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Mano Ganesh

Sri Lanka talks to UN over spate of abductions in Colombo

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Mano GaneshThe Sri Lankan government has initiated discussions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the terms of references for the proposed Presidential Commission to investigate the series of abductions of Tamil civilians and businessmen, Parliamentarian and Western Peoples' Front Leader Mano Ganesan told the 'Asian Tribune.' "President Mahinda Rajapakse during a recent meeting promised us that he will appoint a special presidential commission comprising international experts to investigate the disappearances. We have received reliable information that the government has begun discussions on the powers and scope of activities of the commission with the UNHCR representatives," Mr. Ganesan, who also represents the civil monitoring committee, said.

Abusing the Arab Peace Initiative

By Nicola Nasser

The failed Qatari mediation in the still unresolved inter-Palestinian divide was in practice an American success in turning the Arab Peace Initiative (API) into a pressure tool that further exacerbates fractures both in Arab and Palestinian ranks, less than two weeks after the U.S. aborted a move by the Arab League to revive an overdue comprehensive approach to the Arab and Palestinian – Israeli conflict on its basis through the United Nations. The Unites States is now trying to find a common ground with regional powers to abuse this initiative as a regional framework for a coordinated effort vis-à-vis Iran, Syria and their Palestinian, Lebanese and Iraqi spheres of influence.

CAPS contributes to better co-ordination in post-tsunami livelihood recovery activities

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

The Livelihoods Unit of the Reconstruction and Development agency [RADA], technically supported by the international Labour Organization [ILO] recently launched its District based Coordination and Planning System (CAPS) to collect and update information on planned and ongoing post-tsunami livelihoods recovery activities from a wide range of service providers. The objective is to provide district and divisional level decision-makers with the information required for coordination and planning of livelihood recovery activities and to minimize duplications in post-tsunami assistance.

North Korea's bomb

By John Chuckman

You might think from all the political noise that something extraordinary happened when North Korea conducted an underground nuclear explosion. But let's put the test, apparently a small-yield, inefficient device, into some perspective. The United States has conducted 1,127 nuclear and thermonuclear tests, including 217 in the atmosphere. The Soviet Union/ Russia conducted 969 tests, including 219 in the atmosphere. France, 210, including 50 in the atmosphere. The United Kingdom, 45, with 21 in the atmosphere. China, 45, with 23 in the atmosphere. India and Pakistan, 13, all underground. South Africa (and/or Israel) one atmospheric test in 1979.

Ceylinco Homes offers luxury housing at Battaramulla

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ceylinco Homes International, has launched another luxury property development at Battaramulla to be offered at affordable prices. The benchmark name in luxury property development in Sri Lanka launched It comprises 12 exclusively designed homes which has easy access, schooling and other conveniences. Ceylinco Homes has built in confidence as a result of its consistency in maintaining benchmark standards making the products of highest quality. The Company has been a total solutions provider.

UNP spokesman says his party would never support the war of this government waged against the LTTE

By Walter Jayawardhana

Rajitha SenaratneA spokesman of the United National Party now engaged in discussions with President Rajapaksa said that the party will never support any war by the government against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).The spokesman Rajitha Senaratne of the United National Party and a leading crusader of the Anti-War movement led by Kumar Rupasinghe, a close ally of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said the Opposition United National Party would never support the war the government is waging against the LTTE. He was speaking to the BBC’s Sinhalese service Sandeshaya at a media discussion about their anti-war movement.

Sri Lankan military offensive on the Jaffna peninsula pushed back

A failed offensive by the Sri Lankan military on the Jaffna peninsula resulted in heavy government casualties as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) repulsed advancing troops near Muhamalai and Kilali on Wednesday. The ground attacks, supported by jet fighters and naval gunboats, were aimed at key LTTE positions in the south of the peninsula. As in the case of other government offensives in Sri Lanka’s north and east over the past three months, the military claimed that its actions were purely defensive. Defence spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe told the media that the army had successfully driven back a massive LTTE attack and killed hundreds of its fighters. His initial death toll for government forces was just 22 with more than 110 soldiers injured.

Fallen Sri Lankan hero Gen. Parami Kulatunga remembered at U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The Memorial Dedication at the US War College in Carlisle in Pennsylvania on October 11 to Sri Lanka’s fallen hero General Parami Kulatunga was attribute to a human being who had crossed the lines of race and nationality to touch the hearts and lives, and it is a deeper bonding of two nations that value freedom, peace and democracy with a common resolve to fight terrorism wherever it exists. A fitting epitaph for Lieutenant General Kulatunga was bestowed on him at this inspiring Memorial Dedication initiated by his colleagues of the Class of 2003 brought overtones of almost tangible sadness and pathos, as memories translated into colorful anecdotes filled with warmth and humor.

UN Disarmament Committee again failed to resolve contentious issues - Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam

Speaking in his capacity as President of the recently concluded Review Conference on Small Arms, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam of Sri Lanka told the UN Committee on Disarmament and International Security (First Committee) that he shared the disappointment of most member states that the July conference failed to reach agreement. "During this consultation process, it became clear that there was little or no chance for agreement on the two most contentious, but most-talked-about issues relevant to the substance of the Programme Of Action, which had been left out in 2001: namely, the issue of controls on civilian possession and the transfer of small arms and light weapons (SALW) to non-State actors (including rebel movements).

Symantec launches toll-free support for Sri Lankan users

From Sunil C. Perera – Reporting from Colombo.

Symantec Corporation, the world’s fourth largest software company recently launched a Toll Free 24 hour support service via its Global Support Centres in Singapore and Australia, for the benefit of its Sri Lankan users. Henceforth Symantec customers in Sri Lanka can dial the hotlines and get instantly connected to Symantec’s Global Support Centres. "This is the very first time a direct support facility of this nature has been launched in Sri Lanka. Any kind of query or issue can be directed to the centre and instant help obtained by the experts themselves", said Suramya Karunaratne, Chief Executive Director of CNT International, the sole authorized distributor for Symantec in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

In line of lies

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

A more apt name for the book ghost written for the Pakistani dictator, Gen Pervez Musharraf, would have been ‘A Pack of Lies’ or ‘In Line of Lies’. In Line of Propaganda could also have be an appropriate title since many are of the view that the timing of the release of the memoirs, ‘In The of Fire’ and the kind of publicity it expectedly generated was chosen to win over critics back home so that the General sails through to another five-year term as the de jure and ‘elected’ head of the country.

Doekle Wielinga

Nissanka,

Rajitha Senaratne

Kumar Rupasinghe

Peace Rally

Major-General David Huntoon Jr,

General Paramai Kulatunge in US

Muhammad Yunus


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