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Wimal Weerawansa

Mahanayake urges Wimal Weerawansa to support the government

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralala Jayasingha in Colombo

Wimal Wimal Weerawansa and his nine loyalists say their group will not join with the government but work closely with the National Patriotic Movement [NPM] to defeat the separatism from Sri Lanka. Speaking to media on Sunday in Kandy, the JVP dissidents said that they want to correct their party’s path. "We got furious feed back from the JVP leadership when we asked to correct their path, he said. Mr.Weerawansa and his loyalists made a courtesy visit to Mahanayaka’s of Malwatta and Asgiriya and pay their homage to the Temple of the Tooth relic in this morning.

Air Force bombed and destroyed three LTTE sea boats

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka Air force attack jets bombed and destroyed three armed boats beached near the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stronghold of Mullaithivu in Northern Sri Lanka. The three boats belonging to the Sea Tigers, the marine wing of the LTTE were accurately hit and completely destroyed by the laser guided bombs of the modern aircraft, the Air Force reported. “The Sea Tiger boats were located beached near the lagoon of Mullaithivu and all threee boats were completely destroyed during the air raid at 5.40 p.m. (Sri Lanka time Saturday evening),” Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Andy Wijesuriya said.

Catholics questions the unholy alliance of Bishop of Mannar with Tamil Tigers

Members of the International Christians For United Sri Lanka, a Catholic Christian organization based in Canada have questioned the motive behind that of Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph for transporting the Holy Statute of the Virgin Mary from Madhu, to St. Sebastian’s Church located at Theavanpiddi, 70 km away from Madhu to deep into an area controlled by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, making it inaccessible to the vast majority of Catholics in Sri Lanka as well as from all over the world.

Sri Lankan to Head Global Business Travel at American Express

The New York-based American Express, a multi-billion dollar international financial services company, has promoted Sri Lankan-born Priyan Fernando as President and Chief Operating Officer of its Global Business Travel. A 26-year veteran with American Express, Fernando was previously a Chief Financial Officer of their Corporate Services Businesses. As President, he will have responsibility for about 20,000 employees across 140 countries.

Festive season follows market gains

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the market ended higher for the week with the indices showing an upward trend on all three days of the week. Interest on few selected plantation stocks lifted retail investor sentiment on their return to trading after the holiday break. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) gained 57.2 points or 2.19 percent to close up at 2671.8 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) edged up 73 points or 2.23 percent to 3348.7 points at week’s close.

JVP Provincial councilors may support Wimal Weerawansa faction

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

JVP provincial Councilors say they will support Wimal Weerawansa faction if the JVP does not solve internal conflicts . Sending a three page letter to the General Secretary of the party Tylwin Silva , he said Wimal Weerawansa’s problem is not his own crisis. It is a long term internal conflict of the party, said Team leader of the Ratnapura District JVP Provincial Councilors E.W.S.Priyanjith Silva. In his letter Mr. Silva noted the public have suspicion about JVP activities due to their past actions on burning issues.

Why Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was assassinated? Reveals Pro-LTTE Weekly

By Walter Jayawardhana

Creating a niche in Sri Lanka’s politics by presenting himself as a leader of a minority community and mixing his religion , Roman Catholicism with politics with ambitions to become the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka as a close confidante of the President is one of the main reasons former Highways Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was assassinated says, a pro-LTTE weekly printed in Canada and distributed all over Europe.

Zimbabwe’s Election Results: The Double Standards of the Superpowers

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University

Today the entire world is aghast at what is happening in Zimbabwe, where the results of the Election, in which the ruler President Mugabe is supposed to have lost by a narrow margin is not being released, because Mugabe wants a recount in certain key electorates where he suspects foulplay, while the opposition, backed by the International Community of Superpowers insists that the recounts should not be done. My mind goes back to Florida in the 2000 US Presidential Election when Vice President AlGore wanted a recount in a few key counties because he had ample reason to suspect that many of the under-votes- ballots that were rejected in the

Long and Arduous Attempt to Erase Polygamy

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Strangely enough, we are watching another attempt to do away with the primitive practice of polygamy in the United States, a hundred-year old fight. A police raid last week on a polygamist compound in Eldorado, Texas took away 416 children from the custody of their parents. They seized everything from marriage certificates, birth certificates, computers, even a mystery document referring to cyanide, pregnancy kits and a manual on polygamy.

Seminar on "Use of Offshore Sand in the Construction Industry

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry, in collaboration with Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) plan to educate local contractors on Use of Offshore Sand in the Construction Industry. CEO of the CCI Dakshitha Talgodapitiya says this seminar would be held on 29th April 2008 at Galle Face Hotel Colombo 3. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development will inaugurate it.

Economic Pitfalls

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

On April 11th the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) placed Sri Lanka amongst 37 countries categorised as ‘requiring external assistance’ due to ‘severe localised food insecurity’. Two days later, in his Sinhala and Tamil New Year message, President Mahinda Rajapakse heaped praise on his agricultural policy, painting a roseate hued word picture of a country headed towards a future of plenty and prosperity.

Security forces allege LTTE looting medical supplies

As fighting intensified in North causing severe casualties, the LTTE seize stocks of medical supplies dispatched by the government for the civilians in Wanni, defence sources said. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in a statement released yesterday (April 17), said that hospitals in the non-liberated areas in Wanni and North are running short of basic medical supplies. The Red Cross report attributes the problem as the lack of regular deliveries, limited number of staffers and medical equipment, but states it had managed to get supplies from the government.

Italian Poll Verdict

By Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal

A close US ally of NATO but also a fair bastion of Leftists, Italy has voted in a general election on April 3-14 to choose Berlusconi's new conservative People of Freedom (PDL), a party with “in-sourcing” policy, to lead the nation. The anti-immigration Northern League party in Berlusconi's bloc emerged as a surprise winner in Italian poll as 71-year-old Silvio Berlusconi secured a clear majority and streamlined parliament to help him push through tough decisions on Italy's struggling economy in his third term as prime minister. Berlusconi has last resigned in May 2006.

Sri Lanka: Tourist arrivals up over 8% in March

Tourist arrivals in March registered an 8.6% growth from the previous year, Tourist Board press release said. For the first three months of 2008, there is a marginal increase of 0.7% in tourist arrivals according to the monthly statistical report released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority. The highest performer during the period was the Middle East, which registered an increase of 80.6% in comparison with 2007. Of the 294.6% growth from the region in March, Iranian tourists formed the major portion with arrivals of 1,300 during the month. These arrivals were the result of the operation of nine charter flights supported by Sri Lanka Tourism.

Price Control -- A Herculean Task

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

With the inflation rate touching the 3-year high of 7.41 percent this week, the government and the political parties are busy, day in and day out, expressing concern and shedding tears. Perhaps they can do pretty little in the situation that exists. It may not be a helpless situation as such, but pretty bad indeed. The people have been put to a difficult situation with continuously rising prices of food grains, edible oils, steel, cement and many other commodities As it is, inflation hits the poor most, since a substantial portion of their income goes into purchase of essential commodities .That is something the government can ill afford, more so when several states are going to polls soon and the general elections are round the corner.

Rev Fr Karunaratnam was killed by a claymore attack inside LTTE controlled area

Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam reports that Rev. Fr. Karunaratnam, chairperson of the North East Secretariat for Human Rights, (NESHOR), an organization under the control of the Tamil Separatist outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was killed by a claymore attack on the Mallavi – Vavunikkulam Road, at 12.30pm today. Mallavi is a town located 5 kilometers before Thunukkai, an area controlled by the LTTE. However Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam reported that Rev Fr Karunaratnam was killed by a claymore attack, carried out by the Sri Lanka Army Deep Penetration Unit.