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Rajiv Gandhi murder suspect KP to be granted amnesty by Sri Lanka government

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(July 30, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  Indian Supreme Court has rejected the plea for release of four key conspirators in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case who had claimed that the investigation was flawed as the alleged role of tantrik Chandraswami and 21 others were not probed. A Bench of justices VS Sirpurkar and Mukundakam Sharma refused to interfere with the Madras high court judgement which had on April 28, 2009, dismissed the petition with a fine of Rs one lakh on the petitioner E Veluchamy, claiming to be a Congress worker. The petitioner sought release of Nalini, Santhan, Murugan and Arivu on the ground that their conviction was erroneous as the designated court and the Supreme Court did not consider the inquiry and findings of the Justice M C Jain Commission which had recommended further probe into three "crucial aspects" in the conspiracy. According to counsel K Karuppan, the Jain Commission had in its final recommendations submitted on March 7, 1998,

Is LTTE ideologue Balakumar dead or alive?

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(July 28, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  Velupillai Balakumar or Balakumaran was the one time leader of Ealam Revolutionary Organization of Students (EROS). He was also a member of Sri Lanka parliament for a brief period. In late 1980s or early 1990s, he split the EROS and joined the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) with a number of his associates. He is believed an influential adviser to the leader of the LTTE Velupillai Prabakaran. The importance of this man is that he is famous as a Marxist. If he is alive like the former LTTE chief of international relations, he may speak one day how his Marxist ideas influenced the Tiger leader. Asked by The Island today whether among the detained terrorists were Yogiratnam Yogi, one-time LTTE negotiator and Balakumaran of the EROS, who threw his weight behind Velupillai Prabhakaran, Rehabilitation Commissioner Brig. Ranasinghe said that he did not have them . A controversial media report posted in state-owned Sinhala daily The

The controversial interview of Sri Lanka Ambassador of Israel

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(July 23, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  Donald Perera saw the blood-soaked stretcher carrying the body of Velupillai Prabhakaran being transported through the jungle, but he was not calm. Air Chief Marshal Perera, the Sri Lankan chief of staff at the time, had been chasing after the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels who had terrorized his country for over 30 years. He wanted to make certain that the lifeless body in front of him was indeed that of his long-time adversary. "I asked to see his personal gun," recalls Perera. "I knew precisely what type of gun he was carrying, as well as its serial number. Only when I saw the number 001 did I realize that he had finally been taken out. I drove home, took off my uniform and told myself that now I can retire." Perera, 60, has since been appointed Sri Lanka's ambassador to Israel. His wife, a military dentist, and his daughter, a university student, remained in Sri Lanka. "I was familiar with Israel befor

Sri Lanka indigenous people's struggle for identity

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(July 22, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  Sri Lanka government led by the majority community Sinhalese and all the other major ethnic communities may like to have negligible minority Vedda People in this country. Vedda people never have posed a threat to any other community in the post-independence Sri Lanka. On the other hand, they have primitive living conditions with no heritage of owning private property like in so called modern societies. After all, Vedda people are a pride to Sri Lanka since we can boast about a heritage of indigenous people and they are a very good show piece in tourism market. But, the modernized communities lack at least one thing the Vedda people still have whilst losing many other things. That is the leadership. Vedda leadership had no match in the leading figures of the other communities. Late Uruwarige Thisahami had the courage to tell the one time powerful Minister of Mahaweli Development Gamini Disanayaka who wanted the Vedda Chieftain to come to m

Sri Lanka President's miraculous initiative on English as a Life Skill

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(July 20, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  The second phase of the Presidential initiative on English as a Life Skill programme was launched yesterday at a ceremony held in the President’s official residence Temple Trees. The programme promotes English Language Skills, especially speaking and communication skills across the country with the guidance and support of the Presidential Task Force on English and IT headed by Sunimal Fernando. The Ministry of Education and the Provincial Ministries of Education facilitate the task force to conduct the programme. On July 19, 2009, the President launched the National Road Map to promote Spoken/ Communicative English skills in Sri Lanka. Under the first phase of the programme, a cadre of 80 master trainers and 320 assistant trainers in Spoken English from all nine Provinces were trained at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad. Sixty percent of the 22,500 English teachers of the country were trained to teach spoken

Lost and found; the Horton Plains slender loris

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(July 19, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  A mysterious primate driven to the brink of extinction by Britain's taste for tea has been photographed for the first time. The Horton Plains slender loris, found only in Sri Lanka, was for more than 60 years believed to be extinct. Then one was spotted fleetingly in 2002 when a light shone in its eyes and was reflected. Researchers have now managed to get the world's first pictures of the animal. More than 1,000 night surveys were carried out in 120 forested regions by Sri Lankan researchers working in partnership with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The loris was found in half a dozen regions and researchers managed to capture three live specimens long enough to measure them. The prime reason for the animal's rarity is the loss of its natural forest habitat, which has been largely destroyed by the drive to create tea plantations. The loss of land to other crops also contributed. Estimates suggest there are just 1

Barbarian Reef coral algae will make the sperm of sub-fertile males move fast

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Barbarian Reef (July 18, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  Sri Lanka Industrial Technology Institute has discovered a herbal drug that can cure sub-fertility of males. This drug can make the slow moving sperm move fast. A research team of the herbal plants division of the Industrial Technology Institute has conducted experiments in regard of a red algae found in the coastal areas of Beruwala in the Kaluthara district. Gelidiella, the algae, grows naturally in the Barbarian Reef of Moragalla, Beruwala, a coral reef that is situated very close to beach in an area surrounded by tourist hotels. The significant drug extracted from the herb is named as S-Act-2 and it is proved able to move even the still living sperm of males, says the chief of the herbal plants division of the Industrial Technology Dr. Sirimal Premakumara. Dr. Premakumara says that the drug is clinically tested and proved of hazard free. However, the drug is not given orally and it needs to be used clinically i

Electoral reforms or state reforms? Listen to minority communities of Sri Lanka

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(July 17, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity ) A dialogue is underway between the President and the major opposition United National Party (UNP) regarding the constitutional reforms. This dialogue can at least have an impact on the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's possible backward moves to guarantee a royal future for his son Namal Rajapaksa as his uncontested successor. Opposition can push the President for more democratic reforms even in the context the President may try to achieve his ulterior goals. The President's plans to remove the two-term limit of Presidential terms have been challenged indirectly by his party stalwarts as well as his family. He cannot push Namal into the throne so easily in this backdrop. Now, the President indicates that he is ready to extend this dialogue even to get the National Democratic Alliance (DNA) that comprises of his arch rival ex-Army Comander and defeated Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka and the Marxist People's Liberation Front

Sri Lanka cabinet's Kilinochchi show and the message delivered to Tamils

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(July 15, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa held a meeting of his cabinet in Kilinochchi in the heart of the former rebel-held territory sitting comfortably in Kilinochchi headquarters of the security forces in close proximity to Iranawila reservoir on which late Tiger theoretician Anton Balasingham landed the sea plane he was travelling from Maldives. The venue of the meeting was also the headquarters of the Tamil Tigers' proud air wing that one time was a nightmare to Colombo dwellers. . In the recent past several cabinet meetings were held outside Colombo in most of the occasions when the President was in election propaganda. The cabinet meeting of Kilinochchi is not one like that. It is a show of power, supremacy and also Sinhala nationalist domination over the subjugation of Tamil nationalist struggle. Therefore. it is worth to the President and to the Sinhala nationalists, despite whatever the cost of this show to the taxpayer. On t

BTI made in Sri Lanka and dengue epidemic

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(July 13, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  Sri Lanka's Sinhala daily The Divaina newspaper reported today that 1073 dengue patients were diagnosed island wide during the week from July 02 to 09 and four of them died. The number of deaths caused by dengue so far this year is 140. The Ministry of Health seems totally incapable to arrest the outbreak. The only practical programme they appear to have is the door-to-door visits of the public health officials that warn or punish the public for not keeping their environment clean. But their power ends near the nose tip of the local government bodies and other state institutes that are responsible for many a case of spreading mosquito-borne diseases. The government has entirely failed to provide basic services such as proper garbage disposal and drainage etc. efficiently to the tax payers. On the other hand, the public health officials are helpless in giving instructions to prevent mosquito breeding in water stagnating places like f

No killings, abductions, arrests and assaults against journalists but threats in June in Sri Lanka

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(July 12, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  Following is the report regarding press freedom in the month of June in Sri Lanka issued by a media organization and we believe this report is sent to international organizations to base on these facts in lobbying for freedom of expression. Although there are no killings, abductions, arrests and assaults, the report is full of other incidents. Monthly report No 06; period covered  June    2010 Killings: 1.       June 2010                        -    No killings of media personal reported Abductions: 2.       June 2010                        - No abductions of media personal reported       Arrests: 3.       June 2010                        - No arrests of media personal reported Assaults: 4.       June    2010                       - No assaults of media personal reported Threats: 5.       28 June 2010        - Political witch hunt launched against CEO of Lankaenews State media launched a political which  hunt  against CEO of www.lankan