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K A George Michael assumed duties

Voters in the East have a choice of keeping it or hand it back to terrorists – Two intellectuals remind

By Walter Jayawardhana

Two leading intellectuals of the country, Professor Mrs. Malini Endagama and author Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera said if the pro-government forces did not win the Eastern Provincial Council elections there is a potential danger of the province being once again subjugated by terrorist leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Speaking to the Independent Television Network the two intellectuals said there is a danger of the opposition forces once again reaching agreements with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam leader Velupillai Prabhakaran if they happen to win.

Two new MPs sworn in

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Two new MPs Sarana Gunwardena and Dulip Wijesekara were sworn in today before Speaker a short while ago. They filled vacancies of late Anura Bandaranayake and Jeyaraj Fernandopulle.

Piliyandala Bomb Suspects Arrested: Sinister Plan to Kill Civilians And Unleash Operation Chaos Revealed

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Prabhakaran's sinister plot is revealed. Three men suspected of bombing recently at the Piliyandala bus stand have been arrested, who were alleged to be entrusted by the Tamil Tiger Supremo to continue with ‘Operation Chaos’ by killing innocent civilians to bring about ethnic tension and instability in the country. Police arrested Vasanthan an LTTE intelligence operative with his LTTE ID bearing No: 12212-I. But his Sri Lankan National Identity Card in his possession showed him as Lawrence David Prakash, however he is also called as Sitththiyanathan Ananthan Suthakaran. But Vasanthan was the given name by the LTTE.

U.N. Bodies Under Fire for Food Crisis

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) readies for a summit of world leaders next month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday defended the Rome-based U.N. agency, which has come under fire for its failure to help meet the growing challenges of hunger worldwide. The harshest attack came last week from Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, who described the FAO as a "bottomless pit of money, largely spent on its own functioning, with very little effective operations on the ground."

MPs debate on motion to extend emergency

Chithralal Jayasinghe and Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The motion to extend the state of emergency by a month is being debated in parliament today. Presenting the motion in parliament Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake said all patriotic forces should be united to defeat the terrorism in this juncture. Already several such forces have assembled with the government in this task and so achieved some victories.

Eastern Election, Northern Task Force

- Dayan Jayatilleka

In his soaring ‘rap on race’ – his initial response to the Jeremiah Wright controversy – a speech that should be studied by every reflective Sri Lankan (I watched it twice myself, having read the text once), Barack Obama drew his fundamental demarcation from his former pastor. He said that Rev Wright’s main error was in assuming that racism in America was endemic and in failing to recognise that US society was capable of change for the better; of evolution. This, said Barack, was the major difference between Rev Wright and Rev Martin Luther King the 40th anniversary of whose assassination had been commemorated throughout the US just months earlier.

Government extends state of emergency

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The motion for the extension of the state of emergency by one month has been passed in parliament this afternoon by a majority of 59 votes. In todays voting, 76 votes were cast in favor of the motion. The JVP voted in favor of the motion together with the government. The TNA voted against the motion while the UNP abstained from voting. At the parliamentary debate for the extension of the state of emergency by one month, Minister Milroy Fernando said that the tribute of all Catholics is extended to the President, the Government and the Security Units for freeing the Madu Church from the terrorists.

AC Shanthan rearrested in London?

A.C.ShantahnUnconfirmed reports revealed that Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, alias AC Shanthan has been rearrested today by the British Metropolitan Counter terrorism command. Shanthan was earlier arrested on 28 June 2007, and was charged under the Terrorism Act 2000, for providing support for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which is a proscribed organization in the United Kingdom.

Brown Sees Red as Labour MPs put him on notice

Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

The multiple injuries that Prime Minister Gordon Brown suffered at the hands of Britain’s voters last week might not be terminal. But if he does nothing substantial in the next few months at political recovery he could still end up as a permanent victim of an internal revolt. That is the signal that is coming from within the Labour Party including some ministers and senior figures, as the disastrous results of the local government elections sank in and Labour supporters began the painful task introspection and self-criticism.

FCCISL persuades a high powered Saudi Arabian business team

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A high powered business team led by the Vice President and the Secretary General of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) will be visiting Sri Lanka from 14th to 18th May to promote bilateral trade. The JCCI visit was arranged by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL). The JCCI visit will be a great opportunity for Sri Lankan business people to established mutual trading partnerships, bilateral agreements and joint venture or outright sellers to Saudi Arabia.

Burma's Military Too Slow to React to International Aid after Cyclone Nargis

By Zin Linn

Although the United Nations has offered international aid for the thousands of victims of cyclone Nargis which struck Burma (Myanmar), the unsympathetic military leaders of the poverty-stricken country are still turning a deaf ear to the world body. The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team has been put on standby to take action to the humanitarian needs if and when required. The UN officials say it could take days before the extent of casualties and damage is known. The humanitarian agencies cannot go in without the permission of the government and hence they would have to seek UN's help. Meanwhile, United Nations agencies and international aid organizations met on 5 May in Bangkok to make preparations for a major disaster relief effort in Burma, where a cyclone killed hundreds of people and left thousands homeless over the weekend.

Gold-co story


A.C.Shanthan rearrested again?

Pakistan Scene: Sharif’s Tirade against Musharraf

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

If any one in Pakistan who hates president Pervez Musharraf from the core of his own heart, that is undoubtedly former premier and Quaid Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Mian Muhammed Nawaz Sharif. And with his own solid reason for that. It was General Pervez Musharraf who removed him from power in 1999 when Sharif was reigning in full speed in Islamabad. His father later repented for his son’s immaturity in rubbing wrong shoulders with the military establishment. The corruption scandals forced Sharif later to take refugee abroad with all comforts of life. Sharif seeks revenge and wants to punish Musharraf.

George Michael, the new Secretary to Ministry of Tourism

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has appointed K A George Michael, Additional Secretary (Tourism) a senior member of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism with effect from 5th May 2008. He has obtained the BA Degree from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and Masters in Public Administration from the Post Graduate of the same University. He holds a Diploma in English from the Aquinas University College and a certificate in Public Administration from the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) and a Certificate in Journalism from the Open University.

Tamil Tigers raise US $300m a year to wage a brutal struggle against Sri Lanka

Sumane Liyanaarachchi in Sydney

"Tamil Tigers have established a strong international network of sympathisers raising an estimated $300M a year, mostly though violent and illegal means, to wage a brutal struggle against a legitimate and sovereign government of Sri Lanka and its people. Our association has reasons to believe that such fund raising for terrorism cannot be done without the knowledge of some of the participants to Tuesday’s event."

More complaints against gold company

Tension prevailed at the Police Commissioner’s office here today when over 150 persons stormed the office to lodge complaints against Quest Net, a multi-level marketing company, after police had conducted a raid at its premises in Chetpet. A group of persons, including many women, came to the office, seeking to get their money back and initiate appropriate action against the seven persons who were arrested for allegedly cheating several people of their money.