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Yard Sleuths For Bhutto Assassination

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Just how will the association of a small team of detectives from the Scotland Yard lend credibility to the findings of investigations into the assassination of the Pakistani leader, Benazir Bhutto, is not clear. But what is perhaps clear is that irrespective of the conclusions of that investigation by the Pak agencies, the needle of suspicion will not be removed from the shadowy intelligence agencies and their scheming masters. That the family of Benazir Bhutto has refused her body to be exhumed for autopsy may have made the task of resolving the controversy over her death a little difficult. Yet, the government cannot use that as an excuse to justify its stand that Bhutto alone was responsible for her death.

Minister Dasanayake Succumbed to his Injuries

Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

Nation Building Minister Dasanayake succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. D.M Dassanayake succumbed to injuries short while ago at the Ragama Teaching Hospital. The Deputy Director of the Ragama Teaching Hospital revealed that the Minister sustained severe injuries due to the claymore explosion and he succumbed around 12.25 p.m while being treated at Intensive Care Unit at Ragama hospital.

Sri Lanka: Minister dies

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Nation Building Minister D.M.Dasanayaka was succumbed to his injuries, a short while ago. A Ministerial convoy carrying Minister D.M. Dasanayake came under suspected LTTE claymore attack near Tudela – Rukmani Devi Junction, 6 km away from the Katunayake International Air Port, on Colombo - Negombo main road, located in Ja-Ela, this morning around 10.35 a.m., while the Minister was proceeding towards Colombo, to attend Parliament.

Sri Lanka: Motion to extend State of Emergency passed

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The motion to extend the state of emergency has been passed by a majority of 88 votes. 103 votes were cast in favors of the motion and 15 votes rejected it. The JVP voted in favor of the motion together with the government. Only the Tamil National Alliance MPs voted against the motion and the UNP abstained from voting.

Bomb Blast opposite to Lake House, Colombo

A large explosion had taken place at Colombo Fort, in front of Lake House close to Regal Cinema, short while ago.

Colombo city centre cordoned off after explosion, no casualties

The vicinity of Lake House, located at the heart of Colombo has now been cordoned off following an explosion in a nearby building. Eyewitnesses said that dark smoke has been coming out from the building located near the famous Regal Cinema, located in Fort. Members of security forces in the vicinity report say there are no casualties, but only material damages.

SL Police and Army conduct joint operations on morning blast

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Police and the army are conducting joint investigations into the claymore mine explosion that killed minister D.M. Dassanayaka. Police spokesman senior DIG N.K. Illangakone said that it is believed that the mine was set in an unused land nearby. The vehicle carrying Minister D.M. Dassanayake came under a claymore mine attack in Ja-ela this morning. The minister succumbed to injuries at the Ragama Hospital. The media centre for national security says another person has succumbed to injuries while 12 others are receiving treatment.

Colombo city centre cordoned off after explosion, no casualties, only minimal damages

The vicinity of Lake House, located at the heart of Colombo has now been cordoned off following an explosion in a nearby building at 7:50 pm. The dark plume of smoke has now subsided. Eyewitnesses said that the explosion took place at a building located near the famous Regal Cinema. Members of security forces in the vicinity report say there are no casualties, but only minimal of material damages.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister condemns the killing of Minister Dassanayaka

Sri Lank’s Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wikramanayake was saddened by the ruthless killing of Minister D.M. Dassanayaka and unreservedly condemns the barbaric act. In a special communiqué issued today (8), the Prime Minister asserts that terrorists, regardless of human lives, began this wave of killing at the turn of the new year with terrorist violence.

Bomb targets Nation Building Minister

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A Ministerial convoy carrying Minister D.M. Dasanayake came under suspected LTTE claymore attack near Tudela – Rukmani Devi Junction, 6 km away from the Katunayake International Air Port, on the Colombo - Negombo main road, located in Ja-Ela, this morning around 10.35 a.m., while the Minister was proceeding towards Colombo, to attend Parliament. Eleven persons including five security personnel in the Ministerial Security Division (MSD) serving the convoy were wounded along with the Minister of Nation Building and Development Dasanayake who was inside the car at the time of the blast.

Bomb Blast in Ja-ela: Minister Dasanayake and 5 civilians injured

Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

A bomb triggered off at Ja-Ela on the Colombo- Negombo road this morning (January 08) targeting a motorcade of the State Minister for Nation Building D. M. Dassanayake, defence sources said. According to Defence spokesman Brigadier Uadaya Nanayakkara the Minister and 5 civilians were injured in the explosion and admitted to Ragama hospital.

Australia concerned at recent developments in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Australia is concerned about the Sri Lankan Government’s announcement that it intends to withdraw from the 2002 ceasefire agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This is a step backwards which Australia fears could lead to further escalation of violence, including against civilians, said a statement of the Australian Embassy in Colombo. The Embassy appeals to all parties to the conflict to protect the human rights of all Sri Lankans.

Sri Lanka President on Eradication of Poverty and Terrorism

President Mahinda Rajapakse declared that the eradicating terrorism and poverty are the two challenges before the country. He said that Government of Sri Lanka has accepted both challenges and working to eradicate them. President Mahinda Rajapakse described how the terrorists earlier had full control of both the Eastern and Northern Provinces at the time he became President and anounced the terrorism has been completely wiped out from the Eastern Province by now and the process of eliminating them from the Northern Province is underway. "The challenge of eradication of poverty was a serious one and the Government was taking steps in this direction. Marching ahead with the development drive while preserving the country's social values is a big responsibility," he said.

Ceasefire Agreement with the LTTE is a Joke – Dr Palitha Kohona

Sumane Liyanaarachchi, Sydney

Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Dr Palitha Kohona who is on a semi-official tour in Australia said 2002 ceasefire agreement between Goverment of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is a joke. In responding to a media release issued by Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith Dr Kohona said that members of Sri Lankan diaspora in Australia must present the correct picture of Sri lanka to their respective members of parliaments and their voices should be heard at federal parliament for supporting people of Sri Lanka.

European Union urges Sri Lanka to go beyond past offers to work towards a solution

European Union wants Sri Lanka to come up with a new proposal to enable both parties could work towards a solution. Presidency on behalf of the European Union has called on the Government of Sri Lanka to come forward with a substantive devolution offer around which negotiations can start, as soon as possible. Furthermore, European Union has clarified that Sri Lanka Government must go for r an arrangement to serve as a feasible basis for negotiations. The proposal needs to go beyond past offers and the EU urges both parties to work towards a solution that would bring a peaceful and lasting resolution to the conflict. Also, EU has expressed its deep regret over the Sri Lankan Government’s decision to abrogate the ceasefire agreement concluded with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2002.

'The Padyatra' linking the land-rights, dignity and freedom

By Bobby Ramakant

The struggle against poverty must be linked with the ongoing struggles for land rights, restoring dignity to human life, and against the value system which makes most under-represented communities vulnerable to undue exploitation, is the essence of the documentary film 'The Padyatra' ('Padyatra' means a foot-march'). Making of the documentary 'The Padyatra' was an attempt to educate the masses about their human rights and constitutional safeguards meant for them, said senior social activist and film-maker of 'The Padyatra' Mr Vidya Bhushan Rawat. Rawat has made several documentaries and authored many books on issues around human rights, dalits, women and minorities.

UNP’s Defence of the CFA: A Belated Apology for Muddled Thinking by Its Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe

Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

The UNP has spoken against the abrogation of the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA). The crux of their opposition to the CFA abrogation was based on claims, first, that under the CFA normalcy was being achieved in Sri Lanka; second, security measures are required to counter terrorism; third, long-lasting peace is possible only through a negotiated settlement; and finally, the eradication of terrorism is possible only through democracy. All four positions are not based on facts but a belated explanation of muddled thinking by the UNP leaders.

Rajabdeen sworn as a UNP MP

Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

Shafeek Rajabdeen sworn in as a UNP MP in Parliament today. He filled the vacancy of late T. Maheswarans.

Minister D.M.Dassanayaka injured due to the Ja-ela bomb blast

Minister D.M.Dassanayaka injured due to a bomb blast occurred in Ja-ela, around 10.35 am in the morning. According to the sources Dasanayake was injured and admitted to the Ragama Hospital.

Colombo city centre bomb was placed in roadside phone booth

The vicinity of Lake House, located at the heart of Colombo has now been cordoned off following an explosion nearby at 7:50 pm. A roadside bomb was placed in a phone booth, in the Colombo High Security area, 50 meters away from the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Head quarters near Lake House building resulting in the explosion. Members of security forces in the vicinity report say there are no casualties, but only minimal of material damages. Only two people are 'mildly treated' for the sudden shock, hospital reports said. The dark plume of smoke has now subsided. Eyewitnesses said that the explosion took place at a building located near the famous Regal Cinema, close to Air Force Headquarters.


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