The Eastern Province Housing Authority was opened

E1M1-01-09-2014The Eastern Province Housing Authority was declared open by Hon. Rear Admiral (Retd.)Mohan Wijewickrama RSP, VSV, USP, Governor of Eastern Province and Hon. Najeeb Abdul Majeed, Chief Minister of Eastern Provincial Council on the invitation of Hon. M.S. Uthumalebbe, Minister of Road Development, Irrigation, Housing and Construction, Rural Electification and Water Supply, Eastern Provincial Council.

Hon. Wimalaweera Dissanayaka, Minister of Education and Transport, Hon. M.I.M. Mansoor, Minister of Health and Social Services Hon. W.G.M. Ariyawathy Galappathy, Chairman, Eastern Provincial Council, Hon. M.S. Subair, Deputy Chairman, Eastern Provincial Council and Hon. Members of Eastern Provincial Council along with the Chief Secretary, Secretaries, Deputy Chief Secretaries, Heads of department and other higher officers from Eastern Provincial Council participated on the occasion.

This Housing Authority fulfill the long awaited ambition of people of Eastern Province, who were being longing for peace and development for thirty years. This Housing Authority would grant relief to the people of Eastern Province who were affected by three decayed by unprecedented war in the Eastern Province.

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Opening Ceremony of Entertainment Park In Kinniya

E1M1-09-08-2014

Under the Puraneguma Development Project of Mahinda Chinthana and with the initiative of Chairman of Urban Council Kinniya Mr. Hilmy Mahroof, Newly Constructed Entertainment Park along the Kattaiyaru Lagoon was declared open by Hon. Governor, Eastern Province Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama on 09th August 2014.

Hon Rizad Badurdeen, the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Chairman and Members of Urban Council, Kinniya, Provincial Secretaries, Government Officials and large gathering of people were also present at this occasion.During the speech of Hon. Governor reminded the situation that prevailed and the number of development programme carried out to the people in Kinniya by the Government, Provincial Council and the Local Government Institutions. He stressed that it is important for the people to ensure that the stability and peace is maintained as had been during the last few years to ensure smooth transformation of the people and infrastructure as found in other developed areas in Sri Lanka especially, after the absence of development for almost 30 years.

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US seeks to eventually partition Sri Lanka – Tamara Kunanayakam

The United States has no genuine interest in accountability or reconciliation in Sri Lanka, but is seeking a strategic military base in Asia, says Tamara Manimekhalai Kunanayakam, onetime Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Holy See.

In a wide ranging interview with Ceylon Today, Kunanayakam said, the US would demand more concessions using the resolution as a tool and charged the UN Rights Chief as a ‘US instrument’ doing Washington’s bidding.

Kunanayakam also alleged the resolution was aimed at demonstrating Sri Lanka’s alleged failure to demonstrate accountability and to showcase the island as a failed State to maximize on concessions, including a demand to create a US military hub in Sri Lanka.

Excerpts from the interview:

 By Dilrukshi Handunnetti

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Moving forward after the recent Provincial Council election results

The results of the recent Provincial Council elections represent both an Opportunity and a Threat. For the government it also made clear both its Strengths and its Weaknesses. Whether however government is willing to, or capable of, making the sort of SWOT analysis that will enable it to go down to history as one that brought peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka remains doubtful.

The Opportunity presented was by the Northern Province. Though the TNA swept the poll, the voters have expressed a marked preference for the moderates amongst them. The choice of Justice Wigneswaran, which was welcomed by pluralists in the South, turns out to have been entirely justified, given how overwhelmingly he topped the preferential vote.

It is true that, during the campaign, he engaged in rhetoric that seemed to suggest sympathy for terrorism. But, as I told a friend who seemed unduly worried about this, having gone out on a limb as it were in approbation of the Wigneswaran candidature, such rhetoric cannot be avoided in such elections. DBS Jeyaraj, the most perceptive of Tamil journalists, had pointed out the possible danger of this, given that Wigneswaran had been nominated against the wishes, not only of extremists, but also of those in Jaffna who would have preferred a man of the area.

Jeyaraj, I think understandably, worried about whether Wigneswaran would become a victim of his own rhetoric, something that has happened to so many politicians in Sri Lanka, including sadly Mr Bandaranaike and Mr Chelvanayakam. But the reason I remain optimistic about Wigneswaran is that, even while he was breathing fire on the campaign trail, he was enunciating a very moderate and sensible point of view internationally, as in the brave interview he gave to the ‘Hindu’. In that he made it clear that excessive interference by politicians from Tamilnadu was not at all helpful.

His forthrightness there is the more to be admired because the bane of Tamil politics has been the tendency to be influenced by outside factors. As I told the British Foreign Office in 2009 (before the Ministry of External Affairs became paranoid about me, and inhibited such contact), they had every reason to tell us to talk to the Tamils of Sri Lanka. This we ourselves needed and wanted to do. But to preach to us about talking to the TGTE was outrageous, and indicative of their own selfish electoral interests rather than the concerns of Sri Lankan Tamils. Even Mr Sambandan, who is I think a good man, but weak, has tended to follow foreign advice, with disastrous consequences, as I believe happened when he advocated support for Sarath Fonseka in the 2010 Presidential election. I don’t think Mr Wigneswaran, though he will be forthright in pushing for rights and equitable benefits for the people of the North, will make that sort of mistake. Continue reading