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Sri Lanka Air Force strikes LTTE leaders` meeting in Northeast
Friday, 21 September 2007 - 11:09 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka Air Force fighter jets today struck and destroyed a LTTE meeting place and a strategically important LTTE arms facility triggering multiple explosions in the Mullaitivu area in the northeast while a civilian was killed in a claymore blast in the East, the military said.Full Story Post Reply To This Read Replies ( 358 )
Air attacks were carried out at a LTTE base complex that housed large arms and ammunitions following accurate air and ground surveillance information, a defence official said.
Air Force also effectively struck an LTTE meeting place in the area, where high raking LTTE leaders regularly meet inflicting heavy damages, sources said. Simultaneous explosions were observed from the site, following the air raid, pilots confirmed. However, the exact number of LTTE casualties is yet to be known, the sources added.
US, other donors reject military solution: Envoy
Friday, 21 September 2007 - 4:23 AM SL Time
The United States and other donor countries do not support a military solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka, US Ambassador Robert Blake said just days after Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa was quoted as saying the LTTE would have to be dealt with militarily.Full Story Post Reply To This Read Replies ( 595 )
Ambassador Blake expressed these views during a ceremony at Orugodawatte on Wednesday while handing over US Agency for International Development (USAID) food assistance worth US$ 5 million to Sri Lanka. `The US and other donor countries do not support a military solution to the conflict. We believe the solution lies in a negotiated settlement that meets the aspirations of all of communities of Sri Lanka,` the US envoy said.
Sri Lanka`s Tamil Rebels Say Their War Is `Defensive`
Thursday, 20 September 2007 - 8:04 PM SL Time
Sri Lanka`s rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said it`s fighting a ``defensive war`` against the government, in its first comments since losing control of the country`s east after 14 years of conflict.Full Story Post Reply To This Read Replies ( 144 )
``The LTTE is maintaining patience and still restricting itself to a defensive war,`` S.P. Thamilchelvan, head of the group`s political wing, said in an interview with TamilNet yesterday. He didn`t refer directly to the loss of the Eastern Province in July.
The government is attempting to escalate the island`s ethnic conflict to ``hitherto unseen heights`` by breaking up ethnic- Tamil communities in areas it now controls, Thamilchelvan said. A government minister last week denied it plans to divide districts in the Eastern and Northern Provinces.
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Air Force Destroys Ltte Underground..
Friday, 21 September 2007 - 4:30 AM SL Time
Air Force fighter jets pounded an LTTE underground ammunition dumps north west of Puthukuduiruppu yesterday morning, Air Force Group Captain Ajantha Silva said.
MiG27 and Kfir jets carried out an air strike targeting the LTTE ammunition dump located underground in Mullaitivu near the Paranthan road around 11.50 a.m.
He said the AF fighters carried out the air strike following ground intelligence reports and air base surveillance. `According to intelligence sources the target was destroyed and heavy damage was caused to the Tiger ammunition base,` he added.
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Psc To Probe Alleged Govt - Ltte De..
Friday, 21 September 2007 - 4:29 AM SL Time
Sri Lankan parliament on Thursday agreed to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee to probe the alleged deal between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE)
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (People`s Wing) coordinator Sripathi Sooriarachchi proposed the appointment of a select committee to inquire into the secret deal said to have taken place in 2005 before the presidential election.
The allegation is that the LTTE had been given Rs.200 million before the presidential elections.
The Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that a select committee has to be appointed to look into all the dealing with the LTTE since 1989.
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Ltte Confirms Soosai`s Injury, Son`..
Friday, 21 September 2007 - 4:25 AM SL Time
The LTTE has, for the first time, confirmed that Sea Tiger leader Soosai was injured in an `accidental` explosion off the Mullaitivu seas recently while his son was killed.
In comments over the Voice of Tiger radio on Wednesday, an LTTE official `Radha` said Soosai had now fully recovered.
According to the radio report, Soosai was injured during a Sea Tiger training exercise.
In July, reports spread that Soosai was critically injured in a boat explosion off the Mullaitivu seas.
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Mangala,Basil set for showdown in House
Friday, 21 September 2007 - 4:34 AM SL Time
Allegations and counter allegations coupled with heated arguments were the order of the day as parliament yesterday debated the motion to appoint a Select Committee to probe the alleged secret deal between the government and the LTTE.
Joining the debate new parliamentarian and powerful presidential advisor Basil Rajapaksa denied he held discussions with the LTTE to enforce a boycott of the presidential election in November 2005 by the people in the North and East.
Mr. Rajapaksa was responding to SLFP (M) parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera who made the charge while calling for a Select Committee to probe the secret deal.
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SC halts driving licence for 5 monks
Tuesday, 18 September 2007 - 4:47 AM SL Time
The Supreme Court yesterday halted five petitions filed by Buddhist monks seeking permission to obtain driving licence.
The Bench comprising Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva and Justices Shirani Thilakawardena and Saleem Marsoof made the order following an application filed by the Commissioner of Motor Traffic. Earlier Ven. Paragoda Wimalawansa Thera filed a writ application in the Court of Appeal asking that the Commissioner of Motor Traffic be given an order to issue him an application for a driving licence. The Commissioner of Motor Traffic filed a counter affidavit against it. Court having gone through the submission filed by both parties rejected the counter affidavit of the Commissioner and allowed the application by the Ven. Wimalawansa Thera.
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143rd Anagarika Dharmapala anniversary
Monday, 17 September 2007 - 10:51 AM SL Time
Ceremonies to mark the 143rd birth anniversary of Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala will be held in several parts of the country today. The main function will be held at 9 a.m. at Dharmapala Vidyalaya in Eheliyagoda. A function organised by the Galle YMBA will also be held at 2 p.m. at the Mallika Navodaya School in Hiniduma.
Ven. Habarakada Indrarathana Thera will be the chief guest at this function while J.R. Suriyapperuma will deliver a lecture on the `Dharmapala Chinthanaya`.
Commemorative meetings are also scheduled in Colombo, Kandy, Kurunegala, Matara, Pannipitiya, Bombuwala and Menikhinna .
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Business letters won`t be opened
Friday, 21 September 2007 - 4:32 AM SL Time
The Postal Department has suspended its decision to exercise the option of opening business letters posted under ordinary mail following opposition from various quarters, Posts and Telecommunication Secretary W.M. Piyasena told the Daily Mirror yesterday.
He said instead the Department would introduce a `Business Postal System` to offset the massive losses incurred annually due to business establishments exploiting loopholes in the Postal Ordinance by posting business letters and parcels under ordinary cover.
`The Ministry has taken steps to amend the Postal Ordinance for this purpose,` Mr. Piyasena said.
The Post Master General, in a circular issued on August 21, instructed all Post Masters to open letters weighing 30 grams or less posted under ordinary cover by business establishments and charge Rs. 15 each for such letters.
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Upgrading rooms to get priority in $ 2 mn. refurbishing at Hilton
Sunday, 16 September 2007 - 12:05 PM SL Time
The Colombo Hilton Hotel is undertaking a US$ 2 million refurbishment utilizing accumulated funds held in the furniture, fittings and equipment reserve of Hotel Developers (Lanka) Limited, the Hilton`s owning company.
Hotel Developers have told the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) that in terms of the management agreement between itself and Hilton International which manages the Colombo Hilton, a sum equivalent to US$ 700,000, is annually transferred from the operational profits of the hotel to the furniture, fittings and equipment reserve.
`The funds in this account is solely maintained by the hotel for the purpose of additions and replacements of the furniture, fittings and equipment which is required for the operation of the hotel,` Hotel Developers said in its statement.
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CID grills reporter on Aston Martin
Saturday, 15 September 2007 - 8:53 AM SL Time
The CID yesterday questioned Nation newspaper reporter Indika Sakalasooriya over a news item relating to an Aston Martin vehicle, sources from the weekly newspaper said.
The news item which carried pictures of the luxury vehicle indicated that it was brought down to Sri Lanka for the son of a VVIP. The CID questioned the reporter for several hours on how he had obtained the information and pictures of the vehicle when it was at the Colombo port.
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A breach of traditions
Friday, 21 September 2007 - 4:38 AM SL Time
WEDNESDAY`S unacceptable behaviour in Parliament by the UNP Opposition during a solemn occasion would no doubt come in for censure by a majority of our citizens cutting across party politics.
It was only a few weeks ago that a UNP Member stormed the Speaker`s rostrum during another rumpus and yanked out a set of Bills from the Speaker`s grasp which prompted the latter to state that terrorism has lain seige to the August Assembly.
Wednesday saw a new low when for the first time in Parliament history a swearing in of a new member was greeted with hoots and catcalls. Basil Rajapaksa may not be a favourite of the UNP.
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When will teachers ever learn?
Monday, 17 September 2007 - 10:53 AM SL Time
The Supreme Court has hammered home the message to teachers that they should not protest at the expense of innocent children. They needn`t have gone all the way to the apex court to learn that lesson. They could have learnt it from the much maligned private bus crews, whom their employers once called thirisannu (or wild beasts) because of their callous disregard for the commuting public. But even those `thirisannu` had some consideration towards the school children who sat the GCE (A/L) examination after years of learning and suffering. They postponed a strike in view of that crucial examination. But, the good teachers chose to hold their own pupils to ransom. They launched a boycott of the evaluation of the A/L answer scripts and brought in the process their noble profession into disrepute. Their trade union action at the expense of children was tantamount to a mother refusing to breastfeed her crying baby over a family dispute.
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A case for closing down prisons
Saturday, 15 September 2007 - 8:56 AM SL Time
Our ancestors` love and thirst for learning were such that they likened the closing down of a seat of learning to the opening of a dungeon. (We don`t give two hoots about folk wisdom, do we? That`s why we are where we are?on the fast track to a failed state. In a country known for ancient engineering marvels and many other achievements that were made possible by a huge reservoir of knowledge and a work ethic that our forebears were blessed with, we have had to obtain foreign help to fix even a dilapidated sewage system!) We keep closing down schools at a rate and it is only natural that we are feeling the pressing need for more and more maximum security prisons. If the crime rate continues to rise, which is quite possible, then we are likely to have the biggest prison in Asia, if not in the world, before long! Worse, we may consider that an achievement, given our monumental weakness for anything big no matter what it is. Educational standards are falling so rapidly that the critics of free education might want the existing state run schools, too, closed down. The warring school teachers and their university counterparts are making their contribution to the ruination of the education sector in no small measure. They seem to think they deserve pay hikes for that! However, today`s comment in not about schools, universities or teachers. It is about prisons and politicians.
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Sri Lanka crash out of Twenty20 tournament after defeat to Australia
Friday, 21 September 2007 - 4:37 AM SL Time
Australia`s pace bowlers sent Sri Lanka crashing out of the World Twenty20 championships at Newlands Thursday.
Sri Lanka tumbled to 101 all out in 19.3 overs after being sent in.
Australian opening batsmen Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden needed only 10.2 overs to take their side racing to a ten-wicket win in a Super Eights match that was effectively a knock-out encounter.
Australia made sure of joining Pakistan in the semi-finals while Sri Lanka were eliminated.
Pakistan were due to play Bangladesh in the second match of a double-header. If Pakistan won they would top the group but a defeat would enable Australia to go ahead on net run rate.
The match was effectively decided in the first few overs after Gilchrist, Australia`s stand-in captain, won the toss.
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Sri Lanka crash-land
Tuesday, 18 September 2007 - 4:51 AM SL Time
JOHANNESBURG (AFP): Skipper Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan overcome an early wobble to post another intimidating score and held his team beat Sri Lanka by 33 runs in their World Twenty20 Super Eights match yesterday.
Sri Lanka never recovered from the loss of openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga early in the innings as the Pakistani bowlers kept the proceedings under control until the end.
Malik top-scored with 57 out of a total of 189 for six with support from their most experienced batsman Younis Khan (51) in a stand worth 101 from only 58 balls as both men made hay against Sanath Jayasuriya who conceded 64 off his four overs, the most expensive figures of the tournament so far.
Pakistan were sent into bat in perfect night-time conditions after Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and chose to field.
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Bikini cricket for young farts
Monday, 17 September 2007 - 10:52 AM SL Time
The future of cricket flaunts a six-pack, camo pants, a bandanna and a bra-top, and she would surely be arrested if she swung her hips like that on a Sunday afternoon in Senekal.
If she did so in the International Cricket Council (ICC) boardroom there would be pink gin splutters all over the plush carpeting. But not because the guardians of the grand old game would be shocked. Nothing much scares them after Hansie Cronje`s dance with the devil, Shoaib Akhtar`s one-man travelling circus and Bob Woolmer being murdered and then unmurdered.
No, it`s the smell of money that spikes these denizens` blood pressure. And they can see profits aplenty in the shape of the six-packed, camo-clad dancers who began leaping about at stadiums in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town last week.
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