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Sri Lanka: Daya Group donates 50 houses to ‘have-nots’ in Ampara

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Ampara

GamageA local leading entrepreneur Mr.Daya D.K. Gamage, Chairman of Daya Group of Companies has constructed fifty houses to provide shelter for the ‘have-nots’ in the Ampara district. The housing scheme is located at close proximity of the Ampara town and occupants of this housing scheme are now happy and have begun their self employment projects with more confidence. This housing scheme is called "Dayapura". Mr. Gamage also plans to construct another 50 houses, with the assistance of the Lions Clubs International initiated by the Lions Club of Ampara.

India expressed reservation on playing active role in the conflict in Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

AnandasangareeIndia has expressed its reservations in playing a more 'active' role in Sri Lanka to bring about a settlement to the two-decade-long ethnic conflict. This was intimated to several Tamil political leaders by top Indian officials including its national security advisor M.K. Narayanan and Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed when
they visited New Delhi recently. Visiting political leaders, Tamil United Liberation Front Leader V. Anandasangaree, People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam's (PLOT) D. Sithadthan and T. Sritharan of the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) had continued to persuade India to take on a more pivotal role to bring about a solution to the ethnic conflict.

Battle rages in the north with both sides facing heavy losses

The latest intensified attacks are concentrated on the road to Elephant Pass. Both sides are attacking each other from the Northern Forward Defence Lines (FDLs). Fighting is heaviest at Muhamalai, Killaly, Nakarkovil and Palai - all leading to Elephant Pass. Both sides are blaming each other for starting the firing and both sides claim that they are engage din "defensive action". Both sides are now taking heavy casualties. The LTTE is now putting up a resistance to block the advance of the SLA. But the combined forces of the Air force, navy and the SLA are attacking the LTTE gun positions on the road to Elephant Pass.

Sri Lanka Government is ready for talks with LTTE in Swtzerland

Dr. Palitha KohonaThe Government of Sri Lanka has agreed to meet with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for talks on October 28 and 29 in Switzerland. This was revealed by Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP). According to a press statement, Dr. Palitha Kohona, at a meeting held yesterday morning, advised the Norwegian facilitators that the Government of Sri Lanka was agreeable to meet with the LTTE in Switzerland on 28, 29 October for the next round of talks. The exact location of the talks will be determined later.

Tamil and Muslim Diasporas urged Sri Lanka President to bring about a solution to ethnic issues and end the conflict

Mrs. Mankayatkarasy Amirthalingam, the wife of late Mr. Amirthalingam (Former leader of the TULF) pleaded with Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka, to put an end to the war and find an immediate political solution to the Tamil ethnic question as they have suffered enough. President Mahinda Rajapaksa on his way back to Colombo, after participating in the 61 UN General Assembly, was in London. He met the Tamil Diaspora and had discussion. They discussed about the current situation in the North and East. In one of her rare public appearance, Mrs. Mankayatkarasy Amirthalingam stressed that the Tamils’ grievances should be addressed by the President immediately as they were victims of both sides of the conflicts. She also recalled the past bitter experiences of the Tamil people under the Sri Lankan Government.

New U.N. Chief Could Be an Asset in Korean Crisis

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When U. Thant of Burma (now Myanmar) was the first -- and last -- Asian Secretary-General of the United Nations during 1961-1971, the former Burmese ambassador was described as modest and low-key compared with his high-profile predecessor, Sweden's Dag Hammarskjold, who died in a plane crash in Africa in 1961. Rames Nassif, a former press spokesman for U. Thant, once recalled a rumor floating around the U.N. delegate's lounge that French diplomats secretly despised the secretary-general for not speaking French (an unforgivable sin by French standards), and ridiculed him in private because he was "too short".

Internet Defamation can carry a Big Price Tag

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

A Florida woman who won a lawsuit against a Louisiana woman, who posted messages on the internet accusing her of being a "crook" and a "fraud" said of the State of Florida’s Broward Circuit Court jury award of $11.3 million "People are using the internet to destroy people they don’t like, and you can’t do that." Susan Scheff and her Weston-based company, Parents Universal Resource Experts Inc., won the jury verdict in Broward Circuit Court in Florida against Carey Bock for posting defamatory statements about her on an internet bulletin board viewed by parents, according to court pleadings.

Sri Lanka: Northern battle causalities alarmingly on the rise

Tamil Tigers lost 200 cadres against that of 43 Sri Lanka’s Security forces in the ongoing battle that rages over in the theatre of war located at Muhamalai and Kilali in the North of Sri Lanka. The latest rising causalities has started dominating as both the protagonist of war have agreed to meet in Geneva for a further round of Talks scheduled for 28 and 29 of this month. Nearly 200 Tamil Tiger cadres were reported killed and a large number of them seriously injured in the offensive launched by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam against the Sri Lanka's defence forces, Media Centre for National Security revealed in its report.

Wall Street Journal urges Bush Administration to protect Bangladesh journalist Choudhury from persecution

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

"The Bush administration, which every year spends some $64 million on Bangladesh, has made a priority of identifying moderate Muslims and giving them the space and cover they need to spread their ideas. Mr. Choudhurt has identified himself, at huge personal risk, as one such Muslim. Now that he is on the run, somewhere in the darkness of Dhaka, will someone in the administration pick up the phone and explain to the Bangladeshis just what America expects of its ‘moderate and tolerant’ friends?", was what October 10 Wall Street Journal said in its OP-ED page appealing to save the life of prominent Bangladesh journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury who is facing sedition, treason and espionage charges in a Dhaka court on Thursday, 12th October.

India's veteran socialist faces corruption charges in defence deals

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

GeorgeDefences of erstwhile defence minister George Fernandes in the six-year old Barak missile are collapsing one after another to the dismay of the aging socialist even as his friends in the BJP are still hesitant to rally in his support. George Fernandes's main defence was that the then defence Advisor APJ Abdul Kalam had 'backed' the deal. And that the navy insisted that they needed the Israeli system.

Hemas wins award for SAP Excellence

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Hemas Holdings was among the top 24 winners of the SAP ACE 2006 (Awards for Customer Excellence) the first edition of SAP India’s annual awards in recognition of customer excellence. Hemas was adjudged winner in the ‘Best Templated Implementation’ category and is the only Sri Lankan company to emerge victorious at SAP ACE 2006. It joins the ranks of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, Tata Steel, Bharat Petroleum Ltd, Titan Industries Ltd etc among others.

Set back for Varun Gandhi…..

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

If media reports are to be believed the Bharatiya Janata Party has gone against the recommendation of some of its senior leaders in refusing to nominate Feroze Varun Gandhi as the party candidate in the Vidisha Lok Sabha bye-election in Madhya Pradesh. Among those who had lent strong support to the young Gandhi—or ‘Nehru-Gandhi’-- was the ‘Loh Purush’ L. K. Advani. Even the ‘Vikas Purush’-cum-Bhishpitamah’ of the party, Atal Behari Vajpayee, was initially backed Varun’s candidacy, though as usual, he did a flip-flop and withdrew his support to Maneka Gandhi’s son in favour of a candidate supported by the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as well as a minister in the Madhya Pradesh cabinet who happens to be his nephew.


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Dr. Palitha Kohona