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Defiant face of Mahinda

Colombo main water supply line under LTTE attack

Reports reveals that Labugama – Colombo main water pipeline was damaged yesterday night. The main pipeline burst around 11.30 p.m. leaking a large volume of water into the main road and the marshy land surrounding the premises.On being informed about the incident by a passer by, Police summoned the Army Bomb Disposal team and commenced investigations. It is believed high explosive device containing about 1 kg of explosives has caused the damage.

Experts divided on constitutional arrangements, with Prabhakaran set to reject all proposals

The panel of experts appointed by President Mahinda Rajapakse to examine new constitutional arrangements as a political solution to the crisis in Sri Lankan failed to agree on the final format. While the majority favoured wide ranging devolution of power two dissenting reports will be presented by (1) Mr. HL de Silva, Mr. Gomin Dayasiri, Prof G. H. Peiris and Mr. Manohara de Silva and (2) by Mr. K. H. J. Wijayadasa and Mr. M. D. D. Peiris.Among the major suggestions in the majority report presented yesterday (Wednesday) are: a bicameral legislature; two vice presidents from the to different minority communities, Muslims and Tamils; an autonomous zonal council - and an Indian Tamil Cultural Council – for the Indian Tamils in the central hills etc. etc.

"Not prepared to belittle in the face of the LTTE’s inflexible terrorism," President Mahinda vows to Nation.

Defiant face of MahindaThe recent attack on the secretary of defense by Tamil Tiger Leader Velupillai Prabakaran after announcing about the Eelam state was not something to be dismissed that easily. It had the entire seriousness and terrorists’ hallmarks. This attack should not be considered as a small think Sri Lanka President reminded the nation. Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse addressed the nation yesterday evening after promulgating the new regulations incorporating the tough Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the Public Security Ordinance to outlaw any dealings with groups supporting "terrorism." In his addressed to the nation he said, "I ask you not to belittle this decision as one taken in view of the failed attempt by the LTTE on my brother, the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya’s life."

ICICI Bank launches doorstep banking

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

With the inauguration of doorstep banking in Sri Lanka, by the ICICI Bank, all its customers could avail themselves to these services at their doorstep. This is one of the innovative services lined-up by ICICIB to empower their customers. ICICI Bank uses customer convenience as a strategic tool across all their business lines and by activating this proposition, the Bank is able to integrate and enhance the value of their diverse products, services, and offerings, while optimizing the costs for their customers.

Small hydro power industry connects record 100 MW to national grid

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Grid Connected Small Power Developers Association (GCSPDA) today announced that a total capacity of 100 MW have been connected to the national grid. 3.5% of the country’s electricity requirements can now be supplied from this indigenous industry with a saving of a substantial SLR 3,000 million each year from the country’s foreign exchange bill. "100 MW yield over 350 million units of electricity per annum. Each unit of this indigenous energy saves the country from importing increasingly expensive oil required to power thermal plants. Today a unit of electricity generated by small hydro power plants costs the CEB Rs. 6.05. This is one of the few avenues of profit for the CEB, which is compelled to pay over Rs. 15.00 to purchase diesel based thermal energy," said Dr. Nishantha Nanayakkara, the President of GCSPDA.

Sri Lanka: Nations Leasing in Kandy

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

People in Kandy could now avail themselves to all the leasing product of the Nations Leasing as they have opened a branch located at the Kandy branch of the Nations Trust Bank, their third branch. Keshini Jayawardena, Deputy General Manager- Leasing speaking at the opening of the branch said that difference of Nations Leasing could be that it is now recognized as one of the fastest growing within the financial services sector and that Nations Leasing believes in long standing values and life-long relationships.

Fijian government ousted in military coup

The Fijian military yesterday overthrew the government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. Military head Commodore Frank Bainimarama declared himself interim president and appointed 77-year-old military doctor Jona Senolagakali as prime minister. Heavily armed soldiers are patrolling the streets of Suva, Fiji’s capital. Qarase was placed under house arrest yesterday, then escorted to his home island of Mavana early this morning. He insisted that he remained the legitimate prime minister and accused the military of "raping" the constitution. "I believe there will be a peaceful reaction by thousands and thousands in the next few days and I believe that may change things," he told ABC Radio. Dozens of government supporters, backed by Fiji’s church leaders, protested outside Qarase’s Suva residence yesterday. Bainimarama has warned against any unrest and appealed for calm. According to the latest reports, a state of emergency has been declared today, and senior police and civil servants have been detained.

The Nepal Truce ….

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

Despite all the scenes of jubilation on the streets of Kathmandu and elsewhere in Nepal after the government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) signed the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) a lot of people in and out of Nepal are keeping their fingers crossed. The CPA brings to an end the decade old guerrilla war by the Maoists that had taken thousands of lives and converted the once idyllic Himalayan kingdom into an almost failed state. It looks too good to be true that everything is going to be alright from now onwards.

Norway’s Special Envoy Jon Hanssen Bauer cleared to visit Vanni

Norway’s Special Envoy Jon Hanssen Bauer may visit Kilinochchi located in the Vanni heartland soon. This was disclosed by Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at a media conference held yesterday in Colombo. Norwegian peace envoy, Hansen Bauer, who arrived in Colombo on 29 November, has been staying in Colombo. He was earlier scheduled to visit Kilinochchi on 05 December to hold talks with senior leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But he was told to delay his visit and await the Cabinet decision on regarding proposal on action to be envisaged on LTTE after its failed suicide attack on last Friday on Gotabhaya Rajapakse, Defense Secretary and the younger brother of Sri Lanka’s President.


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