge risk since the CPC refinery is more than
40 years old. We have to introduce new technology to
remain the market...
Undergraduates take on Police, off to HRC
The Inter University Students’ Council (IUSC) will go to
the Human Rights Commission (HRC) this week to lodge a complaint
against the Police with regard to the manner in which they were
assaulted by the Police at the demonstration held by them last
“We will continue to fight until the students who participated
at the protest are released from custody,” vowed IUSC Convener
Nine students were taken into custody while three students were
hospitalised after the demonstration, which the IUSC conducted
last Thursday. Premaratne also said that they hoped to submit a
letter to Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, requesting him to look
at the issue from...
GMOA calls on Health Ministry to first
ensure patient care facilities
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has called
upon the Healthcare Ministry to install adequate facilities at
the Cardiothoracic Unit of the National Hospital before talking
about a Patient Charter to ensure the rights and safety of
GMOA Spokesman Dr. Upul Gunasekera told The Nation that Health
Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva was trying to ensure additional
safety and rights at a time when the Ministry had failed to
provide the basic facilities to the Cardiothoracic Unit.
Election violence; not enough evidence to
Despite the high number of election violations, reported in both
North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces, election monitoring
organisations have decided not to seek legal redress against the
Both People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) and
National Polls Observation Centre (NPOC) told The Nation that
they do not currently have plans to file any court cases related
to election violence, but might consider doing so depending on
the situation on election day.
SLPA, CPC on collision course over LMSL
A dispute has arisen between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA)
and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) managements over the
employing of Lanka Marine Services Limited (LMSL) employees.
Last week, LMSL officials met with SLPA Managing Director W.G.
Samarathunga, CPC Chairman Ashantha De Mel and several trade
union members to discuss the future of LMSL employees.
‘Victoria’s Secret’ emerges victorious
‘Victoria’s Secret’ Catalogue Inc. of United States Wilmington,
Delaware succeeded in obtaining a interim injunction restraining
Dasung Industrial Private Ltd. of Piliyandala from supplying and
accepting orders to manufacture counterfeit labels/tags with the
name ‘Victoria’s Secret.’
Colombo Commercial High Court Judge A.W.A. Salam issued this
enjoining order after considering the plaint of ‘Victoria’s
According to the plaint, it has 1,000 ‘Victoria’s
Secret’ beauty stores throughout...
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|Federalism: The means to an end
When President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that he was setting up an
All Party Representative Committee (APRC) to seek a solution to Sri
Lanka’s ethnic issue, there was scepticism all round.
After all, there was a sense of déjà vu about this, dating back to the
times of J.R. Jayewardene who set up a similar All Party Conference (APC)
in the aftermath of the July 1983 riots in his attempt to resolve the
ethnic issue – and nothing really came out of it.
Many saw the APRC as a face-saving exercise. The Sri Lankan Government
could then trot the APRC as an excuse and tell the world at large that
it was consulting all the political parties in the
country in its attempt to find a lasting ...
OF DIPLOMACY AND POLITICS
If anyone thought that Indian Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan
would cease to hog the media glare after his ignominious
taxi-ride over the course of the SAARC Summit in Colombo a
fortnight ago, they were gravely mistaken.
Early last week, Narayanan in an interview with the Singaporean
Straits Times asserted that even if the Sri Lankan military won
the battle for Kilinochchi, defeating the LTTE, it could not win
the war. The Indian official claimed that this was because “the
government does not have the Tamil population on its side” and
quipped that he knew “the Sri Lankan Government will be unhappy
(at this advice) but... that is the best advice they could get.”
Northern IDPs face humanitarian
catastrophe” was the description given by the so-called
international media when the Caucasian conflict began displacing
Initially it was a humanitarian catastrophe only to Russian and
other pro-Moscow media when 34,000 people became Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) due to Georgia’s military adventure.
Thereafter, when Moscow commenced military action and the IDP
numbers touched six digits, the US and other Western media began
focusing on what they termed as a humanitarian catastrophe.
There was a time (of idealist hope) when we of the developing
world tried hard to establish a new information order as a
forerunner to a new economic order. All hopes turned into dupes
and the envisaged new ‘orders’...
‘War,’ the kingmaker at PC
The entire Sabaragamuwa Province has become a palette composed
of the colours blue, red and green. Flags flutter merrily in the
breeze and smiling cut outs and posters festoon every available
surface area. Yet for the people the campaigns are not as
interesting as their intensity would have an observer believe.
Inspite of the hosannas sung for every party, one finds a deep
sense of disillusionment over the actions of all political
parties regardless of personal affiliations.
Despite sharing a border with the affluent Western Province that
has double digit economic growth, the Sabaragamuwa Province has
never quite managed to live up to its potential. In fact it has
barely managed to scratch the surface. Despite being rich...
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Selection blunder leaves Lanka sans a bowling
A selection blunder has left Sri Lanka captain Mahela
Jayawardene without a bowling all-rounder ahead of the first two
one-day internationals against India starting at the Rangiri
Dambulla International Stadium tomorrow. The second ODI of a
five-match series will also take place at the same venue on
The original plan was to go with the same squad that won the
Asia Cup for Sri Lanka last month the only exception being that
Jehan Mubarak would be missing from the line up as he was picked
to go to South Africa with the Sri Lanka ‘A’ side. This would
have given Jayawardene the option of a bowling all-rounder in
Kaushalya Weeraratne who played in two matches of the Asia Cup.
But in a sudden turnaround the selectors decided to drop
Weeraratne and include both Mubarak and Malinda Warnapura in the
Has ICC been too hasty?
The review system that was initially trialed by the
International Cricket Council (ICC) at the recently concluded
three-Test series between Sri Lanka and India has in someway
served its purpose, but left a lot of areas open for discussion.
What is to be expressed in this column is in no way diluting Sri
Lanka’s magnificent 2-1 series victory over India. Undoubtedly
overall Sri Lanka played the better cricket and were deserved
winners comparatively to India who came here with a big
reputation, but played rather poorly concentrating more on how
to tackle the spin mystery of newcomer Ajantha Mendis and
somewhat overlooking the fact that there was the indomitable
Muthiah Muralitharan also to contend with. Eventually it was the
two spinners who decided the outcome of the series with Mendis
going on to grab a record 26 Test wickets on debut and
Muralitharan not far behind him with 21 wickets. The two
accounted for 81 percent of the wickets taken by the Lankan
“State is to blame”
Tamil National Alliance (TNA)
Leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan has been through the mill. Once
a member of the Federal Party and the Tamil United Liberation
Front (TULF), Sampanthan knows the Tamil version of the
chronology of Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict like the back of his
hand, having been a member of the panel of moderate Tamil
leaders including Appapillai Amirthalingam and Neelan
Tiruchelvam that discussed the 13th Amendment with members of
the J.R. Jayewardene administration.
Today he leads the main Tamil opposition party in Parliament,
amidst the controversy over the party in question being called
LTTE proxies within the legislature because of the Tigers’ overt
support to the party members’ candidature in the 2004 General
Election. Despite the label, Sampanthan asserts that the Tigers
would have never been a factor if only the Sri Lankan State had
addressed the Tamil issues when the struggle was being waged
democratically and in a non-violent manner.
The Nation caught up with the Tamil politician in Parliament
last week to be briefed on his recent discussions with Indian
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his delegation...