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Heart to Heart Chat with Somawansa - 4

By K T Rajasingham

Somawansa AmerasingheThe J V P Leader Somawansa Amerasinghe expressed the view that they will establish a democracy where everyone would have equal rights. He added “as I told you few days back we will have a political system that we are building at the moment. It is to establish an economy based on both state and private sector. And both sectors will be encouraged by the government and all the support will be given by the government. That is our economic policy. Continuing the discussion JVP Leader Somawansa Amerasinghe stated that a number acts needed to be put together and done simultaneously.
What are those?

Record Crowd Attended Sixtieth Independence Celebration of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles

Lourdes Saab with Jaliya WickramasuriyaSixtieth Sri Lankan Independence Celebration in Los Angeles attracted a record crowd of over 1,000 covering representatives from the Governor’s and Mayor’s Office, County Office of the Board of Supervisors, Consular Corps Members, Officials of the U.S. State Department and other officials. A cross section of the Sri Lankan community gathered at the California State University,Long Beach on February 3rd to celebrate the event. Consul General Jaliya Wickramasuriya in a press release stated, “We are delighted by the strong showing of unity and patriotism for Sri Lanka on the 6oth Anniversary of her independence. I particularly want to thank my small staff and all the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to make the event a great success. This is a good example of how team work and working together forgetting all the differences could achieve. We pray for Sri Lanka’s safety, unity and prosperity now and in the years to come.”

Sripathy Sooriyarachchi dies in a raod accident

Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

Sripathy SooriyarachchiParliamentarian Sripathy Sooriyarachchi and two of his body guards died due to a road accident, a short while ago. According to an eye witness, who wishes to remain anonymous, the jeep they were traveling was driven at a high speed and collided with a tree at the Medagama,Galgamuwa. The witness attributed the accident due to rain and slippery condition of the road they were traveling.

McCain Looking for Vice President, Clinton and Obama Fiercely Competitive

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

The final four contenders Republican Senator John McCain and Governor Mike Huckabee, as well as Democratic Senators Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama campaigned in several states this week. Arizona Senator McCain who already won 707 delegates to Governor Mike Huckabee’s 195 (1,000 are needed to get the nomination), seemed to be hunting for a "charismatic" Vice Presidential candidate. He congratulated Former Massachusetts Governor Romney for running a good campaign hoping for an endorsement.

U.N. Challenges Sudan on all-African Force for Darfur

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The U.N. Secretariat is challenging an implicit demand by the government of Sudan for an all-African peacekeeping force in politically-troubled Darfur. The issue of force composition is "one of the lynchpins to the success" of the U.N.-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guehenno told the Security Council Friday. The government of Sudan, which insists on an African force, has already rejected troops from Norway and Sweden. At the same time, it has expressed reservations over military units from Thailand and Nepal.

21 Sri Lankan Refugees languished in Nauru are accepted and transferred Australia

Twenty one Sri Lankan refugees that left Nauru yesterday, bound for Brisbane as Australia closed its offshore detention centre on Nauru. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed the closure of an offshore detention centre on the tiny island nation of Nauru and the transfer of the remaining refugees to Australia, marking the end of the latter's so-called "Pacific Solution" for asylum-seekers. Twenty one Sri Lankan refugees who left Nauru yesterday bound for Brisbane were among 83 asylum-seekers intercepted on their way to Australia in February 2007. They were taken first to the Australian territory of Christmas Island and then transferred to Nauru in March to have their refugee claims assessed. All were determined to be refugees.

Sixtieth Independence Day Celebrated at Oxford University

The Sri Lanka Society at the University of Oxford officially celebrated the 60th Independence Day on Sunday the 3rd of February. The event was organized to coincide with the dawning of Independence Day in Sri Lanka. It was held at the Goodhart Room of University College, the oldest of the Oxford Colleges, amidst a large gathering comprising of both Sri Lankans and distinguished foreign guests. Arosha Gunasekera, Founder President of the Society delivered the welcome address and emphasized the importance of the occasion. A two-minute silence was then observed in honor of the fallen heroes of the Independence movement and the valiant tri-forces and the police who sacrificed their lives to protect the Motherland.

Another fund raiser by LTTE despite watchful French sleuths

By Senarath Sugath in Paris

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is planning several fund raising activities using the TRO, which known in France as ORT Paris, and other front organizations as watchful French security services are determined to clamp down on terrorist activities in the country. As the French authorities will not allow any LTTE activity to take place since the proscription by the EU, the Tigers use front organizations for fund raising events. Latest fund raiser is "Salangai 2008," to be held on February 10 at Les Eurosites under the ORT France, which has its office at 26 rue du Department 75018, Paris.

Mitt Romney Bites the Dust. Four Left in the Presidential Race

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Mitt Romney dropped out of the Republican race today making the race now two on each side. John McCain, unless due to some sheer fluke, is likely to be the winner on the Republican side. Democrats are no way near finality. It is widely anticipated that following primaries scheduled over the next several days—including Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia next Tuesday—Barrack Obama will at least temporarily take a the lead in the delegate count over Hillary Clinton who is slightly ahead now. John McCain is firmer on the delegate count, but Mike Huckabee has not conceded. It seems increasingly likely, however, that the contest will remain unresolved for weeks if not months, and that the outcome may not be resolved until the convention itself. The number of voters at all the primaries had been unprecedented.

Attack on Media and Journalists a Worldwide Phenomenon in 2007, Three International Media Rights Groups say

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Three internationally renowned rights groups were in agreement in their recently released investigative assessments of the ‘worldwide media scene’ that the year 2007 was devastating, brutal and crippling for the free media and journalists in both print and electronic sectors. The reports highlight that some democratic countries, in the name of rule of law and good governance, endeavor to subject the media as a captive fourth estate. In the annual assessment report released by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists did not spare the United States, a country to many critics having double standards on human rights, for its part of detaining two journalists for a prolonged period denying them the habeas corpus rights, a fundamental right of any free society.

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