November 2008

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President arrives in Rome
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa arrived in Rome today (Sunday 30) on a special visit to mark the restoration of direct flights to Rome from Colombo by Sri Lankan Airlines. [Full Story]
LTTE ban to stay in India
India’s ban on the LTTE will stay despite Prabhakaran’s appeal to lift it, which was made in his annual speech on Thursday (27). According to a news report filed by IANS news agency, official sources have said that “India has no intention of lifting the ban on Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers. [Full Story]

LTTE’s overtures to India will not find accommodation - FM
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told Parliament today (28) that Prabhakaran’s overtures to India contained in his latest message yesterday will not find accommodation. [Full Story]

Jail for celebrating Prabhakaran's birthday
A magistrate in Chennai, India Thursday (27) jailed two lawyers K. Shankar and Muthu Siva Kumar, said to be members of MDMK for publicly celebrating the birthday of LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. [Full Story]
President condemns terrorist attacks in India
My Government and I hasten to condemn most vehemently the brutal acts of terrorism that killed more than 100 persons and injured many more in the attacks carried out in the Indian city of Mumbai last night. [Full Story]

Hindu Priest shot dead by LTTE gunmen in Batticaloa
A Hindu Priest was shot dead by LTTE gunmen at Mamangama in Batticaloa, early this morning. [Full Story]
HRW mocks the liberation of East from terror
Human Rights Watch doesn’t find anything positive to say about the liberation of the Eastern Province. It rather mocks the achievement, in fact. [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu opposition boycotts all-party meeting on SL issue
Most of the Tamil Nadu opposition parties Tuesday boycotted an all-party meeting called by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to discuss the plight of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka, IANS reported. [Full Story]

No ceasefire till LTTE gives up arms - President Rajapaksa
We are not ready at all to negotiate with the LTTE until they lay down arms, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a discussion held with foreign and local religious dignitaries at the Temple Trees. [Full Story]

US Charity guilty of funding terror
A religious charity organization in the USA and five of its former leaders, have been convicted of funding a foreign group designated as terrorists by the US Government. [Full Story]

Kilinochchi encircled by troops on three fronts
- TIME Magazine
“On Nov. 15, government forces seized Pooneryn, giving Colombo full control over its western seaboard for the first time in over a decade…..and the LTTE’s de facto capital, Kilinochchi, is encircled by troops approaching on three fronts,” states the international magazine TIME in its Nov 20 issue reporting on Sri Lanka. [Full Story]
LTTE more dangerous than Al-Qaeda, says Indian Govt
The Indian Government has described the LTTE as a lethal terrorist outfit more dangerous than Al-Qaeda and warned Tamil Nadu politician that any dealings with such a terrorist groups could be deadly counterproductive to democracy. [Full Story]

Fishing restrictions eased in Jaffna
The Government yesterday eased fishing restrictions in Jaffna in the aftermath of the regaining of Pooneryn. [Full Story]
Terrorists want to create fear psychosis, disturbances – Indian Home Minister
Terrorists choose targets for creating a fear psychosis, which can lead to disturbance of bigger and more complicated nature, said Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil inaugurating a two-day conference of Senior police officers in New Delhi. [Full Story]

Officials suspect LTTE taking jungle route to enter TN
A boat with bullet marks was seized at Kambipadu near Dhanushkodi on November 19. The spotting of the abandoned boats is raising concern, an IB official said adding if the LTTE had come by the boats they would have gone into the vast stretches of casurina jungle between Pamban and Dhanushkodi. [Full Story]
AI – Subjective and Misleading on Sri Lankan IDPs
Amnesty International (AI) has failed to present an objective analysis of the challenges and successes of the Sri Lankan Government in addressing the needs of Sri Lankan persons affected by the conflict. [Full Story]

Security beefs up in TN to check LTTE infiltration
Indian Coast Guard vessels are carrying out coordinated patrolling to keep up surveillance to check any LTTE infiltration along the Tamil Nadu coast, Director General of Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral R F Contractor said on Tuesday. [Full Story]

Canadian investigators accuse TRO of working with LTTE
RCMP counter terrorism investigators and Canada Revenue Agency charity regulators accuse the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization of having ties to the LTTE, National Post newspaper reported. [Full Story]

LTTE holding Wanni civilians hostage - Strategy Page
The LTTE decides who works for the NGOs, and these aid organisations are persuaded, or coerced, to do what the LTTE wants. [Full Story]
Govt. rejects AI charges of aid blockade
The Sri Lanka Government categorically rejects the assertion made by Amnesty International (AI) in its latest report that it is carrying out a policy of blocking humanitarian aid needed for the people at present displaced in the Wanni region, states a spokesman for the Presidential Secretariat. [Full Story]

Army overruns LTTE's FDL
Security forces have overrun the LTTE Forward Defence Line (FDL) at Muhamalai and Kilali in Jaffna this morning (20), Sri Lankan Army sources said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka chairs ICT Committee of ESCAP
Sri Lanka’s representative Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President, was yesterday (19) elected Chairman of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Committee of ESCAP – the Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. [Full Story]
Central Bank forfeits TRO Funds
The Central Bank has forfeited a sum of approximately Rs. 71 million which was lying to the credit of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO). [Full Story]

SAARC officials meet in Kandy
The SAARC Programming Committee comprising of senior officials of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of SAARC Member States will hold its first meeting since the 15th SAARC Summit, in Kandy, today. [Full Story]

USAID provides safe water to Ampara communities
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday completed of the Pottuvil/Ulla Water Treatment Plant and Ulla Supply System, to give the residents of these coastal villages safe and clean water for the first time since the tsunami. [Full Story]
Heavy sea battle off Nayaru
The Navy destroyed 2 LTTE crafts killed 6 terrorists killed during a pre-dawn sea battle off Nayaru, this morning (Nov 18). [Full Story]

President 63 today
President Mahinda Rajapaksa turns 63 today. He also celebrates the third anniversary of his election as the Head of State. [Full Story]
Sri Lanka establishes diplomatic relations with Botswana
Sri Lanka and Botswana have established formal diplomatic relations at ambassadorial. The Joint Communiqué to this effect was signed on October 27, 2008 by the Permanent Representatives of Sri Lanka and Botswana to the United Nations in New York. [Full Story]

Tea industry: FM seeks support from importers
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama met a group of Ambassadors and diplomats from leading countries importing tea from Sri Lanka to seek their governments' intervention in facilitating the activities of the private tea companies in the market to ensure a sustained demand for tea from Sri Lanka. [Full Story]
Pooneryn falls: “Lay down arms now”
- President tells LTTE
“In this situation my clear message to Prabhakaran and the LTTE is to lay down their arms and come forward for discussions with us forthwith”, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a statement to the nation on the success of the Security Forces in regaining control of the A 32 Highway and Pooneryn in the North of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Troops enter Pooneryn
LTTE’s last west coast stronghold falls
Troops of Army Task Force 1 have entered LTTE stronghold of Pooneryn in the North this morning (Nov 15), making a significant gain in the continuing operations to defeat terrorism in the country. [Full Story]
President returns
President Mahinda Rajapaksa after attending the second Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in New Delhi returned to the island today. [Full Story]

Military gains with care for the displaced - Minister Samarasinghe in Budget Debate
“While we make gains militarily in combating terrorism, we are also reinvigorating democratic institutions…The problems posed by internally displaced persons, their resettlement and return, as well as the care and welfare of ordinary civilians affected by the conflict, ... [Full Story]

President holds bilateral discussions with Nepali PM
On the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit, President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral meetings yesterday with Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. [Full Story]

‘Tamil people my responsibility’, President tells India 
Tamil people are very much a part of his responsibilities as the Head of State and Government and that he would take all measures for their safety, ... [Full Story]

USAID completes two more vocational education schools in East
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday completed the final two out of a total of nine new vocational education schools. [Full Story]

Japan funds rehabilitation and resettlement projects in three districts
The Japanese government has provided a sum of US$ 394,142 to implement three projects in three Districts through its "Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)". [Full Story]
Sri Lanka wholly with BIMSTEC against terrorism and organized crime - President Rajapaksa
“Sri Lanka wholeheartedly supports the BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking as an important and vital milestone in our efforts on counter terrorism,” ...  [Full Story]

Second BIMSTEC Summit begins today
The second Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) will begin at New Delhi today. [Full Story]

LTTE want ceasefire to re-group - Strategy Page
The LTTE wants a ceasefire so they can rebuild their army, and develop new guerilla and terror tactics to regain lost territory. [Full Story]

National Training Programme for Police, Probation & Labour Officers launched
A National Training programme for Police, Probation and Labour officers will be inaugurated today at the SLFI in Colombo.
[Full Story]

President paid courtesy call on Maldivian President
President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid a pay a courtesy call on the new Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed during his brief official visit to Male on November 10-11. [Full Story]
Combating terrorism prominent at BIMSTEC  
Combating of terrorism, transnational organized crime and illicit drug trafficking will feature prominently at the second Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) to be held at New Delhi on November 13. [Full Story]

President Rajapaksa attends Maldivian President’s inauguration
The inauguration of new Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed took place at Male today (11). [Full Story]

Indian tribunal upholds ban on LTTE
A special tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge yesterday upheld the Centre's notification for extending the ban on LTTE for another two years, Press Trust of India reported. [Full Story]

Ultimate victory certain – Defence Secretary
Noting that the approach of the security forces has been correct, the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in an interview with Business Today said that “in analysis, preparation and execution of plans, we have scored many successes and ultimate victory is certainly within our grasp.”  [Full Story]
A new twist - INGO vacancy ads with LTTE obituaries
"Efforts to mislead Wanni youth into the LTTE recruitment drive unraveled." [Full Story]

US commends Sri Lanka's war against LTTE
A top US military official Wednesday commended the Sri Lankan military for its recent successes against the Tamil Tigers, whom Washington has designated as a terrorist group, IANS reported. [Full Story]]

President congratulates new Maldivian President
President Mahinda Rajapaksa felicitated the newly elected President of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Mohamed Nasheed. [Full Story]

Budget at a glance
Public Servants cost of living allowance increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,500 ... [Full Story]
Lay down arms or be militarily defeated- President to LTTE
“My earnest plea to the terrorists is to lay down arms and join the democratic process, even at this last moment. If not, they would be militarily defeated”, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the ongoing military operations to defeat terrorism, in his Budget Speech to Parliament today (06).
[Full Story]

Fuel prices come down
[Full Story]

Budget today 
The government will present the 2009 budget in Parliament today. This is the fourth budget to be presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa after he was elected to office 2005. [Full Story]
President congratulates Obama
President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message of congratulations to the US President-elect Senator Barack Obama has expressed great pleasure at his success at yesterday's US election. [Full Story]]

Foreign Minister underscores Indo - Sri Lanka’s friendship 
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Sri Lanka condemns bomb blasts in Assam and Pamplona
Sri Lanka has denounced the multiple bomb blasts that occurred in the Indian State of Assam as well as the car bomb explosion at the University of Navarra in the Spanish city of Pamplona on October 30 causing death and injury to a large number of civilians. [Full Story]
No end till we get Prabhakaran - President
The Government will declare a ceasefire only if the Tigers lay down weapons and surrender, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told India Today in an interview. [Full Story]

IMF commends SL’s recent economic performance
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently concluded the Article IV consultation with Sri Lanka and commended Sri Lanka’s recent economic perormance and endorsed Sri Lanka’s macroeconomic policies under the Ten-Year Development Plan. [Full Story]

Another food convoy enters Wanni
Twenty nine lorries carrying essential items including flour, sugar, dhal, rice, oil and medicine, needed by civilians in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu have reached Omanthai entry/exit point this morning. [Full Story]





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