As close confidants of Mahinda Rajapaksa are pouring over Marzuki Daruzmaan report, which UN Secretary General so thoughtfully forwarded to the President on a national holiday, an event of no less magnitude that took place in neighbouring India thirty-six years ago appears as a flash before the mind’s eye. That incident took place also on a national holiday, in Hyderabad. A top functionary of ‘Asian Iron lady’ Indira Gandhi’s government flew into the city of Hussain Sagar, man made lake, and summoned the official publicity officers and the local journos. Without much ado, he came straight to the point. And in so doing laid a new set of ground rules, which fit the needs of dictators and democratic despots all over the world.
Ban Ki-moon's report
Government prepares to release a joint statement with Ranil
The President is looking at issuing a join statement by the government and the opposition on the report presented by the panel of experts appointed by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Sri Lanka, sources from Temple Trees said.
In order to oppose Ban Ki-moon's report
Opposition to ask for Fonseka's release
Several opposition parliamentarians have requested the President to release Sarath Fonseka from jail in order to justify any decision by them to object to the report presented by the panel of experts appointed by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Sri Lanka, sources from Temple Trees said.
President orders Nishantha to respond to Arjuna's accusations
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee Chairman Nishantha Ranatunge to respond to the accusations leveled against Sri Lanka Cricket by parliamentarian Arjuna Ranatunge, sources from Temple Trees said.
Don't give statements about Ban Ki-moon's report – Karu tells “voice cut MPs”
Acting leader of the UNP, Karu Jayasuriya has ordered the “voice cut MPs” in the party not to make any statements to the media about the report on Sri Lanka handed by the panel of experts appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon until the party arrives at an official stance on the report, it is learnt.
Ban Ki-mmon ruined my New Year – President tells senior journalist
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told a senior Lankadeepa journalist on the 14th morning that Ban Ki-moon ruined his New Year. The journalist had telephoned the President to wish for the New Year and had then inquired about the UN report. The President had angrily made the statement when asked about the UN report.