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  New Zealand beats Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in 1st test1770811
New Zealand beats Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in 1st test
New Zealand beats Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in 1st test
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the first test completed, with Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson steering the Black Caps to a four-day victory built upon a strong performance by their pacemen.
Sri Lanka 1st innings: 138 (Angelo Mathews 50; Trent Boult 3-25, Neil Wagner 3-60).
Sri Lanka 2nd innings: 407 (Dimuth Karunaratne 152, Angelo Mathews 66; Tim Southee 4-91, Trent Boult 4-100).
New Zealand 2nd innings: 107-2 (Ross Taylor 39 not out; Shaminda Eranga 1-20)
 
  Sri Lanka win by 87 runs to seal 5-2 series victory1770812
Sri Lanka win by 87 runs to seal 5-2 series victory
Sri Lanka win by 87 runs to seal 5-2 series victory
Sri Lanka won the final One-Day International (ODI) of the seven-match series against England by 87 runs today at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

The Sri Lankans posted an imposing total of 302 for six from their 50 overs and bowled out the English for 215 in the 46th over. Dilshan made 101 off 124 deliveries, featuring nine fours and one six, to register his 18th ODI hundred and pass 9,000 career runs.

Sangakkara, who will retire from ODIs after next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, made 33 off 51 balls and Jayawardene  who has already retired from Tests, will hang up his boots after the World Cup had hit 28 off 22 balls.

Sri Lanka will tour New Zealand next just ahead of the World Cup in February 2015.




 
  Kumar Sangakkara to retire from ODIs after 2015 World Cup1770813
Kumar Sangakkara to retire from ODIs after 2015 World Cup
Kumar Sangakkara to retire from ODIs after 2015 World Cup
Sri Lankan Veteran cricketer Kumar Sangakkara, who recently announced his retirement from T20 internationals, announced that he will retire from ODI’s after Word Cup 2015 which will be held in New Zealand and Australia.
"I am 36 years old now and will be 37 next year during the time of World Cup. By next World Cup, I will be 41 and I don’t hope that I am playing then. So 2015 World Cup will be my last. It’s a a kind of natural progression,”Sangakkara said

 
  Sachithra Senanayake to resume bowling1770814
Sachithra Senanayake to resume bowling
Sachithra Senanayake to resume bowling
The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that, following remedial work and a re-test, the bowling actions of Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are legal and they can now resume bowling in international cricket.

Since being reported earlier in the year, both bowlers have remodeled their bowling actions prior to applying to have their actions re-tested. The results showed that the level of elbow extension measured for all deliveries bowled was now within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations.

Sachithra was reported for bowling with a suspected illegal bowling action during Sri Lanka's tour in England in June 2014 and subsequently banned from bowling in international cricket in July 2014.

The ICC said the umpires can report these bowlers in the future if they believe the bowler is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action that was analyzed during the re-test.

To assist in comparing the action used in the lab to the action used in upcoming matches, umpires have been provided with images and video footage of the remodeled legal actions of both bowlers, the ICC sad.

Also ICC stated, an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.

Sri Lanka Cricket has included Sachithra has in the 30-man squad for the ICC World Cup 2015.
 
  Nominations submit for the forthcoming Presidential election 1770815
Nominations submit for the forthcoming Presidential election
Nominations submit for the forthcoming Presidential election 
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena and 17 other candidates today handed over nominations for the forthcoming Presidential election on 8 January 2015. Objections to nomination papers could be made from 9.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. after handing over of nominations.
Nineteen candidates including 17 accepted parties and 2 independent candidates have made deposits for the presidential election.


 
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Finance News from Sri Lanka - Gradient Alliance - December Issue 2014
         
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Economic growth to continue regardless of who comes to power, 3Q14 GDP up 7.7% YoY   Tourists up 9.4% YoY in Nov, over 1.5m year to date   Petrol, diesel, gas prices reduced, as election looms
         
SL upto 85th in the corruption index, remains below 2012 spot   Vehicle reg. up 89.2% YoY in Nov, m. cycles at another high   Dec 14 inflation at 2.1% YoY , (+60bps MoM)
         
Casinos and Port City out, under a Maithripala Sirisens govt.   Tea pdtn. down to 28.0mkgs, impacted by slowdown in Russia   Consumer confidence index in Nov at 75, up 10pts MoM
         
Pvt. sector credit growth continues, +5.1% YoY   Business confidence index in Nov at 143, 20 month high   Flagship ODEL showroom to shut, mega complex to be built
         
         
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Health & Views Jan 2015 2nd issue

Health & Views

 

Happy Birthday, Kate! Here's how to get the look without a princess budget

Kate AlbertsTODAY contributor
Duchess Kate is celebrating

Duchess Kate is celebrating her 33rd birthday this month, so it seemed like the perfect time to look back at some of her most swoon-worthy outfits. We rounded up her chicest coats, prettiest dresses and smartest accessories with affordable versions for us mere commoners. See, you don't need the budget of a princess to be as stylish as this classy lady (and soon-to-be mother of two!).

Icy blue coat

When it comes to coats, Kate has skipped the cocoon trend in favor of classically tailored outerwear in plush wool. Her goldbuttoned Matthew Williamson topper retails at $2,650, but our similar style can be yours for a much more palatable $35. (Classic Car Coat, on sale for $34.99, Forever 21)
 
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When you leave the pool, rinse with 1/2 cup baking soda stirred into lemon juice. Wet hair, then pour the mixture on top while it's still bubbling.
 
Keep your dishwasher smelling good when you're away.
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Future King George loves iPad games

George has been playing iPad games and loves them, and that this was a good way to teach him the inner workings of electronics, said Ayah Bdeir, CEO of littleBits, told reporters that Prince William talked of his love for technology and how George likes it, too.

In its guidance for screen time for children, theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics advises that “television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2.”

A child’s brain develops rapidly during the first years and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens, the AAP advises. We are sure Prince William and Duchess Kate and all the royal nannies who help care for George are well aware of screen time guidelines and limit George’s usage. Besides, in 7 short months, he’ll be 2 and a big
brother. And that iPad will be more in demand when there are two heirs to occupy.

Hmmm. While we would love to believe that the adorable, chubbycheeked 17-month old is going to be the future Steve Jobs (as well as the future King of England), we suspect what Prince William actually meant was that George’s iPad usage was a good way to amuse him for 15 minutes so mom and dad could have their spot of tea in peace.

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Top Bollywood actresses who struggle with Hindi

According to a report in Mid-day, Jacqueline Fernandez has finally perfected her Hindi. The Sri Lankan beauty who has carved a name for herself in the Hindi film industry and played Salman's love interest in last year's blockbuster, Kick, had always struggled with her Hindi. According to reports, Jacky could hardly speak the language when she was working on Kick. However, the actress has learned the language now and is quite fluent in it. What's more even her Kick co-star, Salman Khan is impressed with her grasping skills and expressed it in enough words on the the Bigg Boss 8 stage. reports, Jacky could hardly speak the language when she was working on Kick. However, the actress has learned the language now and is quite fluent in it. What's more even her Kick co-star, Salman Khan is impressed with her grasping skills and expressed it in enough words on the the Bigg Boss 8 stage.
 
 
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The King and the Assassin

The King and the Assassin

An Australian author proteststhe draconian power of Sri Lanka’s executive presidency by writing a book that publishers fear printing…

 

When VisakesaChandrasekaram,aSri Lankan born Australian wrote his second novel, The King and the Assassin, several publishers in Sri Lanka were eager to print it. However as soon as they found outhisstory would attract the wrath of the corrupted ruling dynasty, many publishers backed off. Fortunately, Ravayaheaded by the fearless journalist Victor Ivan, came to the author’s rescue saying, ‘I am here to publish what others are fearful of publishing’.Visakesawill be launching his book in Australia on 13 February 2015 at 6pm at Glebe Bookshop.

The King and the Assassin is the first exercise by a bilingual author to launch a novel in Sinhalese and the English languages simultaneously. It is also the first Sri Lankan novel to be accompanied by a music album, which presents a collection of songs sung by one of the protagonists in the book. What many publishers feared was the futuristic story – a political dynasty that would rule the island for decades unchallenged under the cover of the authoritarian presidential constitution. Visakesa writes a brand new constitution to replace the dictatorial presidency, adding complexity to the novel and embarking on an intense experiment of cross-genre writing.

Before returning to his Sydney home, Visakesa gave a reading/recital with his singers/musicians for a small audience in Colombo, ‘I clearly felt the influence of blending fictional prose with music in that audience where I could have heard a pin-drop,’ he said about his experience over there. Although the book would hit the shelves in two languages, the songs won’t be sung in English since Visaksa believed ‘the meanings would most certainly have been lost in the translation’.

Visakesa’s editor, Irina Dunn, Director of the Australian Writers Network noted:‘The King and the Assassin is a great shambling futuristic novel that takes you through the intrigues of Sri Lankan politics over the next 40 years. The characters are vividly drawn, the situations are dramatic, and Chandrasekaram's portrayal of the abuse of power offers insights for readers everywhere. Add the elements of poetry, song, spiritual devotion and the occasional appearance of magic realism to the narrative and you get a very heady mix that will absorb your attention for hours.’

The Story: The President of Sri Lanka rules the island like a king.‘Where there is a king there is an assassin.’ That is the warning of the President’s astrologer, Juwanis. Although Juwanis cannot make precise predictions such as when and where the assassin would strike, the astrologer’s son Danush invents a calendar that can accurately pinpoint dates, times and venues where the king would face dangers. Juwanis forbids his son to reveal this ‘dangerous knowledge’ because ‘no-one can handle the complete knowledge of the future’ but, disobeying his father, Danush writes the future of the island in his book titled TheKing and the Assassin.

The Author: VisakesaChandrasekaram worked as a human rights lawyer and an independent arts practitioner in Sri Lanka. He later migrated to Australia and completed a Ph.D. at the Australian National University while working as a diversity practitioner and community lawyer. He has written and directed several stage plays in the Sinhalese and English languages, including Forbidden Area, which won the prestigious Gratiaen Award. Tigers Don’t Confess was his debut novel. In writing and directing Frangipani, he marked his debut in filmmaking.

 

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NOTICE OF Annual General Meeting

THE OLD BOYS OF ROYAL COLLEGE COLOMBO in NSW & ACT Inc

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Old Boys of Royal College, Colombo in NSW & ACT Inc. will be held on Sunday 22nd February 2015 at the  NORTH RYDE GOLF CLUB, TWIN ROAD, NORTH RYDE. The AGM will commence at  6:30 p.m.


A G E N D  A

 1.President will call the meeting to order
 2.Apologies for non attendance
 3.President’s  welcome address
 4.Presentation of the Secretary’s report
 5.Presentation and adoption of the Annual Financial Report
 6.Election of Office Bearers & Appointment of Hon. Auditor
 7.Any other business – (Notice of which should be sent in writing to the Hon Secretary 21 days before the AGM)

Note: All current office bearers retire compulsorily but are eligible for re-election.

All nominations for office bearers must be forwarded on the form attached by email to:secretary@rcoba.org.au or by mail to :
       The Hon. Secretary,
       30 Wingrove Avenue,
       Epping, NSW 2121

As per the constitution nomination must be received by the Hon Secretary, 21 days prior to the AGM.

Special Message from the Committee:

The committee has arranged for a limited supply of soft drinks, beer and wine for the members and their spouses who attend the meeting (no charge).

At the conclusion of the AGM the members may choose to have dinner at the Golf Club (strongly encouraged to promote fellowship and networking) at Club prices.

As in the past years, whilst spouses/partners of members are welcome to be at the meeting, they would not be participating in any of the AGM proceedings/activities.

The Committee is looking forward to seeing as many members and their spouses for this event. It’s a wonderful opportunity yet again for all members to socialize in an informal manner.

Please note that the AGM is open for all old Royalists who live in NSW an ACT.We would much appreciate if you could indicate your participation to one of the following Committee Members in order to ascertain the number of attendees.


Daya Thayananthan 0421 616 334
Dinesh De Silva 0409 998 555
Janaka Subasinghe 0421 056 277
Palitha Manchanayaka 0433 786 467
Deva Mylvaganam 0417 538 020
Aswin De Silva 0439 133 299
Sudarshan Shanmugarajah - 0402 487 959
Charitha Wasala 0411 794 879

Thank you.
Secretary - RCOBA

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Cricket World Cup 2015 - Gala Dinner

Cricket World Cup 2015 - Gala Dinner 

Organised by Sri Lanka Cricket Sydney Inc.

5th March 2015

Waterview, Bicentinnial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park

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HIGH TEA at Grand on Princess

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Dinner Dance - AUSCA DINNER DANCE

MARCH 2015 - Saturday 28th, 7.00pm   

Australia Sri Lanka Cultural And Welfare Association - Inaugural Dinner Dance at Epping Memorial Hall.

Contact:  Millon Landers 0401 723 094, Pushpika Gamage 0401 934 088

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ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015

Australia and New Zealand will host the ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015
 
 
AUSTRALIAN GAMES
 
14 Feb. 2015 vs England at the MCG
21 Feb. vs Bangladesh at the Gabba
28 Feb. vs New Zealand at Eden Park
4   Mar. vs Afghanistan at the WACA
8   Mar. vs Sri Lanka at the SCG
14 Mar. vs Scotland at Bellerive
 
THE FINALS
 
20 Mar. Quarter Final 3 at Adelaide
21 Mar. Quarter Final 4 at Wellington
24 Mar. Semi Final 1 at Eden Park
26 Mar. Semi Final 2 at SCG
29 Mar. FINAL at MCG  
 
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Krishantha speaks his heart out on national politics and media

Krishantha speaks his heart out on national politics and media

 
Says presidential poll 2015 was David-Goliath fight
The Daily FT spoke with UNP Working Committee Member, Media Director and Political Strategist for the Opposition, Krishantha Cooray about what led to the fall of a seemingly-invincible President Mahinda Rajapaksa and what the new political regime in the country under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe could herald for Sri Lanka’s beleaguered and suppressed media fraternity. Following are excerpts:

 

 
UNP Working Committee Member, Media Director and Political Strategist for the Opposition, Krishantha Cooray
 
Q Why did Mahinda Rajapaksa lose the election?
A: When I used to tell people that Mahinda Rajapaksa would never serve a third term in office, they would laugh in my face. But this election proved me right. The signs were all there that the incumbent was outplaying his hand and the forces of opposition against him were becoming unstoppable and they were only waiting for their chance.
 
 
In 2005 Mahinda Rajapaksa became President of this country by violating the rights of the northern and eastern people to vote. He kick-started his presidency by violating people’s rights. In 2010, people voted for him in gratitude for winning the war. In 2015, with two years left in his second term, he wanted a mandate for eight more years. In fact he went two years earlier than he had to because he was afraid that his popularity was on the wane. He lacked the skill to take advantage of Sri Lanka’s defeat of terrorism.
He may have been an effective Commander-in-Chief in war time, but he was no unifier of the country; in peacetime, he was a terrible leader. He was so drunk on power, he believed he was invincible. Anyone who crossed his path, anyone who had a different opinion from his regime, was cornered and made to suffer.
Dissent was dying in Sri Lanka. SarathFonseka contested him and he ended up in jail. ShiraniBandaranayake issued a judgment that was not to his satisfaction and she was sacked illegally. So this man, who portrayed himself as being a populist and a man of the people, ended his nine years in office convinced that it was better to be feared than respected. A man who claimed he was only a custodian and not the owner of this country when he became presidentled a totally contradictory life as a leader. It seemed that in fact President Rajapaksa and his family honestly believed that they were the sole proprietors and owners of this country.
He called for elections and he thought that his popularity, his unlimited spending power, his unlimited politicalpower and his callous disregard for the laws of this country would help him to prevail. He and his advisors thought that the Winston Churchill situation would never be possible in Sri Lanka – wherea war-winning president could be defeated.
He underestimated the Sri Lankan voter. He thought that money and power and the projection of victory would sway the voter. He played Santa Claus and gave out every handout that he could. He bought over every possible private media outfit and abused the State media in an unprecedented way. Throughout this campaign, he thought – andperhaps quite rightly – thatin addition to his own considerable resources, the business community backing would also help him to swing this election. He prevented the business community from assisting the Opposition in anyway. In some cases, high profile businessmen openly endorsed Mahinda Rajapaksa’s candidacy in companies that had huge workforces.
In so many ways, this presidential election was a real David and Goliath sort of fight.
Mahinda Rajapaksa underestimated the Opposition. He underestimated the fight left in the UNP voter. He didn’t realise that it was his own actions over the past nine years, of sidelining, marginalising and terrorising people, had created a huge common enemy that he could not overcome. This common enemy was made up of political parties and also completely non-political entities.
The forces rallying against the Mahinda Rajapaksa presidency had been building quietly but solidly for several years. By declaring this election, President Rajapaksa allowed these forces to galvanise and finally come together. So the message on 8January was very loud and clear.

Q: What was that message?
A: The people of this country gave a message not only to Mahinda Rajapaksa. The message given has relevance to all politicians. It was for today and for the future. The message from voters on 8 January was ‘don’t take things for granted’. The people cannot be hoodwinked forever. The message was also a rejection of communal politics of the type that Mahinda Rajapaksa in the final leg of his campaign and throughout his tenure tried to propagate. In fact, unfortunately, even after his defeat, he continues to try to flog this dead horse, that it is the minorities who defeated him.
 
 
This was a President who after nine years never realised that the minorities are also equal citizens of this country. That they are not mere guests, but stakeholders in the destiny of this nation. And statistically, it is very clear that Mahinda Rajapaksa lost not because the minorities voted against him, as they have done at every election – butbecause a significant portion of the Sinhalese majority also rejected him.
In the 2010 election Mahinda Rajapaksa obtained 65% of the Sinhalese vote and carried the election. In 2015, his majority among the Sinhala constituencies reduced to 55%. So even among the Sinhalese, Mahinda’s communal rhetoric held less power. In my view it was his abuse of power, corruption and mismanagement of the economy that moved the Sinhalese people also to say enough is enough.
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s big mistake was that after the war he thought that infrastructure alone would solve all the historical problems in the north and east. He gave the Tamil people roads but he took away their self-respect and dignity. The Muslims did not vote for Mahinda Rajapaksa because of his attitude towards religious freedom and attacks against the Muslim community over the past 18 months.
There is also a message here for the Opposition. Although they focused entirely on good governance and anti-corruption drives, they also must think more about reconciliation and national unity. This presidency truly belongs to all people of this country.
Q: From a strategic point of view, what was the formula that finally worked to defeat the Rajapaksa political juggernaut?
A: People from different walks of life and different political ideologiescame together and looked at this election in a very mature way. This election really was a contest between democratic and anti-democratic forces. Political parties joining the common alliance came to the realisation that if Mahinda Rajapaksa continued in office for another eight years, there would be no democratic space, no country left in which to do politics. And that realisation helped them to reach consensus on the immediate priorities – democracy, rule of law, good governance. Everything else took a backseat.
This election, the commonality of the Opposition, proved how Sri Lankans can come together in times of national crisis, how they can put aside all their differences and focus on a single common goal and the greater good. In many ways, I think it was a sort of coming of age for Sri Lankan political parties and groups, starting with the historic rivals, the SLFP and the UNP.
 
Q: The Rajapaksa Government always portrayed the common alliance as a case of too many cooks. Wasn’t it difficult to manage so many different egos, personalities and ideologies during a six-week campaign?
A: I think that was really wishful thinking by the defeated regime. The fact is that the common alliance ultimately was a perfect storm of personalities and circumstances.
It was SobithaThero started this campaign for abolishing the executive presidency and bit by bit, he negotiated and talked people into it over two years.
Karu Jayasuriya, the UNP Leadership Council Chairman, really was one of the first to embrace this idea of de-politicisation and good governance and he also played a major role towards building consensus about a common candidacy.
Obviously the UNP as the main Opposition made the biggest sacrifice and biggest contribution. Ranil Wickremesinghe sacrificed his candidature so that everybody could agree on a common candidate. That was a big decision. Here is a man who was defeated in 2005 only because Mahinda Rajapaksa bribed the LTTE to prevent the north and east from voting.
In 1999, the LTTE attacked his opponent in the presidential race and ensured he lost the election. On both occasions had it not been for these unexpected things, Ranil would have been elected president. In 2010, he bowed to the request of other political leaders and gave SarathFonseka the ticket. And here again, he made the supreme sacrifice, and a sacrifice President Maithripala Sirisena has reiterated right throughout the campaign.
Chandrika Kumaratunga had a huge role to play, in galvanising the SLFP to finally act against years of injustice by the ruling family that had usurped the party.SarathFonseka and the JHU ensured that Mahinda Rajapaksa’s traitor and Tiger cards would not stick on the Opposition candidate. They were able to come and tell the country who the real traitors were.Despite all this, there was a great fear among the electorate that Mahinda Rajapaksa would win this election by hook or by crook.
And to dispel this idea, the JVP played a huge role. Essentially they got on their platforms and told the people to go and vote against dictatorship and gave the people an assurance that from the moment they casttheir vote till the final results were released, the JVP cadres would maintain a protective presence to secure the integrity of the ballot. This created public confidence that Mahinda Rajapaksa would not be allowed to play games with the count and steal the election. Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the JVP Leader,reallyhas to be given a great deal of credit for taking the Rajapaksa regime on head-on. It was Dissanayakewho broke this phobia people had about speaking out honestly about the abuse of power and corruption by the Rajapaksa regime. This gave people confidence to come out and vote against a very powerful incumbency. Suddenly, the Rajapaksas were not sacred cows. Breaking that fear psychosis was the first step towards victory on 9January.
The TNA, which has been fighting to restore the dignity of its people, gave its people the confidence to vote despite the threat of intimidation and the heavy military presence.
We can’t also forget the PurawesiBalaya, a group made up of artistes and activists who played a huge role to bring about change. This group was full of true artistes who genuinely love this country, not the boot-lickers who surrounded the former Government in order to have their productions promoted and funded.
In a media culture that was repressed and intimidated, social media played a huge role in this change. It was social media that really got the Opposition message out to the grassroots. We forget how connected Sri Lanka is now, even down to the smallest village, because of the entry of mobile phones. The Opposition campaign had meagre resources and we could not match the Rajapaksa campaign’s propaganda blitz in any way. But on social media, because that was just people spreading the word, erratically and with no coordination, the Opposition campaign was streets ahead of the UPFA one.
Then of course the military and the Police played their role so independently in the end to ensure that the people’swill triumphed.
Despite all this, it would not have been possible if the Elections Commissioner did not play his role. Mahinda Deshapriya, despite all the pressure and many obstacles, ultimately stood his ground.
It was ultimately the perfect formula. If anyone of these links in the chain had proved weak, things could have fallen apart.
 

Q: There is a sense that the people have high expectations from this new Government. What are its biggest priorities going forward to ensure people aren’t disappointed too early?
A: First of all, obviously, politicians are not infallible. Today we have the most powerful President in the world because he is facing no opposition. So therefore the people must not disengage. They must keep the pressure on for the implementation of the 100-day plan. The idea is to change or overhaul the system, so that we close the loopholes for politicians to plunder and steal from the people or abuse power.
In this country no Minister has ever been prosecuted. There are no corruption free politics in any country. The answer therefore is simple. We have to make sure that corruption is punished, even when politicians are involved. This is about the rule of law and the enforcement of the law, even against persons of rank in a society.
We must ensure that no other chief justice will ever be treated the way ShiraniBandaranayake was treated. We must ensure that never again will a chief justice end up becoming a political advisor and that no political advisor ends up becoming a chief justice. We need to stop the politicisation of the public sector – wesaw the results of this politicisation most clearly at this recently-concluded election. So that is a must and independent commissions are the way.
People gave President Sirisena a mandate. It was a mandate against corruption and communal politics. It was a mandate against abuse of power. So the new President will have to deliver the goods. Anyone can support President Maithripala Sirisena, but the judicial process to keep politicians from the previous regime accountable must and will continue.
The unscrupulous, corrupt and unprincipled business stooges who shared its profits with the Rajapaksa family should not be entertained or tolerated by the new administration. It was not possible to do anything in this country without the blessings of the Rajapaksa family but anyone who has robbed this country with or without the direct support of the Rajapaksa family should be prosecuted.
If this President fails to deliver, then the people have already answered. Mahinda Rajapaksa also believed he did not have to answer to the people. Well the people answered him on 8 January. So it’s a good lesson for all politicians.


Q: How do you assess the world reaction to this Opposition victory?
A: All this time, the world had sympathy towards Sri Lanka. But after the way the electorate responded to an all-powerful leader, unbeatable and unwilling to release his grip on power, the world’s sympathy and disdain really turned into admiration, for the maturity of our democracy and the political astuteness of our citizens.
This is really a great country. The world never thought Prabhakaran could be beaten. And our military forces defeated Prabhakaran.
We got a bad name internationally not because of the military and the Police, but because of politicians who failed to deliver on reconciliation and completely mismanaged our foreign policy. They lied to the international community over and over again and the credibility of our national leadership was at an all-time low. I think that this new Government has brought new hope about the direction in which Sri Lanka is headed. I think it has restored the world’s faith in our ability to solve our own problems and ensure our leaders live up to certain democratic standards.

Q: You were a person involved totally with the media. What made you get so involved in politics?

A: I got involved in the media because a public quoted company started a media outfit that was to be fully independent. We really tried to build something at that publishing house. We managed to hire the country’s top journalists and media professionals. People worked with passion and there was a sense of freedom I think that we fostered and encouraged in a way that no other media outfit had in the past.
But obviously, it was the height of the war and our reporting was not to the President’s satisfaction. He used his power and proxies to try to get people to buy the newspaper at first. When those attempts failed, terrible things began to happen.
They abducted and brutally assaulted our Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr. It was with the greatest of difficulty and intense lobbying by all kinds of people and agencies that he was returned to us a few hours later. I believe that if not for the pressure, we would have lost Keith that night. I don’t think they ever meant for him to survive.
Then Rivira Editor UpaliTennakoon was attacked in broad daylight in his car. Nation Editor Lalith Allahakoon was forced and intimidated into resigning after a Presidential loyalist purchased the newspaper. He was sent to Pakistan against his will and then brought back in five days. It was a pathetic and lowdown thing to do to someone. Lalith’s children did not even have a school when they returned to Colombo.
I think perhaps because of the role we all played to get Keith Noyahr released, they started to hound me. They accused me of being behind the attack on the Sirasa studios. Some politicians used Parliamentary privilege to launch lowdown attacks on my reputation. Then the Government also began to suspect that I had a role in Karu Jayasuriya’s re-entry into the UNP as Deputy Leader.
When things got really bad, my dear friend Lasantha Wickrematunge virtually forced me to leave the country if I wanted to stay alive. The day after my departure he was killed. The threats against me were so severe that I could not even return for his funeral. I still live with the regret of that.
Over the past nine years, perhaps no other profession has suffered the way the media has. The surveillance, the attacks, the abuse caused a major fear psychosis. My colleagues were afraid to speak on phones, they had to practice self-censorship. So many journalists we knew and respected had to take refuge abroad.
Certain media organisationsrather than taking on the Government helped the regime to carry out contracts by spreading false allegations about us in the private media. I myself was accused of being the Channel 4 agent in Sri Lanka by a private newspaper – thatwas a clear attempt to put my security at risk. The Government bought over most of the media in this country and then used them to target individuals that they disliked.
People’s careers were wrecked. People like us who were seen as being hunted by the Rajapaksa regime, even employers in the private sector would not touch us. Business people and friends were scared even to be seen with us – theyturned away.
For all these reasons there was no point in remaining in the media.
So for the last seven years we have been playing a role to change our condition. There was no room in the media to expose any of these things. So politics was the only available avenue. I was personally willing to leave no stone unturned to ensure that change takes place.


Q: So you were isolated?
A: I think that was the way the regime hoped to hurt us and break our spirit. But, as always, unexpected quarters came forward and stood by us. Some of those people had no personal issues with the previous regime. They could have even benefited from the Government. But having seen what had happened to us, turned against the Rajapaksas. They defied the regime’s unspoken fatwas against us and continued to befriend people like me. While others would shrink away, some people boldly stood with us and were not afraid to be seen with us. I think they appreciated the role we were trying to play to bring change.
When I think back, I know that those people made a difference to our survival. The Maharaja Group, for instance, employed people like me even though we were untouchables because the Rajapaksa regime hated us. Although I resigned from the Maharaja Group, I appreciate the opportunity given to me at that time.


Q: Now that change has come, what role do you think the media has to play in the post-Rajapaksa era? Do you envision being part of the media in this time?
A: Clearly in some instances, due to fear and intimidation, the media failed to play the role of watchdog over the past few years. Perhaps it is understandable. When you watch colleagues die, or be brutally assaulted or disappeared, when you watch journalist after journalist fleeing abroad because of fear for their lives, it alters a profession. It changes the way you report.
But now I think the media’s moment is here again.
Now we have overcome the biggest obstacle to change. Journalists must rise again to expose not only all that was wrong with the past, but also ensure it plays the role of watchdog for what is to take place in the next 100 days. It is up to the media, which has been freed now from their shackles, to demand that the movement for change reaches fruition. The media must be vigilant and hold this new regime to account. They must regain their lost glory and take their place as the Fourth Estate.


Q: This new Government is telling journalists to report freely and lifting restrictions placed on the media. It is inviting foreign journalists back into the country. What kind of reform though is the new regime hoping to pursue?
A: Well, to begin with, the 100-day plan has a pledge to enact right to information laws. Sri Lanka is the only country in South Asia without a Right to Information Act. That kind of legislation will empower not only journalists but also citizens and for the first time, people will have a right to demand answers and information from their rulers.
I also think that we have witnessed during the last nine years and especially in this past election season, a type of abuse by State media that is unprecedented. The State media is funded by the Sri Lankan taxpayer, not by the ruling party of the day. Yet it behaves like the mouthpiece of the governing party. This culture of sycophancy must change. I think the very phrase ‘State media’ is flawed.
Media institutions maintained by Sri Lankan taxpayers must become public broadcasters and publishers, retaining independence and credibility, telecasting things in the public interest, that perhaps commercial broadcasters won’t do. I think that is the best type of media reform we can bring. To remove State media from within the grasp of political parties in power. Just like every other institution, the media also needs to be de-politicised so that it can never become the instrument of such abuse again.


Q: Going forward, what kind of role do you hope to play?
A: At the moment we are still enjoying the sudden freedom we have obtained. It’s nice to know we are not being followed and that our phones are not being tapped. A huge weight upon us has lifted. Our families were worried when we step out of the house. It’s not easy being watched. You feel that this new found freedom is almost a privilege.
We did whatever we had to in this campaign, never expecting positions or privileges. What we fought for was freedom and justice. We wanted to have options in life. We don’t have to run from country to country. We don’t have to worry about which phone we are using and who we are talking to or talking about. Now I can be happy that my daughter will not be living under a dictatorship.
I am glad to have played my part like all other voters in this country to vote for change. My greatest joy is being a stakeholder in this historic change.

 
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