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Minister Milinda Moragoda expressed his intention of bringing the expatriates Sri Lankans together

Milinda Moragoda with Ambika Soni Sri Lanka Minister Milinda Moragoda expressed that Sri Lanka too like to evolve the Indian pattern of bringing expatriate Sri Lankan community together and strengthens further their commitment to personally promoting Sri Lanka as a destination for investment and for tourism. Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda was in Delhi after attending the "Vibrant Gujarat Investors’ Summit 2009" in the city of Ahmadabad, for a series of meetings on 14th January which included calls on two Cabinet Ministers of the Government of India. During his meeting with the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Mr. Vayalar Ravi, Mr. Moragoda conveyed his felicitations on the "Pravasi Bharatiya Divas" recently held in Chennai from the 7th to the 9th of January.

Killings Out of Control: Sri Lanka’s Loss of Innocence

Dr. Siri Gamage, Australia

Sri Lanka had an eventful entry to 2009 creating a lot of emotions among the countrymen and women who live inside that beautiful island and those who have left the island and live elsewhere. Depending on the location of the people in terms of their ethnicity, political party affiliation, level of education, beliefs in terrorism, democracy, justice and rule of law, some enjoyed positive emotions and others very negative emotions. The victories by armed forces in the Northern Province against the LTTE generated positive emotions among those who believe that the country will be better off when the Tamil Tigers are annihilated and full sovereignty of the state re-established. The untimely death of a newspaper editor whose motto was to 'detect, expose and dissent' created negative emotions among many Sri Lankans, including those in the journalism profession and opposition political parties.

How "fair" is Sri Lanka's media?

By Shenali Waduge

Media can be defined in many ways and for each of us it will have different and varying connotations. By and large what we aspire to gage from media is information leaving us to decide and derive at our own conclusions. Yet, most often media attempts to enlarge their "informative" mandate to coerce the readers or viewers to "buy into" their line of thinking and their views only. There is at present a massive surge to depict Sri Lanka as depriving media independence and media freedom. These are loose entities and without properly examining the actual scenarios there are bound to be misconceptions of the actual status quo.

Human Rights Watch determines 'end of ceasefire' in Sri Lanka cause for deterioration of human rights

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Human Rights Watch annual report released here in Washington on Wednesday, January 14 in its assessment on Sri Lanka faults the Government of Sri Lanka’s unilateral withdrawal from the ceasefire agreement with separatist Tamil Tigers deteriorated the human rights situation in the country. While mentioning the excesses of the LTTE in passing the report blames the government using emergency regulations for widespread arrests and detentions. HRW further states that government’s removal of NGOs from the north of the country has created a humanitarian situation where the government was unable to provide adequate food to the growing refugees.

Sri Lanka Tourism signs landmark MOU with Gujarat Government to promote tourism

Milinda MoragodaSri Lanka participated at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit at Ahmadabad this week (12 to 13 January 2009) and was warmly received by the Chief Minister of Gujarat. The Sri Lanka delegation headed by Minister of Tourism Milinda Moragoda was welcomed by the Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi, who is the chief architect of the Vibrant Gujarat event and Minister Moragoda was invited to address the forum on three different occasions during the two day event. The Investors’ Forum brought a large number of investors, both local and foreign, who showed interest in investments ranging from oil, gas, port projects and power generation to manufacture of widely acclaimed TATA’s Nano car, in the state of Gujarat.

U.S. Government renovates seven schools and one hospital in former LTTE-controlled areas of Eastern Province

To improve the lives of Sri Lankans affected by the conflict, the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Pacific Command, is rehabilitating five schools in Trincomalee District and one hospital and two schools in Batticaloa District. U.S. Government officials joined national, provincial and local education and health officials, community leaders, school and hospital staff, students and their families, and local residents this week for the official groundbreaking ceremonies to mark the beginning of the renovation and expansion projects in eight communities in Trincomalee and Batticaloa. All projects are scheduled to be completed by July 2009.

Conference of Heads Sri Lankan Mission in the Middle East held in Dubai

The first ever two day regional meeting of Sri Lankan Ambassadors in the Middle East was held in Dubai on 14 - 15 January, under the chairmanship of Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama. Eleven Sri Lankan Envoys participated at the meeting along with several government and private sector agencies having a broad range of interests in the region. The objective of the meeting was to prepare an Action Plan which would be implemented by Sri Lanka Missions in 2009 in a range of areas, all of which have a great bearing on many aspects of the country’s economy.

Heads of foreign mssions in Lanka on a a tour of heritage sites

In a bid to showcase Sri Lanka as a tourist destination with diverse attractions, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau stepped forward recently to invite the Colombo based heads of foreign missions in the country, to visit heritage sites of special interest. In the first of a series of tours and other specialized activities to continue into 2009, several ambassadors and other members of the delegations representing countries such as Russia, Indonesia, Iran, and the European Union were taken to the sacred cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and the rock fortress of Sigiriya, to familiarize the group to ancient cities of repute, in our country.

India-Pak Diplomatic War

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

With the option of a war or surgical strikes in retaliation for the 26 November terror attacks on Mumbai by ‘elements’ from Pakistan virtually closed, India is now said to be stepping up a diplomatic campaign against its petulant western neighbour, which would make the world better acquainted with Pakistan’s traditional policy of unbridled hostility towards India. The fresh diplomatic exercise, India hopes rather naively, would persuade Islamabad to be more serious in honouring its commitment to India about rolling back its vast anti-India terror structure.

Asian Region Better Prepared to Battle Global Financial Crisis - Noeleen Heyzer, head of UN ESCAP

By K.T.Rajasingham

Noeleen HeyzerThe spreading global financial crisis is threatening to have a devastating impact on developing nations worldwide. Although most Asian countries have so far weathered the storm, it is most likely that the financial meltdown would reach out some of these nations, including Sri Lanka, later this year. In an interview with 'Asian Tribune,' Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the Bangkok-based UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said that for the second time in a decade, the Asia-Pacific region has been hit by financial crisis.