March 2008

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Ballot the best way to express democracy - Minister Rambukwella
Refusing allegations that the government is conducting Eastern polls in haste, the Defence spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said ballot is the best way to express people’s supremacy and it is the responsibility of the government to grant this right. [Full Story]

Air Force attacks identified LTTE targets in Vavuniya
Air Force today (March 31) launched a successful attack on identified LTTE targets in Vavuniya, said Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara. [Full Story]

Grow more food to enhance the livelihoods - President Rajapaksa
Growing more food and stepping up productivity was the only way forward to bring down the inevitable global phenomenon of inflation, develop the country and enhance the livelihoods of its people, while simultaneously eradicating terrorism in all its forms and launching multi-faceted mega development projects in diverse spheres, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa at 18th General Meeting of Sri Lanka Freedom Party at Temple Trees yesterday (March 30). [Full Story]
No move against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council
The four-week-long Seventh Session of the UN Human Rights Council which concluded yesterday (March 28) in Geneva took action on more than 35 resolutions and decisions on the promotion and protection of human rights and Sri Lanka was not on its agenda once again. [Full Story]
Three arrested under NSA for LTTE links
Three persons in Tamil Nadu accused of being involved in smuggling activities for LTTE have been detained under the National Security Act (NSA), Indian media reported today (March 28).[Full Story]

USAID assistance to revitalize farming in East and Uva
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with Hayleys Group will launch a ground-breaking pilot project to revive and advance the potential for linking farmers in Ampara and Monaragala districts to commercial agriculture, the USAID announced yesterday (March 27). [Full Story]

Prime Minister holds talks with Jordanian premier
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake yesterday (March 27) met his Jordanian counterpart Nader Dahabi and discussed ways to boost cooperation between the two countries in the labor field. [Full Story]

World Bank grants US$ 65.33 m for water project
The World Bank yesterday (27) approved a US$65.33 million credit for the Sri Lanka Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning Project to ensure the safety of the public from risks of ageing dams and to manage its water resources. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka supports more representative HR Office
Sri Lanka supports the effort to make the Office more authentically representative of regions and peoples, said Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka at the Seventh Session of the Human Rights Council prior to the adoption of the Resolution titled “Composition of the staff of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.” [Full Story]
New appointments in Judiciary
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed a new member to the Supreme Court and made two changes in the constitution of the Court of Appeal. [Full Story]

Air Force attacks two LTTE strategic positions
Sri Lanka Air Force attacked two LTTE camps in Wanni this morning (March 27). According to the defence sources the targets were a training facility and a radar location in Kilinochchi district. [Full Story]

Construction of Sampoor Coal Power Plant to commence in June
Construction of Sampoor coal power plant will commence in June, Ministry of Power and Energy said. [Full Story]

Prime Minister meets Palestine President
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka who is on a visit to the Middle East called on Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday (March 26). [Full Story]

Sri Lankan eye specialists to set up free eye bank in Pakistan
Sri Lankan eye specialists will set up an Eye Bank, an international standard hospital, at Sialkot for providing free treatment including the transplantation of Cornea to poor, Pakistan news sources said yesterday (March 26). [Full Story]

Army rescues abducted fishermen
Sri Lanka army yesterday (March 26) rescued 8 Sinhalese fishermen who were detained by the LTTE in Vishvamadhu, in Mullaitivu. [Full Story]
Two STF personnel killed in LTTE claymore explosion in Batticaloa
Two Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel was killed and 5 others were injured when LTTE detonated a claymore mine at Thandiadi in Batticaloa this morning (March 26). [Full Story]

Sri Lanka adheres to the "One China Policy", hopes resolution on Tibet issue
The Government of Sri Lanka wishes to reaffirm its adherence to the "One China Policy" and the territorial integrity of China and sincerely hopes that normalcy will return to the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, a Foreign Ministry statement said. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan and Israeli PMs discuss cooperation
Prime Minister Ratnasiri wickremanayake on a working visit to Israel met his counterpart Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and discussed bilateral relations last Monday (24). [Full Story]

Sri Lanka, Israel sign agreement
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake who is in Israel at present signed an agreement on Monday (24) establishing cooperation between Sri Lanka and Israel in the fields of culture, science and education.[Full Story]

Eastern PC nominations begin tomorrow
Nominations for the Eastern Provincial Council elections will be received from March 27 to April 3, the Department of Elections announced yesterday. [Full Story]
Explosives found in Colombo
Police today (March 25) discovered 2kg of C4 explosives, 10 detonators and other equipment in a house in Aluth Mawatha, Modera, Colombo, Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. [Full Story]

STF re-location: to restore civil administration in East - Defence spokesman
Rejecting media reports of that withdrawal Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel from parts of the East was done to please a third party, Defence spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the re-deployment of these personnel was part of the process to restore civil administration in the area.[Full Story]

Transfer of Police officers not a political decision – Minister Rambukwella
The Decision to transfer three Police officers stationed in East was taken on alleged misconducts against them, and not on political grounds, said Minister Keheliya Rambukwella today (March 25). [Full Story]

Vavuniya police rescues abducted civilia
Vavuniya Police arrested four individuals allegedly to be LTTE operatives while they were fleeing with an abducted civilian at Pomppaimadu, Vavuniya last evening (March 24), Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said addressing media in Colombo today. [Full Story]

Navy thwarts LTTE boat movement in Pulmoddai
Naval attack craft on patrol off Pulomoddai thwarted an LTTE boat movement from Nayaru to Pulmoddai this morning (March 25). [Full Story]

Iran, Sri Lanka discuss expansion of ties
Ports and Aviation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa held discussions with the Iranian Ambassador in Colombo on further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.[Full Story]

Kelaniya flyover opens
The Kelaniya flyover, the first of 222 bridges to be constructed countrywide opened under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning (March 25). [Full Story]

"Inclusiveness – the foundation to solve the conflict"- Dr. Kohona
Democratic inclusiveness must be the foundation of our efforts to bring our country back together and heal our wounds and the government has adopted measures to solve the conflict affecting the country through a process of inclusiveness, Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said. [Full Story]
Largest solid waste management project launched today
Pilisaru, the largest solid waste management project of Sri Lanka, encompassing all its Local Governments and Provincial councils, was inaugurated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (March 24). [Full Story]

Human rights:
Foreign Ministry replies ICRC
In a statement issued on March 21, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that there has been a marked improvement in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka over the past year, as a result of the measures implemented by the Government.[Full Story]

Saudi expertise for oil exploration
Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide expertise for oil exploration and refining in Sri Lanka following discussions Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Minister A H M Fowzie had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi in Riyadh yesterday (23). [Full Story]

Reconstruction of irrigation facilities in East expedited
The Government has expedited reconstruction of the irrigation facilities commenced under Nagenahira Navodaya development programme bringing more benefits to the communities living in the East. [Full Story]

Nedumaran and supporters held for supporting LTTE
Pazha Nedumaran, leader of Tamizhar Desiya Iyakkam and at least 164 members of his supporters were held by the Police in Chennai on Saturday (March 22) for staging a demonstration in support of LTTE and against the Sri Lankan and Indian Governments, the Hindu reported. [Full Story]
LTTE suffer heavy losses on many fronts
In heavy fighting between the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) an the LTTE, Saturday (22), in the Mannar, Vavuniya, Welioya and Jaffna fronts has seen more than 50 LTTE cadres killed and a similar number injured, and troops controlling new terrain as the LTTE withdrew to rear defences. [Full Story]

President's Easter Message
Easter has a very special place in the Christian calendar as the resurrection of Jesus Christ, while signifying his divinity has also shown mankind a path to the spiritual conquest of death.[Full Story]

STF remains in strength in East – MoD
The Police Special Task Force (STF) would continue to maintain a sizeable presence in the eastern Batticaloa District, and their numbers would even be increased to face any eventuality in the area, the Ministry of Defence said rejecting media reports of a pull out of the Police Special Task Force (STF) from the Eastern Province.[Full Story]

Silent homage to visionary of space travel
Sri Lankans will observe one minute’s silence this afternoon as a mark of respect to Sir Arthur C Clarke, the celebrated author, visionary and promoter of space exploration, prophet of satellite communications, great humanist and lover of animals, who was the first foreign-born to be honoured as a Distinguished Citizen of Sri Lanka.[Full Story]
President's Milad un Nabi Message
I am pleased to send this message of greetings today as the followers Islam in Sri Lanka, join their brethren the world over, to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet Mohammed.[Full Story]
Sri Lanka urges EU to act against LTTE front organizations
Sri Lanka urged the visiting EU- Troika Delegation to enact enabling legislation and take similar action against front organizations of the LTTE, operating in their territories under the guise of charities, social welfare and cultural associations.[Full Story]

Anura developed a political vision of his own - President
Mr. Anura Bandaranaike was engaged in the difficult task of developing a unique political vision of his own to bring relief to the oppressed, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a condolence message on his death. He was an indelible symbol of Sri Lankan democracy, the President added.[Full Story]

Record Maha season harvest in Jaffna
Due to timely inputs and favorable weather, a harvest of 17,740 metric tons of paddy was recorded in this Maha season in Jaffna peninsula, Jaffna Government Agent told PRIU today (March 19).[Full Story]

Committed to do all to make Sir Arthur's wish for peace in Sri Lanka a reality - President Rajapaksa
"On this sad occasion, as Sri Lanka joins the world in mourning his sad demise, I reiterate that my government remains committed to do all within its power to make a reality of the wish of Sir Arthur to "see lasting peace in Sri Lanka as soon as possible”, which encompasses the desire of all Sri Lankans," said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his message of condolence on the death of Sir Arthur C Clarke.[Full Story]
Eastern PC polls in May
The government in a gazette notification issued on Friday (March 14) declared May 10 as the date of the first ever Provincial Council elections in the east. [Full Story]

President meets newly elected Batti local govt representatives
The election victory in eastern local government is a giant step towards the liberation of entire east from terrorism. Now you can decide your future as people of east, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the newly elected local government representatives at the Presidential Secretariat today (March 18).[Full Story]

US donates anti-terrorism equipment to Police
The United States Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Office of Antiterrorism Assistance donated approximately $220,000 worth of equipment to the Sri Lanka Police (SLNP) in a ceremony today (March 18) at the American Embassy.[Full Story]

DSG questions double standards
If the only justifiable response to Al-Qaeda terrorism is military action and political isolation, how is it that certain segments of the international community wishes that the government of Sri Lanka adopt a different approach to terrorism and ‘negotiate’ with terrorists,[Full Story]

Italy stops up linking of LTTE broadcasting channel
The Italian anti terrorist unit has taken steps to stop the up linking of the LTTE broadcasting channel following a meeting with Italian and Sri Lankan officials in Rome yesterday (March 17).[Full Story]

BOI Signs 7 new agreements worth Rs. 717m
The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed agreements for 7 new projects with a total investment of Rs. 717 million, a BOI press release said. These projects cover a range of sectors and will be generating 650 new employment opportunities.[Full Story]

Canada arrests ‘Prapaharan’
Prapaharan (Prapa) Thambithurai who lives in Toronto was arrested last weekend in Metro Vancouver on charges of soliciting funding that was to be utilized to support the LTTE, a banned terrorist organization, Vancouver Sun reported yesterday (17).[Full Story]

India installs sophisticated radar to check LTTE infiltration
Indian Air Force has installed sophisticated radar with all modern systems available for aerial surveillance. Southern Air Command, Air Vice-Marshal Y R Rane yesterday (17) held discussions with Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard officials at Mandapam over security arrangements in the Gulf of Mannar to prevent smuggling and infiltration operations of the LTTE.[Full Story]

Employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in Libya
Sri Lankans will be offered job opportunities in Libya mainly in the construction, port, oil and tourism sectors. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with this regard was signed on March 16.[Full Story]

EU Troika meets Sri Lanka delegation
The European Union Troika (current Presidency is Slovenia, future Presidency is France and the European Commission) met the Sri Lanka delegation headed by Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary Foreign Affairs, yesterday (March 17).[Full Story]
Six diplomats present credentials
Six new Ambassadors and High Commissioner presented their credentials to H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning (17) at the Presidential Secretariat, Galle Face, Colombo.[Full Story]

Rains displace over 2,000 people
More than 2,000 people were displaced by yesterday (16) due to Heavy rains accompanied by floods and earthslips.[Full Story]

Former Deputy Speaker dead
Former Deputy Speaker Major General Sarath Munasinghe passed away this morning (17) at a private hospital in Colombo. He was also Military Spokesman for some time.[Full Story]

LTTE pockets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala to be watched
Last Sunday (16) India’s National Security Adviser M K Naryanan asked Tamil Nadu and Kerala governments to keep a check on the activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as both States had "presence of small pockets of the rebel group".[Full Story]

Ambassador says why Sri Lanka objects to larger OHCHR presence

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva told a panel discussion titled `War, Peace and Human Rights: Sri Lanka after the Eastern Elections', [Full Story]

Beware of unscrupulous recruitment agencies, warns High Commission

The Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore has warned the public to a number of scams carried out by unscrupulous recruitment agents who obtain large sums of money from Sri Lankans with the promise of education and employment opportunities in Singapore. [Full Story]

Former Minister Anura Bandaranaike passes away

Former Minister of National Heritage and Gampaha district MP Anura Bandaranaike passed away in his official residence Wisumpaya yesterday (16) afternoon. [Full Story]

UK Foreign Office rejects talks with al-Qaeda

The United Kingdom Foreign Office has rejected the suggestion of talks with a terrorist organization such as al-Qaeda as “inconceivable”. [Full Story]

US Report: Distorted view to denigrate Sri Lanka
- Foreign Minister

The report on Sri Lanka in the US State Department’s 2007 Country Report on Human Rights released this week by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [Full Story]

President wants speedy action to protect SLRC employees

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today directed that speedy action be taken to bring to book those responsible for attacks on employees of Rupavahini, and has called for a plan of action to protect them. [Full Story]

Pakistan Senators meet President

A delegation from the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of Pakistan Senate paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, Colombo this morning (14). Senator Mushaid Hussain Sayed (Chairman) and 10 others constituted the delegation. [Full Story]

Ambassador Jayatilleka exposes falsehoods

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has engaged in a blatant falsehood in claiming that Sri Lanka has refused to let the Working Group visit Sri Lanka said Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka. [Full Story]

Extradition hearing set for alleged LTTE conspirator in Canada

A Maltese national charged in connection with a North American network that police allege provides weapons and other materials to LTTE has had a date set for his extradition hearing, North American media reported yesterday (13). [Full Story]

Gama Naguma development drive launched island wide today

The Gama Naguma development programme by the Nation Building and Infrastructure Development Ministry will be inaugurated island wide today (March 14).[Full Story]

EU Troika to visit Sri Lanka

The European Union Troika current Presidency Slovenia, future Presidency France and the European Commission would visit Sri Lanka next week, a Foreign Ministry press release said (March 13).[Full Story]

Financial assistance to develop temples in East

The Maha Sanga in the East provided the strength and spiritual support to the people in the East to live without fear of terrorism said President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat today (March 13) to provide financial assistance to develop temples in the East.[Full Story]

Sri Lanka rejects AI report on media freedom

Deputy Solicitor General Shavindra Fernando responding to Amnesty International statement titled “ Sri Lanka – Siliencing Dissent” says the report is totally misplaced [Full Story]

Nagenahira Navodaya in full swing

Projects initiated under the Nagenahira Navodaya Programme (Reawakening of the East) are being fully implemented bringing benefits to the communities living in the Province. [Full Story]

UNESCO withdraws patronage to RSF

UNESCO has withdrawn its patronage of the Online Free Expression Day, organized by the non-governmental organization, Reporters Sans frontiers (RSF). [Full Story]

Sri Lanka opposes Taiwan independence

Sri Lanka remains firmly committed to the "One China Policy" and opposes any form of Taiwan independence, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday (12) concerning the proposed so-called referendum in Taiwan to seek independence. [Full Story]

New Inland Revenue Commissioner General appointed

President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed Sahampathi Angammana new Commissioner General for the Inland Revenue Department yesterday (March 11). [Full Story]

LTTE links to boat-building poses a new threat in TN

With the LTTE outsourcing its boat-building works to the obscure boat-building yards in Kerala, the Tamil Nadu government has woken up to a new threat, IANS said today (March 12). [Full Story]

Batti polls show govt’s commitment to peace and democracy- Foreign Minister

The local government elections held in Batticaloa shows this government has a plan and will deliver its promise to restore normalcy in the areas affected by the present conflict, said Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama addressing the Diplomatic Corps at the Foreign Ministry today (March 12). [Full Story]

Deputy Solicitor General responds to Special Rapporteur on Torture

Expressing reservations with regard to the use of the words by Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment to the effect that torture is "widely practiced" in Sri Lanka, [Full Story]

Elections to Eastern Provincial Council

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the Commissioner General of Elections to announce the date calling for nominations to the first ever elections to the Eastern Provincial Council. [Full Story]

Assassination of Foreign Minister Kadirgamar:
LTTE leader and five others indicted in High Court

Leader of the separatist terrorist LTTE Velupillai Prabhakaran, its Intelligence Chief Pottu Amman and four others have been indicted before the High Court of Colombo in connection with the assassination of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. [Full Story]

President thanks all who helped stabilize democracy in the East

“I thank all those who helped make a success of the government’s policy of restoring to the people of the East the democratic rights that had been denied to them for nearly two decades through the politics of terror,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message issued after the close of polling in the Batticaloa District today (March). [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu shifts LTTE suspects to Special Camp

Tamil Nadu Government has shifted three Sri Lankan nationals, Chandra Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Sriharan, all from Jaffna who clandestinely operated boat services for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to smuggle arms and other materials to the Special Camp at Chengalpattu yesterday (10). [Full Story]

ADB Doubles Funding for Southern expressway

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is doubling its funding for the Southern expressway. It has now granted another $ 90 million in addition to the original commitment of $ 90 million. This will facilitate the expansion of the expressway from two to four lanes and its early completion. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka foreign reserves move to US$ 3.2b

Central Bank– Sri Lanka's foreign reserves had increased to 3.4 billion dollars by March 06 with the monetary authority collecting 366 million dollars since the beginning of the year, the central bank said. [Full Story]

SC allows sale of SLT shares

The Supreme Court yesterday (March 10) allowed NTT Communications Corporation in the Sri Lankan Telecom (SLT) to sell its 35.2% of shares to GTH Malaysia. [Full Story]

SAARC Summit shifts from Kandy to Colombo

The 15th SAARC Summit and its preceding meetings will be held at BMICH in Colombo from 27th July to 3rd August 2008, a Foreign Ministry statement said today (March 11). [Full Story]

Sri Lanka says ‘No’ to external presence

‘Engagement, yes; permanent monitoring mission or external presence on the ground, no’, emphasized Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations at Geneva Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka at a panel discussion titled `Sri Lanka: [Full Story]

Batti polls: Peaceful and brisk

Polling was brisk and peaceful in the East in elections to the local government bodies in the Batticaloa Distict, today. [Full Story]

Explosion in Wellawatte kills one civilian

The LTTE triggered off an Improvised explosive Device (IED) targeting civilians at Galle road in Wellawatte around 6.50 a.m. this morning (March 10) killing one civilian. [Full Story]

LTTE terrorism not a problem of Sri Lanka alone - Ambassador Goonetilleke

Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US Bernard Goonetilleke interviewed by Masha Wickremasinghe of WCCA TV Massachusetts said that one has to be vigilant, and one has to be mindful, of the fact that a problem,  [Full Story]

Govt to maintain rice buffer stocks

Government is taking action to maintain buffer stocks of rice following a sucessful paddy harvest this Maha season. [Full Story]

Batticaloa local polls today

All arrangements are set to conduct the elections for the nine local bodies in Batticaloa district today.  [Full Story]

New Savings bank opens

A new savings bank named Sri Lanka Savings Bank opened this morning (March 10). [Full Story]

HR Ministry regrets IIGEP’s haste to quit as important probes begin

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights has regretted the haste with which the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), [Full Story]

AI ignores Govt’s positive actions to promote freedom of expression

The recent Amnesty International (AI) report titled "Sri Lanka-Silencing Dissent" fails to acknowledge the many positive steps taken by GOSL to promote freedom of expression which is also enshrined in the Constitution. [Full Story]

President's Women's day Message

I am pleased to send this message on International Women’s Day 2008, which marks the centenary of the day in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. [Full Story]

Presidential Commission and AG’s Dept reject IIGEP reasons

Both the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Violations of Human Rights and the Attorney General’s Department have rejected the reasons given by the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) for terminating its operations in Sri Lanka .. [Full Story]

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe rebuts Lord Brown's criticism

Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe expressed Government's regret over the 'misconceived approach' of the British Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, Mark Malloch-Brown at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka will not allow violation of sovereignty, says Ambassador

Sri Lanka will not go down the road which permits certain biased, lop sided, hypocritical human rights institutions with double standards to violate its sovereignty, [Full Story]

Close vigil on Sri Lankan refugees

Tamil Nadu Police are keeping a tight vigil on Sri Lankan refugees in the state, especially in Madurai, as fighting intensifies in north Sri Lanka between the security forces and the LTTE. [Full Story]

MP Sivanesan killed in a claymore explosion in Wanni

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Kiddinan Sivanesan was killed in a claymore explosion in Kanagarayankulama, Wanni yesterday (March 6). [Full Story]

Toys found in LTTE bunkers

The Amy has recovered some baby items from a recently captured bunker in Pallaikuli, Mannar along with three bodies of female cadres, Army spokesman Brigadier Uadaya Nanayakka said. [Full Story]

President's Maha Shiva Rathri Message

Today, Hindus in Sri Lanka and abroad celebrate the Maha Shiva Rathri, one of the most important festivals in the Hindu religious calendar. [Full Story]

President issues guidelines for improving provincial hospitals

President Mahinda Rajapaksa directed relevant health authorities to necessary steps to upgrade the service provided by the provincial hospitals. [Full Story]

Batticaloa local polls: campaign ends today

Campaigning for the March 10 Batticaloa local polls will end by midnight today, 48 hours ahead. [Full Story]

First SAARC agri conference commences

The first SAARC conference on "science-based agricultural transformation towards alleviation of hunger and poverty" organised by the Indian government inaugurated in New Delhi yesterday (March 6). [Full Story]

Increased LTTE activities in Kerala

Intelligence agencies in Kerala have reported increased LTTE activities in the state. [Full Story]

BOI signs agreements for 4 new projects

Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) signed agreements for 4 new projects worth US $ 50 million on March 04, a BOI press release said. [Full Story]

Micro cars to open production plant in Guyana

The Micro Car manufacturing company of Sri Lanka has embarked on establishing a production plant I Guyana in the Caribbean with the intention of targeting the Latin American car market. [Full Story]

India- Sri Lanka review anti-terrorist operations

The heads of Sri Lankan and Indian armies reviewed the ongoing military operations against the LTTE. [Full Story]

Commission figures refute HRW on disappearances

The figures on abductions and disappearances given by the official Presidential Commission Inquiring into Abductions and Disappearances run counter to the most recent claims made by the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) on abductions and disappearances in Sri Lanka, and reported prominently by the media. [Full Story]

UNHCR commends government for rescuing foreign job seekers

UNHCR Headquarters in New York in a statement commended the Sri Lankan government for rescuing the 71 foreign job seekers and bringing them ashore. [Full Story]

Supreme Court dismisses petition against Batticaloa polls

The Supreme Court yesterday (March 4) dismissed the fundamental rights petition filed by People's Action Committee for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) ... [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu Police arrests two LTTE operatives

Intelligence Bureau and Tamil Nadu Police yesterday (March 4) arrested two Sri Lankan Tamils in Kerela on charges of making a Indian Rupees 4.2 million worth boat for the LTTE, IANS reported. [Full Story]

Japan grants US$ 5 million for Livelihood Development Programme in NE

The Japanese government provided US$ 5 million to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support a Livelihood Development Programme in North and East," a UNDP statement said. [Full Story]

Air Force bombs LTTE military base

Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) yesterday bombed an identified LTTE military Base and an underground storage facility 1.5 km North of Pooneryn junction yesterday (4) between 12 noon and 2.25 p.m. [Full Story]

First batch of Tamil stream Police recruits deployed in East- Defence spokesman

The first intake of 175 Tamil stream Police officers who passed out in February are now deployed at Police stations in East, Defence spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told media in Colombo today (March 5). [Full Story]

Claymore explosion in Madukanda

An LTTE claymore was triggered off morning (March 5) at Madukanda, injuring two police personnel engaged in a route patrol along the Vavuniya - Kebithigollewa main road, Madukanda Police said. [Full Story]

Ambassador Goonatilleke speaks on the national conflict in Washington

Since his inauguration as Head of State in November 2005, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has repeatedly said that there will be no military solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka pursued by the government. [Full Story]

Minister sets the record straight on Sri Lanka’s human rights situation

Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe responding to the earlier statements made by a few countries on the situation in Sri Lanka strongly refuted the assertion that the situation has worsened. [Full Story]

Batticaloa local polls: All set for a free and fair election

Additional Commissioner Elections W. P. Sumanasiri said arrangements have been made to ensure a free and fair election in Batticaloa scheduled for March 10 after a lapse of 14 years. [Full Story]

Navy to hand over rescued men to respective diplomatic missions

Arrangements have been made to hand over the 71 survivors of the ill-fated Myanmar vessel to the respective embassies and diplomatic missions through the Foreign Ministry for repatriation, navy sources said. [Full Story]

India approves international rail network project

The Indian Union Cabinet has approved the Trans Asian Railway Network (TARN) which envisages to link 27 countries through railway network, Times of India reported yesterday (March 3). [Full Story]

Govt. has not abandoned the duty of developing the country, says President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that while engaging in the crucial task of eradicating terrorism, the Government has not in any way abandoned or fallen short of their obligations to develop the country, in particular the rural areas, via the ‘Gama Neguma and ‘Maga Neguma’ programmes. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka concludes Extradition Treaty with Turkey

Sri Lanka concluded a bilateral Extradition Treaty with Turkey recently in Ankara, Foreign Ministry said. [Full Story]

Liberation of East, a model to other countries - FM

The liberation of the Eastern Province is a tangible manifestation of a highly successful and effective “hearts and minds” campaign of the Sri Lanka military, which can be held out as a model in post-conflict development, to other countries, [Full Story]

Navy rescues marooned vessel with foreign emigrants

Sri Lanka Navy today (3) rescued a vessel load of illegal foreign job seekers who had been marooned for 13 days at sea at a distance of 150 nautical miles off the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]






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