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A new school term begins in Jaffna: LTTE willing to open up A-9 Road.

As Jaffna is fast emerging to normalcy, schools are opening up today in the four educational zones in the district - Jaffna, islands, Valikamam and Vadamaradchchy other than those schools in Thenmaradchchy. The Government Agent Jaffna K.Ganesh announced that the Sri Lanka Security Forces had agreed to relax the curfew in force in the district to enable students to attend schools.

Douglas Devananda stands by merger of north and east

DouglasDouglas Devananda, a Cabinet Minister and the Secretary General of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party rejected cries for a de-merger of the north and eastern provinces and argued that "since 1989, Northeast province has remained a single administrative unit and the question of demerger does not arise." When asked for his comments about a move by a certain Sri Lanka’s Marxist political party applying legal and political pressure for the demerger of the North and East, he said: "That may be their party policy, but it should be clearly borne in mind that such a move will not augur well with the unity, national integrity of a country’s united stand."

Missing Journalist found and is now with his family

GuruparanNadarajah Guruparan, News Manager of Sooriyan FM Radio broadcast from Colombo, who was reported missing since Tuesday morning, has been found near Mudalige Mawata at Kohuwala - Colombo left blind folded on Wednesday, the 30th of August, in the wee hours. According to the Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando Guruparan was released before dawn Wednesday and is back at home with his wife. He did not reveal who had kidnapped the journalist because an investigation is ongoing.

Fighting subsides, Tigers send feelers and President Rajapakse flies to London

Intense fighting that raged for three days (from Sunday) in the south of Trincomalee harbour has subsided for the moment, with both sides claiming that they had inflicted heavy casualties on the other. The international community and India urged Sri Lanka to put an end to the hostilities. But Sri Lanka has refused saying that first it will have to clear the areas occupied by the Tamil Tigers who are firing at the strategic Trincomalee harbour from nearby locations.

Indian broadcast laws as an anti-Arab 'conspiracy'

P.R. Kumaraswamy - Exclusive to Asian Tribune

Earlier this month, an Arab daily published from Saudi Arabia charged that India has banned "Arab TV channels under pressure from Israel." Citing Saudi businesswoman who was unable to watch her favourite Arab channels during a visit to Mumbai, the Arab News charged that New Delhi "has succumbed to mounting Israeli pressure and ordered a nationwide ban on the broadcast of Arab television channels." According to the daily, unnamed sources "within the government" described the move as an exercise "to browbeat Arabs and show them as terrorists. The government is subscribing to the absurd arguments that channels like Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya promote hatred and encourage terrorism."

Sri Lanka and Asymmetrical Devolution – Is it a solution?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

As Sri Lanka moves onto its second quarter century of the armed conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE, the governing party in Sri Lanka continues to offer discussions with the LTTE on the one hand, while at the same time resorting to violence for what they claim as "defensive", and lately, "strategic" needs. The LTTE as expected, claims they have been attacked by government forces and they have engaged in defensive needs. Who is right? We will never know. What we could surmise however is that peace is not close at hand, and there may have to be more bloodshed before any meaningful efforts are taken by both parties to end the farce that is going on in the name of a cease fire.

Guruparan of Sooriyan FM missing: so far no clues

GuruparanNadarajah Guruparan, (39) News Manager of a private broadcasting station based in Colombo - Sooriyan FM Radio, reported to have gone missing since early Tuesday morning (29 August) after he has left his residence at Mount Lavania in his vehicle. His wife made a complaint to the Mount Lavania Police saying that her husband was missing. She told the Police that all contacts with her husband have failed after he had left for his work around 4.30 a.m. Subsequently Police found his vehicle left abandoned at the Pinthalaya Raod Junction, on the entrance to the Galle Road.

FBI arrests in US and Canada signal Washington’s backing for war against LTTE

An FBI operation last week led to the detention of at least 12 US and Canadian citizens on charges of trying to purchase illegal arms, attempting to bribe US officials and supporting the Sri Lankan separatist group—the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The arrests, carried out in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other US and Canadian authorities, were the first since the US listed the LTTE as a terrorist organisation in 1997. Four Tamils were detained on August 19 when they allegedly attempted to purchase illegal arms from FBI agents posing as arms dealers on Long Island. The arms included up to 100 Russian-made SA-18 shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missiles, 500 AK-47 assault rifles and other weapons. According to the FBI agents, those arrested were seeking missiles capable of shooting down Kfir fighter jets being used by the Sri Lankan military to strafe LTTE positions in the country’s widening civil war.



U.N. Force Looks More European, Less Multinational

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The conventional wisdom at the United Nations is that there are six -- not five -- veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council. The official veto wielders, according to the U.N. charter, are the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia. But the sixth member state exercising virtual veto powers is Israel, which continues to remain under the protection of the United States.