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October 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Jumbos punching Packer

October 15, 2013, 12:00 pm

The press has recently carried pictures of government  politicians fawning over Australian Casino tycoon, James Packer, who was here  last week. They went out of their way to make him feel important for obvious  reasons.

Pictures showed a happy Packer flashing a thousand watt smile.  However, UNP MP Dr. Harsha de Silva has claimed that the Opposition was able to  make him return empty-handed by blocking a government move to rush legislation  through Parliament to grant his casino to be set up here a tax holiday.

A clarification on ‘Land Powers’ and related matters – a comment

October 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm

October 15, 2013, 6:32 pm
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by G. H. Peiris

The reader of Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka’s ‘Disinformation,  Devolution and the Presidency’ (Midweek Review of 2 October 2013) has  ample reason to wonder whether the caption refers to the doctor’s own  disinformation or to what he has attributed to others. I am not concerned with  the mildly amusing autobiographic trivia with which Dr. DJ often finds it  necessary to embellish what he has to say on genuinely important issues. My  focus here is on his observations on the recent Supreme Court clarification of  the limits of the powers over ‘Land’ vested on Provincial Councils through the  13th Amendment to the Constitution, and on the links he has tried to establish  between the resurgence of the Tamil National Alliance (a potentially  secessionist political force backed by India) and prevarication on the part of  the government of Sri Lanka he perceives in implementing to the fullest the  provisions for devolution of power to the Provincial Councils.

Wigneswaran signals clear break with violent past

October 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm

 

October 16, 2013, 7:40 am
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Chairman, fellow members of the Northern Provincial Council,  persons of learning and of standing seated on the dais, my dear brothers and  sisters,

Some of us gathered here, were earlier candidates. Today we are  meeting as members of the Council. A majority of the candidates changed into  members. Yet a few are left out. But it does not imply that in the service of  the people they are not wanted. On this occasion I only want to say that their  services are needed.

Artificial off-shore Island – criminal waste

October 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm

 

October 15, 2013, 7:22 pm
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The Sunday Island of 29/09 reports that the govt.  has decided to build a forty acre off-shore island of sand at Hambantota at a  cost of US$808 million taken as a loan from the EXIM Bank of China.

Mattala Airport and the Hambantota port have not functioned as  expected and paid the expected dividends but they will remain there physically.  But in the case of an offshore island made of sand nothing will remain in case  of a tsunami like the one that took place on the 2004 Boxing Day. That will be a  disaster and US$ 808 million plus will be washed away!

Packer sent packing – Three hearty cheers!

October 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm

 

October 15, 2013, 7:19 pm
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Three hearty cheers is totally inadequate to celebrate and thank  the Joint Opposition who “foiled the government’s attempt to smuggle it though  on October 8;” it being the Gazette giving Packer a bumper tax holiday for his  Casino. The government had tried to push it through. Opposition MPs had not been  provided copies of the said Gazette and thus James Packer going back to  Australia with no assurance of a ten year tax holiday and then a mere six  percent tax for the following 12 years.

Police hunt for Ranil’s secy.

October 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm

 

Mangala surrenders, gets bail

October 15, 2013, 9:30 pm
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UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera, who surrendered to the  Matara police, through a lawyer, yesterday morning, was produced before the  Matara Magistrate, who enlarged him on personal bail in Rs. 100,000.

Government ally accuses Sri Lanka Tamil party of establishing a provincial council based on a separatist agenda

October 15, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Tue, Oct 15, 2013, 08:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 15, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka’s governing party, the National Freedom Front (NFF) says that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has established a provincial council in the North based on a separatist agenda.

NFF Spokesperson, Mohammad Muzammil told a news conference today that the TNA was continuing with the agenda of forming an Eelam through a new programme.

Prime responsibility to course correct TNA rests with people: Gajendrakumar

October 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm

[TamilNet, Monday, 14 October 2013, 15:52 GMT] The people who overwhelmingly voted for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had cast their votes with a different perception and anticipation than what the TNA has officially articulated in writing in its election manifesto, said Tamil National Peoples’ Front (TNPF) leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in Jaffna on Monday. “The people have a major responsibility now and they can’t simply take the risk of allowing the TNA leadership to take a completely different path contrary to their intention and wait for the next elections,” he said adding that the people should involve them directly at political level course correcting, if the Tamil polity to be in sync with their political aspirations.

CHOGM to draw attention to Briton’s murder, girl-friend’s rape

October 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm

[TamilNet, Sunday, 13 October 2013, 02:26 GMT] The high-profile case of Khuram Shaikh, a 32-year-old Red Cross worker from Rochdale, UK, who was killed in 2011, and the sexual harassment followed by gang-rape of Shaikh’s Russian-girlfriend, have cast a shadow over the Commonwealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo in November, the Guardian reported. CHOGM is due to be chaired by Prince Charles and attended by the British Prime Minister David Cameron.  Earlier, Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper’s office announced that Harper will be boycotting the meeting protesting the “intimidation and incarceration of political leaders and journalists, harassment of minorities, reported disappearances, and allegations of extra-judicial killings,” and Canada accused Indian Diplomat Sharma as acting as a stooge to Colombo. 

Sinhala colonization to wedge North and East stepped up after NPC elections

October 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm

[TamilNet, Sunday, 13 October 2013, 20:53 GMT] The occupying Sri Lankan military is being hurriedly deployed in clearing 2,000 acres of agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Kokkuth-thoduvaay in Karaithu’raippattu division of Mullaiththeevu district, after the conclusion of the Northern Provincial Council elections. Even though the uprooted people were allowed to resettle in Kokkuth-thoduvaay in 2011, their paddy fields had not been returned to them and they continue to suffer for their survival without livelihood assistance. Now, the Tamil villagers are shocked to learn that their paddy fields are being taken away to carve out a Sinhala colony in the middle of their village where they have been struggling to start their livelihood after 30 years of displacement. 


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