Wednesday, April 30, 2008
A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) staff member was arrested with a Micro pistol by the security forces at Irattaperiyakulam road block in Vavuniya this afternoon, the defence ministry said.
he suspect, Thiagaraja Prabhakaran, was a resident of Batticaloa and he is currently working at the UNDP Kilinochchi office, sources said. The suspect was travelling from Kilinochchi to Batticaloa when he was arrested around 12.45 p.m.
While cross-questioning, the suspect confessed that a terror agent have given this micro pistol and asked him to handover it to a person in Batticaloa. "The terrorists have promised to give him sum of 50,000.00 rupees once complete the task", he added. An initial payment, sum of 30,000.00 rupees, which had been given by the terrorist, was also apprehended.
The suspect was handed over to the Vavuniya Police for further investigations.
Sixty Sri Lankan fishermen, mostly of Sinhalese origin, were taken into custody by the Indian Coast Guard along with 12 boats for reportedly entering the Indian waters off Andaman coast.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Deputy minister of Labour Mr.Mervin Silva injured an accident at Aralaganwilla(out of Colombo) in this evening.He and three have been airlifted to the colombo national hospital.
One pradeshiyasaba member(Kelaniya local government) died in this accident.
The flood situation in three districts of the country has displaced 30000 people with 6700 families so far, Disaster relief center said today. Dispales people from ratnapura kalutara and Gampaha Districts.Most people displaced from Ratnapura districtinclude 2177 families.
Rathnapura town was flooded this afternoon since the water levels went up in a number of rivers including Kalu Ganga, We Ganga, Kuru Ganga, Denawak Ganga and Hangamu Ganga.
Disaster Situation in Ratnapura
A disaster situation has been declared in Ratnapura following the extensive flooding. Seven deaths have already been reported from the region. Number of areas in Rathnapura, Kuruwita, Kiriella, Pelmadulla, Kahawaththa, Niwithigala, Kalawana, Ayagama and Elapatha divisional secretary areas are under water now.
Rathnapura District Secretary Ms. Malani Premarathna said that several areas of the district would be at risk of landslides if rain continued for six more hours.
All schools in areas affected by floods in the Ratnapura District have been closed with immediate effect.
The governmebt action for relef activities for the displase persons. and will be grant Rs.15,000/- per died person.
Monday, April 28, 2008
A powerful time bomb (7kg)was found and defused at a crowded bus station in Galgamuwa in Kurunegala District today (28) morning, minutes before the device had been set to go off, police said.
The parcel bomb equipped with a timing device was discovered in Galgamuwa, police said.
"Passengers alerted the police and the bomb was defused just in time," a police official said. "There were ball bearings packed into the bomb and they could have caused a lot of casualties."
@6th evening a bomb blasted in a bus at piliyandala. 26people died include Buddhist reverend and child and pregnant mother. And 70people injerd.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Madhu church open to public soon
Security forces hand over shrine to Mannar Bishop:
Making another military pledge a reality, the centuries-old sacred Madhu Church, where all communities worshipped will be opened to the public soon for the annual feast. The shrine was liberated by the Security Forces from LTTE terrorists.
The sacred Madhu Shrine which was liberated from LTTE terrorists was handed over to Rev. Fr. Victor Susai, Vicar General of Mannar, who accepted it on behalf of the Bishop of Mannar yesterday.
Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka called upon those who removed the statue of Our Lady of Madhu to bring it back to the church.
"Those who were in charge of the statue have the responsibility of bringing it back", he said adding that the Madhu area would be declared as a security zone and pilgrims would be provided all facilities to worship at the shrine.
The Madhu shrine, where thousands of pilgrims gather during the August church feast was under the clutches of the LTTE from 1999. The shrine area later became a military base for the LTTE positioning its heavy guns around the church premises.
The LTTE used the shrine as a shield to avoid military offensives within the 'No War Zone' and the Army was compelled to refrain from attacking the terrorists because of the sacred shrine complex.
Lt. Gen. Fonseka said that the 57 division supported by the Light Infantry unit tactically forced the terrorists who occupied the shrine to withdraw but the fleeing terrorists damaged the roof of the main church and the adjoining hall.
According to Lt. Gen. Fonseka, the area has been heavily mined with anti personnel mines and booby traps and bunkers have been erected around the shrine. "The military will soon complete clearing the mines", he said.
LTTE aircraft drop bombs in Welioya
LTTE aircrafts dropped three bombs at the Welioya Forward Defence Line in the North early this morning but the military says it did not cause any major damages.
espite heightened ground confrontations between troops and LTTE at the Wanni battle theatre, it was reported that 3 bombs were dropped by LTTE today (April 27) at the military forward defence lines in Welioya at around 1.45 a.m.
According to military Spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, no damages were caused to own troops in the aerial bombing.
"During the wee hours the SLAF air defence network radars detected 2 light aircraft of LTTE which were airborne and heading towards Welioya. In accordance with standard operating procedures, SLAF interceptor aircraft were made airborne in the direction of the intruding enemy craft. However, enroute to the area it was observed that the LTTE air craft were fleeing and heading back", air force sources were quoted as saying in a press release issued.
Earlier, on Saturday LTTE suffered heavy beating by SLA infantrymen when troops successfully thwarted two pronged LTTE offensive attempts to breach the military defences at Welioya. Meanwhile, troops also dismantled an LTTE artillery attack launched towards Galkulama and Sinhapura villages at Weiloya on Saturday morning. No damages were caused to both civilian and security personnel, sources further said.
According to military sources, these failed attempts by LTTE are sheer signs of desperation by the outfit to unwind its present sorry situation. The LTTE is suffering with increasing defeats at the hands of military, and troops deployed at Weiloya are constantly pushing LTTE to relocate its defences closer to it last bastions in Kilinochchi and Mullaittiuvu districts, defence sources said.
Sri Lanka army has liberated the sacred Madhu shrine by beating off the occupying LTTE terrorists today morning (April 25). The soldiers of 8 Sri Lanka Light Infantry reached the shrine as the terrorists beat a retreat unable to withstand the army advance.
The centuries old Catholic shrine is held sacred and respected by all Sri Lankans irrespective of religion and ethnicity. Thousands of pilgrims used to visit the shrine, especially during the church feast in August, before the terrorists took control of the area in 1999.
As LTTE terrorists unleashed their "Final War" in 2006, the church became a sanctuary for thousands of civilians who wanted to avoid their children being conscripted by the terror outfit. Later, LTTE agents acting under religious facades, evicted these civilians and unashamedly made many of them to fall prey to the terrorists.
Gradually, the terrorists almost turned the shrine into a terror base by positioning its heavy guns around the church and using it as a barrack for its cadres. Though this desecration has [Click to magnify/shrink] been carried out for last few months the fact was kept secret from the general public until the sacred statue of Our Lady of Madhu was shifted two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Army 57 division battling against the terrorists on the Vavuniya battle front, tactically removed most of the terrorists' lines of communication to what had then become the terror stronghold inside the Madhu complex, making the occupying terrorists isolated from the rest. Army specifically resorted to this slow and painstaking tactical measure in order to avoid any military operations within the Madhu "No War Zone". Many soldiers had to sacrifice their lives and limbs in this endeavour as they refrained from any retaliation to shells launched from the vicinity of the church complex.
The mode of operandi became a success as the terrorists started to withdraw amid the increasing military pressures outside the no war zone. The LTTE bands, "Malathi", "Radha" and "Charles Anthony" withdrew from the area after shifting their heavy guns. A small LTTE element lead by a terrorist leader "Gopith" was the last known terror group to remain at the church.
At present, army troops are clearing the surroundings of the church, as there is a strong possibility that the terrorists have booby-trapped the church building before they left.
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Friday, April 25, 2008
|Donations for the Quadruplets |
All donations for the parents of the Quadruplets could be made to the Seylan Bank, Mathugama Branch Account Number 0660/1620568/101 of the babies' mother Damitha Nadeeshani. Daily Mirror decided to publish the A/C details due to many of our viewers' interest in helping the needy family to support the four newborn.
Anura calls Pillaiyan an Indian agent
The JVP warned that a UPFA victory at the first ever election to the Eastern Provincial Council would facilitate New Delhi’s plans to install a provincial administration friendly to India.
The breakaway LTTE group contesting the May 10 election on the UPFA ticket would represent New Delhi’s interests, JVP frontliner Anura Kumara Dissanayake, MP, said.
Addressing the press, at the National Library Services Board, Dissanayake asserted that Pilleyan (Sivaneshthurai Chandrakanthan) would be New Delhi’s choice as the Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council administration. Pillaiyan would be India’s man, he said, accusing President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government of giving in to the Indian strategy.
Flanked by JVP trade union heavyweight Lal Kantha, MP, and Trincomalee District JVP MP Jayantha Wijesekera, Dissanayake said the election was being held against the backdrop of increasing Indian focus on Trincomalee. The military had denied entry of civilians to Sampur, a former LTTE stronghold where India planned to establish a coal-fired power plant. He said the military recently prevented Wijesekera from entering Sampur while asserting that India was in the process of increasing her influence in the East.
Addressing public rallies in the East, Pillaiyan who spearheads the TMVP polls campaign in the absence of Karuna, has declared that no one would be able to thwart a Tamil assuming the office of the Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council if they secured the highest number of seats. The tough talking former LTTE commander had said that it was one of the promises given by the government.
Dissanayake said the government, in a bid to cripple the JVP campaign in the East, particularly in the Trincomalee District, had targeted Wijesekera. After failing to keep Wijesekera behind bars on a charge of seizing two vehicles from the Parliament car park, the government cut down on his security, he said. This was an attempt to deny Wijesekera an opportunity to campaign in the East. Declaring that Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake had called for additional security coverage for Wijesekera, the JVP accused the government of playing politics with the security of an MP. Asserting that the MP was now vulnerable to an LTTE attack, Dissanayake warned that if he was targeted they would hold the head of the government responsible.
The JVP also launched a scathing attack on SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem. If the UNP-SLMC combine won the election, it would facilitate the return of the LTTE to the Eastern Province, Dissanayake warned. "Don’t forget that Hakeem negotiated an agreement with the LTTE," he said. His was the only direct deal between a political party and the LTTE, he said, warning of dire consequences if the UNP-SLMC combine took control of the first EP administration. It would be equally as bad as a government victory which would bring an Indian puppet to power in the Eastern Province.
|JVP claims govt. violating election laws |
|The JVP charged that the government was violating democratic norms, ethics and election laws by using state resources, man power and defence establishments to win the upcoming eastern PC polls.|
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sri lanka Muslim Congress headquarters, 'Darussalam' in Colombo was raided by the Fort Crime Division this noon.The police had carried out the search without a court warrant.
Party Chairman Basheer Segu Dawood and several senior party members had been at the office by the time of the raid. SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem is currently in Trincomalee on campaign trail.
SLMC contest for the Provincial council election in Eastern Province in Sri lanka . They Contest with the main opposition party (UNPunited national Party)
European Union, at a conference attended by Justice and Interior Affairs Ministers has agreed to proscribe the use of Internet by terrorist and armed outfits in the world, including the LTTE.
The decision was reached at a conference attended by Justice and Interior Affairs Ministers. It is not a secret that terrorist organisations were raising funds and carrying out their propaganda through the internet. The meeting was held in Luxembourg.
Reflecting mounting anxiety that the Internet has become a crucial tool for would-be terrorists, the agreement will make it a crime to disseminate terrorism propaganda through the Internet for recruiting, training and bomb-making purposes.
It was decided to encourage all European Union member nations to enact laws to thwart terrorists and armed groups using Internet. The Ministers were unanimous in stating the intent to put an end to rackets undertaken by terrorist organisations with the help of Internet.
The new rules are aimed at codifying terrorist crimes among countries with very different histories and experiences with terrorism, with the goal of preventing radicalization and helping police locate and arrest suspects in cross-border investigations.
The ministers said in a statement that the initiative would help "equip our legal systems across the EU with the adequate tools to bring to justice the criminals who spread violent propaganda providing terrorism tactics and instructions on how to manufacture and use bombs or explosives to provoke others to commit terrorist acts."
The agreement updates anti-terror laws passed by the European Union after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States that were aimed at preventing terrorists from exploiting loopholes in various legal systems across the Continent.
It should make it easier for police to shut down Web sites disseminating terrorist propaganda and bomb-making instructions and to identify and pursue proselytizers and recruiters. It could also help courts and administrative authorities to demand that Internet service providers remove information considered dangerous.
The military this morning advanced its forward defence lines in Muhamalai to Kilali by 500 metres after a fierce battle. At least 52 LTTE cadres were reportedly killed. The military also confirmed that 15 soldiers were killed and 74 injured.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The JVP Somawansa Faction cadres blocked Lanka-e-News journalist from photographing MP Wijesekara and the two suspect drivers were brought to courts and later the thugs attacked the journalist.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Air Force jets attack Tiger guns
Air Force jets attacked guns mounted on 3 LTTE boats at Alampil, Mullaitivu this morning, a Air Force spokesman said.
The military claims at least 12 Tigers were believed killed following an air strike on LTTE mortar positions at Adamban in Mannar late last night.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at Sanya Phoenix International Airport at 11 am(Chinese time) today (April 9).
President who arrived in a SriLankan Airlines regular flight was received by Mr. Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister of China, Mr. Jiang Sixian, Vice Governor of Hainan Province, Mr. Dabo Ye, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Mr. K. Amunugama, Sri Lankan Ambassador to China.
President Rajapaksa was given guard of honour by Chinese Combined Armed Services as was received by a large number of flag and flower waving Chinese youth.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Extending heartfelt condolence to the families and friends of the victims and to all Sri Lankans over the killing of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and others, the Government of United States strongly condemned the terrorists' attack, in a media release issued by the Embassy of United States on April 7, 2008.
The United States denounced this vicious and reprehensible terrorist attack on civilians in the strongest possible terms, and added that its perpetrators have achieved nothing other than to cause further suffering among the people of Sri Lanka.
"The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on April 6 in Weliweriya, Gampaha District that claimed the life of Minister of Highways and Road Development and Chief Government Whip Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. Also killed in this heinous attack were National Athletic Coach Lakshman de Alwis, well- known marathon runner K.A. Karunaratne, and several other persons, while scores more were injured. Minister Fernandopulle was a friend and valued colleague for many Americans."
|Parliament sitting suspended again|
|Another uproar in parliament by the UNP MPs over the appointment of the Acting Secretary General of Parliament led to the parliament sitting being suspended for the second time today.|
|Appointment of Dhammika not unconstitutional - Speaker|
|The speaker suspended the parliament for 10 minutes today due to the disruption caused by UNP MPs coming to the well and protesting the appointment of Dhammika Kithulgoda as acting Secretary General of Parliament. The speaker also added that since the appointment was an acting appointment with a validity period of 14 days it's neither illegal nor unconstitutional.|
|My party has assassinated me - Wimal|
JVP parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa told parliament today that the party decision to expel him is similar to assassinating him from within the party itself. He also added that the party had decided to officially announce the move after the conclusion of the Eastern Polls.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Raids target Zimbabwe opposition and journalists
• -- Zimbabwean government forces Thursday began cracking down on the main opposition party, raising fears of a political crisis, according to witnesses and an opposition spokesman.
The forces raided at least two hotels in the capital, including one that houses foreign journalists, a witness told CNN.
Four journalists unaccredited by the Zimbabwean government were taken away, he said.
New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller confirmed that Barry Bearak, a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent based in Johannesburg, South Africa, was taken into custody.
"We do not know where he is being held, or what, if any, charges have been made against him," Keller said in a written statement.
"We are making every effort to ascertain his status, to assure that he is safe and being well treated, and to secure his prompt release."
The identities of the other journalists seized in the raid were not immediately known.
State Department spokesman Tom Casey told CNN the United States is calling for the immediate release of Americans seized by Zimbabwe authorities. "We are concerned about the taking into custody of several American citizens," Casey said in a telephone interview. "There is no reason for that. We want to see them released as soon as possible."
State Department officials said they were bound by privacy constraints and couldn't say how many American reporters were taken.
Tendai Biti, secretary-general for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, told CNN that his party's offices -- in another Harare hotel -- were also raided by Zimbabwean forces.
Some of the rooms were ransacked, The Associated Press reported.
• "There's a definite crackdown," Biti said. No one was detained in that raid, he added.
The action targeted "certain people ... including myself," Biti told the AP.
"It is quite clear he has unleashed a war," he said, referring to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
The crackdown came hours after the government announced another delay in releasing some of last weekend's election results, raising fears that Mugabe is trying to come up with a plan to remain in power. Many are predicting a runoff election.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congres (SLMC)Rauff Hakeem, Chairman Hasen Ali and General Secretary Bashir Segu Dawood have resigned from their parliamentary seats in order to contest the forthcoming Eastern PC elections.
Rauff Hakeem for Trincomalee District, Hasen Ali for Ampara district and
Segu Dawood for Batticolo District will contest for the election They wll contest with UNP alliance under UNP elephant symbol.
Around a thousand protestors led by Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph have gone to the Mannar Divisional Secretariat to hand over a memorandum, against both the LTTE and Sri Lankan forces waging war in the Madhu area.
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Batticaloa district strongman M.L.A.M. Hisbullah crossed over to the government and placed his signature for the UPFA nomination list for the Eastern Polls at the President’s House a short while ago.