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Map showing location of Aceh in Sumatra

Colombo Bomb Blast killed 4, injured 28, of the injured 4 in serious condition; death toll expected to rise

Latest report on the bomb blast in Union Place, Colombo 2, right in front of the Nippon Hotel at 9.30 AM this morning killed four people including one soldier and three civilians and 28 others injured in the explosion. Death toll is expected rise. According to the hospital sources, one woman is among the dead. Also, there are 17 civilians and 11 soldiers among the injured. Four of the injured are in serious conditions, the sources added. Army source alleged that LTTE has carried out the bomb attack targeting civilians and an Army bus carrying sick personnel at Union Place, Slave Island, in Colombo this morning.

Four people – one Army personnel and three civilians died in the Colombo bomb explosion

Ruwan Weerakoon – Reporting from Colombo

Four people died and 23 were injured this morning in a suspected LTTE roadside bomb blast at the heart of Colombo. The blast took place at 9.30 am adjacent to the landmark Hotel Nippon, Union Place, on the Kumaran Ratnam Road, and was aimed at a passing SL Army bus. The blast took place at the very vicinity of Sri Lanka Army HQ in Colombo. Among the dead were 1 army soldier and 3 civilians said by Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanyakkara.

Morning blast in heart of Colombo leaves more than 20 injured

More than 20 people were injured this morning in a suspected LTTE roadside bomb blast at the heart of Colombo. The blast that took place at 9.30 am adjacent to landmark Hotel Nippon, Union Place, was aimed at a passing SL Army Lorry. According to reports, two people died and more than 20 people were injured this morning in a suspected LTTE roadside bomb blast at the heart of Colombo. The blast took place at the very vicinity of Sri Lanka Army HQ in Colombo

Aceh – Peace facilitation and Sri Lanka peace talks

By K.T.Rajasingham

Aceh and Eelam – agitations for separate states were launched - Aceh located in Sumatara, Indonesia and Eelam in Sri Lanka. On 04 December 1976, ASNLF (Acheh / Sumatra National Liberation Front - Gerakan Acheh Merdeka (GAM), also called Free Acheh Movement, unilaterally declared independence. The leaders of the organization fled the country. By being in Sweden they continued with their struggle for a separate state of Aceh. In the name of the sovereign people of Acheh, Sumatra, Tengku Hasan M.di Tiro Chairman, National Liberation Front of Acheh, Sumatra, and Head of State. Acheh, Sumatra, on December 4, 1976, unilaterally declared independence.

Sri Lanka will "focus on a more people centred diplomacy in 2008” States Foreign Minuister Bogollagama

By Our Political Correspondent

In a directive to the Sri Lankan missions abroad Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama called for a people centred diplomacy coupled with a broadened economic emphasis in 2008. He listed major achievements in the sphere of foreign relations during 2007 due to the extensive travel done by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and himself in an attempt to reach a wide range of international audiences. In his New Year messages he urged al missions abroad to "focus on a more people centred diplomacy by connecting with people at all levels. We will need to be proactive in diplomacy, friends to all, and enemies to none and based on our traditional non-aligned value based approach. At the same time we need to broaden our activities in the field of economic diplomacy."

Pressure mounts up against detention of Binayak Sen in Chattisgarh

Pressure has been mounting against the detention of Dr Binayak Sen in Chattisgarh with swelling number of people demanding unconditional and immediate release of Sen. Petitions addressed to the Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Chattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, and others are swelling with numbers of people signing up from not only India but from expatriate community globally.

Meethirigala Forest Hermitage marks 40th Anniversary

Janaka Perera

Meethirigala Nissarana Wanaya, one of Sri Lanka's most respected and largest Buddhist Forest Hermitages, celebrated its 40th year of existence, on December 23 (Unduvap Poya Day). The occasion was marked with the laying of foundation stones for a new building complex at the base camp of the Hermitage to provide better accommodation facilities for lay Buddhist visitors and meditation practitioners.

Multi-religious ceremony in memory of the 3rd anniversary of the tsunami disaster

A multi-religious ceremony was held last week at the New York Buddhist Vihara in commemoration of the 3rd Anniversary of the Tsunami disaster. The ceremony which was organized jointly by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN and the New York Buddhist Vihara included observances of the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths. In his sermon, the most Venerable Kurunegoda Piyatissa, Chief incumbent of the New York Buddhist Temple, recalled the generosity of the people all over the world towards Tsunami victims. Father George Perera of the Holy Family Church in New York recalled as to how people of all faiths and ethnicity in Sri Lanka united at the time of this disaster.

The year that was 2007

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

The year 2007, like any other previous year, will be remembered for a lot of good and bad things, but one particularly interesting development was the attention –maybe adulation--received by the two contradicting strands in Indian politics. If the victory of BJP’s Narendra Modi in Gujarat was a reminder of the deep inroads made by his brand of exclusive politics, BSP’s Mayawati in UP was catapulted into power on the basis of an inclusive agenda that may contain some of the toxic effects of excessive Mandalisation of Indian politics.

SL Police begins a massive investigation on Slave Island bomb blast

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Police have begun extensive investigations into the Clay more mine bomb explosion at Slave Island in Colombo this morning. The police believe the bomb which has been apparently placed inside one of the external unit of the Air conditioning machines of the Nippon Hotel, located near the catastrophe, may have been blasted through remote control. Both the IGP and the Colombo Magistrate have inspected the location of the blast.