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Slam Terrorism

By a special correspondent

In a total rejection of attempts to condone or excuse terrorism on the grounds of ‘root causes’, the Non Aligned Movement issued a stunning indictment in its final communiqué issued in Havana, under its new chairman, Cuba, and went on to urge active measures against terrorism. This flies in the face of efforts by Tiger and pro-Tiger propagandists (especially in the Tamil Diaspora), Sri Lanka’s so-called ‘peace movement’, and elements in the international community, to whitewash Tiger terror tactics. The 118-nation Non-Aligned Movement, on Sunday, expressed its total opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. It asked countries to combat the menace, including by prosecuting and extraditing its perpetrators.

LTTE in disarray in the east: Tiger commanders tangled in power struggle

The Tamil Tiger commanders of the East are tangled in a power struggle that will further weaken their hold in the East, according to informants monitoring Tiger movements in the east. Bahnu, the former special Commander of the Batticalao and Amparai district have clashed openly with Ramesh, the newly appointed Commander of Vaharai sent from Vanni. After the verbal duel it is reported that Ramesh left with his loyalists to Thoppiyagala forest area. Sources in Batticaloa claimed that people have seen Ramesh and his loyalists entering Batticalao - Government control region yesterday in his attempt to creep into the Thoppiyagala forest area.

Canadian diplomat blasts former Liberal government for funding Tiger terror in Sri Lanka

In a scathing attack on the politics of granting easy refugee status to terrorists the former Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Mr Martin Collacott, has revealed that the FBI has identified Canada as a major source of illegal fundraising to the Tigers because "the federal Liberal government, in an effort to bolster support in the Tamil community, refused to classify the Tigers as a terrorist group despite several recommendations from CSIS to do so." This gave the Tigers the freedom to intimidate and extort money from the same Tamil community whose support the Liberals sought. The government's inaction was particularly difficult to justify given that the Tigers are one of the most vicious terrorist movements in the world," he wrote in an article published in the Ottawa Citizen.

Separating LTTE terrorism and Tamil grievances vital says Sri Lanka Minister Douglas Devananda

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Douglas DevanandaIn a telephone interview with Asian Tribune, Sri Lanka’s Mminister of Social Services and Social Welfare and the leader of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party, Douglas Devananda said that the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration is currently in a domestic and international diplomatic endeavor that no previous regimes have attempted or undertaken to distinguish between LTTE terrorism and legitimate grievances of the Tamil peoples. Devananda who is now in New York with President Rajapaksa’s delegation to attend the United Nations General Assembly further told that previous Sri Lankan regimes failed to isolate the Tamil Tigers nationally and internationally because they allowed both these issues, terrorism and legitimate Tamil grievances, to remain as two sides of the same coin making it difficult to politically and militarily defeat the Tiger outfit and isolate them internationally.

Government condemns killing of Muslim civilians

Sri Lanka Government has strongly condemned the killing of the ten Muslim civilians yesterday at Rodwela, in Pottuvil. Government defence spokesperson minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the government strongly condemns the murder of 11 Muslim people in Potuwil area. The Minister said further that this was a deliberately planned hostile act perpetrated against the Muslim community by the Tiger terrorists and this manifests beyond doubt that the Tiger terrorists are averse to peace.

Green House gas emission bring changes in the ‘Night Temperature’ of a number of places in Sri Lanka – Local meteorologist

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

A local meteorologist Sarath Premalal says night temperature in several areas including Nuwara Eliya has changed due to the spreading of greenhouse gases. Speaking to media in Colombo Mr.Premalal said that the greenhouse effect is the rise in temperature that the Earth experiences because certain gases in the atmosphere such as water vapor, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane trap energy from the sun. Without these gases, heat would escape back into space and Earth’s average temperature would be about 60ºF colder. Because of how they warm our world, these gases are referred to as greenhouse gases. Earth has warmed by about 1ºF over the past 100 years.

Killing of the Muslim civilians remains unsolved, while LTTE and government forces blame each other

Ten Muslims who were hacked to death in Rodella, (Raththal Kulam) Pottuvil on Monday morning while they were attending to the repairs of sluice gates have been identified. The dead bodies were brought to the Pottuvil Jumma Mosque around 11 am yesterday morning and after purification ceremony were buried in Pottuvil. About 500 villagers gathered at the burial site as heavily armed police ringed the area amid fears of reprisal attacks.

Lanka Bell re-invents SMS as Keti Katha

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

In yet another landmark venture in Sri Lankan telephony, Lanka Bell recently broke new ground and launched a campaign which re-invents SMS as ‘Keti Katha’. ‘Keti Katha’ with its strongly Sri Lankan flavored name, is a concept which enables all Lanka Bell customers to keep in touch with friends and family, both locally and overseas, at a cost effective rate of 00.75 cents per message. Managing Director Lanka Bell Suren Goonewardene said, "By consistently upgrading our facilities and introducing the latest features we have transformed the Lanka Bell phone into an integral part of a family’s life, making it more than a handset that is used to make voice calls. In this manner we are committed to fulfilling our promise to bring world class telephony to the Sri Lankan masses".

Dhaka follows Islamabad in Terror campaign

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

"The situation is tense but under control." That is how a BSF officer described the situation on the Indo- Bangladesh border during the recent exchange of mortar fire between the BSF and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR). This was when at least two women were killed on the Indian side leading to mass exodus of panic stricken people from border villages of Cachar district of Assam. And BDR continued its illegal occupation of a portion of the Indian Territory. The "tense but under control" description, in fact, symbolizes the entire gamut of relations between India and Bangladesh and not just on the border. It is unfortunate that despite India’s wholehearted support to the freedom struggle in Bangladesh in 1971, the two countries have not been able to develop a relationship that well meaning neighboring countries ought to have.

Australia: Income distribution study details growth of social inequality

A paper released earlier this year by the Australian National University’s Centre for Economic Policy Research, The Distribution of Top Incomes in Australia, provides details on the massive growth of social inequality that has taken place in Australia over the past 25 years. The authors, A.B Atkinson and Andrew Leigh, tracked the history of income distribution to the top 10 percent, 5 percent, 1 percent, 0.5 percent, 0.1 percent, 0.05 percent and 0.01 percent of income earners from 1921 until 2002. They drew particular attention to the general pattern of changes in income distribution between the years 1921 to 1980, compared with 1980 to 2002.

Douglas Devananda

Map of Ampara District

Moderate Muslim Journalist to be Tried for Sedition

At approximately 1:30 PM Bangladesh time, a judge ruled that the government would begin its sedition trial of journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, possibly within fifteen days. Choudhury is the Muslim journalist who was arrested by the Bangladesh government in 2003. He was imprisoned under often deplorable conditions and tortured after angering the government and radicals by warning his country about the rise of Islamist terrorism there, urging Bangladesh to recognize Israel, and advocating interfaith understanding and religious equality. In April 2005, after seventeen months in prison, Choudhury was freed after an unrelenting battled waged by Dr. Richard Benkin, an American Jew, and with the help of Representative Mark Kirk (R-IL).