October 2008

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Aussie Senator gives reasons to justify proscribing LTTE
“The weight of historical evidence of Tamil fundraising activity in Australia and approximately 240 suicide bombings over a period of 25 years should be sufficient to satisfy you” to proscribe the LTTE as a terrorist in Australia says a Senator from New South Wales to the Attorney General of Australia.
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LTTE atrocities in Paris
The photo exhibition showing the terrorist atrocities and anti-democratic activities of the LTTE to the European public will be held in Paris on Nov. 4 & 5. [Full Story]

President calls for local military research
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday urged those engaged in scientific research to focus their attention on military research. [Full Story]

US jails S’porean for conspiracy to provide material support to LTTE
Haniffa Bin Osman, a citizen of Singapore was has been sentenced to 37 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to provide material support to LTTE and money laundering in District of Maryland. [Full Story]

Congress will never forgive LTTE - TNCC
Hardening its stand against LTTE supporters, the Tamil Nadu unit of Congress on Thursday said the party will not forgive the Sri Lankan terror outfit for its role in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and asserted the Centre would take action against the forces that create problems for India's unity, Times of India reported. [Full Story]
Pro-LTTE demo flops at The Hague
A demonstration organized by pro-LTTE Non-Government Organizations at The Hague, Netherlands yesterday (29) failed due to scant participation. [Full Story]

SLAF raids LTTE suicide training base in Mullaitivu
Sri Lanka Air Force attacked an LTTE female suicide squad training facility at Vallipuram, 6km Northwest of Puthukkudiyirippu in Mullaittivu, this morning. [Full Story]
President spells out 4-D approach to political solution
President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an interview with N. Ram, Editor of The Hindu on Monday (27) said that his approach to a political solution rests on four ‘D’s - Demilitarisation, Democratisation, Development, and Devolution. [Full Story]]
Sri Lanka: Ease humanitarian crisis, do not bail out LTTE
– The Hindu
The efforts in Tamil Nadu should be directed towards easing the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka and not bailing out the LTTE, says India’s mass circulation national newspaper The Hindu in an editorial today (29). [Full Story]

Leave the Lanka problem to the Lankans - Hindustan Times
The kerfuffle over the MDMK general secretary Vaiko’s defence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) and his critical remarks about India turning a blind eye to the Sri Lankan government’s military pursuit of the rebel organisation shows once again how close to the surface passions are over this issue. [Full Story]

USAID offers practical education to Southern youth
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday inagurated the new vocational training centre in Tangalle, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). [Full Story]

Sri Lanka & India resolved to fight LTTE terror
Karunanidhi retreats after Basil Rajapaksa mission
India and Sri Lanka have reiterated their joint commitment to fight terrorism with resolve; together with Sri Lanka’s repeated emphasis that President Rajapaksa and his Government were firmly committed to a political process that would lead to a sustainable solution to the situation in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]
President's Deepavali Message
Being a unifying force, the devotions at Deepavali would seek to encourage greater unity, amity and understanding among all people inhabiting our country irrespective of their ethnic, religious, class distinctions, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Deepavali Message. [Full Story]

Political solution needs disarming terrorists
- President to Opposition Leader
President Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasized his commitment to a political solution, and said this required the disarming of the terrorists, when he briefed the Leader of the Opposition Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe on the current situation vis-a-vis the operations to defeat terrorism. [Full Story]
Sri Lanka rejects EU investigation for GSP + extension
Sri Lanka will not be part of a process that comes in the form of an investigation on the extension of the GSP + facility to Sri Lanka, observed Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama during his discussions today with the Ambassador of France, Michel Lummaux. France is the current Chair of the European Union (EU). [Full Story]

Another shipment of food items to Wanni today
Another convoy of 75 truck loads carrying essential food items is scheduled to be dispatched to the displaced people in Wanni region today. [Full Story]
Hartal in Jaffna to protest against LTTE attack on cargo vessels
The Jaffna community have organized a Hartal in Jaffna today protesting against the LTTE attack on two merchant vessels carrying essential items to North. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan protects Human Rights amidst challenges
- Minister Samarasinghe
Sri Lanka's efforts to promote and protect human rights are taking place under difficult and trying circumstances due to the continuing challenge posed by a terrorist group the LTTE, ... [Full Story]

Do not support LTTE - Lord Naseby appeals British
LTTE is a banned organization in the United Kingdom as well as in other parts of the world. Therefore, funds should not be collected for them openly or by underhand methods, said senior member of the House of Lords, Lord Naseby. [Full Story]

Congress, AIADMK criticize secessionist moves in TN
The Congress, the main ally of Tamil Nadu's ruling DMK, and the state's main opposition AIADMK Wednesday slammed 'secessionist moves' by regional parties and the Tamil film industry under the guise of supporting the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Welfare of Tamil people furthest from LTTE policies - Govt
The LTTE, by launching an attack on merchant vessels carrying food and other essential items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North, has once again demonstrated that the well-being of Tamil people it claims to represent is furthest from their concern. [Full Story]
India's prosperity and stability will help Sri Lanka - Sec. to President
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been a convinced admirer of Indian and its people from before he rose to Premiership and then to the Presidency. [Full Story]

India will not help LTTE - Indian official
There is a clear distinction between the LTTE and the Tamils and New Delhi is not going to help LTTE, said an official accompanying Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Japan on Tuesday October 21. [Full Story]

LTTE attacks food vessels
LTTE carried out a suicide attack on two Merchant Ship Ruhuna and Nimalawa, in the north sea of Sri Lanka at 5.10, this morning (Oct 22), defence sources said. The ships were carrying essential food supplies to the civilians in Jaffna.
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Atrocities by LTTE - A photo exhibition in London
A photo exhibition in response to false propaganda carried out by the LTTE throughout the world will be open at Center One Hall in Chadwick Street, London tomorrow (22). [Full Story]

Govt responsible for the welfare of every citizen - President
"Our primary responsibility as a government is to look after all our citizens. I carry out this responsibility to the fullest especially with regard to the people who are temporarily displaced in the North, due to the ongoing military operations to defeat terrorism. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu: CPI – M distances itself from resignation call
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) distanced itself from an 'all-party' resolution that says all MPs from Tamil Nadu would resign if no effective steps were initiated by the central government to end the sufferings of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka, according to an IANS news report dated October 20.
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Russia endorses government measures against terrorism
The Russian Government has endorsed measures taken by the Sri Lankan Government against terrorism and pledged its fullest support to the endeavour. [Full Story]

President discusses situation in the North with Indian Prime Minister
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a telephone discussion on Saturday with Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, during which he briefed the Indian leader on the current situation in the North, where the security forces are engaged in an operation to disarm the LTTE and restore democracy, peace and stability to the region. [Full Story]

We are not supporting the cause of LTTE - Congress
The Indian Congress on Saturday said it was worried about the situation in Sri Lanka, particularly about civilian casualties, but said it was not supporting the cause of LTTE or its chief Prabhakaran. [Full Story]
President committed to political solution and ending Tamil civilian hardships
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told Chief Editor, The Hindu, Mr. N. Ram that he is "firmly committed to a just and enduring political solution” to the Tamil question in Sri Lanka and that "there are no military solutions to political questions,” said a news report in The Hindu today (17). [Full Story]

FM tells UN: List LTTE as international terrorist group
Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama who is currently on an official visit to Australia, has called on the UN Working Group under the Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) to consider listing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as an international terrorist group. [Full Story]

Commonwealth Youth Games
President congratulates Ambeypitiya
President Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated Shehan Ambeypitiya, the fastest young man in the Commonwealth for his achievement in winning Gold with new records in the 100m and 200m events at the Commonwealth Youth Games that concluded in Pune, ... [Full Story]

Guarantee freedom of expression, deal firmly with pro-LTTE elements – Editor, The Hindu
N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu in a statement made on October 16 called upon the Tamil Nadu government to guarantee freedom of expression and deal firmly with pro-LTTE elements that attacked the offices and distributing points of The Hindu on three occasions. [Full Story]
LTTE attacks food convoy
A government convoy with food and essential items to the displaced in Mullaittivu had come under artillery and mortar attack by LTTE along the A9 road this afternoon, defence sources said. [Full Story]

Six new diplomats present credentials
Four new Ambassadors and two High Commissioners presented their credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, Colombo this morning. [Full Story]

'TN campaign should not undermine sound Indian policy'
This latest campaign in Tamil Nadu masterminded by a desperate LTTE must not be allowed to undermine the sound policy decision upheld by successive Indian governments since 1991 to stay out of Sri Lanka’s internal affairs, says Malini Parthasarathy in an article published in The Hindu on October 14. [Full Story]

India obliged to assist elimination of LTTE,
says Subramanian Swamy
The time is at hand for India to effectively contribute to the war against terrorism and in promoting democracy by targeting the LTTE, says former Indian Law Minister Subramanian Swamy in an article in the New Indian Express today (15). [Full Story]

Jayalalitha slams Karunanidhi
AIADMK chief Jayalalitha on described as "drama" the Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's call asking the State MPs to quit if the Centre did not intervene within a fortnight into the Sri Lankan army's ongoing offensive in the Tamil speaking areas of that country, Indian media reported. [Full Story]

US wants suspected LTTE supporter extradited
Ramanan Mylvaganam who is charged with providing weapons to LTTE has been ordered extradited to the U.S. from Canada.
A Federal court judge made his decision after hearing evidence during Mylvaganam's extradition hearing in Brampton court last month. [Full Story]

SAARC speeds up efforts to ensure regional food security
The first meeting of the Board of the SAARC Food Bank inaugurated in Colombo this morning to deliberate on important issues pertaining to the operationalization of the Food Bank including the quantum of food grains that will be added by Afghanistan as well as guidelines for the determination of prices, terms and conditions of payment in respect of food grains. [Full Story]
Government’s priority, IDP humanitarian needs - FM
The Government attaches the highest importance to the humanitarian needs of displaced persons and civilians in the areas affected by the conflict, said Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama at the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday (14). [Full Story]

More than one million Sri Lankan children to participate Global Hand Washing Day
More than one million children will participate in the events to commemorate the Global Hand Washing Day which falls today. More than 1500 trained Public Health Inspectors will visit a record number of schools on the day and demonstrate how hand washing should be done according to the correct technique. [Full Story]
Australian Govt supports primary education in Sri Lanka
The government of Australia announced today USD$ 4 million assistance through UNICEF to support more than 600 Sri Lankan schools over the next three years. [Full Story]

AIADMK never backed Tamil militancy - Jayalalitha
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) General Secretary J. Jayalalitha said the her party had never supported Tamil militancy or terrorism in Sri Lanka but it supported the Lankan Tamils’ fight for self-determination, Express News Service reported on Saturday (11). [Full Story]

Australia considers ban on LTTE 
The federal government of Australia is considering banning the LTTE as a terrorist organization following a request made by the Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Australian media reported today. [Full Story]
Time for LTTE to lay down arms and enter democracy
– President tells APC
President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the All Party Conference today repeated his call to the LTTE to lay down arms and surrender. [Full Story]
WTM continues fund-raising for LTTE
In an affidavit to Court the Canadian Police said that the World Tamil Movement (WTM) continues to raise funds for the LTTE despite a ban on it. [Full Story]
We wish for peace in Sri Lanka as much as we do with Israel - President Mahmoud Abbas
The Palestinian people believed in living in peace with their neighbours in Israel, and similarly looked forward to the people of Sri Lanka living together in peace and harmony, said President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority in a statement after talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo today (09). [Full Story]

Palestinian President arrives
President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Dr. Mahmoud Abbas arrived in the country this evening on a two-day state visit. [Full Story]

Al Jazeera interview with President on air tomorrow
The AL Jazeera interview with President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be telecast at the following times: [Full Story]

Explosion at Boralesgamuwa (update)
Minister of Agricultural Development & Agrarian Services Development and General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Maithripala Sirisena had a narrow escape from an LTTE assassination attempt this afternoon, defence sources said. [Full Story]

Explosion at Boralesgamuwa 
An explosion has occurred at Piriwena Junction, Borlasgamuwa short while ago. [Full Story]

Massive paddy cultivation project launched today
A National Programme to cultivate abandoned paddy lands launched in Bandaragama in the Western Province this morning. [Full Story]

Palestinian President due here today
President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Mahmoud Abbas will arrive in the country today on a two-day state visit. [Full Story]
Sri Lanka - China: Sister City Agreements
Following an initiative of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to link important Sri Lankan cities/provinces together with economically developed cities/provinces in China in a bid to develop closer political, economical and cultural relations at regional level, ..[Full Story]

Sri Lankan grassroots group wins special recognition from UN-backed biodiversity prize
Five community groups, including one from Sri Lanka, have been singled out for special recognition by the United Nations-backed Equator Initiative for their innovative efforts to slash poverty and conserve biodiversity. [Full Story]

Government to keep 5000 mt buffer stock in Vanni
The government has committed itself to sending a convoy of trucks into uncleared areas of the Vanni every week until the target of 5,000 metric tones of supplies, which represents roughly two to three months buffer stocks, is met. This is to ensure uninterrupted supplies in the districts of Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu. [Full Story]

UN Secretary General deplores Anuradhapura attack
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the latest suicide bombing in Anuradhapura, which has killed many people, including retired army general Janaka Perera, and wounded scores more. [Full Story]
Karuna Amman enters Parliament
Leader of Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman took oaths before Speaker W.J.M. Loku Bandara as a Member of Parliament today from the UPFA National List. [Full Story]

EU, US condemn terrorist attack in Anuradhapura
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack on October 6 in Anuradhapura that claimed the lives of Major General (retired) Janaka Perera and Dr. Raja Johnpulle and their spouses. [Full Story]

BOI to establish US $ 5 million Technology and Management Institute
A venture to establish a US $ 5 million higher education institute which has facilities to educate 1200 students was approved by the Board of Investment (BOI) last Wednesday. The institute will provide higher education in Communication, Mass Media, Business Management, Engineering and Languages. [Full Story]
President condemns LTTE assassination
President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking at ceremony to distribute lands to the landless at Uyanwatta, Matara today, condemned the covertly and brutal act of terrorism carried out at Anuradhapura, assassinating Major General Janaka Perera, Leader of the Opposition, North Central Provincial Council along with 28 others and injuring scores of others.
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Death toll rises to 27 in Anuradhapura suicide attack
Twenty seven civilians were killed and more than 80 were wounded when a suspected LTTE suicide cadre blew himself in Anuradhapura this morning. [Full Story]

Indian Govt strengthens security along coastline
With a view to foil any attempt by terrorists to sneak into the mainland through the sea, the Indian government has increased surveillance and patrolling of the country's 7,516-km-long coastline spread across nine states and four Union Territories, Hindustan Times reported. [Full Story]

Major Gen. Janaka Perera assassinated
The opposition leader of the North-Central provincial council, Maj General Janaka Perera was assassinated in a bomb explosion at Anuradhapura, this morning believed to have been carried out by the LTTE. [Full Story]
UN food convoy reaches Vanni
A convoy carrying 650 metric tonnes of food , crossed the Omanthai border at 10 am yesterday (2) morning en route to 200,000 civilians displaced behind the lines of confrontation in the Vanni, said a UN press release issued in Colombo. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka relatively safe from US financial crisis
The current financial crisis in the US, which has affected several banks and other financial institutions around the world, is unlikely to hit Sri Lanka's financial market very badly, according to economic experts and professionals in that country, said an IANS news report dated October 2. [Full Story]

Prepare now to avert aging crisis – WB Country Director
Support to families taking care of an increasing number of elderly over a longer period of time through cost effective community-based social care services and income support (pensions, safety nets) for the elderly, may be required– the option largely non-existent in Sri Lanka today. [Full Story]
Govt committed to ensure safety of civilians - Defence spokesman
The Tamil community living in uncleared areas in the North are also Sri Lankans and the government is committed to ensure their safety said the defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella today. [Full Story]

Discreet`crackdown on LTTE to prevent TN emerging as hub
As the Sri Lankan army continue its offensive deep into LTTE strongholds in the island nation's north, Tamil Nadu police have effectively "strangulated" the Tigers' logistical routes by "discreetly" clamping down on members of its logistics module to prevent the state from emerging as their "procurement hub". [Full Story]

Nugegoda flyover construction begins
Construction work of Nugegoda flyover commenced yesterday aiming to ease the huge traffic congestion in Colombo and suburbs. [Full Story]





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