December 2008

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Sri Lanka and Cuba to promote bilateral trade
Sri Lanka and Cuba agreed to promote bilateral trade links through visits of Sri Lanka businessmen, participation in trade fairs and strengthening ties with respective Chambers of Commerce during the inaugural session of the Sri Lanka-Cuba Joint Commission held in Havana recently. [Full Story]

LTTE on its last legs - Strategy Page
The fighting around the LTTE capital of Kilinochchi is apparently attracting the best fighters the LTTE has left, but these offensive operations failed, unlike during the last five to ten years and is one reason why the LTTE are on their last legs, says the US based military website, Strategy Page. [Full Story]

Nominations for CP and NWP close today
Nominations for the upcoming provincial council polls in the Central and North Western Provinces will close by noon today. [Full Story]

Govt reduces fuel and gas prices
The Cabinet presided by President Mahinda Rajapaksa last evening decided to reduce the price of fuel and announced a Rs. 16 billion stimulate economic package to revive the tea, rubber, cinnamon and garment industries which will take effect from today. [Full Story]
Palestine & Sri Lanka to train teachers in the first grade and kindergarten
Palestine and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding to train and develop the skills of teachers in first grade and kindergarten on the issues of early childhood to help smooth the transition for a child from kindergarten to first grade. [Full Story]

LTTE targets Catholics
LTTE had abducted 16 children from an orphanage run by the Catholic Church at Dahrmapuram in Kilinochchi on Friday (Dec 26), church sources said. [Full Story]

LTTE agent held in Chennai
The ‘Q’ Branch police on Saturday arrested an LTTE suspect who was allegedly acting as an agent of the LTTE in Chennai, the Hindu reported. [Full Story]
LTTE orders O/L students to enlist
The LTTE had ordered the youth who sat for the GCE Ordinary Level Examination in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts that they should join the organization to fight the security forces or face dire consequences, Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. [Full Story]

Karunanidhi warns supporters of banned organisations
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Thursday sent out a warning to the supporters of the LTTE, saying that the DMK government would not hesitate to take action against those who voice support and act in favour of banned organizations, the Hindu reported. [Full Story]

Sri Lankans to remember tsunami victims today
Sri Lankans today will pay tribute to those who died in the 2004 tsunami. [Full Story]
Christmas spirit has special relevance in Sri Lanka today says President
The spirit of love and joy that Christmas brings has special relevance in Sri Lanka today as we come closer to bringing down the barriers of mistrust and overcoming the fear of terror that have torn our society apart for so long said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Christmas Day message. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka moves into the Middle Income Status – WB
The emerging economic development in South Asia is propelling Sri Lanka into the Middle Income Status, states the World Bank Annual Report for 2008. [Full Story]

Cabinet to decide on petrol price in January
The Cabinet of Ministers met last evening with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in chair to decide on petrol price. [Full Story]

PC nominations accepted from today
Nominations for the dissolved Central and North Western Provincial Councils will be accepted from today till noon December 31, the Election Secretariat said yesterday. [Full Story]

BOI signs agreements for three new projects
The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) granted investment approval for three new projects. BOI Chairman Dhammika Perera signed the agreements on behalf of the BOI and formally presented the BOI Certificate of Registrations to the investors. [Full Story]

NFF supports Government
In a response to the invitation recently extended to all progressives forces by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to unite with the Government to build the country at this decisive moment, the National Freedom Front (NFF) yesterday decided to support the Government. [Full Story]
Free innocent Tamils or face ban - President to LTTE
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today called on the LTTE that to release all innocent Tamils it is holding hostage, in bondage and using them as human shields, with the dawn of 2009, and allow them to come to the safe areas provided for them by the Government and the Security Forces. [Full Story]

Civilian protest against LTTE terrorism in Jaffna
Tamil civilians in Jaffna yesterday staged a massive protest against the atrocities committed by the LTTE. According to the Defence Ministry website over 16000 civilians participated in the protest marched from Kaithadi to Chawakachcheri displaying banners and placards with slogans against the LTTE.  [Full Story]

Our War Heroes, a shining example of sheer courage - President
Our forces had confronted the most ruthless terrorist out fit in the world and defeat them, slowly but steadily, by re-capturing every inch of land from them. [Full Story]
India warned of threats from sea by LTTE terror nexus
The Indian High Commission in Colombo has reportedly drawn the attention of New Delhi to the danger of terrorists entering via the sea. [Full Story]
UK recognizes Sri Lanka's right to fight terrorism
The UK condemns the activities of the LTTE and recognises the Government of Sri Lanka’s democratic right to fight terrorism, said Mr. Bill Rammel, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, participating in an Adjournment Debate on tyhe situation in Sri Lanka in the House of Commons yesterday (18). [Full Story]

LTTE's call for a ceasefire is not sincere says President
The LTTE has a track record of announcing ceasefires when they are militarily weakened and are in need of fresh of supply of arms and ammunition, and need to re-group and recruit fighters. [Full Story]

Terrorism biggest challenge to region: SAARC Gen Secy
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) General Secretary Dr Sheel Kant Sharma on Wednesday underscored the need for the implementation of all past agreements to curb terrorism in the region. [Full Story]
Mohan Pieris sworn in as new AG
Mr. Mohan Pieris PC was sworn in as Attorney General before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at President's House today. [Full Story]

Lok Sabha passes new anti-terror Bills
India’s Lok Sabha – the Lower House of Parliament – yesterday passed two important Bills in its current moves to combat terrorism. [Full Story]

Palestinian clerics urge Muslims to support President Rajapaksa
Sheikh Jamal Ali Saleh Suleiman (Sammarah), Head of the Daawa & Tableegh Center of Beit – Or Tehta in Ramallah, Palestine has made an appeal to all followers of Islam in Sri Lanka to extend their undivided support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his struggle to unite the country and make Sri Lanka a prosperous nation. [Full Story]
Trawlers off Kochi selling diesel to LTTE agents
As the war between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Army is escalating, reports have surfaced about fishing trawlers off Kochi coast making the best out of the war by selling diesel to the LTTE agents at the mid sea for exorbitant rates, the Express Buzz News reported. [Full Story]
ADB assistance much needed for the development of North
Assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is much needed once the North region is liberated from the clutches of terrorism soon said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. [Full Story]

Cuba and Sri Lanka strengthen economic cooperation
Cuba and Sri Lanka inaugurated the first Session of the Intergovernmental Joint Commission for Economic and Scientific-Technique Collaboration on December 15 to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. [Full Story]

Its time for EU to act against LTTE front organizations, tells Sri Lanka at the Europol seminar
Sufficient evidence was available that the operations of front organizations are an integral part of the LTTE, as seen in recent action against the LTTE fronts in the US and Canada said the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg Ravinatha Aryasinha. [Full Story]

Standard & Poor’s revision without proper assessment of current developments - CB
The Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) decision to downgrade Sri Lanka’s sovereign rating from B+ to B citing certain concerns is factually incorrect, logically untenable and grossly misleading said the Central Bank. [Full Story]

Naxals learning child recruitment from LTTE: Chhattisgarh Chief
The Naxals, a terrorist outfit in India, are said to be taking lessons from the LTTE on the use of child soldiers, according to Indian media reports.  [Full Story]
LTTE abuses civilians in Wanni
Forced recruitment, restrictions on movement put lives at risk - HRW
LTTE is subjecting Tamils in the Wanni to forced recruitment, abusive forced labor, and restrictions on movement that place their lives at risk, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.  [Full Story]

Foreign Minister explains govt’s humanitarian efforts in the North
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has said that reports of a scarcity of food and essential items in the Wanni are far from true. On the contrary, despite prevailing adverse weather conditions and obstacles placed by LTTE, the Government has ...  [Full Story]

No force can reverse our military victories - President
President Mahinda Rajapaksa reiterated that no force can reverse the unparalleled victories achieved by the Security Forces against LTTE terrorism as they are fighting a war setting an example to the entire world without facing a single ... [Full Story]
Sri Lanka gains GSP+ extension
The European Union has decided to extend the GSP+ facility to Sri Lanka for three years, from January 1, 2009 to end 2011.  [Full Story]

Nominations accepted for dissolved PCs
Nominations for the dissolved Central and North Western Provincial Councils will be accepted from December24 – 31, the Election Secretariat announced today. [Full Story]

Japan funds to improve livelihoods of Mannar communities
The Japanese Government through its "Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP)" has provided US$ 88, 020 to improve livelihoods of communities in the Mannar District.  [Full Story]

Europol seminar addresses countering LTTE
Europol, The EU police organization concluded a seminar Wednesday addressing the subject of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.  [Full Story]

Indonesian President calls for united stand in fighting terrorism
Indonesian President, Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a united stand in the fight against terrorism. The Indonesian leader made this remark during a call on him by Foreign Minister, ... [Full Story]

BBC false report earns WFP apology to Sri Lanka
The World Food Program in Sri Lanka has apologized to the Government of Sri Lanka over a grossly false comment on the country by one of its officers broadcast by the BBC, describing Sri Lanka as a Somalia.  [Full Story]

Tamil Nadu unmindful of terror spread in India - Sangaree
“Everybody in Tamil Nadu is unmindful of how fast this risk [of terrorism] is spreading into the other States in India. Perhaps the bitter memories of Hon. Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination are gradually fading away in their minds… Tamil Nadu cannot easily forget how his remains were recovered in pulp.” ...  [Full Story]
FM highlights threat of terrorism to democracy at Bali Democracy Forum
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogallagama highlighted the potent and ominous challenge that many democracies face today, emanating from the threat of terrorism. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the Bali Democracy Forum in Nusa Dua, Bali today. [Full Story]

New diplomatic appointments to SL Missions abroad
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the nomination of ambassadors to five countries, namely Japan, Lebanon, Brazil, Nepal and Myanmar, among other diplomatic appointments that have been made recently. Three senior career diplomats belonging to the Sri Lanka ... [Full Story]
President on 60 years of UDHR
“We in Sri Lanka renew and reaffirm our committed to upholding the values and goals proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which also requires the elimination of terrorism in all its forms, ... [Full Story]

New Spring of Development in the North
– President Rajapaksa
Now, in addition to the Negenahira Navodaya or New Dawn in East we are ready to launch the New Spring in the North. This is the New Spring of development in the North. [Full Story]

Central and North Western PCs dissolved
The Government dissolved the Central and North Western Provincial Councils with effect from midnight yesterday through two special gazette notifications issued by the Governors of the two provinces. [Full Story]

Hajj symbolises spirit of unity - President
The Hajj symbolises the spirit of unity when millions of pilgrims speaking different languages and belonging to different nationalities and cultures proclaim the same mission - divinity, unity and greatness of God, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a Hajj message. [Full Story]
Budget 2009 passed
The Third Reading of the 2009 budget was passed in Parliament today with a majority of 42 votes. [Full Story]

One more bullet-ridden boat found
The Indian Coast Guard on Saturday (December 6) recovered one more boat with bullet marks at Arichamuna raising suspicion among officials that the LTTE were sneaking into Tamil Nadu. [Full Story]

Final vote on budget today
The vote on the Third Reading of the Budget will be taken in Parliament today. [Full Story]

SAARC Charter today
The main objective of SAARC is the promotion of the welfare of the people of South Asia as a whole and the improvement of the quality of their lives, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.  [Full Story]
Security forces discover hundred boats at Alampil
According to the MCNS Security forces yesterday (04) discovered hundred fiberglass boats used by the LTTE in Alampil area. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka - Turkey target $ 1billion trade
President Rizanur Meral of the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) announced at the Joint Sri Lanka and Turkey Business Forum in Istanbul yesterday (4) that the two countries have set a target of $1 billion in trade over the next three to four years. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka: The emerging centre point for investment in South Asia
ISTANBUL, December 4 – “The current State Visit of His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa to Turkey would surely mark yet another important milestone in our bilateral ties. [Full Story]

President returns
President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to the island today (05) after a successful official visit to Turkey. [Full Story]
President invites Turkish investors to Sri Lanka
President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the Turkey-Sri Lanka Business Forum said he was confident that the businessmen and industrialists will look at Sri Lanka with positive perspective and invited them to visit Sri Lanka and experience what Sri Lanka has to offer. [Full Story]

ADB approves US $ 83 million for Dry Zone Water and Sanitation Project
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved financing to the value of US $ 83 million for the Dry Zone Urban Water and Sanitation Project. Of this amount US $ 23 million will be a grant and the rest will be a loan payable in 32 years with a grace period of 8 years. [Full Story]

TMVP signs Action Plan on Child Recruitment
The Government, the TMVP, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed an Action Plan on Monday to ensure that the recruitment and use of children by the TMVP comes to an end, and that all children currently with the TMVP are released and provided with reintegration assistance. [Full Story]

President to meet Turkish business community
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who arrived in Turkey on an official visit at the invitation of the President of Turkey will chair Turkey-Sri Lanka Business Forum today attended by leading business persons from Turkey and Sri Lanka to discuss the possibilities of Turkish investment in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

‘LTTE is part of problem in Sri Lanka’
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday reiterated that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was part of the problem in Sri Lanka and could never be made a part of the solution, according to a news report in The Hindu today (4). [Full Story]
President arrives in Istanbul
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa arrived at Sabiha Gokchen Airport, Istanbul a short while ago.[Full Story]

Obama committed to eliminate terrorism
United States President - elect Barack Obama told a Washington press conference held on December 1 to introduce his national security team that himself and his team “are absolutely committed to eliminate the threat of terrorism and that is true wherever it is found.” [Full Story]

President leaves for Istanbul
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who had a busy schedule at Ankara yesterday (Tuesday 02) left for the other important Turkish city, Istanbul, today. [Full Story]

President appreciates Turkish solidarity
Sri Lanka has and will always appreciate, the solidarity shown by Turkey in Sri Lanka's fight against the menace of terrorism. This close affinity has been a telling feature in our bilateral relations, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Ankara, Turkey on December 2 at the Banquet hosted in his honour by the President of Turkey. [Full Story]

World full of serious challenges – Turkish President Abdullah Gul
“Today we live in a world full of serious challenges. Many of these affect our countries in varying levels. But I feel the need to especially underline one of them, since it consumes innocent lives, causing enormous damage in Turkey and Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Turkey & Sri Lanka in greater resolve to combat terrorism
Ankara, Dec 02 - Many importan agreements and understandings were reached at the bi-lateral talks that took place between President Abdullah Gul of Turkey and President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka at the Presidential Palace in Ankara yesterday (Dec 2). [Full Story]

No terrorist action can be justified – President Gul of Turkey
“Today we live in a world full of serious challenges. Many of these affect our countries in varying levels. But I feel the need to especially underline one of them, since it consumes innocent lives, causing enormous damage in Turkey and Sri Lanka. That is terrorism. [Full Story]

Finalize global conventions against terrorism
– President at Ankara
“Given the terrorism related challenges Sri Lanka and Turkey face, our two countries have been consistently calling for concerted international action against this menace. Sri Lanka understands Turkey’s concerns of terrorism, given its own experience in dealing with this issue. [Full Story]
Turkey and Sri Lanka to cooperate against terrorism
- President Gul
Addressing the media after the signing of two bi-lateral agreements between Turkey and Sri Lanka Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Turkey and Sri Lanka share a common problem of terrorism and with new progress in the relationship between our two countries there is greater cooperation in facing the challenge of terrorism. [Full Story]

Relief for stranded Sri Lankans in Bangkok
Sri Lankan Embassy in Thailand and the SriLankan Airlines have made arrangements to send home Sri Lankans stranded at besieged airports in Bangkok. [Full Story]

President arrives in Turkey
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa arrived at Turkey’s Esenboga Airport at Ankara last evening (Dec 01) on an official visit at the invitation of the President of Turkey. [Full Story]

President calls for global action to fight terrorism
President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the Mumbai terrorist attacks should remind everyone about the risk of terrorism and the need for international cooperation to stop it said President Mahinda Rajapaksa during an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI) in Rome yesterday. [Full Story]

US extends ban on LTTE
The United States extended the ban on LTTE for five more years since it considers it as a terror organization. [Full Story]
President has audience with Pope
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who visited the Vatican this morning (Dec 1) has an audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. [Full Story]

LTTE has nowhere to turn – The Hindu
With the imminent fall of Killinochchi, the LTTE’s administrative headquarters, and with strategic Ponneryn in the hands of the Sri Lankan army, the organisation that is banned or designated as terrorist in some 30 countries has nowhere to turn… [Full Story]

Security Forces liberate Kokavil
Troops of Sri Lanka Army 57 division today (December 1) liberated Kokavil town. [Full Story]





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