policy on reconciliation - Part II:
National integration as a prime need
With regard to specific grievances of Sinhalese
in villages adjacent to former conflict areas, the LLRC Commission
notes that the government has tended to overlook those who lived in
villages such as Weli Oya, Moneragala and Kebethigollawa, who
survived the terror perpetrated by the LTTE. The people in these
villages continued to live under tremendous threats to their lives
without migrating to safe areas in the South.
Peaceful development of China's Tibet
Chinese Tibet is known as the 'Roof of the
world'. The average height of the country is over 15,000 feet. From
the days immemorial, Tibet has been a part of China, from the time
of emperor Yuan in 1279. Whole of Tibet was under Chinese rule by
the beginning of the 20th century. The British imperialists entered
Tibet and tried to distance it from China.
Well-known contributors of the past
What the special article has achieved:
The 'Special Article' was a feature new to
journalism in Ceylon when the 'Daily News' entered the field a
quarter of a century ago. There were writers of causeries, skits and
feuilletons but the daily special article on the leader page was an
innovation. The Daily News has published well over ten thousand
articles by various contributors, persuasive and protestant, local
and foreign, on subjects topical of 'sub specie aeternitatis.'
The problem about suspended sentences for rape
I was recently sent an article which suggested
that in Sri Lanka sexual offenders went scot-free. Coincidentally we
had been discussing this matter at the last meeting of the Task
Force of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on implementing the
National Action Plan on Human Rights that I convene, given the
seriousness of the matter.