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Camp management streamlined

Jan 8 (SAMN) The management of the camps established to temporarily house the Internally Displaced Persons has now been streamlined. The staff responsibility of the camps lies with the Government Agents of each district. Since the establishment of these camps soon after the Tsunami most camps have been managed very efficiently. more..

Wake up from the slumber: Ranil

Jan 8 (SAMN) In a special message over a private TV channel, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the country should raise its head from this calamity by sticking to one policy for the sake of the people. He said it is necessary to first end the war stressing that the country did not have the strength to go to war again. more..

Hambantota getting a new town

Jan 8 (SAMN) The Hambantota town, which was virtually destroyed by the Tsunami, will be moved to safer ground at Gonnoruwa two miles away from the present town, it was decided Friday at a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. more..

World Bank president to visit Sri Lanka

Jan 8 (Xinhua) World Bank (WB) President James D. Wolfensohn will be here on Saturday to have a first-hand view of the destruction to lives, livelihoods and property caused by the tsunami, said WB official sources here. Wolfensohn will visit several areas affected by the tsunami devastation to see for himself the scale of destruction. more..

Is LTTE chief Prabhakaran a tsunami casualty?

Jan 8 (Rediff) The state-run radio in Sri Lanka reported that LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief Pottu Amman are among those dead or missing in the December 26 tsunami disaster. However, the rebels denied the report and termed it as 'mischievous' and 'fabricated'. more..

Yahoo Photos

Jan 8 (Yahoo) Tasmila Nawa, from Kalmunai, looks through the window of a school-turned refugee camp in the eastern town of Sammanthuran, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005. more..

Annan sees Sri Lanka's scars

Jan 8 (Reuters) U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has seen the scars that the tsunami left in Sri Lanka, where lives are in ruins but where hard work and outside help have started to make a difference. more..

A Sri Lankan daughter and her simple new dress

Jan 8 (ST) In the wake of the tragedy around the Indian Ocean, it's easy to lose sight of the unique individuals whose lives have been shattered. This is especially true when the people are brown-skinned, poor and far away. But I want to relate a story which shows that these people are exactly like us, except that they're brown, poor and far away. more..

Sri Lanka stops Annan from seeing tsunami-hit rebels

Jan 8 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's government has stopped visiting U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan from touring tsunami-ravaged areas controlled by its Tamil Tiger rebel foes, despite his requests, officials said on Saturday. more..

Sri Lanka media speculates Tamil Tiger rebel leader's fate

Jan 8 (Xinhua) Sri Lankan media speculates on the personal safety of the Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabakaran inthe aftermath of the Tsunami tidal wave attack on Dec. 26, 2004. SLBC in its morning news bulletin here Saturday quoted high ranking military sources as saying that the LTTE rebels' leader had disappeared with the Tsunami disaster. more..

Tamils force Ottawa to grab the Tigers' tail

Jan 8 (G&M) Usha Sri-Skanda-Rajah, 53, is slim and elegant, with a manicure and a discreet jade ring. Sitting in her Toronto living room, she urges her courtly husband to tell a visitor a story. “Tell her why you left Sri Lanka in 1958.” more..

Relief Supplies Delayed in Sri Lanka - Aid Worker

Jan 8 (PA) Aid efforts in Sri Lanka are being hampered by obstruction from the island’s airforce, inappropriate supplies and a lack of co-ordination on the ground, a British aid worker said today. Two weeks after the country was torn apart by the tsunami, there was frustration that bureaucracy was blocking desperately needed supplies. more..

An Islip activist in Sri Lanka has hope for divided country

Jan 8 (ND) As he copes with the trauma of the tsunami, a small bridge over a once great divide has given Thomas Brinson hope his "dream" of peace can be realized. In the coastal district of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, where Brinson is an international peace worker, ethnic factions that have been warring for two decades have begun to work together. more..

Yahoo Photos

Jan 8 (Yahoo) A Sri Lankan villager rides his cart after collecting wood from the beach in Pandiruppu, Sri Lanka, January 7, 2005. more..

Tsunami survivor found in Sri Lanka after 13 days

Jan 8 (CNN) After 13 days trapped under the rubble of a seaside shop, a man believed to be in his 60s Saturday was rushed to a hospital in the southern Sri Lankan city of Galle, able only to mumble his name. Doctors at Karapitiya Hospital said he is suffering from pneumonia and severe hydration, but will certainly live. more..

10,000 of the JVP in action

Jan 8 (LT) Reports say that 10,000 members of the Relief Service Force of the JVP are at service in tsunami affected areas. In the wake of the tsunami floods the entire membership of the JVP was deployed for relief operations. They are now scattered in Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Kalutara, Ampara and Trincomalee districts doing relief service work. more..

Tsunami disaster brings Holyfield to Sri Lanka

Jan 8 (AFP) Sri Lanka was not on the map of four-time world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield until the tsunamis devastated the island. Holyfield, who did not know that such a country existed till the December 26 tidal attack, was now here to help the battered victims start life again, more..

Navalady - A village turned graveyard

Jan 8 (TN) What used to be Navalady village is today an earthen stage containing the corpses of the villagers the sea claimed on Boxing Day as it swept into the land. And the villagers who remain struggle to cope with the shock, distress and pain of the effects of that day. more..

Housing schemes for tsunami victims

Jan 8 (DN) The marshy land west of Kalmunai Municipal area is to be reclaimed for new housing schemes for tsunami victims who lost their houses and fall within the 300 meter coastal security zone. more..

South Korea pledges US$15 million to rebuild Sri Lanka

Jan 8 (AP) South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-Chan pledged Saturday US$15 million (€11.5 million) to Sri Lanka in aid and technical assistance to help the island nation recover from the tsunami disaster. Lee concluded a two-day visit to Sri Lanka with his foreign and trade ministers, more..

Woollen blankets, used clothing clog Sri Lanka aid pipeline

Jan 8 (Reuters) Sitting cross-legged on the cramped, bucking floor of a Black Hawk helicopter as it roars above central Sri Lanka's pristine jungle and muddy rivers, aid has never seemed as complicated. A second U.S. Air Force Black Hawk on our flank is carrying a large consignment of hygiene kits. more..

Indian warship returns after completing relief work in Sri Lanka, Maldives

Jan 8 (ANI) An Indian naval warship returned to Mumbai after undertaking rescue and relief mission in Sri Lanka and Maldives. 'INS Mysore' had left Indian shores on December 26, the 'Black Sunday' when killer tsunamis storm wreaked death and devastation in Asia. more..

World Bank offers massive tsunami aid

Jan 8 (Reuters) The World Bank could hand out up to $1.5 billion (800 million pounds) in tsunami aid if need be, says bank President James Wolfensohn, but he is "wildly concerned" about how funds will be spent. more..

An agenda for recovery

Jan 8 (ANN) The tsunami crisis with regard to loss of lives and property will subside with time. However, other challenging situations which would threaten the quality of life are emerging. Of particular importance is the food and nutrition crisis, which would further exacerbate the devastating effects of the tsunami and penetrate all corners of the island. more..

Foreign aid to expedite Lanka's economic recovery

Jan 8 (ANN) Initial assessment of physical damage to the economy in the aftermath of Tsunami (Tidal wave) has now been placed at approximately I percent. This had not seriously dented the economy said the Governor of the Central Bank Sunil Mendis at a recent press briefing. more..

Nation building: Begin now

Jan 8 (ANN) The Tsunami does seem to have brought in its wake a weird paradox to this country. Yesterday’s front-page reports said that the world’s most powerful, notable and quotable were scheduled to be in the country during the weekend. more..

Yahoo Photos

Jan 8 (Yahoo) A tsunami victim carries her son in a camp at the eastern coastal village of Panichchankeni, Sri Lanka, on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005. more..

Bulgaria Delivers Disaster Relief to Sri Lanka

Jan 8 (SNA) Bulgarian parliamentary delegation, lead by Parliamentary Speaker Ognyan Gerdzhikov arrived Saturday in Sri Lanka to deliver the second part of humanitarian aid to the tsunami-wrecked country. more..

U.S. Marines begin reconstruction efforts in southern Sri Lanka

Jan 8 (AP) Lt. Col. Edmund Bowen is a seasoned Marine who has served in the Persian Gulf and Somalia. But he now finds himself playing the role of peacetime aid worker in Sri Lanka's tsunami-ravaged regions. more..

Tamil Tiger leader dead or missing after tsunami: Sri Lanka radio

Jan 8 (AFP) Elusive Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief Pottu Amman are among the dead or missing after last week's tsunami disaster, state radio said, sparking fresh tension between government and rebels who immediately denied the report. more..

Powell calls on all parties to push ahead with spirit of cooperation

Jan 8 (PIS) US Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday urged all Sri Lankans to "come together" so that the "spirit of cooperation" arising from the tsunami disaster "could be extended" to the "political dialogue" to resolve the ethnic conflict. more..

LTTE deny Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman among tsunami casualties

Jan 8 (PTI) Shortly after Sri Lanka's state-run radio reported that LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief Pottu Amman are among the dead or missing in the December 26 tsunami disaster, the rebels denied it and termed the report as "mischievous" and "fabricated". more..

Colin Powell "Impressed" with Sri Lankan Response to Tsunami

Jan 8 (SD) U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said he was impressed with the response that the Sri Lankan government has mounted to the tsunami disaster. Powell spoke to reporters January 7 at the Colombo International Airport as he was leaving Sri Lanka after a tour of some of its damage zones. more..

WB to localise relief fund

Jan 8 (HT) The World Bank has worked out a system to prevent the misuse of the aid that it is giving to the tsunami-ravaged countries. Announcing an initial grant of US$ 10 million in cash to Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday, the bank's President James D.Wolfensohn said that the money would be allocated at the instance of local committees and will be given to the local bodies. more..

TN wall will alienate people from the sea: Lankan psychiatrist

Jan 8 (HT) A leading Sri Lankan psychiatrist has criticised Tamil Nadu's proposal to build a wall along the coast of the state as a defence against the dreaded tsunami. Prof Daya Somasundaram, an internationally known expert on war-induced trauma at the University of Jaffna said that the proposed wall would "alienate the people from the sea." more..

Yahoo Photos

Jan 8 (HT) A Sri Lankan fisherman stands in his boat which was washed up onto the beach at Hambantota on Sri Lanka's Southeastern coast Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005. more..

Private firms developed teams that help move supplies through Sri Lanka

Jan 8 (SS) As U.S. military forces plug ahead with a relief plan in tsunami-wracked Sri Lanka, a collaboration of private companies set up after another devastating natural disaster is helping ensure tons of aid relief is moving in and out of the main airport smoothly. more..

Civil organizations in northeast submit their pleas to Kofi Annan

Jan 9 (TN) Civil organization representatives in northeast accompanied by a large crowd met Ms Penny Brune, UNICEF representative for Vanni, in Killinochchi on Friday and handed her written appeals from civil organizations. more..

World Bank chief says tsunami assistance could go upto USD one billion

Jan 9 (TN) Reserving over USD 100 million to Sri Lanka from the existing projects for immediate recovery work and to rebuild the devastated homes and spectrum of livelihood, visiting World Bank chief D. Wolfensohn hinted in Colombo Saturday more..

Kofi Annan consoles Trinco Tamil, Muslim Tsunami victims

Jan 9 (TN) Mr.Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations Saturday evening paid a thirty-minute visit to Trincomalee. He consoled Tsunami affected Tamil refugees at Alankerni Tamil School and Muslim victims sheltered in Kinniya Central College. more..

Vasudeva criticises army take over of Tsunami welfare centres

Jan 9 (TN) "Take over of the management of welfare centres sheltering Tsunami victims by the State armed forces is a blatant violation of fundamental rights of refugees," Mr.Vasudeva Nanayakkara, General Secretary of the Nava Samaja Party and a former parliamentarian told more..

What irks Britain’s for it's lackadaisical approach to relief in Sri Lanka

Jan 9 (AT) While immediate neighbor India has been Sri Lanka’s most active benefactor in the country’s bleakest moment, and while superpower America has got into the Sri Lankan post-tsunami quagmire, it is the role of the United Kingdom, the country’s former colonizer that’s least uplifting - - and that’s putting it mildly. more..

In the wake of the tsunami

Jan 9 (AT) Life cannot be the same after the tsunami. Survival and success in and of post-tsunami Sri Lanka will depend on our ability and capacity to understand this new reality and to adapt to it. The tsunami has made us a part of the world as never before. more..

A better Sri Lanka is possible

Jan 9 (AT) Adapting a slogan from the World Social Forum, originally derived from Fidel Castro who said ‘a better world is possible’, I’d say ‘Another Sri Lanka, a Better Sri Lanka is possible’. But it is not inevitable, and cannot even be said to be probable (which is why I balance between hope and scepticism). more..

Tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka’s east speak to the WSWS

Jan 9 (wsws) From December 29 to January 1, a WSWS team spoke with tsunami survivors in and around the eastern Sri Lankan town of Ampara. At least 25,000 people from the area were killed and more than 166,000 were left homeless by the December 26 tragedy. Another 80,000 are now living in refugee camps. more..

Yahoo Photos

Jan 9 (Yahoo) Fatima Rijani, 11 a Sri Lankan tsunami victim who is now orphaned watches a game at the refugee camp where she is now living with relatives Friday Jan. 7, in Galle. more..

Eat fish, WHO chief urges Sri Lankans

Jan 9 (AFP) World Health Organisation (WHO) director general Lee Jong-Wook yesterday said fish being caught off the tsunami-battered Sri Lankan coast were safe to eat and urged locals to return to their favourite dish. more..

Lebanon to free 200 jailed workers

Jan 9 (TP) Lebanon is to release 200 Sri Lankan workers held in prisons for overstaying their visas as a goodwill gesture to the country in view of the tsunami disaster. more..

Contagious diseases increase

Jan 9 (TP) The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry has reported an increasing number of contagious diseases from the eastern Batticaloa health administrative division, one of the areas devastated by the tsunami. more..

107 tourists confirmed dead

Jan 9 (TP) Sri Lankan Tourist Board officials say 107 foreign tourists were confirmed dead in the tsunami-hit country while several more are missing, newspapers said. In addition to this 30 bodies of foreigners are currently kept in a cold room at the Colombo National Hospital awaiting identification. more..