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Amphibian genocide in Pottuvil

Our new home

It was a pretty close run thing. And of course there were going to be some disappointed runners up, but there could be only one winner.

The lagoon: filled with water buffalo, elephants and crocs

And what a brilliant choice the wild card has turned out to be! Our lovely landlord got it all spruced up just in time for us to leave the Tsunami a day early, which was unexpected, but this worked very much in our favour. We’re now the proud tenants of this amazing, sprawling plot of land overlooking an immense lagoon, home to amazing bird life, elephants and apparently some small crocodiles. We’ve not seen any yet, but we have seen a good deal of the gardener who has been busy clearing the acre of land around our house and putting up washing lines with fishing line. He’s also brought around some of his family and the neighbours. Today being a Friday, everyone’s just hanging out at the mosque (next door) or peeping through the arrow-slits in our 6 foot concrete wall. I have to admit some did get through the padlocked gates before I managed to heat up the boiling oil to a sufficient temperature.

The white, tuktuk driving skinheads fitted right in

So we continue to blend-in as much as possible in Sri Lanka. Among the neighbours we’ve had the pleasure of meeting are a herd of goats that seem largely undisturbed by us and are right now helping us keep the garden down to the sounds of Fleetwood Mac. Other friends we’ve made, but are trying to shake off are a family of frogs that live in the house. When we moved in yesterday we noticed several in the bathroom and kitchen, so we thought we’d shoo them off out. Well that ended up Continue reading ‘Amphibian genocide in Pottuvil’

People’s Bank in PottuVille

Important notice to visitors and overseas tourists.

Sadly, there is no  Bank -and not even a single one ATMachine-  serving the buoyant  tourist resort of Arugam Bay.

However:  There is No need to carry cash to the East Coast!

Good News! There are now Three (3!) online Banks with ATM’s in nearby PottuVille, just 8 min. North or your famous Bay.

All International Credit cards accepted for cash advances

The nearby ‘Frontier Town’ of PottuVille is undergoing rapid face lifts.
The old, dusty road is being re-paved at lighting speed.
In addition to a new (unused!) market, across the road Sampath Bank recently opened a new branch in town.
Today the long established People’s Bank ‘shifted’ premises, again to the opposite side of the main road from their old location to a brand new building.

Respected senior Citizen Mr. Ibrahim addressing the meeting in ENGLISH

Now there are three high street banks in town.
All feature an ATM machine, with different payout limits (Bank of Ceylon 20K, People’s Bank 40K and Sampath 80K).
Here are a few impressions of today’s opening ceremony, to which arugam.info was invited.

The New People's Bank premises

The old People's Bank directly opposite

People's Bank and new ATM at PottuVille

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PottuVille Post Election

PottuVille/Arugam Bay
A Dialog is needed

PottuVille is Very relaxed. Residents are more ‘laid back’ than ever.

Business is 'brisk' in PottuVille (Only sleeping)

Busy Market town of PottuVille

All is quiet in the East.
Residents ponder what the future may bring.

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Arugambay/PottuVille/Kudahs

Backpacking to the Kudahs

Day 3 and 4 of our backpacking trip saw us heading out from Pottuvil at 5:30am on Wednesday morning to reach Batticaloa around noon. Stuck for an alternative, the bus was a neat enough place to experience the sunrise from.

We went back to Thameemy’s to get some food, found a local barber and even got haircuts and shaves. Batticaloa town is colourful. It looks a lot like you’re walking through an old south Indian movie. Continue reading ‘Arugambay/PottuVille/Kudahs’

visited Pottuvil Temples, work…

Paddle 4 relief fundraisers

Paddle 4 relief fundraisers

visited Pottuvil Temples, worked on School Book Project, went fishing and ate Banana Rice Pudding!
source:

http://www.paddle4relief.co.uk/blog/index.php/2009/11/visited-pottuvil-temples-work/

Ven Kataragama Siri Ratana, the lone guardian of the historic Moodu Maha Vihara at Pottuvil

Arugambay/ PottuVille News

Kataragama

Ven Kataragama Siri Ratana stood in the sands, a lonely figure, holding in his hands the offerings we had made to him. Alone and vulnerable he has dug himself into this hostile territory in a small ‘sanghavasa’ (abode of bhikkus) to protect and preserve an ancient temple on the beaches in Pottuvil in Eastern Sri Lanka. It is a one man battle against heavy odds. Continue reading ‘Ven Kataragama Siri Ratana, the lone guardian of the historic Moodu Maha Vihara at Pottuvil’

Kataragama Kumana up to Pottuvil roadway link

Hatton National Bank

Hatton National Bank

 

Ramani KANGARAARACHCHI

The development of the North and East should be fast tracked along with the rest of the country to ensure that the benefits of the victory against the LTTE filter down to the people. The process should be reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction, Chairman Hatton National Bank (HNB) Rienzie Wijetilleke told Daily News Business.

He outlined certain proposals which can be implemented utilizing the internal resources which will yield quick results. “We don’t have to depend on foreign aid for everything as there are many ventures that the banks can support,” he said.

Extending a new roadway link along the southern coast beyond Kataragama along the coastline through the Yala sanctuary, Kumana up to Pottuvil (through/around Arugam Bay) and setting up small hamlets along that roadway with a planned program is very important. Continue reading ‘Kataragama Kumana up to Pottuvil roadway link’

Reconstruction PottuVille, Abay

Post-tsunami Reconstruction in Sri Lanka:

an Analysis of Newspaper Content

by Dileep Chandralal

Professor of Okinawa University

1. Introduction

I have done a survey of newspapers as proxies of media coverage of the post-tsunami recovery situation, focusing on different perspectives on the reconstruction effort. It reveals the practices taken by different sectors, sections or groups, the responses of the affected communities or opinion leaders, the tensions between different social groups or camps and the lack of mutuality and cooperation.

The social context of post-tsunami construction can be divided into two large areas: one area includes the representation of the local community and the other that of foreign participants. Crosscutting these divisions, at the background level, there was a wide range of interest groups such as governments, political organisations, independent bodies, NGOs and activists, academics and professionals, social workers, and individual volunteers. The represented discourses inherently invoke a consideration of differences reflecting writers’ loyalties to different social groups. The focus of the study was how the text producers, strongly backed up by their respective social contexts, produced the texts and messages, depicting different world views and bearing different results for agenda setting.

My text corpus consists of, mainly, newspapers published during the year 2005. A period of one year was thought of as an appropriate period for depicting individual or collective reflections of, and responses for, the tragedy itself. Moreover, it was during this period that national and international media were bursting at the seams with continuous deliberations, ideas and arguments on post-tsunami reconstruction.

Continue reading ‘Reconstruction PottuVille, Abay’

PottuVille Hospital

Better Health Services for Sri Lankans Displaced by the Tsunami

Flame in Lahuhgala, PottuVille or Arugam Bay?


The nineteenth “Great heroes day” (GHD) was observed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Thursday November 27. In recent times the most important event for the LTTE has been its annual ‘Maaveerar Naal’ or “Maaveerar Thinam”held each year.

Various observances are held in Sri Lanka and abroad to commemorate the Tiger cadres who have died for the Tamil cause. ‘Puligalin Thaagam Thamil Eelath Thaayagam’ (Thirst of the Tigers is for a Tamil Eelam homeland) is the motto of the LTTE.

An important feature of the GHD has been the ceremony where LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran pays homage to the fallen cadres. The centrepiece of this ceremony is his address to the Tamil people in his capacity as the self-styled national leader of the Tamil Eelam nation.

This year’s GHD address by Prabhakaran came at a time when the LTTE was suffering setback after setback on the military front. It was only last year that Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa predicted that the 2007 Great Heroes Day would be the last one for the tiger chief.

Prabhakaran however is still alive and what is more lived to deliver another GHD address. Given the series of military reversals undergone by the LTTE in recent times many expected or wanted the Tiger supremo to throw the towel in.

A number of articles and even editorials appeared in the Sri Lankan media ridiculing and mocking Prabhakaran and the LTTE for its perceived poor track record in military matters.

There is a widespread belief in the country and abroad that the LTTE is militarily weak and therefore is on the verge of being defeated conclusively by the armed forces. With the Rajapaksa regime utilising its military successes to consolidate itself in power a massive propaganda campaign is on to project an image that the Tigers are on the decline. If recent military developments are the sole criteria to assess the strength or weakness of the LTTE there was some justification at least for this opinion to gain ground.

This impression has led to an atmosphere of triumphalism in the country amidst many sections of the majority community. Those who disagree or dissent are unfairly depicted as traitors or Tiger agents.

There were quite a few who expect Prabhakaran to call it quits or face extinction. A few actually advised him to surrender arms and enter the negotiating process.

It was against this backdrop that Prabhakaran’s annual GHD address was delivered last Thursday. If anyone thought of Prabhakaran as a battered, bleeding boxer, reeling on the ropes, gasping for breath, they were mistaken.

The Tiger chief was defiant as ever. Maintaining tremendous serenity amid severe strain, the beleaguered LTTE chief read out his prepared speech in customary style.

Though different analysts tend to draw different conclusions from the address, to this writer, the most significant aspect of the LTTE leader’s speech was his avowed declaration to continue fighting against overwhelming odds.

Here are some relevant excerpts from the translated version in English:

“Today, the Sinhala state has, as never before, placed its trust on its military strength, on military modalities and on a military solution. As a result, the war has gathered intensity and momentum. In truth, this is not a war against the LTTE as the Sinhala state professes. This is a war against the Tamils; against the Tamil nation. In short; a genocidal war.”

“With various countries of the world buttressing the genocidal war on the people of Tamil Eelam, we are waging a defensive war for the freedom of our people.”

“We have faced forces much mightier than ours. We have had direct confrontations even against superior powers, stronger than us.”

“We have withstood wave after wave of our enemy attacks. When compared to these happenings of the past, today’s challenges are neither novel nor huge. We will face these challenges with the united strength of our people.”

“No great changes have taken place in the Sinhala political panorama. Politics there has developed into the form of a demonic war.”

“When it comes to the Tamil national question, the Sinhala nation is adopting only one policy. It is obviously a policy of suppression. Even the tinge of hope our people had that the Sinhala nation will abandon its path of violence and offer justice, has now evaporated. Our people are not ready to trust the Sinhala nation again and get cheated.”

“It is true Tamil Eelam is a small nation on the globe. However it is a nation with great potential. It is a nation with a characteristic individuality. It has a distinctive language, cultural heritage and history. As the freedom movement of the people of Tamil Eelam we will never, ever allow Sinhala occupation or Sinhala domination of our homeland.”

“Whatever challenges confront us, whatever contingencies we encounter, whatever forces stand on our path, we will still continue with our struggle for the freedom of the Tamil people. On the path shown by history, on the command of the circumstances of today, we will continue with our struggle till alien Sinhala occupation of our land is removed.”

This writer does not agree with most views expressed by Prabhakaran both in his speech. The thrust of his address is all about laying the blame on everyone else but the LTTE and himself. Always the “others” are at fault.

Recent history demonstrates very clearly that the LTTE had not utilised the opportunity that arose for exploring a solution on federal lines through negotiations. But the Tiger supremo is silent on why the tigers agreed in Oslo to “explore” and then performed a political somersault.

It is certainly true that Sri Lankan Tamil people are suffering greatly under this government. But it was the LTTE that facilitated the election of Mahinda Rajapaksa by enforcing a boycott of the presidential elections in areas controlled by it then.

Also Prabhakaran in his GHD address of 2005 called the new president a “pragmatic” man and stated that Rajapaksa would be given time to resolve the  problem Yet within days the Tigers began launching attacks through its “acolytes” called “Makkal padai” or “peoples force”.

Then came provocative acts like the suicide bomber attack on Army commander Sarath Fonseka, the blocking of water at Maavilaaru, synchronised attacks on Muhamaalai, Muthur and Mandaitheevu, the artillery barrage on Trincomalee harbour from Sampoor etc.

It was in this atmosphere that the current military campaign was launched by the Rajapakse regime. It has been rather ruthless with little concern for the plight of ordinary civilians.

Despite expressing concern for the Tamil predicament there has been little concrete action by the International community to alleviate it. This is not because the IC is against the Tamils. This unjustified apathy is due to its pronounced antipathy towards the LTTE.

Excerpting certain paragraphs while disagreeing with the essence of arguments expressed in those is merely to draw attention to the actual mindset of the Tiger leader. There is a tendency to be lulled into a false consciousness by believing one’s own propaganda that the LTTE is on the edge of a dangerous precipice.

Several analysts and commentators have portrayed Prabhakaran’s speech in a negative light as having been stated from a position of weakness. This may give a “feel good feeling” to many.

It would however be a grave blunder if one were to write off Prabhakaran’s speech as the ranting and raving of a cornered tiger.

As this writer has consistently stated in the past “the Tigers may be down but they are certainly not out”.

Prabhakaran’s utterances about continuing to fight against “Sinhalam” (Sinhale) or the “Sinhala state” should not be dismissed as sheer bravado. Rhetoric it may be, disconnected with reality it may be, but nevertheless Prabhakaran means every word of it.

Those who saw visual images of Prabhakaran reading out his speech in Tamil were struck by one thing. Though propaganda in sections of the media stated that the LTTE leader was under severe pressure, the impression gained when seeing him was quite the opposite.

Those of us who have been regularly following his annual addresses were struck by a remarkable change in his demeanour and tone. He seemed relaxed and supremely confident. Serene amidst strain. Prabhakaran looked and sounded like a man in firm control of his destiny. He seemed to mean every word he said.

In this context one recalls an anecdote of 21 years vintage. This was during the time when Indian officials in New Delhi were trying to pressurise Prabhakaran into accepting the proposed Indo – Lanka accord.

At one point former Indian envoy Jyotindra Nath Dixit in typical “hectoring” mode warned Prabhakaran that he would have to fight the Indian army if he did not accept the accord. To which the LTTE leader replied, “I don’t want to but I will fight the Indian army if I have to.”

Dixit then retorted, “Do you know the strength of the Indian army?” Prabhakaran replied “350,000? 400,000?” Then Dixit said “Add another cipher”. Once again Prabhakaran said that he did not want to fight the Indian army but was prepared to do so if necessary.

Later the LTTE went through the charade of agreeing and adhering to the Indo – Lanka accord. New Delhi’s South block thought that Prabhakaran had submitted meekly to the overwhelming might of India and devoured humble “kanji” (porridge).

When Dixit began relating the above – mentioned exchange of words on the diplomatic cocktail circuit most people had a hearty laugh. The “puli” (Tiger) had become an “eli” (mouse) with India, the joke went.

Yet it was Prabhakaran who had the last laugh,. Belatedly India realised that the tiger chief was dead serious when he said that he was prepared to fight India.

Likewise it may seem amusing to hear Prabhakaran declaring his intent to continue fighting at a time when the Sri Lankan military juggernaut is relentlessly rolling forward. But it would be a monumental error to misjudge or underestimate the man as many have done in the past.

There are two sayings in Tamil about the tiger. One is “puli pathunguvathu paaivathatku” (the Tiger crouches only to pounce). The other is “puli pasithaalum Pullai Thinnaathu” (Even if hungry Tigers don’t eat grass).

These sayings about four – legged felines are applicable in politico – military terms to the two – legged Tigers also.

Currently two DVD/Video cassettes are being circulated among the Sri Lankan Diaspora in the west. One is a 32 minute cassette portraying the hardship and suffering undergone by internally displaced civilians in the Wanni. It is emotionally moving to see their tragic plight. There is an open appeal to Tamil Nadu Tamils.

While these cassettes are openly distributed the other 21 minute cassette is clandestinely shown to selected activists and die- hard supporters. Several LTTE leaders and commanders appear in this film emphasising that they are ready and strong to prolong the fight. There are scenes of cadres being trained.

The LTTE bigwigs keep on appealing to “pulam peyarntha uravugal” (our relatives gone abroad) not to be deceived by Government propaganda that the LTTE is weak. They reiterate that they are waiting for the right time to strike.

They also keep “requesting” that Diaspora Tamils should continue to support them without faltering until their goal is achieved.

Both these cassettes illustrate the dual approach adopted by the LTTE. On the one hand the humanitarian predicament is focused on to make an emotional appeal while on the other; military strength is projected to retain support of hawkish elements.

This duality can be discerned in Prabhakaran’s GHD speech also where he states that the LTTE is prepared for peace but goes on to assert that the tigers will not give up the fight. There is a deliberately instilled sense of ambiguity here.

A noteworthy aspect of this year’s GHD observances was the military situation and weather.

With the armed forces on the ascendant and Tiger-controlled territory shrinking rapidly, the climate was not conducive for widespread functions. Torrential rains aggravated the situation further.

In such an environment there was a nagging doubt as to whether GHD ceremonies could be conducted anywhere let alone being done in grand fashion.

Yet the LTTE did manage to demonstrate through those ceremonies that they were “down but not out”.

None of the ceremonies were conducted openly or on a lavish scale. Prabhakaran himself participated at the main function held in an undisclosed location.

He commenced his 25 minute address at 5. 40pm. A minute of silence was observed at 6.06 pm. The sacrificial flame was lit by him at 6.07 pm.

Similar ceremonies were organized simultaneously at different venues.

Pride of place was given to functions in the Eastern Province from which the LTTE was ousted last year. GHD ceremonies indicated that the tigers had re-established a viable presence in jungle areas of the Batticaloa – Amparai districts.

In Amparai district eastern special commander “Col” Ram lit the flame at a ceremony in Lahugala jungles in Pottuvil electoral district.
Amparai district military commander Nahulan lit the flame in another function held in the Kanjikudichchaaru jungles.

In Batticaloa district the district military commander Umaram lit the flame in Tharavaikulam in the Thoppigala/Kudumbimalai region; Maavadimummaari military chief Kalaimaruthan lit the flame at Thaandiaddy. The political commissar for Maavadimummaari zone lit the flame there. In the Vaaharai region, Aandaankulam military chief Pushpan lit the flame at Aandaankulam. Likewise the Karadiyanaaru military leader lit the flame there.

In the LTTE controlled regions of Wanni the following Tiger leaders lit the sacrificial flames in different locations. Despite Kilinochchi town being besieged by the armed forces LTTE’s northern front commander “Col” Theeban lit the flame in Kanagapuram Great Heroes cemetery;

“Col” Sornam (some reports said he was injured or dead) lit the flame at Mulliyavalai GH cemetery while Keerthi did so at Viswamadhu. “Col” Jeyam did so at Oddusuddan while sea Tiger special commander Soosai paid homage at sea to all sea – Tigers who perished at sea. The woman sea – Tiger special commander Poorani and deputy sea-Tiger commander Vinayagam lit the flames in Alambil and Uduthurai respectively.

LTTE finance chief Thamilkumaran, “Sencholai” orphanage co-ordinator Sudarmahal, Charles Anthony division special commander Vimal, and Military college chief instructor Aathavan, lit the flames in Puthukkudiyiruppu,Vattakkachchi,Kandawalai and Udayarkaddu GH cemeteries respectively.

There are also special memorial monuments for cadres from Batticaloa – Amparai districts, Imran – Pandian infantry brigade and “Kutty Sri” mortar units. The flames in these places were lit by Jeyanthan brigade chief Bhavaan,Kilinochchi district military chief Velavan and  Kuttysri unit chief  Kalaichelvan respectively.

By staging these ceremonies in spite of a very hostile environment the LTTE has proved a point. The Tigers have shown that despite the strong challenge posed by the armed forces it is a case of “business as usual” for them in key spheres.

The Great Heroes day events are given top priority in the LTTE scheme of things.

There exists in the martial tradition of the Tamils a concept known as ‘Nadugal Valipaadu,’ which literally means worshipping the planted stone.

Until the influence of Aryan-Brahminism pervaded the Dravidian people, the custom in South India had been that of burying their dead. Tombstones were erected at the graves of great heroes fallen in battle. These were honoured regularly through special panegyrical rituals.

The classical Tamil literature of the Sangham era is replete with references to this ‘Nadugal Valipaadu’ concept.

Poetic works like “pattinappaalai”,”Malaipaduhadaam”,”aingurunooru”, “ahanaanooru”, “puranaanooru” and “Tholgappiyam” refer to this phenomenon.

The aftermath of the Hindu renaissance period saw Brahminism becoming dominant and altering a way of life drastically.

The decline of Tamil dynasties along with the advent of Moghul, Nayakkar and European colonialism saw the martial tradition among Tamils becoming debilitated.

The custom of paying homage to heroes fallen in battle became non-existent in an environment where war was virtually unknown for generations.

In modern times the LTTE has revived and developed to a great extent the Tamil tradition of paying homage to its fallen heroes just as it re-introduced a martial Tamil culture through war.

When the first Great Heroes Day was observed in 1989, there were only 1,343 martyrs. The tally in 2000 was 16,591. In 2005 the figure was 17,903; this year up to October 30, 1974 tigers comprising 1398 males and 576 females were killed. This excludes about 3,000 conscripts who had not been made “full” members and therefore denied great hero status.

The grand total from November 27 1982 to October 30 2008 is 22, 114 Tiger great heroes killed. This comprises 17,305 males and 4,809 females.

As the ethnic conflict continues, the casualty rates also increase. What this means is that more and more Tamil families are suffering the losses of their loved ones and becoming grief stricken.

A qualitative change in recent times has been increased conscription by the LTTE. The emotional reaction of family members towards their kith and kin forcibly taken by the LTTE and sacrificed on the altar of war would be different to those who joined voluntarily.

Denying great hero status to some of those raw conscripts who get killed can only add insult to injury.

Given the current flow of events and the manner, mode and message of Prabhakaran’s GHD address there can be little doubt that we are going to see more and more war.

The Rajapaksa regime though unpopular on many fronts is sustained in power mainly through its pro – war policy. In such a situation one can expect an escalation and intensification of war in the future.

Not only will the LTTE resist fiercely but also may launch its long – awaited counter – strike.

Which way the goddess of war would bestow her blessings or curses is uncertain. But the only certainty is that the Tamil –populated regions will see an increase in death, displacement and destruction in the days to come. Tamil suffering will continue.

D.B.S. Jeyaraj can be reached

at djeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

From Welikade to Mutur and Pottuville

Whither the office of the Attorney General?

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By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

The office of Sri Lanka’s Attorney General has been subjected to the tug and pull of political pressure from many decades back. Some specific instances include the actions of the Attorney General in the Richard de Zoysa case where the country’s chief law officer was severely castigated for refusing to take steps against the police officer identified by de Zoya’s mother as having been responsible for the abduction of her son. (see Weerakoon, Batty, (1991) ‘The Attorney General’s Role’ in The Extra-Judicial Execution of Richard de Zoysa, Star Press, published by the author, at page 13).

This analysis also examines in specific detail, the manner in which Parliament had been misled in this context as a result of a report presented by the then Attorney General to the then Minister, Justice (ibid, at page 17). Another instance is the role of the officers of the Department in covering up the inquiry into the massacre of prisoners at the Welikada prisons (see “From Welikade to Mutur and Pottuvil: A Generation of Moral Denudation and the Rise of Heroes with Feet of Clay’ (2007) Special Report, No 25, University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) Sri Lanka).

Negation of the theoretically independent post

A former Acting Attorney General who went on to become a member of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has indeed pointed out that the office of the Attorney General has always been under threat from the political executive, despite the theoretical independence with which it is traditionally cloaked.

As observed; “It has been our experience that every administration wishes the judgments of the court to be in its favour. Perhaps we cannot fault politicians for this, But the Attorney General should be able to advise the executive and explain the legal basis of most judgments which have gone against the State. ….Perhaps the Attorney General is no longer free or strong enough to advise the executive” (Kulatunge, KMMB (2001) ‘Disorder in Sri Lanka’, Gunasena Publishers, Colombo, at page 24).

The attempts made at rectification by the 17th Amendment

It must be fairly said that at times, the holders of the office of Attorney General in this country have attempted to perform their duties according to law and as justly as possible but have been impeded by political constraints, though perhaps a newspaper column may not be the approriate forum for the specific discussion of these instances. The point is however that it was precisely due to these political influences that the office of the Attorney General was constitutionally sought to be insulated from political pressure by the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. Thus, the nomination had to be first approved by the Constitutional Council (CC) while the removals procedure was elevated to that of appellate court judges by subsidiary legislation passed consequent to the 17th Amendment.

However, for the past year and more, this important vetting task performed by the CC has broken down due to the CC not being constituted in its second term owing to an unconscionable negating of the 17th Amendment by the Presidency and Parliament. Though the mater has been referred to firstly, the Court of Appeal in a series of petitions and secondly, to the Supreme Court, it does not appear that the cases have reached any measure of finality. In the interim, the current Acting Attorney General who should in all respects be confirmed in his post, continues to function in an acting capacity.

Need for an independent public prosecutor?

From a different perspective and one which relates to the substantive nature of the office, arguments have been long prevalent that the separation of the public prosecution function from the Attorney General’s Department is needed. Indeed, a Public Prosecutor’s Office had been recommended as far back as 1953 when the Criminal Courts Commission advised the creation of such an office (Sessional Paper XIII of 1953). As stated by this Commission, serious weaknesses in the process of investigation on the part of the police meant that the intervention of a legal authority in this regard was called for. It was envisaged not only that such a legal authority would have the duty of giving counsel but that the police would be under a legal obligation to report cases to him/her whereupon he/she would be able to take over the conduct of the prosecution. The guidance of “trained lawyers with the ability to brush aside inessentials and drive to the heart of the case” was thought to be desirable.

The Director of Public Prosecutions

It was consequent to this recommendation of the Criminal Courts Commission that the office of a Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was created by the Administration of Justice No 44 of 1973. The office of the DPP was abolished consequent to the change of government in 1977 and the Administration of Justice No 44 of 1973 replaced by the current Code of Criminal Procedure Act, No 15 of 1979 (as amended).
Yet, however estimable the intention was in the creation of the office of the DPP, there is no doubt however that this office was also directly subject to political pressure during its existence. The creation of such a post in today’s highly politicized environment attracts no little dangers; indeed it may be feared that the proposed cure may be proverbially worse than the disease.

Realising the very minimum

Whatever may be the positive and negative arguments towards a radical restructuring of the office of Sri Lanka’s Attorney General, there is little doubt that there would be any movement on this score until the very minimum of constitutional appointments is realised. For that, the rejuvenation of the 17th Amendment is imperative and the need for a peoples’ movement on this basis is now exceedingly great.
The political executive must and should be shamed towards observance of the minimum of constitutional governance in this country. We cannot stand for anything less, even notwithstanding a war which, like the priestly cassock, is sought to be used sometimes to cover a multitude of sins.

 
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http://www.sundaytimes.lk/081123/Columns/focus.html

Muslim Council for PottuVille & Arugam Bay?

Ethnic based enclaves not acceptable – Prof. Warnapala

Ethnic based enclaves which the minority political parties have sought as units of devolution were not acceptable to the SLFP as a matter of principle, said Prof.Wiswa Warnapala, party stalwart and Minister of Higher Education, commenting on proposals submitted to the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) by the Upcountry People’s Front (UPF), Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

As party representative to the APRC, he will raise this matter with the party leadership and the central committee, he told the Sunday Observer. At the last APRC meeting he objected to proposals on such communal-based councils because it will cause communal disharmony and pose a threat to national integrity, he said.

Councils annexing the non-contiguous geographical areas of the respective minority people?s concentration, as units of devolution proposed by the minority political parties were not acceptable to the SLFP in the interests of national unity and ethnic harmony, he said.

The hill country minority political parties have asked for special enclaves encompassing Kotmale, Maskeliya and Nuwara Eliya and also sub-councils for other areas of domicile of their people while the SLMC has asked for a Muslim Council for Sammanthurai, Pottuvil and the Kalmunai areas in the east, annexing all non-contiguous geographical areas of their concentration, he said.

source:

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2008/11/16/oostory.asp?sid=20081122_10&imid=MPWarnapala.jpg&dt=[November%2022%202008]

Fresh Water Supply for Arugam Bay, PottuVille

USAID for Ullai
Recent Archive photo of completed  USAID protects at Ullai/Arugam Bay

Netcrawl found this (only) news article by Min. of Defense, Colombo:

USAID and AmeriCares provide safe water to Ampara communities

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the international relief organization AmeriCares today marked the completion of the Pottuvil/Ulla Water Treatment Plant and Ulla Supply System, to give the residents of these coastal villages safe and clean water for the first time since the tsunami.

“With the introduction of advanced water treatment technology and equipment, the new system can provide 4,000 liters per minute of clean water, benefiting over 40,000 residents, as well as local businesses and hotels,” USAID Mission Director Rebecca Cohn said at the opening ceremony. “In addition to safeguarding the health of the communities, it will contribute to stabilizing the tourist industry and help boost the local economy,” she continued.

Thanks to an additional grant by AmeriCares, USAID has been able to complete its investment in wells, transmission lines, the treatment plant and a large elevated storage tank. The additional contribution has also allowed the National Water Supply & Drainage Board to work with the local users to connect the supply directly to their homes, schools, hotels and workplaces. The new water treatment plant and distribution system have been designed in partnership with the National Water Supply & Drainage Board of Sri Lanka, who has offered invaluable input into the project.

Minister of Water Supply and Drainage, Hon. Al-Haj A.L.M. Athaullah, M.P. and Mrs. Lisa Hilmi, AmeriCares Country Director, also took part in and addressed the opening ceremony.

source:
http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20081118_05

Arugam & PottuVille: Best Sunsets!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2008

Reddish Sunset

(08/08)
Pottuvil Sri Lanka have one of the best sunsets I’ve seen anywhere. Its stunning to be in the water waiting for the waves and looking back to see the beautiful sunset.

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Muslim farmers in Pottuvil caught in the middle

The Nation

By M.I.M. Anwar

At a time when the government is urging farmers to cultivate their neglected lands, the cultivators of Pottuvil are facing great difficulties due to security threats and lack of money for cultivation. 

The farmers of Pottuvil have neglected a large acreage of paddy fields due to the LTTE not allowing them to cultivate their lands in areas controlled by it. Earlier, Tigers also had their camps in the nearby Kanchikudichchaaru jungles. 

Despite the east being declared as being liberated, the farmers say the LTTE cadres are still seen in those areas close to paddy fields of Muslims. The LTTE had even advised farmers not to cultivate in those regions as they had planted mines. 

Many of these paddy lands are now overgrown with trees and bushes and they need a large amount of money to clear them and prepare for cultivation, as they were not cultivated for more than twenty (20) years. Neither the government nor other organisations here are willing to help them. 

The farmers also fear the LTTE, forcing them to purchase essentials required by the organisation from shops in the town and the possible consequences. Unless and until the government provides them with full security and financial assistance, it is unreasonable for the government to expect the Muslim farmers to do cultivation there.

source:
http://www.nation.lk/2008/11/09/news8.htm

Security beefed up in Pottuville

By Yohan Perera andSenaka De Silva

Security was tightened in Pottuvil after the sudden death of a Muslim youth who was being held in the Monaragala remand prison, police said.

The victim 24-year-old A. Saleem and 18 others were arrested by the Pottuvil police two weeks ago while cutting firewood in a forest at Etimale in Potuvil.The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress which expressed concern over the killing alleged that the victim had been beaten to death by the police. SLMC General Secretary Hassan Ali told the Daily Mirror that the police had allegedly forced him to admit that he was involved with the LTTE.

Mr. Ali said the victim had only gone to the forest to cut firewood for his livelihood when he was arrested by the police. “Forcing one to agree to their point to justify their conduct has been a usual practice with the police,” he said.

He said the victim had been killed during an interrogation carried out by the police while he was in prison

The SLMC General Secretary said the party had advised mosque authorities in the area to provide information on the killing to them after which the matter would be taken up with the government.

Pottuvil police Inspector Sena Suraweera said 19 people including Saleem were arrested for cutting firewood illegally. They had been remanded by the courts later. Mr. Suraweera said he had fainted while in prison and was admitted to the Monaragala Hospital where he had died.

Police said the suspects were arrested on suspicion that they were supplying food to the LTTE cadres who were hiding in the forest.

Meanwhile Police Spokesman Ranjith Gunasekera said he had not received any report about such an incident.

Judicial Medical Officer Dr. Chandana Kumara who carried out the post mortem decided to send parts of the body to the Government Analyst.

source:
http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.aspx?ARTID=26869