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Proscribe Tamil Tiger Front Organizations and Prevent Fund Raising in US - Appeals Sri Lanka Foreign Minister in Washington

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Rohitha Bogollagama with Alberto R. GonzalesSri Lanka’s visiting Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama Thursday March 15 called on Bush administration’s top officials to assist Sri Lanka’s quest for peace, by taking stern action to prevent the LTTE from engaging in fund raising activities through numerous front organizations in the U.S. He made this request when he met with the U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at the Justice Department and Mr Stephen Hadley, National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush.

Sri Lanka earmarked to get US $ 400-500 million from U.S. Millennium Challenge program

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States government has decided to include Sri Lanka, among several other countries, as a recipient of Millennium Challenge program, the Bush administrations most ambitious overseas economic development grant that promotes good governance, equality in disbursing economic benefits and arresting the growing poverty in the Third World. The agreement between the two governments is expected to sign before the end of 2007, and the program is expected to bring approximately between US $ 400 to 500 million to Sri Lanka.

No one know what's happening now in the prevailing confusion -- JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe

By K.T.Rajasingham

Somawansa AmarasingheSomawansa Amarasinghe, leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), is the last remaining member of the old guard that led the Marxist uprisings in 1971 and 1980s. He went into exile and led the party from London. When the JVP took to mainstream politics he returned to take over the leadership of the party. The JVP is now considered to be the Third Force in southern politics, next to the SLFP and UNP. He speaks to K.T.Rajasingham on the stance of the JVP on many issues. In his interview with the "Asian Tribune" Somawanasa Amarasinghe surveys the current political situation. He was very critical of the Ceasefire Agreement signed by Ranil Wickremasinghe and Velupillai Prabakaran. In his interview he stated that all three languages, Sinhalese, Tamil and English should be made as National languages.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Meets US Congressional Leaders in Washington

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Rohitha Bogollagama with Ileana Ros - Lehtinen,Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, on the first day of his official visit to Washington, on March 14, visited Capitol Hill and met with Congressional Representatives focused on South Asia, to brief them on the current situation in Sri Lanka and to express his appreciation of continued US support to Sri Lanka, says a press release from the Sri Lanka embassy here. Among the Representatives the Minister met were the Co-Chairs of the Sri Lanka Congressional Caucus, Congressman Frank Pallone and Congressman Jerry Weller, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on the Middle East and South Asia, Congressman Gary Ackerman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the media note further states.

Sri Lanka: USAID Rehabilitates 39 Tsunami Damaged Schools in the Hambantota district

USAID Rehabilitates 39 Tsunami Damaged Schools in the Hambantota district, out of which USAID has renovated 18 and re-equipped 21 of these schools, 10 of which were inaugurated on March 9. The projects, supported by the USAID Transition Initiatives Program, brought together zonal educational officials, teachers, parents and students from the ethnically diverse communities to collaborate and jointly identify priorities and work together.

The Economic Cost of LTTE Terrorism; Lost opportunities for the Tamils.

By Raj Gonsalkorale

The highest cost of LTTE terrorism in Sri Lanka is the loss of lives of thousands of Sri Lankans, of all communities, most of them young men and women on both sides of the conflict. Some have died in battle and many have died caught in the cross fire of battles. Sadly, many innocent people, mainly Sinhala people have been massacred by the LTTE in the most cruel and unjust manner. The loss of life as a result of LTTE terrorism, estimated to be over 75000 people now, has an infinite, indeterminable and irreplaceable cost, and these deaths have impacted directly on several thousands of others like their loved ones.

Sri Lanka needs mega investments - Dr.Amunugama

Sunil C. Perera, reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Investment promoter –Board of Investment [BOI] and the Investment Promotion Minister Dr.Sarath Amunugama have made arrangements to obtain mega investments and hope to sign agreements with number of large-scale overseas investors to start Mega projects. Opening the New Mega Project Unit of the BOI , the minister said that the BOI has accepted a proposal to reclaim the sea and develop 450 acres of land alongside the Colombo Port by John Keels Holdings.

India’s burgeoning ambitions in space

India’s launch of its Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1) in January provoked a jubilant response in government and military circles. Hailed as an “impeccable success,” it demonstrated the ability of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to send a capsule into space, safely return it to earth and retrieve it. The project is an essential step toward a manned space flight and, just as significantly, for India to play a greater role in the global satellite launch business. The SRE-1 test is one more sign of India’s ambitions to make its mark in space.

Holi Hola Party: Oh Boy Is This India!

By Syed Ali Mujtaba* - Syndicate Features

The news flashed on the front pages of the major dailies on Monday, March 5, 2007 about the arrest of some 280 Holi party revellers at a Farm House in the outskirts of Pune city for drug abuse is an opener to many Indians accustomed to reading starvation deaths, farmers’ suicides, and female feticides in the newspapers of the country. The revelations though a freak incident, undoubtedly points at three significant societal changes taking place in our country. One, India is moving on the path of high-end economic model, second, drug abuse and alcoholism is on rise among the youth, third, certain section of the youth especially the yuppie crowd, is looking for promiscuous life style.

Rohitha Bogollagama with Alberto R. Gonzales

Rohitha Bogollagama with Alberto R. Gonzales

Somawansa Amarasinghe

Somawansa Amarasinghe

Somawansa Amarasinghe

Rohitha Bogollagama with Ileana Ros - Lehtinen,

Sri Lanka troops shoot and kill a suicide bomber seconds before he blew himself up killing all around

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka Army troops shot and killed a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber seconds before he could blow himself up killing scores of people around. The suicide bomber, commonly known as a Black Tiger, who planned to blow himself up and embraced a Sri Lanka Army soldier before he pulled a toggle fastened to his suicide jacket, was killed by the fast acting soldier saving the lives of dozens of civilians and soldiers at an army check point in the Northern Jaffna peninsula, an army spokesman said.