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Prof. Uyangoda’s 'gradualist' fallacy

By Vasantha Raja

Professor Jayadeva Uyangoda's recent interview with Rediff News has highlighted the well-known contradiction presently facing the peace process in Sri Lanka: the vast gap in the respective visions of the Liberation Tigers and the government of Sri Lanka. He thinks that the way to bridge this gap is via a series of interim set-ups. [Note the similarity to EPDP leader Douglas Devananda's 'three-stage' solution.] Prof. Uyangoda rightly sees that a final settlement requires an equality-based democratic reconstruction of the entire post-colonial state structure. But, he says, the 'Sinhala political class' is not quite ready for this. Therefore, he thinks that the peace process should aim for an interim settlement, rather than a 'big bang' solution.

Sri Lankan lawyers expose Henriccson's "false report" on the murdered aid workers

S. L. Gunasekera and Gomin Dayasiri - two leading lawyers of the Sri Lanka bar -- have pieced together the available evidence on the murdered 17 aid workers of the French NGO and exposed Maj-General Henriccson's accusation that the crime was committed by the Security Forces as "demonstrably false". They have dismissed the conclusions of Henriccson as a product of a "diseased mind".

Bliar – Mahinda confab, details remain sketchy

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met and the two leaders "iscussed the political situation in Sri Lanka and general global issues." It was further added that they discussed about strengthening bilateral relations, the ethnic conflict and international issues. The meeting was very warm and friendly. Further details of the Talks were not disclosed. There was no official communiqué released at the end of the Talks. Though the talks were described as "successful," it was revealed as "private discussion between the two leaders."

Will India pullout of the UN force in Lebanon

P R Kumaraswamy - Exclusive to Asian Tribune

As many other countries are preparing to send more troops, there are growing uncertainties over India’s continued participation in the UN peacekeeping force that is currently operating in southern Lebanon. The traditional verbal gymnastics were given away by some of the recent remarks of Chinmaya Gharekhan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s special envoy to the Middle East. Speaking to reporters in Amman, he was categorical: "We are not going to disarm Hezbollah. We are not going to fight the Lebanese people." According to him, India would not send a peacekeeping force to Lebanon until the UN decides the rules of engagement. Likewise, he told his interlocutors in Beirut that India "does not want to resort to force while dealing with the Lebanese people, resistance, army or anyone else."

Sri Lankan commandoes advance in to Tiger held Sampur

Security Forces took control of Kattaparichchan today and advancing in to Tiger territory in Sampur as Tiger guerillas showed little resistance after initial loses. Troops have advanced 2 .5 km in to LTTE controlled area, which has been heavily mined and booby-trapped by the Tigers. Special Force commandoes took control of Kattaparichchan today. The LTTE did not offer resistance, but fired mortars from distance. A number of LTTE artillery points and mortar locations have been destroyed during the three days of fighting which began after the Tiger guerrilla attacked troops in a search operation to facilitate resettlement in Mutur.

Sri Lanka government to modernize handlooms to increase productivity

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Lunugamwehera,

The Ministry of Handloom Development will modernize all existing handlooms with the help of local and international experts to increase productivity and ease the difficulties face by the handloom weavers. Minister Jayatissa Ranaweera said, the Ministry of Handloom Development has already discussed with the local and international experts to bring new technology to curtail present hardships faced by the hand loom workers who are engaged in this industry and make the industry popular among newcomers.

UNDP- SUNTEL links for humanitarian work continue

Three private sector partnership projects to uplift livelihood and sanitation of tsunami affected communities. Suntel Ltd and UNDP recently signed another agreement to provide sanitation and livelihood assistance to tsunami affected districts in Sri Lanka. UNDP -Suntel venture singed on Wednesday will cover the Sooriya Weva micro finance project which cost US$ 21,000, the Kirinde water supply project at US$ 13,227 and the Rehabilitation of vegetable fields in Weligama at US$ 30, 639.

Britain: More indicators of inequality

Stark and deepening income inequalities are revealed in a new study based on figures released by the UK government’s Office of National Statistics (ONS). In 2005 the ONS surveyed more than 14 million full-time workers. Some 340 categories of employees were covered—from company directors to call centre workers and bar staff. The General and Municipal Boilermakers (GMB) union has analyzed this material to compile the study. The survey collates the number of people employed in a particular job, their average wage and their relative position in pay scales in 2004 and 2005, and whether they are moving up or down the pay ladder.

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The new handloom Training center at Debarawewa

Minister Douglas Devanand on his new project to lift street people from poverty

Minister DouglasMinistry of Social Services and Social Welfare has identified 1523 street families living in the Colombo Municipality area. Douglas Devananda MP, Minister Social Services and Social Welfare said that this was revealed in a survey conducted by his Ministry. Among the street people are 150 children. Most of the street people live by begging. The conditions have led to many abuses, says the report. The report adds: "The street people use the streets as their homes and earn their livelihood by begging and other activities. As a civilized nation, we are compelled to address the problems of the destitute who are forced to live on pavements in sub human conditions which denies all their human qualities. These people are vulnerable to many risks. They are victims of social, economic, physical and sexual exploitation and abuse. They are forced into various anti-social activities and are denied of basic fundamental rights: good health, education, shelter and family care."