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‘Sinhala Bushism' and the 13th Amendment
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
Dayan Jayatilleke, Ph.D., (DJ), writing as the son of the late journalist Mervyn de Silva, has utilized the American idea of the Father's Day for three related purposes: (1) to try to prove that Bushism (militarism) does not work even in an otherwise unbeatable Israel, (2) that Bushism (Sinhala over-lordship) cannot succeed in Sri Lanka, and (3) Sri Lanka's peace and prosperity lies in his 13-A now and 13-A plus later plan (The Island, 6/22/2009). This is repeating the "little now-more later strategy" of SJV Chelvanayagam. In this process he has added a yet another... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/09)

SRI LANKA GRANTS CHINA AN EXCLUSIVE INVESTMENT ZONE TO BRING IN THIRTY IT FIRMS
By Walter Jayawardhana
Sri Lanka granted a special investment zone exclusively for Chinese companies to bring much needed foreign investments into the country, a state owned television service in Colombo announced. Investment Promotions Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa who said , "This is the first time Sri Lanka has granted a foreign country an exclusive area to attract investments." Sri Lanka's Board of Investment (BOI) officials joined with the Ministerat a ceremony to ink the initial agreements with Huchen Investment Holdings Limited officials who would bring investments for a period of 33 years into the zone demarcated for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/09)

Geneva, human rights and the level playing field
By Kalana Senaratne Courtesy The Island
It is not wholly wrong or inaccurate to claim that current developments emanating especially from Geneva suggest that the ‘West’, to a large extent, has been ‘colonized’ by the ‘Rest’ in the field of human rights, and that the West finds itself unable to gallantly trot around preaching human rights to the rest of the world. But more importantly, these developments denote the emergence of a certain level playing field, where the West and the Rest could meet and discuss and debate, more openly, matters relating to human rights concerning their respective... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/09)

Ceylon workers congress press release from Chennai
Manavai Asokan
30/6/09  Meeting between Hon. M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamilnadu and Hon. Mr. Arumugam Thondaman, Minister of Youth Empowerment and Socio Economic Development, Sri Lanka and President, Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) held on 30th June 2009 Hon. Arumugam Thondaman, Minister of Youth Empowerment and Socio Economic Development, Sri Lanka, met Hon. M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Mrs. Kanimozhi, MP today (30.06.2009) at the Hon. Chief Minister's Residence in Chennai. Mr. M. Manimuthu, Vice President of Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) was also present during this meeting. During this meeting, the Sri Lankan Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/09)

WHEN WORDS BETRAY THE FEELINGS
ALI SUKHANVER
The world suffers a lot, not because of the violence of bad people but because of the silence of good people; said Napoleon. Words are more important than actions. What we do comes latter than what we say. Actions can be forgotten but words are ever living. The most painful thing regarding the present day media men is that they sometimes pay least attention to the credibility of their words. Misreporting and disfigurement of the facts has become a professional requirement. A few days back an article appeared on different internet websites written by a fictitious... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/06/09)

Presidential Ambitions & Development Programmes Commence at the Gateway!
Prof. Hudson McLean
The following article is extremely relevant in light of the process of development expected by the citizens of Sri Lanka. The airport ordeal - Promoting tourism or Chasing tourists away. Posted on June 28th, 2009 LankaWeb By Tissa Jayaweera Chairman International Chamber of Commerce http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2009/06/28/the-airport-ordeal-promoting-tourism-or-chasing-tourists-away/ Whilst the President is now moving forward on normalising the life in the country, in a way the SLDF is correct in their professional conduct in trying to maintain security in strategic locations such as the Katunayake International Airport. Said that, its upto the Commanding Officer to brief the soldiers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/09)

Why should the BBC reporter raise his eye brows over increasing the size of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces ?
By Charles.S.Perera
 BBC does not seem to have changed its perverted reporting with the aim to divide people and create dissention among them. Take any of the articles on Sri Lanka in the BBC News website, and there is none without reference to the "Sinhala Majority" , or " Sinhala Buddhist Governments ", followed by a quote from an interview or a statements uttered by a racist like Mano Ganeshan, who still remains a terrorist in mind.The minority majority difference was introduced by the British colonialists, and continues to be used incessantly by the BBC the British pro terrorist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/09)

LTTE SAYS IT WILL USE POLITICAL MEANS TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS BUT REFUSES TO ENTER AN ELECTION PROCESS TO DO SO.
By Walter Jayawardhana
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam new leader K. Pathmanathan alias KP said that his outfit would fight for his past separatist goals "through political means" but refused to enter any elections in Sri Lanka to do so.  In an interview with India Today's Rajesh Sundaram the LTTE's past arms procurer and new leader KP said the terrorist outfit would refuse to take part in Sri Lankan elections and did not elaborate in what other political means it would take to achieve its goals.  But he said his outfit is giving up violence and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/09)

SRI LANKAN TRADE MINISTER PREDICTS INVESTMENT GROWTH DURING U.S. VISIT
Media Release - Embassy of Sri Lanka, Washington DC
Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of Export Development and International Trade visited New York and Washington DC last week to encourage United Nations and U.S. government support for the post-conflict economic projects and foreign investment. Prof. Peris met with Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as well as an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative and the Acting Under Secretary of the Department of Commerce. uring two busy days of meetings, Minister Peiris also consulted with Rep. Sander Levin, (D-Michigan), who is Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee of the influential... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/09)

Navi Pillai makes talks difficult for Sri Lanka
By Dianne Silva Courtesy Daily Mirror
Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said the newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillai was making it difficult for Sri Lanka to engage in dialogue with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. "Her statements have not made it easier for us to gather the support of the people of this country to work closely with her office, which I want to do, or facilitate a visit to Sri Lanka," Minister Samarasinghe told the Daily Mirror. The Minister also said these sentiments had been expressed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/09)

Who is responsible for Dengue?
By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai Vanderwert Place, Dehiwela.
The government seems to be taking genuine strong measures to curb the dengue menace by checking backyards house to house, imposing fines, imprisoning culprits of negligence and what not. However, at least in the city of Colombo and suburbs, the mosquitoes must be laughing all the way to the next victim; for while the backyards are being inspected, cleared, fumigated and people being fined and put behind bars the mosquitoes are having a rollicking time laying the eggs on the heaps of garbage on the main roads. The other day... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/06/09)

The airport ordeal - Promoting tourism or Chasing tourists away.
By Tissa Jayaweera Chairman International Chamber of Commerce
This happens at the only International Airport of the ‘Land like no other' or ‘Small Miracle'. All passengers arriving at the airport by car, 4x4, Double cab or any other small vehicle, are forced to get down at the Air Force checkpoint, at entrance to BIA and board a bus. When challenged, officers manning gate say only VIP vehicles are allowed, all other passengers have to disembark and board a bus to terminal. This is OK in the name of security. While this discussion is on, a 12 -... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/09)

Shame On You British Law Enforcement , Metropolitan Police And London Bobbys!
Insight By Sunil Kumar For LankaWeb
June 28th 2009 -Very understandably Sri Lanka has to be furious over the Lord's cricket ground attacks in London England by pro LTTE thugs on innocent Sri Lankan spectators. The British Law Enforcement Agencies including the British Government should first hang their heads in shame and then launch a full inquiry into what transpired at the T-20 Cricket Final between Sri Lanka and Pakistan and what prevented the local Police from intervening, apprehending and arresting these thugs! Ironically there were many warning sent out that these very type of incidents could transpire... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/09)

Frederica Jansz’s sob story tinged with arrogance and ignorance
Ajit Randeniya
Whenever you open the rag The Sunday Leader, you are bound to come across a surprise or two. It could be an interesting slant in one of its many columns or a record of a detailed telephone conversation with a subject of its many "investigations". What may not surprise you would be the chants of "culture of impunity" that the Leader claims to be prevailing in Sri Lanka. The editorial in the latest edition, by its current editor Frederica Jansz, is typical of this anti-national, Assembly of God funded prpaganda: apparently disturbed by threats to her life,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/09)

HELP SRILANKA AND HELP YOURSELF! Special Foreign Investment Deposit Account( SFIDA)
Chandra Ratnayake Whitby, Ontario, Canada
IMF is playing politics with Srilanka. What can we do about it? Sri Lanka accuses IMF of playing politics-AFP (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090626/bs_wl_afp/ussrilankaeconomyimfrefugees) Dear Friends of Sri Lanka: Finally, we have eradicated LTTE terrorism from Srilanka.  But still LTTE and their supporters around the world in influential places do everything to harm  Sri Lanka  and its economy. This is a major challenge and we all can come together to help Sri Lanka and at the same time gain some benefit to ourselves. After extensive research and consultation with Sri Lankan Banks, I recommend one of the safest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/09)

UNP Interference Towards Government's Agenda In The Present Climate Unnecessary !
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
June 27th 2009 To the UNP MP who has suggested that the majority Sinhalese community should tender an apology in brotherhood to the Tamil minority for the wrongs committed against them in the past, it must be said " get real" as there is no apology needed by the Sinhalese to the Tamils unless it reflects back to a time when during a previous hegemonistic as well as senseless administration certain UNP marauders carrying household lists of residents went from door to door with a murderous mob behind them attacking innocent Tamils for which heinous crime,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/09)

Now, US tries to undermine Lanka tourism revival plan
by Norman Palihawadana and Harischandra Gunaratna -Courtesy The Island 29-06-2009
The Sri Lankan government yesterday said that a US State Department travel advisory aimed at discouraging US citizens from visiting Sri Lanka was part of US strategy to undermine the country. A senior Foreign Ministry official told The Island that nothing could be as bad as the US warning of potential for continued instability and possible terrorist attacks a month after the end of war. He said that the government had requested the international community to remove travel advisories as the LTTE no longer posed a threat. Responding... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/06/09)

Yes, We Can: Answer from Sri Lanka to the International Community
By Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D. former Government Agent, Matara District
The IMF has more or less refused the $ 1.9 million loan that Sri Lanka has applied for. The Central Bank lives in hope and the latest is a loan of $ 2.5 billion. Two groups of officials from the IMF have visited Sri Lanka for assessment but the loan has not been approved. It was also reported that the United States is influencing the IMF not to give the loan. As far as my information goes the last loan given by the IMF to Sri Lanka was in 2005... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/09)

WHO SPEAKS FOR THE POOR SINHALAS ?
Y. Gumperaliya
Now the NGOs and some of the Human Rights groups in the West cannot do enough for the IDPs. Even the Sri Lanka government is trying to offer land and other benefits to them. Each IDP is receiving 6 months worth of dry rations and goods and will receive 2-3 acres of land. How about the 23,000 soldiers who died over the last 30 years, who cares for them and their families? There many more who were disabled. Are they being cared for and looked after ? I saw a news article that some of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/09)

Piyangala resists at demolitions
Ruhunuvoice Nationalist Media forum
Report -III  Wanted to make some updating regarding the issue.  As we got to know from our sources on-site (in Digamadulla) , the demolitions at Piyangala quarry were ceased due to pressure exercised by the mass organizations and by villagers. Further we noted that also Ven Ellawala Medhananda Thero intervened to protect the Piyangala site.  Our sources were unable to clarify about the damages caused to the Pre-Historic Veddha frescos. But, they identified other ancient inscriptions (sel lipi) are locating just 300-250 meters away from the main demolition site. They were present also during... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/09)

Eelam Government in Exile
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario.Canada
June 27, 2009 Rt. Hon.Stephen Harper, PC., MP  Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons, Ottawa Dear Prime Minister: Re: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE aka Tamil Tigers): the  ‘Eelam Government in Exile’ While I expect this letter will receive a response from your Correspondence Unit, the contents of this letter I believe is worthy of your attention for the national security of our fabulous country, and I hope it will find a place in your daily ‘Briefing Book’.  I have also taken the liberty to copy this letter to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/09)

The politics of postwar Sri Lanka
By Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Island
As Paul Berman once wrote, "somewhere in the world it is always 1941". There comes a time in the life of every society when it is faced with an existential threat or challenge. It is the social forces or elements that rise up to this challenge and successfully overcome this threat that then have the power as well as the legitimacy to place their stamp on what comes after. Those who stood on the wrong side of history, or never rose to the occasion, or who abandoned the struggle partway, or simply... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/09)

A gesture that will never be forgotten
Reflections by Comrade Fidel
I made a stop in the drafting of a material about a historical episode on which I have been working for two weeks now to express my solidarity with the constitutional president of Honduras, José Manuel Zelaya. I was impressed when I saw him on Telesur, haranguing the Honduran people. He was energetically denouncing a gross reactionary refusal aimed at preventing an important popular consultation. That is the "democracy" that imperialism defends. Zelaya has not infringed the law in any way; neither did he resort to the use of force. He is the President and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/09)

DISARMING THE ARMED…. OF OUR KIND
Piyal Samarakone - Dubai
Significance of winning the war against LTTE is not a one way ticket to prosperity without a doubt. But it certainly leaves the doors open to counter and engage with numerous ill-fated issues in our society. If terrorism was the epicenter of lawlessness, the corruption which mingled with armed gang culture is very much within its destructive perimeters. Decades of multi-faced conflicts prevailed in Sri Lanka over shadowed countless adverse issues, even some unethical unlawful acts looked very much lawful as they simply exist far too long to prove the Gobel's theory. Undoubtedly, we cannot... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/09)

Bob Rae and Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario Canada
June 25, 2009 The Editor THE HILL TIMES Ottawa Sir: I am afraid Karl Nerenbeg didn't get the story completely right when he said - "Working on peace can mean getting attacked by hardliners on both sides: Looking back, now, the peace process in Sri Lanka seems like a golden opportunity that was lost." What I don't understand is why Bob Rae keeps harping that he went to Sri Lanka several times representing the Forum of Federations and met several LTTE leaders as well as from the Government to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/09)

TORONTO STAR NEWSPAPER SAYS PART OF LTTE’S ILLGOTTEN MONEY WILL BE SPENT IN LOBBYING AND INVESTING IN HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING BRUCE FEIN
by Walter Jayawardhana
Toronto's Star newspaper said that the new Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam leader Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, a most wanted man by the Interpol and wanted for the Rajiv Gandhi assassination in India is a man believed to be in control between US $ 1 billion to 5 billion of LTTE's ill gotten money. The newspaper quoting terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratne said in the coming months the LTTE is expected to spend part of that money in international lobbying against Sri Lanka. The Star said, "In Washington, Tamil expats have formed lobby groups such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/09)

"Give war a chance"
Edward N. Luttwak -Foreign Affairs Jul/Aug 1999, Volume: 78, Issue: 4
Summary -- Since the establishment of the United Nations, great powers have rarely let small wars burn themselves out. Bosnia and Kosovo are the latest examples of this meddling. Conflicts are interrupted by a steady stream of cease-fires and armistices that only postpone war-induced exhaustion and let belligerents rearm and regroup. Even worse are U.N. refugee-relief operations and NGOs, which keep resentful populations festering in camps and sometimes supply both sides in armed conflicts. This well-intentioned interference only intensifies and prolongs struggles in the long run. The unpleasant... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/09)

MISFIRED ‘GREAT GAME’ OF THE NORWEGIAN FOREIGN OFFICE (UD)
Mahinda Weerasinghe
UD - Norwegian Foreign Office Part with in ( ) was edited out from the Norwegian weekly. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items09/FRONT251.pdf From hindsight, 1999 year was an ill-fated one for Lanka. That's when; the Norwegian Dy. Foreign Minister Vidar Helgersen surfaced in Colombo, and offered Norway's unstinted support to the natives, so they can resolve their problems. The 24th January 1999 issue of ‘The Sunday Observer' relayed his joyful massage to the dense Lankans. http://tux1.aftenposten.no/nyheter/uriks/d117500.htm Even if the locals had an inkling of their real intentions, they would have rejected help from these ‘Norwegians bearing gifts'. But the inhabitants were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/09)

PAKISTAN - SRI LANKA, COLLABORATION IN CRICKET
Wimalanga.S Katugastota
After the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, international cricket encounters scheduled to be held in Pakistan have been cancelled. With terrorist attacks taking place frequently it is unlikely that foriegn teams will play in that country in the foreseable future. This is a tremendous set back for the country's cricket and a blow to its cricket fans. Udder the above circumstances, Sri Lanka as a friendly nation of Pakistan and situated not so far away could fill in the void if we offer to host the Pakistani team to play their international matches... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/09)

SRI LANKA’S SOUL SOUNDS MUSICAL GROUP JOIN INDIAN MUSICIANS IN A FORBIDDEN CITY CONCERT, BEIJING
By Walter Jayawardhana
The China Daily newspaper in Beijing said the Sri Lankan Musical troop Soul Sounds has joined Indian musicians to present a joint India Sri Lanka musical extravaganza in the forbidden city of Beijing.. The newspaper published the news item with a picture of the Sri Lankan group. The Embassies of India and Sri Lanka in Beijing will jointly present a two-hour extravaganza of breathtaking melodies, titled Perfect Harmony: A Musical Journey on Saturday night at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. The Shillong Chamber Choir of India and the Soul Sounds of Sri Lanka will perform for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/09)

Terrorist Funds to ‘Ranaviru’ Development
Dissanayake, Australia
It is reported that Sri Lanka Army has recovered Rs. 250 million worth of gold and Rs. 6.4 million worth of cash in the final battle zone. The government is expecting the courts to decide the fate of these terrorist funds. We can certainly take a lesson from the US government in this situation where the courts recently ruled that the 70 year old retired couple who are alleged to had spied for the government of Cuba will loose all their wealth earned through legitimate government salaries. The reason was that they had worked against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/09)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE CALLS FOR RESETTLEMENT, ELECTIONS AFTER "IMPORTANT" VICTORY OVER LTTE
Media Release Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC  USA
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya with Ambassador Robert Blake, new Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and Central Asia  Ambassador Robert Blake, new Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and Central Asia told at the hearing of the Congressional Subcommittee on South Asia, today that Sri Lanka won an "important victory in the North" when it defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.  Assistant Secretary Blake, testifying before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, called on Sri Lanka to quickly resettle the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/09)

Farewell to Human Rights – Adieux aux Droits de l’homme
Bandula Kothalawala London N7
On 23 June 2009, President Sarkozy of France, in his latest cabinet reshuffle, dumped his Secretary of State for Human Rights. This would have gone unnoticed among the numerous other changes made to various portfolios had it not been for the fact that France has long made human rights her trademark. She has always made a song and a dance about human rights, often behaved on the international scene as if she held a copyright on them and arrogated to herself a divine right to pontificate on them to all lesser mortals, especially, to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/09)

INDIA PROMISES SRI LANKA TO HELP IN THE IDP RESETTLEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES
By Walter Jayawardhana
A high powered visiting Sri Lankan government delegation reiterated to India Colombo's determination to resettle the internally displaced persons now living in the Welfare Centers run by the government within six months. The Sri Lanka government statements contradicted some Western press reports, which said that the displaced Tamils would not be resettled until another year . India promised substantial help to resettle the people and aid the development schemes that would strengthen the agricultural and fisheries sectors of the Tamils of the North, christened, Uthuru Wasanthaya . To help the Sri Lanka government to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/09)

WALL STREET JOURNAL SAYS SINCE THE FALL OF TIGERS FOREIGN FUNDS HAVE FLOCKED SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT SECURITIES AND $100 MILION BONDS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED
By Walter Jayawardhana
The Wall Street Journal newspaper said since the Sri Lankan Army killed the top leadership of the Tamil Tigers i the stock market has soared and foreign funds have flocked to government securities and about $100 million in Sri Lankan government bonds were purchased , quoting Sri Lanka's Central Bank sources. The report published in the world's leading financial journal said the change happening "is clear from foreign-capital inflows in the wake of the Tamil Tigers defeat." The Journal said the end to a long war end to a long war has come just in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/09)

A way out for Sri Lanka's child soldiers
Courtesy Irish Times
I n the aftermath of war, a lost generation of Sri Lanka’s youth is seeking rehabilitation, writes TOM FARRELL in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka RANJENDRAN HAS the acne and somewhat awkward gait of many a 17-year-old schoolboy. He has already completed is O-Levels and is studying for his A-Level examinations, the local equivalent of the Leaving Certificate. He says he would like to be a teacher in the future, an aspiration that possibly comes from having his own childhood brutally cut short. Ranjendran pulls up his sleeve to reveal a fearful scar arching down his forearm, just below... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/09)

OUR MOTHER IS NOT FOR SALE, Mr. Sullivan!
by Hela Puwath
There is a saying in the West, “everything has a price”.  The $4 billion dangled by the western co-chairs was enough of a deal maker for then prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and his right-wing cabinet, to agree to sell our mother.   Similarly, Ronald Regan’s promise to come to the aid of J R Jayawardena - Wickremasinghe’s uncle - was another instance of bungling by a traitorous leader of Lanka who was ready to sell our mother Lanka in order to sing his glory to the world.  That bungling antagonized India and the Soviet Union and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/09)

The Case for an Institute for Environmental Professionals
Newspaper Article
In Sri Lanka, most of the professionals groups have established their own professional Institutes to uphold and improve their own professions. Environmental professional render an important service in all sectors including State, Private, NGO and University. However, the lack of such a professional body is a major drawback in the environmental profession in Sri Lanka. The present initiative is contemplated to the remedy this problem.    In this context, the inaugural meeting of Institute of Environmental Professionals Sri Lanka (IEPSL) was held on 4th April 2006 (Tuesday) at 3.00 p.m. at the Auditorium of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/09)

Third AGM of the Institute of Environmental Professionals Sri Lanka Scheduled to be held on 26th June 2009
Press Note
The Institute of Environmental Professionals Sri Lanka (IEPSL) was set up in 2006, with the aim of upholding and improving the standard of environmental professionals in Sri Lanka. Environmental protection and management is an integral and necessary component of the development process and environmental professionals render an important service in this regard. The third Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the IEPSL is scheduled to be held on 26th June 2009, the Ceremonial Session of the AGM commencing at 9.00 a.m. at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, 114, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/09)

"Generalizing Tamil" - A Dialogue in LankaWeb Forum
Prof. Hudson McLean
An excerpt from the Dialogue............ Lets us be more specific.........Generalising "Tamils per se" is incorrect and should be stopped. Should be more directed at LTTE & VP and the potential agitators who are actually suicide cadres led by the Tamil Diaspora. SLDF had to take well planned, incredibly well commanded military action and led by the President and his Secretary of Defence, and General Sarath Fonseka. "Silenced the LTTE" ........Here again, "silenced" is the wrong definition. "Still waters run deep"! Beneath the current "still water", there is a possibility of "warm water currents" with potential... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/09)

The Good Samaritan
Prof. Hudson McLean
First may I congratulate LankaWeb for creating an interactive forum where the readers may respond with their opinion and comment on the published articles. Will the Real Sri Lankan Tamils Stand-up and be Counted?   Prof. Hudson McLean The above article has indeed created a lively dialogue. Which brings to the subject of the age old question, "Who is a Good Samaritan?" According to Christian history or the Bible, A Good Samaritan is someone who helps the needy, helps someone whom he does not even know. History was re-written once again when during... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/09)

ACCORDING TO A HARRIS POLL LABOUR HAS LOST HALF OF ITS PREVIOUS VOTERS AND CANNOT COME BACK TO POWER IN THE COMING GENERAL ELECTIONS
By Walter Jayawardhana
Britain's ruling Labour Party has lost exactly half of the voters who voted for it at the last general elections, the country's highest circulated freesheet , the Metro announced bringing ominous signs to any hope of the party coming back to power in next year's parliamentary elections. Publishing an exclusive Metro/Harris poll results the newspaper said, "52 per cent of those who voted Labour in 2005 are considering backing another party, compared with only 15 per cent of Conservatives who are thinking of defecting."  The poll results claimed that one in ten of those leaving... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/09)

THE WORLD BANK APPROVES US $ 24 MILLION HEALTH LOAN TO SRI LANKA
By Walter Jayawardhana
 The World Bank announced , June 24 , it has approved US $ 24 million IDA credit to help it provide health service delivery program with particular emphasis on the special health needs in the country's war ravaged North and East due to the recent war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Out of the total Twelve million dollars will go to the Northern and Eastern Provinces to help the Sri Lankan government meet their special health needs arising from the conflict in the region. About 280,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) currently reside... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/09)

UNLIKE ITS NAMESAKE IN LONDON THE TIMES OF INDIA WRITES ABOUT THE DEEPLY PSYCHOLOGICALLY SCARRED CHILD RECRUITS OF THE TAMIL TIGERS WHO ARE BEING REHABILITATED AT AMBEPUSSA
By Walter Jayawardhana
The Times of India newspaper featured many young Tamil youngsters , who were taken , to be child soldiers "screaming and kicking" against their will both during the time when the recruiters were untouched during a Norway brokered ceasefire treaty in Sri Lanka and during the final days of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during March 2009 when they won the sympathy of the European nations, led by the British , who put up an unprecedented diplomatic campaign to save the LTTE leader and his close associates, who were making a desperate attempt in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/09)

Tamil Tiger Mobs Attack Sri Lankan Cricket fans after the ICC Twenty20 Final
By Janaka Alahapperuma from London
Several Sri Lankans were attacked by Tamil Tiger mobs in London soon after the ICC Twenty20 Final cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on 21st (Sunday) June 2009. These despicable incidents were happened near the main gate (Taverns Stand entrance) of the Lord's Cricket ground despite the police presence. So far eight such incidents had been reported and 16 youths were injured. Two of them had serious injuries and were taken to the nearby hospital. They were later discharged after treatment. All these pre planned attacks took place while Police were present... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/09)

IMF can keep their blood money: independence is too important for Sri Lanka
Ajit Randeniya
It is obvious that the Americans are attempting to exploit the promised IMF loan to Sri Lanka to achieve their own strategic and political ends. As has been suggested by the Central Bank Governor Ajith Cabraal, Sri Lanka should not kneel down before the US for assistance on loan approval: after all, US is the world's largest debtor nation, staying afloat thanks to China! Confronting the ‘loan sharks' who run the IMF will be an appropriate starting point for Sri Lanka's quest under President Rajapakse to reoccupy its traditional role as a leader among developing countries... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/09)

Dhammapada in Federal Parliament
BCWA News
A copy of the Dhammapada has been added to the Despatch Box on the central table in front of the Prime Minister. The president of the Federation of the Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC) Mr Brian Ashen is seen here handing a copy of the Dhammapada to Mr Harry Jenkins MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives. This momentous occasion for the Buddhist community of Australia took place on the 15th of June 2009.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/09)

The Tamil Diaspora - Supporters of LTTE
Prof. Hudson McLean
Who are the King Pins of the Tamil Diaspora who support the New Leadership of LTTE? Its time that all Tamils who supported or were forced to support the Tamil Diaspora during the past, to Name & Shame the Collectors. As expressed by the brave Tamil persons, who are now emerging out of the dangers of the criminal LTTE gangs, there must be thousands who were forced between a Rock & a Hard Place. Its too late to complain about the past, but never too late to prevent recurrence of a similar fate to others. Please... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/09)

Will the Real Sri Lankan Tamils Stand-up and be Counted?
Prof. Hudson McLean
Devolution, Discrimination be damned! The Terrorist LTTE is no more. However the Real Troublemakers who are sitting in their high chairs in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia are still going on pumping their bellows. Its about time, the Tamils who wish to continue being Sri Lankans stand up and tell their Diaspora, "Either Put-up or Shut-up". The North and the East of Sri Lanka are not Tamil Territory and never have been. Its part and parcel of the Republic of Sri Lanka, and belongs to all Sri Lankans and the guests of Sri Lanka. Those who feel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/09)

SUNDAY LEADER THE DARLING OF THE WEST IS FACING CRISIS AFTER CRISIS IN ITS LEGAL BATTLE IN COURTS WITH DEFENSE SECRETARY GOTABHAYA RAJAPAPAKSA
By Walter Jayawardhana
The Sunday Leader newspaper , which has been facing a legal battle with the country's Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa , accused of defaming him , faced a serious crisis when the lawyers appearing for the newspaper withdrew from the case declaring that they did not doubt the defence secretary's honesty and integrity. There had been two cases filed against the pro-opposition United National Party newspaper by the Defence Secretary. In the second case the court issued an injunction against the Sunday Leader preventing them from publishing anymore defamatory material against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. On May 14 the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/09)

TO SAVE SRI LANKA DUTUGEMUNU HAD TO FIGHT ONLY ONE FRONT WHILE MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA HAD TO FIGHT A FRONT IN SRI LANKA AND ANOTHER FRONT UNLEASHED BY THE WEST
By Walter Jayawardhana
Reminding about enemies that had to be fought against vigorously in the past thousands of year in Sri Lanka, Venerable Dharmasiri Thero of the Washington Buddhist Vihara said one of the land mark victories was that of Dutugemunu to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation and the recent military victory of President Mahinda Rajapaksa was a greater victory than that of Dutugemunu. Venerable Dharmasiri said, "While Dutugemunu had to fight one enemy here in Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa had to fight the enemy present in Sri Lanka and the tons of false propaganda... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/09)

Breeding vultures in detention
Nava Thakuria
The vultures in the Indian sky are missing and the declination is too fast. The scientist and environmentalists apprehend that after Pakistan and Nepal the vulture population of India has been declined by more than 97% in the last few years. There were about 40 million vultures in early Eighties in India , but a survey conducted by Bombay Natural History Society in 2007 revealed that there remained nearly 11,000 white-backed vultures, 1000 slender-billed vultures and 44,000 long-billed vultures in the country. Among the nine species of vultures available in India, the white-backed, long-billed and slender-billed vultures... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/09)

Is Devolution an Option for Domination?
Prof. Hudson McLean
This question has but a single simple answer........NO! Devolution will create Domination in the most cruelest and wicked format. Devolution will create the Ghetto syndrome. Lets face the facts.  Sinhala, whether one likes it or not, is the majority in Sri Lanka.  Just like in Great Britain, the English are in majority compared to Scots, Irish and the Welsh, and there has been no cry for separate independent States due to discrimination, if any,  caused by the English majority. Discrimination is an inherant part of humanity! Globally. In Black, White, Yellow, Brown. In Christianity, Hindu, Buddhist,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/09)

London's Pro Tamil Tiger demonstration and the numbers game
By Janaka Alahapperuma
The London Metropolitan Police had to force the organizers to proceed and keep up with the schedule in the latest march, organized by British Tamil Forum (BTF) with the help of Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) on Saturday 20th June in London. The organizers asked permission from the Met Police for 100, 000 participants, but disappointed by the poor attendance, they tried to delay the march in the hope of more people attending. A Scotland Yard informant told me that organizers expected Tamils even from Europe to attend, and carried out huge propaganda and media campaign... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/09)

TAMIL DIASPORA SHOULD LAY DOWN THE IDEOLOGY “EELAM”
By Dr Raju Selva
I am a Tamil living outside Sri Lanka hence by mere definition unfortunately I belong to Tamil Diaspora which I am ashamed of myself of being one of them and I am making this appeal again to the misled pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora to lay down the ideology "Eelam". I have been very critical of the Tamil Diaspora (TD) for chasing an illusion and written articles to many websites criticizing the role played by the TD supporting LTTE terrorist outfit. Some of the letters I have written titled, "LTTE has brought nothing but misery to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/09)

Why we should reject Devolution under the 13th Amendment.
Dr Sudath Gunasekara. President Mahanuwara Senior Citizens Movement- writing from U.S.A. 15.6.2009.
   “Manga hondata tibenam -Yanta parath penenam  Kima bediwala yanne -Man mulawu ekaku se” -An old Sinhala dictum   If we devolve political power to the provinces under the 13th Amendment  that will definitely mark the first step in the division of this Island nation in to a number of rival ethnic states, eternally fighting for supremacy, at the end of which every one will perish. It will first lead to the establishment of at least two separate states; one for the Tamils in the North,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/09)

T20-Brilliant Captaincy but Bad Combination
Dilrook Kannangara
 Kumar Sangakkara has shown that he is a brilliant captain, way ahead of his predecessor. His bowling changes can be called aggressive; his batting, responsible and his presence awesome. However, a captain needs the performance of his team to be the fullest. Sri Lanka remained unbeaten as they entered the Finals at Lord's. We performed well in the Finals but Pakistanis did better. It was a match closely within our reach considering the talent pool. The problem was the best team didn't play.  Just because a few matches ended in victory doesn't mean we have the winning... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/09)

WASHINGTON BUDDHIST VIHARA PAYS TRIBUTE TO WAR HEROES
Media Release Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Washington DC
WASHINGTON -- One month after the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the Sri Lankan Military, Sri Lankan expatriates in the greater Washington D.C. area gathered Saturday to pay tribute to the War Heroes of the Sri Lankan forces who laid down their lives for the protection of their Motherland. Sri Lankans from all communities and faiths gathered on June 20 and took part in religious observances conducted by the venerable monks at the Washington Buddhist Vihara. The service was led by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/09)

THE WASHINGTON TIMES SAYS US AND OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WEST COULD LEARN MANY LESSONS FROM SRI LANKA IN DEFEATING TERRORISM
By Walter Jayawardhana
In an editorial the Washington Times newspaper said, there are nine lessons the United States and other countries  could  learn from Sri Lanka and the first one is that the widely held belief , terrorism cannot be defeated militariy should be debunked The Washington Times said, “Perhaps the most important lesson is the debunking of the widely held belief that terrorism cannot be quelled militarily. The Sri Lankan military demonstrated that professionalism, strategy, discipline and unswerving commitment can beat terrorism. “ The recent history of Sri Lanka has demonstrated, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/09)

The End Battle -The cowardly death of the LTTE chief :
defence.lk
A death of a criminal, who led a murderous group that caused immense sufferings on innocent, is indeed a great relief for those who have to live under constant threat of that group. When, this criminal is one who is responsible for the deaths of over 75,000 people and one who threw a nation to the verge of destruction, the news not only brings relief to the nation, but also the individuals who brought that relief become national heroes. Their effort becomes a legend that would be told from generation to generation. The death of V. Prabhakaran, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/09)

Devolution! A solution for Tamils or a problem for all
Herold Leelawardena
Now that Peripaharan is dead and LTTE is defunct, getting Eelam through war may be over. Good thing, there had been no top rung survivors other than KP, the fugitive. I wish he too had been with Peripaharan and his hoodlums when our forces send them to hell to burn forever. KP is too rich, cunning and vicious to be left out. He will no doubt consolidate his leadership of LTTE soon and be a great threat to our VVIPs. Hence, he should be hunted down, sooner the better. If not, we certainly will have to regret... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/09)

SRI LANKAN CANADIAN DIASPORA SLAM HIGH COMMISSION OFFICIALS AT MEETING WITH COMMUNITY IN TORONTO.
By Canadian Friends of Sri Lanka, Ontario, Canada, Hamilton, ON. 21.06.2009
The Sri Lanka Consulate office in Toronto invited the Sri Lankan diasporas for a community meeting on the request of HE. Daya Perera the Sri Lankan High Commissioner recently posted to Ottawa in Canada. The invitation was for a Community Meeting and did not include an agenda or was an agenda forwarded when invitees kindly requested for one.  The Sri Lankan diasporas in Canada have been the most vociferous and vibrant group of Sri Lankans living abroad, far away from their motherland. Home to nearly 100,000 Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/09)

BEHIND THE CURTAINS
ALI SUKHANVER
When I was a university student, I remember, one day a lady professor told the class that most of the intelligent people shall choose the personal diary for reading if they are asked to select from different material including novels, short stories and books on history, etc. The very next day some one stole away her personal diary from her room and left a piece of paper there; "you have a huge collection of books here in your room but I am taking away your personal diary because I am intelligent". It is something very immoral to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/09)

The Shocking Untold Truth about the IRA Peace Deal
Dilrook Kannangara
IRA has been a sensible rebel group. Unlike "terrorist" groups, they didn't hold on to the impossible and the unachievable. They budged from their stance and made peace possible. The IRA was fully under the control of its political wing, Sinn Fein. This is remarkable for a rebel group that managed to succeed in its fight. In wide contrast almost all other rebel/terrorist groups fighting today are led by ruthless militiamen. Shutting the door to reality and reason is considered to be the mark of their true leadership. Compromise is not in their vocabulary and accepting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/09)

Tamil group rights and population geography
 C. Wijeyawickrema
"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure" Mark Twain Group rights versus individual rights             Tamil IDPs who began growing vegetables in front of their tents in the liberated areas do not talk about group rights. These are topics for the Washington Post (Ref. essay by Neville Ladduwahetty, The Island-June 3, 2009) and of course for the APRC, the Colombo Tamil moderates, and those cabinet ministers who will be unemployed when ex-servicemen contest against them at the next general election. The average Tamil suffered enough for a generation and half... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/09)

NEWSPAPERS FACE CAPITAL(IST) PUNISHMENT
By Shelton A. Gunaratne©2009 [The writer is professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead.]  
The newspaper industry in the United States is bracing itself for its eventual demise by 2043 (Sri Lanka Guardian, 24 Feb; 2009). The fate of the newspaper is doomed in all leading capitalist countries, where print newspaper circulation and readership have nosedived because of inexpensive access to all types of news and information through the Internet. The newspaper might linger longer in countries that lack the capital to provide universal access to the Internet. In the United States, circulation has been falling in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/09)

Of Civilian Deaths, War Crimes, Hypocrisy etc
Bandula Kothalawala  London N7
According to some news reports from Chennai, India, Mr Bruce Fein, former US Deputy Attorney-General (1981-82), has reiterated his charges of “genocide” against the Sri Lankan Government in a recent seminar. In the meantime, the British media, notably, The Times have carried on their relentless campaign of disinformation and vilification against Sri Lanka.   On 15 February 2009, Mr Fein announced that he had already delivered his 1000-page voluminous dossier against Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary, and General Sarath Fonseka, Army Commander, to the US Attorney General Eric H Holder. Mr Fein spoke of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/09)

Navi Pillay is demeaning the UN dignity
Ajit Randeniya
The standard of performance of Navi Pillay as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is fast approaching that of an unashamed Western stooge, doing their bidding in the most distasteful manner. She seems to be, quite willingly, applying different standards to assessing an publicizing Human Rights violations, taking in to consideration the global power status of the country concerned. Navi Pillay came to prominence within the first year of her appointment when she scolded the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his speech at the Durban II Conference in March. In response to President Ahmadinejad's quite... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/09)

WAR IS OVER. CAN WE GET OUR ACT TOGETHER EVEN NOW?
Asoka S
61 years after independence from the British Raj our beloved Sri Lanka continues to be one of the poorest countries of the world. Our GDP is 83.2 Billion Dollars Vs the worlds Largest USA's 13860 Billion and tiny Singapore's 227 Billion. Our GDP ranking is 68 out of 220 countries and Singapore stands at 46th. We rank 105th on the literacy scale out of 202 countries at 89.1%. which is indeed a silver lining among the dark clouds. So for a country with 89.1% literacy and generally known as an enterprising people how come we ended up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/09)

Call For Safety Measures At London's Cricket Final Need To Be Heeded By The British Authorities!
Insight By Sunil Kumar For LankaWeb
June 19th 2009 The warnings and doomsday predictions by Ananda de Costa for Sunday's T 20 Cricket Final at the Mecca of Cricket~ Lords in London England although sounding somewhat of an unmitigated paranoia does have some rhyme and reason.It also carries a profound message which cannot go unheeded! They most certainly cross reference the horrendous attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore Pakistan and prior to that, the less aggressive demonstrations at King City, Ontario, Canada. Although the Lahore attack did not have fatal ramifications for the players mercifully, despite... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/09)

MALDIVES MARAUDING
BY: PREM RAJ
INTRODUCTION It has not other than the Raw which feels affectionate in brutalities. A lot of killings, a lot of blood shed, economic catastrophe, political unrest and whole social fabric in dole drum are objectives to be achieved by the RAW found in her neighbours. Small states have always been on her charter to get merged in India because those have no right to exist on this planet without being part of India. As was twisted SIKKIM despite the 1950 agreement existed between India & the tiny state of SIKKIM which permitted to have nominal independence.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/09)

UNICEF Offers Their Rehabilitation Support for LTTE Child Soldiers
Courtesy: SL Army
United Nations Children's Education Fund (UNICEF) has extended its support for government's rehabilitation programme for teenage Tiger cadres who entered then government- controlled areas during the recently-concluded LTTE war for separation. Two UNICEF representatives, Ms. Natalie Grove, Emergency Child Protection specialist and Mr. Andrew Brooks, Section Head met Major General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander, Security Forces Headquarters, Wanni on Wednesday (17) and pledged their support for intended rehabilitation programmes, and provision of more facilities to those underage LTTE cadres, many of whom have been forcibly abducted and conscripted to the LTTE and the entire... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/06/09)

URGENT ! PROTECT OUR CIRCKETERS IN TERRORIST HEAVEN
Ananda De Costa

It is Pakistan vs.  Sri Lanka again, this time in the most dangerous city on earth – LONDON.  Sure, there is our security chief,  rightly so; we cannot depend on London police who shoot only tourists. Yet we should be extremely careful not be carried over by cricket craze. This time it may not be while travelling, it might be while playing. It may not be suicide bombs, it could be some other means . We should withdraw from the finals unless every possibility is examined carefully and sorted.  We should always... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/09)

Letter sent to Catholic Leader in respond to their article appeared on their website:
James Jayalath Melbourne, Australia
http://www.catholicleader.com.au/index.php?pgnum=2.5     Dear Editor,   I have read an article published by Catholic Leader about the Sri Lankan issue on 16/06/2009. Being a Catholic I was ashamed to see that you allow to published an article about  Dr. Brian Senewiratne who openly supported one of the most ruthless terrorist organisation (LTTE) (see below link for photo evidence) before they completely wipe out from Sri Lanka soil last month.   The Sinhalese doctor has tried hard to tarnish our motherland for so many years, and now he tries interfering with religion for the sake of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/09)

The Trial of Gordon Brown and Ban Ki-moon
by Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island (Sri Lanka)
In the Court of International Opinion The Public of the Countries that do not comprise what is commonly known as the International Community, which latter group represents a minority of the Peoples of the World - Petitioners Vs James Gordon Brown MP, British politician, Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party David Wright Miliband MP, British politician, and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Alistair Maclean Darling MP, British politician, and Chancellor of the Exchequer And others, all of the United Kingdom - Respondents Together with Ban... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/09)

The Bob Rae saga
Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) Prof Rajiva Wijesinha
Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) Prof Rajiva Wijesinha has written to The Toronto Star in response to its coverage of the decision to prevent Canadian politician Bob Rae from entering Sri Lanka last week. His letter is published below. Michael Cooke, Editor, The Toronto Star Dear Sir, A recent article in your columns suggested that a letter from Irangani de Silva, the former head of the Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada (SLUNA), may have contributed to the decision to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/09)

DEVIL …………… With Unknown Garb
Piyal Samarakone – Dubai
  Emerging a new threat to Sri Lanka is gathering its momentum. That’s the new startling phenomena on the horizon. Should we simply ignore it? Or consider as pretty serious?   Kind of a dilemma which we may have to deal with as time goes by. Perhaps we should start moving our diplomatic pawns wisely on the diplomatic chess board in world stage.Handful of pariah states are very much willing to give helping hand for those international rogues to unsettled the settling land of our own at will.   The vicious-minded-intellectuals will go to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/09)

LTTE Transmogrified Into a Virtual Eelam Trans-national State: Tigers in Sheep Skins or an Exercise in Futility?
Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth, Australia
Within a month or so after the elimination of the Terrorist outfit the same core group in the Tamil Diaspora has come out with the novel idea of a transnational state. The Eelam State is formed by an identity nexus among all Tamils in the world. While not dismissing totally the mundane explanations of Trans National Eelam State (TNES) let me note a few of the plausible ones. The first is that TNES is a lever to continue the financial enterprise of the LTTE largesse collected through both legitimate and illegitimate means. Second, the unexpected... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/09)

PRESIDENT RAJAPAKSA TELLS IN ANURADHAPURA THAT THE GREAT JOY OF UNIFICATION WAS SHOWN WHEN ALL RACES WAVED LION FLAG PROUDLY
By Walter Jayawardhana
President Rajapaksa said in Sri Lanka's ancient capital, Anuradhapura, that the joy of unification of this country was reflected exactly a month ago when all citizens despite political , racial or religious differences held the lion flag in their hands proudly to celebrate the jubilation of defeating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).  Rajapaksa said, "The generation to generation historical desire of the nation to be under one government of unification was aptly shown despite differences when all held the national flag in their hands."  The President said it was on May 18 at 1.36... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/09)

Karl Nerenberg defending Bob Rae
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario Canada
June 18, 2009 The Editor (Letters) OTTAWA CITIZEN Sir: Karl Nerenberg's essay ‘Bob Rae was never soft on the Tamils", (June 18) was not quite correct. What he failed to identify was that Bob Rae's efforts to promote federalism as the mantra to Sri Lanka's woes when he went to Sri Lanka as the Head of the Forum of Federations, didn't get anywhere, and he was made aware by the Tamil Tiger terrorists as it was the "F" word in their lexicon. And when he found that the Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/09)

Buddha has to be dated to 1800 BC
Source: Excepts from Prithviraj R's forthcoming book on history - 19000 YEARS OF WORLD HISTORY:
One of the most important calculations of Indian history has been done on the basis of the lifetime of a certain Indian emperor called Ashoka, considered to be one of the greatest emperors of world history. He was a Buddhist emperor who was responsible for the spread of Buddhism, to distant corners of India and the neighboring countries, by sending large number of Buddhist missionaries to these places. He built thousands of Buddhist stupas and established thousands of Buddhist monasteries all over his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/09)

Oman donates Rs. 4.5 million for the ‘Ranaviru Welfare Fund’
Public Communications Division
The Sri Lanka Ambassador to Oman Mr. D.M.M Ranaraja handed over a cheque worth of 4.5 million rupees to Mrs. Deepthi Bogollagama, the Chairperson of ‘Seva Vanitha Unit' of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a simple ceremony held at the Ministry, on 17th June 2009. The Sri Lankan workers and the expatriates living in the Sultanate of Oman have collected this amount and will be deposited in the ‘Ranaviru Welfare Fund' to build houses for the members of the security forces.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/09)

LTTE STATE IN EXILE
Lucky S.
The word is that the residual LTTE leadership some of whom can now access Prabhakaran's extorted wealth is going to declare a Tamil State in Exile. For all we care they can form an Elam state in hell too. What is the point? Prabhakaran's killer gang has been decimated by brave Lankan Forces and LTTE fighting force has evaporated into thin air. So much for the once world's most feared terrorist group.. The Sri Lankan armed forced reined so superior and had tigers run for a few quick months before they all fell like a pack... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/09)

New Government to Tamil Tigers?
Prabath Warusavithana UK
I was surprised to see the above headline news bulletin in BBC news website and Telegraph and few other foreign papers. Surprisingly enough no such news appeared in Sri Lankan media. This makes me worried about the future of our country. I don't think we all can now relax and just concentrate on other matters because war has being won. Yes war against local LTTE may be over, but LTTE international leg remains at large. As long as this large and well established terrorist network is not dealt with, our country remains in danger zone. LTTE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/09)

AMBASSADOR STATES THAT PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS HAS LONG BEEN AN ESSENTIAL VALUE IN SRI LANKAN CULTURE
Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the U.S., notes in speech that Sri Lanka is "Asia's Oldest Democracy"
WASHINGTON - Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, assured a capacity Georgia State University library crowd Monday that his nation's recent victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists will ensure human rights and prosperity for all Sri Lankans, especially those harmed by a quarter century of conflict. "Sri Lanka has no record of inflicting misery on fellow human beings for the purpose of empire building, commercial advantage or religious righteousness," the Ambassador said during a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/09)

LONDON TIMES SAYS LTTE UNDER PATHMANATHAN ALIAS KP WILL NOT RENOUNCE VIOLENCE
By Walter Jayawardhana
The Times of London newspaper reacting to the new announcement that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would reorganize itself as a provisional transnational government of Tamil Eeelam said it has not eschewed violence as a means of obtaining power. Until it was crushed as a military group by the Sri Lankan Army the outfit was known as the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world. It is yet to be known ,if violence is applied, how it would be applied in the international arena in the coming years. Referring to the new leader... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/09)

Book Review – JESUS IN INDIA
Jesus in India is an English version of Masih Hindustan mein, an Urdu treatise written by the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Jama'at in Islam, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835 - 1908).
 The main thesis expounded in the treatise is Jesus' escape from an ignominious death on the Cross and his subsequent journey to India in quest of the lost tribes of Israel whom he had to gather into his fold as mentioned in the New Testament. Abundant evidence has been furnished from Christian as well as Muslim Scriptures, old medical books and books of history, including... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/09)

University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) Report - 'Separate the Chaff from the Wheat'
Dr.P.A.Samaraweera
The defeat of the LTTE which is  a cause for universal celebration, as it uprooted the number one terrorist organisation and opened up a new era in Sri Lankan history, has been marred by certain countries, Tamil diaspora, Human Rights Activists & Organisations, various interested Institutions and so on. The latest to join the line is the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna).   The UTHR (Jaffna) Report claims that Prabhakaran was tortured before being killed in the presence of a Tamil government politician and a General. In fact, the Tamil diaspora is disputing the fact that he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/09)

Bad faith and apparent independence
Prof Rajiva Wijesinha  Secretary General  Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process
16 June 2009 Having just written an article on the pronouncements of the so-called independent media, I was not entirely surprised to discover that the Associated Press had deliberately misrepresented my answer with regard to the winding up of the Commission of Inquiry into several cases of violence over the last few years. The article described the cases as those of human rights abuses, whereas they dealt with a number of high profile killings, including the murders of some politicians, most prominently that of the Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/09)

Moses of Lanka and the Ten Commandments
Dilrook Kannangara
Prof Hudson McLean correctly identified President Rajapaksha as Moses of Sri Lanka. It is an apt comparison with the story in the Bible. However, Moses not only led his people to the Promised Land, but also regulated their affairs so that they will survive for thousands of years. This he did by giving them the Ten Commandments. He consulted God to come up with the Ten Commandments. Similarly Moses of Sri Lanka must also come up with Ten Commandments to safeguard Sri Lanka forever. To his credit he has already come up with the First Commandment!... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/09)

Operation Bulletin 119
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario Canada
June 16, 2009 Hon. Jason Kenney, MP Minter of Citizenship & Immigration House of Commons, Ottawa Dear Minister Kenney: Re: 3-Way Battle for the blood-soaked Tamil Canadian votes I have just come across your Department's Operation Bulletin 119-June 3, 2009 - Sri Lanka Initiative-Applications for Family Class Members and Dependents of in-Canada Permanent Residence Applicants Affected by the Current Humanitarian Situation. This is amazing stuff. With the next federal election looming over us, your Conservatives will have a tough time to claw some of the Tamil votes with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/09)

RAW THE CRICKET, IN SRI LANKA
BY: PREM RAJ
OPENERS The Jain Commission Report for the Indian government has substantiated that the Indian Intelligence organization, Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) has taken it as its moral enterprise to destabilize her neighbors and also has been responsible for creating circumstances leading to violence within the domestic domain of the South Asian countries. India's dream of becoming super power over a night has blessed her insomnia to run in to the shoes of America without realizing, poverty stricken people, social injustices, economic crisis, casting of inferior subjects & minorities indiscrimination, with in her own country as well... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/09)

The anti-Ahmadinejad conspiracy failed just like the Tianamen Square affair
Ajit Randeniya
The failed plot to oust the democratically elected Iranian President Mohamed Ahmadinejad provides features of an extremely interesting ‘experiment' being tried out by the US agents and neocons. Its analysis may be useful due to the potential for future deployment of similar conspiracies in Sri Lanka by the unhappy imperialists.  The attempted plot by the West to topple the democratically elected government of Iran showed signs of significant differences from the other campaigns in Georgia and Ukraine in that it was pre-planned, technology-based and was remotely controlled to an unprecedented degree. The operatives behind the plot include... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/09)

GENERAL KAYANI OF PAKISTAN ARMY HOSTS A DINNER TO SHARE THE JUBILATION OF SRI LANKA FRIENDS IN DEFEATING LTTE
By Walter Jayawardhana
Genral Ashfaq Parvez Kayani , Chief of Army Staff in Pakistan and Begum Ashfaq Parvez Kayani hosted a dinner "to share the jubilation with" their "Sri Lankan friends on their historic victory against LTTE."at the Army House, the official residence of the Commander in Islamabad.  Pakistan's Sri Lanka High Commissioner former Air Chief Vice Marshall Jayalath Weerakkody and his wife were the chief guests at this state dinner.  General Kayani said he, the government, the armed forces of Pakistan and the people of Pakistan were glad to be able to share the jubilation of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/09)

OBAMA HAS NO EASY TASK
Reflections by Comrade Fidel
I remember that, when I visited the People's Republic of Poland, during Gierek's government, I was taken to Osviecim, the most notorious of all concentration camps. There I learned about the horrible crimes committed by the Nazis against Jewish children, women and senior citizens, which resulted from the implementation of the ideas contained in the book Mein Kampf written by Adolph Hitler. Those ideas had been implemented before at the time when the territory of the USSR was invaded in the quest for vital space. By that time, the governments of London and Paris incited... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/09)

Open letter to Murray McCully, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs
Roshan Mendis NEW ZEALAND
Dear Mr McCully, I am deeply concerned that the National-led government has failed to designate the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist entity, despite pre-election pledges by National to move swiftly to bring New Zealand into line with our like minded allies on this issue. I refer to your newsletter of 8 August, 2008, in which you categorically assert, "'That the Tamil Tigers are fully fledged terrorists is beyond dispute." In the aftermath of the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, the Tigers are pinning all their hopes for revival on the concerted efforts... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/09)

Moses of Sri Lanka
Prof. Hudson McLean
Many a country created its own "Moses". The British - Indian colonial war created Mahatma Gandhi. The WW2 created Sir Winston Churchill to fight Adolf Hitler. The South African Apartheid created Nelson Mandela.. The Tamil Tiger Terrorism created Mahinda Rajapaksa.  The Moses of Sri Lanka! Mahinda Rajapaksa not only saved the Island of Sri Lanka from the Curse of the Tamil Tiger Terrorist, but also led the innocent Tamil civilians from bondage and terror into a better land. Now that the Phase 1 is over, the difficult tasks of rehabilitation and rebuilding of the Nation has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/09)

World’s richest IDPs – only in Sri Lanka!!!! -INVESTIGATE SOURCE/S OF THE LOOT NOW!!!
Ramanie de Zoysa
For all the reams of paper that has been used to evoke pathos by all and sundry on behalf of the ‘suffering’ Sri Lankan IDPs in the North absolutely no mention has been or is made of the immense wealth these very ‘IDPs’ are reported to have deposited into Banks especially set up in the North in the IDP camps. These Tamil IDPs that have been likened to those of Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia etc by the Tamil Diaspora and their international lackeys have reportedly banked Rs 390m in a matter of two days after the banks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/09)

Assessing the analysis of the University Teachers for Human Rights
Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process
15 June 2009 The University Teachers for Human Rights has issued yet another report on the situation in Sri Lanka which, as with its previous reports, merits serious attention. I have always admired their commitment and efforts  at objectivity and, even when I disagree with what they say, I have noted their sincerity. It should also be noted that they are amongst the few such organizations to admit it when they have been mistaken, as with their accounts of what happened to the ACF workers in Muttur. Their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/09)

Aim of the LTTE, the bulk of Tamils, Tamil Diaspora and their backers
Herold Leelawardena
 To date, there are over seventy million Tamils that live in India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. There are more than one million Tamil diaspora that live in the developed world as well. If you talk to any of them, you will feel that they are at a loss of something that Sinhalese have taken for granted. That is; Tamils are being disappointed for they have no country that they could call ‘homeland'. And the Tamil Diasporas that were born or bred in the western world are much more disappointed than other Tamils for they live in a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/09)

Re: The Star Editorial - "Sri Lanka Chooses Wrong Target in Rae"
Don J. Wick Markham
Letters to the Editor The Toronto Star One Young St Toronto, ON Re: The Star Editorial - "Sri Lanka Chooses Wrong Target in Rae" Dear Editor,   There was a time that Sri Lanka used to let every international Tom, Dick and Harry - the self-claimed experts on Sri Lanka - to come and lecture Sri Lankans on how to run their internal affairs.. Well, those days are finally over, as Sri Lankans have gotten real smart after defeating the world's most deadliest terrorists, no thanks to hypocritical West, and their traveling salesmen like Mr. Bob Rae -... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/09)

May 19 should be V-day, 2009 the Year of Victory
by Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Island
The warning about the risk of triumphalism came days before the 65th anniversary celebration of D Day, by the leaders of the US, UK and France. In the USA there are annual re-enactments of the battles of the American Revolution – the War of Independence against Britain—and of the Civil War against the Secessionist Confederacy. While the risk of triumphalism does indeed exist and must be cautioned against, I think there is yet another risk, an opposite one, which we must avoid. The USSR which triumphed over the bulk of the Nazi... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/09)

Buddhist Maha Vihara in Malaysia launches a fund for Sri Lankan IDP Orphans
Sumanananda Premseri
The Buddhist Maha Vihara Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur launched the Sri Lanka Aid fund to assist some 400 orphans in an Internal Displaced Camp in Northern Sri Lanka. These children are mentally affected by the conflict- traumatized, socially disoriented and psychologically vulnerable.   It is important to reach out to the children as they are the most vulnerable section of the population in any conflict. In a serious disorientation condition, they can be easily removed away from safety nets and trained to become child soldiers due to naivety, anger, etc or exploited by unscrupulous elements into... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/09)

13 plus in a unitary state -Jayatilleke
By Rathindra Kuruwita -Courtesy "The Nation"
Ever since he was appointed as the Permanent Representative of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the United Nations at Geneva, Dayan Jayatilleka has been making headlines with his brand of diplomacy which has been both applauded and criticised. While he is basking in the recent victory at the recently held UNHRC special sessions The Nation met him to question about the underlying frictions that usually accompany such ‘victories’ Q: Sri Lanka has had several diplomatic victories in the recent months at the UN and from the outside we seem to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/09)

The Sri Lanka cricket team and our hopes for the T20 world cup
By: Mario Perera, Kadawata
The ecstasy of the previous three matches gave way to the agony of the last. Lowly Ireland nearly humbled the giant killers that we were. The previous matches were mainly won on the strength of the opening partnerships and of course the inevitably brilliant contributions of the three bowling ‘M's; Murali, Mendis and Malinga. Yesterday the batting extravaganza of Mahela saved us the blushes. According to commentators we were expected to score anything between 180-200 runs against the Irish fledglings. But the end result was more than pathetic. The captain as he normally does in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/09)

Calls For Boycott Of Sporting And Economic Ties With Sri Lanka Will Not Work
Press Release: New Zealand Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights
We have seen recent news reports that a section of New Zealand Tamils supporting the international terrorist organization LTTE has suggested that the New Zealand Government should cancel the Black Caps' Sri Lankan cricket tour and should also boycott Sri Lankan goods as a retaliation for defeating terrorism within Sri Lanka in the recently concluded war. This agitation follows the unsuccessful attempt made by Tamils living in foreign countries to influence the western world to cause an inquiry on the civil war by the UN Human Rights... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/09)

Muddled thinking of Prof. Witharana
Ben Silva UK
I consider our present day Tamils as our brothers and sisters. They are valuable Sri Lankan citizens and I treat them with respect , dignity and affection. We all belong to the human family and this is what should be stressed and not tribalism. Tamils should give up their tribalism and treat all Sri Lankans as memers of the same family. I have to acknowledge the valuable contribution to Sri Lanka made by Late Mr Kadirgamar and late Mr Fernandopulley and many Tamil Professionals and law abiding citizens. We ought to erect statues in memory of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/09)

Western media’s disgraced and hopeless campaign against Iran
Ajit Randeniya
The Western media’s campaign during the lead up to the just concluded election provides a case study in the study of how their oligopoly collude to destabilise countries to implement ‘regime change’ through criminal and underhand means. For an independent observer, or anyone who has followed Iranian affairs from the pre-Shah era to the present, it was obvious that the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was immensely popular in the country: he represented the Iranian mindset of a generation born in to the events following the British ’hush hush’  invasion of Iran in 1918. In 1921, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/09)

SRI LANKA THANX PAKISTAN
ALI SUKHANVER
Friends need no thanks. Friendship is one of the most precious passions which can never be weighed and estimated in worldly terms. Lucky are the friends who have a common enemy; because this common enemy strengthens the depth of their relation. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are two friends sailing in the same boat. A violent torrent of terrorism vitally supported by the foreign forces has been trying to push these two friends to the brink of destruction. A lot of killings, a lot of blood-shed, economic catastrophe, political unrest and a warlike situation has ruptured the whole... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/09)

INDIA GALLING PEACE OF NEPAL
BY: PREM RAJ
BACKGROUND             The devil’s eyes are all set to blaze inferno in Nepal. Indian ambassador Rakesh Sood once again has got activated like swine in a jungle. He holds conferences, chairs meetings and ignites processions as if the land of beauty belongs to India. A year back when the Maoists won elections the ambassador Sood tried utmost to grab the victory while garlanding the geniuses of “RAW THE RASCAL” which is bent upon disparaging peace of Asia. Sood has always been escorted by the RAW’S agents to do spoon feeding advices as a ready recknor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/09)

Every citizen has the right to own lands
Nimal.
Dear Editor, I am referring to the statement made by Hon. Minister D.M.Jayaratne that says estate workers can own lands anywhere in Sri Lanka. This beautiful. This is nice. This is great. However, it is far more greater if the minister can take the lead role to do away with Thesawalamay rule effective in Jaffna peninsula in respect of ownership of land.  As everybody is aware, the above said law preventing people in Sri Lanka right to buy lands in the peninsula.  Await response from the government or the said minister in this regard.  Thanking you.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/09)

CHINA DIAGNOSES TI-LAKKHANA: ANICCA, DUKKHA AND ANATTA
By Shelton A. Gunaratne©2009 [The writer is professor of mass communications emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead]
China, the emerging superpower, has achieved its success through the pragmatic application of its three-pronged cultural inheritance based on a hybrid of Buddhist, Confucian, and Daoist principles. Pragmatism, defined so elegantly by the illustrious Deng Xiaoping—“It does not matter whether a cat is black or white; if it catches mice, it’s a good cat”—illustrates the crux of Chinese multi-dimensional thinking, which stands in contrast to the one-dimensional thinking of the West that arrogantly identifies Western ideology with universal values.   Most Chinese, especially... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/09)

Lankan army shot surrendering rebels: rights group.
Mario Perera, Kadawata
A thought to ponder; Hannibal's victory which was considered the model of warfare in Germany. From a letter from my French friends Pierre and Suzanne (with my english translation below).  Le carthaginois Hannibal, qui fut un très valeureux chef, combattit à Cannes, c'était 2 siècles avant Christ, et par une organisation de ses troupes remporta une complète victoire sur les romains. Il disposait de 40.000 soldats, alors que les romains disposaient de 80.000 hommes plus 6.000 cavaliers Il y a 80 ans, en Allemagne, cette bataille était considérée comme le modèle encore inégalé de la victoire... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/09)

New Road to Eelam ?
by Gomin Dayasri Courtesy Daily Mirror, SL 11.06.2009 -
The Oslo Declaration was greeted by the UNP as a major triumph in their negotiating process while the critics argued against it as a stepping stone to a separate state. It is worth while harking back to the approved text of the Royal Norwegian government outlining the basic proposal which was hailed by the UNP government as jettisoning the Eelam concept - "The parties agreed to explore a solution founded on the principle of internal self determination in areas of historical Tamil habitation of the Tamil speaking peoples based on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/09)

LONDON - THE TERRORIST CAPITAL IN THE WORLD
Ananda De Costa
The Tamil Tiger leader in London was sentenced to jail, just for two years. David Hicks a man who did not commit even one sixteenth of the crime compared to this terrorist was in Guantánamo bay concentration camp (or the land without law) for six years without trial. This is the difference between two countries, one called the Land of Democracy and the other called the Land of United Terrorism. The following is an extract from a recent report from The Hindu, on assassination attempt on the Sri Lankan President. "As the SIS officers in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/09)

FAILED IMPERIALIST ATTEMPTS TO VANQUISH SRI LANKA – Part II
A.A.M.NIZAM MATARA
It was not only in the recent war theatre that the British Government and British authorities opposed Sri Lanka and made every effort to undermine the legitimate aspirations of Sri Lankan masses.  When the people’s resurgence took place in the 1950s, shattering Britain’s hidden objectives of remote controlling Sri Lankan affairs through their proxies differing only in the colour of skin, Britain had been hostile to Sri Lanka whenever it became possible.  Britain made desperate attempts to save the terrorist leadership even against the wishes of the Tamil masses.   Rajan Hoole and K. Sritharan of the award-winning... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/09)

The need for NGO Accountability
Response of Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights
12 June 2009 Response of Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, in responding to an intervention by United Nations Watch in the General Debate on the Universal Periodic Review Process. Mr President, the intervention of United Nations Watch raises some issues which this Council would do well to address. In a rather sad effort at sarcasm, it was endeavouring to denigrate the UPR process, and suggested that countries it loathes are incapable of making judgments except... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/09)

War Crimes: Trial of Adele Balasingham: From a Pub in Sydney becoming the Queen of Cyanide in Wanni
By A Sri Lankan Child Protection Professional
 One way by which we can demonstrate the absolute correctness of the use of power to destroy the inhumanity of terror is to subject the captured to the judgement of law. This is the ultimate tribute that the  victorious power can offer to Reason. As written in the Nuremburg Charter ( Article 6 (c) we have to bring the remaining perpetrators of cruelty to justice in order that such human wrongs will not be committed on fellow citizens in the future. Inhumane acts committed against a civilian population in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/09)

Prof Wijesinha commends the HRC for being mechanism addressing both strengths & weaknesses of States
Intervention on behalf of Sri Lanka by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights,
Intervention on behalf of Sri Lanka by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, in the General Debate on the Universal Periodic Review Sri Lanka wishes, Mr President, to express its appreciation of the UPR process, both as it has been conducted under your leadership this year, and in general. It may not be perfect, and it could certainly be refined, but like democracy it is as good a system as we will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/09)

A home grown Solution for Unity, or to implement 13 Amendment to perpetrate ethnic difference.
By Charles.S.Perera
The President of Sri Lanka wants home made solutions to build our nation afresh from the ashes of the past. In his most significant speech to the Parliament after elimination of terrorism from the country, he said that our Nation has no minorities.  In the light of those assertions why is it necessary to implement the 13 Amendment to the Constitution which had been imposed on us at a time Sri Lanka was both militarily and politically weak. The government had the courage to withdraw from the CFA which had no legal value as it was not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/09)

We (Private and Public sector) together can restore North and East- (and other areas?)
By Ian
  The real victims of the war that ravaged in the country are/were the innocent civilians of all communities. Whatever the political solution if given will only benefit few people who will come to power and not the civilians in the north and east.   In my belief the government could get extensive support and participation of the private sector and the private individuals to expediently bring the normalcy to the civilians in the NE who had suffered immensely. We Sri Lankans can develop NE without the support of INGOs but by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/09)

A.C.SHANTHAN , THE LEADER OF THE TAMIL TIGERS IN LONDON IS JAILED FOR TWO YEARS BY THE OLD BAILEY
By Walter Jayawardhana
Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar alias A.C.Shanthan (51), the man described as the leader of London's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and a close associate of the late Velupillai Prabhakaran was jailed for two years by a judge of the Old Bailey on Friday.. The man who bought equipment which Tamil Tigers could have used to make a bomb has been jailed for two years, June 12. Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar - aka AC Shanthan - purchased electronic and computer equipment for members of the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE), a banned terrorist organisation. He was found guilty... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/09)

MICHELLE SAMARAWEERA’S FAMILY APPEALS TO THE PUBLIC TO HELP IDENTIFY HER RAPIST MURDERER
By Walter Jayawardhana
The devastated sister of Michelle Samaraweera whose body was found dumped in a London Park has appealed to the public to help officers catch the man responsible for her murder. Ann Chandradasa, 37, urged anyone with information about her sister's murder or the two linked sexual assaults in Walthamstow to come forward before anyone else is targeted. Michelle's body was discovered on 30 May 2009 in a small park and play area along Queen's Road, E17, junction with Markhouse Road. She had been strangled and raped. The 35-year-old's murder was quickly linked by DNA with two... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/09)

Peace Process - A different approach
Wimalanga. S
Although the war against terrorism has come to a successful end, it is universally accepted that ultimate peace can be achieved only if we could find a solution which is acceptable to all parties of the conflict, the Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim and other communities who reside in our country. It is most unfortunate that inspite of years of deliberation we have not been able to arrive at such a formula. Why we have been bogged down in our deliberations is because of our inability to reach an agreement on the most contentious issue of devolution of power... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/09)

Bob Rae denied entry to Sri Lanka -Ottawa decries Rae’s unacceptable treatment (CTV News)
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario. Canada
June 11, 2009 Hon. Lawrence Cannon, MP., PC Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons, Ottawa Dear Minister Cannon:  Re: Ottawa decries Rae’s unacceptable treatment (CTV News) This news item says, “Canada’s Foreign Affairs department has signalled its “dismay and displeasure” with the Sri Lankan government’s decision to bar Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae from entering the country.”   I am quite surprised that you feel so dismayed?  How come? Sri Lanka is a sovereign country that has the discretion as any other sovereign nation to decide who should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/09)

Optimal versus stable strategies in the politics of devolution
R Chandrasoma
In the study of the dynamics of complex systems a distinction is made between outcomes that are ‘optimal' and those that are ‘stable'. The ‘optimal state' is that which is most rewarding for all parties concerned. Unfortunately in many realistic situations, optimal states are unstable as they are vulnerable to ‘attacks' from competing and potentially destructive options. The good they confer is fragile in the sense that they lower the threshold for organized disruption. Once overthrown, the damaging fall-out can be disastrous. In contrast, a stable strategy confers fewer benefits initially but has the capacity to withstand... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

DIPLOMATS SANS DIMPLOMACY
Piyal Samarakone - Dubai
Being a diplomat in this part of the world is nothing but living in Eldorado and probably the most comfortable and lucrative way of spending latter part of one's life. This prestigious and highly responsible assignment for most of the diplomats is a paid vacation and the norm of the diplomacy itself become quiet an oblivion subject for them. When most of the countries regard this highly important diplomatic mission as the mirror image of the country's national and international policy, in Sri Lanka being a diplomat is simply a priceless gift from God. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

Northeast India : Trailing a notorious rebel
Nava Thakuria
Finally an elusive armed rebel of Assam in Northeast India falls prey to the police. A notorious rebel, who continued mayhem in the North Cachar Hills district of Assam was arrested in Bangalore. The capture of Jewel Garlosa, who led Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel faction) or commonly known as the Black Widow group, on June 4 last helped the people of the State to breathe a sigh of relief. The dreaded insurgent turned terrorist Garlosa masterminded a series of killing, extortion, kidnap and other criminal conspiracy in the hills district during the last few years. While Jewel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

Antho Jata Bahi Jata- Pali expression to mean Entangled inside and Entangled outside
Siri Fernando
 Perspective on the LTTE & the Separatist Movement in Sri Lanka.     From my past observances regarding the 30 year war in Sri Lanka I would like to express my humble opinion from a detached point of view.   There was a time when we were growing up in Sri Lanka, we never noticed any inferiority or discrimination against the Tamils. In fact our confidants were Tamil people who we trusted to even to look after our bank accounts. My trusted friend who I admired most was a Tamil  in my University days & thanks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

Peace-loving Sinhalese Suffer Acute Discrimination in University Admissions in Silence
Dilrook Kannangara
If a road accident occurs in Sri Lanka, it is still not uncommon that the most assertive and loud party to the accident, though the wrongdoer, has it his way. He would convince the innocent party that it is he (the innocent party) was at fault and it is beneficial for him (the innocent party) not to take the matter to the authorities. A similar thing has happened in the case of admission to government universities. Government universities are taxpayer funded and therefore it makes sense to distribute the fruits of university education right throughout the country... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

Sri Lanka Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka commends China for its contribution to Human Rights
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Thursday, 11 June 2009 Speaking at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday, 11th June, during the consideration of China's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report, Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka made the following statement: Thank you, Mr. President. Sri Lanka welcomes the remarks of His Excellency Ambassador Li Baodong, this morning and his continuous role in striving for harmony, balance and fair-play in the Human Rights Council. Mr. President, the world owes the Chinese Communist Party three great contributions to Human Rights: firstly, in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

AN OPEN REPLY TO HON. BOB RAE. MP.-TRYING TO BE TOO INNOCENT CAN HARM ONE"S POLITICAL CAREER IN CANADA TOO.
Noor Nizam - Sri Lanka Peace Activist, Canada.
Dear Hon. Bob Rae. The news article published by Canadian Journalist Mike Blanch of Canwest News Service, datelined Wednesday, June 11, http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/index.html) under the heading -  "Rae calls Sri Lankan government liars for branding him a supporter of the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels" highlights the importance of this news item to the world readers please. The fact remains that you should have not made this trip to Sri Lanka at all. The statements made by the immigration officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport as the reason not to allow entry... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

Bob Rae... Bob who?
Anton Perera Calgary, Alberta Canada
I am really bewildered by the Canadian Foreign Affairs press release on the Canadian Government being upset that the Opposition Member of Parliament Bob Rae was deported by Sri Lanka on security reasons. Why can't Canada accept the fact that Bob Rae was coming to Sri Lanka to mess around with Sri Lanka's domestic issues? Sri Lanka is a sovereign nation and is not interested in idiots coming to disturb the peace it has achieved painstakingly after long sufferings at the hands of the LTTE.  Let Sri Lanka solve its problems on her... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

The Criminal Investigations of the Sri Lanka Police Force are hopelessly inadequate.
By Charles.S.Perera
The Sri Lanka Armed Forces of the Infantry, Air and Naval Forces have done an exceptionally commendable service to the Nation in the successful elimination of terrorism from Sri Lanka  But can we say the same of the Sri Lanka Police Force ?  There are lot of murders, assassinations , assaults ,kidnapping of children and their murder, and kidnapping and assault of journalists that have not bee accounted for, the criminals are still free to continue their ferocious activities.  This reflects badly on the Sri Lanka Police Force. This inactivity or mishandling of the investigations of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

Declaration of the Revolutionary Government
INFORMATION OFFICE OF CUBA
In an act of unusual historic significance, the OAS has just formally buried the shameful resolution which excluded Cuba from the Inter-American System in 1962. That decision was despicable and illegal, contrary to the declared aims and principles of the OAS Constitution. It was, at the same time, consistent with the trajectory of this organization; with the motive for which was created, promoted and defended by the United States. It was consistent with its role as an instrument of U.S. hegemony in the hemisphere and with Washington's capacity to impose its will on Latin America... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

Sri Lanka salutes Cuba’s Human Rights contribution and performance: Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka of Sri Lanka speaking at the consideration of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report of Cuba: Mr. Vice President, Cuba participated in the UPR process on a very important landmark anniversary in its history: 50 years after the victory of the Cuban revolution. Cuba's participation in the UPR has been a model of dynamism and active engagement. Here, Sri Lanka would like to salute the role played by Ambassador Juan Antonio Fernandez Palacios, who has been a militant combatant and a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

Bob Rae: He Got What He Deserved!
by Aloy Perera, a freelance writer based in Toronto writing from Colombo, Sri Lanka
Bob Rae has gone down in history as the man who destroyed whatever was left in Canadian Socialism and the Ontario New Democratic Party and as one who performed an unprecedented act of perfidy and betrayal throwing to dogs the lofty ideals he cherished in his Oxford days as a Rhodes Scholar by joining the Liberals thus becoming a national disgrace. This rolling stone of a politician could not hide his ultimate goal/motive of becoming the PM of Canada (by default) when he frantically tried... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/09)

FAILED IMPERIALIST ATTEMPTS TO VANQUISH SRI LANKA – Part I
A.A.M.NIZAM MATARA
In our two and half years of solid, unwavering and firm liberation war against thirty years of brutal terrorism, against the worst and ruthless terrorists of the world, so branded as the hyprocratic and double-tongued world's  bandit nation, we were forced to fight not only in the war theatres of the Eastern and Western Provinces but also against the dollar-slavery vultures of media dogs, federalists, devolution-mongers sponsored and fattened by rogue NGOs, and against the deadliest and the combination of the most powerful western world (the neo-colonial bandits) who, in distinct contrast to their self-motivated scheme of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

DINESH GUNAWARDENA TELLS THE GOVERNMENT IS OPPOSED TO GRANT LEAVE TO FOUR TNA MEMBERS ABSENT FOR LAST 3 MONTHS
By Walter Jayawardhana
The Parliament of Sri Lanka postponed a decision to grant leave to four alleged proxies of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who had been absent for the last three months when the Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena opposed the proposal when it came up before the legislature , Wednesday June 10. The four LTTE proxies representing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Selvam Adaikkalanathan, V. Kajendran, V. Jeyanandamurthy and Mrs. Padmini Sithambaranathan wanted leave from parliament for three months. The Chief Government Whip , the Minister of Urban Development and leader of the Mahajana Eksath... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

Deportation of Canadian Legislator Indicative Of Sri Lanka's Present Mood!!
Insight By Sunil Kumar For LankaWeb
When the Sri Lankan authorities on Wednesday barred a Canadian legislator Bob Rae from entering the country and put him on the next plane back to Canada it seemed indicative of how the Government of Sri Lanka views anyone sympathetic to the Tamil Tiger separatists' cause as someone who does not have Sri Lanka's best interests at heart. It is the latest incident of a foreign official sent out of the country at the end of a 25-year war and Mr.Rae should have known better than to attempt entry into Sri Lanka after... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

How FEMALE TIGERS earn their STRIPPING ability and "STRIPES" -A confession
Magaleshwary Sivapackiam.
Dear Fellow Srilankans who were called Tamils earlier.  I am also on of them and returned from the Killinochchi area via an IDP camp.I must first thank the Armed forces of Srilanka for the super operation they executed in style. What all the world must know is what they do not know as yet. NGO's shady activity NGO;s and Aid giving organisers are keen to be here in Srilanka Why?? SLMM what were they here for nobody knows! only we know. please read on. These rich foreign bodies come to Srilanka on the pretext of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

Kumar Rupesinghe needs to come forward with a white flag
Ajit Randeniya
One of the more memorable quotes that arose during the last stages of the war was the Foreign Secretary Dr Palitha Kohona's (alleged) instructions to Nadesan and Puleedevan through Mr Nambiar regarding their surrender. The instructions were: "Just walk across to the troops, slowly! With a white flag and comply with instructions carefully". The irony in these instructions, and a serious flaw in their war preparation, was that these "battle-hardened" fighters had never familiarised themselves with the ‘tactical response' in a worst case scenario. They sure needed to have a white flag tucked in somewhere!  Now it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

The end of humiliation
C. Wijeyawickrema
Five hundred years of West European colonialism (white man's burden) rested on a strategy of humiliation of the natives it conquered. This took place by way of both physical (guns) and psychological (primitives, barbarians, savages, infidels, idol worshippers and widow-burners who should be saved) means. Thus, the Portuguese came to Ceylon in 1505 with the Bible and the sword in the two hands. Pope Alexander divided the non-Christian world between Spain and Portugal (Treaty of Tordesillas-1494) to facilitate this task. In 2009 they come with evangelism and lots of dollar bills. The gun took a back seat... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

Bob Rae denied entry to Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .Canada
The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Sir: Liberal Foreign Affairs critic Bob Rae was denied entry into Sri Lanka today (June10). What did he expect from the Sri Lankan Government after getting up in parliament on June 2 and saying, "Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Foreign Affairs. It is clear that it is now necessary that there should be a public enquiry into the events that have taken place in Sri Lanka..... What will the Minister do to ensure that an international enquiry is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

CANADIAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT DEPORTED FROM SRI LANKA
By Walter Jayawardhana
A Canadian Member of Parliament who has been making pro-Tamil Tiger speeches and acting against the national interests of Sri Lanka, was stopped at the Colombo International Airport , barred from entering Sri Lanka and was forced to return home, Sri Lankan sources said. The Canadian MP Bob Rae, who belongs to the allegedly LTTE supportive Canadian Liberal Party who are in the Opposition now was alleged of acting "against the interests" of the government of Sri Lanka. He was traveling to Sri Lanka on a visitor visa. P.B. Abeykoon Sri Lanka's Chief Immigration Controller... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

Situation Report on medical facilities provided in the welfare centers Vavuniya
Sri Lanka Public Communications Division 
 Ministry of Health (MoH) has mobilized its resources to a maximum to provide medical facilities to the civilians in welfare centers in Vavuniya. Additional 232 Medical officers have been permanently posted to the Northern Province and Padaviya hospitals.  With this reinforcement, 304 medical officers (doctors) and the nurses to 986 (See annex II) are now working in hospitals and welfare centers in the North and Padaviya.   Ministry of Health also organize a senior Registrar Anesthesia from Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura, a Paediatric Surgeon  from Lady Ridgeway Colombo, 03  JMO from Kegalle, CSTH from Karapitiya and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

OBAMA’S SPEECH IN CAIRO
Reflections by Comrade Fidel
On Thursday the 4th of June, at the Islamic University of Al-Azhar in Cairo, Obama gave a speech of special interest to those of us who are closely following his political actions given the enormous might of the superpower he leads. I cite his very own words to indicate what I think are the basic ideas he expressed, thus summarizing his speech to save time. Not only do we have to know that he spoke but also what he said. "We meet at a time of great tension between the United Status and Muslims around... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

Park and Ride - Why it is a Failure
By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai  Vanderwert Place, Dehiwela
Recently a news item indicated that only about 5 people make use of the park and ride van servies. This is probably due to lack of proper advertisements, Many people I speak to did not even know that such a scheme existed have alone about the whereabouts of the parking space or about van services available.  Since the traffic congestion is a serious problem, much more vigorous advertising of this plan is essential. Detailed information of the routes of van services available, the parking spaces, the security for the cars... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

Foreign Minister tells Akashi: Revise Co-Chairs’ role ‘Not inscribed in stone’, responds Akashi:
Courtesy Daily News
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in a discussion with visiting Japanese Special Envoy Yashushi Akashi yesterday noted that there was a need to revise the role of the Co-Chairs in the light of the current developments in the country. Tracing the history of the Co-Chairs to the Tokyo Conference in June 2003, the Minister stressed the need to broaden the agenda and a shifting the focus to a more development oriented outlook in the post-conflict phase that Sri Lanka has entered. Since the present composition of the Co-Chairs did not reflect the spirit of partnership... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

Miliband’s sounds not music
B. Saranapala Courtesy Daily News
I just finished watching The British Foreign Secretary David Miliband's' report to the UK House of Commons, concerning his recent visit to Sri Lanka. At least ten members from all sides of the House of Commons participated in the ensuing discussion and debate. After listening to these so-called people's representatives, I have to confess that I have never been so depressed. My concern is not for the future of Sri Lanka. Against conventional wisdom and all odds, she is on the verge of achieving a fantastic victory against one of the most ruthless... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/09)

WAR CRIMES- NOT A LEG TO STAND ON
Dr Donald Chandraratna, Australia
The diktats of innumerable conventions beginning from Franz Leibers code in 1863, which try to limit the rights of belligerent warring parties to minimise the suffering of civilians are usually claimed as Western in origin. This may be correct although similar but more virtuous sentiments of righteousness in the conduct of war are numerous in the inscriptions of Kings and rulers of the Orient in historical antiquity but they are not codified in that manner. Leaving that to a side any perceptive reader will note that behind the Codes and Conventions of the West,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/09)

Keeping account of the dead bodies by the West
Jay Deshabandu
The facts are here. There is credible evidence from the IDPs that LTTE had killed hundreds or thousands of innocent Tamils as they fled from the clutches of the outfit. In the final stages of the conflict, many LTTE carders were in civil clothes. So anyone with a weapon would be a target. Even the soldiers were able to video how the LTTE was shooting at the civilians.  Yet, some fools try to blame and put these killings into the Sri Lankan government's account! In addition, there were thousands of suicide bombers who blew up by themselves.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/09)

New Zealand’s Complicity in Sri Lanka’s Civil War
by Roshan Mendis June 2009
In the aftermath of the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, New Zealand should re-examine the small but potentially incendiary role it may have inadvertently played in the conflict. In 2005, New Zealand's Agency for International Development (NZAID) handed over $121,500 in tsunami relief funds to the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), an organisation long suspected of being a front for the Tamil Tigers. That same year, the TRO had its charitable status revoked in Britain because it had "not been able to account satisfactorily for the application of funds." Two years later,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/09)

The newest SLUMDOG MILLIANAOAIRE –INTERPOL FUGITIVE Kumaran Pathmanathan alias Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias KP OF LTTE- Dutu Thana Allanu
Malin Abeyatunga
Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) became the newest "slum dog millionaire" overnight just two months before LTTE leader Prabhakaran died when he was appointed by now-dead Prabhakaran as the primary point of contact for engaging with the international community. Pro LTTE Tamil Net reported his appointment as follows: "The Tamil Net reported Jan 30 that the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran - had "recently" made the appointment and described Pathmanathan as "a high profile representative of the movement". "Pathmanathan will be representing the movement in any further peace initiatives and will be the primary point of contact for engaging... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/09)

Tamils, Sinhalese, British and Yankees
A Sri Lankan
Tamils -- How many Tamils are employed in southern Sri Lankan companies? (See the number of high caliber Tamils in Sri Lankan banking sector, see hotel trade, see film trade, see other industries) Do they experience any hardship professionally due to ethnicity? If so, how come they hold such high positions? See how many Tamil kids are getting educated in International schools? They have outnumbered other ethnicities. Royal college has Tamil medium, DS has Tamil medium. So many Sinhala major government schools have Tamil medium and they share equal opportunities. How many Tamil major schools have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/09)

Our priority is reconstruction, reintegration and rehabilitation in post-conflict phase: Mohan Peiris, Attorney-General
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Monday, 08 June 2009 The Right of Reply exercised by Hon. Mohan Peiris, President's Counsel, and Attorney-General of Sri Lanka during the general debate under agenda item 4 of the UN Human Rights Council Mr. President, Sri Lanka has taken serious note of the observations made during the debate on Item 4. We are encouraged by the fact that the majority of the members have commended our commitment to post-conflict nation-building, instead of being unfairly castigated repeatedly by a few States hell-bent on pursuing their agendas,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/09)

SANGAREE ASKS LTTE PROXY PARTY TNA WHAT ALLIANCE WITH A GROUP WHO KEPT MUM WHEN 8000 GCE O LEVEL STUDENTS WERE DRAGGED AWAY TO BECOME CHILD SOLDIERS
By Walter Jayawardhana
The Democratic Tamil National Alliance led by the Tamil United Liberation Front accused the LTTE proxy party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of keeping mum when the LTTE forcibly took away 8000 students for military training after they sat for the GCE Ordinary level examination.  Sangaree in a statement said , "Some of them are now dead and others are under detention by the Government. Where are the children and grand-children of the TNA MPs.? Will the TNA at least now tell the world as to what happened to the students at Sencholai."  The Democratic Tamil National... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/09)

AN EXPOSURE OF PERFIDY AGAINST SRI LANKA
Y. Gumperaliya
Who are the Sri LankanTamils: The Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Sinhalese are celebrating the demise of the fascist terrorist leader Prabahakaran while the Tamil diaspora abroad are weeping and angry. I wonder why? What the international groups are unaware is there are different groups of Tamils - the Jaffna Tamils (Vellalas) who consider themselves superior to other Tamils, there are Up Country IndianTamils who were mostly brought in by the British to work in the plantations sector; the Eastern Province or Batticoloa Tamils, and there are the Colombo Tamils who are wealthy and educated plus... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/09)

SRI LANKAN WOMAN FOUND STRANGULATED IN LONDON PARK IS A VICTIM OF A DANGEROUS SERIAL RAPIST
By Walter Jayawardhana
The Scotland Yard said Michelle Samaraweera, the 35 year old Sri Lankan woman who most probably met her insensate killer at the dead of night on a London Street was a victim of a dangerous serial rapist.  Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command of London's Metropolitan Police said , the 35 year old Sri Lankan woman found dead in a park brutally strangulated to death had been raped by a dark skinned Asian looking man who had also committed the sex offence previously on two other women.  Traces of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/09)

NIRANJAN DEVADITHYA RE-ELECTED TO EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
By Walter Jayawardhana
Niranjan Devaadithya who is also known as Nirj Deva has been reelected to the European Parliament from the South East of the United Kingdom. He kept his seat, according to results issued on Sunday with the other three Conservative Members in an election which became very disastrous for the ruling Labour Party in the United Kingdom. All the indications were the ruling party would dip below 20 percent . Devadithya , a very close friend of Sri Lanka in a statement to this correspondent said, "I am delighted to have increased the Conservative vote... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/09)

To: Ban Ky-Moon
Mario Perera, Kadawata
  The office you were called to hold Is not for those who favours seek Its meant for people strong and bold No place there for the weak and meek   The post which holds out bounteous hope To the suffering and the needy As livelong they through tunnels grope With nothing to feel cheery   We looked upon your name with glee There was ‘Bank’ and there was ‘Moon’ It augured our tryst with destiny Your name did herald such a boon   And when you put on Annan’s shoes We hoped for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/09)

Is 13th Amendment to the Constitution practicable?
By S. Akurugoda, Melbourne, Australia
At his last official press briefing at the Ministry of Justice last week, outgoing Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva described that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution as ill-conceived and hurriedly pieced together by picking bits and pieces of the Indian Constitution in keeping with the Indo-Lanka Accord and hence was not practicable. Since India was a large country, devolution of power was essential for her but it was not so for a small country like Sri Lanka, the Chief Justice said adding that devolution of police and land powers was not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/09)

Families of Fallen Heroes Equally or More Important than Celebrations and IDPs
Dilrook Kannangara
The hot topics today are IDPs and celebrations. However, IDPs are alive today because of the heroics of our soldiers. The same goes for celebrations. When colossal sums of money spent on these two, it is imperative to give equal or even more significance to the welfare of families of fallen and disabled heroes. If not for their unparalleled sacrifices, Sri Lanka would be no better than Swat valley or Gaza today.  The war that lasted for three decades took away from us 27,000 young lives in the armed forces. They died during their prime making... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/09)

Sri Lanka - Your Goal to Investigate
Ira de Silva  Ontario, Canada
Ms. Navanetham Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Geneva, Switzerland Dear Madam, I have written to you already regarding your vindictiveness towards Sri Lanka. As a Tamil from South Africa you probably feel that you can use your current position to continue to harrass Sri Lanka after the LTTE were defeated militarily. LTTE supporters all over the world are now waging a concerted propaganda war against Sri Lanka and reading your latest statement made on June 4, it appears that you are part of that LTTE effort. Given that the Tamils in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/09)

THE RESETTLEMENT ISSUES IN THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN PROVINCES
By Lt Col (Retd) Anil Amarasekera.
   "Tamil Tigers are among the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world. For more than three decades, the group has launched a campaign of violence and bloodshed in Sri Lanka, the island republic off the southern coast of India." said a report of The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  This is now past history.  The LTTE has been convincingly defeated by our Security Forces, under the leadership of its Commander in Chief President Mahinda Rajapakse.  There were many people who were internally displaced. We saw on television an influx of over... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/09)

Sri Lankan Monk leaves Meditation Retreat to help Refugees
By Ven Y. Wimala
Vavuniya, Sri Lanka - When I arrived in Sri Lanka just days ago, the national flag was flying everywhere. Everyone I spoke with was happy that the war has finally ended. Incredibly, I noticed fewer road blocks and less military presence on the streets than before. It took a while for me to begin to believe that the past 30 years of war had really, really ended and people were celebrating this return to normalcy.   Young innocent children happily greeting the Venerable to receive a gift. In any conflict, whether at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/09)

Sri Lanka is celebrating the victory over evil, and that is no triumphalism.
By Charles.S.Perera
Ban Ki Moon should reconstruct UN which is now in a pitiable dilapidated condition since George Bush skipped UN Security Council, to wage a war in Iraq. The UN is now bankrupt of the purpose for which it was organised. It is now up to Ban-ki Moon to reorganise the UN to win back the trust of its Member States and make it a real forum for Nations to enter into dialogue, without confrontation. Instead of that Ban Ki Moon is preoccupied with the internal affairs of Sri Lanka as if he has nothing else to do.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/09)

TIGER CUBS AND METROPOLITAN POLICE IN LONDON
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
Recently Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson in the UK made a statement to a Parliamentary Home Affairs Committee in London about the colossal expenditure the British Tax payer had to put up with, in deploying a mega force to oversee and control a terrorist demonstration outside the British Parliament Square in Westminster, staged by supporters of the LTTE for 43 days- illegally initially, but with permission subsequently granted for 50 demonstrators with the ‘alleged intervention of LTTE supporting British MP's'. This was done at a time when the Sri Lankan Security Forces were forging... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/09)

Sri Lanka wants George Soros ‘like a hole in the head’!
Ajit Randeniya
The quietness of Colombo following the end of the war has been disturbed by the noise of a bombshell from the Colombo Stock Exchange. One Mr Channa de Silva, director general of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka has announced through the Bloomberg's stock market newsletter that he is "waiting to see international investors like George Soros and Mark Mobius invest in the country . In its naivety, Mr de Silva's invitation to Soros matches that of the President of Indonesia from 1999 to 2001, Abdurrahman Wahid's invitation to Henry Kissinger to become an unpaid... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/09)

Just one query for the Tamil MP’s, proxies of the defunct LTTE
By Mario Perera, Kadawata Sri Lanka
Everyone, both here and abroad now knows that the LTTE has gone very much and irreparably ‘down under'. During thirty years this diabolical organization aided and abetted by foreign financing and arms fought for what was nationally and internationally called ‘the rights of the Tamils of Sri Lanka'. The LTTE also arrogated to themselves the label ‘sole representatives of the Tamil People of the Island'. The only question I wish to ask those Tamil MP's, globe trotting mouth pieces of the LTTE is this; Tell us of one (just ONE, do not rack... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/09)

Letter to the Member for Fremantle on Her Motion in Aust Parliament Calling for an Inquiry into the Conduct of the GOSL
JANAKI CHANDRARATNA Perth Western Australia
Dear Ms Parke   I am writing this letter in response to your Private Member’s motion in the Australian Parliament on 1 June 2009.   I am an Australian citizen of Sri Lankan Sinhalese origin and thousands of my fellow countrymen like me are mostly Australian Labor Party supporters.  I am surprised, like many of my colleagues, that you have brought the above motion against the democratically elected Govt. of Sri Lanka (GOSL). Your actions cause us deep disappointment. Furthermore as secretary to the parliamentary friendship group with Sri Lanka, a group which we... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/09)

GLORY OF A PROUD NATION...
LUCKY S.
The first decade of the 21st century has been bad for power hungry megalomaniacs. First, on DEC 30th 2006 murderous dictator Saddham Hussein walked into a Baghdad hangman's noose. Then on 18th May 2009 another mass murderer who was venerated by an evil Tamil group received a clean 9 mm bullet through his forehead. He did not even have time to close his eyes. He was probably staring at the red phone waiting for a last minute phone call from London or Paris or Pillai. Either way the world is a better place without these two merciless... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/09)

Give the IDP some reason to live for
By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Vanderwert Place, Dehiwela.
Having had dealt with the Muslims who settled in Puttalam after being chased away in 1990 and with the tsunami ravaged areas, many of us the NGO's have recognized two major mistakes done by us it the process of rehabilitating them one consequent to the other . Having felt sympathy for them, we treated them as if they are incapable of doing anything for themselves. Therefore the NGO's brought laborers and other skilled workers from outside and cleared areas, built houses, dug wells and fed and clothed them. This brought... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/09)

Let’s have lesser holidays
By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai Vanderwert Place, Dehiwela.
We have been having too much of holidays and they are more like imprisoning days than holidays. If we are to build our nation from the war savaged destruction we all have to change our mentality.  It is a well known fact that if a poya day or a holiday falls on a Thursday everyone takes off the Friday and sometimes even takes the Monday off. The roads will be empty of vehicles and the people will be away from offices. So it is not only the people who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/09)

UNO and Mr. Ban-Ki Moon - Ms. Navi Pillai and her prejudice- Amnesty International and unsubstantiated Allegations.
By Charles.S.Perera
Ban Ki Moon should reconstruct UN which is now in a pitiable dilapidated condition since George Bush skipped UN Security Council, to wage a war in Iraq. The UN is now bankrupt of the purpose for which it was organised. It is now up to Ban-ki Moon to reorganise the UN to win back the trust of its Member States and make it a real forum for Nations to enter into dialogue, and avoid confrontation with each other. Instead of that Ban Ki Moon is preoccupied with the internal affairs of Sri Lanka as if he has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/09)

Isn’t there a better way to celebrate?
By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai Vanderwert Place, Dehiwela.
Ever since the war was over we keep hearing the noise of firecrackers. Not only after the war, we as a nation have been following this meaningless, wasteful way of showing our happiness for New year, Christmas, election results etc. etc. Ok, on the day of the death of Prabakaran, may be the people were not quite ready - they were thinking the day will not come so suddenly, but the happiness had to be expressed in someway and the firecrackers was the only way to have enough noise.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/09)

Spare a thought for him
Bandula Kothalawala London N7
Remember the infamous warning issued to the Government of Sri Lanka by Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister, on 17 May 2009 on the consequences of its action?   Alas, it does not seem to have done him any good or for that matter, to his Government’s dwindling fortunes. Mr Brown’s warning went unheeded, leaving him little option but to grin and bear. It was indeed a rather humiliating experience for Mr Brown who habitually takes himself very seriously, especially, as he had already been assured by the young David that the SL Government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

Sri Lanka Easier To Reach The Hungry -World Food Programme
World Food Programme
http://www.wfp.org/stories/sri-lanka-easier-reach-hungry In recent days, it has become easier for WFP staff to monitor food distributions in the government-run camps housing people displaced by the last wave of fighting in Sri Lanka. Our country director, Adnan Khan, explains that WFP is now feeding 290,000 people in the camps. COLOMBO --The final stages of the long conflict between Sri Lankan government forces and the LTTE Tamil Tiger rebel movement saw thousands of families flee their homes in the conflict-affected northern region. Most of these displaced people (IDPs) are now in temporary transit camps set up by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

FOREIGN MINISTER BOGOLLAGAMA SAYS THE NUMBER OF CIVILIANS KILLED IS A COMPLETE FICTION TO ATTRACT HEADLINES
By Walter Jayawardhana
The allegation that 20,000 civilians have been killed in the war in Sri Lanka is one that is not worthy of a reply since the numbers have been calculated as a fiction , said Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama addressing the Sri Lanka Diaspora in London.  First there was this estimate, once again on guess work, that there could be 6000 killed. Working on that for the number of days the war lasted they came to the wrongful and unacceptable conclusion that 20,000 have been killed said the Foreign Minister answering question from the audience. Why is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

Ambassador of India responds to Ms Navi Pillay's remarks on Sri Lanka at the UN in Geneva.
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Friday, 05 June 2009Ambassador Gopinathan Achamkulangare of India, responding yesterday (4.6.2009) to the remarks on Sri Lanka included in the statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navi Pillay said, "...it will be prudent to adhere to the outcome of the special session and be sensitive to the concerns expressed already, rather than take a position on contested proposals or controversial issues and ideas, which did not find eventual acceptance in the outcome of the special session." Full transcript of the Ambassador's statement: ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

Racist UN officials and Western hypocrisy should be exposed
Ben Silva UK
First of all, I wish to express my sincere thanks to nations in UN that managed to see through the smoke screen and lies propagated by neo colonialist countries. If, Prabakaran was given a life line, as the UN officials and neo colonialist nations wanted,  then the whole Indian subcontinent would have been set ablaze. If we caved into pressure from neo colonialist Western powers or terrorist sympathising UN officials, it would have been a disaster for Sri Lanka. This has to be communicated to the world. It was perhaps their motive to destabilise the Indian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

THE REAL STORY
ALI SUKHANVER
Abu Talha is a young man of twenty one. His father works in a garment factory. After completion of his education at an Islamic school, commonly known as Madrassa, Abu Talha decided to help his father in earning bread for the family. So at the request of his father he succeeded in getting a job at the same factory. One day while waiting for the buss at the buss stop, he was kidnapped by some unknown people. Last week, after a disappearance of five years, he was arrested by a police party which was searching for a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

Sri Lanka's Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka tells UK, France, to submit their own past military conduct to international inquiry
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Friday, 05 June 2009 Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka responding to statements by the EU, UK and France supporting High Commissioner Navi Pillay's call for an international inquiry into alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Sri Lanka, made the following remarks at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva during the General Debate today: "Mr. President, Sri Lanka noted with some degree of amusement that the EU, the United Kingdom, Ireland and France were all cheering on the notion of an International Inquiry into... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

FRAUD BY LTTE TAMIL TIGER TERRORISTS & OBAMA ON USA TODAY
John MacKinnon
 On May 13, 2009, US President Barack Obama falsely accused the government of "indiscriminate shelling" of areas containing civilians, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of people on over the weekend. These statements were based on the fraudulent information fed to the media by the Tamil Tiger Terrorists and there is absolutely no independently verified evidence to prove this. USAToday http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2009-05-13-sri-lanka-violence_N.htm The only source of all these inflated casualties and false accusations against the Sri Lankan army was the Tamil Terrorists. Isn't it illegal to accept 'information' from a known terrorist group, accept them as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

Opinion on 13th Amendment
Nimal Tissa Wijetunga.
Dear Editor,  Pls. publish this letter in your web site or forward to concern officials. Following the defeat of Barbaric, Ruthless, Murderous LTTE TERRORIST by the heroic security forces, Sri Lanka as a nation for the first time getting the massive support of the masses to come under one banner and one nation.  However, it is unfortunate to here that some sections of the political arena talked about 13th Amendment of the constitution. You may recall the fact that 13th Amendment was accepted by then President J.R. Jayewardene under duress of India. Besides, it s framework... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

Jim Karygiannis, MP wanting a second Emergency Debate on Sri Lanka
Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr,) Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario  Canada
June 5, 2009 Hon. Peter Milliken, MP Speaker of the House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario. IMPORTANT FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND WISE COUNSEL: REQUEST BY LIBERALS FOR 2ND EMERGENCY DEBATE ON SRI LANKA Dear Speaker Milliken: If ever there was a day when a Member of Parliament got up in the House and embarrassed Canada, it was on June 3rd, 2009. Listening to the Honourable Member from Scarborough-Agincourt reciting false statements and that entire diatribe about Sri Lanka was so disingenuous, lacking integrity, decency, and morality.  I was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

Foreign Advice Regardless Of Credentials Needs To be Repudiated As Unnecessary Unless Tangible!
LankaWeb Editorial
June 5th 2009 For the length of the Sri Lankan terrorist insurrection there has been a continued interference into Administraitve decisions by unwelcome sources on various pretexts.Whether it was the EU, UK, the UN, The State of Tamil Nadu or the USA to name some where the implications do not differ from being disruptive and contentious to the smooth functioning of a democracy within a sovereign nation as is Sri lanka. It is high time this was pointed out to the world with the foremost objective of putting a stop to it as the insurgent problem which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

The end of humiliation-A Frenchman’s burden
C. Wijeyawickrema
Five hundred years of West European colonialism (white man's burden) rested on a strategy of humiliation of the natives it conquered. This took place by way of both physical (guns) and psychological (primitives, barbarians, savages, infidels, idol worshippers and widow-burners who should be saved) means. Thus, the Portuguese came to Ceylon in 1505 with the Bible and the sword in the two hands. Pope Alexander divided the non-Christian world between Spain and Portugal (Treaty of Tordesillas-1494) to facilitate this task. In 2009 they come with evangelism and lots of dollar bills. The gun took a back seat... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

Good Genocide and Bad Genocide
Ananda De Costa
Genocide in Sri Lanka is 95% complete. The group of people subjected to recent genocide are well known to the world. This was a group who only believed in their way of life and their values. This group started their venture by killing all humans and even dogs crossing their path. Nevertheless, thousands of people supported them all over the world and their protests, in various forms, are still going on. This group, although orchestrated by Indians, spread to Sri Lanka and then to the world. Their brutal army was established with the aid of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

A posthumous letter from Velu Pillai to Navaneethan Pillai
Channelled by Sesha Samarajiwa
May 1, 2009 To Honourable Navaneethan Pillai UN Office Geneva From Velu Pillai Piripaharan, National Leader of Tamils everywhere Headquarters (temporarily housed in a sandpit) State of Eelam (currently a few square meters in a spit of land in Northeast Sri Lanka, but hoping to expand shortly to one-third of the island) Monoethnic Tamil population: 200,000 give or take 50,000 My dear fellow Tamil sister, Vanakkam! Please excuse me for taking a liberty with the English spelling of your name. I spelled Pillai with an 'i', instead of a 'y'. After all, in our common mother... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

The Tamil Diaspora should stop financing demised LTTE and help our Tamil brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka
By Dr Raju Selva
I have been pleading through the print media over the last few years for the Tamil Diaspora to stop helping LTTE financially, logistically and politically and prolong the war between the Sri Lankan Government and LTTE. I have tried to convince the Tamil Diaspora that they were chasing a mirage of a mythical Eelam created by now dead Prabhakaran but was unsuccessful. Even at this moment, pro-LTTE apologists are continuing their protests down the streets of big cities in a vain attempt to justify LTTE and bring disrepute to the armed forces and Government of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

Sri Lanka - erasure of terrorism
Ranjit Rupesinghe  Brisbane, Australia.
This is a letter I sent to Prime Minister Rudd who happens to be my local MP! Hon'ble Kevin Rudd, MP Dear Prime Minister It is with a sense of great concern that I write to you regarding the motion to be tabled tomorrow 4 June 09 by Ms Melissa Parke, MP on your side of politics, regarding the "human rights situation" in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka will enter the annals of history as a tiny nation that took on the most barbaric terrorist group in the world and succesfully prevailed, whilst... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/09)

Human Rights is Not a Western Invention-- Totally
Dr D. Chandraratna Perth, W. A
The Europeans who are now championing the cause of human rights ought to remember that in their original conception in the West they were not meant to apply to all human beings. By and large they covered only the human beings of European extraction. Even James Mill, the English philosopher (1806-73) who is often quoted as the great thinker in his ‘Essay on Liberty' denied the human right of liberty to backward nations, women and children, while living in India. This meant that up till the 20 th century the Indians including the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/09)

CAPTAIN ALI, A SHIP CARRYING ALLEGED LTTE CARGO SEIZED BY SRI LANKA NAVY DURING THE WEE HOURS OF THURSDAY
By Walter Jayawardhana
The cargo shop "Captain Ali" which was allegedly transporting some goods belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been seized by the Sri Lanka Navy.  The ship was seized about 100 nautical miles off Sri Lanka's Western coast .  Naval Media Spokesman & Special Boat Squadron Director Capt. D.K.P. Dassanayake said, " the vessel was seized about 100 nautical miles off the Western coast at about 4.00 am. Thursday, June 4 2009"  The Navy further said it was being escorted to the coast for further investigation.  According naval sources the Navy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/09)

Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka responds to UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s call for International Inquiry:"Mr. President, Sri Lanka does not believe in any attempt to equate the two sides involved in the armed conflict in Sri Lanka."
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Thank you Mr. President, Madam High Commissioner, Madam High Commissioner welcomed last week’s Human Rights Council Special Session – may I echo that with a slight modification – Sri Lanka welcomes the outcome of last week’s Human Rights Council Special Session. We hope it was as good for the co-sponsors of the Special Session as it was for us in Sri Lanka, though I am not sure I’d recommend that we should all do it again sometime soon.   Mr. President, Madam High Commissioner... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/09)

Was there a plot against Mahinda Rajapakse to stop him from being the President ? The Conclusion.
By Charles.S.Perera.
The plot against the President Mahinda Rajapakse, and the Government Armed Forces, fizzled out at the special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva on the 27 May,2009. The Western countries remained isolated with 29 countries standing fearlessly against the arbitrary decisions the rich countries of the West think they have a right to take against developing countries.  The voting at the council meeting shows how the countries of the West stood feebly before the massive vote demonstrating to the world that they are faux democrats, without principles. The breakdown of May 27... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/09)

THE LOST BATTLE, ………which never fought.
Piyal Samarakone - Dubai
Dawn of the new era in the country brings us nothing but endless hopes. After a long grim period suddenly we are about to discover the long lost glory. The high expectations are quiet evident but the fact is can we deliver the goods what we contemplate. All these years since 1948 Sri Lanka as a nation battered with social and economic calamities, worth to see whether we have taken any firm nation-building efforts to uplift the social and economic well being of the country. The argument is have we produced the leaders of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/09)

Letter to the Editor of the Times UK
Prabath Warusavithana
To the Editor 29th May 2009 The Times front page story- Hidden Massacres in Sri Lanka  True analysis of pictures.  It is deeply disappointing that a national paper like you buying in to propaganda terrorism. And even that story is confusing all the way as your article does not support buy photos you have published. Let me explain in detail. As Catherine Philp describe in the article that she can see crater after crater after crater created buy shelling while onboard UN helicopter, non of her photos show any craters why? And your front page photo of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/09)

Buddhist memoir "inspirational and compassionate"-USA Today
By Stan Goldberg
“An Inspiring and Compassionate Guide for all of us.” -Louise Branson, Editorial Writer for USA Today “This is one to read in order to change how you plan on living out the rest of your life.” -Myself.com Read Compete Review “I recommend it for anyone who hopes for connection and joy in this life.” -John Golenski, Executive Director, George Mark Children’s Hospice When Stan Goldberg, A Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University was diagnosed with cancer, he chose to face his fear by helping others who were already in the process of dying: Stan signed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/09)

NEW AMERICAN AMBASSADOR
L. Jayasooriya
Sri Lanka understands with relief that the term of the American Ambassador Robert O Blake has ended and that he has been promoted most probably on the recommendation of Hillary Clinton who is exactly on the same wave length as him. We only regret that he has not been put in charge of Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the various states in that area to put them all in order as required by America. Why was he denied this chance?  Now we have a new ambassador by the name of Ms. Patricia Butenis about whom... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/09)

Do not Promote Terrorism in Australia!
G. de Silva
Dear Ms. Parke, I emailed you my comments on this issue separately but cannot help but make some observations on your reply to Badra.  Your statement (in italics below) is nothing more than saying ‘you have been naughty little boys and girls' to the LTTE and stabbing the Sri Lanka Govt. in the back. If you were genuine about the plight in Sri Lanka you would have taken necessary measures to get your PM to do whatever he can to support the humanitarian work and not waste everyone's time by putting forward, what amounts to be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/09)

Nation Building
Jay Deshabandu
The twenty-second memorial for the thirty one (31) Aranthalawa Buddhist monks massacred by the ruthless LTTE were held in Aranthalwa recently.  As we express our deep heart-felt sorrows for the monks, and even for all the deaths caused due to the unnecessary war, and "hate-Sinhalese" dogma of Prbhakran and all his allies, we need to, at the same time show our compassion & kindness for all affected innocent people and extend our arms and hearts towards making a Sri Lanka a better place in which to live and grow for all in a dignified manner.  Our culture... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/09)

Why the West will not give up
Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process
The appalling behaviour of the West since we started to succeed in our war against terror has been deeply upsetting. In order to deal with it successfully however, we must cease to be sentimental about our old friends and patrons, and analyse why they are now being so horrid. I believe there are six types of rationale, some of which shade into each other, not all of which are all bad. If indeed the motivation is the clearly wicked one, then there is nothing we can do... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

BBC shows images provenly manipulated by LTTE. Staged scene.
Palix Banda
Dear Editor, BBC shows images provenly manipulated by LTTE. Staged scene. I don't know how many of you have noticed it. BBC showed a news item with the heading ?Calls mount for Sri Lanka probe? depicting an image of a staged scene where one can see fleeing civilians in front of a background showing smoke of an explosion. This image was pulished in www.defence.lk some time ago. Date of BBC news item was long after defence.lk has published it. On saturday 30 th May (GMT 15:11) you could see this news item in BBC. However, after several... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

GOSL Should persue LTTE /TRO international funds to use for the benefit of civilians in teh North and East
By Ian
There were many LTTE and LTTE front organizations that raised billions of dollars in the pretext of delivering an ealam in Sri Lanka. These funds were raised by collecting monthly contributions from the Diaspora and also conducting many illegal activities in many parts of the world. The activities carried in Sri Lanka out by using these funds have had following repercussions.   (a)    Sri Lanka as a state having to spend billions to quell the terrorism. (b)   Sri Lanka having to finance the services such as education and health etc. in the north and the east for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

Was there a plot against Mahinda Rajapakse to stop him from being the President ?
By Charles.S.Perera
After the plotters failed at the First and the Second Acts of the plot against the President Mahinda Rajapakse, His Government and the Armed Forces, they put in motion the third Act, which is to accuse the President and the Armed Forces for War Crimes. This time they have found a new recruit who has an axe to grind against Sri Lanka, to do the dirty work for them. It is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay  For this they have enlisted the Human rights watch and the Amnesty International, now quite adept at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

Only in Sri Lanka, Tamils have equal rights.
Herold Leelawardena
If we go by the Tamil web sites, Tamils of Tamil Nadu are not happy about Hindis and Hindi. They point out that the central government of India compels Tamils to learn Hindi for central government jobs even in Tamil Nadu. True, Hindi being the official and national language of India, fluency in Hindi is a must to secure jobs at the center. Being chauvinists as they are, Tamils do not see the benefit of learning the language of the majority or being a part of big power. They just get worked up to be jealous of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

Current Trends in International Affairs Relating to Sri Lanka
Dr.Levins T C Rajaratnam
(Full text of the Speech delivered by Dr.Levins T.C.Rajaratnam at the Seminar on "Current Trends in International Affairs Relating to Sri Lanka" held at the The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations & Strategic Studies on Tuesday, June 02,2009 ) Your Excellency, Hon. Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Members of the Diplomatic community, Distinguished Guests, Ladies & Gentlemen The subject of discussion this evening is wide in scope and I shall confine my presentation to the current trends in international affairs relating to Sri Lanka with the war against terrorism and how the world look at us... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

La Honte !!!
Bandula Kothalawala Londres
Le Monde s'est joint à The Times de Londres dans la condamnation de « la tuerie » sur les plages du Sri Lanka dans les derniers jours du conflit entre l'armée sri lankaise et les tigres tamouls. Dans son éditorial du 1 juin 2009, il parle d'une tuerie de 20.000 « selon une estimation de l'ONU » ! L'ONU n'a confirmé aucun chiffre pour les morts civils au Sri Lanka. D'ailleurs, John Holmes, secrétaire général adjoint des Nations Unies chargé d'affaires humanitaires, dans une interview accordée à l'agence Reuters a dit qu'on ne saurait jamais the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

PLEASE PASS ONTO MANY SRI LANKANS (ESPECIALLY THOSE LIVING OVERSEAS) AS POSSIBLE.
Mr N. Vasantha Kumar Senior Deputy General Manager - Treasury and Investment BankinPeople's Bank, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
 Hi All Sri Lankans The SL govt has taken many hard stands and made many sacrifices in the recent past in its effort to bring peace to our country. These hard stands could even result in various countries pushing to delay the funds pledged as loans to Sri Lanka including the IMF loan of US$ 1.9bn. Its now our duty to help the govt quickly so that we minimise the possibilities of other countries influencing and the IMF providing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

On ‘great’ Britain’s rancour at being belittled
By Malinda Seneviratne Courtesy The Nation
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... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

Time to wake up Anandasangaree
Ananda De Costa
Anandasangaree's behaviour changed recently , following LTTE's defeat. He has now assumed sole representative role of Tamil people without people appointing him. He has started attacking the government and giving false statements to BBC. He should abolish TULF and join mainstream politics by becoming a member of UNP or SLFP. He should stop being a racist and should start to speak not only on behalf of Tamils but also on behalf of Sinhalese. There are a lot of Sinhalese people living under worse condition than the displaced Tamils and he knows that. TULF is the party... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

Fire Fighters in Japan donate an ambulance and a fire truck
Public Communications Division Sri Lanka Embassy Tokyo.
At the request of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan, Jayantha Palipane, the Association of Fire Fighters in Japan has donated an ambulance and a fire truck to Sri Lanka. These vehicles will be used to meet the needs of displaced persons in the North.  The vehicles were received by the First Secretary of Sri Lanka Embassy, Chandana Weerasena on behalf of Sri Lanka from a senior official of the Association of Fire Fighters in Japan, Mr. Kaimiyako in Yokohama.  Mr. Saman Priyankara, a Sri Lankan businessman and the proprietor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

Sri Lanka kicks foreign aid staff out of country
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
June 3, 2009 The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Sir: I was curious by the report "Sri Lanka kicks foreign aid staff out of country" by-lined by reporter Jeremy Page, as he too was kicked out from Sri Lanka for his bias and unfounded reporting on Sri Lanka. So he has now decided to kick at Sri Lanka's shins at every opportunity he gets. And there has been nothing positive that has come out of Pages's pen on Sri Lanka recently. This journalist is angry and has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

THE SRILANKAN WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN A LONDON PARK WAS BRUTALLY STRNGULATED SAYS SENIOR INVESTIGATOR
By Walter Jayawardhana
Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command of London's Metropolitan Police said that Michelle Samaraweera , the 35 year old Sri Lankan woman found dead in a park had been brutally strangulated to death by a criminal after 1 a.m. on Friday May 30th. Caroline Goode was speaking from the dead woman's autopsy report.  The dead body was found by a passer by the morning of the same day in a nearby London Park.  "I am appealing to her associates or friends to assist the police to trace her final moments... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

Another Tamil-Canadian demonstration in Ottawa
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario
June 3, 2009 The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Sir: Tamil-Canadians are planning to return to Parliament Hill today you said. And, "this time the focus of their protest is to urge the Canadian government to demand an independent probe into the alleged human rights abuses committed by the Sri Lankan Army against Tamil people during the final clashes of the long-running civil war. I know they are smarting having seen their Tamil Tigers been wipe out; the most ruthless terrorist group in the world that haemorrhaged that island nation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

Freedom at Menik Farm - Vavuniya
Freedom : Menik Farm - Vavuniya
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(LankaWeb - 03/06/09)

Change of Working Culture of Sri Lankan Foreign Missions Towards a new Sri Lanka
Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya  Melbourne, Australia
  Mr.Rohitha Bogollagama Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka   Dear Sir,    Change of Working Culture of Sri Lankan Foreign Missions Towards a new Sri Lanka  It is no secret that nearly a million or more of Tamils live abroad today and it’s their willful or compulsory funds that made LTTE to equip state of the art weaponry as discovered by the defense forces.  At no time we thought all Tamils were LTTE nor do they share the LTTE ideology, but I am sad to say... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/09)

STAND FIRM, BE FAIR AND THAT IS TRULY SRI LANKAN
Dr Donald Chandraratna, Perth Australia
Sri Lanka has stood up to the bullying by the European nations. Quite unlike the previous regimes the current President has defied the taunting by the likes of David Milliband to remind that coterie of individuals who declare themselves to be the self appointed representatives of the International community that sovereignty of a nation is a serious matter which cannot be trammelled by a bunch of misinformed miscreants. The Geneva Protocol was quite clear on this as regards internal matters. The modus operandi to accuse us was on the Human rights front but that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/09)

All democratic, peace-loving, patriotic Sri Lankans,
Henry Jayaweera
The Editor. All democratic, peace-loving, patriotic Sri Lankans, in and outside Sri Lanka, as well as all honest, sincere, peace loving people of the world will be on Galle Face Green tomorrow to celebrate and rejoice the victory of the Sri Lankan nation against a ruthless terrorism that held the country in thrall these last three decades. The celebration will serve many purposes. First, it will be an opportunity for the Sri Lankan nation to pay deserved tribute to the leader of a millenium or more, who had the courage and the foresight to take on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/09)

Times Online owes an apology to the Sri Lankan army, government and the people
Ajit Randeniya
The Times of London's reporters Catherine ‘Five times' Philp and Jeremy ‘Airport' Page seem to live by the axiom attributed to the Canadian communications theorist Marshall McLuhan that "All media exist to invest peoples lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values". They also seem to expect the world to believe their lies without scrutiny, let alone the application of common sense. Their recent attempts to create artificial perceptions about the number of civilian casualties in the Sri Lankan war and the conspiracy-theory about a UN cover up suggest so. Philp's lies about the Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/09)

Ranil Wickremasinghe - The Greatest Traitor the Nation has ever Produced.
Siri Fernando of New York, USA.
Ranil Wickremasinghe when he was Prime Minister under the Presidency of Chandrika Kumaranatunga went to Singapore and Signed a Ceasefire agreement with the LTTE. The contents of this document was not even divulged to the House of Representatives. This was with the connivance of Erik Solhein. During this period the Deep Penetration unit of the Army was harassing the LTTE and taking out their cadres one by one. The LTTE greatly feared this unit of army commandos. Ranil agreed to arrest this group under false pretenses and give out their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/09)

Big Lies from the Big Boys
Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process
Setting the Stage Last week, the Times of London announced that 20,000 civilians had died altogether in the course of this year because of the operations in the North. This claim was not surprising since, as I had just pointed out, the British were determined to crucify us and had already begun to inflate the figure. Six thousand had gone to seven and then to eight, in rapid succession, so more was inevitable, though the speed of the escalation was remarkable, even for the Brits. Predictably enough, the new... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/09)

What the West does not say
Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process
For many years we indulged the LTTE, in part because we felt sorry for the Tamils of Sri Lanka and believed the LTTE slogan that Tigers were Tamils and Tamils were Tigers, in part because we thought the Tigers would win out and would provide us with a useful base to extend our influence in South Asia.   Even though present in profusion in Tiger controlled areas, we kept quiet about their forced recruitment of one person per family. This was recorded in several internal UN documents, back in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/09)

The Paradox of Swiss Policy
by Atticus Courtesy The Island
The general impression in this country was that Switzerland had refrained from taking sides in the conflict between the Sri Lanka State and the LTTE because of a long standing policy of neutrality in foreign affairs. After all the first steps relating to Swiss neutrality were taken as far back as 1515. It was thought that neutrality with regard to foreign conflicts was the reason that Switzerland persistently refused to join most of the western international community (EU, United States and Canada) in declaring the LTTE a terrorist organization notwithstanding countless acts of terrorism... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/09)

War is Not Over
Orpheus Perera
GoSL under HE President Rajapakse won the war against the internal terrorist LTTE. Next two wars, according to HE President is the war against drug and then the economic independence. Drugs The drug menace has thrived in Sri Lanka during the period of 1977 and 2005. Many families had a hell of a time with their young children, who were introduced to drug by the greedy rich drug dealers. Narcotic bureau and the police force tried their best to save the youth. They have rehabilitation programs combined with Buddhist organisations. The problem was ,as soon as the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/09)

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP REPRESENTATIVE SAYS CONSIDERING ABOUT CHASED OUT MUSLIMS FROM JAFFNA IMMEDIATELY IS NOT APPROPRIATE.
By Walter Jayawardhana
Alan Keenan , of the International Crisis Group addressing members of Chatham House in London said giving immediate attention to Muslim refugees who were chased out of Jaffna in 1990 October is not appropriate. Keenan was referring to nearly 100,000 Muslims who were chased out of Jaffna Peninsula in an act of ethnic cleansing by the Late Velupillai Prabhakaran allowing them to carry only the equivalent of $ 5 US in Sri Lanka money of their wealth and leaving the balance and other valuables, jewellery and real estate properties to the terrorist group, the Liberation Tigers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/06/09)

The Murdoch stable is uniting to help the Times Online debacle
Ajit Randeniya
Rarely has an attempt by the Western media to throw mud at a developing country vanished to thin air in the manner the Times Online ‘expose' of the 20000 civilian casualties in the Sri Lankan war went limp. Upon the exposure of the ‘creative' calculation method used to reach the 20000 figure, the article by Catherine Philp was promptly deleted from the website. But Ms Philp obviously didn't want to cut her holiday (at Rupert Murdoch's expense) short, and she is now concentrating on the ‘China angle', from Colombo. The Western media has been trying hard... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/09)

Was there a plot against Mahinda Rajapakse, to stop him from being the President of Sri Lanka ?
By Charles.S.Perera
 Was there a plot against Mahinda Rajapakse by the International Community lead by Norway ?  A plot, if there was one, would not have worked without local players taking part in it. Further more they should have their "puppet" to take the place of the one they want to toss overboard .  Therefore, UNP would have been involved in it. The local intellectuals, the journalists and the media may have also been enlisted. If not there is no reason why people like Kumar David, Pakiasothy, Kumar Rupasinghe, Jehan Perera, Viyangoda, Wickramabahu, and the rest of them... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/09)

“Stand up for others, they stand up for you...’’
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka told LAKBIMAnEWS in an e-mail interview that the world is no longer Euro-centric. Ambassador Jayatilleka was part of the Sri Lankan delegation that secured a notable diplomatic victory at UNHRC’s special session on Sri Lanka held in Geneva last week. Sri Lanka successfully thwarted an attempt by EU countries to pass a resolution calling for investigations into alleged war crimes on the government’s recently concluded military offensive.   By Thava Sajitharan What was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/09)

WHITE SUPREMACY HAS BEEN DEFEATED AGAIN
Malin Abeyatunge
The Anglo Saxons or the Gang of White Supremos (GOWS) tried all avenues, used all financial and logistical resources to get the Sri Lankan Government to agree for a ceasefire to give oxygen to LTTE and save megalomaniac Prabhakaran who may be rotting in hell now for the brutal murders he and his gang committed. They went to the extent of sending emissaries British FM David Milliband and French FM Bernard Kouchner to Meet President Rajapaksa and Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to stop the military operations when we were on the verge of defeating LTTE conclusively. But... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/09)

War Crimes investigations and Sri Lanka
Ira de Silva London, Ontario, Canada
Ms. Navanetham Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Geneva, Switzerland CC: UN Secretary General Dear Madam: I read a news report which states that even though the vote at the meeting in Geneva on May 27,2009 was in favour of no war crimes investigation against Sri Lanka as wanted by you, to the surprise of many you state that you will continue in your efforts to institute such an investigation even though your "home country" South Africa voted in favour of Sri Lanka. The report states that you "took the extraordinary... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/09)

Ms. Navanetham Pillay
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
May 31, 2009 Ms. Navanetham Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais Wilson 52 rue des Paquis CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland Dear Ms. Pillay: Your insistence of going after the Sri Lankan Government even after the United Nations Human Rights Council had its day during the Special Session dedicated to the Situation of Human Rights in Sri Lanka to haul the Sri Lankan Government in front of the International War Crimes Court for the alleged Human Rights violations during the last phase of the war was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/09)

Time to move on....
Jaliya Wickremarachchi CSLAT [Canadian Sri Lankans Against Terrorism]
Now that Sri Lanka has defeated the Tiger terrorists, it is the right time to start the healing process, and look forward to the future by reaching out to our friends and foes alike. Also, Sri Lanka needs all the help it can get to re-settle nearly 300,000 IDPs, which is a daunting task for any country. There is no reason to harbor ill-will towards anyone or any country. Besides, we have just proved to the entire world that Sri lanka will no longer be intimidated or pushed around, especially by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/09)


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