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  • Donate Salary for Jaffna Railway Track Fund; Minister Appeals to Public, Private Sectors

    LABOUR Relations and Manpower Minister Athauda Seneviratne yesterday appealed to the public and private sector employees to donate a day’s salary towards the Colombo-Jaffna railway track reconstruction fund Uthuru-Mithuru, which was officially launched by the Government last week. “The objective of raising funds from these sectors is to re-construct the rail track to meet the targeted expenditure of Rs. 700 million towards the project,” Minister Seneviratne said.

  • Advancing Troops Capture One More Terrorist Earth Bund & Weapons

    MULLAITTIVU & EAST: TROOPS, engaged in the final phase of the battle to eliminate LTTE terrorism confronted terrorists in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU area and captured another earth bund built by the terrorists in KARIYAMULLIVIKAI on Friday (27).  In search operations that followed, six dead bodies of terrorists,  seven T - 56 weapons , three communication sets, one mortar, one General Purpose  Machine Gun (GPMG), one motor cycle, one boat , one 60 mm mortar base plate and four hand grenades were recovered by the troops from those areas.

  • Japan-Sri Lanka Friendship Association Offers One More Ambulance

    JAPAN-Sri Lanka Friendship Association, led by Deshabandu Dr. Lal Thilakaratna showed its goodwill towards the Army once again after donating a brand new luxurious ambulance for the use of soldiers. This Association in the past few years has been actively supportive of the Army and its soldiers. Several more ambulances were donated to the Army by them earlier, too on an initiative taken by Dr. Thilakarathne.

  • Jaffna Businessmen Want Goods Convoys Increased

    THE Jaffna Chamber of Commerce, while welcoming the Government’s decision to allow the transport of consumer goods along the A-9 Kandy–Jaffna highway under the ‘Uthuru Vasanthaya’ programme, asked for more for Jaffna consumers to reap the maximum benefit of the programme. "That will have a meaningful impact on the lives of the Jaffna consumers during the forthcoming New Year," Chamber sources said yesterday.

  • Help Rebuild the North - US Ambassador

    EXCERPTS from the address of US Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya delivered at Los Angeles World Affairs Council, yesterday (30). As the global economy struggles, and as a new American President takes charge of a Nation at war, let me be so bold as to tell you something about being resilient, about fighting back. Sri Lanka is an island nation. It would fit easily into Southern California. We have 21 million people, just more than half of your State’s population.

  • LTTE, a Threat to Malaysia, South East Asia Region - SPUR

    SPUR (Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc) have urged in an open letter to Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, Ministers and the people of Malaysia to stop LTTE terrorists before they become a threat to the national security of Malaysia and the South East Asian Region. The letter adds: “Malaysia stands as a strong nation State in the international community thanks to the indefatigable efforts of the farsighted national leaders. Malaysia was able to withstand internal as well as external challenges to its sovereignty and its territorial integrity as building a strong nation was the key policy platform of Malaysians. The country was determined to defeat the fissiparous movements attempting to carve out ethnic enclaves and also groups which dependent on armed violence to derail Malaysia’s path to progress.Today, Sri Lankan political leaders as well the vast majority of the population are engaged in militarily defeating the LTTE. Presently this group of terrorists have been restricted to a sliver of land. As you no doubt are aware, the LTTE is nurtured by funds collected in foreign countries as a section of the racist members of the Tamil Diaspora including some in Malaysia still dream of creating a separate country in Sri Lanka. According to racist Tamil historians it will be the first step.....

  • Colombo Businessmen Told: Go North

    THE Government has initiated measures to ensure that all items are freely available to the Northern people at reasonable prices during the Sinhala and Tamil festive season, official sources said. As an initial step, the Government has decided to permit leading Colombo-based business companies and business entrepreneurs to engage in business activities in the North.

  • Some Foreign Nations Conspire to Give LTTE a Lifeline

    AT a time when the LTTE is breathing its last, some foreign countries are engaged in a conspiracy to give a lifeline to this terrorist movement. These countries support the Government as well as the LTTE simultaneously using their duplicitous character. Steps must be taken to rid this country of terrorism without falling prey to these duplicitous machinations, National Patriotic Movement President Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera told at a press conference at the head office recently.

  • Callousness of International Community

    WHILE doubtless the assaults on the Sri Lankan State will continue, at least until the Tigers can no longer operate either from our shores or elsewhere, I believe the last few weeks have helped us to clarify certain misconceptions. Certainly the problem that is aired accusingly has boiled down to the one simple fact, that there are a number of civilians forcibly kept by the LTTE in the area still under their control, and they will continue to suffer while conflict continues. Gone however are the claims that they were being targeted by our Forces. Whilst one cannot be absolutely sure that there is no collateral damage, the care that is being exercised now, the results of the care exercised in the first several months.....

  • Tiger Paws Behind Humanitarian Pause? "The Island" Editorial

    THE LTTE has lost the entire land area under its control save about one sq. km. Before the present phase of war began in 2006, the LTTE held over 15,000 sq. km in the North and the East. But, today it has taken refuge in the no-fire zone behind a human shield. In fact, the term no-fire zone has lost its meaning as the LTTE is using it to mount attacks on the army. It is a no-fire zone only for the troops.