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Sarath Ekanayaka

CEB VC says he did not call all engineers corrupt

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

With reference to our story titled 'Sri Lanka heading towards a possible blackout?' which appeared on August 26, 2006, Ceylon Electricity Board Vice Chairman B.R.O. Fernando has denied making any allegations to the effect that all engineers in the CEB are corrupt. "I have at no instance including at any high-level meetings made statements alleging that all CEB engineers are corrupt. This is all lies," Mr. Fernando stated.

Human Rights Defender U Myint Aye Detained in Burma: Case Brought to the UN

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners today filed the case of human rights defender U Myint Aye with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders. U Myint Aye is a defender of human rights in the whole of Burma. His activities began in earnest in 2005. He frequently talked about human rights using the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and held discussions about human rights with several youth in the country. He was invited to promote and explain human rights in Irrawaddy division, Rangoon division, Magwe division, Pegu division, Shan state and Kachin state.

Meemure will be developed as a model village- Government of Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera,- Reporting from Colombo

Sarath EkanayakaMeemure- a remote village, situated off 33 kilometers off Hunnasgiriya is now being developed as a model village, after villagers continued to agitate with the Government’s policy makers. Meemure villagers are engaged in farming and animal husbandry .However this remote hamlet never earlier received any government assistance to develop its infrastructure in the past two to three decades. Recently Government of Sri Lanka and the Central Provincial Council have jointly agreed to renovate the entire road network from Hunnasgiriya to Meemure, which is now in a dilapidated condition.

No solution in sight to break Nepal's impasse

By M Rama Rao reporting from Delhi

Optimism is in short supply in the Nepalese capital. The fourth round of talks between Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist supremo Prachanda ended in a deadlock on Sunday, October 15 with consensus eluding them on the future of 238-year-old monarchy, and the issue of arms management. While by itself it is not an unexpected development, the fact that no new dates have been fixed for further talks is disturbing to say the least. Both sides met so far three times in October. At the end of each meeting, the dates for next round were announced. In other words, the summit has been postponed indefinitely as the gulf is too wide to be bridged unless flexibility becomes the buzz word again.

UN campaign to ‘Stand Up against Poverty’

A UN campaign to ‘stand up against poverty’ was held in Colombo, where the staff of all UN agencies represented in Sri Lanka gathered at the compound of the UN Head Quarters in the capital Colombo on Monday afternoon to pledge their support for the pro-poor programmes. According to reports, on Sunday 15th October and today 16th Monday several events were held around the country by people of all walks of life in support of the UN campaign against poverty. The events were held in association with CCF Sri Lanka – the appointed National Lead Agency for the United Nations Millennium Campaign.

Sri Lanka Government again refuses monitors access to North

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

The government has again denied the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) access to Jaffna's Muhamalai, where heavy fighting raged during the past few days killing hundreds of troops and Tiger cadres. During a 45-minute long weekly routine meeting held on Friday evening, the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process led by its head Dr. Palitha Kohona had however assured the monitors that they will do their best to grant access to the SLMM to Muhamalai soon.

Sri Lanka Government condemns brutal attack by LTTE on the Sri Lanka Naval personnel

Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) condemned the brutal and the coward attack that claimed over 92 lives while injuring 116 yesterday, on 16th of October. In a strongly worded communiqué, the Government condemned the suicide attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the unarmed Sri Lankan Naval personnel in Daganapothaha, Habarana. The communiqué pointed out that the Sri Lanka Government is all the more shocked over the LTTE’s violent designs aimed at instigating a backlash by massacre of this nature in the Sinhala majority areas and selecting an area where the civilians are present.

Death toll of the suicide attack goes over 100 as Koffi Annan calls it most "Apalling"

By Walter Jayawardhana

The death toll of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) suicide bomb attack at Digampathana near Habaran in the North Central Province rose to more than one hundred reports from Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Colombo and Kandy hospitals where very many of the seriously wounded were admitted show. Issuing a statement from New York Koffi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations described the attack as most "appalling." Immediately after the suicide attack the Sri Lanka government sent its squadron of Kfir jets to bomb a military installation of the LTTE in Mulathivu. A statement said, "Air Force KFIR jets pounded a tiger terrorist base in Puthukuddierippu in the evening hours yesterday (16).

Appointment of Director/Editorial, Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited

Sarath KongahageMr Sarath Kongahage, Chief Executive Officer of SLBC and SLRC has been appointed to the post of Director/Editorial at the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) by Mr Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Minister of Mass Media and Information with concurrence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr Kongahage is a Honors Graduate in Mass Communication and also an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

United States Condemns Suicide Bombing in Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

In a statement issued the State Department of the United States by its spokesman Sean McCormak said that the United States condemns the suicide attack by the liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam near Habarana in Sri Lanka. So far 106 Sri Lanka navy men who have been going on leave have reported killed by this suicide truck bomb.

US, China Head for Showdown Over N. Korea Sanctions

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United States and China, two veto-wielding permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, may be heading for a political showdown over the implementation of a resolution aimed at imposing tough economic and military sanctions on North Korea. The wide-ranging sanctions -- whose enforcement is mandatory on the part of the 192 member states -- have been imposed to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear test last week. Although the resolution, adopted Saturday, authorizes all member states to inspect cargo going in and out of North Korea, primarily to detect the transfer of weapons of mass destruction, China has expressed reservations about implementing it.

Burma: Sudden and Untimely Death of Prominent Political Prisoner Thet Win Aung

Reports reaching Bangkok reveals, Thet Win Aung, (34), a young student activist who has been imprisoned since 1998 has passed away on October 16, 2006 at Mandalay prison. Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a watchdog group of the political prisoners based outside Burma confirmed the untimely death of Thet Win Aung. In a press release, it has been condemned that though the United Nations and many human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International and the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), has repeatedly urged the Burmese military regime to release Thet Win Aung, a young student activist who has been imprisoned since 1998, on the humanitarian grounds due to his deteriorating health condition, these requests fell on deaf ears.

Judgement on North East demerger

A bench of five judges, headed by the Chief Justice, Sarath N. Silva, ruled that the temporary merger of the Northern Province with the eastern province is "unconstitutional, illegal and invalid". The ruling was delivered at 11.35 a. m. on 16 October. The three Petitioners being residents of the Trincomalee and the Digamadulla Districts, within the Eastern Province, the alleged infringement of their fundamental rights to the equal protection of the law, guaranteed by Article 12(l) of the Constitution.The Supreme Court delivered a unanimous verdict to allow the -applications and grant to the Petitioners the relief prayed for in prayers (c) and (e) of the respective petitions. No costs.

Sri Lanka’s peace concerns conveyed to Akashi

By Vandana Jayasinghe – Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan government would not abandon the peace talk efforts though the Liberation of Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE) repeatedly attacks the armed forces and innocent civilians, the Government Chief Negotiator and Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva assured the Japanese Special Peace Envoy Yasushi Akashi at a special meeting held in Colombo, yesterday. Minister de Silva , in his 40-minutes meeting with Mr. Akashi said that President Mahinda Rajapakshe was committed to peace and the government was in the path of finding a durable solution to the ethnic problem. He explained Mr. Akashi about the LTTE's attempts to strengthen its military and to purchase arms during period of peace talks.

Victim of the bizarre murder of the Sri Lankan man gets more complicated; Rambukwella may not be his real name

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Friends and police investigators in Los Angeles were yesterday attempting to trace the wife or next of kin in Sri Lanka of a man murdered in a Los Angeles convenience stores while working as a night duty clerk. The man who was working as Rohan Rambukwella has been found to be an alias and his real name is suspected to be Hiran Ediriweera. Friends said that he has been using an alias since he was under deportation orders in the United States for the last five years.

Information Services center of ITI receives ISO 9000 certification

By Sunil C. Perera – Reporting from Colombo

The Information Services Center of the Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka [ITI] received ISO 9001; 2000 Quality certification from the Sri Lanka Standard Institution [SLSI] to provide better services to local and overseas customers.The certification was awarded by Chairman of the SLSI A.R.L.Wijesekara to the manager of the center at a simple ceremony held on Monday. Speaking at this occasion, Mr.Wijesekara said, the certification would assist boost customers and provide latest science and technology information to them.

Flaws in Thai democracy

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

The coup staged by Thailand’s first Muslim military chief, the 59-year-old Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin, on September 18 will appear to be a logical culmination of events that have taken place in the country since the flawed February 2006 poll that had to be annulled. Ironically, the subsequent poll in April proved to be equally disastrous as it led to continuous tension, with most of urban Thailand appearing to be unhappy with the Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. It is no less ironic that the latest coup came close to the original date for yet another round of polls, October 15, though a postponement was announced virtually on the eve of the coup.

Ministers at Meemure Village

Scenic view of Meemure