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Milinda Moragoda

Sri Lanka Government Proscribed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

Sri Lanka Government has proscribed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

The Sri Lankan formula to Defeat Separatist Terrorism - Decisive Leadership, Committed Defence Forces and the Peoples Will

By Ranjith Soysa

The Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) salutes the decisive political and military leadership of Sri Lanka, the bravery, commitment and sacrifices of its Defence Forces, and the determination of its people for collectively defending the identity, territorial integrity and the Unitary status of the country. The heroic battles to liberate major sections of sovereign Sri Lankan territory which had been illegally occupied by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the fall of Kilinochchi, the de-facto capital of the terrorist leader Prabhakaran, will forever be etched in gold in the annals of Sri Lankan history.

Sheikh Hasina’s new Government swear-in with 32 cabinet members

President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed administered the oath under provision of Article 56(2) of the constitution of Bangladesh to leader of the House Sheikh Hasina as the prime minister at Darbar Hall , Bangabhaban at 6 45 PM , Tuesday,January 6. The president Iajuddin congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Also on the request of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, President appointed and administered the oath to 23 Minister of Cabinet and other 8 State- ministers, under the provision of Article 56(3) of the Constitution.

UN Says Lasting Peace in Sri Lanka Will Require Political Solution

The United Nations says that despite the recent military developments in Sri Lanka, it is convinced that lasting peace in the country will require a political solution. Asked for UN reaction to the military advances in Sri Lanka, UN spokesman Farhan Haq told "Asian Tribune", "We are following the military developments in Sri Lanka. We remain very seriously concerned about the impact of the increased fighting on the civilian population. We continue to call on all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, to ensure the safety and freedom of movement of civilians, to allow humanitarian organizations to do their work in safety and to reach persons who need assistance."

Attack on Sirasa media complex squarely condemned

The Tamil United Liberation Front has very strongly condemns the dastardly act of causing extensive damage to the buildings and causing immense damage to the most Modern Equipments belonging to very popular TV and Radio Stations, the Sirasa, Sakthi and the MTV. Also Sri Lanka Government too has strongly condemned the attack on the Sirasa media complex in Depanama, Pannipitiya, early this morning. Immediately after the news of the attack, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered a full investigation into the incident and called on the Inspector General of Police to apprehend the culprits and bring them to court.

Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gaza Situation

President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa telephoned Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and expressed his deep concern over the disastrous situation in Gaza, as a result of the invasion by Israeli troops. He expressed his sympathies to the families of those killed in the attacks during this period. He also wished speedy recovery for those 3,000 odd injured. President Abbas requested Sri Lankan President to support the Palestinian resolution coming before UN. President Rajapaksa has assured that Sri Lanka will support any such resolution with regard to Gaza and that the support of Sri Lanka to the Palestinian cause will remain as firm as ever.

Israel should be hauled up for war crimes

The President of the Sarva Samaj United Democratic Front (UDF) Maulana Badruddin Ajmal has condemned the brutal attacks on innocent Palestinians by the Israeli air and ground force and expressed his deep sense of grief at the loss of hundreds of lives. He said that the killing of innocent Palestinians in Israeli attacks is a slap on the face of the so-called defenders of world peace when 500 plus people have already been killed and thousands are languishing injured in hospitals.

A Sweet Dilemma - "War against piracy" is the slogan of the day!

By Neville Perera - Sri Lankan ECHO Berlin

Not a day passed by without a ship being hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia. Somalia has been good enough for many surprises in the past. Clitoris mutilation and public lynching of captured soldiers were among them. The present one is actually no surprise. Where there is no legally elected government, with international bindings, subjected to international jurisdiction, it is only too normal for pirates, warlords etc., to carve out their own realms of lawlessness. Somalia is a glaring example of a warlord anarchy.

The Election Commission directs a case against Stalin

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan in Chennai

The Election Commission on Monday directed the Madura District Collector and the returning officer of Thirumangalam constituency to file a case against local administration minister and DMK treasurer MK Stalin for allegedly distributing money while campaigning on January 3. The case will be filed under provisions of the Representation of the People Act. Disclosing this, chief electoral officer Naresh Gupta said cases had been filed against some AIADMK functionaries too for distributing money to voters on December 28.

Thailand blocked 2,300 websites for insulting monarchy

Thai authorities have blocked 2,300 websites for allegedly insulting monarchy and are waiting for court approval to take action on another 400 websites. Information and Communication Minister Ranongruk Suwanchawee said, "Thai authorities have blocked over 2,300 websites. We are preparing to ask for court approval to shut down an additional 400 sites." She said in a press release posted on the ministry's website that the blocking of websites that disseminate content and photos which insult the monarchy is one of the government's crucial policies.

Sri Lanka to Attract Indian Travellers :Minister of Tourism Milinda Moragoda, to address the Vibrant Gujarat, Tourism Convention

Milinda MoragodaAs part of the ongoing activities to encourage inbound tourism, Sri Lanka has ventured forth to neighboring India, to promote the island destination as a tourist attraction. In furthering activities in this regard, the fourth 'Vibrant India: Global Investors' Summit' organized by the State Government of Gujarat provides a sizable opportunity. This summit, to be held from 11 to 13 January, aims to bring together business leaders, investors, corporations, thought leaders, policy and opinion makers, at an international level. It will further incorporate an exhibition, which will continue up to 17 January, giving exposure to the various stakeholders of the event.

Army gets Rs. 1 million donation

The Ranaviuruwan Surakimu (Let's Protect War Heroes) campaign has raised Rs. 1 million for disabled soldiers. Western Australia Sri Lankan Patriots (WASPUR) made the contributions. In this connection a ceremony will be held at the Army Hospital in Thimbirigasyaya on Wednesday January 7. There, Dr Anula Wijesundera of SUCCESS and WASPUR President Mrs Priya Barnes will hand over part of the medical equipments purchased from these funds to the hospital authorities.

Military Victories & The Opposition Dilemmas

By Darmitha-Kotte

Through a period of 3 years, our Armed Forces have proved without doubt that so called “unwinnable wars” can be won provided there is no political interference from non-military pundits. With planning and coordination among the Army, Navy and Air Force supported by Civil Security personnel they have proved this with every step they have taken into LTTE held areas through which the large chunk of coastal areas in the East and land areas in the North have gradually begun to shrink leaving only a small patch of Elephant Pass still to be completely liberated.

SWearin in

SWearing in

Sri Lanka Government bans LTTE – the terrorists’ outfit

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

At the Cabinet meeting held today, it has been decided to proscribe the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – a terrorist outfit led by Velupillai Prabakaran. Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that at today’s cabinet meeting, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has submitted a cabinet paper seeking the proscription of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Sri Lankan President in his cabinet paper pointed out that LTTE continues to hold thousands of Internally Displaced Civilians by force under their grip, as human shield, without allowing them to move for safe areas.