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Eulogy delivered by Santhosh de Zosya at the requiem for Santha De Zoysa- a Eulogy

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Amma Dearest – you were our queen mum! It is said death ends a life not a relationship. You had a very staid upbringing with a Convent education in Colombo and public school in England.

Later on while reading for your degree at the Peradeniya Campus, your heart was captured by that dashing prosecutor. Both of you hailing from the Sunny Golden shores of the south found romance in the cool of the green hills.

Out of this holy alliance you bore two children. Even if I may say so, two stunning assets. Modesty they say is unbecoming at a time like this.

You handled life’s challenges with serenity. Trials and Tribulations you never took seriously. You knew they were transitory. You shared Kipling’s view that success was a mere impostor!

Your balanced approach to life gave you the ability to enjoy life the way you wanted.

Never did you refuse anybody in need. You were never a taker but a giver Over the years, the charitable handouts I witnessed you giving were immeasurable. I am told the first cheque signed by you was a donation to Lanka Mahila Samithi. However, you were extremely private about it.

You led a good life. I am told you were the cynosure of your contemporaries when driving around in your swanky red M.G. Your spell in the travel trade earned you many accolades from counterparts locally and internationally.

At work, your secretary told me you had never raised your voice to her. You were very accessible to all employees of Monaro and ready to sort out a problem at anytime. Your desk was always neat and tidy and you never passed the buck.

You cut a fine figure walking into a party or a more solemn occasion with equal dignity. Glamour and Style you did not clamour for. It came naturally to you.

Your love and passion for animals put you in the role of a hockey Mum! Some of them you bred. You got your thrills and spills when your horses sprinted to victory or dropped dead while on course.

You enjoyed riding them in your younger days. Lately, your little pet poodle winning at the dog shows put you in a champagne drinking mood. They were nurtured by her with absolute tenderness.

As a friend, she cherished friendships and the consensus is that her beauty was honesty. As a hostess, you made any guest feel royal.

As a mother, she taught us life was the greatest test of endurance!

You put your artistic flare to good use during the time Sri Lanka had a closed economy. I remember organizing our birthday parties was a challenge. You had to hunt for white sugar and wheat flour. I have memories of you calling around going into every nook and cranny in search of these. Once the challenge was overcome, you produced the most beautiful cakes.

My friends still remember the individually painted birthday cards and the attractive packages of take away gifts which were extremely novel.

She was empowered which made her a great lady.

Asjitha, your grandson, when learning of your death said “Amma, you must step into her shoes which may be too large but I will help you fill them in a small way”.

You were always there for your cousins, nieces and nephews. Having their best interest at heart.

Your demise was handled by one of the deadliest assassins of modern times.

Amma dearest, I shall not cry because it is over, but smile because it happened.

Today, we celebrate your life and ask St. Peter to open the pearly gates wide so that God welcomes his dear child, who leaves us with no regrets into his Kingdom which is eternal.

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Foreign force behind Easter Sunday attacks – Sirisena

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

A powerful foreign country or an agency was behind the Easter Sunday bombings and the National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ) leader Zaharan Hashim, former President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday told the PCoI investigating the Easter Sunday attacks.

“I also do not believe that Zaharan was the leader of that organisation. Because a leader would never have initiated a suicide attack and died during the first wave,” Sirisena said.

The former President also said that Islamic extremism had spread rapidly in the country due to the support extremists received from Muslim politicians.

Sirisena also said that the military and intelligence officials had been demoralised by harassment they suffered during the yahaalanaya administration. This was the reason why local institutions failed to uncover NTJ’s plans. “But this incident is a conspiracy because it appeared that Zaharan was being manipulated by some foreign hand,” the former President said.

The President further said that during the previous administration, UNPers had headed the Ministry of Law and Order for several years that they had significantly weakened the intelligence services. Although he had taken the Ministry of law and Order in the last stages of the yahapalana government, he had not been able to undo the damage the UNP had done in four years, the witness said.

Commissioner: “Did you know that during your tenure as President, Muslim MPs and ministers were forcible acquiring land in Vanni and Batticaloa and they were constructing Muslim villages and mosques there?”

Sirisena: “Some ministers used their political power to clear forests and cultivate lands. Some ministers were angry with me when I tried to stop them. I tried hard to control those actions. But it was difficult for me to deal with that situation. Fundamentalism rose due to the protection given by Muslim political leaders. Certain political parties are based on religion, race and language. This is disastrous. I tried to stop these people but my decisions were not implemented.”

 

 

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Bathiudeen granted bail

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Former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen was released on bail by the Fort Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage released Bathiudeen on cash bail of Rs. 100,000 with two sureties of one million rupees each.

The Magistrate also imposed a travel ban on Bathiudeen and said that the guarantors should be his close relatives.

The Magistrate granted bail to the MP considering the risk of him contracting COVID-19 as two inmates in cells next to his had recently tested positive for coronavirus.

Bathiudeen was remanded in connection with alleged misappropriation of public funds during the last presidential election to transport voters.

The former minister has been accused of misusing 222 buses owned by the SLTB for transporting internally displaced persons from Puttalam to polling stations in Silavathurai, Mannar during the 2019 Presidential Election. Two others, Mohamed Yaseen Samsudeen and Alagarathnam Manoranjan face the same charges.

They have allegedly violated Article 82(1) of Presidential Elections Act, No. 15 of 1981 by misappropriating public funds amounting to Rs. 9.5 million.

Bathiudeen was arrested at an apartment complex at Ebenezer Place in Dehiwala in the early hours of October 19. He was then produced before the court and placed under remand custody. His bail application was also rejected by the magistrate’s court on several occasions

 

 

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Zahran supported Sirisena and SLMC at 2015 elections, Hizbullah tells PCoI

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

National Thawheed Jamaat (NTJ) and its leader Zahran Hashim supported Former President Maithripala Sirisena and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) at the 2015 elections, former Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M Hizbullah, on Tuesday night, told the PCoI probing the Easter Sunday attacks.

Hizbullah was giving evidence before the PCoI for the second day.

“Zahran supported the SLMC at the 2015 general election. After the UNP-led coalition won the election, NTJ members fought with our supporters. Several people were injured during the clash, including Zahran’s brother. SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem visited Zahran’s brother at the hospital.”

The witness also submitted a footage of a demonstration opposite NTJ Headquarters in Kattankudy. It contained a speech by Zahran, who expressed his dismay after Sirisena appointed Hizbullah as a national list MP.

“In this video, Zahran clearly says he supported Maithripala Sirisena at the 2015 presidential election. Zahran also says he sent a fax to the former President, urging him not to appoint me to Parliament.”

However, it was earlier revealed that in 2015, representatives of five recognised political parties, including the UPFA and the UNP, had signed agreements with Zahran in the run-up to the 2015 general election. Representatives of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC,) Democratic Party, UNP, UPFA and National Front for Good Governance (NFGG), too, had signed agreements with Zahran in exchange for NTJ support, the Commission was told.

Hizbullah, on Monday, admitted that his party had also signed an agreement with the NTJ.

“Zahran told social media that he would support any politician who agreed to his proposals. All the parties joined him. I also went along.”

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