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Pooneryn falls: "Lay down arms now" - President tells LTTE

Mahinda Rajapakse "In this situation my clear message to Prabhakaran and the LTTE is to lay down their arms and come forward for discussions with us forthwith", said Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a statement to the nation on the success of the Security Forces in regaining control of the A 32 Highway and Pooneryn in the North of Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa said the laying down of arms now, and surrendering, was the greatest service the LTTE could do to the people in the areas of armed conflict and the all peoples of Sri Lanka.

Pooneryn captured

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Sri Lanka Army has captured Pooneryn, LTTE’s last bastion located in the Northwest coast, early this morning and has also advanced more than 7 kilometers on the Pooneryn - Paranthan B 69 road at the time of posting this news report. Sri Lanka Army has recaptured early morning, the strategically located Pooneryn, on the Mannar - Pooneryn - Kerativu – Jaffna A 32 Road, after a lapse of 15 years. LTTE had been occupying Pooneryn after dislodging the main military base there in November 1993.

Ruhunu Expo ’08 Shines at Hambantota

By T.K.Premadasa - Deputy Director / Marketing, Sri Lanka Export Development Board

Prof G.L.Peiris, Hon. Minister of Export Development and International Trade has announced at the Press Conference held in Colombo on 28th October 2008 that Sri Lanka Export Development Board under preview of his Ministry is planning a series of Expo Exhibitions to encourage the rural producers to find avenues of opportunities for their products to be presented to the global market. The premier exhibition “Ruhunu Expo’ 08” with thematic of 'Gamen Lowata' will take place on 13th & 14th of December 2008 at the Tzu Chi National School, Hambantota. It is a prominent region in the South glorifies a proud history with a prestigious culture of heritage in high quality. Sri Lanka ruled by the kings in the ancient era had been demarcated into three territorial provinces namely Ruhunu, Maya and Pihiti.

GSP - A Substitute Form of Enforcement Authority

By Preethi Sirimanne - von den Driesch

The EU Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner while responding to an accusation deliberately linked problems that are connected with terrorism with the GSP+ although one has nothing to do with the other. Ms. Ferrero-Waldner indirectly threatening Sri Lanka states: "If a country which benefits from GSP+ does not ensure compliance with these UN Conventions, it is perfectly normal that the eligibility be called into question." Ms. Ferrero-Waldner created the impression as if the European Commission (EC) is granting GSP + to Sri Lanka out of altruistic motives and as if the EC had always practiced their "values" (which she says that are at the heart of EU states) giving precedence to human rights obligation over other issues.

Good response on reducing HIV/AIDS workplace discrimination in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

American Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Robert O Blake said that since 2005, through collaboration with various chambers of commerce and trade unions, and with funding from the U.S Department of Labor, many have worked hard to devise this plan of HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Programme. He was speaking at Dissemination Workshop on ILO/USDOL HIV/AIDS workplace Education Programme Sri Lanka held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. He said that the knowledge on employment related discrimination against people living with HIV has improved to a remarkable level. In addition a larger number of those surveyed reported using condoms and a majority of workers reported accepting and supportive attitudes towards HIV positive co-workers and workers outside their workplace. These are encouraging results in a country that thus far has been able to maintain low prevalence of HIV infection.

American Rights Group wants Obama to Restore US Human Rights: Needs to Practice What US Preaches to the World

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The international human rights watch dog US-based American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) yesterday issued a series of proposals to restore human rights in US and through such action to improve her tarnished image abroad for the Obama administration to implement after it takes office on January 20 next year. The ACLU in its document listed the abuse of rule of law, blatant violations of human rights of American citizens and others, the disregard for internationally accepted Geneva Conventions and other international covenants in the past eight years under the Bush administration. The ACLU, listing all the abuses, has made recommendations to the incoming Obama administration to reverse this trend to uphold the internationally accepted human rights practices, adhere to the rule of law and democratic norms and values that were eroded in the past eight years.

Free Tamil language training for police

The Milinda Moragoda institute initiated a Tamil language training course, free of charge for the police officers in the Colombo DIG's Division. The duration of the course is six months and the under interaction of this venture is basically for police officers who man the inquiry desks at the police stations and these who are deployed on security purposes. This will enable them to have better rapport with the Tamil speaking people in the city.

Bridging the Gaps in Education Delivery in the UnitedStates and Sri Lanka: Quality and Quantity

Room to Read & the American Center Present a Public Lecture on "Education – Investing in Future Generations" According to the press release from the US Embassy in Colombo, "The lecture will look at how educators in Sri Lanka and in the United States are addressing gaps in the delivery of education in the areas such as literacy, school enrolment, gaining access to universities, competencies in Information Technology and mathematics and infrastructure." The Press release said, The guest speakers are Dr (Ms) Tara De Mel, Former Secretary to the Ministry of Education and Adviser to the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Ms Pamela Gray-Bennett, Director of the Commission on Public Secondary Schools for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), United States (linked via Digital Video Conference) on the 20th November from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at the American Center Auditorium, No 44 Galle Road Colombo 3.

Accreditation process made compulsory

By Manjari Peiris

"Both the private and state laboratories will be made compulsory to undergo the accreditation process of Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) to prove their genuineness capacity, ability and standard", said Minister of Healthcare & Nutrition, Nimal Siripala de Silva recently participating at the inaugural ceremony held at Trans Asia, Colombo, to grant accreditation to the first two Medical Laboratories in Sri Lanka, viz. Medi Sense Laboratory and Confidence Medical Centre, who have successfully completed the requirements by conforming to the International Standard ISO 15189.

UPLB experts recommend biofertilizer to boost root growth, higher yield

Experts at UP Los Baños are urging farmers reeling from the high costs of petroleum-based fertilizers to use Biogroe, a biofertilizer developed by the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Biotech). Biogroe is a solid-based microbial plant-growth promoter that contains plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) that is effective in boosting palay growth. PGPB is a root-associated bacteria which influence root growth by producing plant hormones and provide nutrients in soluble form.

Budget 2009 a socio-economic milestone

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Budget proposals for 2009 is a socio-economic milestone that offers relief to all segments of the Sri Lankan Community, Kosala Wickramanayake, President, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka said at a press briefing commenting on the Budget Proposals 2009 held at FCCISL. He said that a genuine attempt to safeguard the local industries is made by raising tariffs on imports.

Obama’s India – Pak – US Triangle

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

It is said that the just-concluded presidential election campaign in the US was the most extensive and also the most expensive. It found the bulk of people of Indian origin in the US quickly giving up their initial reservations (when Hillary Clinton was also in the race) to embrace him wholeheartedly. These Indian Americans opened their hefty purses to finance his rather lavish campaign. The media coverage of the election of Barack Obama in India was unparalleled in its scale. One wonders if the Indian media had ever covered the election of any Indian individual as extensively as that of Obama. After his anticipated victory Obama was all over the Indian media.

Mahinda Rajapakse

Second reading of Sri Lanka Budget - 2009, passed in the parliament

The Second Reading of the Budget for the year 2009 sailed through in the Sri Lanka Parliament with 127 'Ayes' and 87 'Noes'. The opposition parties, UNP, JVP, SLMC, and Ilankai Thamilarasu Kadchchi (TNA) voted against the budget.