sector strike action continues
The health sector strike by the Health Services Trade Union Association
entered its eleventh day today as negotiations between the Health
Ministry and the Trade Union having failed to reach a consensus.
The HSTUA plans
to stage a mammoth demonstration in front of the Fort Railway Station
tomorrow, at which they expect the participation of more than 100
row in Norway over Baskaran's election to council
Sri Lankan born Mubarak Ali has been re-elected for the fourth time
to the west Norwegian Municipality of Stavanger amidst rising allegations
that have rocked the country's Labour Party for fielding a known
LTTE activist Yogarajah Balasingham for the Oslo City Council.
are frying the Labour Party for Mr. Balasingham's (alias Baskaran)
election victory saying that vote-rigging dominated his campaign.
The party is reported to have obtained fewer votes at the local
elections and shared the Sri Lankan Tamil vote with the Social Left
Party of which Norwegian peace facilitator Erik Solheim is a frontline
is trusted by the Sri Lankan Tamil voters to grant equal rights
to recent immigrants to Norway. The Red Alliance, the party to which
Mr. Balasingham hitched his political star at the 2001 elections
faced a drubbing at the polls. The Red Alliance supports the setting
up of a separate state of Tamil Eelam.
newspaper, Dagsavisen, had a detailed account from two of its reporters
indicating how pre-arranged Labour Party votes already had Mr. Balasingham's
number - No. 21 - marked lightly by a ball-point pen, enough to
catch the vote counting computer's eye.
voting is permitted in Norway, but only for the party. The voter
is permitted to mark his or her preferential vote only at the polling
station. Several voters said that Mr. Balasingham's number had already
been marked in their ballot papers, according to the newspaper.
man shot dead
A suspected LTTE pistol gang shot dead a former EPRLF member, Velupillai
Yogendran (39), on Friday night at Pandiruppu in Kalmunai area.
Mr. Yogendran had been associated with the Varathar faction of the
EPRLF and worked as a labourer at the Research Laboratory of the
Batticoloa Government Hospital.
death of another child
By Athula Bandara
In another controversy regarding deaths and religious doctrine Anuradhapura
magistrate has ordered the exhumation of a child's body for a postmortem.
This came in
response to complaints that the child had died because his father
had allegedly objected to the doctors giving a blood transfusion
to the child Anushka Namal who was said to have been suffering from
a liver ailment.
The father had
allegedly said that it was against their religion to give another's
blood to his child. The doctors have said they feel the child may
have lived longer if the blood transfusion had been done on time.
The Police are carrying out further investigations.
Avissawella court had ordered police to conduct fresh inquiries
on a similar death of a child in Hanwella.