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At the Central Bank

Sri Lanka Government extends State of Emergency

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

The motion to extend the State of Emergency by another month was passed in Parliament today by a majority of 78 votes. 93 votes were received in favor of the motion, while 15 votes received against it. The JVP voted for the proposal along with the government and the Tamil National Alliance, the proxy LTTE party voted against it, while UNP and other opposition members abstained from voting. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake presenting the motion to extend the State of Emergency by another month in Parliament today said that the Government will successfully implement the program to establish democracy in the country by defeating terrorism in the country.

USAID and Hellenic Aid Join Together to Help Tsunami-Affected Trincomalee

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Hellenic Aid, the development agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, inaugurated the newly rebuilt Anuradhapura Junction Public Market in Trincomalee on Friday, April 4. Officials from the two donor agencies, which jointly funded the project, were joined at the event by Trincomalee District Government Agent, Major General T. T. R. De Silva and Trincomalee Urban Council Chairman G. Mugunthan. The joint $700,000 grant funded the rebuilding and expansion of the dilapidated market, one of the main markets in Trincomalee town. As the last component of the grant, implementing partner People in Need (PIN) will now provide training to vendors and local authorities on market management and maintenance and hygiene promotion.

Sri Lanka PM reiterated the urgent need to defeat terrorism and establish Democracy.

BY Chithralal Jayasingha and Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake presenting a motion in Parliament today to extend the State of Emergency by one month said the Government will successfully implement the program to establish democracy in the country by defeating terrorism. He added that the people in the newly liberated Eastern Province are now enjoying their democratic rights. The Prime Minister has recalled how the late Minister Jayaraj Fernandopulle has pointed out the need in and out of the Parliament to defeat terrorism and establish democracy.

The Catholic Church in North is in League with the Devil and seems to had made a pact with Prabakaran?

The Catholics living outside Sri Lanka are beginning to question the failed spiritual leadership of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. As they are able to see through the evil design of the Catholic Bishops and Fathers in the North as well as in the country in general has begun to question their role. In a letter written by Stephen Long, who is an American businessman, screen writer, published novelist, and film producer and who has visited Sri Lanka, loves it dearly, and cares about our country finding a lasting peace has posed a serious questions. one of his question was whether the Catholic Church in the north of Sri Lanka should seriously re-think its role in the civil conflict, and decide once and for all which side it’s actually on the side of Jesus Christ and his peace – or the side of Prabhakaran and his murderous terrorists.

Democratic Presidential Race: Super Delegates Trudging the Cross Walk

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Hillary Clinton is still considered a long shot for getting the Democratic nomination. However, her chances are not better than what they were since I wrote about it last. Her lead in Pennsylvania has dwindled and Barrack Obama is within few points of catching up with her. She is behind in North Carolina. The more urgent problem she faces is to get the super delegates to support her. There are nearly 800 of them. They are crossing over to Barrack Obama-in small numbers-still it is getting to be alarming. Since March 5th, Obama has collected about 70 delegates while Hillary Clinton has had a net loss because of defections. Clinton is campaigning hard and hoping for a good showing. She needs some spectacular margin of victory in Pennsylvania to halt the super delegates from crossing over.

Signing of Condolence Book for Jeyaraj Fernandopulle at Consulate Office in Los Angeles

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles for Asian Tribune

Los Angeles Consular General Jaliya Wickramasuriya has arranged to have the signing of a Condolence Book by Sri Lankans expressing their grief at the passing away of Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. Book of Condolence will be kept open at the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, 3250 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1405, Los Angeles, California 90010 from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday 10th and 11th of April, 2008. All Sri Lankans are kindly requested to show our unity and sympathy by calling over and signing the Condolence Book.

LTTE Exposed as Ruthless Terrorists: Minister Fernandopulle's Assassination has Strengthened Sri Lanka's Resolve

Sri Lanka government is committed to its commitment to peace. By their cowardly outrage in killing Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, the LTTE stands exposed as a ruthless terrorist organization, which has through its savage acts of violence against civilians, put itself beyond the pale. In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry reiterates its avowed goal of continuing the path taken by late Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. The statement stated " While the Government and the people of Sri Lanka mourn the loss of a much-loved Minister, the resolve to continue their fight against terrorism, until its eradication from the nation, remains undiminished.

Apostolic Nuncio Briefed: Shelling of Sacred Madhu Church a Brazen Canard, Acting Minister Hussein Bhaila

The brazen canard perpetrated by some that the sacred Madhu church was shelled by the army was a total fabrication. The Government categorically denied allegations emanating from certain quarters that Sri Lankan security forces have been shelling the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu, sacred to the Catholic community, and held in high esteem by all communities in Sri Lanka. Acting Foreign Minister, Hussein A. Bhaila met the Apostolic Nuncio, Monsignor Mario Zenari at the Foreign Ministry today (08 April 2008) and briefed him on the present situation at the Madhu Shrine. The Acting Minister informed the Apostolic Nuncio, that the LTTE has brazenly violated the sanctity of the Shrine by its use of the Church precincts for hostile action, despite the fervent and repeated appeals, both by the Bishop of Mannar and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

AMED Summit in Egypt Focuses on Terrorism and Other Compelling Issues: Foreign Minister Bogollagama

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama addressed the Asia-Middle East Dialogue Summit (AMED) in Egypt on the subject of Effective Governance and Political and Economic Transformations. In this address, Minister Bogollagama touched upon and highlighted the compelling issues such as efficaciousness and challenges of governments, measures of counter terrorism, and elements of good governance and dynamics of modern democracies among others. He further accentuated the fact that empowering of people would be a potent impetus to realize economic advancement. With regard to economic transformation, the Minister added that today the corporate sector plays a pivotal role vis-à-vis economic progression, thus being the engine of growth. He also impressed the fact to the audience/ delegates that Sri Lanka is strategically placed as a centre point with equidistance to the Middle-East, West Asia, South East Asia and East Asia.

President Mahinda Rajapakse reiterates that the fight against terrorism cannot be retarded through assassinations

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

President Mahinda Rajapakse reiterates that the fight against terrorism cannot be retarded through assassinations. He stress that terrorism must be uprooted in order to attain the government’s development goals. Consequently, the government is engaged in this task. The president was speaking at the launching ceremony of the Central Bank Report 2007 today. He said the government has succeeded in maintaining an economic development rate of over 6 percent in the past 3 years. The president stated that this is a satisfactory achievement made amidst numerous challenges.

George Steuarts change in the top management

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Founded in 1835, the oldest company in Sri Lanka and one of the oldest existing companies in the world, George Steuart & Co introduced its new Chairman Jayantha Wimalagooneratne, passing the baton from outgoing Chairman S Skandakumar who relinquished his chairmanship after eight years, having served the company for 34 years. The changes in the top management have been to spearhead a new paradigm for the highly diversified Group.

Appeal to Norway to Save Madhu Church a Desparate Ploy as LTTE's Hold on Illegally Controlled Areas Shrinking Fast

By Nesan Shankar Raji

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are losing the battle against the military might of the Sri Lankan armed forces in the North. The Sri Lankan army is pushing further into the illegally controlled territories held by the LTTE in the North and are fast approaching the Mannar region. It is evident that the North will soon be liberated just like the East from the clutches of the LTTE. The LTTE cadres will have nowhere to run pretty soon in comparison to “Operation Checkmate” during the IPKF period.

Appreciation: Mallika Wanigasundera, Sri Lankan to a Fault

By Philip Fernando

Mallika Wanigasundera passed away at the ripe age of 81. In the early sixties those of us aspiring to be journalists found Mallika to be a great mentor and friend. I found Mallika always in the company of Vijitha Fernando and Sumana Saparamadu. The trio adorned the editorial department. Those were the heydays of Lake House with Esmond Wickremesinghe at the helm. Mallika’s stunningly articulate and forthright pieces in the Op-Ed pages of the Daily News were our daily cup of tea as we gasped for inspiration inside Esmond’s Research Unit headed by Dr. Rangenekar.

People living in the LTTE controlled areas wants to be liberated: Anandasangaree reveals to Leaders and People of Tamil Nadu

The people who live in the LTTE controlled areas want to be liberated. Every family had already given over one son or daughter to the LTTE under threat and compulsion. The LTTE is now waiting to take the children who reach the age of 18 to joint their cadre. In a open letter to the Leaders and People of Tamil Nadu V. Anandasangaree, President – Tamil United Liberation Front has pointed it to them. Anandasangaree, one of the veteran Tamil politicians who represented for 14 years Killinochchi, one of the sprawling Vanni districts, while demanding the immediate release of the negatives of the film ‘Prabakaran’ to the rightful owner, has urged the Tamil Nadu leaders not to glorify the LTTE which abducts children from their parents and families.

On poverty, economy and environment – MONLAR disputes BOI Chairman’s views

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sarath Fernando, Movement for Land and Agrculture Reforms (MONLAR) indicated that they are disputing the views expressed by BOI Chairman on poverty reduction, economic growth and global warming which were discussed at a meeting convened by Foreign Ministry on Global Warming. Fernando says while the indication made by BOI Chairman that it was necessary to think of ending global poverty before they think of controlling global warming has some semblance of validity, the contention of BOI Chairman that to alleviate poverty, economies need industrialization, needs careful thought, as industrialization leads to emissions and as higher economic growth is achieved through increased disparities.

Muhammad (S) – The Prophet of Islam – Part 8

By Habib Siddiqui

It is claimed that true Prophets of God are foretold by others. Was Muhammad (S) predicted by others that came before him? The Qur’an affirms that Muhammad (S) was indeed foretold. (46:10, 61:6) Before we take a deep dive into this subject, some background information on the nature of Prophethood may be in order. Islam maintains that the fundamental message of all true Prophets of God was one and the same: There is no god but one God (Allah).

Ballot Power

By Rama - Syndicate Features

A political El Nino effect has hit South Asia that has seen ballot power manifesting itself with full force all across the region, which with the exception of India, was long suffering from a severe drought of democracy. There were times when chances of reviving democracy in some of the deficient South Asian countries looked remote. For India it was not a matter of embarrassment that it was the only functioning democracy in the region: it was more a matter of concern to be surrounded by unstable nations ruled by unpopular autocrats.

UNICEF welcomes child recruit releases by the TMVP

UNICEF the UN agency looking after the welfare of children today welcomed the release of 11 children from the ranks of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal as a "positive step towards ending the use of children by armed groups in Sri Lanka." Speaking from Colombo, the head of the UN children’s agency in Sri Lanka, Philippe Duamelle, highlighted the important role played by the government in securing the release of the children, and encouraged the TMVP to pursue the release of all children in its ranks. “Whilst this is an encouraging development, we continue to look forward to the release of all children in the ranks of armed groups in Sri Lanka,” he said.