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NP: Chief Minister Vs Governor

December 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm

December 29, 2013, 8:38 pm

Former Supreme Court judge C.V. Wigneswaran received his Chief  Ministerial appointment letter from the Northern Province Governor  G.A.Chandrasiri (file photo)

By J. Yogaraj

Three months have almost gone after the historically important  northern provincial election. The election has been a landmark victory for  democracy. Sri Lanka clearly showed a message to the world that the tamils –  populated northern province was ready for an election and to elect their  representatives to administer the province. The Tamil National Alliance won the  election on 21st September 2013 overwhelmingly. But they made a blunder here  stating that winning the Northern Election means that they have got all  important powers to rule the region. This gives a wrong picture. We should  understand that the people of the northern province understood the Sri Lankan  constitution better than TNA. They voted for the TNA not to waste time on  talking about the weak points of the 13th amendment and other constitutional  changes, but to work for the people, within limitation.

Free education and poverty alleviation

December 29, 2013 at 9:52 pm

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by Sompala Gunadheera

I admire my colleague, Dr. P. G. Punchiheva’s dedication to our  mutual roots as evinced by his letter to The Island of December 28,under  the title “Scrapping of Grade 5 Schol Exam: some issues”. I have myself  expressed my reservations on the proposed move to cancel the Fifth standard  scholarship examination in my article on ‘I without FYE’, appearing in The  Sunday Island of Dec. 29.

But, I have not dealt with the stipend normally paid to children  below the poverty line when they get through the examination. Perhaps, it was  called ‘scholarship examination’ because of this payment. Children whose  families were above a specified monthly income did not receive the stipend.  Others who passed it had only the advantage of moving into a better school.

Scrapping the GFSE—Lokkanta kiri, sokkanta kekiri

December 29, 2013 at 9:50 pm

December 29, 2013, 12:00 pm

Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardana has announced that the  Grade Five Scholarship Exam.(GFSE) will be scrapped from 2016 and replaced with  an attainment test `(AT). Unlike the GFSE the AT will not help a child secure a  place in a popular or better school. If at all a certificate will be issued  stating the attainment level , but it will be of no value and remain a useless  piece of paper.

The country misses Lakshman Kadirgamar

December 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm

December 29, 2013, 12:00 pm

Lakshman Kadirgamar

Lakshman Kadirgamar was, without doubt the best Foreign Minister  the country has had. We were in a sense fortunate to have him {an ethnic Tamil  at that} during the war with the LTTE. He was considered a traitor by them and  they got him finally, but as he always maintained , he was first and last a Sri  Lankan. Some years have gone by since the murderous LTTE assassinated this great  son of Sri Lanka; he was indeed a colossus and he is indeed remembered with much  respect and admiration. It was this great advocate that countered the biased  image of our country that was being projected to the world through adverse  propaganda by our enemies.

More skeletons in Mannar

December 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm

December 29, 2013, 9:35 pm

By Amarananda Wijesekera, Mahawewa Corr.

Ten more human skeletons were exhumed on Saturday, from the site  where human bones had been discovered while a pipeline was being laid near the  Thirukeshwaram junction in Mannar on Dec 20.

Saturday was the third day of the exhumation process carried out  by government officials in the presence of Mannar Magistrate and District Judge  K. Anandi Kanagaratnam.

Potuvil Suffi shrine destroyed

December 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm

December 29, 2013, 9:24 pm

By Lal Gunasekera

A Muslim shrine at Potuvil, belonging to the Suffi sect was  attacked by a fundamentalist Islamic group last Friday (27) with the promise  that a mosque would be built on that spot within three months.

Chairman of the Islamic Solidarity Front (ISF) Reyyaz Salley  told The Island that about 50 to 60 persons had attacked the 300-year-old  shrine.

He claimed about 10 to 15 shrines and 25 mosques had been  attacked all over the country by the extremists in recent years.

Potuvil police said they were investigating the incident.

Salley also said that the Wakfu Board, had jurisdiction over  religious issues but it had been dissolved two month back, and a new board had  not been appointed.


Resolution passed: Abdul Quader Molla was innocent, Imran Khan claims

December 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm


PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Abdul Quader Molla was innocent and charges against him were false, Radio Pakistan reported.

The PTI Chairman said that a lawyer of the international human rights organisation Reprieve, who was defending Molla, told him that the JI leader was innocent and had nothing to do with the charges against him.

Hasina condemns NA resolution over Mulla’s execution

December 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

DHAKA: Condemning the Pakistan National Assembly’s resolution over Abdul Qadir Mullah,s execution Prime Minister of Bangladesh Hasina Wajid said that Pakistan yet not accept Bangladesh by heart.

Though, the resolution tabled by the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan was supported by the ruling PML-N and PTI, three major political parties the Pakistan People’s Party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party had opposed the resolution.

Divided Pakistan assembly approves concern over Mullah hanging in Bangladesh-

December 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm


PakInternational Desk (newsnextbd.com): Pakistani National Assembly blew hot and cold on Monday over an opposition leader’s execution in Bangladesh for aiding the Pakistan Army in the 1971 war, ending up with just an expression of “concern” by a divided house at what Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said was “judicial murder”.

India fears terror attacks on its diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka

December 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Execution of ‘Butcher of Mirpur’ in Bangladesh

December 29, 2013, 9:22 pm

By Shamindra Ferdinando

In the wake of Bangladesh executing Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul  Qadir Mullah, for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from  Pakistan, India fears Islamic terrorist groups targeting Indian interests in the  region, including Sri Lanka.

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