March 2009

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Govt. aims at full participation of youth in development
- President
The government expected to obtain the full participation of Sri Lanka’s youth in the tasks of National Development, and the new University of Vocational Technology is an important move for this purpose, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the inauguration of Sri Lanka’s first university of Vocational Technology at Rathmalana today (31). [Full Story]

UNHRC hops onboard Tamil Tigers’ bandwagon - Manila Times
Much of the fodder that the UN rights body offered as its own diligently cross-checked facts was the same self-serving pap the Tamil Tiger propaganda machine is spewing out on the Internet. [Full Story]

India offers help for IDPs
India has already increased the size of the Indian funded hospital in Pulmudai and sent an additional batch of doctors last week, Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon told the journalists in Delhi yesterday (30). [Full Story]

Thousands of civilians flee LTTE hold
Since January more than 61,421 civilians including women, children and the elderly have fled from the LTTE's grip and sought protection with security forces, military sources said.
[Full Story]

Kerala police on alert for LTTE
Kerala is on alert for LTTE cadres, following the reports of a group of suspected LTTE militants fleeing into the Southern state. [Full Story]

U.S. donates medical supplies for hospitals in North
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday (30)donated equipment and basic medical supplies to the Ministry of Health to treat 50,000 civilians at hospitals in the North. [Full Story]
Sri Lanka - Indonesia sign bilateral agreement on visa exemption
Sri Lanka and Indonesia signed a bilateral agreement on visa exemptions for the diplomatic and officials travel between the two countries. [Full Story]

Sea battle in off Chalai; a senior sea tiger leader killed
Al least 26 LTTE Sea Tigers killed and four LTTE boats were destroyed by the Navy during confrontation in Chalai, Mullativu this morning. [Full Story]

Over 60,000 civilians flee LTTE hold
Since January more than 59,773 civilians including women, children and the elderly have fled from the LTTE grip and reported to the safety of government held areas, military sources said. [Full Story]

LTTE help for Indian Maoists?
The Maoists’ plan to challenge the Indian security forces during the forthcoming general election may turn ominous as the former are likely to get support from various anti-national groups including a battered LTTE looking to create diversions. [Full Story]

Govt. breakthrough in dialogue with Sri Lankan Tamils abroad
The Government made a significant move in establishing a dialogue with the Sri Lankan Tamil community abroad that is committed to the restoration of peace and democracy in the country, when it had discussions with members of the expatriate Sri Lankan Tamil community on Saturday (28). [Full Story]
TNA silent on LTTE responsibility for deaths, injuries and entrapment of Tamil civilians
“We note that no allocation of responsibility upon the LTTE, for the entrapment and confinement of these innocent civilians, is made by the TNA. This appears to the Government to be a startling omission. [Full Story]
Better facilities for increased IDPs in govt. areas
Consequent on the improvement of the security situation with regarding the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Vanni, and the willingness of the Government to work together with the United Nations in all practical approaches to the best treatment of IDPs, the Government has taken several measures to enhance facilities for IDPs coming in large numbers to Government held areas. [Full Story]

Over 57,000 civilians seek protection with security forces
Since January more than 57,394 civilians including women, children and the elderly have fled the LTTE area to the safety of government held areas, military sources said. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka's U.S Envoy meets Senate Leader
Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, met U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, earlier this week  to discuss the present situation in Northern Sri Lanka and post-conflict development. [Full Story]

UN relief chief says LTTE holds civilians as human shields
Forced recruitment continues within the combat zone, and the LTTE is not allowing civilians out of the area, so said U.N. Humanitarian Affairs Chief John Holmes addressing reporters after an interactive Security Council discussion with regard to the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka yesterday (26).
[Full Story]

Thailand to help combat terrorism
Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva appreciated Sri Lanka's measures to counter terrorism and the concerns about attempts by terrorists to operate in the region. [Full Story]
Over 55,000 civilians flee LTTE hold
Since January more than 55,286 civilians including women, children and the elderly have fled the LTTE area to the safety of government held areas, military sources said. [Full Story]

SL President committed to devolution - Indian PM writes to TN Chief Minister 
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa “very recently affirmed his commitment to a devolution package, which he said would fully satisfy the Tamils,” Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said in a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. [Full Story]

I am not fond of LTTE : Rahul
The LTTE is a terrorist group. I am not particularly fond of LTTE myself. It killed my father, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi said at a press conference in Puducherry. [Full Story]

UN gives unverified IDP casualty figures to media and donors
The UN system has been exposed for using figures that it cannot verified as accurate about the recent civilian casualties in Sri Lanka, in official statements to the media and communications to donor countries in relation to Sri Lanka.
[Full Story]

LTTE kills another group of innocent civilians
A group of LTTE cadres shot dead at least four farmers and injured another four in Manikdeniya, Welikanda last night, defence sources said. [Full Story]

'LTTE do not represent anyone - certainly not the Tamil people' says Lord Naseby
The Tigers do not represent anyone - certainly not the Tamil people Chair of All Party Parliamentarian Group Lord Naseby.  [Full Story]
LTTE fires at evacuation flights
LTTE terrorists have fired surface-to-air-missiles (SAM) at two Sri Lankan Air Force Bell- 212 helicopters, engaged in casualty evacuation operations in Puthukudiyirippu today (March 25) at around 11a.m. [Full Story]

Over 1000 civilians seek protection with security forces
A total of 1,386 civilians have sought protection with troops of the 58 Division now operating North of Iranapalai and Andampuram in Mullaittivu by yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said. [Full Story]

LTTE shot dead five farmers killed in Serunuwara
Five paddy farmers were killed and 2 wounded when a group of LTTE terrorists stormed into Dehiwatte village at Serunuwara yesterday. [Full Story]

SL Community leaders selected for innovative U.S. Exchange Program
Seventeen Sri Lankan community leaders from fields including community development, education, journalism, and business, will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a three-week program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that will focus on reducing marginalization, resolving conflict, and promoting democratic engagement in Sri Lankan civil society, a US Embassy press release said. [Full Story]

BJP rules out support to LTTE
The BJP on Tuesday said any support to the LTTE in Tamil Nadu would hurt the cause of Sri Lanka Tamils, as the image of the banned outfit has suffered a "setback" in the state following its involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the PTI said. [Full Story]
Sri Lanka engaged in a legitimate military and humanitarian operation: DSG at the UN
There is no genocidal situation in Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka is engaged in a legitimate military and humanitarian operation, aimed at liberating its own people from LTTE terrorists said Deputy Solicitor-General Yasantha Kodagoda at the council session during its ongoing session yesterday. [Full Story]

India – Sri Lanka: Top Secretaries to meet 
Mr. T. K. A. Nair, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh is due to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow (25) at the invitation of the Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga. [Full Story]

President to meet Tamil and Muslim political parties
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has summoned a meeting of all Tamil and Muslim political parties, including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), on March 26 for an interaction on the prevailing political situation. [Full Story]
Yal Devi will show our resolve for unity and coexistence
- President
I have asked the Minister of Transport to run the Yal Devi train at least five more kilometers beyond Vavuniya by the coming April 23, and consolidate the nation’s resolve that our war heroes have shown. It would show our resolve for co-existence. [Full Story]

Exodus of civilians reaches 50,000 
The total number of civilians fleeing from uncleared areas to government controlled areas since January has risen to 50,000. [Full Story]

Dayan chosen as Coordinator of the UNCTAD Asian Group 
Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka was unanimously chosen as the Coordinator of the Asian Group of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on March 19, taking over from Indonesia. [Full Story]
President orders to suspend Rubella immunization programme
President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered to suspend the Rubella immunization programme immediately following the death of one school girl in Matara today. [Full Story]

China opposes move to bring SL issue before UN Security Council
China opposed a second move to bring the Sri Lankan issue before the United Nation Security Council agenda. [Full Story]

Civilian influx exceeds 47,000
More than 47,000 civilians have crossed over to the government controlled areas so far amidst various threats from LTTE and more than 5000 have arrived during last six days said Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe addressing media at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. [Full Story]

Canadian double standard on terrorism exposed
The National Post newspaper in Canada exposed the double standard by the Canadian authorities in ethno-politics on terrorism as Canadian Tamil demonstrators in Toronto on Monday carried LTTE flags and pictures of the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in a protest against Sri Lanka. [Full Story]
Over 2,000 civilians cross over to government controlled areas
Over 2,000 civilians had cross over to the government controlled areas by Tuesday and the majority of them had reached the 58 Division troops deployed in the Puthukudirippu area. [Full Story]

Navy rescues 643 fleeing civilians
Sri Lanka Navy yesterday rescued 643 civilians fleeing uncleared areas by boats amidst the LTTE’s firing in northern seas. [Full Story]
Thousands of civilians flee LTTE hold
Since January more than 45,519 civilians including women, children and the elderly have fled the LTTE area to the safety of government held areas, military sources said. [Full Story]

IMF loan will not place any burdens on Sri Lanka - Minister
The interest rate for the IMF loan will be on concessionary rates and it is advantageous to obtain this facility on these terms in the prevailing economic environment, said the Finance and State Revenue Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya. [Full Story]
SL, a pointer to others in healthcare development – Asst. Sec of ECOSOC
The success of Sri Lanka in achieving most Millennium Development Goals with regard to health was to be commended and should be a pointer to other countries as to how these important issues should be handled said Mr. Thomas Stelzer, [Full Story]

World Bank assistance to develop road network and education
The World Bank has extended support for the development of road network and the education system by allocating US$100 million credit to develop the national road network, and a US$60 million grant to support the education system, a World Bank press release issued yesterday said. [Full Story]

Positive sign in UN – Sri Lanka relations: UN Secretary General
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a telephone conference with President Mahinda Rajapaksa this evening (17) said there is increasing cooperation evident between the UN and the Government of Sri Lanka, and this is a positive sign in the continuing relationship. [Full Story]

Pro-LTTE Vaz exposed on sleaze
Damning evidence of how senior Labour MP Keith Vaz intervened in a court case on behalf of a crooked friend was revealed in Daily Mail newspaper. [Full Story]

Minister seeks protection for Ranil
Jagath Pushpakumara Minister of Nation Building requested the Speaker this morning to provide protection to Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe as there were serious threats of assault within the premises of Parliament. [Full Story]

Eradication of terrorism creates broader space to achieve MDGs in the health sector - FM
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has underscored the importance of the Government’s ongoing drive to eradicate terrorism from Sri Lanka, as a means to creating broader space and a more positive environment to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 target date set by the UN. [Full Story]

SL Ambassador calls on LTTE to release the UN staff member 
The Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya yesterday called on the LTTE to immediately release the United Nations staff member and three dependent children who were forcibly detained over the weekend in the conflict zone in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]
1,500 more civilians flee LTTE hold
More than 1,500 civilians including women, children and the elderly have fled from the LTTE and sought protection with the troops of 58 Division operating in Ampalavanpokkanai South as at 3.30 p.m today, military sources said. [Full Story]

LTTE forcibly recruits UN staff member
One UN national staff member and three dependent family members were forcibly recruited over the weekend by the LTTE, inside the government-declared No Fire Zone, a UN statement said today. [Full Story]

MDMK propaganda secretary detained under NSA
The propaganda secretary of MDMK, Nanchil Sampath, was on Sunday detained under the National Security Act (NSA) on charges of making 'provocative speech' on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, during a public meeting at Tirupur in Coimbatore.  [Full Story]
Government rejects OHCHR statement that supports LTTE propaganda
The Government of Sri Lanka categorically rejects the allegations by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, as they are unsubstantiated, unverified and vague; only reflects the propaganda of the LTTE and its agents, and have been made without any consultation with the Government. [Full Story]
Sri Lanka on verge of defeating terrorism
– Hillary Clinton tells President Rajapaksa
The US Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Clinton acknowledged that Sri Lanka is now on the verge of defeating terrorism, and that this presented a great opportunity to restore peace, leading to reconstruction and rehabilitation in the country. [Full Story]
LTTE's Last Battle
The Sri Lanka Army's 53, 55 and 58 Divisions, have now engaged in their last battle against the LTTE terrorists. [Full Story]

Prabhakaran always for personal fiefdom - Liam Fox
It was evident all along that the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was not interested in a political solution to the issues in Sri Lanka and the Tamil people, but in establishing a personal fiefdom for himself, [Full Story]

Japan Funds Humanitarian De-mining Activities in Sri Lanka
The Government of Japan has extended further support for the humanitarian de-mining activities in Sri Lanka and allocated Rs. 80 million to the Swiss Foundation for accelerated de-mining activities in the conflict affected areas of Mannar and Vavuniya. [Full Story]

Northern harvest reaches Colombo 
The first harvest stock from the North reached Colombo last evening by road in nearly 22 years. [Full Story]

EU condemns LTTE
Members of the European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution “condemning the LTTE’s violence and intimidation which are preventing civilians from leaving the conflict area”, [Full Story]
Dalada exposition extended
The special public exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic at the Sri Dalada Maligawa has been extended by another day till March 17 to cater to the large crowds visiting Kandy to pay homage. [Full Story]

Troops capture Puthukkudiyiruppu Hospital
Security forces captured the Puthukkudiyiruppu Hospital this morning. [Full Story]

UK, Russia condemn Akuressa attack
The United Kingdom and Russia condemned the suicide attack by the LTTE at on a religious festival at Akuressa. [Full Story]

Akurassa attack yet another act of desperation by LTTE – Hindu editorial
The suicide bombing — which killed 15 civilians and injured 45 others, including a Minister of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government — outside a mosque at Akurassa in the Matara district of Sri Lanka’s Southern Province is yet another act of desperation by a terrorist outfit fighting for its life said The Hindu editorial today. [Full Story]

Muslim countries condemn LTTE terror attack in Akuressa
The High Commissioners for Bangladesh, Malaysia and the Indonesian Ambassador on behalf of their respective Governments have strongly denounced the suicide bomb attack carried out by the LTTE on Tuesday (March 10) at the Godapitiya Jumma Mosque at Akuressa, targeting a peaceful procession to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday.  [Full Story]

Minister Wijesekera's condition improving
Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mahinda Wijesekera who was injured during Tuesday's LTTE suicide attack at Akuressa, was in an improved condition yesterday and was recovering, Colombo National Hospital Director, Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said. [Full Story]
European countries condemn Akuressa terror attack
Switzerland and France have condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack at Akuressa, which killed 15 civilians and injured 40, including Minister Mahinda Wijesekara. [Full Story]

Cambodian police probe foundation allegedly with ties to LTTE 
National police of Cambodia have opened an investigation into whether a U.S.-based charity allegedly with ties to LTTE, Phnom Penh Post said on Tuesday. [Full Story]

15 dead and 60 injured in Akuressa suicide bomb
The suicide bomb attack cared out by the LTTE at the National Meelad-un-Nabi festival, celebrating the birthday of the Holy Prophet Mohammed, at Godapitiya, Akuressa had killed 15 persons and injured 61. [Full Story]

Karuna joins Govt; leads over 2000 Tamils from East to SLFP
Mr. Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan MP, the former Deputy Leader of the LTTE whose nom-de-guerre was Karuna Amman, joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Monday (9), with a large following of Tamils from the East, and was later to be sworn in as the Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation. [Full Story]
Greater joy in Meelad-un Nabi celebrations this year-President
The Muslims of Sri Lanka will have greater joy in these celebrations this year as they come after the establishment of democracy in the Eastern Province, and the fast approaching liberation of the North too, [Full Story]

Over 300,000 devotees pay homage to Sacred Tooth Relic
Over 300,000 devotees paid homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic during the exposition of past three days, said Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa. This amount comprised with a number of foreigners and diplomats. [Full Story]

IDP Food Ship attacked by LTTE
The ship ‘Bin Tan’ which carrying food, medicines and other essential cargo to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Mullaitivu. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka attracts ME tourists
Middle East travellers visiting Sri Lanka as a Tourist Destination, increased by 24 per cent in 2008, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau's (SLTPB) Middle East Office. [Full Story]

Vietnam - Sri Lanka cooperation strengthens
The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, pledged that Vietnam was always ready to support Sri Lanka's development agenda and assist its people in their effort to maintain peace and stability in the country and in the international campaign against terrorism, [Full Story]

TMVP hands over arms
The Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) handed over the arms that had been provided to its members for self defence and security, on Saturday (7) afternoon during a brief ceremony at the Weber stadium in Batticaloa. [Full Story]

Our Forces lead global war on terror
Sri Lankan Armed Forces have brought unprecedented fame to the country. [Full Story]

UN urges LTTE to remove weapons and fighters from civilians areas
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the LTTE to remove its weapons and fighters from areas of civilian concentration, to cooperate in all humanitarian efforts calculated to relieve the suffering of civilians, and to immediately cease recruitment of children. [Full Story]

SLAF: Distinction in air power and defence
Through its 58 years the Sri Lanka Air Force has shown distinction in air power, defense capabilities, and humanitarian assistance, [Full Story]

Special honour for Navy in changing tide of terror
- President
The Sri Lanka Navy holds a special place of honour for the decisive role it played in changing the tide of against the forces of terror in our country, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a message to make the Commissioning Parade of Officers of the Sri Lanka Navy at Trincomalee, last Saturday (March 7). [Full Story]
No deaths from starvation in North
There has been no case of any citizen in the north of Sri Lanka dying from starvation, and the government will take all measures to prevent such a tragic occurrence… [Full Story]
LTTE responsible for sufferings of Tamil civilians: US
Washington, March 06: Holding the Tamil Tigers responsible for the "increasing sufferings" of civilians in Sri Lanka's embattled north, the United States on Friday asked the outlawed LTTE to stop lobbying shells and shooting guns out of the safe zone declared by the government. [Full Story]

US solidarity with Sri Lanka on Lahore terror attack
The United States is concerned over wider implications for Sri Lanka’s security, especially in the light of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan national cricket team in Lahore last Tuesday (3rd March 2009). [Full Story]
Commonwealth Sec.Gen. condemns attack on SL cricket team
Commonwealth Secretary General in a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed his deep sense of shock about the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan, by saying Sri Lanka team that had gone to Pakistan as ambassadors of goodwill. [Full Story]

Minister tells 'BBC Hardtalk':
If the LTTE lays down their weapons tomorrow, there will not be any reason for us to fight. There will be an automatic ceasefire. [Full Story]

Inflation drops to 7.6%
The rate of inflation dropped to 7.6 per cent last month due to the financial policies implemented by the Central Bank,said State Revenue and Finance Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya in Parliament yesterday. [Full Story]

Exposition of Sacred Tooth Relic
A special public exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic will begin at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy today (March 6). It will continue from 1 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily till March 16, said Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa Pradeep Nilanga Dela Bandara. [Full Story]

Ambassadors condemn attack on Sri Lankan cricket team
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 5, 2009) - In response to Tuesday’s attack in Pakistan of the Sri Lankan cricket team that resulted in the death of up to six policemen and a driver along with several injuries to team members, [Full Story]

Cricket hostages, goal of terrorist coordination in Lahore?
There is a flurry of activity among intelligence organizations and defence think-tanks in key South Asian capitals to uncover those behind the attack on the Sri Lanka cricketers in Lahore, Pakistan, two days ago, with increasing indicators that that the plot may have been to create a major diplomatic crisis involving Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan. [Full Story]
Sri Lanka calls for international treaty to protect sportsmen
Sri Lanka yesterday urged the international community to sign a treaty on the prevention of terrorism with special emphasis on the safety of sportsmen and sportswomen. [Full Story]

Diplomats visited IDP camps in Vavuniya
Foreign diplomats in Sri Lanka visited welfare centers housing internally displaced people in Vavuniya, yesterday to ascertain the conditions at these camps and the measures taken by the government to assist the displaced people. [Full Story]

UN deplores attack on SL Cricket team
The UN condemning the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore said any attack targeting civilians-in this case, athletes- is inhumane and unjustifiable. [Full Story]

Pakistan President assures investigation into the terrorist attack
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari while assuring that all relevant information regarding the investigation process will be shared with the Government of Sri Lanka said that they were looking at a positive outcome that will lead to the identification of the perpetrators of the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore which will serve the concerns of both Sri Lanka and Pakistan. [Full Story]
U.S. condemns attack on SL cricket team
U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed deep concern about the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan, saying the country's frontier regions still is the safe heave for terrorists. [Full Story]

Pakistan leaders express their regrets to the people of Sri Lanka
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the visiting Sri Lanka Cricket team in Lahore yesterday. [Full Story]

Sri Lankan cricketers return home
Sri Lankan cricket team returned to the country early today aborting the tour of Pakistan after the team came under terrorist attack in Lahore yesterday. [Full Story]

President returns
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was on a three-day official visit to Nepal returned home early this morning a day ahead following the terrorists attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. [Full Story]
Nepal, Sri Lanka sign two agreements
Sri Lanka and Nepal today signed two agreements on air service from Kathmandu to Colombo and on forming a ministerial level joint mechanism. [Full Story]

Security Forces bag Puthukkudiyirippu town
Security forces today captured the Puthukkudiyirippu town, the last garrison of the LTTE. [Full Story]

President condemns cowardly terrorist attack of cricketers
President Mahinda Rajapaksa unequivocally condemned the cowardly terrorist attack targeting the Sri Lankan Cricket Team in Lahore, Pakistan, today emphasizing that the Sri Lankan team had gone to Pakistan as ambassadors of goodwill. [Full Story]

Nepal - Sri Lanka Presidents begin political consultations
President Rajapaksa and his Nepalese counterpart Dr. Ram Baran Yadav met at Sital Niwas in Kathmandu yesterday talked on the possibility of linking Kathmandu and the Lanka capital Colombo, [Full Story]

Sri Lankan cricketers injured in Lahore
Several Sri Lankan cricketers including Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavithana were injured in a shooting incident in Lahore a short while ago. [Full Story]

Hardtalk on Sri Lanka
The BBC’s “Hardtalk” programme today – March 03 - will feature the Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe, discussing Conflict and the Humanitarian Situation in Sri Lanka, with the BBC presenter Stephen Sackur. [Full Story]

LTTE’s trapping of civilians, most shocking violation of international law – Sri Lankan Minister to UN Human Rights Council
Hostage taking in a conflict situation is a clear violation of international humanitarian law. How much more egregious, is it when an unlawful belligerent group traps thousands of people in a small tract of land and actively prevents their flight to safety by the use of arms and cold-blooded murder? [Full Story]
President arrives in Kathmandu
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa arrived in Kathmandu a short while ago for a three-day state visit. [Full Story]

A-9 reopens
The Jaffna-Kandy A9 road will be opened for the logistic supplies for military transportation and their movement after 27 years. [Full Story]

SAARC FMs pledge cooperation to combat terrorism
The SAARC Council of Ministers met in Colombo on February 27-28 renewed their commitment to strengthen comprehensive cooperation among SAARC region to combat and eliminate all forms and manifestations of terrorism.
[Full Story]

President left for Nepal
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for Nepal early this morning at the invitation Nepal President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav. [Full Story]

Consensus at UNSC
LTTE must lay down arms: No ceasefire call to Sri Lanka
New York – Reports from the United Nations state efforts by some humanitarian activist groups, largely influenced by LTTE propaganda, and pro-LTTE organisations and pressure groups, had failed in efforts to get the Sri Lankan situation, especially regarding the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north to be taken up by the UN Security Council, have failed. [Full Story]





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