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Child bribe and members of her family

Young Indian groom with the traditional make-up

Child mother and son

"Chalta Hai" Security

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

Screening of security personnel particularly from areas amenable to penetration by terrorists should become the norm since what is at work is a covert warfare; it is no longer a proxy war, which, intrinsically, has a limited ambiance in time, space and location. Nor is this cross border terrorism which too has a limited geography. This is war by other means, says the author while on reports about ‘moles’ in the Indian security apparatus.

Beware of asbestos products in the clearance and construction fields

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Asbestos is a banned construction material in UK since 1999, but Sri Lanka and some other countries still use it due to the lack of knowledge of this product.Many people are of the view that a number of leading contractors and responsible NGOs and INGOs are refusing to use ACMs. Failure to follow this advice will lead to further tragic consequences. Those exposed to damaged or abraded asbestos or in reconstruction will need to seek medical advice and likely to need a regular health surveillance programme for many years to come.

Berghof Foundation allegations of defamation: A response

By Janaka Perera – Asian Tribune

The Berghof Foundation seems very perturbed over my criticism of the organization in the August 19 Asian Tribune. Calling it "highly defamatory." Berghof Director Norbert Ropers has given a general account of the foundation’s activity in Sri Lanka during the past five years. Ropers’ response however does not answer any of the issues I raised in my report. So I shall repeat them below more clearly, adding a few more points.

Child marriages persist in rural India

"I want to go to bed," she cried. "Please, mum, dad. Let me sleep!" Geeta (all names have been changed to protect the victims) was married at the age of 10 and widowed at the age of 14. Her husband, whom she barely knew, had died while working as a migrant worker having to repay a loan to his father. This loan, incidentally, was for the child’s marriage expenses. Now, due to her status as a widow, Geeta has been shunned by all members of her family and is considered unlucky and useless by all of society. Rita was married off by her family at age 12, became a mother at age 14, and was divorced at age 16. Although hardly cognizant of her first marriage, Rita is considered undesirable and will most likely remain alone and unmarried, having to raise her child completely on her own.