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Danny Davies

The Tamil Tiger scandal becomes an election issue in the campaign against Congressman Davis in Illinois

By Walter Jayawardhana

Danny DaviesRepublican Congressional candidate Charles Hutchinson has made Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers an election issue against the incumbent Democratic Congressman Danny Davies for his strange friendship with the terrorist group. Charles Hutchinson a complete newcomer in politics is locked up in a tight race with the veteran Congressman Danny Davies for the U.S. Congressional seat in Illinois 7th House District with only 10 points separating them according to the latest polls for November 7 elections. Hutchinson has dedicated a major portion of his election website to attack the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group and his political opponent Congressman Davis’ association with them.

Sri Lanka: UN agency negotiates with government to bring in food to blockaded area

World Food Programme expresses concern over the acute food shortages in the areas controlled by the Tamil rebel outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. At present, according to a press release, World Food Programme is making arrangements to supply food to nearly 63,000 people and others, who are internally displaced and holed up into the blockaded area under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The statement released by the World Food Programme revealed that it was in constant touch with the Sri Lanka Government to dispatch food items to the blockaded area in the Vanni, under the control of the LTTE.

Maoists block Nepal Home Minister's visit to India: India-Nepal extradition treatyy to be delayed

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

Nepal Home Minister Krishna Prasad Situala has cancelled his scheduled visit to Delhi 'for the time being'. He was to be here to sign an updated India-Nepal extradition treaty and an agreement on mutual legal assistance on Oct 5. No reason has been given officially for the cancellation. Only a cryptic communiqué was sent to the Indian High Commissioner in Kathmandu that the visit which was due to begin on Wednesday stands cancelled for the present. The existing extradition treaty is fifty years old and is found inadequate to deal with present day problems like drug and human trafficking along the 1,700 km long 'open' border between the two countries. Both sides had set into motion the revision of the treaty about two years ago. Nepal India Transit Treaty was renewed on Friday for the next seven years.

LTTE hit by loss of territory, cadres, prestige and now revenue agrees to talk

Latest unconfirmed reports reveal that the LTTE has agreed to the October date set by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) for the talks to begin. LTTE agreed after Norwegian Special Envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer went to Killinochchi with two dates and three conditions for the talks to begin. The two dates offered by the are October 30 and November 10. LTTE has agreed to begin talks between 28- 30 in Oslo. Analysts agreed that the LTTE had nowhere to go but to talks. The GoSL could not fix other dates as it was tied down with its parliamentary agenda.

Zone24x7 becomes a Member in Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Zone24x7 Inc., a leading provider of global technology innovation services, announced that it is a new member in the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program. Headquartered in California, USA. Zone24x7 delivers innovative solutions and products for customers, which include Tier - 1 Retailer Federated Department Store, in USA, Motorola, Posiflex, ID Tech, Symbol and RDM Corp, Canada to name a few. Zone24x7 has been named as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Mobility Solutions, Custom Development Solutions and Data Management Solutions competencies in providing business intelligent related solutions.

Norway Sets Crucial Precedent for the Cancellation of Illegitimate Debt

Norwegian Decision on Debt Cancellation Recognizes Creditor Responsibility in Debt Accumulation; World Bank and IMF Must Follow this Lead, Cancel African Countries’ Illegitimate Debts. Yesterday’s announcement by the Norwegian government that it will unconditionally cancel $80 million in illegitimate debt owed by five developing countries marks an important shift in the global discussion around debt cancellation.

Sri Lanka: Parties to the conflict must stop recruitment of children

Coalition to Stop Use of Child Soldiers supports calls for UN human rights monitoring mission – urges investigations of child recruitment. Children, mostly aged 14 to 18, continue to be recruited as soldiers in violation of international human rights and international humanitarian law. The Coalition today deplored continuing forced recruitment by the Karuna group, which broke away from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in March 2004. UNICEF condemned child recruitment by the group in June and said it had documented 30 cases; by August the total had reached 118 although the actual figure is believed to be higher.

Foreign participation improves the market as positive sentiments gather Positive peace news to revive investor hopes

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers indicate, both indices showed significant improvement this Week, as the market seemed to be buoyant and major improvements showed up during the latter part of the week. Upbeat market sentiments were witnessed during the week, amid hopes of peace talks to commence as the government receiving a positive response from the LTTE.The All share Price Index (ASPI) closed at 2383.3 points up by 54.2 points or 2.3 percent Compared to last week, while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) closed at 3006.2 points up by 94.6 points or 3.25 percent compared to last week.

Thailand’s military junta tightens its hold on power

The Thai military junta strengthened its grip over the weekend by appointing a retired general as the new "civilian" prime minister and imposing an authoritarian constitution that sanctions the September 19 coup. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who supported the military takeover, approved the arrangements on Sunday afternoon. The choice of Surayud Chulanont, a former army and armed forces commander, made clear that the junta’s main aim is to suppress political opposition and social unrest. Other candidates mooted as prime minister, such as former World Trade Organisation head Supachai Panitchpakdi, might have helped placate international investors. But as the Nation newspaper put it, the generals chose "national stability" over "international image."

General Sonthi Boonyaratglin

No to coup

Charles Hutchinson

in Kilinochchi

Thai coup leaders exposed of their political duplicity

No to coup Hong Kong, Asian Human Rights Commission based in Hong Kong has come up with a scathing attack on the Thai coup leader General Sonthi Boonyaratglin for his deceptive statement about the political role of the ‘Plot’s Ring Leaders.’ Ring leader of the plot indicated in public statements, and according to Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) "The military indicated that it would withdraw from politics within two weeks, having set in place an interim constitution and premier. Interim constitution and premier are now there as promised. And predictably the military has not withdrawn from its political role."