April 2008

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May Day
President lauds patience and support of working people
The awareness that those who suffer most when peace in the country is destroyed are the working people and their children has made our workers to be patient and support the government in its efforts to defeat terrorism and bring peace to the country. [Full Story]

LTTE artillery on Welioya  
LTTE had fired artillery and mortar into Sripura in Welioya this morning (April 30), defence sources said. [Full Story]

Eastern PC polls
Postal voting ends successfully
More than 40 per cent of the total eligible postal voters had cast their votes for the Eastern Provincial Council elections by noon yesterday (April 29), Elections Department sources said. [Full Story]

IIGEP chairman writes to President 
Justice P.N. Bhagwati, who chaired the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) has, in a communication addressed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, clarified the position taken by the IIGEP in its 6th Public Statement which stated that the Sri Lankan government did not have political and institutional will to investigate 17 incidents of human rights violation in which people were killed. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka – Iran joint statement
The President of Iran Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made an official visit to Sri Lanka, at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapksa from 28 to 29 April. [Full Story]
UK arrests three LTTE suspects
Three LTTE suspects have been arrested by the UK counter-terror police on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, BBC reported today (April 29). [Full Story]

Iranian President leaves  
Iranian President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left the island after the conclusion of his two-day official visit this evening (April 29). [Full Story]

Iranian President meets religious leaders
Iran always hopes to see a well developed and dignified Sri Lanka, a country which has set an example for the other countries working closely with the religious leaders, said Iranian President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. [Full Story]

Iranian assistance consolidates our independence - President  
Every Sri Lankan should consider Iranian assistance as a contribution to the consolidation of our independence, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the inauguration of the Sapugaskanda Petroleum Refinery modernization and expansion project funded by Iran this morning (April 29). [Full Story]

Floods, landslides hit many areas
Floods and landslides caused by torrential rain have left many families in Ratnapura, Kalutara and Galle homeless. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka and Iran seek justice and fair play – Iranian President  
“We are seeking justice and fair play in the world and Sri Lanka and Iran have agreed to cooperate in all spheres for the mutual benefit of each other,” said Iranian President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday. [Full Story]
Iranian President arrives
Iranian President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmedinejad arrived in Sri Lanka today (April 28) on a two-day official visit. [Full Story]

A major boost to Lanka – Iran ties  
Iranian President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmedinajad will arrive in Sri Lanka today on a two-day official visit that is expected to give a major boost growing political, economic and cultural the ties between Sri Lanka and Iran. [Full Story]
Resolved to save youth from modern day savagery
“Sri Lanka has for the past three decades been facedwith a threat by the most brutal terrorist organization in the world, a terror outfit that does not hesitate to use our youth as pawns and cannon fodder in its brutal operations….[Full Story]
Piliyandala bus bomb
President Mahinda Rajapaksa deplored the LTTE bomb attack on a packed bus in Piliyandala last evening, saying the terrorists had once again resorted to killing innocent civilians in the face of heavy setbacks on the battlefield. [Full Story]
India - Sri Lanka to link electric grids
India and Sri Lanka are working on a plan to lay a power-transmission line under the sea. [Full Story]

Commonwealth Youth Ministers' Conference in Colombo  
The Secretariat of the Commonwealth countries will hold its 7th Commonwealth Youth Ministers' conference from April 27 to 30 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo. [Full Story]

Army liberates Madhu shrine
Following a successful operation to isolate the LTTE terrorists occupying it, the Sri Lanka Army has liberated the sacred Madhu shrine by beating them off last afternoon (April 24). The soldiers of 8 Sri Lanka Light Infantry reached the shrine as the terrorists beat a retreat unable to face the army advance, defence sources said. [Full Story]

Former Indian FM expresses support for APRC proposals
Former Foreign and Finance Minister of India, Shri Yaswant Sinha expressed his support for the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, in line with the recommendation of the All Party Representative Committee (APRC), a Foreign Ministry statement said. He made this observation when he paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama at the Foreign Ministry yesterday (April 24). [Full Story]
India to provide textiles' duty free market for SAFTA
India will provide duty reduction to the Agreement on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) member countries ranging from zero to five percent within ten years, said Minister of State for Textiles, E V K S Elangovan today. [Full Story]

Security Forces take control in Muhamale Defence positions 
Security Forces have re-deployed their positions in and around Muhamale following yesterday's battle, defence sources said this morning (April 24). [Full Story]

FM calls for increased economic cooperation with Zhejiang
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has sought increased investment from, and enhanced market access for Sri Lankan exports to the Zhejiang Province in China, a Foreign Ministry statement said. He made this call during a meeting with a high level delegation led by Zhong Shan, Vice Governor of the Zhejiang Province of China, currently visiting the island on an invitation of the Minister. [Full Story]
Agro Livestock Development Loan Scheme
With a view to enhancing local liquid milk production, milk and milk based products and promoting agricultural crop processing industries the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), in association with the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), has launched a special credit programme effective April 2008. [Full Story]

Ambassador expresses concern over British Tamil Forum 
Sri Lankan High Commissioner Kshenuka Senewiratne has written last week to the London Mayor Ken Livingstone to express her "concerns" about his intention to speak to at a meeting of the British Tamil Forum, a front organization of the LTTE. [Full Story]

Visiting Bahrain Labour Minister calls on President
Bahrain Labour Minister Dr. Majeed Bin Mohiseen Al Alavi met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (April 21) and discussed measures to ensure the welfare of the Sri Lankans working in Bahrain and enhancing employment opportunities between the two countries. [Full Story]

IIGEP departure will not affect functions of CoI - Minister Samarasinghe
"The departure of the International Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) does not in any way adversely affect the ability of the Commission of Inquiry(CoI) to carry forward its inquires and investigations in keeping with international standards," said the Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe. [Full Story]

Meetings with Sri Lankan officials useful and frank says visiting top US State Department official
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Don Camp visited Colombo April 20-22 as part of the U.S. Government’s regular, ongoing consultations with the Sri Lankan Government said his meetings with the Sri Lankan government officials are “useful and frank, in the way of long time friends”. [Full Story]

Presidential initiative on English Language Skills launched
English as a Life Skill – a special initiative to improve and widen the teaching of English in the country was launched today with the immediate goal of entry into the IT related Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, to attract investment from the booming BPO industry in India. [Full Story]
Stronger relations between UN and Sri Lanka
Angela Kane, The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, following her recent visit to Sri Lanka, looks forward to strengthening of cooperation between the UN and the Government of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Government relaxes fishing restrictions
Government has relaxed restrictions on fishing imposed along the Muttur and Kinniya coastal belt in the Trincomalee district.  [Full Story]

Death of Rev. Fr. Karunaratnam
The Army categorically and unreservedly refuted LTTE allegations that it is responsible for the death
of Rev Fr M.X. Karunaratnam when he was on Mallavi-Vavunikulam road in un-cleared areas, about 50 kms to the north of Wanni in Mullaithivu district. [Full Story]

Negotiated settlement only way out, says Ambassador
A solution to the conflict, or issues affecting the minorities, must first be discussed and negotiated, with the involvement of all interested parties in the island. That is the only way, a sustainable solution that is fair and reasonable to all, can be arrived at, said Bernard Goonetilleke, Sri Lankan Ambassador in the U.S. at a Seminar in the USA. [Full Story]
Agreement reached on Sampur power plant project
India has will locate the 500 MW coal-based thermal plant of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Sampur town in Trincomalee district, the Hindu reported yesterday (April 20).  [Full Story]

Indian assistance to build hospital at Dikoya
India will help construct a 150-bed hospital in Sri Lanka and provide vocational training to the people in rural areas of the country under the two agreements signed in India between two countries on April 19. [Full Story]

Resolution against Sri Lanka at IPU withdrawn
Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe said that a draft resolution requesting the situation in Sri Lanka to be included as an emergency item on the agenda of the 118th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held from April 13-18  in Cape Town, South Africa had been withdrawn. [Full Story]
Government launches English Language Skills initiative
The Government launches a major initiative this week on the teaching of English in the country aimed at improving the skills of English teachers both in the private and public sectors, training in English for Business Outsourcing, the of use new methods of English language teaching through the electronic media, and opening access to a large numbers of persons in the low income categories to obtain a working knowledge of English. [Full Story]
Security forces allege LTTE looting medical supplies
As fighting intensified in North causing severe casualties, the LTTE seize stocks of medical supplies dispatched by the government for the civilians in Wanni, defence sources said. [Full Story]

Tourist arrivals up over 8% in March
Tourist arrivals in March registered an 8.6% growth from the previous year, Tourist Board press release said. [Full Story]

Chennai-based agents help illegal migration to US – Times of India
A group Chennai-based agents, with network in Colombo and East Asian countries help Sri Lankan Tamils with to the US and Canada. These agents also provide fake passports and travel documents for illegal migration and have been sending them through Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, Times of India reported yesterday (April 17). [Full Story]
Madhu issue: an LTTE attempt to mislead the international community - Defence spokesman
Removing the statue of Our Lady of Madhu to an undisclosed location while the security forces are engaged in a humanitarian mission can be seen as the result of an LTTE move to mislead the international community, said Defence spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella addressing media in Colombo today (April 17). [Full Story]

Government rejects IIGEP statement
The Government rejects the statement of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) concerning its relations with the Government and the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Alleged Serious Violations of Human Rights, said Government Defence Spokesman Minister dr. Keheliya Rambukwella at après briefing today (17) in Colombo. [Full Story]

LTTE's key logistic complex in Visuamady attacked
Sri Lanka Air Force attacked LTTE's key logistic complex and engineering yard in Visuamadu, in Mullaithivu, this morning (Apr 17). [Full Story]

Iran to invest in oil refinery expansion project
Iran has decided to increase its investment in expansion project of an oil refinery in Sri Lanka up to one billion US dollars, Iran News Agency (IRNA) reported yesterday (April 16).[Full Story]

Developing countries should formulate strategies to combat poverty and terrorism - Deputy FM
"Developing countries should formulate their own national strategies to combat poverty and terrorism" said Husain A. Bhaila, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressing the 8th Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade 2008, which held on 13th – 15th April in Doha - Qatar. [Full Story]

Govt controls rice price
The Government imposed price control over retail and wholesale prices for rice with effect from midnight yesterday (April 16). [Full Story]

New housing project to solve shelter problem
The Government will implement a massive housing project at a cost of Rs. 1,500 million to solve the prevailing shelter problem countrywide and to cater to housing needs of those who live below the poverty line. [Full Story]
LTTE keeps losing ground – Strategy Page
The LTTE keeps losing ground as the fighting is getting more intense, and at this rate, the army's prediction that the LTTE will be crushed this year, appears on schedule said Strategy Page website yesterday (April 15). [Full Story]

USAID supports to improve regional government in eastern and north central provinces
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a five-year, $12 million contract to support regional government in eastern and north central provinces. The investment will helped to improve security, local government accountability and conflict resolution. [Full Story]

Italy-Sri Lanka Anti-Terrorist organization launched
An Italy-Sri Lanka Anti-Terrorist Organization (ISATO) was set up in Rome yesterday (April 15) under the guidance of Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Rome Hemantha Warnakulasuriya. [Full Story]

MoH provides mosquito nets to Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu
Malaria Control campaign of the Ministry of Health (MoH) has provided 50,000 especially medicated mosquito nets to families in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts. Followed by monsoon rains Chikungunya, Malaria and Dengue are prevalent in the area. [Full Story]
Canadian police get restraining order against WTM
Canadian Counter terrorism police on Monday (14) obtained a Court order restraining the Scarborough office of the World Tamil Movement (WTM) accusing it of fund-raising for the LTTE. The LTTE is a proscribed organization in Canada. [Full Story]

Climate Change: Sri Lanka for Asian consensus
President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the Boao Forum for Asia today (12) called for an Asian consensus to reach a global climate Agreement by 2009, based on traditional wisdom of Asia, the new knowledge brought to us by science and leadership of those who have helped make this the Asian Century. [Full Story]

BOAO - President to present Sri Lankan perspective on Climate Change
The 2008 Annual Conference of the Boao Forum for Asian(BFA) holds its first plenary session today with nearly a thousand participants from heads of state, leading economists, scientists, academics, journalists and other key professionals from the world over. [Full Story]
Pakistan will always strike against terrorism
– President Musharaff
President Pervez Musharaff of Pakistan reiterated his country’s opposition to terrorism in all its manifestations, its readiness to strike against terrorism and assured Sri Lanka of all assistance to defeat terrorism in the country. [Full Story]

President’s New Year Message
It is comforting that this New Year has dawned at a time when the nation is conscious of its dignity says President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Sinhala and Tamil New Year Message. It is also most fortunate to see the people of the East enjoying the New Year happily with their families, he further adds. [Full Story]

Minister Peiris meets Chinese investors
The Minister of Export Development and International Trade G. L. Peiris informed a delegation of Chinese investors of the opportunities available for investment in Sri Lanka. The Minister’s meeting with the investors was a follow up of the meeting that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had with President Hu Jintao of China yesterday. [Full Story]

SL, Egypt FMs discuss regional security
Ahmed Aboul Gheit Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt met in Cairo with Rohitha Bogollagama who was on a official visit to Egypt recently and exchanged views on different regional and international issues of common interest including the situation in the Middle East, peace and security in Asia, United Nations reform and measures for Counter-terrorism. [Full Story]
Chinese President condoles on Jeyaraj assassination
President Hu Jintao expressed his condolences to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the assassination of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, when the two Presidents met at the Yalong Bay Resort in China today. [Full Story]

China will stand by Sri Lanka against terrorism
President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China assured Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa that China will stand by Sri Lanka in its efforts to counter terrorism. This assurance was given when the two Presidents met at Yalong Bay Resort in the Hainan Province of China today. [Full Story]

Rebuilt Trinco public market inaugurated
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and HELLENIC AID, the development agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece on April 4 inaugurated the newly rebuilt Anuradhapura Junction Public Market in Trincomalee which was destroyed by the tsunami. [Full Story]

BOI signs three new agreements
The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed agreements for 3 new projects worth USD 3.5 m. [Full Story]

Jeyaraj’s funeral today
Former Minister of Highways and Road Development and Chief Government Whip Jeyaraj Fernandopulle will be laid to rest in Katana with full state honor today (April 10). [Full Story]

Boao Forum to address environment challenges in Asia
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will address the 2008 Annual Conference of the Boao Forum for Asia later this week, when the Sri Lankan perspective on the theme of this year’s conference which is meeting the challenges and opportunities influencing the region's environmental future. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan and Chinese leaders meet today
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is in China to attend the Annual Conference of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao later today. [Full Story]
President visits Buddhism Cultural Park
President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park this evening where he planted a Bo sapling, a symbolic of the historic and cultural relations between Sri Lanka and China. [Full Story]

President arrives in China
President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at Sanya Phoenix International Airport at 11 am(Chinese time) today (April 9). [Full Story]

International community condemns Minister's assassination
The United Nations has strongly condemned the suicide attack on Sunday which killed Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and 15 other civilians during a peaceful sporting event. [Full Story]

Government denies allegations regarding the Madhu Shrine
The Government categorically denies allegations originated by certain parties that Sri Lankan security forces have been shelling the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu. [Full Story]

Petition against LTTE submitted to Canadian House of Commons
Canadian Parliamentarian Art Hanger yesterday (April 8) tabled a civic petition against LTTE terrorist activities on the Canadian soil before the House of Commons. The MP speaking on the petition said that it is on the subject of eradicating terrorism with special reference to LTTE. [Full Story]

Police takes action against cruelty to cart bulls
All police stations have been instructed to prevent the incidence of cruelty to cart bulls in the hackery (thirikkal) races organized in connection with the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festivities. [Full Story]
Defeating terrorism, a must to enjoy economic benefits – President
Defeating terrorism is a must to enjoy equal development benefits by all communities in the county and the present government is embarked on two major challenges; maintain rapid economic development in every part of the country and equal distribution of such benefits, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka maintains over 6% economic growth – Central Bank
The economic growth rate of the country last year is 6.8% and it is first time in the history that the country could maintain a growth rate over 6% for three consecutive years, the 2007 Central Bank Annual Report said. [Full Story]

US Strongly Condemns Weliweriya terrorist attack
The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on April 6 in Weliweriya, Gampaha District that claimed the life of Minister of Highways and Road Development and Chief Government Whip Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, said a statement issued by the US Embassy in Colombo yesterday (7). [Full Story]

Sri Lanka, Egypt to promote tourism cooperation
Sri Lanka and Egypt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote tourism between the two countries at a meeting held between Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and Egyptian Tourism Minister Zoheir Garranah in Cairo, said a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 7. [Full Story]
Air Force destroys Black Tiger Base
Sri Lankan air force jets destroyed a LTTE base in Mankulam believed used to train suicide cadres early this morning (April 7), defense sources said. [Full Story]

Legislators pay their last respects to late Minister
Members of Parliament and President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid their last respects to Minister of Highways and Road Development and Chief Government Whip Jeyaraj Fernandopulle when his remains were taken to the Parliament complex this morning (April 7). [Full Story]

Death toll rises to 14 in yesterday's suicide attack
Fourteen civilians were killed and more than 80 were wounded when a LTTE suicide cadre blew himself in Weliweriya yesterday (April 6). [Full Story]
We will not be weakened by terror - President
“This dastardly act of savagery will not weaken our resolve to eradicate terrorism from our midst, and bring peace, harmony and democracy to all our people, which was also the constant and unqualified wish of Mr. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a statement on the assassination of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle by the LTTE terrorists earlier today.  [Full Story]

Minister Jeyaraj assassinated in terror attack
Minister of Highways and Road Development and Chief Government Whip Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, was assassinated in an LTTE bomb explosion in Weliweriya in the Western Gampaha District, this morning (April 6), more than 25 km away from Colombo. [Full Story]
President attends Boao Forum for Asia (BFA)
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for China next week to participate in the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2008 which will be held between April 11th and 13th in Boao, Hainan Province, China. [Full Story]

Central Bank responds to Fitch rate revisions
Fitch's downward revision of ratings is not in line with the recent improvements in the country's macroeconomic fundamentals and its future outlook, said the Central Bank in a response to revision of ratings by Fitch dated April 3.[Full Story]

TN police quiz two Iranians
Tamil Nadu police, Senior officials of Intelligence Bureau (IB), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Tamil Nadu Intelligence wing were are interrogating two Iranians who were dropped by a clandestine boat at an isle off Mandapam.     [Full Story]

LTTE attacks: Clergy shifts Madhu statue for safety
Church authorities in Mannar have shifted the statue of "Our Lady of Madhu" to a safe destination in the Wanni following repeated LTTE attacks on the sacred Madhu Church. [Full Story]

Foreign Minister calls on Lord Malloch Brown
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama had a breakfast meeting in London on 2nd April 2008 with Lord Malloch Brown, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK, said a statement issued by the Sri Lanka High Copmmission in London on April 3. [Full Story]

TN police watch Sri Lankan refugee camps
Sri Lankan refugee camps, particularly those in southern and central Tamil Nadu, are under the police scanner in view of United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's visit to Karaikudi on Saturday. [Full Story]

Eastern Provincial Council polls: 1,342 in the fray
Nominations for the Eastern Provincial Council ended yesterday with 1,342 candidates contesting to enter the 37 member Council. [Full Story]

East to enjoy pluralist democracy
Today the clearance of the LTTE from the eastern province has enabled civilians in the east, who had been subjugated by this terror group, to enjoy the fruits of pluralistic democracy, said Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama delivering a lecture titled Post Conflict Development: Efforts of a Democracy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London on April 1. [Full Story]
We keep our identity intact, says President
We are integrating our country to the world economy keeping our identity intact unless those who divested the national airline by embracing the new world economic order in toto, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the SriLankan Airlines employees at a ceremony on the occasion of taking over its management from Emirates Airline held at the Colombo International Airport today (3). [Full Story]

Network supplying LTTE uniforms busted in TN
The Coastal Security Group (CSG) police in Ramanathapuram busted a network involved in supplying uniforms to LTTE on April 1, the Hindu reported. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka positioned to meet MDGs
Sri Lanka was well positioned to meet the Goals before 2015 in the areas of universal primary school enrolment, gender equality in primary and secondary school enrolment, reducing maternal and child mortality and several other health and social indicators, said Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United Nations Prasad Kariyawasam addressing the UN General Assembly on April 2. [Full Story]

Government to import rice from India
The Indian government has agreed to provide stocks of non-basmati rice required Sri Lanka despite the existing ban on domestic rice exports, following a request by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. [Full Story]

Nominations for Eastern PC end today
Nominations for the Eastern Provincial Council election will conclude at noon today (April 3). [Full Story]
Sri Lankan economy more resilient, says ADB
The Sri Lankan economy has proven more resilient than expected by most observers (both local and international), says the Asian Development Bank in its annual Asian Development Outlook published in March 2008. [Full Story]

No media deaths in Sri Lanka in 2007- UNESCO
UNESCO has accepted that not a single journalist had been killed in Sri Lanka in 2007. UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura's report for 2007 listed names of 53 journalists killed in number countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia DPR Congo, Palestine and Myanmar. [Full Story]

FM meets UK Foreign Secretary
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on a official visit to UK met the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. David Miliband yesterday (April 1). [Full Story]

President orders special measures to ensure welfare of Vanniyela Aththo
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (April 1) instructed the Environment Ministry to appoint a separate director to resolve the problems faced by the Vanniyela Aththo (indigenous community) and to ensure their welfare. [Full Story]

NTT sells out of SLT shares in the biggest single deal on CSE
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Company (NTT), Japan yesterday (April 1) sold out its 35.19% stake of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) comprising 635.08 million shares at Rs. 50.50 per share totaling approximately Rs. 32 billion to Usaha Tegas, Malysia , the biggest ever single transaction in the history of the Colombo Stock Exchange. [Full Story]

Reserve money growth well within the target – Central Bank
Central Bank has been successful in maintaining reserve money well within the target set for the first quarter of 2008. This follows the successful achievement of quarterly reserve money targets in 2007, indicating a continuous deceleration in monetary expansion. A Central Bank statement said. [Full Story]
US Report critical and judgmental, not objective and impartial - FM
In a letter forwarding the Government’s response to the US State Department Country Reports on Human Rights 2007, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday (March 31) said the approach of the US Report towards Sri Lanka was critical and judgmental, and such a slant undermined the objectivity and impartiality of the report.[Full Story]

LTTE shells Murunkan Government hospital
LTTE launched a shell attack at Murunkan government hospital in Mannar around 6.10 a.m. this morning (April 01).[Full Story]

Eastern polls, a democratic way forward- The Hindu Editorial
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government have taken a significant step forward in their project of finding a political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict by going in for Provincial Council elections in the Eastern Province in May, the Hindu said in an editorial yesterday(March 31).[Full Story]

Myanmar: Heed neighbours’ sentiments,
Ambassador tells HRC
Sri Lankan Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka told the Human Rights Council that “those who wish to take action on Myanmar to be guided far more than they have been, by the almost unanimous sentiments of Myanmar’s neighbours and those of us in Asia, the continent in which Myanmar is located.”[Full Story]

Foreign Ministry launches online Information Resource Base
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched an Information Resource Base (IRB) Collection of documents, newspaper and magazine articles from across the world relating to the LTTE and international terrorism.[Full Story]





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