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Lanka government passes Budget – 2008 by 16 votes, despite JVP, TNA voting against

By Joseph Thavaraja

The Sri Lanka government pushed its crucial vote on the second reading of the Budget – 2008, a few minutes ago with 118 votes 'for' and only 102 votes 'against'. In a sudden U-turn in their stance, the JVP -the Marxist leftist party-too has voted against the Budget-along with the TNA . JVP's breakaway MP Nandana Gunathilleke however abstained from voting.

JVP, TNA vote against the Budget - 2008

By Joseph Thavaraja

In a sudden U-turn in their stance, the JVP has voted against the Budget-along with the TNA . JVP's breakaway MP Nandana Gunathilleke however abstained from voting. Earlier, the crucial JVP vote was expected to go in favor of the government.

Lanka legislators go into fisticuffs as Parliament prepares for crucial vote

By Joseph Thavaraja

Two legislators in Sri Lanka Parliament went into fisticuffs amidst heated exchanges as the Lankan Parliament began debating Mahinda Rajapakse government's third Budget - 2008. President Mahinda Rajapakse immediately convened his MPs for a for a last minute strategy session, as the Minister of Electricity Mahindananda Aluthgamage and SLFP-People's Wing's Sripathi Suriyaarachchi suddenly went into an unannounced duel. The tense atmosphere was due to the possible anticipated crossovers of legislators before today's crucial vote, but more importantly due to the fears of ruling party members voting against the budget.

As Lanka Parliament is pushed for the crucial evening vote, JVP says decision depends on next two hours, implies departure

Sri Lanka national legislators will decide on the future of the current government this evening-in less than two hours –as they vote on the crucial second reading vote on the 2007 budget. If the Budget is defeated this evening, the Parliament would not be dissolved 'immediately' but the government is required to present another appropriation bill. If this bill too is defeated, the President should dissolve the Parliament. The JVP, the Marxist leftist party holding a decisive 37 member vote bloc in this session, have now announced that their decision will depend on how the Parliamentary proceedings would go in the next two hours. "Our decision regarding the budget would depend on the situation in the Parliament in the next two hours" announced the JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

Nadesan seeks support from Tamil Nadu and India for liberation struggle

P.NadesanThe newly appointed Head of the Political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has sought the support and help for their liberation struggle. “Justification behind the people’s long standing struggle for liberation has to be favorably considered and expect to be of help and assistance to our homeland dream.” P.Nadesan, Head of the Political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has has told when asked what the Tigers expect from Tamil Nadu and India. In a wide-ranging interview said to have been conducted through e-mail by Junior Vikatan, a popular Tamil investigative journal, published twice a week, Nadesan lamented the death of Tamilselvan who was killed in an aerial bombing recently, by the Sri Lanka Air Force planes.

Attacking TBC Radio : Sethurupan and Thamotherampillai’s appeal before Harrow Crown Court today

The appeal filed by Nadarajah Sethurupan of Norway and Anushriskumar Thamotherampillai of London, United Kingdom against the guilty sentence delivered by the Harrow Magistrate court on 31 May 2007, is to be taken up today at the Harrow Crown Court. Earlier on 19th October Harrow Crown Court postphoned the appeal for today. On June 08, 2006, Nadarajah Sethurupan, Anushriskumar Thamotherampillai and Kandiah Uthayakumar were involved in a violent campaign at the Tamil Broadcasting Corporation; a London based Tamil language satellite radio station, located at Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex.

Voting on Budget - 2008: Both sides confident of victory

By Janaka Perera for Asiantribune

The ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) reiterates that the second reading of the 2008 budget proposals cannot be defeated as the government has the majority MPs in Parliament. The State-run Sri Lanka Rupavahini reported yesterday Minister Susil Premjayanth as saying that 117 MPs are directly supporting the government. Of this 64 parliamentarians are from the SLFP, 24 from the UNP 10 from the SLMC, eight from the CWC and JHU, two MPs from the Upcountry People's Front are in government at present in addition, the EPDP MP too has also expressed too his solidarity with the government. The Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka MP too has extended his support to the Government, according to the television news bulletin.

Shall We Give Daw Suu, A Chance?

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

Scanning through the media, both electronic and printed points to the idea that those who have Cetena and interest in Burma seems to be quite impatient. The major driving force behind, is their own vested interest rather the welfare of the country and people. Viewing internationally, China which is not shy of openly supporting the Junta has succeeded in freezing the Security Council. She opposed issuing a presidential statement on Burma, though not legally binding, unlike a resolution—can only be issued with a consensus, even though the majority of the countries in the 15-member Security Council had favored issuing a presidential statement after closed door consultations and briefing by Ibrahim Gambari. “We were disappointed by China’s unwillingness to support a Presidential statement,” said Zalmay Khalizad, the US Ambassador to the UN.

Budget 2008: A development oriented - The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka praised the 2008 Budget as a pragmatic mix of proposals designed to give relief to the broad masses of the people while at the same time providing the platform for growth. At a press Conference call on to disscuss the 2008 Budget, Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, FCCISL said that they have made a few proposals to be included in the Budget. One is the accelerated development in the Eastern Province to be given to the private sector and peace could be augment with accelerated development.

Guinness record holder Pastor Melhite honored

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Pastor of the Town Baptist Church Chumukedima (TBCC), Melhite Kenye, who is known for his discovery of the “tallest paddy” in the world, has been given a befitting honor by TBCC by organizing a colorful and spectacular “Celebration of his 25 Years of Pastoral Ministry” in the same church here at TBCC on Sunday. Melhite came to the Church in 1982 as Pastor and completes 25 years of his pastoral service today in the same church. He never turned back from the service of God.

Share market volatile due to uncertainties

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the market remained highly volatile throughout the week sliding substantially on Friday with All Share Price Index (ASPI) falling by 16 points, nevertheless managed to close 6.2 points higher for the week. ASPI gained 6.2 points or 0.24 -percent at 2625.7 points while the more
sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) slid 8.9 points or 0.25 percent to close the week at 3506.7 points on WoW. Conglomerate JKH generated 14.3 percent of weekly turnover becoming the key contributor for the week. The stock traded almost 1.6 million shares to generate a turnover of Rs.213 million. At Friday’s close, the JKH share was up 1.54 percent WoW to Rs.132.

Frost in India-Russia relations..

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features
The recent touch-and-go visit of the Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh to Moscow provided an occasion to foreign policy watchers to examine the current state of relations between India and Russia. A diagnosis offered by many was that the health of this bilateral relationship is on the decline. The Prime Minister does not share this perception. Nor the charge that his government is hurtling at supersonic speed into the American lap? ‘Ours (India- Russia) is a strategic partnership that has stood the test of time,’ he said on his return his 28-hour Moscow sojourn. There are many shared perceptions on matters of mutual interest. A seemingly intractable issue of the utilisation of Rs 8000 crore rupee debt fund has been resolved; the two countries will work on a multi-role transport aircraft after sharing equally the $600 million cost and also work on a fifth generation fighter plane.


Lanka government passes crucial 2008 Budget by 16 votes, JVP votes against, Minister Anura Bandaranaike votes 'under protest'

By Joseph Thavaraja

The Sri Lanka government passed its crucial vote on the Budget an hour ago ago with 118 votes 'for' and only 102 votes were 'against'. Interestingly, Minister Anura Bandaranaike who voted with the government informed the Parliament that he is casting the vote for the government "only because of his parents." In a sudden U-turn in their stance, the JVP -the Marxist leftist party-too has voted against the Budget-along with the TNA, and the UNP.