President inspires year five scholars
It was a carnage and it was a day when over 50 innocent civilians,
were hacked to death by terrorists and were buried in a massive grave.
Oshadhi Rashiprabha Fonseka of Kalutara Balika Maha Vidyalaya,
Nethmi Vihangi Ranaweera of Miriswatta National College in
Dodangoda, Kalutara and Naleem Zaky Ahamed of Kekirawa Muslim
Maha Vidyalaya - winners of the year five scholarship
examination met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees
These ruthless terrorists didn’t spare even infants in the Sinhala
border villagers making them killing fields and chased poor villagers
from their own habitats.
With the lack of political will and commitment, leaders, who danced
to the tunes of the West, halted the military thrust into terrorists
domination while they were strengthening their military might.
Innocent villagers who had led a nightmarish life for over three
decades started fleeing their homelands as there was no protection for
Based on a true story of massacering 57 villagers in Gonagala in the
Ampara district by the LTTE in 1999, the film ‘Gamani’ depicts the
blood-stained past of the LTTE, the commitment of soldiers the Civil
Defence Force and villagers to protect their villages.
This film, no doubt will be a great source of information for any
international jury or panel to get an understanding on how the LTTE made
the country a killing field and how civilians suffered under gruesome
This is a film which will bring a greater impact than the Channel 4
documentary, which consists of many doctored video clips based on
Launching its official website www.gamani.lk at Temple Trees, the
only head of state, not only in Lanka’s recent history, but also in the
entire world who defeated terrorism President Mahinda Rajapaksa invited
film makers, writers and the public to put down their experience of LTTE
terror in the form of films, videos or novels to convey the truth about
terrorism that plagued us for over three decades.
He said the film ‘Gamani’ directed by Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara
was reminiscent of the past which is forgotten by the people. It is a
film revolving round the development of the Civil Defence Force (CDF)
and newly recruited soldiers from the village who were trained by the
army to protect the village, which was constantly under the threat of
”We have three-decade long experience that provides ample source for
filmmaking. Making films of this kind must be encouraged. ‘Gamani’ is a
must-see-film for everyone’, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said adding
that the government has taken every measure to have a secure future for
the country’s film industry.He appreciated the maiden effort of former
Civil Defence Force chief Weerasekara, and said the film, gives clear
evidence on how the LTTE carried out their barbaric missions on innocent
villagers and their grievances with the pressure of being attacked by
blood thirsty terrorists.
It is a film that refreshes our memory of a history that is being
forgotten. The film best explains to the viewer the suffering of the
people in villages targeted by terrorists, the sacrifice made by the
armed forces to protect the people, and various difficulties and
challenges encountered by government servants working in those
threatened villages,” he said.
“After the dawn of peace, there seems to be an improvement in the
film industry with more entertainers visiting theatres, film halls and
This is a superb answer to Channel 4, which telecast false
allegations about the country to the outside world,” President Rajapaksa
During his visit to Sri Lanka, the US Assistant Secretary of State
for South and Central Asia, Robert O Blake met President Rajapaksa in
the middle of this week.
He toured the North and said that there was a visible difference from
what he saw during his last visit and commended on the country’s
progress in development “This is a very different country from what I
left in May 2009.
Most IDPs have left Menik farm and the rest will leave as soon as
de-mining is complete. Important local council elections have taken
place in the north; more than 8,000 ex-combatants have been
rehabilitated and released; and substantial work has been done in the
North to re-open schools, improve infrastructure and remove mines”.He
said the US was encouraged by the talks between the government and the
TNA and he was very pleased to hear from the government and the TNA that
they would resume the important dialogue on devolution and other
Blake, explaining about US assistance to Sri Lanka in the
post-conflict era, said that its priorities were to help the people of
the north to recover, rebuild, and return to normal lives.
‘We are investing $ 20 million to partner with the private sector to
create 20,000 jobs in horticulture, dairy, apparel, aquaculture,
logistics and construction sectors in the North and the East.
Prison Day Celebrations
It was at the Prisoners Day celebrations held in Matara that
President Rajapaksa recalled his days in jail and the attempts of
certain politicians to prevent him attending his mothers’ funeral.
‘It is written on the walls of Welikada prison that ‘prisoners are
also human’. This is true and I realised it when I was imprisoned’, he
said addressing a gathering. He said it was high time to change the word
‘prison’ into rehabilitation centres.
He said prisons could be closed with the creation of a society that
abides by the five precepts of Buddhism. ‘In order to make our country
the Miracle of Asia, in line with changes in other fields, we need to
make changes in prisons as well’, he said.
President Rajapaksa said inmates need to be released to society after
providing them with some vocational knowledge and thereby inculcating
confidence about earning a living. ”There is nothing ‘impossible’ in our
vocabulary. All prisoners can change their lifestyles and be productive
citizens. The doors are open for prisoners to join the government to
re-build the nation. Remember that you can transform and my government
will help you to lead a decent life” he said requesting prison inmates
to re-join society as worthy citizens.Cultural events were presented by
inmates and prison officers.
The President gave the Best Prison Award to the Monaragala Prison and
the Best Work Camp Award to the Taldena Work Camp. The award for the
Most Obedient Prisoner was also presented by the President. President
Rajapaksa after opened the craft exhibition organised by the prison
authorities and appreciated the creative skills of inmates.
The President also participated at the opening ceremony of the
‘Atavisi Budu Asu Maha Shravaka Chiththa Maha Samadhi Chaithiya’ at Sri
Nigrodharama ancient temple, Hegoda, Boossa.
He paid the first floral tribute and unveiled a plaque at the temple.
Sri Nigrodharamaya temple is recognised as a historic religious
institute producing many erudite scholarly monks and respected
incumbents, such as, Most Ven Hegoda Indrasara Thera who rendered yeoman
service to the country, society and Buddhism.
The happy trio
It was a memorable day for three little scholars to meet their leader
The three students who came first obtaining 195 marks each in the
Year Five Scholarship examination called on President Rajapaksa at
Temple Trees and as always he gives his best to children’ wished them
good luck and gave them gifts for their achievement.
The leader who rose from the village and knows the hearts and minds
of villagers was happy to spare sometime with Oshadhi Rashiprabha
Fonseka of Kalutara Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Nethmi Vihangi Ranaweera of
Miriswatta National College in Dodangoda, Kalutara and Naleem Zaky
Ahamed of Kekirawa Muslim Maha Vidyalaya that evening.
President Rajapaksa asked the little trio, who jointly became first
in the all-island best about their future aspirations and also inquired
about the needs of the schools from students and principals.