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'Chaura Rajina'

World's Poorest Nations Slowly Get Online

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

An African diplomat from one of the world's 50 poorest nations, described as least developed countries (LDCs), once complained that it took about five to 10 years to get a landline telephone connection in his home country -- and an additional five years to get a dial tone on the new phone. But since the widespread availability of hand-held cellular phones over the last five years, most of the world's LDCs have made a quantum leap forward from one extreme to another: from no landline phones to an abundance of wireless phones.

Sri Lanka's first ever budget airline ties up with Asia's best

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Bringing an end to months of speculation, HolidayAir, Sri Lanka's first-ever budget airline has officially re-launched as Air Asia Lanka, after sealing a deal with Malaysia-based Air Asia, reportedly the region's most successful budget airline. Air Asia Lanka Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Arjun Ruzaik told the "Asian Tribune" that the deal signed in Malaysia early last month was primarily a technical collaboration, and thus his company remained a 100% Sri Lanka-owned Company.

Thai Army seized power in Thailand without a shot being fired

Reports emerging from Bangkok, confirmed that the Thai Army seized power in Thailand on late Tuesday. "The Thai army has taken control of Bangkok on late Tuesday without a shot being fired, dismissed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, revoked the constitution and promised a swift return to democracy after political reforms." Reports reveled that Thai Army Commander Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin is the chief architect of the coup. The Thai military and police declared on late Tuesday that they had seized power of the state from the caretaker government. Reports revealed that tanks and troops took over Government House in Thailand, a coup spokesman said that the army and police were in control of the capital and surrounding provinces.

Long Island fishing village in Sri Lanka: another token of goodwill from America

40 tsunami-affected families became happy owners of their new, compact houses located in a model 3-acre village in Paiyagala of southern Sri Lanka. As described by former-U.S. President Bill Clinton, the Special Envoy for Tsunami Relief for the United Nations, the tsunami was a "tragedy that touched the chord of our common humanity." Millions of Americans had contributed more than US $ 1 billion to the relief effort with the intention of helping the tsunami-affected "Build back better."

Former President Chandrika, "Queen of Thieves" – Victor Ivan, editor

Chaura Rajina Victor Ivan, editor of 'Ravaya', a left-wing Sinhala weekly, launched a book in Colombo on Monday branding his former political ally, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, as the 'Chaura Rajina', Queen of Thieves. The author levels some highly damaging allegations against the former President. It also implicates her in the murders of Kumar Ponnambalam, Ashroff the Muslim leader who was killed in a helicopter crash, Rohana Kumara and the arson attack on the residence of actress Anoja Weerasinghe. Political commentators agree that this is going to be the hottest book on sale for some time. Its controversial contents are bound to damage the image of Chandrika Kumaratunga who still has political ambitions of staging a comeback. Both were left-wing allies in opposing the right-wing UNP. Ivan comes from the extreme left-wing of the JVP. He lost one hand in his attempt to make a crude bomb. Some journalists refer to him as the "one-armed bandit".

Sri Lanka: An untold story behind Kantale repatriation?

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

With only a handful of displaced families from Muttur still left in Kantale, questions have arisen on the actual reason for the sudden resettlement procedure adopted by the government to repatriate over 45,000 civilians from the camps within a short span of 48 hours. It is reliably learnt that while a sizeable amount of civilians agreed to go back to their homes without much persuasion, a further substantial number of families were virtually 'encouraged' by local law-enforcement officers to go back to their homes in Muttur and surrounding villages soon after Sampoor was captured by security forces early this month.

Survivor in the Pottuvil massacre alleges LTTE for the carnage of the Muslim civilians

Slaying of the 10 innocent Muslim Civilians is the work of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist Tamil rebel outfit. One survivor in the carnage of Muslim civilians was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Ampara Hospital. He was quoted saying that the killers were clad in shorts and were speaking in Tamil. He was very confident and firm when he said that "they were none other than LTTErs". "It was gruesome" said the survivor Kareem Nilam Mohideen of Radalla, who is being treated at the Intensive Care Unit of the Ampara hospital. He was very confident and firm when he said that "they were none other than LTTErs".

Sri Lanka is ready to talk peace only with Prabakaran and not with any other demigods of the LTTE

Sri Lanka Government is ready to talk peace only with the Prabakaran, the Leader of the Tamil rebel outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and not with any other demigods of the outfit in the future. This has been stated with finality yesterday in a press conference held by Defence spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella. Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella began his address to the media by expressing condolences to the relatives of Muslims killed by the LTTE at Panama in Radella, located close to Pottuvil in the restive East.

U.N. Ties Prosperity to Good Governance

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The economic success stories of the world's 50 poorest nations are also predicated on "good governance", including multi-party democracy, rule of law, gender empowerment, respect for human rights and transparency and accountability, according to the United Nations. "Such governance means ensuring that the poor have a real political voice," says U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown. If the world's 50 least developed countries (LDCs) are to eradicate poverty and promote human development, Malloch Brown told delegates at a two-day ministerial meeting on LDCs which concluded Tuesday, "we need to do there what we do anywhere else -- and that is to stress democratic governance as one of the main foundations of progress."

Sweden: Right-wing coalition takes power

Sweden’s Social Democrats have lost power to the right-wing Alliance led by Moderate party leader Fredrik Reinfeldt. The Alliance victory was declared with sitting Prime Minister Göran Persson’s concession speech just short of three hours after polls closed on September 17. Persson announced he would resign as leader of the Social Democrats next March. The new government will be formed by October 5. The Alliance won by a narrow margin of 48 percent to 46.2 percent of votes cast. This translates into 178 to 171 seats in the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament, for the four party grouping of the Moderates, the Centre Party, the Christian Democrats and the Liberals. Within the Alliance, the Moderates increased their vote from 15.3 percent to 26.1 percent at the expense of the Liberal Party. They also took votes from the Social Democrats and the former Stalinist Left Party.

Sri Lanka under heavy scrutiny on human rights practices: But Tamil Tigers escape international monitoring

By Daya Gamage – A Review to Asian Tribune

The Government of Sri Lanka is under severe pressure from the international community, the United Nations and global human rights organizations to allow international monitors to scrutinize human rights practices and abuses in recent times while they make passing remarks of human rights violations and abuses of its non-state player the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The international community, especially the United States, has often said that since the Government of Sri Lanka exercises legitimacy over the governance of its territory which make it accountable, the international bodies advocating the protection of human rights have jurisdiction only over such legitimate governing authorities and that these bodies do not have jurisdiction of non state players, in this case the LTTE which is popularly known as Tamil Tigers.

Construction Industry chamber to host seminar on Procurement Practices

From Sunil C. Perera – Reporting from Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka is to host a seminar on "Procurement Practices in the Construction Industry" with the view to assist the domestic construction consultants and contractors with the new procurement guidelines introduced by Sri Lanka Government. The seminar is also designed to enlighten the harmonized procurement procedures of multilateral development banks such as ADB, World Bank etc. The Seminar is scheduled to be held on 22nd Sept at the Ceylon Continental Hotel. This seminar is conducted by the Chamber under its continuous technical upgrading programme to benefit consultants and contractors attached to the construction industry.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide welcomes UN Security Council Debate on Burma

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today welcomes the unprecedented move by the United Nations Security Council to formally add Burma to its agenda, pronouncing the country’s military regime a threat to international peace and security. Calls for the UN Security Council to discuss the crisis in Burma gained momentum last year with the release of the report Threat to the Peace: A call for the UN Security Council to Act in Burma, commissioned by Nobel Laureate and former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu and former Czech President Vaclav Havel. The decision on Friday 15 September to put the situation in Burma on the Security Council agenda was supported by ten nations, including the United Kingdom and the United States.

B ye .. Bye .. Blair

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

On September 7 this year, a day after six of his party members of Parliament had resigned protesting his refusal to announce a timetable for his exit, the British prime minister, Tony Blair, announced that he would quit office ‘within a year’, certainly by May 2007, so that his successor had ‘enough time’ to settle in office and guide the destiny of Labour as successfully as he had. May 2007 is still a long way off, but the general speculation is that he will go before that as many in his party seem to think that the longer he stays in office the lesser the chances of the Labour’s hope for a fourth consecutive win at the hustings. One British poll shows that 58 percent of the Brits want him to step down now. An ignominious exit awaits the man who was once hailed as the greatest Labour prime ministers who had ended an 18-year-old spell of Tory rule.

'Chaura Rajina'



Chandrika "Queen of Thieves"