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Balls at World Cup expose biased umpires
Friday, 6 April 2007 - 8:41 PM SL Time
The hotly disputed Amnesty International-led campaign, styled `play by the rules`, written on dummy cricket balls targeting the Sri Lankan cricket team, participating in the World Cup in the Caribbean, reveals the growing relationship between AI bigwigs and the LTTE.
Authoritative sources said that this was a part of a wider conspiracy against the Sri Lankan government. The sources accused the London-headquartered human rights watchdog of strengthening LTTE efforts to internationally embarrass Sri Lanka.
The sources said that the AI action was a continuation of an effort to isolate Sri Lanka and strengthen the LTTE`s case against the State.
The AI move coincides with the proposed Human Rights Council action against Sri Lanka. Although the HRC deferred its resolution on Sri Lanka`s human rights situation at the conclusion of its recent sessions in Geneva, the government is under heavy pressure to suspend the `offensive` military action against the LTTE.
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Tamil Tigers weapons supplier pleads guilty
Friday, 6 April 2007 - 4:50 AM SL Time
Defendant pleads in Tamil Tigers case
BALTIMORE (AP) _ A Singaporean man pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to export guns, surface-to-air missiles and other military hardware to the Tamil Tigers terrorist group, the U.S. Attorney`s office announced.
Haniffa Bin Osman, 55, pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, said Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
The Singaporean conspired with Haji Subandi and Erick Wotulo to provide state-of-the-art firearms, machine guns and ammunition, surface to air missiles, night vision goggles and other military weapons to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, also known as the Tamil Tigers, according to the plea agreement.
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Halt abductions, Sri Lanka and Tigers urged
Thursday, 5 April 2007 - 9:05 PM SL Time
COLOMBO (Reuters) - A chorus of human rights groups have appealed this week to Sri Lanka`s government and its Tamil Tiger foes to halt a rash of rights abuses and abductions.
Sri Lanka`s Human Rights Commission says hundreds of people have `disappeared` so far this year, on top of 1,000 last year.
Some see a terrifying parallel between recent abductions in well-guarded, government-controlled areas and a spate of disappearances in the late 1980s when the government crushed an uprising by hardline Marxists.
`One worry for many human rights activists is maybe we are back to the dark days of the late 80s, where disappearances torture and all forms of grave abuses have returned with a vengeance,` said Ahilan Kadirgamar of expatriate rights advocacy group the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum.
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Another channel for al Qaeda to attack US, courtesy LTTE
Sunday, 8 April 2007 - 7:09 AM SL Time
Mike Scheuer, former head of the al Qaeda Unit of the CIA and the present terrorism analyst of CBS TV said the Sri Lankan terrorist group LTTE stealing European passports and supplying them to al Qaeda terrorists provides another channel for the 9/11 attackers to enter United States for an assault.
Sheuer was interviewed by the J.J. Green, the National Security Correspondent of the WTOP Radio.
Alarmed by the stealing of the Norwegian passports and dropping bombs on the Sri Lankan Air Force base the WTOP was broadcasting many news stories and feature programmes about LTTE`s threat to the United States.
Sheuer in the interview said the working relationship between the LTTE and the al Qaeda group could benefit both parties and the fake European passports from Scandinavian countries supplied by the Tamil Tigers could give another chance for the al Qaeda to move freely into the United States and Europe and that could be a problem to the security of these regions.
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A mad dog, threat to journalists
Sunday, 8 April 2007 - 7:01 AM SL Time
Minister of Health and Nutrition Nimal Siripala de Silva has warned journalist that `they should be vaccinated with something like rabbis`.
He has made the above statement while addressing a ceremony in Colombo organized to mark the International Health day that falls tomorrow.
According to the journalists who were present there the minister had spoken with much aggression and had meant that the journalists in the country are mad like those dogs diseased with rabbis.
He had said that there are several media personnel who are waiting until diseases like Bird Flu enter the island and that he wouldn`t let them take advantage of any such situation of that sort.
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Husband, wife killed in DPU Claymore attack
Friday, 6 April 2007 - 4:58 AM SL Time
A 42-year-old woman and her 54-year-old husband, parents of four, recently displaced from Vavuniya, were killed Thursday in Paalampiddi, 38 km northwest of Vavuniya town, when a Sri Lanka Army Deep Penentration Unit (DPU) triggered a Claymore mine targeting the IDP couples` bicycle at 1:45 p.m., according to Tamileelam Police.
The victims, Raveendran Ravi, 54, and Sindhu Ravi, 42, were attacked while they were cycling towards their IDP camp located in Thadchan`aamar`uthamadu.
They were IDPs who had displaced from 8th Unit, Paavatkulam in Vavuniya, following the artillery attacks in the area.
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Amnesty knocked out of World Cup
Sunday, 8 April 2007 - 7:07 AM SL Time
The International Cricket Council has pledged to stop a controversial move by the human rights group Amnesty International to carry out a cricket ball campaign at the ongoing world cup in the Caribbean to protest against the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, officials said.
An assurance has been given by the ICC to both the Foreign Ministry and Sri Lanka Cricket following separate representations made to the organizers of the world cup.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said they had got an assurance from the ICC that all steps would be taken to prevent the AI from carrying out any campaign within the grounds targeting Sri Lanka or its players.
`It is clear that AI is politicizing the game by its campaign which is unethical and immoral. Such a campaign can affect the Sri Lanka team and could demoralize the players,` the spokesman said.
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Sinhala and Hindu New Year rituals
Sunday, 8 April 2007 - 7:07 AM SL Time
* Sighting the moon - Thursday, April 19 for the new Solar Year
* Bathing for the old year - Thursday, April 12 - with ointment prepared from `Bo` leaves.
* Dawn of the New Year - Saturday, April 14 at 12.29 p.m.
* Punyakalaya and Nonagathaya - Punyakalaya begins at 6.05 a.m. and ends at 6.53 p.m. on April 14, Saturday. Cease work during Nonagathaya from 6.05 a.m. till 12.29 p.m. on the same day. Engage in religious activities during this period.
* Preparing the first meal - Saturday 14 at 1.01 p.m., clad in blue, facing South, light the hearth and prepare `Kiribath` (milk rice) along with a dish made of `Thala` (Sesame) and Jaggery.
* Partaking in the first meal and transactions - Saturday April 14 at 2.51 p.m., clad in blue, facing South. After partaking meals transactions could be done.
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Tamil Television Network (ttn)
Friday, 6 April 2007 - 5:00 AM SL Time
Tamil Television Network (ttn) is introducing a new Entertainment channel along with the current one on the Tamil New year day. On the 14th April 2007 Tamil Television Network (ttn) will be telecasting a NEW Tamil entertainment channel in addition to the current channel said Mr K Vagan the director of the Tamil Television.
It is believed that this will be free to current TTN TV customers. Since the news was announced in the IBC radio last night the TTN customer service in London have received thousands of phone calls in support of the move from its customers and well wishers. Full Story Post Reply To This Read Replies ( 5 )
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`Good Bye` Blue Elephant
Sunday, 8 April 2007 - 7:10 AM SL Time
Colombo, April 6, 2007-The Blue Elephant, which is almost 20 years old, will be officially closing it`s doors. To mark this occasion there will be a grand `Good Bye ` Party from 19th to 21st of April featuring all Blue Elephant DJs. The famous icon of the club, the massive wooden elephant will be auctioned on the last day, 21st April (Saturday) and proceeds will go to charity.
The `night pulse of Colombo` Blue Elephant has it`s own story. ` It has been a special place for many of us with a lot of good memories` said Kapila Mohotti who worked at the club since its inspection. The club was born on 2nd July 1987. The sound and lights were done by a Singaporean company called Inova. At the early stages Inova provided Dee Jays and the first was a female DJ from UK. Her name was Karen Askew.
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India, Pakistan flop has sponsors reeling
Sunday, 8 April 2007 - 6:56 AM SL Time
The stunning exits of Pakistan and India from cricket`s World Cup has left one of the game`s biggest sponsors reviewing its future in the sport and sent the advertising world into a tailspin. Giants such as Pepsi have had to rethink marketing campaigns centred around the teams, Indian advertisers are demanding cut-price television spots and in Pakistan the ad industry reckons losses will run into millions of dollars.
`We are sunk,` said Delhi-based advertising executive Rajmohan Singh. `No one wants to advertise any more. Is there a World Cup going on? Where? My figures don`t show that.`South Korea`s LG Electronics said it was unsure if it would remain a global partner of the International Cricket Council (ICC) when sponsorship contracts are renegotiated later this year.
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Low-priced coconuts for Avurudu season
Friday, 6 April 2007 - 5:02 AM SL Time
The Coconut Development Authority (CDA) is planning to open up a sales outlet in Narahenpita during the festive season.
` The outlet will be located in the head office premises of the CDA and all coconut products will be available at the outlet,` said Programme Assistant (Economic Research) Udaya Namalgama to The Island Financial Review.
The CDA is planning an efficient delivery system of fresh coconuts to meet the increased demand,which is usual, during the Avurudu season. All the cleared areas are covered under this project,noted Namalgama.
He said the CDA carried out a similar programme in the city of Colombo three months back, which resulted in easing the high prices of coconut.
Oil, copra, vinegar, coconut milk, coconut milk powder and other kernel products as well as non-kernel products such as brooms, brushes, ornamental products and fibre-related coconut products will be available at the head office sales outlet.
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SAARC the path ahead
Sunday, 8 April 2007 - 6:57 AM SL Time
Yet another SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) summit began and ended this week without much fanfare or fuss in New Delhi, the capital of the largest of the now eight `sisters` of the region.
The summit saw Afghanistan, or the Government in control of its capital Kabul, being admitted to full membership of SAARC. Arguably, the only other new feature of the summit this time was that countries like China, Japan, Korea and the United States of America and regional groupings like the European Union were admitted as `observers`. This signalled an end to the long-standing American-phobia among Governments in the region.
SAARC decided to also admit Iran as an observer next time to maintain its non-aligned posture, but clearly, the inclusion of these observers indicates that the political leaders of South Asia have at last realised the grim truth; that one of the biggest, if not the biggest task ahead of them is the upliftment of the living standards of the 1.5 billion people in the region and that, sans the support of the economically powerful nations of the world, these nations will not be able to undertake this onerous task.
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Astrological wars and jumping jumbos
Wednesday, 4 April 2007 - 6:50 AM SL Time
We can have hopes of a few medals at the next Olympics. They are not going to be just bronze or silver but real gold! But, our success is contingent on our ability to select the right people for the task. All these years we have been betting on the wrong horses. We have blundered by sending athletes to the Olympics. This practice has to stop forthwith, if we are to achieve success. The time has come for us to turn to our multi-talented politicians to bring fame to this land. It is they who must be sent to Beijing. Nay, we are not talking about shooting, which our men excel in. They won`t do shooting by way of a sport. They display their shooting skills only during elections. On the other hand, we don`t want a Munich type situation in Beijing with our politicos taking to shooting, do we?
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War and human rights
Tuesday, 3 April 2007 - 7:27 AM SL Time
Today, on the opposite page, we carry a letter by a reader taking the editor of this newspaper to task over our editorial of March 19, Needed: Genuine campaigners for human rights and media freedom! The writer has obviously mistaken our comment for a brief for the southern terrorists who unleashed unbridled terror only to be hoist with their own petard in the end. We made reference to the ruthless counter-terror campaign by the police, the armed forces and death squads of the then government, at whose hands thousands of civilians who were no party to the conflict perished, only to highlight the paradox that some perpetrators of those heinous crimes are today campaigning for human rights and media freedom.
Our reader`s comment reminds us of an observation by the UTHR-J in its latest information bulletin being serialised in this newspaper, Sri Lanka`s Humanitarian Crisis or the Crisis of a Majoritarian Polity? In the instalment published last Friday, the UTHR says: Whatever the military arguments, there remains that one crucial question: Would the Government have fought the way it did, and knowingly (yes, knowingly) fired missiles at camps for the displaced using enemy fire from the vicinity (highly questionable in most cases) as an excuse, were those people in the camps Sinhalese? We reliably learn that when a foreign envoy put this question to a senior military official, there was in response an eloquent silence.`
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World Cup Super 8, Guyana: Bangladesh 251-8 v South Africa 184
Sunday, 8 April 2007 - 7:03 AM SL Time
Bangladesh caused a sensational World Cup upset by beating South Africa in an extraordinary Super 8 match in Guyana.
The Tigers amassed a brilliant 251-8, their highest ever World Cup score, with Mohammad Ashraful hitting a truly magnificent 87 from 83 balls.
In reply, South Africa were shot out for 184, with Syed Rasel, Saqibal Hasan and Abdur Razzak among the wickets.
The result improves England`s hopes of qualifying for the last four ahead of their game against Australia on Sunday.
South Africa won the toss, but erred in electing to bowl first.
The wicket got slower and slower, playing into the hands of Bangladesh`s three spinners, and South Africa struggled to get anywhere near the five runs an over they required.
Bangladesh ended up with an excellent score, especially as they too were wobbling at one stage.
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Lanka needed unorthodox tactics to get rid of Bopara
Friday, 6 April 2007 - 4:57 AM SL Time
ST JOHN`S, Antigua (AP) - Ravi Bopara was batting so well for England against Sri Lanka, it took something unorthodox to stop him hitting the winning runs.
The 21-year-old all-rounder, who was a late inclusion in the 15-man tournament squad, was up against Dilhara Fernando needing three runs for England from the last ball for an unlikely win.
Bopara had hit 52 in 52 balls and seemed able to clinch the match when, in an apparent show of gamesmanship, Fernando pulled out of his run up at the last second.
Bopara gathered himself to face the last ball, again, and was beaten. Fernando bowled him to reduce England to 233 for eight and give Sri Lanka a two-run win.
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Clinical South Africa pull off comfortable win over Ireland
Thursday, 5 April 2007 - 4:49 AM SL Time
South Africa defied rain and a fighting Ireland to cruise to a seven-wicket win in a World Cup Super Eights match at the Guyana National Stadium here on Tuesday.Jacques Kallis hit an unbeaten 66 and added 80 runs for an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Ashwell Prince (47 not out) to guide the Proteas to their second win in as many Super Eight matches.
South Africa, who restricted Ireland to 158-8, were set a revised target of 160 after two rain interruptions of nearly three hours and a 15-minute delayed start, reduced the match to 35 overs per side.
Graeme Smith`s side, who achieved a narrow nerve-tingling one-wicket win over Sri Lanka here last week, now meet Bangladesh on Saturday before their crucial matches against the West Indies, New Zealand and England.
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