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Terrorism will be defeated, north liberated soon and political freedom assured for all – Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse

President hoisting the national flagPresident Mahinda Rajapakse assured to the nation that terrorism would be ultimately defeated and the victory for all will prevail soon. Mahinda Rajapakse speaking on the 60th anniversary of the country’s Independence at Galle Face, in Colombo this morning emphasized on the need for the eradication of terrorism, embracing the meaning of freedom, assured that North will be liberated soon from the clutches of terrorists, and said that the burden of high costs of living and other economic hardships are not permanent but those are only short-term difficulties which would lead to long term benefits and a life free of oppression. While speaking, Sri Lanka President pointed out “I believe freedom is something that has to be made meaningful day by day. We have now arrived at an era where we have decisively dedicated ourselves to enrich the substance of freedom.”

LTTE Targeting Innocent Civilians, Prabhakaran’s Whereabouts Unknown - Dr. Keheliya Spokesman for National Security

Keheliya RambukkwellaIn an interview with the Asian Tribune, Dr. Keliya Rambukkwella, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare and Government Spokesman for Defence and National Security called the latest suicide bomb attacks acts of treacherous terrorism. LTTE has targeted incident civilians in a desperate move he added. He also stated that the whereabouts of Velupillai Prabhakaran are difficult to decipher.

Let us renew our pledge to move in unity towards a New Sri Lanka – President Mahinda Rajapakse

Mahinda RajapakseSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in his Independence Day message has emphasized on the need for unity of the people in the country for a New Sri Lanka and of the two challenges country faces - the challenge of the eradicating terrorism and the eradication of Poverty. Sri Lanka’s sixtieth independence anniversary is celebrated today in Sri Lanka and all over where Sri Lankans lives with amoty and in unity. President Mahinda Rajapakse, while elaborating on the need for the eradication of the challenges before us, he insisted that having completed sixty years of measurable success amidst turbulence, and progress despite many an obstacle, he urged to look forward to the hard work that still lies ahead in efforts to forge true unity as a nation, moving away from the divisions and suspicions that have held people in the past, and proceed with determination to the daring new world of opportunity that lies ahead.

Heart to Heart With Somawansa Amerasinghe (2)

By K.T.Rajasingham

Somawansa AmerasingheSomawansa Amerasinghe analysed JVP’s stand on equality before the law. He stated “I am not blaming only the Colonial rulers. I am blaming all the leaders, Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslims who led the country after 1948. They formed the Ceylon National Congress in 1919, if I remember correctly; they could not carry on with that great effort after 1921, due to mistakes made by everyone. I am not only blaming Colonial rulers alone, I am blaming Sri Lankans leaders from among the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims Burgers. Yesterday, Somawansa Amerasinghe, Leader of the JVP mentioned why they considered the 13th Amendment, Referendum and the Provincial Council illegal.

Some Intriguing Facts about the Super Tuesday

Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Governance is basically an exercise in consensus building and front runners in U S primary campaigns are now learning it first hand. As voters head to polls or caucuses Tuesday, more than 2,000 Democratic delegates, including unpledged "super delegates," are at stake in 22 states, representing 52% of all delegates who will attend the nominating convention later this year. Similarly, more than 1,000 Republican delegates will be chosen in 21 states, or about 43% of total delegates going to the convention.

An Introduction to Public Speaking

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Association for International Standards (AIS) affiliated to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, in introducing best practices, will conduct a Seminar on "An Introduction to Public Speaking" in the CCC Meeting Room. The fear of public speaking is one of the greatest fears of human beings; the ability to face an audience, respond to questions with confidence and convey the subject of your message. Although we communicate all day, everyday throughout our life, through an endless exchange of ideas, messages and information, getting our message across to ensure it is understood is of supreme importance. "How well we communicate depends on how successful we are".

United States Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

The United States has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on February 3 at the Fort Railway Station and at the Dehiwala Zoo in Colombo, and on February 2 on a bus in Dambulla. The press statement released by the US Embassy in Colombo said, “We offer our condolences to the victims, and their families. These reprehensible acts, which bear all the hallmarks of the LTTE, clearly targeted innocent civilians to foster an atmosphere of fear prior to Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations,” the Embassy statement said. US Embassy urged, “We appeal urgently to all parties to the conflict to take every possible measure to avoid killing or injuring civilians.”

60th National Day ceremony will be held at the Galle Face

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The 60th National Day ceremony will be held at the Galle Face Green tomorrow under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Presidential secretariat said the ceremony will be open to the public and all those who would like to participate in this event are requested to assemble near the Lake House building, from where free transport will be provided to Galle Face Green. The ceremony will also be telecast live on SLRC and several other channels. Our correspondents say ceremonies have been organized at provincial level as well to mark the occasion.

Nine civilians killed and over 100 injured in LTTE bomb blast- Colombo

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

According Security forces, LTTE terrorists carried out cowardly bomb blast targeting innocent civilians at the Fort Railway station this afternoon (February 3). Nine people have been killed and over 100 others suffered injuries as a suspected LTTE suicide bomber blew herself up on the third platform of the railway station around 2.10 p.m, said the defence sources. Director of the National Hospital Dr. Hector Weerasinghe says that 10 of the injured were in critical condition. In the meantime, according to the railway control room the explosion has occurred inside Matara-Vavuniyaa train, while it reached the 3rd platform of Colombo Fort Railway station. The police and security forces have already started investigations into the incident.

Another bomb blast inside Colombo Fort Railway station – 9 dead and motre than 100 injured

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

A second bomb blast reported inside the Colombo Fort railway station, targeting innocent civilians, today at 2.00 pm Sri Lanka time. Initial reports revealed nine people were killed and around 100 wounded. Amongst those dead eight were males and one a girl 12 years old. The victims were being evacuated to the Colombo National hospital. Spokesperson of the Colombo National Hospital Dr. Anil Jayasinghe told "Asian Tribune" that some of the injured persons are in critical conditions and death toll may rise.

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