September 2008

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President wishes Eid-Mubarak
President Mahinda wishes Eid-Mubarak to all Muslim brothers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, which is celebrated the world over by devotees of Islam. [Full Story]

Govt contribution to child welfare unprecedented - President
The present government has made an unprecedented contribution to the welfare of the children, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message issued by him on the occasion of the International Children’s Day. [Full Story]
Adequate food supplies for Vanni
Dismissing certain reports about a shortage of food and other essential items in the Vanni, Essential Services Commissioner S. B. Divarathna said yesterday that there were enough stocks for six months stored in Vavuniya, and these would be delivered continuously to Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi. [Full Story]

LTTE’s persistent recruitment of child soldiers- Foreign Minister
Participating in the Ministerial meeting in New York on September 26 on the follow up to the Paris Principles relating to children associated with armed forces and groups, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama stated that the LTTE known as a ruthless terrorist organization operating in Sri Lanka, ... [Full Story]

ADB grant for technical education
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted a loan for strengthening quality and efficiency of the Technical Education & Vocational Training System, particularly technician education. [Full Story]
President concludes successful UN visit
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left New York yesterday (26) after attending the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and meeting with several world leaders and participating in high level discussions on global measures to combat terrorism, and progress on achieving the Millennium Development Goals. [Full Story]
Sri Lanka refutes unfair allegations by HR Advocates during the UN Human Rights Council
Deputy Solicitor-General Yasantha Kodagoda, while refuting the unfair allegations by human rights advocates during the panel discussion and interactive dialogue on missing persons at the 9th Session of the Human Rights Council on Monday, pointed out Sri Lanka has a well functioning and vibrant Supreme Court which engages judiciously in the promotion and protection of human rights. [Full Story]

President greets newly elected Japanese PM
President Mahinda Rajapakse congratulated the new Japan’s Prime Minister Taro Aso. [Full Story]

Emphasis on agriculture vital for food security
– Presidents of Iran and Sri Lanka
The Presidents of Sri Lanka and Iran were agreed on the need for emphasis on agricultural development especially in the developing countries in the context of assuring global food security to the people. [Full Story]
Catholic Bishops ask LTTE to release civilians
Catholic Bishops Assembly of Sri Lanka yesterday asked the LTTE to allow the civilians to reach the more secured areas from Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. [Full Story]

Former President's funeral today
The funeral of former President D.B. Wijetunga will be held today at 3.00 p.m. at the Kandy Municipal Grounds in Getambe under State patronage. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka highlights Food Security in Rights Council
Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva O.L. Ameerajwad, speaking during the segment of general comments after the adoption of resolutions at the end of the 9th Session of the Human Rights Council today, .. [Full Story]
LTTE cannot hold Tamils hostage to terror
– President at UNGA
While the Government is ready to implement political and constitutional solutions for the grievances of all communities, it would not and could not let LTTE terrorists to hold the Tamils of the North hostage to terror, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) today (24). [Full Story]

President addresses UNGA in Tamil
President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 63rd Session of the United Nation’s General Assembly spoke a few words in Tamil at the beginning of his address. [Full Story]

“Like slavery and piracy, terrorism has no place in modern world” – US President at UNGA
“Like slavery and piracy, terrorism has no place in the modern world… The vast majority of nations in this assembly now agree that tactics like suicide bombing, hostage-taking and hijacking are never legitimate,” said President George W Bush of the USA in his address to the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, yesterday (September 23). [Full Story]

Extension of GSP+ for Sri Lanka:
Investigation Unnecessary and Inappropriate - FM
The Government of Sri Lanka finds the procedure of instituting an investigation unnecessary and inappropriate, given the extensive cooperation Sri Lanka has extended to the UN/ILO convention supervisory bodies relevant to the GSP+ process and also through its continuous interaction with the European institutions stated Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, [Full Story]

Matter of time before all LTTE areas are cleared: Sri Lanka tells CW Sec. Gen
In discussions on the current developments in the country, the positive manner in which Sri Lanka is combating terrorism, the success achieved in the East and the current engagements towards the liberation of the North too, from the forces of terror were explained by Sri Lanka to the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Shri Kamalesh Sharma, when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New York yesterday (Tuesday 23). [Full Story]
Channel relief to North through Government
– Sri Lanka to Norway
Norway was requested to assist in the government’s continuing humanitarian efforts to bring relief, especially to the people of the North, providing such assistance directly through the government rather than through other organizations. [Full Story]

Enhanced cooperation between Iceland and Sri Lanka
There was agreement reached on future areas of cooperation between Sri Lanka and Iceland in the key areas of geo-thermal energy, fisheries development and women’s empowerment, at bi-lateral discussions between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Iceland’s Prime Minister Geier Haarde in New York yesterday (Monday 22). [Full Story]
USAID launches new initiative to improve economic growth in the East
The United States Mission to Sri Lanka last week announced the launch of a new multi-year initiative, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), aimed at promoting economic growth in Sri Lanka’s East. [Full Story]

Chief Priest of Koneswaram Kovil shot dead
The Trincomalee Koneswaram Chief Priest Sivakadachchi Kurukkal Sivakugaras Kurugal was shot dead by a suspected LTTE gunman last evening. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka condemns Islamabad terrorist attack
People and the Government of Sri Lanka are extremely saddened to learn of the terrorist attack at the Hotel Marriot in Islamabad. [Full Story]

We will liberate the people and children of the North from terror - President
“I have been elected as the President of the entire country; of all its people, irrespective of language or religion. [Full Story]

Statement by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the demise of former President DB Wijetunga
New York – (Sunday 21) - I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing away of Mr. D. B. Wijetunga, the Third Executive President of Sri Lanka, earlier yesterday. Entering politics in the pre-independence period, Mr. Wijetunga rose from small beginnings to hold the highest offices in the country.
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UN General Assembly
President arrives in New York
New York, NY - Sunday 21, - 08 - President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the John F Kennedy Airport, New York, by a scheduled flight yesterday. [Full Story]
Make this an “Assembly of Frankness”
– President of UNGA
The 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly that opened earlier this week will address the key issues of Climate Change, Gender Equality, Democratization of the United Nations, the spread of terrorism and human trafficking. [Full Story]

President leaves for New York to attend UN General Assembly
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for New York this afternoon to attend the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly. [Full Story]

No food or medicine shortage in Wanni
The Government has not left any room to create a shortage of food stuffs and medicine to the civilians in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi areas said Information and Media Minister and Cabinet spokesman Anura Priyadharshana Yapa yesterday. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka signs Technical Cooperation Agreement with Brazil
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, undertaking the first ever foreign ministerial visit to Brazil on the invitation of his counterpart, held bilateral talks with the Minister of External Relations of Brazil Celso Amorim, and signed the Framework Agreement on Technical Cooperation, which aims at fostering close cooperation in areas such as agriculture, livestock and energy. [Full Story]
Police to register civilians arriving from North
The Police are requesting the public in the Western Province especially in Colombo to register themselves at the nearest Police station on September 21. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka will look after its own,
says Secy, Disaster Management and HR Ministry
Sri Lanka will look after its own, to the best of our ability, and with the assistance of our friends who care about our people, including the dedicated workers of several UN agencies, said Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, responding on behalf of Sri Lanka in the General Debate on ‘Human Rights situations that require the Council’s attention’ on September 17, 2008. [Full Story]

SLAF destroys high profile LTTE hideout
Air Force launched air strikes at key LTTE locations in Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu including a 'high profile' LTTE hideout located in the Vattakachchi area yesterday. [Full Story]

European MP calls for apology from EU delegation
Member of the European Parliament Geoffrey Van Orden has called for an apology from the EU delegation which undertook a fact finding visit to Sri Lanka in July, over its critical media statements blaming the State for cancellation of a trip to the Eastern Province. [Full Story]
India to secure sea lanes from non-state actors in Indian Ocean
Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony Monday said India need to secure the sea lanes of the Indian Ocean region from non-state actors like the Tamil Tigers to ensure its energy security that was vital for its progressing economy., the website reported today (17). [Full Story]

World Bank gives extra US $ 151 m
The World Bank has granted Sri Lanka extra 151 million dollars on credit for road, education and housing reconstruction in conflict-hit areas. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka donates US $ 50,000 for Bihar flood relief
The Government of Sri Lanka has made a donation of Indian Rs. 2,225,560 (US dollars 50,000) to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund set up on behalf of the flood victims in the Indian State of Bihar. [Full Story]
Blast in Colombo: Public vigilance averts devastation
A bomb was exploded near Horton place, Colombo, this afternoon.
According to available information, the bomb has exploded inside a public transportation bus plying from Moratuwa to Mattakkuliya. [Full Story]

No negotiation with LTTE before surrendering arms
- President
There will be no negotiations or any form of ceasefire until the LTTE lay down their arms, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he met the members of Foreign Correspondents' Association at Temple Trees yesterday. [Full Story]

New US law against recruitment of child soldiers
The US Senate’s adoption of the Child Soldiers Responsibility Act on September 15 will permit the United States to prosecute foreign military commanders who recruit child soldiers abroad, Human Rights Watch said in a statement issued on Monday (September 15). Earlier on September 8 it was passed unanimously by the Congress. [Full Story]
BOI - Cairn India inks investment commitment for Mannar Basin exploration
The Board of Investment (BOI) and Cairn Lanka (Private) Limited, has entered into an agreement yesterday for a commitment of an initial investment of more than USD 110 million towards the exploration of hydrocarbons. [Full Story]

Success for Sri Lanka as the country launches World Breastfeeding Week
Sri Lanka has achieved a 50% increase in the number of mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies during the first six months of life, UNICEF said yesterday as Sri Lanka launched World Breastfeeding Week. [Full Story]

Govt condemns terrorist bombings in New Delhi  
The government yesterday unequivocally condemned the series of terrorist bombs attacks which ripped through New Delhi on Saturday. [Full Story]
Lasting bonds of friendship with Pakistan - President
"Sri Lanka and Pakistan share lasting bonds of friendship and a strong commitment to achieve peace and prosperity. We shall continue our work together to enhance our bilateral relations as well as forge regional cooperation through SAARC. [Full Story]

Hindus in Paris defy LTTE diktat
Hindu devotees in their hundreds participated in the Ganesha pooja at the Sri Manika Vinayakar Alayam Hindu temple in Paris and broke thousands of coconuts as a part of ritual defying the orders issued by the Tamil Tigers 'not to waste money to break coconuts when the people in the north and east are displaced', said a news report in the website Asiantribune. [Full Story]

President calls for working people’s support to end terrorism 
We have to defend our country from terrorism and create an environment for everybody to live in peace in any part of the country, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the Golden Jubilee Ceremony of the Employee’s Provident Fund (EPF) held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) yesterday (11). [Full Story]
Sri Lanka Centre in Shanghai to provide product and services under one roof
Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Dr. Sarath Amunugama will declare open the Sri Lanka Centre in Shanghai today. [Full Story]

Peace Secretariat astonished at UN Secy-General’s remarks
The Sri Lankan Peace Secretariat views with some astonishment what purport to be highlights of a press briefing by the Secretary General of the United Nations in which he seems to be expressing concerns about recent military activities in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]
Chinese Foreign Minister lauds President’s role
China was confident that under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sri Lanka will play an important role in promoting and ensuring peace and stability in Sri Lanka and South Asia, said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi when he called on the President at the President's House today. [Full Story]

LTTE retains civilians forcibly - Strategy Page
The LTTE continues to interfere with the efforts of Tamils to flee LTTE territory Strategy Page website said yesterday. [Full Story]

Maoists approach LTTE for arms - Indian Intelligence report
Left-wing maoists are approaching banned groups like LTTE and ULFA for arms procurement, said Express India website quoting Indian intelligence reports. [Full Story]
Sri Lankan solidarity with people of Bihar
-President’s message of sympathy to Indian PM
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed the deep sorrow of the Government and people of Sri Lanka to the Government and people of India on the loss of lives and suffering caused by the severe floods the State of Bihar. [Full Story]

Relocation of UN staff from Wanni begins next week
The UN is now evaluating its operations in the Wanni with a view to relocating humanitarian staff. A precise timetable for the complete withdrawal of all staff is yet to be determined, but relocations will begin this week, states the UN Office in Colombo. [Full Story]

UN, INGOs to relocate humanitarian operations to Vavuniya
The government yesterday informed the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance (CCHA) that all UN agencies and the INGOs working in the Wanni should relocate their humanitarian and development operations to Vavuniya with immediate effect for the safety of personnel and property. [Full Story]

Security Forces thwart LTTE attack at SF HQ in Vavuniya
Security forces prevented a pre-dawn attack by LTTE at the security forces headquarters and Air Force Base Vavuniya, defence sources said. [Full Story]

Jaffna gets uninterrupted electricity from November
The government yesterday announced round-the-clock power supply to Jaffna peninsula once the work on the Chunnakam Power Plant is completed by November. [Full Story]

Chinese FM on official visit to Sri Lanka
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will arrive in Sri Lanka today on a two-day official visit at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of Rohitha Bogollagama. [Full Story]

Protest against LTTE in Switzerland
Anti LTTE protesters gathered in front of the parliament in Bern Switzerland to condemn political killings and recruitment of child soldiers and protest against the LTTE activities in Switzerland on September 6. [Full Story]
End LTTE fundraising and propaganda capacity in the West – Foreign Secretary
Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Palitha Kohona has said "at a time Sri Lanka is engaged in the arduous task of putting an end to terrorism in the north of the country, it was vital to also end the capacity of the LTTE and its front organizations to raise funds and engage in propaganda in Western countries". [Full Story]

New BOI venture to launch Mobile Commerce services in Sri Lanka
A new venture to provide mobile commerce solutions for the local market was approved by the Board of Investment (BOI) recently. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka refutes exaggerated AI statement on IDPs
“The Government of Sri Lanka finds itself unable to accept Amnesty International’s exaggerated statement on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) due to the numerous deficiencies in fact and reasoning that characterizes yet another extreme intervention. [Full Story]
Attacks on TN fisherman:
Deputy HC denies SLN involvement
Sri Lanka's Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai P.M. Amza, participating via telephone in a Talk Show "Neethiyin Kural" (Voice of Justice) telecast on WIN TV recently categorically denied the involvement of the Sri Lanka Navy in the various incidents of alleged attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen and explained the presence of a third "evil force" in the sea, referring to the LTTE. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan rice production wins support from UN-backed project
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced plans yesterday to boost rice production in districts of Sri Lanka hit hard by recent floods or conflict. [Full Story]
Eschew differences and build nation – President
President called on the nation to leave petty differences behind them and contribute to the battle of uniting the country. [Full Story]

Chinese investors meet President
A visiting group of Chinese businessmen led by Hongmin Zhang, Chairman of Huichen Investment Holdings Ltd met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning (4) at Temple Trees, Colombo.[Full Story]

SL-India to sign MoU for tea research
Sri Lanka, will sign an MoU with Tocklai, India tomorrow for a joint research programme on tea, the Telegraph reported. [Full Story]

UN helps government’s humanitarian assistance effort
The UN Country Team stressed it is still committed to helping the Government provide humanitarian assistance to civilians whether they remain in the Vanni or decide to leave, said a statement issued yesterday (3) by the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]
Hong Kong based LTTE propaganda channel terminated
The Hong Kong based management office of Asia Sat Telecommunication Company has informed the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing that they have terminated the transmission of Tamil Cultural Programme TV Channel through their Asia SAT 3S Satellite. [Full Story]

World Bank to provide 900m USD to develop East
The World Bank is ready to provide 900 million USD to for the coming five years to help the Government’s development activities in the East, said World Bank Vice President for South Asia Isabela Guerrero when she called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday. [Full Story]
PNG officials arrest 12 LTTE suspects
Papua New Guinea intelligence officials have arrested twelve Sri Lankan men, alleged to be planning to go to Australia using falsified documents, Australian media reported today. [Full Story]

Troops capture Mallavi
Troops of the 57 Division captured the LTTE's nerve center, Mallavi, about 3.5 km East of Tunukkai by last evening. [Full Story]

"Humanitarian Corridor" set up for civilians to escape LTTE terror  
The Ministry of Defence has taken measures to establish a "Safe Corridor" for the civilians who are seeking protection of the security forces in cleared areas in Vavuniya. [Full Story]
End looms for LTTE as army push is set to take final stronghold - The Scotsman
Aggressive Sri Lankan government forces continue to push deeper into the Tamil Tiger heartland and are now within reach of their administrative capital, raising hopes that the end of a brutal 25-year civil war may be near, said The Scotsman, a UK based website. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka calls for intensified action to combat terrorism in the BIMSTEC region
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has emphasized the urgent need for enhanced cooperation among Member States of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) to combat terrorism. [Full Story]

UNICEF completes fourth tsunami-affected school in Ampara 
The UNICEF will hand over the refurbished Al- Badhur Vidyalaya today to its students and teachers. [Full Story]

BOI Projects for more Foreign Investment from South Korea and Saudi Arabia
The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) signed agreements for new projects with two South Korean and Saudi Arabian companied. [Full Story]

USAID boosts job opportunities for Sri Lankan youth
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on August 28 marked the completion of the first two out of nine new vocational education schools in Southern and Eastern Sri Lanka, built with funds provided by the American people as part of USAID’s Sri Lanka Tsunami Reconstruction Program. [Full Story]

Tradition prevails as Nallur Hindu festival ends
The annual festival at the sacred Nallur 'Sri Kandaswamy' Hindu Kovil (temple in Tamil) in Jaffna came to a close yesterday (31) with special “Theru Pooja” (offerings) and other Hindu traditions, in the presence of thousands of devotees. [Full Story]





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