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Cablegate: Fy 05 Iv Program: Sri Lankan Nominee for Mrp

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210604Z May 04

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 000854

SIPDIS

C O R R E C T E D COPY(TAGS LINE)

STATE FOR ECA/PE/V/M JANET BEARD/DEBORAH THOMPSON; INFO
ECA/PE/V/R/N/-LARRY A. MOODY, SA/PD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL KPAO OEXC
SUBJECT: FY 05 IV PROGRAM: SRI LANKAN NOMINEE FOR MRP
"INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM", JUNE 16-JULY 7, 2005.
PROJECT NO. E/VM-2005-0029

REF: COLOMBO 00765

1. Post nominates Prabaghan "Ratnasabapathy" News Editor,
"Virekesari" newspaper for participation in subject
project. Post confirms that this nomination has "full
country team approval."

2. Nomination is as follows:
START FIXED-FORMAT TEXT (PLEASE DO NOT EDIT):
: The following data is in a fixed format which enables
: automated processing in Washington and should not be
: edited except by means of the Post-EVDB software.
EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.7
POST-EMAIL: tilakawardenac@state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Colombo
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 2929
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VGN
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 124
ECA-PROJ-NO: E/VM-2005-0029
PROJ-NAME: Investigative Journalism - June 16-July 7, 2005
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:

END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Multi-Regional
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2004
DEPART-POST: 06/14/2005
SESSION-DATE: 06/16/2005
RETURN-POST: 07/09/2005
NO-OF-PART: 1
RANK-ORDER: 0
START MEMO POST-OBJ:
This nomination is in support of MPP goal "Supporting
Democratic System and Priactices."
END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1039
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: MRP
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 2929
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: U
SUBJ-DISC: Print Journalism
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Prabaghan
M-NAME:
L-NAME: RATHNASABAPATHY
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 622
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: B34-3/1 Soyzapura Flats
M-ADDR2:
M-ADDR3:
M-CITY: Moratuwa
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
M-ZONE:
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: (94-11) 232-0881
M-FAX: (94-11) 244-8205
M-EMAIL: kesari25@virakesari.lk
M-CNTRY-ID: CE
M-ADDRTYPE: H
GENDER: M
DOB: 09/28/1960
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Badulla
BIRTH-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
CITIZ-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
RES-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
START MEMO POSITION:
News Editor, Virakesari, 2002- to date
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:

END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
1999-2001 - News Editor (Tamil), Maharaja
Television/Maharaja Broadcasting
1986-99 - Senior Sub-Editor, Virakesari
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
None
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
Germany - 2003 - To cover for Virakesari - Peace Talks held
between LTTE and the GOSL
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)
Examination , 1978
Certificate Course in Journalism, Open University of Sri
Lanka, 1999
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:

END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:

END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: Tamil
ENGL-READ: 3
ENGL-SPEAK: 3
ENGL-COMP: 3
START OTHER-LANGS:
OTHER-LANG: Sinhala
OTHER-LANG-ID: SI
READ: 3
SPEAK: 3
COMP: 3
END OTHER-LANGS:
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
This nomination is in support of MPP goal "Supporting
Democratic System and Practices."
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Bruce A. Lohof
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
A member of the senior management team of Virakesari,
independet Tamil daily and weekly newspapers, Rathnasabathy
is a key contact of Public Affairs office. Exposure to the
values and ethics in investigative journalism will enhance
his skills and will be mutual beneficial.
This nomination has "full Country Team approval."

END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: Public Affairs
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: Yes
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: Yes
HOME-HOSP?: Yes
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 164
PERSON-ID: 171
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: CE
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: CE
RES-CNTRY-ID: CE
FIRST-LANG-ID: TC
E-I-TYPE-ID:
NOM-POST-ID: 2929
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT: 09.0401
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1: DOS
USGOVT-AGENCY1: DOS
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 8000
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT: 5
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
END FIXED-FORMAT TEXT:
3. Please advise acceptance of this nomination.
Lunstead

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