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Dr Sarath Amunugama

Democracy Charade Undermines Rights, says Human Rights Watch 2008 Report

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Presents

The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said January 31 in releasing its "World Report 2008." By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and political rights that make democracy meaningful, the United States, the European Union and other influential democracies risk undermining human rights worldwide.

Twenty civilians killed and fifty wounded in a bomb blast in Dambulla – Central Sri Lanka

A bomb exploded at the Dambulla bus stand today at 7.00 AM and reports revealed that 20 civilians were killed and 50 wounded when suspected Tamil terrorists outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam alleged to have detonated an explosive device. Initial reports said that the bus was about to start of when the blast occurred. The blast inside the bus occurred at 7 a.m. in Dambulla, a town about 90 miles northeast of the capital, Colombo, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, blaming separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.

Twenty civilians killed and fifty wounded in a bomb blast in Dambulla – Central Sri Lanka

A bomb exploded at the Dambulla bus stand today at 7.00 AM and reports revealed that 20 civilians were killed and 50 wounded when suspected Tamil terrorists outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam alleged to have detonated an explosive device. Initial reports said that the bus was about to start of when the blast occurred. The blast inside the bus occurred at 7 a.m. in Dambulla, a town about 90 miles northeast of the capital, Colombo, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, blaming separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.

Acting Foreign Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle signs the appointments of three diplomats

Jeyaraj FernandopulleActing Foreign Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle yesterday signed the appointment letters of three new diplomats. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, who is the Minister of Road Development, Chief Whip and the Treasurer of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party was sworn in as the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, as Foreign Minister Rohitha Bollagama is away in Pakistan and the Deputy Minister Hussain Bhaila is way in Saudi Arabia.

“Unity among Three Forces and Police” key to victories against LTTE: Navy Commander

Vice Admiral Wasantha KarannagodaBy Ravin Edirisinghe in Colombo

The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda appearing in the Independent Television Networks "Thulawa" live TV interview telecasted on Thursday (31) expressed his views and opinions on the present conflict and the role played by the Navy in eradicating LTTE terrorism. He pointed out that the LTTE did enhance their military capabilities during the CFA making the Trincomalee harbor vulnerable for tiger long range fire. He also explained the active role that the naval units played after the Mavil aru issue and made it clear that the Navy utilized all its resources to cut off tiger reinforcements as well as their withdrawal via sea lines.

Clove prices tumble

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Past Chairman of Spices and Allied Products Producers and Traders Association, Gulam Chatoor in a media release indicated that the price of Cloves has fallen by over Rs. 100 /- per Kg to Rs 450/ 470 per Kg during January. He indicated that in such countries like Indonesia and Madagascar, Clove prices have been falling and with a very good crop in Sri Lanka presently on, the world prices have been declining. Practically all exports from Sri Lanka have been going to India where Sri Lankan Cloves enjoy a zero tariff under the Free Trade Agreement whereas, imports into India from other origins are subject to a 35percent tariff.

Japan denies mischievous media reports of aid cut to Sri Lanka

The Japanese Special Peace Envoy Yashushi Akashi vehemently denied that Japan was reconsidering its aid policy, vis-à-vis, Sri Lanka. He confirmed that the aid policy remained unchanged. Akashi telephoned Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary to the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry about mischievous media reports of possible aid cut to Sri Lanka reportedly coming from the official organ of the UNP. Akashi said that Japan was very encouraged by the APRC proposals and was looking forward to further developments. Akashi further said that he remained convinced of the assurances given by the President Mahinda Rajapakse with regard to Sri Lanka’s approach to the peace process.

Two Tamil Tigers from London might have stolen numbers of UK credit Cards - Police

By Walter Jayawardhana

Toronto Police said two Londoners connected with Tamil Tigers and arrested there may have stolen information of thousands of credit cards of UK customers. Arrested with two other Toronto accomplices the two Londoners Kirubakaran Selvanayagam Pillai (38) and Sethukavalar Saravanabhavan (35) of London are in police custody with two Toronto accomplices and face more than 300 charges, the Toronto police said.

Grand Independence Day celebration in Tamil Nadu

For the first time Sri Lanka’s 60th Anniversary of Independence is due to be celebrated on a grand scale in South India by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai this year. The celebrations on 4th February 2008 is expected to commence in the morning with the offering of ‘Heel Dana’ to the members of the ‘Maha Sangha’ after which the Flag hoisting ceremony at the Chancery premises will commence. The events for the day will include the ‘live telecast’ of the speech by President from Sri Lanka and special arrangements have been made for this purpose.

ICICI Bank partners with Janashakthi Insurance for bancassurance

By Quintus Perera- Asian Tribune

Janashakthi Insurance, Sri Lanka's leading insurance company which topped an unprecedented premium income while being in operation for just over a decade and the ICICI Bank, India's largest private bank with assets of over US$ 96 billion as of December 31, 2007 joined forced in a strategic partnership for bancassurance arrangement. The MOU was signed by Prem Kumar Thampi, Country Head, ICICI Bank and Prakash Schaffter, Managing Director, Janashakthi Insurance. The signing and exchanging the documents took place at JAIC Hilton Colombo.

Burma has to prepare for the worst as Junta practiced deception and trickery

By Zin Linn

Burma’s military regime is practicing tyranny over all aspects of freedom in the country. Intellectual freedom is completely subdued by various suppressive laws and decrees. Even the internet is subject to scrutiny. The junta has never tolerated any democratic opinion and dissent. The opposition party NLD criticized the ruling junta on the 60th Anniversary of Independence for deceptive practices and trickery over meetings with its detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and the junta’s Labor Minister Aung Kyi have so far held 5 meetings but they have become attempts to ward off to relieve pressure on the regime. Military junta of Burma made no sign of cooperation with the international community in the midst of worldwide pressure for political change even following the blood-shed crackdown on 2007 September Saffron Revolution.

United States Policy Guided by Belief that Sri Lanka Engrossed in Ethnic Warfare than Counter-Terrorism

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

“U.S. attention to Sri Lanka in the late 20th century focused mainly on efforts to resolve the country’s ethno-national conflict, which centers on an armed struggle between majority Buddhist Sinhalese and a Hindu Tamil minority clustered in the island’s north and east”. Upon Colombo’s abrogation of the CFA, the Co-Chairs responded by expressing “strong concerns and reiterating their consensus view that Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict cannot be settled through military means and requires a negotiated settlement”.

Minister Amunugama facilitates large investment by Aditya Birla Group

Dr Sarath AmunugamaOne of India’s largest conglomerates, the Aditya Birla Group, is planning a massive investment in southern Sri Lanka.This is as a result, according to a press release, of a meeting the Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion, Dr Sarath Amunugama held in New Delhi with two senior officials of the Birla Group, Mr Rakesh Jain, Global Business Head of Birla Carbon and Dr Ajit Ranade, the Group Chief Economist.

Is conscription necessary to make army attractive………?

By J.N. Raina - Syndicate Features

The youngsters do not want to join the Army, mainly because they lack a sense of patriotism. It is egregious that educated students are not impelled to join the Army and allied forces, because it pays them less. Ostensibly enough, the youth are not inspired by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s call: “Give me blood and I will give you freedom”. For them, there is no charm in that slogan any more. When I unfurled the national tricolour on the Republic Day, in the lawns of my society’s spacious compound, I became emotional. And so were many others among the older generation when we recited the national anthem. Because on such an occasion, people are expected to feel proud of the soldiers and young Army officers, who have sacrificed their precious lives for preserving hard-earned freedom. They have rendered a yeoman’s service for the nation’s sake. Their dedicated services have brought glory to the nation.

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda

Sri Lanka President condemns bomb blast in Dambulla which killed innocent civilians, appeals people to remain calm

President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse vehemently and unequivocally condemned the bomb blast in a bus in Dambulla located in Central Sri Lanka, which killed 20 innocent civilians and wounded 50 of them. Sri Lanka President blamed the separatist Tamil terrorists’ organization - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the condemnable ‘act of savagery’ aimed at killing innocent civilians, amongst those killed and injured were many women pilgrims on their way to Anuradhapura to participate in a Buddhist ceremony. Mahinda Rajapakse appealed to Sri Lankans, "to remain calm and refuse to be provoked by this repeated brutality by the LTTE, which in its desperation in the face of defeats inflicted on them by the Security Forces, is eager to create a backlash to their terror, to obtain the sympathy of the international community."


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