Tigers strike again
Tens of thousands of cricket fans and others in Colombo and its
suburbs were gripped with fear and panic, after the city knocked
off power and activated its air defence system to target two
LTTE aircraft that hovered over the city early this morning.
The army said that the two LTTE aircraft had not been able to
reach any vital target, while it had dropped two bombs near the
Shell gas installation in Kerawalapitiya.
Oil facility was target: LTTE
Tiger planes targeted two oil storage facilities because they
provided fuel to Sri Lankan forces, LTTE spokesman Rasiah
“We sent two squadrons to target facilities that provide fuel to
military aircraft after two Sri Lankan airforce jets bombed a
suburb of Kilinochchi (inside rebel-held territory) just past
midnight,” said the spokesman for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
He said the military had bombed the outskirts of Kilinochchi,
cricket captain Ricky Ponting (L) and coach John Buchanan celebrate with the ICC
Cricket World Cup Trophy after beating Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC Cricket
World Cup 2007, at the Kensington Oval stadium in Bridgetown, in Barbados, 28
April 2007. AFP
Australia complete World Cup hat-trick
Australia led by Ricky Ponting powered their way to a
unprecedented third World Cup final victory when they defeated
Sri Lanka by 53 runs on the Duckworth and Lewis rain rule in the
final played at Barbados Kensington Oval yesterday.
Sri Lanka’s World Cup dreams were shattered by a power-packed
century from Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist and
incessant rain which delayed the start and also stopped play
twice during the match.
Gilchrist played one of the greatest one-day innings when he
smashed the Sri Lankan bowling to score a hair-raising..
UNICEF lambasts Karuna over child
The UNICEF in another strongly worded statement said that the Karuna faction
is not taking seriously its public assurances that it is not recruiting child
Misleading info for monetary
gains, charges Karuna
TMVP leader Karuna Amman charged that those providing
information about his group to foreign agencies are
being bought over by the so called agencies.
Iraqi insurgents to target Prince
LONDON, (AFP) - Insurgents in Iraq will seek
to kidnap Prince Harry when the army sends him there, a
commander of Iraq’s biggest Shiite Muslim militia, the
Mahdi Army, said in remarks published today.
Probe into human rights
Guilty will be dealt
with, assures MR
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had assured Justice P.N.
Bhagwati Chairman of the International Independent Group
of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) investigating into
allegations of serious human rights violations in Sri
Lanka, that the government would not hesitate to take
action against those who are found guilty by the group.
Commission to visit locations
Over the weekend, Members of the Presidential Commission
of Inquiry (COI) are scheduled to visit several
locations in the Eastern Province including Muttur,
where the killings of the 17 Aid Workers attached to
French MGO Action Contre La Faim (ACF) had taken place,
the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.
Red Cross under flak for not
meeting tsunami rehab work
Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva took the Sri
Lanka Red Cross to task at a presentation made by the
Red Cross to cabinet ministers last week.
Over Rs. 3.5 m for politicos
The cost involved in maintaining Sports Minister Gamini
Lokuge and former Sports Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga and
one of his aides at the World Cup venue is a staggering
Rs. 3.7 million, The Nation learns.
India must involve directly
to halt war - TNA MPs
Many go underground due to
Tamil National Alliance (TNA)
parliamentarians have called for direct Indian
intervention to bring a halt to the hostilities between
the security forces and the LTTE.
The 14th Death Anniversary
of President Ranasinghe Premadasa
The necessary leader
President Premadasa was a man who should have lived in
this country for another century.
role in mending a shattered Sri Lanka
These words are being penned before the World Cup
final but will be read after the event, perhaps with
a hangover to boot. But what we will dwell on is the
phenomenon of cricket in this country. It is not
merely a game, not just a passion as the advertising
blurbs suggest but also a thread that unites a
nation that is being torn apart by war, civil strife
and general discontent.
Mangala faces googlies from President
on a bouncy pitch
It is a difficult time for the Mahinda Rajapaksa
administration that is facing criticism from within the
government and also the opposition. Globally Sri Lanka is not
positioned too well as far as freedom of expression and human
rights are concerned.
The Bar, Bench & You
Resolving construction disputes
The construction industry in Sri Lanka covers a complex and
comprehensive field of activities involving many operative
skills and conditions, which vary considerably from one project
to another. The dispute might arise at any point during the
construction process. Generally, there is a low standard of
contract formation and of contract administration in the
construction industry, which lead frequently to unnecessary
problems and disputes.
efforts at revenge laughable: Johnston
National Party (UNP) Kurunegala district parliamentarian
Johnston Fernando is shocked that the Government has found out
about his alleged misuse of a State vehicle, only after three
years. In an interview with The Nation, the parliamentarian
pointed out that during his tenure as the minister in charge of
sports, he never even occupied a State residence.
answer to ethnic problem: AITUF
Member of Parliament, Dr. K. Vigneswaran, convinced that the
existing Tamil parties are either captives of the LTTE or the
State and hence, realising the need for a new Tamil party, is
the founder-leader of the newly formed Tamil political party,
Akhila Illankai Tamil United Front (AITUF). A party neither
dependent on the LTTE nor the State.
Gilchrist and rain drown
Lankan World Cup hopes
Sri Lanka’s dream of winning a second World Cup faded in
the rain as Australia powered by an outstanding century
from wicket-keeper/batsman Adam Gilchrist won the final
by 53 runs on the Duckworth and Lewis rule at Kensington
Gilchrist who had a rather quiet World Cup up to
yesterday produced one of the greatest one-day knocks of
all time to steer Australia to an unprecedented three
World Cup final victories in a row and stretched their
unbeaten run in the tournament to 29 victories.
too expensive, too dull - roll on 2011
(AFP) - It should have been a blockbuster which packed in the crowds and
attracted rave reviews.
But, for many, the 2007 World Cup was too long, too expensive, too dull and
eventually even the International Cricket Council was forced to admit that this
particular marathon had left everybody exhausted.
Tough going at
Nuwara Eliya 4x4 Lake Cross
Nuwara Eliya 4x4 Lake Cross kicked off to a great start on April 18 at the NEM
4x4 Track beside Lake Gregory. This year the event was spread over two days
where the competitors had to earn points on the first day to qualify for the
second day’s final rounds to decide the winners. Both days were sunny and
beautiful which brought a record number of holiday makers in the hill country to
witness this kind of adventure sport.
Lankans Down Under celebrated WC final
It is déjà vu! After 11 years, arch rivals in world cricket played against each
other for the first time at a World Cup final. For those of us in Sri Lanka and
all those in Australia, it was a nail biting night, with each of us saying a
silent prayer to calm our racing hearts.
The veteran golfer Anura Rohana will receive a one year sponsorship from Kramski
Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. The sponsorship will be for a sum of Rs.30, 000 monthly,
t-shirts, golf bag and a putter for this crafty golfer.
Lanka should retain Moody
Sri Lanka should do all within their power to retain the
services of Australian coach Tom Moody. Moody’s two-year
contract with Sri Lanka Cricket expires at the end of
May and if Sri Lanka needs to march ahead beyond World
Cup 2007, ...
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