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Dramatic midnight fuel price hike in Sri Lanka
newkerala, May 26. By P. Karunakharan, Colombo, May 25: With global oil prices soaring, Sri Lanka announced a dramatic hike in the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs.30 a litre and of kerosene by Rs.10 a litre from midnight Saturday.

Auto diesel will now cost Rs.110 a litre and super diesel Rs.125. The price of 90 octane petrol has gone up from Rs.127 to Rs. 157 a litre while the 95 octane petrol will now cost Rs.170.

"The decision to increase the fuel prices was taken after an urgent cabinet meeting presided over by President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday night. The cabinet approved the fuel price hike as the government cannot incur the huge losses caused by fuel subsidy any more," a presidential spokesman told IANS.

Rajapaksa earlier met finance ministry officials, transport authorities and business entrepreneurs and discussed the "inevitable fuel price hike, its impacts and ways to cushion the impact on the consumers".

He said the president instructed the ministers and MPs "to control the usage of fuel as it was found out that most of the ministries, government departments and institutions are consuming unlimited amount of petrol and diesel unnecessarily". More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 25 21:47:35 EDT 2008

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US raps Lanka for allowing assaults on media persons
newindpress, May 25. COLOMBO: The United States on Saturday rapped the Sri Lankan government for allowing goons to assault media persons with impunity.

Coming close on the heels of the brutal assault on and the abduction of Keith Noyahr, Associate Editor and Defence Correspondent of 'The Nation weekly by an unidentified gang, the US statement said some of the independent voices in the Sri Lankan media were paying "too high a price for speaking out."

The statement was made in Colombo by visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Labour, Erica Barks-Ruggles. The US places a "very high" value on freedom of speech and the press, Barks-Ruggles told Sri Lankan officials.

She saluted the "civic courage" demonstrated by independent voices in Sri Lanka's media, some of whom, she noted, "have paid too high a price for speaking out." More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 24 22:08:37 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Prabhakaran should give up demand for Tamil state: US
Zee News, May 25, 2008. Colombo, May 25: The US has asked LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran to give up demand for a separate Tamil state saying the community wanted a solution to the over two-decade-old ethnic conflict within a "united" Sri Lanka.

"...I think it would be very useful for Prabhakaran to give up this idea of seeking an independent Tamil state and agreeing to negotiate with a united Sri Lanka," US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake said.

Blake said from his discussions with Tamil people in Sri Lanka, he thinks "95 per cent of them support a solution within a framework of a united Sri Lanka.

"They (the Tamil people) are not seeking an independent Tamil Eelam which Prabhakaran is seeking," Blake told the Sunday Observer Newspaper.

Blake said giving up the idea of a separate state, would give Prabhakaran "lots of credibility to respond to lots of skepticism here in the South (Sri Lanka) that the LTTE would never negotiate with the government."

The US envoy said Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims have been living together in a peaceful manner in the country.

"I always remind people who are visiting from US that Sinhalese, Tamils More...
Published: Sun May 25 08:51:55 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka probing links between 2 diffused bombs
xinhuanet.com, May 25, 2008. COLOMBO, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan police said Sunday that they are probing possible links between two bus bombs diffused at two different locations near the capital Colombo on Saturday... Back to the top

House of terror
DeccanHerald, May 25. Blood splattered on the floor, seven bodies of Tamil Tigers lay in a house in Konanakunte, Bangalore... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says 7 rebels, 2 soldiers killed in latest fighting
Associated Press, Sun May 25, 2008 04:04 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A new round of fighting killed seven Tamil Tiger rebels and two Sri Lankan soldiers in the island's restive north, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka warplanes bomb rebel-held north
radioaustralia.net.au, 24 may. Sri Lanka's defence ministry says warplanes have bombed a suspected rebel boat yard and provided cover for ground troops pushing into rebel territory... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army denies bomb deaths
MWC, May 24. The Sri Lankan government has denied killing 16 civilians in a bomb attack in an area held by Tamil Tiger fighters... Back to the top

‘Sri Lanka has framework to curtail human rights violations’
IANS, May 24. Colombo, May 24 (IANS) A US human rights official has said that although Sri Lanka has the “necessary institutional framework in place” to deal with the widely-criticised human rights violations, it “needs to empower its institutions” so that they can be effective... Back to the top

'LTTE leaders' released on bail
BBC News, May 24, 2008, 07:15 EDT. Three men charged in Britain with conspiring to procure equipment for the Tamil Tiger rebel movement in Sri Lanka have been granted bail... Back to the top

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