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Daya Gamage

Leading British MP heard testimonies of Karen Internally Displaced People just inside the Burma border

British Member of Parliament and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell met with representatives of Burma’s ruling junta in Rangoon, the first time they have met with a senior British politician in a decade. According to reports, he told U Kyaw Thu, the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister and a former brigadier general, that the regime running Burma is “wicked and illegitimate”.

A brick house after two decades!! - 175 families moved into permanent homes

One hundred and seventy families displaced as a result of Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict moved into permanent homes in Vavuniya and Mannar last week, after having spent many years in welfare centers in the vicinity. The housing and livelihood projects began in March 2006 by the United Nations Development Programme. UNDP has also developed supporting infrastructure facilities for these housing units, in keeping with the Government’s policy on resettlement. The project handed over 115 completed houses in two settlements in Ghaneshapuram and Manik Farm in the Vavuniya District. While, 60 more such houses were vested in the people in Thampanaikulam and Malluvarayarkaddaydampan in the Mannar District.

Restructure pays heavy dividends at People's Bank

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

"The bank has shown a continuous impressive performance, consistent profit and balance sheet growth for the last six years, said Dr P A Kiriwandeniya, Chairman People's Bank speaking at a Press Briefing to announce the financial performances of 2006. He said that People's Bank has had a very successful year in relation to the growth of deposits and with total deposits reaching Rs 270 million showing a growth of 19.7 percent.

Proposed U.N. Women's Agency Gains Key Ally

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A coalition of over 140 international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and women's groups is gratified that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expressing public support for the creation of a new U.N. agency for women. "We believe the public support of the secretary-general is a very important step in moving closer towards the implementation of this new women's entity," June Zeitlin, executive director of the New York-based Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), told IPS.

International Environmental Activist to speak at University of Toronto Scarborough

Dr. Vandana ShivaDr. Vandana Shiva, renowned scientist, advocate, professor and author is set to deliver a passionate message about human survival in the 31st Watts Lecture at U of Toronto Scarborough on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Shiva has been named an environmental “hero” by Time Magazine and is considered one of Asia’s most powerful communicators. She joins a long list of distinguished leaders, including Roberta Bondar, Stephen Lewis and Lester B. Pearson, who have addressed important issues that have wide appeal.

UN , Aid Agencies appeal for civilian protection in Sri Lanka as over 100,000 flee

Increasing fighting in Sri Lanka between Tamil separatists and the Government has forced well over 100,000 civilians to flee their homes in the eastern district of Batticaloa, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and aid agencies working in the country said today, urging both sides to ensure their protection and comply with international human rights law. The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Country Team, which is chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator, expressed concern at the number of internally displaced, warning that this was "creating further pressure on an already difficult situation that will require more resources and capacity from all actors."

60% of Tigers’ 70 million war budget is funded from Europe – Sri Lankan Foreign Minister

Rohitha BogollagamaThe Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama told the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) last week that the “LTTE’s criminal activity has transgressed our national boundaries” and “the role of the international community (in combating it was) crucial”. He said: “The International Institute for Strategic Studies, London in its publication ‘Military Balance 2007’ refers to commercial links between the LTTE and the al-Qaeda movement. In fact there is evidence that the LTTE established linkages with the Mujahiddins in Afghanistan as far back as 1987. There is further proof to establish that even in 2001 an LTTE delegation travelled to Kabul shortly before nine eleven.

Not a Storm in a Teacup

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Ramalingam Chandrasekaran is no pro-Tiger peacenik. He is a JVP parliamentarian and he comes from the plantations. Therefore it would be the height of inanity to ignore his words of warning. Recently he has spoken several times about the gradually deteriorating security situation in the plantation areas; his last interview with Maubima is conspicuous by an added note of urgency. And the problems he highlights sound not unfamiliar. While reiterating his commitment to national security and his opposition to anything that jeopardises that goal, he draws attention to the indiscriminate and insensitive manner in which arrests are taking place in the plantations. He mentions the lack of transparency as a major problem; often neither the detainees nor their families know exactly why the arrests are being made and where the detainees are being taken. Sometimes the families are not even informed.

Daya Group launches new businesses to upgrade local economy

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Daya Gamage, Chairman of the Daya Group, who won many National awards on Business Excellence and recently won CIMA Janasakthi Pinnacle awards honored with the Business Leader of the Year (Large Scale Organization), says his company could maintain 50 percent growth from its inception and he plans to launch a number of new agro based businesses. Speaking to the media, Mr.Gamage noted diversification of businesses could obtain these achievements.

IFC promotes tourism in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) – the private sector arm of the World Bank since one year has been promoting tourism in Sri Lanka, specially the small and medium scale tourist hotels. Anil Sinha, General Manager, IFC, SEDF, South East Asia; who was attending the commemoration the 50 years existence of IFC at the Colombo Hilton last week told the Nation Economist as a part of their advisory services they are helping small and medium sector hotels to develop their ability to market internationally.


Brick Making

Snack Making

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Rohitha Bogollagama

DMK led anti- Sri Lanka procession in Chennai

Detention of three leftists by Sri Lankan government signals new round of state repression

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) warns that the Sri Lankan government’s detention of three leftists last month and subsequent arrest of more than a hundred workers and youth is the preparation for open state repression against the working class. As it escalates its deeply unpopular war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Rajapakse government is seeking to intimidate and suppress opposition among ordinary working people, who are being forced to bear the economic burden of the conflict.

Criticism of Vengsarkar wrong

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

In a country where the ever expanding media has just about intruded into every aspect of life, it is sometimes possible to ignore the perspectives which contribute to a particular phase of an event. That is perhaps the reason why not everyone has conformed to the changing face of the media and its many faces and manifestations. That can be the only reason why the answers drawn from Dilip Vengsarkar, Chairman, Selection Committee in an interview on a TV Channel has evoked such a reaction. Vengsarkar’s candid and truthful disclosures have, it appears, even irked the authorities in the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

DMK protests 'killing' of Indian fishermen by Lankan Navy Colombo offers to let Indian personnel board its patrol craft

Muthavel Karunanidhi's DMK party Monday staged a rally in Chennai and presented a memo to P.M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to protest against recent attacks on the Indian fishermen in the Palk Straits.The Rajapaksa government has formally denied the involvement of the Lankan navy in the attacks and said in a statement issued through the foreign office that the attacks could be the handiwork of the Tigers – a stand not accepted by the fishermen. Nonetheless, as the issue appears to snow ball, Colombo has agreed to let Indian personnel on board its naval ships during patrolling in the Palk Straits, to prevent possible recurrence of attacks on Indian fishermen.