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Latha Walpola – Nightingale of Sri Lanka

Promotion of Export of Construction Related Professional services and contracting capacities

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Chairman of the Chamber of Construction Industry Deshabandu Surath Wickramasingha said the Chamber of Construction Industry facilitated the first trade mission ever undertaken to promote export of construction related professional services and contracting capacities to the international construction market. This mission comprised of 23 companies amounting to 33 delegates representing professionals of Architecture, Quantity Surveying and Civil Engineering in addition to Construction Contractors, Specialist contractors such as MEP and Piling, Manufacturers of high quality construction material, conforming to international standards – Dura Boards and Orange Branded products, and Specialist Software Developers was led by Minister of Export Development and International Trade Prof. G.L. Peiris and Minister of Construction and Engineering Services Rajitha Senaratne visited the State of Qatar during the period 2nd November to 5th November 2007.

Navya Shastra condemns the Government of Malaysia for anti-Hindu discrimination

Navya Shastra an international Hindu reform organization vociferously condemned the Malaysian government for its maltreatment of the Hindu and the greater Indian population in the country. According to Navya Shastra, Malaysian government has been wantonly destroying Hindu temples with active congregations for over a year under the flimsiest of pretexts, including claims that 200 year-old structures occupy "illegal" property. To close observers, Malaysia appears to be sliding towards a theocratic abyss, and its vibrant secular traditions-- in which the 150 year old Indian community has played a significant role building--are under imminent threat.

The Leader- Awakening to a horror

By Palitha Senanayake

Recent attack on the printing press of Leader publication evoked mixed feelings. It was condemned by many while certain quarters greeted it with a sense of remorselessness. Even many of those who superficially condemned the act did so for the simple reason that they did not wish to be identified with those who support the violators of ‘press freedom’. Press freedom is considered a ‘sacred cow’ by the civilized world and hence a physical assault of this nature certainly points to the presence of an anarchic proclivity in the society which will not augur well for the sustenance of that society. Yet, then why this lurking sense of poetic justice: is it moral depravity on the part of those or is it really poetic justice?

Holding Heroes Day celebrations in US is a violation US Terrorism Act - SPUR

Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka reports to US Authorities on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam holding Heroes Day celebrations in New Jersey in violations of US Terrorism Act.In an open letter addressed to the US Secretary of State, US Government and the US Ambassador in Colombo, the Australia based Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (SPUR) has brought to the notice about "Tamil Memorial Day 2007” celebrations planned to be held in Edison, New Jersey on 09 December 2007 at 4 p.m. Ranjith Soysa-Spokesperson SPUR has pointed out that the 'Heroess Day' event(s) of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is a violation of the US Terrorism Act as the LTTE is a proscribed terrorist organization in the US.

Iran vows to bolster friendly ties with Sri Lanka

Mahinda Rajapakse with Mahmoud AhmedinejadSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad yesterday held wide ranging bilateral talks in Tehran. President Rajapakse was earlier greeted by President Ahmedinejad and accorded a Guard of Honour. Soon afterwards, the two leaders began bilateral talks which focused on economic, political and social issues affecting the two countries. They stressed the need to strengthen the traditional friendship between the two nations. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that all countries in the region wish to see a developed and powerful Sri Lanka. Ahmadinejad made the remark in a ceremony held to officially welcome his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapkse in Tehran.

Prabakaran to call for all out war, while Sri Lanka is on the offensive

The situation in Vanni continues to remain tense as Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse declared that the Government forces are after Prabakaran – “We are after him. We are specifically targeting their leadership." Gotabhaya Rajapakse pointed out that Colombo now had the upper hand in the long-running conflict, with the elusive guerrilla chief limited in both his movements and ability to score strategic victories. To add to the woes of Prabhakaran and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka armed forces continues with their offensives, aerial bombing high value targets within Vanni, the jungle terrain controlled by the Tamil Tigers.

PM clarifies Sri Lanka stance on the Commonwealth decision on Pakistan

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake clarifies the government’s stance on the Commonwealth Ministers Action Committee’s decision to suspend the membership of Pakistan. Making a special statement in parliament on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said certain media institutions reported false stories regarding the issue. Sri Lanka’s stance was that Pakistan should be given time to reenter the democratic path. Minister Rohitha Bogollagama made this stance clear at the CMAC. He stressed that no action should be taken against Pakistan. The Prime Minister said Minister Bogollagama expressed this opposition orally and a voting has not taken place.

Building of the Voice of Tigers flattened by Sri Lanka Air Force, Many killed

The Voice of Tigers buildings on A9 Road, 3.5 Kilometers from Kilinochchi town, was bombed by Sri Lanka Air Force at 4.30pm, today, War Heroes' Day in the Tamil homeland. According to LTTE Peace Secretariat’s urgent news release, “Many civilian employees present at the Voice of Tigers office to broadcast the War Heroes' commemorations were killed by the bombing. The Voice of Tigers buildings were flattened. Two Kfir bombers dropped 12 bombs on the buildings. The building was situated on the A9 Road and civilians traveling on the road were also killed.

Taslima Nasreen: The Daughter of Eternal Bangladesh on the run in India -2

By Rajen Thakur for Asian Tribune

Taslima NasreenSomething is acutely disturbing in India as it crosses the 60th milestone of Independence. Communalism and intolerance are rising in a country that is found on the bedrock of secularism. Clearly, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Musalmeen legislators and their army of hoodlums who barged into a press conference hall in Hyderabad on August 9 to vent their ire on the exiled Bangladesh novelist and social commentator, Taslima Nasreen, represent the elements, who are bringing a bad name to Islam at a very inopportune time. That a woman, a foreign guest, can be assaulted before an assembly of media persons and television cameras makes the event even more shocking, displaying as it does the MIM’s disregard for the law of the land Granted that some of the literary outpourings of Taslima Nasreen ended up grating the sensibilities of the practitioners of orthodox Islam, as has the work of another internationally known author from the sub-continent, Salman Rushdie.

UN Forum recognizes Sri Lanka's Trade Facilitation Efforts

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In a communiqué issued by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce indicated that Ms Ewa Bjorling, Minister for Foreign Trade of Sweden, in her key note address at the 11th UN/ CEFACT Forum of the United Nations Centre For Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (CEFACT) which was held in Stockholm, Sweden, recently has cited Sri Lanka as an example of a developing country that uses Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to facilitate international trade.

Taslima Nasreen

Mahinda Rajapakse with Mahmoud Ahmedinejad


Logistics hub of Colombo discussed in a seminar

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Asian Development Bank together with Academy for International Trade and Transport, the training arm of Sri Lanka Freight Forwarders’ Association have conducted an industry awareness seminar on the aspects of Colombo becoming a logistics hub. It discussed the current issues related to logistics, realistic facts and Sri Lanka’s global standard as a logistics centre. The ADB elaborated its involvement in regional logistics together with local industry leaders.

What Democracy

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Oh, what games they play in the name of democracy! Granted that as the oldest democracy in the world the US wants all countries to embrace it; and as the world’s largest democracy and one that with all its faults has done the country proud, India would wish to see democracy flourish in its neighbourhood, especially the traditionally troublesome ones. The orchestrated cry for ‘restoration’ of democracy in Pakistan, however, looks a bit puzzling when experience shows that the difference between a civilian and military rule in that benighted country is hardly distinguishable. The recent steps taken by the military ruler of Pakistan do not assure the country’s movement towards democracy--as understood by most people other than some in Washington and Islamabad.

Latha Walpola – Nightingale of Sri Lanka

By T.K.Premadasa

Latha WalpolaIn the year 2007, Latha Walpola – celebrates 60th Anniversary of her reign in singing overwhelmingly rising to the highest echelons as the incontrovertible Nightingale of Sri Lanka. Latha, born and bred in Galkissa emerged her inborn talents of singing as a leading singer in a Church Choir. Known by her childhood name as Rita Jenevi Fernando she was introduced to then Radio Ceylon (Now-Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation) at the age of 13 years with her mother’s permission by her family friend C.A.Fonseka, a popular Radio dramatist at the time. She started her career in playing different characters in C.A,Fonseka’s radio dramas very popular from late 50s to mid 60s. He was the father of Radio artist C.D.Fonseka.

Nandigram Turmoil, Boiling the Nation

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

Left Front used a private army to recapture Nandigram in November. 600 people were killed by the red army. The Muslim friendly, Kisan Friendly and Laborers friendly mask is torn, entire Left stood naked in Nandigram. The Left Front Governoment of West Bengal decided to break the BUPC's resistance at Nandigram and a massive operation with at least 3,000 policemen was launched on March 14, 2007. According to various press reports a group of armed and trained CPI (M) cadres wore police uniforms and joined the forces. However, prior information of the impending action had leaked out to the BUPC who amassed a crowd of roughly 2,000 villagers at the entry points into Nandigram with women and children forming the front lines.

Propping up the genocidal Sinhala State is counterproductive - International community should change its approach

PrabakaranThe leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), V Pirapaharan, in his annual Heroes' Day statement put a heavy responsibility on the shoulders of the international community for the breakdown of the peace process. He said that the involvement of the international community to resolve the Tamil national question has been unhelpful and added that their failure to condemn unambiguously the military path of the current regime has created the present situation in the island. He asserted that the propping up of the genocidal Sinhala State by the international community through economic aid, military aid and subtle diplomatic efforts will be counterproductive.