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Sri Lanka imposes censorship on war reporting.
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 - 11:09 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka has imposed censorship on war reporting a week after Tamil Tiger rebels carried out a devastating attack on the country`s air force, officials said.Full Story Post Reply To This Read Replies ( 140 )
President Mahinda Rajapakse used tough emergency laws to ban the publication of any information on military operations as well as procurement, according to a government notice obtained by AFP.
The move follows last week`s rebel attack that virtually wiped out Sri Lanka`s fleet of spy planes. The Tamil Tigers used a group of 21 elite suicide bombers to smash the Anuradhapura base where 14 troopers were also killed.
A notice on the `Prohibition on Publication and Transmission of Sensitive Military Information` was issued by Rajapakse to prevent any reports on military operations as well as plans to buy equipment for security forces or the police.
SAARC FMs agree to bar Lankan terrorists seeking asylum
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 - 11:32 AM SL Time
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SAARC Foreign Ministers have agreed to a Sri Lanka proposal to prohibit Sri Lankan terrorists from seeking political asylum in countries in the region, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama announced at a media conference yesterday (30).
He said a special committee comprising the Attorney General, Solicitor General and Foreign Ministry Legal Advisor Rohan Perera has been appointed to draft the legal framework necessary.
Minister Bogollagama said that the new legislation had been discussed at length at the recent meeting of SAARC Foreign Ministers. They had unanimously endorsed the suggestion.
He said the time had come to implement the new laws in coordination with all SAARC countries. The legal framework would be approved by the Cabinet. Subsequently the Sri Lankan government would make necessary arrangements in consultation with the legal authorities in SAARC countries for its implementation.
Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers developing refined tax system
Tuesday, 30 October 2007 - 7:38 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka`s Tamil Tigers are developing a sophisticated tax collection system to raise funds from the Tamil diaspora for its war that appears to rival that of legitimate governments in efficiency, new research shows.Full Story Post Reply To This Read Replies ( 438 )
The Tigers are developing a system in Europe, where much of the Tamil diaspora resides, in which assessments can be fine-tuned to include lifestyle, according to research presented by a counter-terrorism expert at a recent conference in Colombo.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are shifting to a more predictable, stable income format says Shanaka Jayasekara, a research assistant of the Centre for Policing, Intelligence & Counter Terrorism in Australia.
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Patients visited hospitals 40mn times in 2006
Friday, 2 November 2007 - 10:31 AM SL Time
The total number of patients seeking treatment in hospitals in Sri Lanka annually is double the total population of the country. This was revealed by the advisor to the World Bank Health Development Programme Professor Nimal Kasthuriarachi at the Sabaragamuwa Health Service office in Ratnapura.
The Health Ministry, in collaboration with provincial ministries of health, is organizing meetings in all provinces in order to obtain the opinion, suggestions and advice from politicians, religious leaders, media personnel and from the civil society to formulate a tentative provincial health policy.
Professor Kasthuriarachi said the World Bank had advised Sri Lanka to show more transparency when allocating funds to the health sector. People in Sri Lanka spend 50 per cent of their medical expenses out of their own money, and annually 40 million people take treatment from hospitals, 80 per cent of them are women.
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Air Force bomb 2 Tiger camps
Friday, 2 November 2007 - 10:29 AM SL Time
Air Force Kfir jets at 6.30 yesterday morning pounded two LTTE training camps at Kokuthuduwai in Mullaitivu.
Air Force sources said the camps were used for training and they believe that at least 100 trainees were in the two camps.
In Muhamalai yesterday security forces breached the LTTE forward defence lines and destroyed 4 LTTE bunkers. Eight LTTE cadres were killed in this brief operation and 4 soldiers were injured.
In Mannar, North of Yodawewa security forces and the LTTE clashed. Six tigers were killed in this battle while 10 soldiers were injured. The injured soldiers were rushed to the Anuradhapura Hospital.
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Govt. Has Nothing To Hide On Human ..
Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 8:37 AM SL Time
Categorically denying State sponsored human rights violations of any nature, President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday asserted that the doors are wide open for all local and international Human Rights (HR) organisations to visit the country, investigate and ascertain the veracity of the alleged human rights violations if any.
He was addressing a rally after inspecting the progress of the construction of the giant international sea port in Hambantota in the deep South.
`In a country threatened by terrorism, there could be isolated incidents of kidnappings, abductions and human rights violations.
This is inevitable so long as terrorism exists in our land. We are deeply concerned about this .
There could be minor shortcomings. We will seek to eradicate them totally or at least minimise them. Nevertheless, I could assure you, that we are innocent of all allegations levelled against us`, the President said.
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The Supreme Court has rejected the fundamental rights petition filed by the ABC Radio Network
Friday, 2 November 2007 - 10:42 AM SL Time
It granted a 250,000 rupee cash bail for the Managing Director of ABC Radio Reno Silva, who was accused of contempt of court. Turning down the petition Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva said it is a serious offence that Mr. Reno Silva attempted to mislead the Supreme Court by presenting false information. The Chief Justice said he had insulted the court through this action on his part. He ordered to show cause why such action should not be taken before the 26th of this month. When the case was taken up Counsel representing the company said the government withdrew their license without a reasonable cause. The Counsels representing the Attorney General`s Department said the ABC Radio is hushing up the truth from the court. The State Counsel said the media company on the 24th October at 9.56 pm broadcast that the tiger terrorists had entered the Ranminithenna village in Tissamaharama and murdered a group of villagers. He also played the tape recorder containing the news item. The Chief Justice opined that the petitioner has concealed these facts from the Supreme Court and that a media establishment which presents false information to the Supreme Court is not suitable for broadcasting news. The Chief Justice further said the Managing Director of the Company Reno Silva is engaged in illegal activities, with his financial power but he will not be allowed to abuse the court. The Chief Justice pointed out that the media establishment had attempted to create disharmony among communities through this misleading information to meet their political aims. He said such news could create large-scale unrest. The Chief Justice said the Managing Director of the company cannot be allowed to hoodwink the Supreme Court. He said this is an example to other media stations. Accordingly, the Chief Justice ordered that the licenses will not be valid for the company to continue broadcasting and the petition is being rejected. The Chief Justice said that if the petitioner so requires he can request another license from the relevant authorities. The Chief Justice informed the Media Minister that even if a radio license is to be issued to the company in the future, it should not be authorised to broadcast news. The attorneys representing the Managing Director of ABC Radio Reno Silva withdrew the petition, which requested an injunction preventing his arrest Full Story Post Reply To This Read Replies ( 3 )
Karu J. will be UNP leader after budget - Rajitha
Friday, 2 November 2007 - 10:40 AM SL Time
The UNP (D) Group yesterday predicted a power change within the UNP after the forthcoming budget, with another batch of six to eight prominent MPs already in line to join either UNP(D) or the Government directly.
Holding that a victory the UNP (D) was a victory for the UNP, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said there would be an exodus from the UNP and added they (D-group) would grab power within the party after the budget, with heir apparent to the UNP Minister Karu Jayasuriya installed as leader.
Asserting that the UNP(D) would never divert from the policy of being within the UNP Dr. Senarathe said that their fight was to rid the party from a one man dictatorship.
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Parliament not prorogued to avoid appointing committees -- Basil
Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 8:45 AM SL Time
Special Advisor to the President and newly sworn in MP, Basil Rajapaksa told the Daily Mirror that any prorogation of Parliament would not be a move to avoid appointing committees on several controversial issues
The government yesterday expressed concern over its future, while maintaining it was not proroguing Parliament to annul some of the Parliamentary committees and preclude the appointment of certain select committees on controversial matters.
`Even if Parliament is prorogued those appointed will continue. Prorogation is the right of the President. This is not a new thing. In the past the Governor used to do that every year. There is a special power offered to the President. He has to address Parliament some time. But all these are very much under the powers vested in him. President Premadasa did it when the no-faith motion was on.
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ASIRI Hospitals invest in one of the world`s fastest CT scanners
Friday, 2 November 2007 - 10:46 AM SL Time
In today`s world, a human body is controlled by the stress and strain of everyday life. As a result, medicines and medical facilities play a huge role in maintaining lifestyles where every second and every detail matters and a fast clear picture of what`s going on inside a body can save a life.
In keeping with its vision to provide better healthcare, the ASIRI Group of Hospitals, Sri Lanka`s most technologically advanced hospital, has introduced a new CT scanner which is helping doctors make the most of every second and every detail. This technologically advanced 64-slice VCT machine, which is the latest in the MDCT generation, has replaced invasive procedures and is capable of more definitive diagnosis. ASIRI is the only hospital in Sri Lanka to begin using this 64-slice VCT (volume computed tomography) scanner.
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HSBC Head International in Colombo
Friday, 2 November 2007 - 10:43 AM SL Time
Mr Paul Leech, Head of International, HSBC visited Sri Lanka from the October 30-31 to discuss the strategic direction of the bank for the coming term. During his visit, he met with the Deputy Governor of Central Bank, Dr Mrs Ranee Jayamaha, to review the nature of the banking industry in Sri Lanka at present. He was also met by the Functional Heads of HSBC, who made their presentations to him on the current position of the organisation and he had the opportunity of examining the areas of growth in each field.
Mr Leech was also able to visit the HSBC Premier centre as well as the Union Place Branch and Business Banking Centre, where he met with key staff and gained their perspective on the bank`s operations. These centers cater to a specific and rapidly growing customer base and were created to better understand the needs of the customers and to provide them with tailor-made solutions.
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ABC files rights claim, demands Rs.400 mn
Tuesday, 30 October 2007 - 10:11 AM SL Time
The Asia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) yesterday filed a fundamental rights violation application in the Supreme Court against the Minister of Media, Mass Communication and the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission in respect of the cancellation of its media licence and the withdrawal of the frequencies.
The petition had said that not only the petitioner, but several other radio stations had broadcast that LTTE suspects had invaded the Tissamarama area in late October 2007. But the petitioner only had been singled out and the media licence withdrawn.
The petitioner alleged discrimination, arbitrary treatment and denial of its right to engage in lawful occupation of choice.
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Towards a paedophiles` paradise
Friday, 2 November 2007 - 10:48 AM SL Time
A paedophile nabbed in Kandy recently with a fourteen-year-old boy, who was drunk at the time of the raid, has been enlarged on bail. The dispensation of justice is a matter best left to the learned judges. Suffice it to say that justice must not only be done but it must also be seen to be done.
It was only the other day that a minister pleaded guilty to fraud, which is a criminal offence and walked away after settling the State cost! Before him, an influential person had obtained bail on a Poya Day, when a learned judge took the trouble of opening his temple of justice for that purpose! The child abuser concerned, too, is a highly connected powerful businessman who has money for jam. But, we believe justice will take its course and deterrent punishment will be meted out.
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Guard dogs as pet poodles, milch cows and consumers
Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 8:51 AM SL Time
In a democracy, it is the public interest that should take precedence over everything else. But, in this country, it has been relegated to the dustbin. The various institutions that have been set up to safeguard the public interest have undergone castration at the hands of powerful politicians and businessmen. The surreptitious insertion of Section 77 into the CAA Act in favour of Prima Company is a case in point. Obviously, a corrupt politician meddled with that Act to line his or her pocket at the public expense. But, who did it? Where are those parliamentarians campaigning for good governance? Why is the Opposition silent over this crucial matter, from which they can gain a great deal of political mileage? Is it because it fears that an SLFP leader who has now combined forces with it will get exposed?
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Children`s homes as brothels?
Tuesday, 30 October 2007 - 10:13 AM SL Time
`The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged,` Mahathma Gandhi said, `by the way its animals are treated.` Never mind animals. What would be our ranking as a nation if we were to be judged by the way our children are treated?
Yesterday, we carried a heartrending story that a paedophile had procured a boy from a child care centre in Ratnapura. In a previous incident, a pervert was arrested in a Kandy hotel, together with a fourteen-year old boy he had taken from a children`s home on a flimsy pretext. The child was under the influence of liquor at the time of the raid by the police.
These are just only two instances of children in child care centres becoming easy prey for paedophiles. The situation must be far worse all over the country. Children have become the main attraction for some tourists who are rushing here because of the so-called golden beaches and golden boys. The number of underage beach boys in tourist resorts is believed to be on the increase.
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SriLankan win Travel Trade swimming
Friday, 2 November 2007 - 10:49 AM SL Time
As expected Sri Lankan Airlines continued their absolute dominance in Travel Trade swimming as they swept the board thus retaining the overall Championship for the 10th successive year at the 26th Travel Trade Sports Club swimming meet held at D.S. Senanayake College pool last Saturday.
Sri Lankan Airlines sponsored the tournament for the 07th successive year, where 13 teams participated and 37 events were conducted for men & women, including invitation relays for Schools & Clubs, a dependents event for U-15 boys and girls and an exhibition by the current National Swimmers.
The 54 ? year old, Edward Vanden Driesen of Cinnamon Grand took the spot light by participating continuously in all 26 meets and winning 03 events in the veterans category (over ? 45)
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Mayumi swims into history
Tuesday, 30 October 2007 - 10:18 AM SL Time
Mayumi Raheem created history as the first Sri Lankan to win a medal at a world level swim event while champion US swimmer Natalie Coughlin established a new world record at the FINA/ARENA Short course swimming championship that ended in Singapore on Sunday.
Raheem who is now based in Singapore represented Sri Lanka at the championships and enjoyed a brilliant meet setting new Sri Lanka records in five events that she took part in.
Raheem`s bronze medal in the 200 metres breast stroke came in an event competed by swimmers from South Africa, Sweden, Australia, Russia and Germany.
While becoming the first Sri Lankan to achieve international glory, Raheem established a new Sri Lanka record with a time of 2 minutes 37.48 seconds.
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Sri Lanka win Hong Kong Sixes
Monday, 29 October 2007 - 7:17 AM SL Time
Coming up against the hottest team in the competition, Sri Lanka pulled off a stunning victory yesterday against the Shane Warne-led All-Stars to claim the 2007 Cathay Pacific/Standard Chartered Hong Kong Cricket Sixes, their first victory in the game`s foremost Sixes tournament at their 11th attempt.
The Sri Lankan peaked at the perfect moment in a clash of the only two undefeated teams in the competition to win the final by 16 runs.
Led by captain Indika Saram, who scored a tournament high of 40 not out, the Sri Lankans recorded an imposing 127/3 in the final, also a tournament high, in the eight-ball over game.
Jeewantha Kulatunga, who notched 28 in the final, was delighted with the victory. `The Hong Kong Sixes is a great tournament and I think the fans at home will take this as a very good thing. This week was so special to play against players like Warne, Lara and McGrath, so I think it was a great honour to play against them and the fans will feel great.
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