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India insists on giving the people of the North and the East the choice to merge or to de-merge - Tamil National Alliance MPs

India might be forced to take appropriate action in case the Government in Colombo attempts to de-merge the North and East without consulting the people of these two regions and without holding a referendum on this issue, according to Tamil National Alliance delegates who met high official sources in New Delhi last week. According to a newspaper reports published in Jaffna, Delhi officials have also expressed suspicions to the Tamil National Alliance delegates about behind-the-scene efforts by extremist groups in the South of the country to demerge the North and East.

Watchdog Body Finds Irregularities in U.N. System

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), the organization’s 12-year-old watchdog body, has uncovered a rash of financial irregularities, including misappropriation of funds, waste, breaches of regulations, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. As a result of its investigations, the OIOS says it has identified a total of some 49.2 million dollars in cost savings, while actual savings and recoveries amounted to 14.2 million dollars during 2004-2005.

Prabhakaran agrees to talk "because his days are numbered" - Rambukwella

From our Political Correspondent

Prabakaran51-year-old Velupillai Prabhakaran, has at last agreed to make himself available for talks and consultations whenever necessary, according to official sources. Briefing the media on this latest development Keheliya Rambukwella, the government's chief spokesman on defence matters said: "We need concrete positive commitments from the leader of the LTTE to resume talks. He has given that." Prabhakaran had explained, according to Rambukwella, that he may not be able to be present due to security reasons at the venue but he would make himself available for consultations during the talks.

Sri Lanka's Muslim Peace Secretariat gets tough with Norwegian facilitators

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Representatives of the Peace Secretariat for Muslims (PSM) have emphasized that unless a trilateral dialogue is adopted when peace talks resume, the solution to the country's ethnic conflict would be 'short term'. During a series of meetings held in Oslo early this month with top Norwegian officials including special peace envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer, Erik Solheim and Norway's parliamentary foreign relations committee, the PSM delegation comprising A.M. Faiz, Abul Kalam and M.H. Salman emphasised that the Muslim dimensions have always been sidelined despite the community being the silent sufferers on account of the ethnic conflict fought between the Tamil Tiger rebels and the government.

Best HNB Pethum Vimana account holder wins brand new Audi A4 Car

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Hatton National Bank (HNB) has throughout its existence signified a more focused and privileged place for the customer in the bank. The assurance by the Bank was three fold: to open the door of opportunity wider, to accelerate processes that have helped Sri Lankans progress in life and an emphatic underlining of commitment to increase the outreach of the Bank’s considerable influence and penchant for innovation to bring even more benefits to account holders – from all walks of life.

RADA , ILO and District Secretariat Hambantota grab 145 million rupees to launch 10 livelihood Development Projects

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Hambantota, Sri Lanka

A number of local NGOs and International Non-Governmental Organizations [INGOs] have agreed to provide their financial assistance to launch another 10 livelihood development projects in the Hambantota District to assist the tsunami-affected community. These projects cover construction of roads, school buildings, Community Centers, launching of self-employment projects and improve health sector in the Hambantota district.

Muslim community organisations in Sri Lanka's Pottuvil claim STF innocent

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Several community organizations in the Eastern province have expressed their conviction over LTTE's involvement in the massacre of eleven innocent Muslim civilians in Pottuvil on September 16th, the ministry of defence said. Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapakse has been informed in writing by many such community organizations including Akkaraipattu Pradesha Fish Vendor's United Credit Co-op Society Ltd, Akkaraipattu Traders Association and the Akkaraipattu Jummah Grand Mosque that the heinous crime was undoubtedly perpetrated by the LTTE terrorists, denying the speculations on Security forces involvement.

Sri Lanka President requests Americans of Sri Lankan origin to teach their children their mother tongue

By Walter Jayawardhana

At Houston President Mahinda Rajapaksa requested hundreds of Texans of Sri Lankan origin who gathered to greet him in Houston Buddhist Vihara that they should teach children their mother tongue, whether Sinhala or Tamil with English so that they could communicate well with their country of origin. He said teaching the mother tongue could make the children communicate with their grand parents, other relatives and friends of their parents back in Sri Lanka and keep the cultural umbilical cord uncut.

Trusting Musharraf for the second time

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

A nation that does not learn from its experiences, especially such traumas as terror entails, is condemned to be revisited by them. The experience with Pakistan has been that it had denied that it has ever been involved in promoting terror in India. All evidence provided to it in the past has been denied and rejected out of hand. Not surprisingly, even before the ink dried on the Havana declaration the Pakistan High Commissioner in India stuck to the old tune in a television interview.

US threatened to bomb Pakistan back to "the Stone Age"

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s revelation that a top US official said Pakistan would be bombed "back to the stone age" if Islamabad didn’t break its ties with the Taliban and provide logistical support to the US conquest of Afghanistan is yet another example of the mobster methods that have come to characterize US diplomacy, especially under the Bush administration. Coming five years after the event and under conditions where Musharraf is under heavy pressure from Washington to do still more to assist the US in south, central and west Asia, the revelation also points to the increasingly desperate position of Pakistan’s military strongman.

Keheliya Rambukwella




Today’s Security Council straw poll tipped to confirm Ban Ki-moon as next UN Secretary General

Another Security Council straw poll will be held today to find a quick successor to Kofi Annan who is retiring in December. Of the seven candidates the South Korean Foreign Minister, Ban Ki-moon is tipped to be the winner with the backing of US. Ban took the lead in the other two previous polls. The veto-wielding members - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China -- and the other 10 rotating nations elected to serve for two years will select one out of the seven candidates as its nominee for the post of Secretary-General. The selected candidate will have to be ratified by the 192-mmber General Assembly.