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Sri Lanka calls for single authority to coordinate emergency broadcasts

Mar 29 (AFP) Sri Lankan legislators called Tuesday for a single body to issue warnings on potential natural diasters after broadcasters complained of a lack of information about Monday's tsunami alert. more..

All ready to celebrate completion of one year of UPFA Govt.

Mar 29 (LT) The leaders of the UPFA yesterday (28th) decided to celebrate the completion of one year of being in power in Anuradhapura on April 2nd. Mr. Anura Bandaranayke, National Organizer of UPFA had arranged to have a discussion on this regard in Wikumpaya yesterday. more..

People who fled tsunami threat return home

Mar 29 (LT) The people residing in the coastal areas in Sri Lanka who fled to inland fearing another tsunami catastrophe as a threat loomed after a massive earthquake occurred in the sea off Sumatra Islands yesterday (28th) at 10.09 p.m. Sri Lanka time have returned to their homes. more..

'Green Belt' to buffer tsunamis, cyclones

Mar 29 (DN) The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) is making arrangements to create a thick "Green Belt" in the 100-metre limit area along the coastal belt to counteract possible threats from tsunami tidal waves and cyclones. more..

Kochi container port project adds to Lanka's worries

Mar 29 (HT) The proposed International Container Trans-shipment Terminal (ICTT) at Vallarpadam in Kochi, with access to the Golden Quadrilateral highway network, is worrying Sri Lankans, who fear that the well-connected and ultra-modern port in Kerala will adversely affect Colombo port's trans-shipment business. more..

UNP against ‘Indian monopoly’

Mar 29 (BBC) United National Party (UNP) on Tuesday said the party is against creating a ‘foreign monopoly’ in Petroleum industry. Handing the petroleum industry to two Indian companies creates a monopoly instead of opening the market, UNP legislator Rajitha Senaratne claimed. more..

Historic Trincomalee Koneswaram temple annual festival begins

Mar 30 (TN) The twenty two-day annual festival of the historic Trincomalee Koneswaram Temple located on the Swami Rock inside the Fort Frederick, which began Friday with flag hoisting ritual entered the fifth day Tuesday. more..

UNICEF assists tsunami affected Trinco children

Mar 30 (TN) Sixty children who lost their parents in the tsunami deadly waves in the Trincomalee district and are maintained by their close relatives under the supervision of the North East Provincial Department of Probation and Child Care Services (PCCS) have been provided with relief assistance donated by the UNICEF. more..

Kavadapaddi residents receive self-employment assistance

Mar 30 (TN) Tsunami affected residents of Kavadapaddi village in Amparai district received assistance in the form of sewing machines, boats and fishing nets for self-employment from Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) a Non-Governmental Organization working exclusively in the NorthEast, more..

Hollywood stars provide shelter to tsunami victims

Mar 30 (IL) The Dharma Wijaya Foundation and the Association of Hollywood Cinema Stars of Los Angeles have volunteered to build 36 houses for the tsunami victims in the Thelwatta, Akurala and Peraliya areas in Hikkaduwa. more..

Under-19 cricket: Sri Lanka outplay Pakistan in one-dayer

Mar 30 (DT) Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the opening match of three-game Under-19 one-day series at Multan Stadium on Tuesday. The visitors put Pakistan to bat first after winning the toss and reduced the hosts to 192 all out in 47.1 overs. more..

Trouble brewing on Sri Lankan tea plantations

Mar 30 (SW) I WANT to start by explaining a few things about the history of the tea plantations. The plantation industry was introduced around the world by countries such as Britain during the colonial period. Big tea plantations were created on Sri Lankan “crown land” owned by the British. more..

MCC boss in Sri Lanka

Mar 30 (PRIU) Chief Executive Officer of the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Paul Applegarth is now in the island on a three-day visit to review proposals for US assistance to Sri Lanka. more..

Devastated town heeded those who saw disaster in stars

Mar 30 (Times) THE tsunami alert that precipitated an evacuation of Galle and parts of south Sri Lanka confirmed a sense of foreboding that had gripped the region for the past week. Local astrologers had been predicting that the Indian Ocean would be hit by another earthquake between March 25 and 28. more..

Humanitarian Situation Report - Sri Lanka

Mar 30 (RW) The tsunami death toll in Sri Lanka is 31,229 as of 28 March, with an additional 4,100 missing and presumed dead, according to the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Social Welfare. It reports that 500,000 people are still displaced, with 420,212 of them now living with friends and relatives. more..

Udugampola charged on 19 counts

Mar 30 (BBC) Assistant Superintendant of Police (ASP) Kulasiri Udugampola was indicted with 19 counts in Kandy High court by the Attorney General. The charges include revealing secrets useful to enemies of the state violating the Official Secrets Act, arresting and detaining seven Army officials for three days and making false accusations against them and many others. more..

A solid proof of the strength of the Sri Lankans -JVP

Mar 30 (LT) The JVP in a press communiqué says that if united, well organized, awake and committed at an emergency, Sri Lankan government and the nation has the ability to face any challenge and any crisis situation. more..

S.B. can be punished without any limitation -Solicitor General

Mar 30 (LT) Humiliating the Supreme Court is a crime that could be punished without any limitation pointed out the Solicitor General in Appeal Court today. He stated this when a petition was forwarded by the imprisoned S.B. Dissanayake, National Organizer of the UNP, requesting the Appeal Court to stop attempts to annul his Membership in the Parliament. more..

Govt. takes over 10,000 acres granted by UNP

Mar 30 (LT) It has been decided to take over 10, 000 acres of land granted illegally by former minister of lands Rajithe Senaratane during the last UNP government says Land Reclamation Commission. It has been revealed that the lands have been distributed to Rajithe Senaratne’s political chums and the transfers didn’t have genuine deeds. more..

No presidential Elections for six more years -Anura

Mar 30 (LT) Minister Anura Bandaranayake told at a meeting today that no presidential elections will be held for six more years and the incumbent President, Chandrika Kumaranathunge will hold the presidency till then. more..

We’ll take legal action if 100 m buffer zone is implemented -UNP

Mar 30 (LT) If the Government goes ahead with 100 m rule without any concern to the opposition of the UNP, legal action will be taken against such attempt said Mr. Hemakumara Nanayakkara, UNP Member of Parliament for Galle District. more..

The ship “Courageous” arrives in Sri Lanka

Mar 30 (LT) The ship “Courageous” donated by the American Government to the Sri Lankan Government arrived in the Colombo harbour today. It set sail from America on 2nd February 2005. A technical crew and several officers from the Navy had gone to America to bring this ship. more..

Irate Prisons Chief challenges CID to justify report

Mar 30 (LNP) Prisons Commissioner Rumy Marzook yesterday dismissed a CID report that blamed him of giving special treatment to an influential prisoner at Welikada. Marzook claimed that it had been concocted to ridicule him. "It is part of their strategy to get me out of this place," more..

Students link with aid groups in Sri Lanka

Mar 30 (SFG) Now that Sri Lanka's recovery from December's catastrophic tsunami has moved into the rebuilding phase, more international assistance is needed, a panel of speakers in that island country told university students in the United States on Monday night. more..

Latest Earthquakes Surprise Seismologists

Mar 30 (AP) The latest deadly earthquake off the coast of Indonesia wasn't unexpected but may have arrived earlier than experts anticipated. After the December 26 quake that sent out a devastating tsunami, every seismologist knew that the earthquake potential of nearby faults had increased, more..

Tsunami warning system helped spread word

Mar 30 (AP) Within minutes of the earthquake, the word went out: Radio and television stations repeated government warnings, workers at beachfront hotels pounded on doors to awaken guests, and police used loudspeakers to urge residents away from the sea. more..

More than 10 die in tsunami panic

Mar 30 (SAMN) As Sri Lanka recovered Tuesday from the shock and agony of the tsunami threat following a powerful earthquake near Indonesia, more than ten deaths linked to the tsunami scare and panic were reported yesterday though the monster wave did not come. more..

Govt insists on buffer zone

Mar 30 (SAMN) President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a special statement telecast over Rupavahini last night said that the people now would realise that the decision of the government to ban living within 100 meters from the sea was not a decision taken without thinking. more..

Schools closed after three sudden deaths

Mar 30 (SAMN) As fears of another mystery disease gripped Badulla again, a senior medical officer claimed Tuesday the scare was unfounded because the deaths of the two students and vice principal of a school were due to different causes. more..

US supports SL fully

Mar 30 (LNP) United States Ambassador Jeffrey J. Lunstead yesterday assured Navy Chief Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri that the US Government will give their fullest co-operation to Sri Lanka. Lunstead gave the assurance when he witnessed the arrival of the vessel `Courageous' in Sri Lanka. more..

Tata may scrap plan to invest $400 mln in Sri Lanka power plant

May 30 (Bloomberg) Tata Power Ltd., India's third- biggest generator by market value, may scrap a proposal to invest $400 million in a Sri Lanka power plant because the South Asian island backs a rival plan by India's largest state-run utility. more..

USS Courageous will increase SLN naval power by 75 percent, says Daya Sandagiri

Mar 30 (TN) Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri, said on Tuesday in Colombo that the inclusion of a 210 foot US Coastguard Vessel, USS Courageous, into the fleet of coastguard ship would greatly enhance‚ the deep sea operations of the Sri Lankan navy. more..

LTTE men caught red-handed while robbing

Mar 30 (SLA) Six LTTE cadres, led by an LTTE area leader were caught red - handed while they were robbing household items of a family in the general area of ACHCHUVELI, JAFFNA, just about an hour after midnight on 28 March 2005 when those occupants of the house had gone to the airport. more..

LTTE flags atop three wheelers

Mar 30 (SLA) Troops on duty on 29 March 2005 round 12.30 p.m. have observed two three wheelers decorated with LTTE flags and badges were plying in the general area of AMMAN, ANIPANTHY in JAFFNA announcing that people should participate in the funerals of some dead LTTE cadres more..

LTTE man throws grenade and runs away

Mar 30 (SLA) A civilian in the general area of CHIVIYATHERU, about 5.5 km east of JAFFNA town has complained to the Police that an unidentified LTTE cadre threw a hand grenade during a clash between two factions on 29 March 2005 around 8.30 a.m. more..

TNS poll says President Kumaratunga - ‘Leader with Sri Lankan Values’

Mar 30 (PRIU) In a nationwide poll conducted by TNS under the auspices of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) President Kumaratunga was voted as the ‘Leader with Sri Lankan Values’. The awards ceremony was held on Monday March 28th. more..

President thanks people for resilience shown after tsunami warning

Mar 30 (PRIU) In a special televised statement President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday thanked the civil society, the police and service personnel who assisted with the orderly evacuation of coastal dwellers on Monday night. more..

Financial irregularities behind the sale of Petroleum Corporation -UNP

Mar 30 (LT) UNP expressed doubts about irregularities behind the privatization of the Petroleum Corporation. UNP parliamentarian Rajitha Senarathna told at a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday that one third of the Corporation’s shares owned by the treasury are going to be sold to an Indian Company, more..

Attempt on an EPDP leader’s life fails

Mar 30 (LT) An attempt by Wanni tigers to assassinate another leader of the EPDP has failed. The attempt to murder the EPDP leader has occurred at Eravur in Batticaloa today at about 1.30 p.m. more..

Power sector trade unions at cross purposes over CEB reforms

Mar 30 (LBO) Trade unions angry at attempts to overhaul the state utility the Ceylon Electricity Board, pitch against each other as anti-privatisation unions meet the moderates. Most of the debt ridden electricity giant's 52 unions put up a united front yesterday more..

Mystery, understanding flicker within Buddhist artworks from Sri Lanka

Mar 30 (SFC) Another big earthquake on Monday in South Asia got Americans concerned again about already traumatized places such as Thailand and Sri Lanka. For those who have never visited these nations, two Bay Area exhibitions bring important remnants of their cultures close as few museum shows have before. more..

CNN has a 'competitor' from Sri Lanka

Mar 30 (HT) The LTTE's recently launched satellite channel, National Television of Tamileelam (NTT), is expected to play the crucial role that CNN has played in recent American military operations across the globe. more..

Plan builds child-friendly housing units for tsunami victims

Mar 30 (IL) A key, post-tsunami permanent housing project funded by Plan International, at a cost of US$ 1.4 million, was declared open by President Chandrika Kumaratunga at Yayawatte in Hambantota recently. more..

Violence, Lack of Reconstruction Feed Civilians' Fears

Mar 30 (IPS) This fishing village in eastern Sri Lanka, in territory controlled by the Tamil Tiger rebels, had been enjoying the precious breathing space made possible by the three-year-old ceasefire in the ethnic conflict. more..

Tiger rebels seek changes to Sri Lanka tsunami relief

Mar 30 (Xinhua) The Tamil Tiger rebels have sought further changes to a mechanism involving the government's delivering of tsunami relief materials in the Tamil regions, a press report said Wednesday. more..

Soon, a national policy on natural disasters

Mar 30 (DN) President Chandrika Kumaratunga is presently engaged in the process of promulgating a National Policy on Natural Disaster Management in Sri Lanka. This policy is going to be drafted with the cooperation of Japanese experts on natural disaster management. more..

Veddah before SC in conventional veddah attire

Mar 30 (LNP) Uruwarige Kakula, a veddah from Mahiyangana, on Monday appeared before the Supreme Court, in the conventional veddah attire, of an off white knee-high cloth, bare chest, and carrying an axe on the shoulder. more..

Leaders indifferent to the people in the East- Chancellor, Eastern University

Mar 30 (LM) Chancellor of the Eastern University, Jezima Ismail says that the people who matter have been indifferent to the people in the east after tsunami and the leaders are still divided and there is no proper support from them to get back to their lives. more..

Two grenade explosions injure policeman in eastern Sri Lanka

Mar 30 (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels hurled grenades at a vehicle carrying a senior member of a rival Tamil political group Wednesday, wounding a police guard in the latest violence in Sri Lanka's volatile east, the military said. more..

Government MPs to bring motion to appoint a select committee on NGOs

Mar 30 (LM) Several government Parliamentarians are planning to bring a motion to appoint a select committee to look into the conduct of the International and other non governmental organisations operating in the country especially after the Tsunami. more..