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Angelinos Fete Walter Jayawardhana as he leaves for London High Commission

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Sri Lankans in Los Angeles gave veteran Journalist Walter Jayawardhana a rousing send-off as he left for London to assume duties as Minister/Counsellor (Information) at the Sri Lankan High Commission in UK. He was one-of-a-kind leader that the community looked up to said Harry Hathrasinghe one of the pioneer residents who knew Walter well. Water's response was “Sri Lanka came first for all of us. We always stood by the elected governments of the motherland except once. That was when the government in 2002 signed an agreement with the terrorist group LTTE, which endangered the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. We said that serving Sri Lanka was a privilege and he would continue to be of service where ever he went. It was hard for me to leave behind the Angelinos after so many years and innumerable memories."

India Tests Medium-Range Surface-To-Air Missile

India Wednesday tested medium-range surface-to-air missile Akash twice from Orissa's Chandipur defence base, defence sources said. The multi-target missiles carrying live warhead each were test-fired from the Integrated Test Range Chandipur-on-sea, some 230 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar, between 1.45 p.m. and 2 p.m. The missiles targeted a flying object dropped from a pilot-less aircraft (PTA), which was flown from the test range a few minutes earlier. Akash, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), weighs 650 kg and has a range of 25 kilometres.

Canada and Sri Lanka sign MoU for Vocational and Technical Training

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training (MVTT) for the implementation of the Project for Rehabilitation through Education and Training (PRET). WUSC Country Director, Ms. Shelagh Savage, and Secretary to the Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training, Mr. Thilak Hapangama, signed the MOU at an official ceremony held at the Ministry premises on Monday.

Mano Ganesan alleges withdrawal of his security amounts setting a stage for his elimination

Mano GanesanMano Ganesan, Leader of Western People’s Front and the Member of Parliament for Colombo district has revealed that Government has suddenly withdrawn his security on 18th December. He has alleged that the Government is setting stage for his elimination by first publishing lies and then withdrawing his security. In a press release, he has pointed out that Government has withdrawn since 8 PM of 18th December, the additional security provided to him aftermath of the killing of the co-founder of Civil Monitoring Commission Nadaraja Raviraj almost a year ago in Colombo’s high security zone.

In a Desparate Move Prabhakaran Grooms His Wife As Successor?

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

The reportedly recently injured Prabhakaran broke his own embargo not to publish any photos of his family members by publishing his wife Mathivathani's photo on Sunday. Many consider that to be a desperate move. Prabharana is groming his wife Mathivathani as his successor, they believe. Her photograph has never been published until this week when she opened an elder’s home in Killinochchi. This is an unprecedented matter for Prabharakan to bring his hitherto secluded wife into the lime light according to most observers.

Sri Lanka: Religious Leaders call for peace

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Senior religious leaders from Sri Lanka and a high-level multi-religious delegation of the World Conference of Religions for Peace from six other countries - namely Cambodia, Japan, Norway, Pakistan, South Africa and the United States met in Jaffna on December 12-13, for an Inter Religious Summit on Peace in Sri Lanka. The meeting was organized by the World Conference of Religions for Peace, its Sri Lankan counterpart, the National Conference of Religions for Peace and the National Peace Council, and is one of a series of meetings to support the formation of an inter-religious council that includes the religious leadership from across Sri Lanka. Future meetings are planned in the near future to be held in Kandy and in Trincomalee.

Hearing today in the Habeas Corpus suits against Malaysian Government for the arrest of 5 HINDRAFT leaders

The Habeas Corpus suits filed by the Hindu Rights Action Force Malaysia (HINDRAFT) against the Malaysian Government is coming up for hearing today for the production of the five HINDRAFT leaders, who were arrested under the draconian Internal Security Act, which allows the arrested people to be held in detention without trial for a minimum period of two years. On last 13th morning HINDRAFT leaders Udayakumar, Kengatharan, Manokaran, Vasantha Kumar and Ganapathy Rao were arrested subsequent to the arrest warrant signed by Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahamed Badawi in his capacity as Minister for Security.

Current Economy does not offer a conducive economic environment for the masses - Dr. Hettigoda

Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

Dr. Victor HettigodaA veteran entrepreneur, Ayurvedic Physician and a candidate in the last Presidential election, Deshabandhu Dr.Victor Hettigoda says the current economy does not offer a conducive economic environment for the masses the government has no plans to protect Sri Lankan industries and other enterprises. Speaking to the media he said, Sri Lanka must reduce its unwanted expenditure such as wastage funds on an unwieldy cabinet of ministers, and for food imports and also in investing on uneconomical projects.

War Crimes Tribunal for East Timor Lacks U.N. Support

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid his first official visit to East Timor (Timor-Leste) last week, he was conscious of the growing demands for accountability for crimes committed during Indonesia's invasion and subsequent occupation of that relatively new nation state. A coalition of some 70 international human rights and non-governmental organisations wrote an open letter to the secretary-general seeking "substantive justice to the people of Timor-Leste" who "suffered countless war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Indonesian invasion and 24-year occupation of their homeland."

Sri Lankans to protest in front of UNESCO in Paris

Sri Lankans in France will gather in front of the UNESCO headquarters on Wednesday to protest against the statement made by UNESCO Chief Koichiro Matsuura condemning the air strike on LTTE radio station, Voice of Tigers. The demonstration has been organized by the French Committee of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in coordination with Sri Lankans in Paris. A. A spokesman for JVP Committee in Paris said that a protest letter would be handed over to Koichiro Matsuura, Director General of the UNESCO DG or to his representative. “UNESCO has no right to interfere in Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” a Spokesman for the Committee said. “Sri Lanka has a right to fight terrorists and it is for the military to select LTTE targets and “Matsuura’s statement is an indirect support to terrorism”.

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