Archive for June, 2009

‘Sinhala Bushism’ and the 13th Amendment

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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 […]

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SRI LANKA GRANTS CHINA AN EXCLUSIVE INVESTMENT ZONE TO BRING IN THIRTY IT FIRMS

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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 […]

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Geneva, human rights and the level playing field

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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 “ƒ”¹…”West’, to a large extent, has been “ƒ”¹…”colonized’ by the “ƒ”¹…”Rest’ in the field of human rights, and that the West finds itself unable to gallantly trot around preaching human […]

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Ceylon workers congress press release from Chennai

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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, […]

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WHEN WORDS BETRAY THE FEELINGS

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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 […]

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Presidential Ambitions & Development Programmes Commence at the Gateway!

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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 […]

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Why should the BBC reporter raise his eye brows over increasing the size of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces ?

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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 […]

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LTTE SAYS IT WILL USE POLITICAL MEANS TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS BUT REFUSES TO ENTER AN ELECTION PROCESS TO DO SO.

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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 […]

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SRI LANKAN TRADE MINISTER PREDICTS INVESTMENT GROWTH DURING U.S. VISIT

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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 […]

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Navi Pillai makes talks difficult for Sri Lanka

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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 […]

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Who is responsible for Dengue?

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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 […]

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The airport ordeal – Promoting tourism or Chasing tourists away.

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

By Tissa Jayaweera Chairman International Chamber of Commerce This happens at the only International Airport of the “ƒ”¹…”Land like no other’ or “ƒ”¹…”Small Miracle’. All passengers arriving at the airport by car, 4×4, Double cab or any other small vehicle, are forced to get down at the Air Force checkpoint, at entrance to BIA and […]

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Shame On You British Law Enforcement , Metropolitan Police And London Bobbys!

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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 […]

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Frederica Jansz’s sob story tinged with arrogance and ignorance

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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 […]

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HELP SRILANKA AND HELP YOURSELF! Special Foreign Investment Deposit Account( SFIDA)

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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 […]

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UNP Interference Towards Government’s Agenda In The Present Climate Unnecessary !

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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 […]

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Now, US tries to undermine Lanka tourism revival plan

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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 […]

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Yes, We Can: Answer from Sri Lanka to the International Community

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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 […]

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WHO SPEAKS FOR THE POOR SINHALAS ?

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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. […]

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Piyangala resists at demolitions

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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 […]

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Eelam Government in Exile

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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  “ƒ”¹…”Eelam Government in Exile’ While I expect this letter will receive a response from your Correspondence […]

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The politics of postwar Sri Lanka

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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 […]

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A gesture that will never be forgotten

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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, JosƒÆ’†’© Manuel Zelaya. I was impressed when I saw him on Telesur, haranguing the Honduran people. He […]

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DISARMING THE ARMED…. OF OUR KIND

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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 […]

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Bob Rae and Sri Lanka

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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 […]

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TORONTO STAR NEWSPAPER SAYS PART OF LTTE’S ILLGOTTEN MONEY WILL BE SPENT IN LOBBYING AND INVESTING IN HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING BRUCE FEIN

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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 […]

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“Give war a chance”

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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 […]

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MISFIRED ‘GREAT GAME’ OF THE NORWEGIAN FOREIGN OFFICE (UD)

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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 […]

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PAKISTAN – SRI LANKA, COLLABORATION IN CRICKET

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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 […]

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SRI LANKA’S SOUL SOUNDS MUSICAL GROUP JOIN INDIAN MUSICIANS IN A FORBIDDEN CITY CONCERT, BEIJING

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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 […]

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