Archive for October, 2009

Incident at Bamabalapitiya Beach – Letter to Inspector General of Police

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

By James Jayalath from Melbourne 01/11/2009 Mr. Jayantha Wickramaratna Inspector General of Police Dear Mr.Wickramratna, I am not sure whether this email will reach to you personally but I thought that I should write to you and let you know, how I felt about the incident at Bambalapitiya Beach, which I read and watched in […]

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The Journey of a Journalist (Part 10B) – ‘CONSULTING’ –COLOMBO-STYLE AND SHARING NOSTALGIA

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

By Shelton A. Gunaratne©2009 [N.B.: I wrote part of this installment with my Peradeniya campus contemporaries of the late ’50s and early “ƒ”¹…”60s in mind. Others may not find much significance in the names mentioned.]   On my return to Sri Lanka from travels Down Under, my operational headquarters shifted from Happawana to the Lodge, also […]

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The Journey of a Journalist (Part 10A) – ADVISING ‘YANKEE DOODLES’ AND ‘CONSULTING’ IN COLOMBO

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

By Shelton A. Gunaratne©2009 Happawana lies east of Galle on A17, the road that leads to Imaduwa and beyond. At the junction where you get off the bus, a gravel road forking southward across a vast rice paddy implicitly entices you to cross over to the other side to enjoy the salubrious breeze sweeping through […]

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Canada oblivious to terror danger: CSIS boss.

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario Canada October 31, 2009 The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN  Sir: Your reporting that the new Head of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS), Richard B. Fadden has called a spade a spade and had the courage to state after a reality check that Canada has a […]

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Radhika Coomaraswamy sending Maj.General. Patrick Cammaert to Sri Lanka

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 31 October 2009 Dr.Radika Coomaraswamy Under-Secretary General for Children in Armed Conflict United Nations, New York US Dear Radhika Coomaraswamy: This is what I read in the Inner City Press today “”…” “Inner City Press asked if she thought that the condition of IDP […]

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Would the much respected general become a scapegoat for the bankrput politicians?

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Jay Deshabandu Today, our country is at a cross-road. No one is sure where it would head at this point of time. Unfortunately, our country is full of joker-politicians, like those in Tamil Nadu, who put the country down the ditch before himself. People of this country must show gratitude to President Rajapaksha for providing […]

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Bogus Tamil asylum seekers and ‘people-smugglers’

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia ‘People-smuggling’ had been highlighted in the discussions at the formal session of the East Asia Summit held in Thailand last week. The issue came to lime light because of the influx of bogus Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka to Australia and Canada recently.   Back in Australia, the controversy over them between the government […]

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Smells Like “Norway Trojan Horse”- US Embassy to Rehabilitate Former Rebels

Friday, October 30th, 2009

by Hela Puwath US Embassy in Colombo in a press release states that it has launched a new program to help LTTE combatants reintegrate in to society.  It says that The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will implement the project by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and “The Chief Minister of the Eastern […]

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KARUNA, MAHINDA, GOTABHAYA, ARMY COMMANDER SARATH FONSEKA, AIR CHIEF MARSHALL HARRY GOONETILLEKE, ADMIRAL WASANTHA KARRANNAGODA vs CHANDRIKA, RANIL, (AVA)MANGALA, SOMAWANSA

Friday, October 30th, 2009

BY DR M D P DISSANAYAKE It was less than 6 months ago Sri Lanka has achieved freedom from terrorists. Terrorists were determined to destroy the democracy. After achieving the victory, now there appears to be some Tsunami within the team.  The writer has listened in full to CDS Sarath Fonseka’s speech in US. I […]

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Officers who engage in politics will be discharged- Army chief

Friday, October 30th, 2009

SRI LANKA Army Website Commander Lieutenant General Jayasuriya during his interaction with Other Ranks assured them that the former transport service will be re-started while simultaneously exploring possibilities for re-launch of the transport facility for children in Army families. “We should be partial to the government in power. All governments at the end of their […]

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JVP-UNP- USA – Norway- LTTE Conspiracy hatched and born !

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Mahinda General Sarth Fonseka is in USA despite the resistance to the war he conducted, and his daughters are studying in the USA , has been secured with a house and cash in a certain state there. His visit to USA and all other agendas behind is well understood, and the Washington DC Temple […]

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The way to make President Rajapakse win the next PE and make all Sri Lankans win along with him

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Ian In 2005 presidential election the people excluding the voters of north, voted almost equally to two candidates giving a slight edge to the current president. How did the voting percentages increase substantially after the war? There were a small percentage of new voters. But the main reason for the increase is due to […]

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TAMIL ASYLUM SEEKERS REFUSE TO STEP ON INDONESIAN SOIL

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana A NDTV television broadcast said 78 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers , who are determined to reach Australia on board an Australian cargo ship have refused to step on Indonesian soil and adamantly refused to do anything else than going to Australia. In the ship the Tamils, who are mostly Tamil rebels […]

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PRESIDENT RAJAPAKSA TELLS PRESS PEOPLE AT LUMBINI THE DEVELOPMENT OF LUMBINI THE BUDDHA’S BIRTH PLACE IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WHOLE BUDDHIST WORLD

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana Pix by Sudath Silva President Donated US $10,000 US Dollas for SriLanka Lumbini Development trust President Mahinda Rajapaksa making brief statement to the pressmen gathered there said that the development of Lumbini, one of the most sacred sites of the Buddhists all over the world was not only the responsibility of the Nepalese government […]

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IRISH RESEARCHERS DISCOVER CURRY IS CURE FOR CANCER

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana For thousands of years Sri Lankans through their native traditions knew what food is good or bad for particular ailments. In fact, food was part of medicine and vice versa. Not only their mostly vegetarian food but the spices that used to cook them were basically the natural way of treating or […]

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Traffic Police, Make up your minds!

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Dehiwela. The other day I tried to stop at the curb of Galle road in front of a book shop in Wellawathe. A traffic cop came up to me and said ” You cannot stop here” I was quite surprised since I could see many cars parked further up […]

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WATER TERRORISM

Friday, October 30th, 2009

ALI SUKHANVER- The writer is a Pakistan based bilingual analyst on national and international strategic and defense affairs. Pak-India friendship is the most essential and almost inevitable element for a long lasting and deep rooted peace in South Asia. The present warlike scenario along the Pak-India borders can adopt an altogether different look if the two […]

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Colombo students’ rights usurped?

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Dehiwela. The report of   Chief Medical officer, CMC  ( Daily Mirror 30/10/2009) is really disturbing. According to  his survey 50% of the Colombo children are not sent to primary schools at all! The causes can be many. It is time we looked into this matter very seriously to prevent […]

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OPEN LETTER TO AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER-RE-NAME THE ASYLUM SEEKERS

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Stanley Perera from Melbourne Rt. Hon. Kevin Rudd M.P. Prime Minister of Australia, Canberra. Dear Sir, Re- Sri Lankan Tamil Asylum Seekers You were furious when Wilson Tuckey warned you of the danger of Terrorists coming to Australia along with the Tamil asylum seekers. You were furious again when another politician called those Tamil […]

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Opportunities for Decentralization in Morocco

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir King Mohammed VI of Morocco will deliver a highly anticipated speech this November 6th–the anniversary of the Green March of 1975 when 350,000 unarmed Moroccans crossed into the Western Sahara. On this same occasion last year, Morocco’s King presented his “roadmap” to decentralize “all parts of the Kingdom, especially the Moroccan […]

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Has General Fonseka fallen prey to the Blake-Ranil bait?

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Ajit Randeniya There are signs that the Sri Lankan history is repeating itself. In 1815, the Kandyan chieftains handed over King Rajasinghe and the Kandyan kingdom to the British, barely a decade after the crushing defeat of the colonists attempt to invade Kandy.  Now there are signs that General Sarath Fonseka has swallowed or about […]

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General Fonseka’s entry into politics: Is it the end of democracy in Sri Lanka?

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

nimal dunuhinga As a simpleton I do not see any difference in between War and Politics. In the battlefield you kill the enemies by Arms & Ammunition. But it’s rather change in politics as most of the hypocrites use wet towels for the said purpose instead of shooting they do it by strangling, I suggest […]

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PRACHANDA MEETS RAJAPAKSA AND WANTS TO LEARN FROM SRI LANKA

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana The Nepalese Maoist leader and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kumar Dahal Prachanda told the visiting Sri Lankan President in Kathmandu that he wished to learn from the Sri Lankan experience of the rehabilitation of Tamil Tigers.  The Times of India said Rajapaksa met the former Prime Minister in a thirty minutes discussion […]

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PRESIDENT RAJAPAKSA RECEIVES A ROUSING AND WARM WELCOME AT KATHMANDU AND HE WILL DECLARE OPEN A SRI LANKA VIHARA AT LUMBINI

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana President Mahinda Rajapaksa was given a warm and rousing welcome when he visited the country for the second time within the last few months. His earlier trip had to be disrupted when terrorists attacked the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore Pakistan when he was touring the country last time. Declaring open […]

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President Rajapaksa meets Sri Lankan community in Nepal

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Sri Lankan community live in Kathmandu on the first day of his two day official visit to Nepal on 29th October. President also held a meeting with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Unified Communist Party (Maoist) Mr Pushpa Kamal Dahal at Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel in […]

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SHAN WIJAYALAL DE SILVA SWORN IN AS CHIEF MINISTER SOUTHERN PROVINCE WITH FOUR OF HIS COLLEAGUES AS MINISTERS

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana Shan Wijayalal de Silva took oaths as the Southern Province Chief Minister with four other colleagues as his ministers at a ceremony presided over at the Presidential Secretariat in Galle Face Colombo. President Rajapaksa addressing them said they received the ministerial portfolios not only to serve their district but all three districts […]

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President Rajapaksa visits Nepal

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Janaka Alahapperuma Pix: Sudath Silva President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Nepal for two day official tour today on 29th October. President and Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa were warmly welcomed by Ms.Sunetra Koirala Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal at the Tribuwan International Airport.  Welcome banners were displayed at Kathmandu City and people […]

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Southern Province Council members take oaths before President

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Janaka Alahapperuma The newly elected members of the Southern Provincial Council took their oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat this morning on 29th October. Former Chief Minister of the Province, Shan Wijayalal De Silva was sworn in once again as the Chief Minister. He is also functioning […]

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Pakistan bombings

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent. Gloucester . Ontario .Canada   October 28, 2009 The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN  Sir ‘Pakistan market blast kills 105.  Terror strike coincides with start of Clinton visit”, you said. I well understand how innocent Pakistanis may be scared to walk onto the streets  and market bazaars every day in […]

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high-powered committee on complaints regarding office administration in the judicial sector

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

PRESS RELEASE -Media Secretary for Minister of Justice and Law Reform The Minister of Justice and Law Reform Milinda Moragoda, in consultation with the Hon. Asoka de Silva, Chief Justice has appointed a high-powered committee to consider public complaints regarding office administration in the judicial sector.  The policy of the Government is to ensure a […]

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