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Somawansa Amerasinghe

Terrorism will be defeated, north liberated soon and political freedom assured for all – Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse

President hoisting the national flagPresident Mahinda Rajapakse assured to the nation that terrorism would be ultimately defeated and the victory for all will prevail soon. Mahinda Rajapakse speaking on the 60th anniversary of the country’s Independence at Galle Face, in Colombo this morning emphasized on the need for the eradication of terrorism, embracing the meaning of freedom, assured that North will be liberated soon from the clutches of terrorists, and said that the burden of high costs of living and other economic hardships are not permanent but those are only short-term difficulties which would lead to long term benefits and a life free of oppression. While speaking, Sri Lanka President pointed out “I believe freedom is something that has to be made meaningful day by day. We have now arrived at an era where we have decisively dedicated ourselves to enrich the substance of freedom.”

LTTE Targeting Innocent Civilians, Prabhakaran’s Whereabouts Unknown - Dr. Keheliya Spokesman for National Security

Keheliya RambukkwellaIn an interview with the Asian Tribune, Dr. Keliya Rambukkwella, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare and Government Spokesman for Defence and National Security called the latest suicide bomb attacks acts of treacherous terrorism. LTTE has targeted incident civilians in a desperate move he added. He also stated that the whereabouts of Velupillai Prabhakaran are difficult to decipher.

Freedom, what does it mean in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Anything to be meaningful in any country it should emanate from the people of that country,- they should be consulted, discuss with them and the final decisions would have to be arrived at with the full consent of the people within the framework of natural justice, fair-play and according to conventions, covenants of the United Nations to which the country is a signatory. Sri Lanka people are left out in the decision making process. In such a scenario, Sri Lanka celebrates her 60th anniversary of Independence from British Rule. On the day called “The Independence Day” we should examine as how and why the rulers after independence excluded the people in their decision making process and the consequences the country faced as a result.

Let us renew our pledge to move in unity towards a New Sri Lanka – President Mahinda Rajapakse

Mahinda RajapakseSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in his Independence Day message has emphasized on the need for unity of the people in the country for a New Sri Lanka and of the two challenges country faces - the challenge of the eradicating terrorism and the eradication of Poverty. Sri Lanka’s sixtieth independence anniversary is celebrated today in Sri Lanka and all over where Sri Lankans lives with amoty and in unity. President Mahinda Rajapakse, while elaborating on the need for the eradication of the challenges before us, he insisted that having completed sixty years of measurable success amidst turbulence, and progress despite many an obstacle, he urged to look forward to the hard work that still lies ahead in efforts to forge true unity as a nation, moving away from the divisions and suspicions that have held people in the past, and proceed with determination to the daring new world of opportunity that lies ahead.

Humanitarian Aid to Sri Lanka

By Oscar E V Fernando

Family members and neighbors help each other in times of crises; so it is in the case of the world family-although some in this part of the world don’t seem to understand such sentiments of the world family; as such they brand those volunteering to assist as do-gooders! Capitalism-"meaning private sector oriented economies" and what is left of communism-"meaning state enterprise oriented economies" are two major divisions in the world; most humanitarian agencies are from the capitalist side of the world; hence is the criticism of the former by the latter with no alternative offer but a revolutionary change in society advocated by the communist world-to them all in the present system is anathema till this is achieved!

Heart to Heart With Somawansa Amerasinghe (2)

By K.T.Rajasingham

Somawansa AmerasingheSomawansa Amerasinghe analysed JVP’s stand on equality before the law. He stated “I am not blaming only the Colonial rulers. I am blaming all the leaders, Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslims who led the country after 1948. They formed the Ceylon National Congress in 1919, if I remember correctly; they could not carry on with that great effort after 1921, due to mistakes made by everyone. I am not only blaming Colonial rulers alone, I am blaming Sri Lankans leaders from among the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims Burgers. Yesterday, Somawansa Amerasinghe, Leader of the JVP mentioned why they considered the 13th Amendment, Referendum and the Provincial Council illegal.

Some Intriguing Facts about the Super Tuesday

Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Governance is basically an exercise in consensus building and front runners in U S primary campaigns are now learning it first hand. As voters head to polls or caucuses Tuesday, more than 2,000 Democratic delegates, including unpledged "super delegates," are at stake in 22 states, representing 52% of all delegates who will attend the nominating convention later this year. Similarly, more than 1,000 Republican delegates will be chosen in 21 states, or about 43% of total delegates going to the convention.

Sri Lanka must campaign for R2AC

By Janaka Perera

As Sri Lanka today (February 4) marks 60 years since the British colonialists departed the time has come for her to initiate the establishment of a global centre for Responsibility to Apologise and Compensate (R2AC). As a victim of Western colonialism for nearly 450 years this country is uniquely placed among former European colonies to raise the cry world wide for an apology and compensation for crimes against humanity and plunder of human resources during several centuries of colonial rule.

An Introduction to Public Speaking

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Association for International Standards (AIS) affiliated to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, in introducing best practices, will conduct a Seminar on "An Introduction to Public Speaking" in the CCC Meeting Room. The fear of public speaking is one of the greatest fears of human beings; the ability to face an audience, respond to questions with confidence and convey the subject of your message. Although we communicate all day, everyday throughout our life, through an endless exchange of ideas, messages and information, getting our message across to ensure it is understood is of supreme importance. "How well we communicate depends on how successful we are".

Restarting Independence Once Again?

Susantha Goonatilake

We celebrate 60 years of Independence on February 4th. More than half of that time, over 35 years, we spent trying to keep that Independence, fighting a half-hearted war for our territorial integrity. The war was militarily begun in 1972 when 20,000 detonators were found smuggled to Jaffna for 20,000 explosions, preparations for a large-scale war. A few years later in 1976, the infamous Vadukoddai resolution calling for a separate state made the formal call for separatism. But the Tamil racist cry had been made much earlier, in fact shortly after the country’s Independence; the Illankai Thamil Arasu Kachchu ITAK "Sri Lanka Tamil State Party" was formed and misleadingly called the "Federal Party" in English.

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President hoisting the national flag

Dr. Keheliya Rambukkwella

Mahinda Rajapakse

LTTE detonated roadside bomb targeting Army tractor - Buttala

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

One soldier has been killed and three suffered injuries in a claymore blast carried out by LTTE terrorists around 2.10, this afternoon (February 4). According to the available information the terrorists have targeted an Army tractor transporting ration to the soldiers. The explosion has taken place close to the 45th mile post on the Buttala- Kataragama road. The injured have been rushed to the Kataragama hospital.