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Sri Lanka/Military
War on terror revisited: The Batticaloa revolt In the wake of Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan’s defection in March 2004, people living in the Batticaloa District gradually turned against the LTTE, with the majority throwing their weight behind the dissidents. Those supportive of Karuna’s move portrayed the situation caused by the split as a battle between the LTTE’s Kilinochchi leadership and the group’s fighting formations which hailed from the Batticaloa and Ampara districts. The loss of Batticaloa, too, contributed to the ultimate downfall of the LTTE as a conventional fighting force. Batticaloa’s hostility towards the LTTE increased after an LTTE operative shot dead eight Karuna loyalists, including Kuheneshan, widely believed to be a high ranker among the renegade group, at Crystal Terrace housing scheme, Kottawa on July 25, 2004. They were slain in their sleep.
Thursday, 21 June 2012 | 1029 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/People
The late Mr. Lalith Athulathmudali was best known in the public domain as a great politician, a skillful orator and a pragmatic leader. One thing known only to those who had close interactions with him is the unique ability he had in dealing with people. The skill and competence he had to work with people, is what is now called ‘emotional intelligence’ by the human resource experts. I write this primarily as a tribute to him on his 74th birth anniversary which fell on Friday. If any of the present day politicians could take at least a single lesson from his life as a true people’s representative, it would be a great good fortune to our country.
Sunday, 05 December 2010 | 2036 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/People
"I am happy to attend this great assembly not only as a representative of my country but also as a woman and a mother who can understand the thoughts and feelings of the millions of women, the mothers of this world, who are deeply concerned with the preservation of the human race." Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike The date – 1961. The venue – Belgrade. The occasion – the first Summit meeting of the Movement of Non-aligned Countries. In that setting, representatives of 25 nations came together to found the Nonaligned Movement (NAM), which rejected the Cold War division of the world into ideological blocs while demanding the democratization of global politics, and which grew into a transcontinental coalition of 118 member states and 17 observers playing an influential role in the post Cold War period of international relations. Among the 25 founding member nations was Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), and at the head of the Sri Lankan delegation was the nation’s recently elected prime minister, the first female prime minister in the world.
Sunday, 12 December 2010 | 5401 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/Transport
Anewspaper reported recently that the Chairman of the National Transport Commission had informed that the proposal to construct a Land Bridge connecting India and Sri Lanka would feature at the second meeting of the SAARC Ministers of Transport. This was subsequently affirmed in a newsline which reported on the items discussed at the said meeting held in Colombo from 25-27 July 2009. Its inclusion in the SAARC domain suggests its relevance in the context of connectivity in the wider region. The latter’s strategic transport blueprint has already been conceived in the UN-ESCAP initiative of the Asian Highway and the Trans – Asian Railway. Previously, the link for the transport of goods and passengers between the two countries across the Palk Strait had been limited to a ferry service, which, too, was abandoned due to the internal conflict in the north of Sri Lanka . The subsequent efforts made for its revival had failed. On the other hand, the end of the warring between the parties, now offers a beacon of hope. The link could however be a more appropriate form to include road and rail transport. The latter will then facilitate a quantum leap in trade, tourism and other services. Its longer term benefit will specifically be the integration of the economic sub-region comprising Sri Lanka and the four Southern States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Its short –term impact will be the potential outcomes of Sri Lanka’s connectivity to India’s world class Golden Quadrilateral Highway Network, and thereby to the previously mentioned UN-ESCAP road and rail initiative. This will complement the "bridge" already in place to close the digital divide, and the power divide by the supply of electricity along a route between Madurai and Anuradhapura with a submarine cable across the Palk Strait.
Friday, 07 August 2009 | 6109 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/General
Airports: 18 (2007) Airports - with paved runways: total: 14 over 3,047 m: 1 1,524 to 2,437 m: 6 914 to 1,523 m: 7 (2007) Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 4 914 to 1,523 m: 1 under 914 m: 3 (2007) Railways: total: 1,449 km broad gauge: 1,449 km 1.676-m gauge (2006) Roadways: total: 97,287 km paved: 78,802 km unpaved: 18,485 km (2003) Waterways: 160 km (primarily on rivers in southwest) (2006) Merchant marine: total: 24 ships (1000 GRT or over) 162,280 GRT/227,478 DWT by type: bulk carrier 2, cargo 18, container 2, petroleum tanker 2 foreign-owned: 6 (Germany 6) registered in other countries: 3 (Panama 3) (2007) Ports and terminals: Colombo  
Friday, 13 June 2008 | 2214 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report