A few years ago, he was just another retired army officer, a little-known brother of a politician with a promising future, and a name referenced infrequently, if at all. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, today, is not just the President's brother, but the man who carries on his shoulders the aspirations of a nation yearning to be rid of a terrorist menace; a ....
The hallmarks of the new radical approach included the appointment of tried and tested commanders; leaders who were brave and had battlefield experience.
Ultimately, it is not the weapon that counts, but the person behind the weapon. This is an aspect that has been underlined in the overall thinking. It is after all the soldier who wins the war for you.
This will be the first time in many years that there will be a land route to Jaffna, linking the peninsula with the other parts of the country.
Having introduced the ‘Zero Casualties to Civilians' concept when we launched the humanitarian mission to liberate the East from the clutches of the LTTE, this concept has now evolved to become the first line in all military/operational briefs.
I firmly believe our track record with respect to IDPs has been exemplary. Within one year, we resettled 90% of those who were displaced in the Eastern Province.
We distinguish innocent Tamils from terrorists, although it is unfortunate that close to 98% of the LTTE cadre strength happen to be Tamil, but this certainly does not mean we confuse one with the other.
Everyone, the media included, should understand that there is no meaning to any freedom if we don't have a country in which we can exercise that freedom.
Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights (centre), meets with Ichita Yamamoto, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (left), while Ranjith Uyangoda, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Japan, looks on.
Dialog Telekom, Sri Lanka's premier telecommunications service provider, won the ‘Most Popular Mobile Telecom Brand of The Year' award at the SLIM - Nielsen People's Awards 2008. Widely regarded as a true reflection of the consumer's choice, the People's Award is ample testimony of the public's endorsement of the Dialog brand.
Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, briefs the Malwatte Chapter Mahanayake, Most Venerable Tibbutuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero, on the initiatives being taken by his ministry in furthering human rights and outlining plans to help those displaced by military operations in the North.
The ‘Api Venuven Api' campaign created by Triad was selected as the number one advertisement once again at the SLIM Nielsen People's Awards 2008 for the second consecutive year. The ‘Diriya Apata Pudana' advertisement, which formed the second stage of the Api Venuven Api campaign, was voted the People's Advertisement of the Year at the awards ceremony. The campaign th...