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Mahinda Samarasinghe

Last three decades LTTE created humanitarian crisis and blamed the Government - Bernard Goonatilake, Sri Lanka’s US envoy

By Walter Jayawardhana

Bernard GoonetilekeAmbassador Bernard Goonetileke, envoy for Sri Lanka in Washington DC told Amnesty International that for three decades the aim of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been always to create humanitarian situations in the country’s North and East for its own good and blame it on the government. Goonetileke said LTTE’s aim has been always to exploit the situation to achieve international sympathy and support for its separatist agenda. He was replying to a letter addressed to the Embassy and circulated among the public by the human rights organization.

Pakistan makes a killing in arms supplies to desperate Sri Lanka

By M Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

Neither President Rajapakse of Sri Lanka nor any of his military advisors will be amused to read this story. And the story has all the ingredients of a masala film Bollywood is known to produce with unfailing regularity only to bomb at the box office. Only in this case, the bombs procured at high cost are falling, to borrow the analogy one expert prefers, like stones from mid air on the targets. The electronic fuses are faring no different. At least 200 of the 500 electronic fuses failed to ignite and the supplier had to reluctantly ferry back home the whole consignment and provide replenishment through a chartered A-32 transport plane, going by what is being said in low whispers. "God only knows if the specially flown material will work", rues a Lankan source.

The Hajj

Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz, USA.

Hajj occupies a very important position in the range of forms of Islamic worship. The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) once, answering a question placed it among the basics of Islam. He defined Islam in the following that you openly state that there is no god except Allah, and Mohmmed (PBUH) is the Messenger of Allah; establish the prayer, pay Zakah; fast during the month of Ramadan and offer the Hajj of the House of Allah if you are able to afford journey to it. (Muslim, No: 8)

"Demerger of the Provinces untimely," cautions V.Anandasangaree, Tolerance and Non Violence Laureate

V.Anandasangaree V.Anandasangaree, Tolerance and Non Violence Laureate, a veteran Tamil Leader and the President of the Tamil United Liberation Front has cautioned Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka for his untimely act to demerge North and Eastern provinces. The veteran Tamil Leader pointed out that the hasty decision to demerge the two provinces at this juncture will only make the Tamils and the Muslims of the Eastern Province to desperately go behind the LTTE, finding no alternative and forgetting all their ruthless recent past. In the interest of the country’s unity and integrity at heart, Anandasangaree the Tolerance and Non Violence Laureate emphasized that in the issue of demerger, "I feel that you should allow the people to decide on their own. Please share your views with some Tamil and Muslim Leaders as well."

IWS Holdings and Porsche AG donates Rs. 40 million worth housing complex for tsunami victims

Sunil C. Perera, - Reporting from Weligama, Sri Lanka

After two years of ending of the tsunami devastation, Sri Lanka’s blue-chip conglomerate, IWS Holdings and World's popular Auto manufacturer Porsche AG have jointly donated 30 modern houses for tsunami victims in Polathumodara , Weligama, last Tuesday. IWS's Chairman Arthur Senanayaka and Dr.Henrick Dreier of Porsche AG jointly handed over keys of these houses to Managala Samaraweera , Minister of Foreign Affairs at a simple ceromany held in that location. Speaking to media, Senanayaka said, his company could construct the three story-housing complex after mediation of Minister Mangala Samaraweera to find a suitable land in Polathumodara.

2007: The Road Ahead

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Sri Lanka is caught in a contradiction which will play itself out in the year 2007. The world is unwilling to put up with an unreformed Sri Lanka while Sri Lanka is either unwilling or unable to reform, or to do so in sufficient measure, before the world’s patience runs out. The Sri Lankan reluctance must be understood, not as some quirk of the Sinhalese, still less of Mahinda Rajapakse (or the JVP). An island which is culturally distinct from the mainland and has a history of battling incursions from it, strives to preserve that which it considers essential to its distinctiveness and which permits the maintenance of such distinctiveness.

UN satisfied with Sri Lanka Government handling food situation in Jaffna

Mahinda SamarasingheUnited Nations has acknowledged Sri Lanka Government’s handling of the Jaffna food situation ‘satisfactory.’ Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator has acknowledged this in his letter. This letter was sent by Jan Egeland in response to a letter sent by Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights. In his letter, Jan Egeland thanked the government and Minister Samarasinghe for the excellent support extended to the UN Mission.

Pranab Mukerjee to travel to Sri Lanka amid reports LTTE is getting an upper hand over India’s sea routes

By Walter Jayawardhana

India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka next month amidst reports that the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) insurgents are getting an upper hand over India’s sea routes when there is increasing pressure on New Delhi not to help the Sri Lankan government to crush them. Recently, breaking tradition an "expedient" Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met the proxy party of the LTTE, for the first time since the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by a suicide bomber of the same group.

A legal farce: Iraqi court confirms Saddam Hussein’s death sentence

The confirmation yesterday of the death sentence against Saddam Hussein is the final act in a legal charade directed from Washington. The Iraqi Appeal Court upheld the verdict against Hussein and two of his co-accused—Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar—brought on November 5 for the execution of 148 Shiites from the town of Dujail in 1982. With the only avenue of appeal exhausted, all three can be hanged at any time within the next 30 days. White House spokesman Scott Stanzel hailed the court decision, declaring it to be "an important milestone" in efforts "to replace the rule of a tyrant with the rule of law."

Bernard Goonetileke


Dr.Henrick handovers a key to a house recipient

Three story houshing complex

US Congress bi-partisan lawmakers want a vigorous International public diplomacy program with enhanced funds

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

A record-breaking 162 Members of the United States Congress from both sides of the aisle urged President George W. Bush to make a greater investment in America's diplomatic and development programs as the Administration prepares its FY 2008 Federal Budget Request. In letters to the President, Members of both the Senate and the House called for increased funding for the global programs encompassed in the U.S. International Affairs Budget, which are vital to ensuring U.S. national security, building economic prosperity, and strengthening humanitarian values.