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Batticaloa: Counting in the mini polls to begin shortly

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Election Commisoner said the mini polls for Battocola was district held without blood bath after 14 years. The government has setup a security blanket over the coastal area using nearly 6,500 security personnel. The Election Commissioner said the counting activities would be commenced shortly and the ballet boxes are still reaching the respective counting centers. "Voting held on peacefully and about 50 percent of the voters have cast their ballots within the first two hours. There are no known incidents," said Kingsley Rodrigo of People's Action for Free and Fair Elections [PAFFREL].

Brisk voting reported in the mini polls in Batticaloa

Brisk voting reported in the nine pradeshiya sabahas elections in the Batticaloa district. Police sources reported except for two minor incidents, voting is going on peacefully. According to police sources, an unexploded claymore bomb was discovered this morning tied to a tree near Santhiveli office of the TMVP and also there was a report of a roadside bomb explosion in Kommanthurai. However, no causalities reported in the bomb explosion. Our special reporter covering the polling in the Batticaloa district reported that Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal cast his vote at a polling station located at Vipulananda Vidyalayam in Valaichenai.

Bomb explosion in Wellawatte killed 1 and 6 wounded

A bomb explosion reported around 7 am today in Wellawatte, which killed one civilian while six others, sustained injuries. According to Defence sources the bomb was hidden inside a concrete pot along the Galle Road, opposite Roxy Cinema in Wellawatte, Colombo. Initial reports revealed that the wounded were rushed to the Teaching Hospital – Kalubowila. Reports further revealed that four school children are among them.

Polling in Batticaloa: Everybody should come forward to vote in the elections – Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

The polling for the nine local government bodies is taking place today in the Batticaloa district. Polling will commence at 7AM and will close at 4 PM. Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, speaking to "Asian Tribune" said that everybody should come forward to vote in the mini polls taking place today in the Batticaloa district. He added that nearly 270,471 voters are eligible to cast their votes to elect 101 Members to nine Local Bodies in the district including the Batticaloa Municipal Council, one of the country’s premier local bodies. He said that contesting in the elections is the best way to enter the mainstream politics. Minister said that everybody should come forward to contest in the elections and we must all encourage all those contesting in today’s elections.

Malaysia: Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to stake his claim today to form a new government

Malaysian people who voted in the 12th Parliamentary General elections and in the Elections for 13 State Assemblies has deprived the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition led by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the streak arrogance and dictatorship of the majority which they enjoyed for the last 50 years, by toning down and taming to a great extent into the democratic mainstream of politics. The Parliamentary General elections results, was a big shake-up of the country’s political landscape of change in almost 50 years, with opposition Islamists and reformists winning control of five states, while Barisan Nasional coalition led by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has been deprived of enjoying the two-thirds majority needed to be able to change the constitution at will, giving the government a humiliating wake-up call.

Intrigue Behind the Murder of TNA MP Sivanesan

The events leading to the murder of Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament Kiddnar Sivanesan, now seemed like a mystery novel. Details emerging show intrigue and ruthless disregard for human life. Culled from the crucial conversation Sivanesan had with two other TNA MPs and a freelance reporter of the Tamilnet provide the backdrop to the turn of events ending the life of Sivanesan. What occurred between Tamil National Alliance member of parliament and others gradually unfolds, when sources who saw, as well as overheard a crucial conversation of the three MPs from the TNA and the freelance reporter of the TamilNet in the parliament lobby on 5th March are viewed after Sivanesan's death.

Trincomalee Tokyo Cement gets USD 15 million machinery

Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) Ltd. installed new machinery at an investment of US $ 15 million at their Trincomalee factory recently and a trial production of this machinery – Vertical Roller Mill was successfully conducted at the factory. This new machine is the latest Cement Grinding Technology from M/s, Kruppe Polysius, Germany, and has the capacity to produce 900,000 MT per annum. Once in full operation, total production will be enhanced to 1.8 million tons per annum at the Trincomalee Factory.

Australians will be taxed on using plastic shopping bags

Sumane Liyanaarachchi in Sydney

Australian environment Minister Peter Garrett is planning to impose 25c on a dollar shopping bag as additional fee for all shoppers in a bid to protect environment. Grocery retailers have been in touch with the Environmental Minister about the proposed bag fee which could become extra burden on already struggling families. Australian families are being hit by spiraling interest rates and the inflation. Big Grocery retailers have already warned consumers that newly elected Rud Labor Government will introduce a compulsory fee for each plastic checkout bags.

ICICI bags in salary accounts of over 50 Corporates in partnership

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

ICICI Bank Ltd’s Sri Lanka Branch was able to procure salary accounts of over 50 Corporates within one year, a product that was made available to the local corporate sector in Sri Lanka. The Bank felicitated its customers at a recent gathering over this achievement. Sachin Sikka, Sri Lanka’s Senior Vice President and Head of Retail Libilities, ICICI Bank said that since they introduced this product to the top corporate management and decision makers in Sri Lanka one year ago they have received a good response in the market resulting in over 50 partnerships with the corporates.

The 17th Amendment, GSP+ and Intelligent Governance

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The 17th Amendment is the ideal issue, a goal both desirable and achievable. The 17th Amendment is not something alien and inimical imposed on us by a ‘perfidious’ international community. It is the outcome of a Sri Lankan impulse towards the greater democratisation of the state. Its aim is to introduce some necessary balance into a system dangerously lopsided in favour of the executive. The JVP played a main role in the effort to bring in the 17th Amendment; the SLFP and the UNP voted for it in parliament. Therefore the 17th Amendment enjoys a multi-party consensus, a rare occurrence in this fractious land. Given this genesis, it can neither be decried as a Trojan Horse nor rejected as a foreign construct.

“Ragavi Ragum”: a kaleidoscope of exotic professionalism:Professional dance group Sigiri Lalanavo lives up to its name

Sigiri Lalanavo. The name conjures images of beautiful and alluring maidens, with grace and charm. Seated in the darkness of the auditorium at the Rockville Civic Center in Maryland, on March 1, 2008, basking in a program of Kandyan and Bharatanatyam dancing titled “Ragavi Ragum” by a talented group of professional Sri Lankan dancers, Sigiri Lalanavo, one could truly appreciate the images evoked by the name. Tall, shapely females in brilliant, colorful, tantalizing attire, mesmerized the audience with their lithe movements and professional stance. The supple movement of arms and legs to the hypnotic drumbeat and music, the joy emanating from the sparkling gaze and captivating smile, all added up to one thing – professional dance performed with deep passion and an almost tangible nostalgia for Sri Lanka.

Over 120,000 Chinese Join Campaign Against Gender Violence

More than 125,000 people in China have signed on to the Internet-based advocacy campaign 'Say NO to Violence against Women' (, launched by the U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). The signatures were collected on a separate web site created on a pro-bono basis by NetEase, one of China's leading internet portals and content providers. They were symbolically handed over to UNIFEM at a ceremony in Beijing last week. This puts the total count of campaign supporters at close to 200,000.

Nagaland State Assembly Elections: Stakes of independents

By Oken Jeet Sandham

The time has come for the political parties to seriously ponder over as to why the people have given such a fractured verdict at a time when the Nagas are passing through a critical phase. The outcome of the 2008 Assembly elections in Nagaland can also be taken as a point that the electorate is wise and cautious enough and they cannot be easily carried away by the rhetoric of the political bigwigs. As far as Naga political issue is concerned, no political leaders can fool them anymore.

Mahinda Rajapakse

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Sri Lanka President Mahinda thanks all who helped stabilize democracy in the East

Mahinda Rajapakse “I thank all those who helped make a success of the government’s policy of restoring to the people of the East the democratic rights that had been denied to them for nearly two decades through the politics of terror,” said President Mahinda Rajapakse in a message issued after the close of polling in the Batticaloa District today. The President’s message said: “The successful completion of the local government elections in the East held today would bring satisfaction to all those who value democracy. This peaceful election underlines the aim of the government to create an environment in which all our people could live in freedom and harmony.