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"Showing support to a terrorist organization banned in India is the problem" - Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka

P.M.Amza Political parties in Tamil Nadu expressing their support on behalf of the Tamils of Sri Lanka is not at all an issue. But on the other hand, showing support and interest to a terrorist organization banned in India and several other countries all over the world is the problem, said P.M.Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. When responding to a question about Indian Government providing military training to 44 Sri Lankan policemen at the Reserve Police training centre in Coimbatore and the opposition by some of Tamil Nadu Political parties, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner rejected that they were not being given any military training, but only police procedures in crowd control and other law and order issues connected with disciplining and controlling civilians in times of crisis. Therefore, he said that there is no need for political parties to make this as an issue at all.

Muttur fully under the control of the security forces – President Mahinda Rajapakse

President Mahinda RajapakseMuttur is fully under the control of the security forces assured Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse while speaking at the All Party Conference yesterday. He was responding to an appeal by Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauf Hakeem that “Muttur should not be allowed to fall into the Tigers' hands as it never was under LTTE control.” Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauf Hakeem said his party was fully supportive of the Government's action. He said the Government should take immediate action to bring Muttur under the security forces control as thousands of Muslims were fleeing Muttur.

Hanssen Bauer in Jaffna today

Norwegian special envoy Jon Hanssen Bauer who arrived here yesterday to prevent further deterioration of the peace process is expected try his best to salvage the ceasefire agreed in 2002. He will be in Jaffna today. According to his schedule, he is expected to meet K.Ganesh, Government Agent of Jaffna and many others.

11 LTTE killed 3 arrested alive by TMVP

A total of 11 Vannii Tigers were killed and three captured alive when heavy clashes erupted between TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal led by Colonel Karuna and the Vanni Tigers (LTTE) led by V.Prabakaran in the LTTE dominated Pannichchankerni area, on Friday morning. TMVP sources revealed that heavy clashes erupted between the LTTE (Prabakaran) cadres and (Karuna) cadres in the LTTE dominate Pannichchankerni area, yesterday morning. Pannichchankerni, is situated deep in the un-cleared area between Vakarai and Batticaloa.

Exclusive: Israel Trying to Minimize Harm to Civilians

Israel's actions result not just from Hizbullah's unprovoked attack against Israel and the abduction of two soldiers. Israel's military operation is also being carried out against the tangible threat of some 12,000 Hizbullah missiles aimed at more than a million civilians living throughout northern Israel and forcing them to live in bomb shelters. Hizbullah -- a terrorist organization dedicated to Israel's destruction – has launched more than 2,000 missiles in the past few days, causing numerous civilian deaths, hundreds of casualties, and widespread destruction. Israel will employ only whatever amount of force is necessary to defend its population by removing this terrorist threat.

Lorry with lethal weapons bound for South taken into police custody

A lorry from Kilinochchi, carrying a haul of explosives destined for South of Srilanka, was stopped and arrested at Karandeniya, Ambalangoda on Thursday (04) night at about 10.40 p.m. with two Tamil men, when the lorry tried to go past a roadblock. Policemen conducted a check on the lorry on suspicion and found two claymore mines, three T-56 weapons with fifteen magazines, one thousand rounds of ammunition, fifty kilograms of C-4 explosives, one 9 mm pistol with three magazines and two hundred eighty eight rounds of ammunition, two hundred electric detonators and six SFG grenades.

Sri Lanka Government to introduce GMO regulations from next year

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Government of Sri Lanka will impose strict regulation on GMO [Genetically Modified Organism] food imports from first of January , 2007. Food and Drugs Inspector of Food Advisory Committee, Ministry of Health H.Thilakaratne said, all food imports must obtain GM certification under this regulation. According to Mr.Thilakaratne, GM food products must be labeled under these regulations.

Controversy surrounding cinema actress Jayamala's revelation of touching the idol of Lord Ayyappa

JayamalaIn a letter addressed to Editor "Asian Tribune," M.P.Bhattathiry, a Retd. Chief Technical Examiner to the Government of Kerala, who is from Trivandrum, Kerala State, India, writes about the controversy surrounding cinema actress Jayamala claiming to have touched the idol of Lord Ayyappa - bachelor God who is housed Sabarimala temple, situated atop a hill in Kerala. "I am writing this not to just add fire to the controversy now prevailing. Let wisdom overtake emotions among devotees at this time. This is the only temple in India where religious harmony is prevailing.“All medias are giving due importance to this. It is customary that women between the age-group of 10-50 are not allowed inside the Sabarimala temple. This custom is being practiced considering the celibacy of the God Ayyappa.”

Contradictions galore

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

For a long time we have been witnessing conflicting reports and contradictions between the security agencies at work in Jammu and Kashmir - almost ever since Militancy broke out in the state in 1989. This has been one important factor responsible for less than adequate response to the challenge the militants have thrown up. Unfortunately, the Authorities have been brushing it aside as part of the game. The fact is that such contradictions are there because of the turf war amongst different wings of the intelligence apparatus, the Army, the police and the civil authorities.

Human Rights Watch catalogues Israeli war crimes in Lebanon

The US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Israel of committing war crimes in a 50-page report released yesterday. Titled “Fatal Strikes: Israel’s indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Lebanon”, the report provided additional proof that the Zionist state is deliberately targeting civilians as part of its criminal strategy to terrorize and drive out the population of southern Lebanon. "The pattern of attacks during the Israeli offensive in Lebanon suggests that the failures [to distinguish between combatants and civilians] cannot be explained or dismissed as mere accidents,” the report explained. “[T]he extent of the pattern and seriousness of the consequences indicate the commission of war crimes.


President Mahinda Rajapakse


Bachelor God Ayyappa

5 LTTE militants shot and killed at Ketplai, Muhamalai

Sri Lanka armed forces shot and killed five Tamil Tigers who were in the company of a group of unknown number of militants, when they attempted to infiltrate into the Government control Jaffna area. This incident took place at 9.00 am at Ketpali near Muhamalai allegedly occurred inside the High Security Zone. According to Defense Ministry, it was reported that many other LTTE militants who received injuries in this incident have fled.