2:24 PM

Water not poisoned - Water Board

The Water Board ruled out the spreading reports of water poisoning as "rumours".This statement came after a rumour that spread claiming that the Colombo city water supply had been poisoned. A senior official of the Water board said that they had checked the supply in the city and found that it was safe.

2:01 PM

Colombo- Vavuniya Train Stop

The Colombo - Vavuniya Train service (Yal Devi), has been curtailed due to security reasons with effect from this morning. On the instructions of the Defence Ministry the Train services will now operate only upto the Medawachchiya Station.

1:00 PM

Liberty Plaza searched for bombs

Police conducted a search operation inside the Liberty Plaza shopping complex in Colpetty, following a bomb scare, but police sources confirmed that the complex was safe.

12:26 PM

Iran gives $15b aid for Lanka

Sri Lanka has received US $15 billion as aid from Iran for development schemes including the modernisation of the Oil Refinery and several irrigation schemes including the Uma Oya scheme.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Iran from November 26 to 28 opened a new chapter in the centuries old friendship and relations between the two countries, sources said.

The President’s official tour of Iran has been highly successful and rewarding, a joint statement issued by the two countries following the conclusion of the President’s tour on November 27 said.

Meanwhile, private sector business co-operation between Sri Lanka and Iran will be further enhanced with the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding with the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka and the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka.

A joint statement between Sri Lanka and the Islamic Republic of Iran yesterday said President Mahinda Rajapaksa accompanied by a high-ranking political-economic delegation paid an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran from November 26 to 28 on the invitation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad.


Sri Lankan president arrives in Tehran

President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in Tehran Monday night heading a high-ranking political- economic delegation.The Lankan president was welcomed at Mehrabad International Airport by Commerce Minister Massoud Mir-Kazemi.

An official welcoming ceremony will be held for President Rajapakse by his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad within coming hours.During his stay here, the Lankan president will discuss key bilateral, regional and international issues with senior Iranian officials.

Sri Lankan president: We support Iran's peaceful nuclear program

According to Foreign Ministry Media Department report on Monday, in the meeting, Mottaki presented a report on the latest situation of Iran's peaceful nuclear program, active cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency( IAEA) and (IAEA Chief) ElBaradei's report to the IAEA Governing Council.

Referring to the level of bilateral ties, Mottaki said, "Iran is interested to expand ties with Sri Lanka in all fields and the visit is a new chapter in mutual relations." The foreign minister added, "President Ahmadinejad has already ordered the implementation of the signed agreements between the two countries." Mottaki expressed Iran's readiness to cooperate in constructing power plants, refineries, irrigation projects and exporting engineering and technical services to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse briefed Mottaki on the situation of Sri Lankan Muslims and said, "Muslims in Sri Lanka enjoy a good situation, and have an active role in the country's politico-social life." He also called for the implementation of a number of agreements previously signed between the two countries.

10:00 AM

Leader of the Tamil V. Anandasangaree exposes Tigers

Condemning the LTTE’s brutal attack targeting EPDP Leader Douglas Devananda using a disabled woman suicide cadre, Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front, V. Anandasangaree said that this incident stands to prove that Tigers never change their spots. Eelam People's Democratic Party leader Devananda survived the attack which killed his Coordinating Secretary who was at his Narahenpita office when the woman clad in suicide kit detonated it inside the structure.
Mr. Sangaree said that it was typical of the LTTE to kill and dominate, and they do this on purpose to live by the gun to ensure that Tamil people do not raise their heads against them.

"They do not know any other way and apply this principle to rule every one," he explained. He categorically stated that Tamil media must stop glorifying the LTTE and their terrorist acts at once.

Sangaree charged that some Tamil media are speaking for the LTTE and they seem to enjoy a kind of media freedom which no other media in the country do not."I do not know why some media are saying that the Government is suppressing media freedom when they can see the kind of freedom the Tamil media in the country are enjoying," he said.

9:53 AM

A destroys 03 LTTE bunkers

Three LTTE bunkers were destroyed killing at least 07 terrorists when troops responded at an LTTE offensive preparation ahead of the northern defences in Muhamalai and Killali, this morning (November 29).

SLA engaged heavy gunfire neutralizing an LTTE offensive bid at Muhamalai around 1.10a.m, destroying an LTTE bunker killing three terrorists' security sources said.

During subsequent search operations conducted troops have recovered a T-56 assault riffle, 01x magazine and 18, T-56 ammunition, the sources added.

Meanwhile, at 5.30a.m in Killali troops destroyed two LTTE bunkers killing 04 terrorists, military sources said. According to the sources, troops have recovered a T-56 assault riffle, 01 magazine, 07 hand grenades and 04 anti-personnel (AP) mines.

8:10 AM

“LTTE doing last bid as terrorists”

“LTTE doing last bid as terrorists”- Defence Spokesman Rambukwella

Condemning the cowardly attacks in Narahenpita and Nugegoda which claimed over 20 lives, Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that yesterday’s explosions perpetrated by the LTTE was a clear indication that LTTE terrorism has reached its last stage. “The two bomb incidents signify a plea by the terrorists in the face of their splintering image before the international community and the Tamil public at large,” said Rambukwella.

“This is the last length of the marathon to eradicate the LTTE and they are trying to do their last bid as a terrorist organisation, “he said. “We can’t forget what they have done in the past to kill innocent civilians.

We have had this for the last 30 years,” he said.
Mr. Rambukwella said that the public vigilance is vital to prevent such attacks and mentioned that these brutal terror attacks of the LTTE merely reveal the terrorists last bid in the last lap.