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Vote for Mahinda Rajapakse to amend the ceasefire agreement

[b]Vote for Mahinda Rajapakse to amend the ceasefire agreement to include all Tamil Parties – Colonel Karuna.[/b]

[b]London, 14 November, (Asiantribune.com): [/b]Mahinda Rajapakse has said he will make changes to the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE. This is an important issue for us. He has also said that he will commence talks with all parties to find a solution to the ethnic problem.

Vote for Mahinda Rajapakse to amend the ceasefire agreement to include all Tamil Parties – Colonel Karuna.

Mahinda Rajapakse has said he will make changes to the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE. This is an important issue for us. He has also said that he will commence talks with all parties to find a solution to the ethnic problem. This too is important for us. It will be impossible to implement an agreement which acknowledges LTTE as the sole representative of the Tamils. A complete and true agreement on a solution to the Sri Lankan ethnic problem is possible only if it includes all the Tamil parties. For these reasons, Venayagamoorthy Muralitharan, nom de guerre Colonel Karuna or Colonel Karuna Amman said his party has decided to support Mahinda Rajapakse in the forthcoming Presidential Election.Post your comments

Indian police arrest one Lashkar associate for Delhi blasts

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

Claiming a significant breakthrough in the Delhi blast investigations, Indian police have arrested an associate of Lashkar-e-Taiba and are zeroing in on the others suspected of their involvement in Oct 29 blasts that claimed about 70 lives and left about 200 injured in three crowded market places of the capital. Post your comments

Ranil -- "neither a man of the majority nor the minority" -- is heading for.....?

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Without running into violent and stormy seas so far, the presidential yacht race has been sailing along smoothly on predictable lines with the usual quota of cross-overs, propaganda gimmicks, promises, mud-slinging, media hypes for one side or the other, astrological predictions, opinion polls and the whole caboodle that normally go with elections until last week when two unexpected events veered the yachts away from the chartered course. Post your comments

Turmoil in Pakistan's ruling party, dissidents want PM as party chief

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

Pakistan's ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League (PML) is in turmoil. The target of dissident's attack is party chief and Punjab's strong man Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. Dissidents, who have come together under the generic brand umbrella, 'Forward Bloc' want Shujaat to go and his place taken over by economist prime minister Shaukat Aziz.

Catholics condemn Colombo Bishop's partisan role in the presidential election

From our Colombo Correspondent

Bishop Oswald Gomis, the Catholic Archbishop of Colombo, is under fire from members of his own Catholic congregation for running a full-page advertisement in support of his favourite presidential candidate, Ranil Wickrermesinghe. The advertisement titled "Christians Awake!" was sponsored by born-again Lalith Kotelawela, a leading business magnate. It was a veiled attack on the Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapakse, who is the other leading presidential candidate.Post your comments

Citizens protest against Nepal’s media curbs

Streets of central Kathmandu were filled with citizens Sunday afternoon for a purpose other than their daily chores. Post your comments

SAARC leaders bid farewell to President Kumaratunga

The twice postponed summit of the seven South Asian leaders finally got underway at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka on 12 th Saturday morning. The security measures were perhaps the 'most stringent experienced thus far' said a senior diplomat who had attended most of the past regional Summits. Post your comments

India, Pak PMs meet but fail to break new ground: Manmohan rules out demilitarization till militancy ends

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

Meeting on the sidelines of SAARC summit, prime ministers of India and Pakistan stuck to their familiar positions though they agreed to continue with the peace process and the Confidence Building Measures. After the delegation-level talks, the two leaders held a one-to-one meeting that lasted for 30 minutes.

Response to Ranil's Wickremasinghe's "Rata Perata- failure to use pledged aid- a crime"

By Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D - Former Government Agent, Marata

Ranil and the United National Party have failed to grasp that Aid is a trap to which Sri Lanka fell from 1977. In 1977 the foreign debt of Sri Lanka was at $ 750 million and that too on productive projects. Today Sri Lanka's foreign debt is around $ 10,000 million. This debt was caused by President Jayewardene and all succeeding Governments implementing the IMF's Structural Adjustment Programme which liberalized the use of foreign exchange, freed imports from regulations and simultaneously abolished/reduced the infrastructure that had been built up over the years to enable production in agriculture and industries. Post your comments

Vanakam Fable and the Sinhalese helping hands.

About this July 1983 horror story, what has not been said, or not been played out, were how thousands and thousands of Sinhalese families took into their homes Tamil families who were in harms way during the riots. They sheltered them, fed them and took good care of them for days and weeks, risking their own lives. My family took in three Tamil families in the heart of Colombo.Post your comments

Response to Ranil's Wickremasinghe's "Rata Perata- fail

[b]Response to Ranil's Wickremasinghe's "Rata Perata- failure to use pledged aid- a crime"[/b]

By Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D - Former Government Agent, Marata

Ranil and the United National Party have failed to grasp that Aid is a trap to which Sri Lanka fell from 1977. In 1977 the foreign debt of Sri Lanka was at $ 750 million and that too on productive projects.

Vanakam Fable and the Sinhalese helping hands.

[b]Vanakam Fable and the Sinhalese helping hands.[/b]

About this July 1983 horror story, what has not been said, or not been played out, were how thousands and thousands of Sinhalese families took into their homes Tamil families who were in harms way during the riots. They sheltered them, fed them and took good care of them for days and weeks, risking their own lives.

SAARC leaders bid farewell to President Kumaratunga

[b]SAARC leaders bid farewell to President Kumaratunga [/b]

[b] Dhaka, 14 November, (Asiantribune.com):[/b]The twice postponed summit of the seven South Asian leaders finally got underway at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka on 12 th Saturday morning.

Citizens protest against Nepal’s media curbs

[b]Citizens protest against Nepal’s media curbs[/b]

[b] Kathmandu, 14 November. (Asiantribune.com); [/b]Streets of central Kathmandu were filled with citizens Sunday afternoon for a purpose other than their daily chores.

Catholics condemn Colombo Bishop's partisan role in the pres

[b]Catholics condemn Colombo Bishop's partisan role in the presidential election [/b]

From our Colombo Correspondent

[b] Colombo, 14 November, (Asiantribune.com); [/b]Bishop Oswald Gomis, the Catholic Archbishop of Colombo, is under fire from members of his own Catholic congregation for running a full-page advertisement in support of his favourite presidential candidate, Ranil Wickrermesingh

Ranil -- "neither a man of the majority nor the minorit

[b]Ranil -- "neither a man of the majority nor the minority" -- is heading for.....?[/b]

H. L. D.

Indian police arrest one Lashkar associate for Delhi blasts

[b]Indian police arrest one Lashkar associate for Delhi blasts[/b]

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

[b] New Delhi, 14 November, (Asiantribune.com): [/b]Claiming a significant breakthrough in the Delhi blast investigations, Indian police have arrested an associate of Lashkar-e-Taiba and are zeroing in on the others suspected of their involvement in Oct 29 blasts that claimed about 70

Two Bangladesh judges killed in blast

By M Rama Rao – Reporting for Asian Tribune

A day after the 13th SAARC summit resolved to wage a relentless war against terrorism and poverty, two senior judges were killed in Bangladesh in a powerful bomb blast.


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