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I will have full control of 5 ministries says Gen. Fonseka

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In 2 separate TV interviews Gen. Fonseka says that he will keep and have full control of 5 ministries if he is elected President on the 26th. Sarath Fonseka expressed these views for the first time last Saturday the 9th on “Lanka TV Neth” which beams out a 24 hour programme from Polhengoda Sri Lanka reaching out to the Sinhala Audience in Europe, Middle East and Asia. This TV programme can not be viewed in Sri Lanka. The second time he expressed these views was in an Interview telecast by ITN Sri Lanka last night.

Speaking on Lanka TV Neth, Fonseka said “If the people elect me as President, it is not a contract to send Rajapaksa home and at the same time send myself also home”. He further said that he would keep Defence, Finance, Health, Education and Employment ministries under his direct control. But at the beginning of his campaign the Opposition candidate pledged to abolish the executive presidency and agreed to vest its powers to Prime Minister and Parliament.  His view on Lanka TV Neth is dramatic change of his policies -web news.

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January 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

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I will not re-merge N & E and betray the Nation Says Gen. Fonseka

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Common opposition candidate  Gen. Sarath Fonseka addressing the Ranasinghe Abisheka Convention attended by Buddhist clergy calling for democracy at the Vihara Maha Devi Park on the 09th said there was a false rumor that he was going to merge North and East.The Gen. said he, who fought against the Tigers and liberated the east, has no desire to do such a thing. He also added that it was because he liberated the east, the court case to de-merge the north and east was entertained he also added that he will never betray the nation and its sovereignty and he also do not wish to sell the country to get votes.

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January 11, 2010 at 11:32 pm

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Mosque Federation President writes to presidential candidates on problems facing Muslims

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The president of Mosques Federation and Muslim Organisations of eastern province Mowlavi S.L.M. Haneefa has written two separate letters to the Presidential candidates Mahinda Rajapakse and General Sarath Fonseka mentioning 13 unresolved problems facing the Muslims.

In his letter to President  Mahinda Rajapakse he had stated that the Muslim community would be grateful if the unresolved problems of the Muslims existing for the past 17 years are resolved before the presidential election.

Mowlavi Haneefa in his letter addressed to General Sarath Fonseka had pointed out the lapses on the part of previous governments in solving these problems for the last 17 years and requested him to express his view and future activities with regard to the unresolved problems of the Muslims publicly. The problems stipulated in his letter are given below. more…

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January 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm

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TNA supports rtd. General Sarath Fonseka to remerge North and East

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R.Sampanthan declared at a press conference that his party decided to support rtd. General Sarath Fonseka on agreed conditions, one of which is re-merger of northern and eastern provinces. Mr. Sampanthan also criticized the incumbent President for the de-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces after 18 years of its merger in 1987 based upon the Indo-Lanka treaty.

Asked how he trusted Gen. Fonseka when there is allegation that all the Sinhalese leaders had deceived the Tamil community, he replied, “Then, what is left for us to do. Some leaders made efforts in the past, but the others did not support them. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga could have done something had then Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe supported her. Mr. Wickremesinghe could also have done something had Chandrika supported him during his time. None of these leaders saw eye to eye.” Asked if Fonseka had given them any written gurantees, he replied in the negative. psm

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January 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm

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meeting , All ceylon Jameitul Ulema and President Mahinda Rajapaksa

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All ceylon  Jameitul Ulema have met President Mahinda Rajapaksa commended the attempt made by  President Mahinda Rajapaksa to create brotherhood in the country. The representatives of All ceylon  Jameitul Ulema held a special meeting with the President recently.
All ceylon Jameitul Ulema handed  over a proposal the President in the meeting .They commended all measures taken by the President in connection with the Muslims living in the north and east. The President has been able to maintain goodwill with Islamic countries, they claimed.

They stressed that their fullest support will be extended to the programme of the President. Expressing his views, the President said that he was focusing on improving the education of Muslims.

The President pointed out that the aim of the government is to protect the local business community.

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January 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm

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Fowza: from victims to volunteers in Sri Lanka

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Over 120,000 houses along Sri Lanka’s coastline were destroyed, and over 516,000 people were displaced, while over 30,000 drowned in the 2004 tsunami. In its aftermath, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) worked tirelessly to help the victims and clear up the devastated areas throughout the island. A number of victims of the tidal wave are now volunteers for the SLRCS themselves and many work in the worst affected areas – like Ampara district in the east coast. This is the first of three stories about three victims who are now active volunteers in the coastal villages of Ninthavur and Sainthamarathu about 35 kms away from Ampara town.

Fowza, 35, has been a volunteer for the SLRCS for four years. She lives in Ninthavur – a coastal village devastated by the tidal wave. Her house was partially destroyed and it was Red Cross volunteers that helped clear the debris and rubble from her home. “I need to give something back to the community and being a Red Cross volunteer has given me the opportunity to help others who were in the same situation I was in,” says Fowza. She and her family are also beneficiaries of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and UN Habitat-led Community Recovery and Reconstruction Partnership (CRRP) owner-driven housing programme and so she feels that the very least she can do is spend what spare free time she has helping the Red Cross.

Fowza was not merely ‘lucky’ to have survived the tsunami herself. On the day tidal wave the struck, her two sons were in pre-school. All 44 children at the school – including the teacher – drowned that day,  the only two to survive were her sons who managed to escape by being the first to run to higher ground. As a volunteer, Fowza works among her community, coordinating weekly community meetings, helping organise the women’s’ banking society and arranging and coordinating community-based health (CBH) meetings and activities in the area.

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January 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm

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