Saturday 1st September, 2007


US Senate Foreign Relations Committee reveals
Eritrea providing direct military assistance to LTTE

A United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee (USSFRC) report has revealed that Eritrea was providing direct military assistance to LTTE.
Although a report released by the USSFRC did not specifically identify the military assistance given to the LTTE, it had confirmed the direct link between the LTTE and Eritrea.

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Ousted ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Souriyarchchi in conversation with Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga at her official residence in Torrington Place in Colombo yesterday. Tiran Alles was also present.

  • Hot air over staggering cost of overseas trade fairs
    UK ‘show’ costs Rs 26 million out of 72 m. spent on 24 exhibitions
    The Export Development Board (EDB) has disputed the COPE’s (Committee on Public Enterprises) assertion that funds had been squandered on foreign trade fairs, particularly a ‘single country’ exhibition held in the UK last year.

  • Wijesinha’s comments about Britain meddling with Sri Lankan affairs being verified – Yapa
    Media comments attributed to Government Peace Secretariat chief Rajiva Wijesinha about Britain meddling in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka are being verified, the government said yesterday.Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa fielding questions at the weekly cabinet press briefing in Colombo said that he had also seen the report.

  • Notebook of a nobody
    School admissions, literacy, Parliament and the Supreme Court

    Giovanni Guareschi, that delightful Italian story-teller, created the Little World of Don Camilo and continues to captivate his many fans who read and re-read his humorous and satirical short stories even forty years after his death. The Little World of Don Camilo is a little village in the Po Valley where the central characters are Don Camillo, the village priest and his adversary Peppone, the village blacksmith now the communist Mayor of the village. Don Camilo and Peppone have an ambivalent relationship.
  • Hidden hand behind sudden market rise?
    It looked liked a dull day of trading for the Colombo Stock Exchange yesterday until a sudden buying spree during the last few minutes before the day’s close pushed up both indices sharply and boosted turnover.  

  • Govt. plans to streamline aid utilization process
    The Government is planning to achieve a higher rate of foreign aid utilization by streamlining the process of monitoring the progress of development projects. The Ministry of Plan Implementation has already initiated a programme to identify under-performing projects and to make necessary interventions in consultation with the line ministries.
  • Sussie proves critics wrong with 200m bronze
    Repeated false starts in international athletic meets and pulling out from competition at the last moment citing fake injuries had attracted plenty of criticism on Sri Lanka’s sprint heroine Susanthika and her fast eroding image suffered a further setback when she was disqualified from the 100m sprint in the World Atheltics Championships in Osaka on Sunday.

    United States' Allyson Felix, right, crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the Women's 200m during the World Athletics Championships Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, in Osaka, Japan. 2nd right is Jamaica's silver medal winner Veronica Campbell. Others are Sri Lanka's bronze medal winner Susanthika Jayasinghe, left, and United States' Sanya Richards. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Chief selector backs ICL bound players
    Chairman of Cricket Selectors Ashantha de Mel backed the banned Indian Cricket League, a competition that has been banned by the Indian Cricket Board yesterday saying he didn’t see a major problem with the rebel cricket league. Sri Lankan players Russel Arnold, Marvan Atapattu, Nuwan Zoysa, Avishka Gunawardene and Upul Chandana have been linked with the league that’s scheduled for November this year and de Mel said he didn’t see a problem with Twenty-20 exhibition matches that offer lucrative contracts for players.

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