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Colombo survyes lands for ‘Sinhala Military Zone’ in Valikaamam North

October 24, 2016 at 12:33 am

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 October 2016, 22:48 GMT]
While the uprooted Tamils, demanding resettlement in their own villages in Valikaam North, are still denied access to their lands that are situated within the former ‘High Security Zone’ in Valikaamam North, 261 hectares of their lands are now being officially appropriated by the occupying genocidal Sri Lanka under the pretext of expanding the airport at Palaali. Thellippazhai Divisional Secretary has informed the people that their lands in three GS divisions are now being surveyed and appropriated according to an old Gazette notification of 25 November 1986. The SL Military ‘releasing’ selected pockets of lands, constructing deceptive housing schemes and the SL President Sirisena making ‘reconciliation’ PR stunts with the propaganda of resolving land issues, are all camouflage acts being deployed for the creation of a permanent Sinhala Military Zone in Jaffna.

JO submits proposals on its stance to new Constitution

October 24, 2016 at 12:30 am


The Joint Opposition (JO) has submitted its list of proposals to the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly, tasked with drafting a new Constitution for the country.

The 14-point list of proposals were submitted by JO MPs Dinesh Gunawardena and Prasanna Ranatunga.


October 24, 2016 at 12:29 am

Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe unveiling a plaque to mark the opening of the relics shrine of Sri Vivekaramaya of Pangiriwatte, Gangodawila on Saturday.

Fiscal reforms imperative

October 23, 2016 at 6:42 pm



By Prof. A D V de S Indraratna, President, SLEA at last week’s


SLEA convention


This is the thirteenth consecutive Annual Sessions of SLEA which I am addressing as its President. The theme of these sessions is Fiscal Reforms : An Imperative for Sustained Growth. It is a spin-off from, or an offspring of, the theme of the last year’s AnnuaI Sessions, namely Policy Reforms for Sustained High Growth. Therefore, without making a long address on the overall theme itself, I will deviate from the tradition, by making some introductory remarks starting from where I concluded last year. There is also another reason for this: There are two eminent economists who will follow me as the Keynote Speaker and the Chief Guest to speak on it.

SAARC satellite likely to miss December deadline

October 23, 2016 at 6:39 pm

New Delhi, October 23, 2016 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious South Asian satellite project, announced two years ago, is likely to miss the December deadline as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch GSLV Mark III that month.

Modi urges citizens to send Diwali wishes to jawans

October 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

‘When 1.25 crore people stand with the soldiers, their power increases by 1.25 crore times’


Amid heightened tension on the border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a campaign through which people can send their Diwali greetings and messages to soldiers guarding the nation’s frontiers to boost their morale, according to online The Hindu report dated Oct 23.

Prez assures Sambandan impartial probe into killing of two undergrads

October 23, 2016 at 6:23 pm

By Norman Palihawadana
TNA leader R. Sampanthan yesterday told The Island that he had received an assurance from President Maithripala Sirisena that a thorough inquiry would be conducted into the recent death of two Jaffna University students due to police firing.

Bribery Commission

October 23, 2016 at 4:58 pm



The Director-General of the Bribery Commission is silly to have resigned.


She should have written a polite letter to the President and asked him to send her a List of those who can be prosecuted and those who cannot be prosecuted. That would have solved the problem.

Osmund and Ena de Silva’s home preserved in a new site

October 23, 2016 at 4:57 pm


As I mentioned in my column last week, the exhibition of art work and crafts turned out at the Matale Heritage Centre runs from the 19th through 26 of this month at Gallery 706. This is timely as the founder, Ena de Silva’s birthday falls on the 23rd. She died just over a year ago. Had she been alive, this would have been her 94th birthday.

Bhadra Gunatilake – a woman to be admired

October 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm



by Nanda Pethiyagoda


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