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EP polls: Ranil insists on Int. monitors to counter Govt.`s undemocratic acts and intimidation

At a meeting with a group of delegates of the European Union (EU), Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasised the need of Int. monitors at the forthcoming Eastern Provincial Council polls… He said that he would be requesting the Elections Commissioner also to ensure this deployment at the elections.

Ranil explained to the delegation the dangers posed by the Govt. to a fair and free election, which includes intimidation and undemocratic acts of the Govt.

SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem who resigned from Parliament to contest the Provincial Council polls in alliance with the UNP also participated in the discussion.

The EU delegation agreed to look into the matter.

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April 3, 2008 Posted by | South Asia, World News | Leave a comment

TMVP resuming Tiger terror in Kalmunai?

Huge crowds of infuriated Muslims protested and took to the streets in Kalmunai against the high handed action and intimidation of the TMVP yesterday (1Mar). Muslim protestors congregated near the Kalmunai Jumma mosque to demonstrate their objection against alleged TMVP firing into the air and intimidation threatening to burn down the Muslim dominated Sainthamuruthu village.

This tense situation arose following misgivings between Muslim fishermen and outsider fishermen brought in for dynamite aided fishing. A hartal was also staged against MVP intervention.

The TMVP had come armed with automatic weapons on 31st March night; the day the dispute started.

A fortnight ago, a meeting was held between the area fishermen and the STF when it was decided that dynamite fishing will be discontinued.

April 2, 2008 Posted by | South Asia, World News | Leave a comment

Sri Lanka may be ousted from the United Nations (UNHRC)

Sri Lanka is faced with the grim prospect of being ousted from the United Nations Human rights Council (UNHRC) when it re-contests for an Asian seat at the next election in May 2008.

Under the resolution passed by the UN membership “members elected to the Council shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights”

Sri Lanka’s human rights record has been under consistent attack internationally. Indeed; it has also come under review at the UNHRC itself.

March 24, 2008 Posted by | South Asia, World News | Leave a comment

Samitha Samanmali needs your help

24 year old Samitha Samanmali, 4th year medical undergraduate of Faculty of Medicine Colombo, Sri Lanka faced a terrible accident on the 15th of February 2008 at the BMICH premises and in a eyes blink her life changed forever.

Due to the accident she is now suffering from a Spinal Cord crush injury at T5/T6 level, Compound skull fracture in the occiput and internal bleeding. The consultant neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons of National Hospital Sri Lanka predict that this kind of damage to the spinal cord has a high chance for drastic long term complications like complete lower limb paralysis and loss of sensation, anal and urinary incontinence and other various complications such as respiratory tract infections. Full Story

March 19, 2008 Posted by | South Asia, World News | Leave a comment

Sri Lanka hurtling down to a failed economy

Sri Lanka`s topflight economist Prof. A. D.V.de S. Indraatne, President of the Sri Lanka Economic association at the monthly forum held recently for Public- private Dialogue of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) organized by the Small and medium Enterprise developers (SMED) said, Sri Lanka`s economy is in utter shambles with half the population living below poverty line and their per capita income is even lesser than U.S.$ 250.00 !, although the Govt. is waxing boastful on false inflated figures regarding it.

He pointed out how steeply the per capita income has plummeted: in 2006 it was U.S. $ 1350.00; in 2007 it was U.S. $ 1430.00. Furthermore, the inflation has increased to a disastrous level at over 20%.

He lamented that development has not taken place, and whatever little development has also not delivered the benefits to the poor.

The most irksome and disturbing factor is the gleeful galloping cost of living and uncontrollable increase in poverty among a large segment of the population, he added.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | South Asia, World News | Leave a comment