| ||Despite people's support for
TNA Development will go on apace in North|
| ||07.12.2013 - Saturday
By refusing to implement the
Mahinda Chinthana in the Northern province,
the Tamil National Alliance and Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneshvaran
are attempting to implement a 'Magadi Chinthana' in the Northern province, Traditional Industries
and Small Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda said. Discussing
various issues relating to the Tamil community in an interview with the Sunday
Observer, Minister Devananda said that the TNA was the spoke in the wheel and
prevented the people in the North of benefiting from the Indian Premier
visiting Sri Lanka
for CHOGM. However, Minister Devananda said despite the Northern people's
decision to be with the TNA the Government will not stand against development
in the North and will go ahead with it but is opposed to terrorism.
Following are excerpts of
Q: Sri Lanka successfully hosted the Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting in Sri
Lanka and President Mahinda Rajapaksa became
the chairperson of the CHOGM. In your view what benefit could Sri Lanka gain
from this ?
A: Sri Lanka
gained recognition by hosting this event. President Mahinda Rajapaksa gained
unstinted recognition for the leadership qualities shown during the summit. The
other important factor is the investments that Sri Lanka attracted during the
Business Forum. It was a successful forum. Many investors attended and
committed themselves to various investments in Sri Lanka. Apart from this the
attitude of many countries towards Sri Lanka changed after this event.
Many countries which participated had a different opinion about our country,
but after visiting the country they understood the real situation and
appreciated the achievements. This in itself is a great achievement.
Q: We saw two different
opinion on Sri Lanka
during CHOGM. When countries like Australia
praised Sri Lanka for what
it has achieved after the end of the war on terrorism, countries such as Britain criticized Sri Lanka for what happened in the
past. How do you see this situation ?
A: Countries like Britain came
here with a biased opinion and with a different political agenda. British Prime
Minister David Cameron, if he was genuine he could have met the people having
diverse views. He met only opposition politicians during his visit to the
North. He did not meet any government representative or the community living in
the North. These are just reasons for us to believe that he came here with a
hidden agenda. When there are many media institutions in the Jaffna peninsula he met only representatives
of one single newspaper. But countries like Australia came here with open minds
and did not have any hidden agenda.
Q: The people in the Northern province was
the central focus during CHOGM and many leaders wanted to visit the North. In
your opinion how did people in the North benefit from this endeavour ?
A: British Premier David
Cameron visited the Jaffna
peninsula. But people in the North expected Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan
Singh to attend CHOGM and visit the Jaffna
peninsula. It was the Tamil community in the North were the biggest losers due
to Dr. Manmohan Singh not attending CHOGM. If he had come for CHOGM he could
have visited the North and announced relief packages for the Tamil community.
That would have also been an opportunity to strengthen the 13th Amendment and
to have discussions with the Tamil National Alliance and show them how to
conduct the Northern Provincial Council. The Indian fishermen issue could have
also been discussed. The Tamil community could have solved so many issues if he
came to Sri Lanka.
It was the TNA which deprived the Northern people of that opportunity. That is
why they have protested against R. Sampanthan and demanded to know what he had
discussed with David Cameron. People in the North feel that they have been
disregarded by the TNA.
Q: In your opinion what was
the reason for Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh not to attend CHOGM ?
A: One reason was due to the
campaign of the TNA and their leader. R. Sampanthan went to India and said Tamil people do not want him to
come to Sri Lanka
and urged him to boycott CHOGM. The local politics of Tamil Nadu was also
another factor. Tamil Nadu elections were also to be held there. The Indian
Prime Minister wanted to appease Tamil Nadu politicians including the Congress
Party in the South. We can understand if this happened at the height of the
election campaign. The Tamil Nadu politicians wanted to disturb that peaceful
situation and wanted the Premier to not to attend CHOGM.
Q: It was evident during the
Northern Provincial Council election that people were not impressed with the
development drive carried out by the Government in the North. So how do you see
this situation and how do you think the Government can impress the people in
the North ?
A: What I feel is that our
strategies may be wrong. We could change the strategy. When the TNA asked to
vote for Fonseka they voted him at the Presidential election. People think
differently. When you read the Tamil newspapers daily you will go crazy. They
use sensational reporting to attract the people. Newspapers in the North
carried out a subtle campaign against the Government since the Local Government
election in the North. People in the North had everything - infrastructure,
peace and freedom of movement. Media personnel with vested interest had a bad
influence on them. These media institutions are like coffin makers who wait for
someone to die. Similarly these media personnel think that people must suffer
and they don' t want to see the problems of the Tamil people being solved.
Since there are no alternative newspapers for the people to read, they are
influenced by these reports. People are traumatized by these news reports.
Therefore, we have to take a different strategy to approach the people.
Q: The Northern Province
Chief Minister has refused to participate at the Jaffna District Development
Committee saying that the Chief Minister should be given the Chair of the
District Development Committee. What is the real situation behind this issue?
A: The regulations regarding
the District Development Committee clearly stated that senior Minister of the
district will be appointed by the President as the Chairman of the committee.
The Chief Minister of the Province will be appointed as the co-chair. MP Sumanthiran
being a lawyer also in a newspaper interview said that Chief Minister is
Chairman of that committee. They are giving a wrong message to the country.
Through newspapers they are doing that. President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a letter
sent to the Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister has clearly stated that
he has been appointed as the co-chair of the committee. He has said that the
Mahinda Chinthana has already been accepted by the country and it has to be
implemented through District Development Committees.
Q: Do you think the
differences between the Government and the Northern Provincial Council would
lead to a conflict situation in the country ?
A: I don't think there will
be any problem due to these differences. Earlier we had such problems but the
Government neutralized such situations.
Q: Do you think the TNA has
a clear vision to develop the Northern
A: Now the national policy
is the Mahinda Chinthana. But the policy of the TNA is the 'Magadi Chinthana'.
How can we expect them to work for the benefit of the people in the North. If
the Prime Minister of India came to Sri Lanka for CHOGM the people in
the North would have benefited. But the TNA prevented it because they have
vested interests. I have been saying this from the beginning. What I have told
in the past has happened and what I am talking about is taking place now. We
can predict what will happen in the future too.
They had enough
opportunities to solve the problems faced by the people, but they did not make
use of the opportunities. Either they should create a situation to solve the
problem or else they should make use of the situation to solve the problem. The
Provincial Council system is a good mechanism. But that system is in the wrong
Q: As a person working with
the Tamil people from the beginning we feel that you have not been able to
convince them. The Tamil people are still with the TNA. What have you to say ?
A: What the TNA is doing and
what I am doing are two different things. They are swimming across the river
with sand on their back and I am swimming across the river keeping heavy stones
on my back. I don't have any problem in joining with the TNA. If I have joined
the TNA at the beginning I would be the leader of the TNA today. But I did not
join with the TNA due to policy differences. My policy is that we can solve the
problems faced by the Tamil people only through negotiations with the
Government. Now people have fallen to the trap laid by the TNA and they
followed them at the Northern Provincial Council election. People did not
follow us at the election. But this situation will not prevail for long. People
will realise what they have done. We believe this situation will change soon. I
engaged in politics not because of personal benefit but because of my
commitment to the community and the country. I am engaged in politics to
fulfill my duties to the people and also to the country. But some southern
politicians have misunderstood this situation. Sometimes, I feel sad because I
feel that the southern politicians are not concerned about solving the problems
of the Tamil people. They should realise that I am engaged in politics to solve
the problems of the Tamil people. Some southern politicians make allegations
against me and my party with hidden agendas in their minds to create problems
among us. There is no truth in those allegations and they are making those
allegations even without any idea about the statements we have made in
Parliament regarding the comments made in the LLRRC report about me and the
Q: Though the Government has
developed the North people feel that development has not taken place at
grassroot level. People this was a major factor which had an impact on the
voting at the PC election. Do you agree with this argument ?
A: This Government is
developing the country as a whole without favouring any region or area. But due
to the destruction during the war time, the Northern province has been given priority in
development activities. We have not made use of these development activities
for political gain. We feel that is a weakness on our part. When we take the
budget proposals for 2014, the highest amount of funds has been allocated to
the Northern province
Q: The High Security Zone
issue is raised again and again at various fora. How do you react to this
A: There is some truth about
the High Security Zone issue. But we feel that we can negotiate but the people
are hesitant to deal with the Government. The people will realise their folly.
Only if they negotiate can we get the Government to intervene.
Q: Due to the defeat of the
UPFA in the Northern Province
people feel that the Government will neglect the development in the North. Is
there anything for the people to think like that?
A: The Government will be
against terrorism but it will not stand in the way of development. That is why
I said earlier that the Government is going ahead with development activities
and has allocated the highest amount of funds for the development of the Northern province in the
Q: How is the Parliament
Select Committee progressing to find a political solution for the ethnic issue.
Will it be a fruitful effort without the TNA and the Opposition ?
A: The PSC is going on and
only the TNA and the main Opposition has not taken part in the process. If they
participate it will be fruitful. We have given them more time. They are not
participating because they know that when they participate the problem will be
solved. They do not want to solve the problem. According to my opinion the
Provincial Council will be the starting point. Now we have already implemented
it and can strengthen the system to find a permanent solution for the political
grievances of the Tamil people.
| ||Kamalendran suspended from EPDP|
07.12.2013 - Saturday
Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) Jaffna District organizer and Northern
Provincial Council Opposition Leader, Kandaswamy Kamalendran, who is the main
suspect in the murder of Delft Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) Chairman, Daniel Rexian,
has been suspended from the Party until the completion of the Court hearing
into the murder trial.
EPDP Media Spokesperson, C. Thavarasa, told Ceylon Today, that the EPDP Leader
has taken the decision yesterday to suspend Kamalendran for his alleged
involvement in the murder of the Delft PS Chairman.
According to Thavarasa, preliminary investigations carried out by the police
have revealed Kamalendran's involvement in Rexian's murder. Therefore, as a
disciplinary measure, Kamalendran has been suspended from all the positions he
held in the party.
Thavarasa also said the EPDP has been serving the people in the North, despite
various challenges. Therefore, the party's image cannot be allowed to be
tarnished, he added.
'The EPDP has not allowed any of its members to go against the
expectations of the people. The party's discipline has been maintained despite
whatever the obstacles faced in the past. Therefore, until the completion of
the murder trial of Daniel Rexian, Kamalendran will be suspended from the party
with immediate effect," Thavarasa said.
Meanwhile, commenting on the position held by Kamalendran as the Leader of the
Opposition at the NPC, Thavarasa said as he had been elected as an NPC
Councillor from the UPFA, the decision has to be taken by the UPFA leadership.
| ||Douglas concerned over land|
04.12.2013 - Wednesday
EPDP leader and Government
Minister Douglas Devananda has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa raising
concerns over reports that private property and Hindu temples in Valikamam
North in Jaffna are being demolished by the military.
Devananda says in his letter
if the reports are true it must be stopped and people who own lands in those
areas must be allowed to resettle.
Devananda said that the EPDP
position has been that the war displaced must be resettled in the original land
even in high security zones.
He said that the Tamils in
the North are not happy with civilian homes, temples and schools being
The Minister said that he
had advised the Government, prior to the Northern
Province elections, to resettle the war displaced
people in areas upto Palaly.
However he noted that the
authorities failed to go ahead with it and eventually the ruling party lost the
elections in the North to the Tamil National Alliance.
| ||Devananda extends invitation
to Wigneswaran again|
04.12.2013 - Wednesday
EPDP leader and Minister
Douglas Devavnada yesterday said he expected the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)
to attend the District Development Council (DDC) meetings in Jaffna and Killinochchi in the New Year,
though it had boycotted recent meetings.
The Jaffna District MP
told The Island that the Government Agents in Jaffna and Killinochchi would consult
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to explore the possibility of
having DDC meetings after Thaipongal. The minister expressed confidence in the
TNA agreeing to join him at the discussion table.
The TNA secured the
Northern Provincial Council (NPC) comfortably at the Sept. 21 polls winning 30
out of 38 seats.
The UPFA and its
constituent, the SLMC shared the remaining eight seats.
said he was keen to involve retired Supreme Court Justice Wigneswaran in the
development programme. The TNA should realise that it couldnít manage the
province on its own, therefore a working partnership was a necessity, he added.
Responding to a query, the
minister said that the TNA would have to cooperate with Minister Rishad
Bathiutheen with regard to development projects in the districts of Vavuniya,
Mannar and Mullaitivu.
Province consisted of the administrative districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi,
Vavuniya, Mannar and Mullaitivu.
Commenting on the ongoing
controversy over the possibility of Indian Premier Dr. Manmohan Singh visiting Jaffna on the invitation
of Wigneswaran, Devananda said that various interested parties were causing
uncertainty. He asserted that there could be more controversies due to
forthcoming parliamentary elections in India early next year. The
government project to rebuild the Northern
Province was on track regardless of internal as well
as external challenges, the minister said. The TNA would have to work with the
government in partnership to bring.
| || "Boycotting" - Their political Thought - Hon.
Minister Douglas Devananda|
14.12.2013 - Wednesday
"Although at the beginning, District Development
Coordinating Committee Meetings for North Jaffna
and Kilinochchi District were held in one place, due to various requests, it
was decided to conduct these meetings in each district separately. Hence we are
met in Kilinochchi to conduct the DCC meeting for Kilinochchi district" said
the Secretary General EPDP and Minister of Traditional Industries and Small
Enterprises Development, Hon. Douglas Devananda.
He further said when he
chaired the Kilinochchi DCC meeting there was an issue whether the Chief
Minister Northern Provincial Council did not attend these meetings in Jaffna
and at Killinochi because of misunderstanding or whether an invitation was not
sent. However the news in the media said the Tamil National Alliance Party is
boycotting these meetings, which is their political thought.
"When the necessity of
Indian Housing Scheme was stressed at this meeting, the Hon. Minister said had
the Indian Prime Minister visited Sri Lanka, it would have been
possible to broaden the Indian Housing Scheme. Due to some wrong political
views, it is unfortunate for our people as it became impossible for him to
visit us, the Hon. Minister expressed.
| ||Speech Delivered by Hon. Douglas
Devananda Minister of Traditional
Industries and Small Enterprise
Development On the second reading of the
Budget 2014 on 29.11.2013|
29.11.2013 - Friday
The budget proposal for the
year 2014 presented by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapakse, in this
august assembly, focuses on equity focused inclusive development. This budget proposal is another milestone in
fulfilling the 10 year 'Horizon Development Framework 2006 - 2016' as envisaged
in Mahinda Chintana vision for a new and vibrant Sri Lanka. It is well aligned with
the Mahinda Chintana Vision which, while aiming to transform Sri Lanka as a "poverty free, upper middle income country" with a per capita income of US $
4,000 by 2016, is also aimed at narrowing the income disparities both among
income earners and geographic regions.
The economic indicators such
as decline of poverty level from 15.2 percent in 2006 to 6.4 percent in 2013,
the expected economic growth of 7 percent for the year and 7.5 to 8 percent in
the coming years and the expected 5 to 6 percent inflation which is much below
the anticipated growth, point towards achieving the objective to make Sri Lanka
an "Emerging Wonder of Asia". Government has almost achieved the targets set
under the 'Millennium' Development goals.
The noteworthy achievements
of accelerated development programmes such as Southern expressway, Colombo
Katunayake expressway, A9 road, Rehabilitation of National Highways and Renovation
of main Irrigation tanks in the Northern Province, Hambantota sea port, Colombo
South Habour expansion, Bandaranaike
International Airport expansion, Mattala Rajapakse International airport, Train
services up to Jaffna which would become operative by the New Year in 2014,
Killinochchi Grid Substation, Chunnakam Grid Substation, Kilinochchi -Chunnakam
Transmission Line project, Upper Kotmale Hydro Power, Norachcholai Coal Power, New
Surgical Unit Complex at Jaffna Teaching Hospital, 150,000 houses for IDPs, the
Atchchuveli Industrial Estate, the Nelum Pokuna Cultural Centre, Jaffna College
of Technology etc. are indicators that Sri Lanka is transforming into a
strategically important economic centre of the world as envisaged in the Mahinda
The recent statement by Mr.
Naoyuki Shinohara, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
(IMF), in Colombo, after the conclusion of his
visit to Sri Lanka,
stands testimony to what I have stated. I quote,
"In my meetings, I commended
the authorities for delivering strong growth, low inflation, fiscal
consolidation, and a strengthening of the external accounts since the end of
the war in 2009, as well as on the ambitious growth and development objectives
laid out in the Mahinda Chinthana. Sri Lanka has also held up its
solid economic performance in the face of recent adverse external conditions." I unquote.
Hon. Speaker, in spite the
fact that the economy has proven its resilience despite the challenges and
obstacles faced in the aftermath of ending the prolonged conflict and in the
midst of external vulnerabilities, my parliamentary colleagues from the North, have
condemned the budget. Hon. Saravanapawan in his speech in Parliament has stated
that the budget is of no use to the people of the North.
Sir, let me enlighten Hon.
Saravanapawan and his electoral colleagues who either do not understand the
contents of the budget proposals fully or pretend to do so. Sir, in the
budgetary allocation to the provincial councils, the Northern Provincial Council
has been allocated a sum of Rs. 5,831 million for development activities for
the year 2014. This is the highest allocation out of all the nine Provincial
Councils in the country, which is about 18% of the total allocation for
development activities for all the Provincial Councils in the country. The Western Province which is the hub of economic
activities of the country has been allocated only a sum of Rs. 2,755 million,
while the southern Province has been allocated the lowest of Rs. 2,095 million
because they have their own revenue collection. I will read out the allocations
for each provincial council.
Northern Province Rs. 5,831million
Sabaragamuwa Province Rs. 4,580million
Central Province Rs. 3,927
Uva Province Rs. 3,873 million
Eastern Province Rs. 3,546
North Central Province Rs. 3,393
Western Province Rs. 2,755 million
North-Western Province Rs. 2,470 million
Southern Province Rs. 2,095 million
Even in terms of per capita
total allocation to the Provincial Councils, the Northern Province stands on
the top at Rs. 16,369/-, while allocations to most of the other provincial
councils workout to be far below Rs. 10,000/-. This is a clear indication of
addressing regional disparities by transforming lagging regions into regions of
prosperity and broadening development frontiers.
The recently successfully
concluded CHOGM, particularly the 'Commonwealth Business Forum' with a large
number of participants from across the globe, is another achievement of the
Government in attracting foreign entrepreneurs to invest, which would
benefit the country as a whole ,
including the North and East. However, due to the actions of the TNA, North and
East could not reap the full benefit of CHOGM.
Sir, recently we had the
District Coordinating Committee meetings for Jaffna and Killinochchi districts.
Unfortunately, TNA parliamentarians, Provincial Councilors and other members did not participate in the meeting. Had they
participated, they would have come to know the amount of money the Government
has spent for the development of these districts, since the end of conflict.
The progress reports
presented by the District Secretaries of Jaffna and Killinochchi have revealed
incredible sums of money being spent for development of these districts since
2009 and the resultant astounding achievements. For example the fish production
in Jaffna has
reached about 28,000 metric tons per annum, which is higher than the fish
production in pre 1983 period, which was about 24,000 metric tons.
According to their presentations,
staggering amounts of Rupees 71,293 million
and 32,347 million have been spent and ear-marked for spending before the end
of this year for the development for Jaffna and Killinochchi districts respectively, since the end of
conflict. It is evident from these progress reports that the mega
infrastructure development drive geared towards these districts has resulted in
yielding enhanced productivity and contributed towards the GDP of the country.
The Governement has also
spent huge sums for Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Mannar districts as well during
the same period.
The TNA parliamentarians and
the Chief Minister for the North have indicated that they did not wish to
participate at the DCC because the Chief Minister had been appointed as
co-chairman only, instead he should have been appointed as chairman. Either they are talking without knowing the
circular instructions in this regard or say so to deceive the people as they usually
They have also stated that
His Excellency the President in the letter of appointment of co-chair had
requested to adhere to the principles embodied in Mahinda Chintana while
conducting DCC meetings; hence they would not take part in DCC meetings.
Sir, I wish to make them
understand them that Mahinda chintana is not dogmatism. "Mahinda Chintana
Vision for a new Sri Lanka" is the economic policy framework of the government,
which is a 10 year development programme tabled in parliament in November 2005
along with the 2006 budget. This is a national policy document, which is the
subject matter of the centre as stated in the reserved list of the 13th
amendment, which every person who has taken oath under the fourth schedule to
the constitution will have to adhere to that they would discharge their
functions in accordance with the constitution.
With the same breath, I wish
to inform the TNA members inside and outside this house that Provincial Council
system is the outcome of sacrifices of many. Irrespective of who is in power,
we have to safeguard and strengthen it. Your statements, speeches and actions
should not hinder the smooth functioning of this system.
Let me also add that this is
a budget for people who realize that there are no easy answers to problems
built up over many years. Just the painstaking work of putting right what went
so badly wrong and together with the people we are, slowly but surely, fixing
our country's economic problems.
Our goal is to build a
modern reformed state we can afford; Bringing businesses to our shores with
competitive taxes, fixing the banks, improving our schools, our skills, our
infrastructure and our industry.
Sir, before I conclude I
wish to bring to the notice of the house that I have requested His Excellency
President Mahinda Rajapaksa to draw up more special programmes to provide
meaningful livelihood to the rehabilitated youths and for the large number of
differently able people, the war has produced. I also have requested His
Excellency to allocate more funds to the war affected areas. His Excellency has
agreed to my request.
நான் தமிழில் ஒருசில வார்த்தைகள் சொல்ல விரும்புகின்றேன். மகிந்த சிந்தனை என்பது தேசமெங்கும் வறுமையை ஒழித்து
புதியதொரு வாழ்விற்கு வித்திடும் நாற்று! அபிவிருத்தியின் ஊற்று!!
இது,... மகிழ்ச்சி வெள்ளம் போல் எமது மக்களின் வாழ்விடங்கள் தோறும்
பரந்து பாய வேண்டும் என்பதற்காக நாம் தொடர்ந்தும் உறுதியுடன்
குறிப்பாக புதிதாக மலர்ந்திருக்கும் வட மாகாண சபைக்கு
இந்த அபிவிருத்தி நிதியை உரிய முறையில் பயன்படுத்தும் திட்டத்தை
நாம் வட மாகாணத்தில் மாவட்டங்களுக்கான அபிவிருத்திக்குழு கூட்டங்களுக்கு உடாக ஆரம்பித்திருக்கின்றோம்.
ஆனாலும், நடந்து முடிந்த யாழ், கிளிநொச்சி மாவட்டங்களுக்கான அபிவிருத்தி குழு கூட்டங்களை வட மாகாண சபை முதலமைச்சர் திரு விக்கினேஸ்வரன் அவர்களும் அவரைச் சார்ந்தவர்களும் கலந்து கொள்ளாமல் விட்டதை சகலரும் அறிவீர்கள்.
இது வட மாகாண மக்களின் கனவுகளுக்கு மாறான செயல் என்றே கருத வேண்டியுள்ளது.
தமக்கு வழங்கிய தேர்தல் வாக்குறுதிகளை திட்டமிட்டு நிராகரிக்கும்
வஞ்சகம் என்றே மக்கள் மீண்டும் உணரத்தொடங்கியுள்ளார்கள்.
ஆற்ற வேண்டிய பணிகள் எம்முன்னால் விரிந்து கிடக்கும் போது அரசியல்
பதவி போட்டிக்குள் தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பு மயங்கி கிடக்கிறது.
யார்தான் ஒத்துழைப்பு வழங்க முன்வரா விடினும் நாம் எமது மக்களின் கனவுகளை நிறைவேற்றி வைப்போம்.
எமது மக்களின் வாழ் விடயங்களை அபிவிருத்தியால் தொடர்ந்தும் தூக்கி நிறுத்தும்
பணிகளில் இருந்து நாம் ஓயப்போவதில்லை.
எமது வட பகுதி கடற்றொழிலாளர்கள் முகம் கொடுத்து வரும் பிரச்சினைகள் குறித்து தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டடைப்போ, அன்றி அவர்கள் சார்ந்த வட மாகாண சபையோ மௌனம் காத்து வருகிறது.
இது குறித்து இந்திய அரசோடு அல்லது தமிழ் நாடு அரசோடு
வட மாகாணசபை பேசியிருக்க வேண்டும்.
ஆனாலும் அவர்கள் பாலுக்கும் காவல் பூனைக்கும் தோழன் என்ற தோரணையில்
இரட்டை வேட நாடகத்தை அரங்கேற்றி வருகிறார்கள்.
எமது வட பகுதி கடற்றொழிலாளர்களின் பிரச்சினை குறித்து இந்திய அரசுடனும்,
தமிழ் நாடு மாநில அரசுடனும், தமிழக மீனவர் சங்க பிரதிநிகளுடனும்
உரிய முறையில் பேசி முடிவெடுக்க அரசாங்கத்தின் ஊடாக நான் முயற்சி செய்து வருவது தெரிந்ததே.
அரசாங்கம் இந்த ஏற்பாட்டை மேலும் விரைவு படுத்த வேண்டும்.
இதே போல், வட பகுதியில் எஞ்சியுள்ள எமது மக்களின் வாரலாற்று வாழ்விடங்களை அவர்களிடம் மீட்டுக்கொடுத்து அவர்களை நாம் மீள் குடியேற்றம் செய்யும் நடவடிக்கைகளை துரிதப்படுத்தி வருகின்றோம்.
தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பு இது குறித்து மக்களுக்கு கொடுத்த வாக்குறிகளை
நிறைவேற்ற தவறிவிட்டார்கள். இது தவிர எமது மக்கள் தமது சொந்த நிலங்களில்
மீள் குடியேறி மகிழ்ச்சியாக வாழ்வதை தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பு விரும்பவும் இல்லை.
எந்தப்பிரச்சினைகளையும் தீராப்பிரச்சினையாக்கி, மக்களை தூண்டி விட்டு,
அதில் அரசியல் நடத்துவதுதான் தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பின் சுயலாப அரசியல்.
எம்மை பொறுத்த வரையில் மக்கள் எம்மோடு அதிகளவில் அணி திரண்டு வந்திருந்தால் சுலபமாகவே அவர்களை தொடர்ந்தும் மீள் குடியேற்றி முடித்திருப்போம்.
ஆனாலும், எமது மக்களின் நிலங்கள் எமது மக்களுக்கே சொந்தம். அந்த வகையில் நாம் ஐனாதிபதி அவர்களோடும், பொருளாதார அபிவிருத்தி அமைச்சர் அவர்களோடும், பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சின் செயலாளர்
கொட்டாபே ராஐபக்ச அவர்களுடனும் பேசி எஞ்சியுள்ள எமது மக்கள் அனைவரையும் விரைவில் மீள் குடியேற்றம் செய்யவுள்ளோம்.
கௌரவ சபாநாயகர் அவர்களே!....
மகிந்த சிந்தனை பற்றி சகலரும் அறிந்திருப்பீர்கள். மறு புறத்தில் இன்னொரு சிந்தனையும் உண்டு என்பதை நான் கூறி வைக்க விரும்புகின்றேன். அது தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பினரது சிந்தனை.
சுனா, மாவன்னா, சானா சிந்தனை என்பதுதான் (சு.மா.ச சிந்தனை) அதுவாகும்.
இதுவே தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பின் சிந்தனையாகும்.
சுத்து மாத்து சம்பந்தமான சிந்தனை என்பதுதான் அதன் கொள்கையும் செயலுமாகும்.
Sir, I am sure that under the
effective leadership and enigmatic charisma of His Excellency the President, the
driving force of Mahinda Chintana vision Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of
Economic Development and Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara the prosperity
of the country is not far away.
| ||Example for Communal Harmony|
25.11.2013 - Monday
Opening of Sir Ponnampalam
Ramanathan Mawatha in the southern area is an example for mutual understanding
among races and friendliness and its development, said EPDP Secretary General
and Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise development Minister Douglas
The Minister stated this in his address participating
as the Chief Gusset at the opening ceremony of Sir Ponnampalam Mawatha at Matara Town.
The Kotugoda Mawatha of Matara
Town was renamed as Sir Ponnampalam
Mawatha for the above said reason.
He said further, Sir
Ponnampalam Ramathan strived to release the Sinhala people who were imprisoned
by the English people. He went to England for this purpose and on his
arrival back to Sri-Lanka the Sinhala people received him with ovation, they
praised him as their leader and to express their elation they took him in a
We are very glad and it is
our bounden duty to thank profusely Minister Dullas Alagapperuma, Matara
Municipal Councilors and the public of this area for honouring a note worthy
leader of such a caliber. With this we can iron out differences and build up
friendly bridges among our fraternal communities. This effort of Minister
Dullas Alagapperuma is an example for all communities of this country Minister
Addressing this function
Youth Affairs and Skill Development Minister Dullas Alagapperuma said, we the
fraternal communities of this country do not known the languages of each other and
this is unfortunate.
The Northern Youths who were
engaged in violence during the past are being welcomed by the people of South
when they arrive here. Likewise whenever we go to North the people there
welcome us warmly. This situation must continue forever, he said further.
Jaffna Mayoress also participated
in this function.
| ||Devananda Visits Mahinda
25.11.2013 - Monday
Minister Douglas Devenanda
called over to former Posts and Telecommunication Minister Mahinda Wijesekara
who became a victim of a bomb blast during the past war period and is undergoing
treatment at his residence.
| ||Tourist Hotel at Siruthevu|
| ||Boycotting DDC meeting is
21.11.2013 - Thursday
Today's District Development
Committee (DDC) meeting was held with a good intention, but unfortunately the
other party did not participate with misunderstanding and with some internal
attitude, said EPDP Secretary General, Traditional Industries and Small
Enterprise Development Minister and of Jaffna and Kilinochchi DDC Co- Chairman
The Jaffna DDC meeting was
held on the head of Minister Douglas Devananda at the Jaffna district Secretariat Auditorium this
Due to the unavoidable
circumstances the DDC meeting was not held for the last few months. I made
instructions to the DDC Secretary and the District Secretary to make
arrangements to hold the DDC meeting in accordance with the normal procedure as
the Budget debate is to be held in the parliament this month and will continue
for a month.
This was misapprehended and
the Northern Province Chief Minister and Members, Town Council and Pradesha
Sabai Members did not participate.
They have given many
promises in their Election Manifesto, they could have made use of this meeting
to discuss and implement their proposals. But unfortunately they did not
We have the responsibility
and duty to protect the Provincial Council. We have emphasized this
continuously. We will give our support to the Chief Minister to take forward
his activities for the betterment of our people.
The Commonwealth Conference
took place successfully than expected. This is a victory to the government.
The Indian Premier should
have participated in this meeting. If he had participated he would have announced
many aids and assistances to our people, he added.
| ||Jafffna District DDC meeting|
| ||Service rendered to the
public needs to be the determining factor in naming roads with the names of
National Leaders - Minister Devananda|
20.11.2013 - Wednesday
Hon. Douglas Devananda,
Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development,
participating as the Chief Guest at the ceremony held in Matara on the 17th of
November 2013 to mark the naming of the Old Market Road, as Sir Ponnambalam
Ramanathan Mawatha, said that the exemplary step taken on that day was a way
forward for the establishment of inter-racial peace and harmony amongst all the
communities living in this country.
Speaking further, the
Minister said that by naming roads in the south with the names of Tamil leaders
of the caliber of Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan and the roads in the North in the
names of leaders with Sinhala origin who had done immense service to the
country, certainly would pave the way for inter-racial peace and harmony
to rid of the existent divide between the majority community and
the other minorities living in Sri Lanka, so that our country could stand
united for overcoming the challenges it had been confronted with. He also said
that the action resorted to by Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of
Youth Affairs and Skills Development, and Matara Municipal Council to re-name the
Old Market Road in Matara as Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan Road was a step
taken in the right direction which His Excellency the President was very
Alahapperuma, speaking at the occasion said that he was happy to have got the
opportunity to re-name the Old
Market Road in Matara in the name of Sir
Ponnambalam Ramanathan, who was a great National leader, and this event should
open the eyes of those who were trying to mislead the minorities in the
country. He also said that he highly appreciated Hon. Minister Devananda's
visit to Matara to participate at the ceremony held, as the Chief Guest.
Mrs. Yogeswari Patkunarajah,
Jaffna Mayor and Mr. Ranjith Yasaratne, the Deputy Mayor of Matara also spoke
at the occasion.
Asia's first Eco - University
20.11.2013 - Wednesday
Construction work of the
first Eco -University of the South Asia commenced on Tuesday (19) under the
patronage of the Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Dulles
Alahapperuma at the Taj Samudra, Colombo.
The NSBM University equipped with international standards
will be constructed in a 26
acre land at Pitipana, Homagama.
30,000 undergraduates have
facilities to learn at this campus.
| ||Our country achieved certain
amount of progress|
19.11.2013 - Tuesday
development was dormant for the last three decades due to the internal strife
but our country has achieved a certain amount of progress in export production.
This was stated by the EPDP
Secretary General and Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development
Minister Douglas Devananda in his address participating in the Common Wealth
Trade Forum held at Colombo Cinnamon Grant Hotel on the topic of "Production
and Adding value".
Further he said our country
is providing tax recessions and incentive assistances in many ways to the
foreign and local investors in order to promote production. While our country
is building up the large infrastructures such as Highways, Ports, Industrial,
and Estates etc for the economic development, it is taking forward programmes
to develop human talents.
After Sri-Lanka became an
independent country the agriculture productions took the first place of the
total export of production has surpassed the export income than the
agriculture, he added.
| ||Solutions for land disputes|
19.11.2013 - Tuesday
Lasting solutions will be
achieved to the land disputes very soon, said EPDP Parliamentarian and Deputy
Chairman of Parliamentary Committees Murugesu Chandrakumar.
An opportunity to achieve
this solution was created as result of continuous effort taken forward for the
last three years. He stated this in a meeting with the public of Kandawalai
Further he said, our people
dominated the lands for the last several decades but they do not have any deeds.
These dominated lands, includes state and private lands. Due to the prevailed
war the people could not obtain any deeds for their lands. After the war now
these people are undergoing difficulties without any deeds for their lands. But
now we have made arrangements to issue them with land documents. At this
juncture I reliably understand that some are attempting to impede our progress
in this land deeds matter and the public should be careful and aware of these
cunning people and their ruse.
Documents for the state
lands could be issued early but we have taken some other measurers regarding
the private lands. However the lands will be given to those who developed them,
This meeting was held on the
head of Punnaineerave Village Samurdhy Officer Mr. Manimaran.
| ||Schools closed for CHOGM to
reopen on Nov. 20|
19.11.2013 - Tuesday
The thirty-four schools in Colombo which were closed
for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will reopen on
Wednesday (Nov. 20), the Secretary of the Education Ministry Anura Dissanayake
The schools were closed from November 06 in order to facilitate for the security
arrangements for the Commonwealth summit.
They were scheduled to reopen tomorrow (19) however it has been extended till
Several roads in Colombo closed today as
Police media spokesperson
SSP Ajith Rohana states that there will be temporary roads closures in the Colombo city today as
well due to the departure of several heads of state.
| ||Division good for
Commonwealth, says former diplomat|
19.11.2013 - Tuesday
A former Australian diplomat
who has worked in Sri Lanka
says the divisions over human rights abuses that put a dark cloud over CHOGM
are a good thing for the Commonwealth and there should be more of it.
The leaders of India, Canada and Mauritius
pulled out of attending the meeting in Sri Lanka. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron did
attend but publicly called for Sri
Lanka to address its human rights record.
"This is good, organisations need this, organisations don't have this sort of
internal debate and dissent, then they just fade away."
"Now, what's happened in Colombo means that
CHOGM's is not about to fade away, that people actually see it as being
relevant," Bruce Haigh, former Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka,
Haigh, has worked in South Africa,
Saudi Arabia and Indonesia for the Australian Foreign Affairs
Department and was the Australian Deputy High Commissioner in Sri Lanka in
He says the issues surrounding alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka led to
country's civil war, and he's pleased that nations have used CHOGM to highlight
"The current regime in Sri
Lanka has got nowhere to go at all, except
that itís likely to get worse. It's corrupt, and it's human rights record is
appalling," he said, in an interview with ABC.
On British Prime Minister David Cameron's stance and his statement, Haigh said: "I think that he's highlighted now the issues and he's given it a deadline and
said that he wants action before March, Of course, there won't be any action
"The Sri Lankan governmentís not going to do anything, so it will come
presumably before the UN and it's all of Sri Lanka, all of the government of
Sri Lanka's own making and they've got no one to blame but themselves," he
| ||Four arrested for treasure
19.11.2013 - Tuesday
Minneriya police arrested
yesterday (17) four suspects for illegal treasure hunting at Gal-oya area,
Police have recovered items
used for hunting.
The arrested suspects were
residents of Pasyala, Minneriya and Gal-oya areas and they were to be produced
before the Hingurakgoda courts today (18).
Police are carrying out
| ||Kenya answers British PM who demanded an investigation on Sri Lanka |
19.11.2013 - Tuesday
Kenyan Foreign Affairs and
International Trade Minister Amina Mohamed said that no country can import
stability from outside, and there will be nothing better than homegrown
solutions to a country's own problems.
Mohamed made the remarks when she was asked to comment British Prime Minister
David Cameron's ultimatum against Sri lanka if Sri Lanka does not address human
Mohamed said she was impressed by Sri Lanka's fast development, and held an
optimistic view about Sri Lanka's future, adding that she believes that the
South Asian island country will move forward in a right direction.
While the Sri Lankan government has so far given the impression that it does
not take offence to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh skipping the Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said
that he was disappointed with Dr. Singhís absence.
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