ANCL hails war victory
The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) wish to thank
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa,
Commanders of three Armed Forces, war heroes and all who contributed
towards the victory which became a reality after 30 years of suffering,
ANCL Chairman Bandula Padmakumara said.
He was addressing a special ceremony held at ANCL to mark the war
victory achieved by the Government completely eradicating terrorism from
Sri Lanka. The Chairman said the President, Defence Secretary and the
Commanders of the three Armed Forces always maintained a close
relationship with State media and expected the ANCL to deliver the best
because it was the print media that reached to the world through online
editions of newspapers and raised awareness on the true situation of the
Government's humanitarian mission.
All State and private sector institutions observed ‘Ranaviru
Pranama Upahara’ day yesterday by hoisting the national flag
at their premises at 9.30 a.m. Here. ANCL employees
participating in the flag hoisting ceremony held in front of
Lake House presided by ANCL Editorial Director Nihal
Ratnaike. - Picture by Roshan Pitipana
All editors, defence correspondents and all the other departments
contributed very well towards this task.
"The war is over now. But there is another war ahead of the President
and that is building the country. I am sure that ANCL will contribute
towards this war too which is ahead of us just as it contributed towards
the successful completion of war during the past two to three years. It
is because we have been fortunate enough to live in this historic era
and it is our duty towards the future generation to build the country.
Pro- LTTE Media said the war cannot be won and people were scared to
come to Colombo because of terrorist activities. But today the country
is relieved," the Chairman said.
Delivering a special speech Dinamina Editor Mahinda Abeysundara said
that Sri Lanka is free of death and mourning. Prabhakaran killed many
people including 120 devotees who were worshiping at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.
The LTTE killed feeding mothers, Buddhist Bhikkus and Muslim devotees
inside a mosque.
It is the Sri Lankan Forces which completely crushed terrorism for
the first time in the world. Usually Sri Lankans people mourn even over
a death of a stray dog or a cat but it was Prabhakaran who made them
celebrate his death by eating milk rice. While the LTTE was killing
innocent people, Prabhakaran enjoyed a luxurious and comfortable life
with his family.
"President Mahinda Rajapaksa never took his step back but walked
forward. This is how he rescued the country. There are many war heroes
who have become disabled. Some are in their early twenties but they are
happy because they contributed to eradicate terrorism completely.
We lead normal lives today due to the sacrifices made by war heroes.
While some `journalists' were picketing at Lipton roundabout when
Prabhakaran was under attack, defence correspondents risked their lives
to report the war by staying in the battlefield. He thanked News Editor,
Daily News, Ranil Wijayapala and other defence correspondents of ANCL
newspapers on behalf of the ANCL.
General Manager, ANCL, Abhaya Amaradasa said ANCL celebrates the
victory with all the other State institutions and pay tribute to the war
It was the print media which covered war from the beginning and two
journalists, Kirama Piyasoma and Edwin Weerasinghe were killed in 1995
while reporting war. Arrangements have been made to grant benefits to
their dependents continuously.
He thanked all ANCL employees who contributed to report the
humanitarian mission, design newspapers, print them and deliver them to
the public. A lot of people were killed and became disabled because of
the war. Heroic Armed Forces led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Defence
Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Commanders of the Armed Forces
completely eradicated terrorism from the country, he added.
Director, Editorial, Nihal Ratnaike hoisted the National Flag.
Editors, members of the Board of Directors, members of the
administration and several participated in the ceremony.