Archive for January 2011
Sri Lanka esuspects a third party involvement in the shooting incident at Indian fishermen in the recent past. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in New Delhi, Prasad Kariyawasam referring to the alleged incidents in the Northern waters has said “the Sri Lanka Navy will not fire at Indian fishermen even if they had crossed the maritime boundary and suspected the role of some third party behind the incidents”.
He said that proper investigation would bring out the truth. “Now that the LTTE is no more, we do not know who did it. We hope investigation (on both sides) throws light,” the High Commissioner told India’s Daily News Analysis Read the rest of this entry »
Accused of killing 73 in an airline bombing, Luis Posada Carriles charged with immigration violations, not terrorism.-El Paso, Texas – Margarita Morales Fernandez couldn’t be in court to see the former CIA agent who allegedly killed her father and 72 others aboard a Cuban airplane in one of the world’s worst airline attacks before September 11, 2001.
Fernandez and hundreds other victims are carefully watching the trial of former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles in US federal court. His 11 charges include perjury for lying to US immigration officials, but terror-related offences are not on the docket Read the rest of this entry »
Ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo is expected to commence by February-end, G. K. Vasan, Union Minister of Shipping, said on Monday. Initially, it would be operational thrice a week. Later, the frequency would be increased.
Inaugurating a passenger terminal and laying the foundation stone for North Cargo Berth II on the premises of Tuticorin Port, he said that TPT would soon be named after freedom fighter V.O. Chidambaram. While passenger amenities were established at a cost of Rs.2.25 crore, NCB II would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.332.16 crore in two years Read the rest of this entry »
GAZA, (PIC)– Gaza’s religious affairs ministry expressed concern over a project to build 58,000 Jewish settler homes in occupied Jerusalem by 2020. Meanwhile, Israel is announcing Jerusalem as the capital for Jewish people and allocating funds to attract Jews in a project dubbed Jerusalem 2020, the ministry said in a statement Monday.
The construction is aimed at pushing out Jerusalem’s Arab population and making it a holy city for the Jews, the ministry added. Settlement funds purchased two weeks earlier the Shepherd hotel under an illegal absentee property law and planned to build in its place a Jewish settlement. The property was owned by late Palestinian Mufti Amin al-Husseini Read the rest of this entry »
UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa toured Libya yesterday (Jan. 17) and met with president Col. Muammer Al Gaddafi in Tripoli. Mr. Rajapaksa was accompanied in the tour by MPs Sajin Vaas Gunawardena, Duminda Silva as well as Lohan Ratwatte, Tharanath Basnayake, Indika Karunajeewa and Tharanga Gamlath.Sri Lankan ambassador Sudantha Ganegamaarachchi also attended the Sri Lankan delegation’s meeting with the Libyan leader.
The Disaster Management Ministry said the initial estimated damage from the floods stand at US $ 500 million which is about Rs. 50 billion. Ministry Secretary Mrs. Marina Mohamed making a presentation on the emergency situation before Heads of Mission of the Member States of the Organization of the IslamicConference (OIC) based in Colombo, said the initial estimated damage from the floods stood at US $ 500 million, the External Affairs Ministry said.
“The government has spent US $ 10 million to provide cooked meals and dry rations for the people in all affected areas. The Ministry of Disaster Management has released US $ 1.5 million for relief during the three days ending January 12,” the Ministry Secretary said. Read the rest of this entry »
The death toll in floods and landslides increased to 18 as over 950,000 people were flood hit, officials at the Disaster Management Centre said. Nearly 200,000 people have been forced to vacate their homes. Over 400,000 acres of paddy cultivation has gone under water, according to the Minister of Agrarian Services, S.M.Chandrasena said.