Tuesday 6th December, 2005



India asks European Union to ban LTTE
NEW DELHI, December 5: India has asked the European Union (EU) to ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by branding it as a terrorist organization.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sent to the EU, through the Ministry of External Affairs, a dossier on the LTTE and three Indian terrorist outfits to be considered for a ban, according to informed sources here.
The LTTE has acquired notoriety for being one of the most lethal and well-organised terrorist groups in South Asia.

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Shelterless but the smile is still there

There's just a few days to go for the completion of first year after 2004 December tsunami catastrophe. Still, a large number of displaced tsunami victims are in temporary shelters, and most have been left without work. Tsunami survivors in Kamburuppiddi Trincomalee play carrom
in the open air.
Pic by U.K.Abeyratne

  • Co-chair ambassadors to meet President, Mangala today
    Ambassadors of the five co-chair nations, involved in the peace process, are to meet President Mahinda Rajapakse and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera today (6) official sources of the Foreign Ministry said yesterday (5).

  • PR out for LG polls
    The government has decided to do away with the present proportional representation system in the local Authorities Elections Ordinance and introduce the old ward system which would be more beneficial to the people, Minister of constitutional Reforms and National Integration Dew Gunasekera said yesterday.

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    Divaina journalist Manoj Abeydeera presents the first copy of his biographical book on Weligama Gnanaseeha thero to Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake at the book launching ceremony held last Saturday at the BMICH. Pic by Sajith Jayasekera

  • The most formidable of all former pro-LTTE lobbyists in the UK, speaks to
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    Global Tamil opposition to LTTE on the rise

    For over a decade, Rajasingham Jayadevan was a leading community activist, in North West London, cultivating Labour Party Parliamentarians such as Andrew Dismore and Barry Gardiner and canvassing on their behalf at the general elections to deliver the Tamil vote. This accrued political influence which he used to assist Tamils who had settled in large numbers in these constituencies.
    The Navaly church atrocity mobilised Jayadevan into the Tamil cause, which the LTTE considers its exclusive domain as the ‘sole representative’. Initially, the LTTE tried to use Jayadevan’s political clout for its own advantage.

  • Colombo port expansion will ensure lead facility in SEA ports
    Exports crossing a Rs.1000 Billion in the near future the Colombo Port can now cater to mega container ships, Improve turnaround time and reduce waiting time.
    With Sri Lanka’s export’s poised to achieve a thousand billion in export earnings in the near future, the Colombo Port is under a Rs.2 Billion investment to dredge the North Channel to 13m and open the North Channel of the port for bigger vessels in order to ease traffic congestion and reduce waiting time for ships entering and leaving the port, the project will also Upgrade Jaya Container Terminal(JCT) 1&2 and study the enhancement of container handling capacity at JCT & UCT.

  • India’s Cadilla Pharmaceuticals to set up US$2mn R&D Center in Colombo
    NEW DELHI, December 5: Indian pharma major Cadila Pharmaceuticals is setting up a bio-medical R&D centre in Colombo to produce life-saving vaccines.
    Cadila’s Joint Vice-President (Finance) Vembu S said in Mumbai: "It is a big project which will focus on manufacturing vaccines for life-threatening diseases like HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other communicable diseases. "To be set up in the Sri Lankan capital, it will provide these vaccines at affordable costs.
  • Axed Jayasuriya’s bat does the talking
    Test discard hammers 106 in 121 balls while helping Bloomfield record a 10-wicket win over Saracens on Sunday. The century follows his unbeaten 60 made in a victorious game against Galle CC the previous day.
    Sri Lanka Test discard Sanath Jayasuriya slammed an unbeaten century, while piloting Bloomfield to a ten-wicket win over Saracens SC, and answered his critics with the bat, in a Premier div.-I limited-overs cricket tournament match played at Reid Avenue on Sunday.

  • 7th Henry Olcott Memorial Cricket
    Old Devans, Shokians declared joint champs

    Both Old Devans and Old Shokians were declared joint champions at the ‘7th Col. Henry Steele Olcott Memorial Cricket Tournament’ organized by Dharmaraja College Cricket Foundation and worked off at the Asgiriya International Cricket Stadium here in Kandy yesterday.
    The tournament final was marred by rain which fell in the eleventh hour making the organizers declare Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala and Dharmasoka, Ambalangoda as joint champions.

    Captains of both Devans and Shokians, Bharatha Herath (Maliyadeva) (C) and Sarath Giganage (Dharmashoka) (R), receive the Henry Olcott Trophy from Dharmaraja College Principal M. Keerthiratna on Sunday.

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