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Sri Lanka: What moral right does TNA have to meet Indian Prime Minister? Asks Anandasangaree

Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo

AnandasangareeTamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Leader V. Anandasangaree has lashed out at Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians who are attempting to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Mr. Anandasangaree said that these TNA group were a shameless and thick skinned bunch and they had absolutely no moral right to meet the Indian Premier. "If these pro-LTTE parliamentarians were hoping to meet with the Indian Prime Minister to either extend the LTTE's apology for killing former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi or offer a solution to the conflict, it could have been a different matter. But what audacity did these MPs have to go to India, meet the the Indian premier and showcase 'their side of the story," he noted.

IOM provides free transport services for humanitarian works

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The International Organization for Migration has decided to provide free transoport service for any type of cargoes to all accessible areasin the north and east, such as Jaffna, Mullaithivu, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara, Hambantota, Matara and Galle. The UNICEF has funded this projectand IOM has resumed its transport programme to support relief and reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka.

First ever 'Books in Print - Sri Lanka’ presented to President Rajapakse

Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo

The first ever catalogue of locally published books, 'Books in Print – Sri Lanka' was presented to President Mahinda Rajapakse last week. The official launch of 'Books in Print - Sri Lanka' was held at the eighth Colombo International Book Fair (CIBF) which opened on Saturday at the BMICH. This catalogue published by the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association (SLBPA), lists out more than 6000 titles of books, which are currently available in Sri Lanka. Forty nine leading book publishers in Sri Lanka have contributed to this book which is a comprehensive guide to publications in Sinhala, Tamil and English.

Coup in Thailand usually endorsed by Thai King

By K.T.Rajasingham

King Bhumibol AdulyadejThailand continues to be held hostage by the power hungry military generals, who time and again toppled the elected governments with impunity. Almost always the generals played the "King’s card" skillfully after staging the coup and seizing power. Thai King on numerous of occasion has endorsed the coup, thus giving a legitimacy to the treasonable acts of the Army Generals. It was always the Army Generals’ way – Power derived from the barrel of the gun – on many occasions without a shot being fired. The reign of current King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which began in 1946 and has been the longest in the royal history, ushered in an era of unprecedented political turmoil and unrest from the very day of becoming the King of Thailand.

Sri Lanka: Confusion and anger continues over Muslim slaying, as Govt. says NO to International probe

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

As confusion prevailed as to who the actual culprits were behind the Panama Muslim massacre despite a statement by the lone survivor who alleged that the killers were none other than LTTE cadres, the anger among the general Muslim community have further intensified following the government's decision not to permit an independent international investigation. Government's defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella's statement at Tuesday's weekly news conference that the government was of the view that international assistance was not necessary to investigate the incident, dying down to the belief that the Muslims are given the step motherly attitude no matter what hardships they face.

Sri Lanka: Confusion and anger continues over Muslim slaying, as Govt. says NO to International probe

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

As confusion prevailed as to who the actual culprits were behind the Panama Muslim massacre despite a statement by the lone survivor who alleged that the killers were none other than LTTE cadres, the anger among the general Muslim community have further intensified following the government's decision not to permit an independent international investigation. Government's defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella's statement at Tuesday's weekly news conference that the government was of the view that international assistance was not necessary to investigate the incident, dying down to the belief that the Muslims are given the step motherly attitude no matter what hardships they face.

Governor Alavi Moulana confirms that Tigers killed Muslims

Alavi MoulanaGovernor Alavi Moulana, told the Asian Tribune that there is hard evidence clearing doubts as to who is responsible for the killings of the ten Muslims in Pottuvil. Moulana is one of the members of the government team which toured Pottuvil after the killings. He said: "There were doubts earlier but the hard evidence of the only surviving victim now reveals that the Muslims were attacked by the Tamil Tigers. The survivor's statement confirms the same old pattern of killings by the Tigers." He said that the survivor, Kareem Meera Mohideen (60) is now recovering at the Amparai hospital. Fearing reprisals against Mohideen he has been given two special security guards at the hospital, said Moulana.

Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa highlights commitment to human rights and political solution to ethnic issue at United Nations

US Bureau Asian Tribune

Mahinda RajapakseUnder pressure from the international community and global human rights activist groups to investigate a number of recent human rights violations, Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa endeavored to convince the World Body when he addressed it on Wednesday, September 20 in New York that a government headed by a person of his standing who fought for human rights throughout his entire political life would not allow the erosion of human and political rights under his watch and that his commitment to bringing a political solution to ethnic issue is absolutely firm. While expressing his government’s desire to see the separatist Tamil Tigers’ entry to the democratic mainstream, Rajapaksa appealed to the international community to help his democratic country to root out terrorism unleashed by the Tigers.

President Rajapaksa briefs Norwegian premier in New York

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

When Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday, September 19 in New York, he raised three vital issues with him: he briefed the premier how the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) launched attacks on the armed forces and unarmed civilians without any provocations from the time he was elected president of his nation in November 2005. He explained to the Norwegian leader how his government faced this situation created by the LTTE with great restraint and patience but was compelled to take defensive action.

Talking again

Another breakthrough! The topsy-turvy path of India-Pakistan dialogue has become so predictable that any talk of a ‘breakthrough’ after a ‘deadlock’ can evoke only a yawn. It is hard to see what is there to gush about these talks, whether on-going or about to be resumed. All the numerous rounds of bilateral talks and the so-called confidence building measures have basically failed to remove the mutual suspicions that dog relations between the two countries. The ‘trust deficit’ between India and Pakistan stays year after year, irrespective of the ‘progress’ of any dialogue between them.

Sri Lankan war threatens humanitarian catastrophe on Jaffna peninsula

More than half a million people on Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna peninsula are facing a humanitarian disaster as the government plunges the country back to war. Hundreds of civilians have been killed during the fighting in the area already, and the entire population is threatened by starvation, and daily abductions and intimidation by pro-government forces. During early August, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters attacked and captured some areas controlled by the military. They withdrew after two or three days, and the fighting eased. But the conflict resumed on September 8, when the military started attacking LTTE positions at Muhamalai, which is the main entrance to the government-controlled area on the peninsula. LTTE front lines at Nagarkovil, Poonerin and Kilali were also attacked.

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King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thaksin Shinawatra

Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin

Alavi Moulana

Mahinda Rajapakse

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