NEWS - March 2007

An Aeronautical school run by a Malaysian, of Sri Lankan Tamil origin, in Malaysia, gives Jaffna youths training in flying as well as on aircraft maintenance engineering. more --->

Gampaha district parliamentarian Deputy Minister for Railways, Edward Gunasekera returns to UNP. Recently he crossed to the government with Karu Jayasuriya - former Deputy Leader of UNP

Foreign Secretary Dr Palitha Kohona said that the main focus of the Summit Meeting of 14th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will be elimination of terrorism from the region.
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Mawbima
& Sunday Standard news papers will not publish until futher notice - Management - Standard news papers


Kokkadicholai LTTE Headquarters falls
The Army made further advances in the East and secured Kokkadicholai, one of LTTE's nerve centers, to the south of Batticaloa and Unnachchi under their control
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"Mihinlanka" inaugural flight to Buddhagaya

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Milinda Moragoda, Mervyn Silva, Deputy Minister of Aviation Sarath Kumara Gunarathna, President's Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, CEO and Managing Director of Mihinlanka Sajin vas Gunawardane and journalists joined the tour.
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Melbourne artiste Gamini Ranasinghe's "Thrividha" (Three short dramas) , Muhurath ceremony was held at Dandenong Arts Centre, Victoria on 18th of March . The ceremony was commenced at the auspicious time by lighting the traditional oil lamp. Producer Gamini & well known artiste Jayasri Chandrajith were addressed the gathering.
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President Mahinda Rajapakse met party leaders at Temple Trees to discuss about the current situation of the country.
Photo - Sudath Silva

Abortive raid jolts govt. to review defences


Katunayake Air force camp under attack
9am Mon26 - Tamil Tigers bombed Air Force Base in Katunayake, killed 2 airmen & injured 17. No damages to MIGs & Kifr jets.
Katunayake international Air Port & the passengers are safe. All flights have been cancelled & diverted to Chennai & Male Air Ports.
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01am-Mon26 According to the military, Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked Sri Lanka's Airforce - Katunayake on Monday (26) early morning. A loud explosion was heard at an Air Force base within Sri Lanka's international airport premises.

‘SEWA' at Harmony Day celebrations 2007
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"Numba langa man" - Shiroma Fernando's musical concert & CD launch was held at Kel Watson theatre - Victoria on 18th of March.
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President Mahinda Rajapakse visited Anuradhapura Jayasrimaha Bodhiya and offered robes.
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Mawbima newspaper journalist M. Parameshwari who was under detention orders was released on 22 March after being produced before the Colombo chief magistrate court.
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Unveiled portrait of former President JR Jawardene, in parliament building by President Mahinda Rajapakse. Opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe & the speaker WJM Lokubandara also in the picture.
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Thai buddhist deligation met Sri Lankan President Thai Monks Chanting Pirith in front of Jayasrimaha Bodhi at Temple Trees Ven.Mugunuwala Anuruddha Thero, Minister Athauda Senevirathne, Diyawadana Nilame Nilaga Deal Bandara were also present .
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Former Minister Sripathi Sooriarachchi remanded in custody untill 27th March - ordered by Kaduwela Magistrate.

Well known radio vocalist, actor Gemunu Wijesuriya died at 76 after a short illness.

Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died in Jamaica on sunday (18Mar) more --->

Silent Warriors sink another LTTE Ship - Off Arugam Bay
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An outing for the “SEWA” members
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Vishver Narthana Rekha, traditional Sri Lankan dance concert was held at Besen Centre - Victoria on 4th of March.
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Hemanthayedi - Live musical concert was held at Kel Watson theatre - Victoria on 3rd of March. Popular Melbourne singer Hemantha Dias launched his first audio compact disk "Hemanthayedi".
Photos courtesy of Harsha Wickramasinghe  
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President Mahinda Rajapakse appointed new SLFP organisers for Matara at the Temple Trees on 16th March.- Pics Sudath Silva
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Sri Lanka bans nude advertisement more --->

Australia's elite military aerobatic team, the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes, will be among the many highlights of the Australian International Airshow 2007 -SNNI Melbourne
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First MihinLanka air bus arrived at Katunayake international airport on 13th of March.
Pics - Sudath Silva

Representatives of China Harbour Engineering Company Limited and Sino Hydro Corporation Limited and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority have signed agreement for the construction Hambantota Habour at Temple Trees on 12th March.
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Eight bodies recovered from Vilpattu
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CID seeks public help to track bank fraudster
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St. Paul 's Anglican Church at Boronia - Victoria, were hosts to an evening of fine food and fellowship on Saturday 3 rd March.

Photo Johann Jayasinha
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"Story of Mahagedarayaya", biography of General Anuruddha Ratwatte, presented to the President Mahinda Rajapakse by Gen. Ratwatte at Presidents office on 6th of March. Writer Jagath Sarathchandra & Publisher S. Godage also in the picture.
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Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralidaran alias Karuna Amman visited military camps controlled by his men in the east. - Len

Executive Director of “Kantha Shakthi” Mrs Rohini Weerasinghe came to Melbourne to promote her community work in Australia. The Committee for Sri Lanka organised a charity dinner for supporting the program Photos - Oscar Perera
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The ordaining of 154 children took place at the Anuradhapura Ruwanweliseya premises on Thursday under a programme by the Sri Lanka Ramanya Nikaya to ordain  1000 children to mark 2550 th Sambudda Jayanthi. 20 Nepalese children were  among those ordained.
- Photographer Prabhath Danushka Kankanamge
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SPORTS


Double ton for ICC Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle

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Fans fans will have "Lang Ring" memories of Guyana's
ICC CWC 2007 debut.
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Langeveldt and Malinga named joint men of the match after grandstand finish to first ODI at Providence Stadium
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ICC appoints umpires for Super Eight stage of Cricket World Cup
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Worldcup Srilanka & India match scores
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Worldcup Cricket some good stories
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Worldcup - 23March
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2007 latest  e news - Mar21
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ICC CWC 2007 matches easily accessible to wheelchair-bound fans.
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2007 latest  e news - Mar21
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CWC 2007 latest  e news
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Inzamam announces double retirement
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All eyes on WC matches
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Sri Lankan cricket star brings a message of hope to children infected with HIV
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Horse races at Nuwaraeliya
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Bermuda v Sri Lanka - score card
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Sri Lanka look for convincing triump
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Sri Lanka - Worldcup
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Sri Lanka vs Bermuda 15th March 2007
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Samaraweera named as Sri Lanka A captain
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Former heroes believe SL can win World Cup
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