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Slain EPDP members

Market sentiments propped up on possible union of main parties, though a jolt felt due to recent fighting

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The upbeat momentum witnessed during the past two weeks has been dampened due to the heavy fighting in the North and East during the week, though the market started off on a high note on Monday, HNB Stockbrokers indicated in their weekly review of the share market for the week. The fresh hostilities between the government forces and the LTTE crumbled peace hopes with many being skeptical as to whether the scheduled peace talks between the two parties would be held as planed. Nevertheless positive news on a possible union between the government and the main opposition party the UNP cushioned the fall in indices to an extent and left indices inching upwards on Thursday and Friday.

Despite failed Tharoor campaign UN considers India "important"

From R.C. Rajamani – Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India may have failed in its bid to get its nominee Shashi Tharoor elected as the next United Nations secretary general, but its influence with the comity of nations is formidable enough to make the world body turn to New Delhi for help to defuse crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region. In fact, India is rated high among the current competitors for permanent seats in an expanded Security Council. A founder-member of the world body, India’s voice on decolonization, disarmament, peace and development has always received attentive ears and due importance from the days of Jawaharlal Nehru. With the sectarian flare-up in the Darfur fast reaching a flashpoint, the United Nations is coming under some moral pressure - flowing from its mandate - to send its peace keeping troops to stop the "massacre" of the native tribal population called Furs.

JAC Trucks Link at Panadura

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In fulfilling a rapidly increasing demand for medium and heavy-duty commercial trucks on the Southern coastal belt, a distribution point in Panadura has now been set up by PPM Fernando Enterprises, Nalluruwa-Panadura. These vehicles are marketed by Euro Motors (Pvt) Ltd. As an exclusive JAC dealer, PPM will cater to every truck-related need, offering total solutions to obtain a quality truck, backed up by spare parts, service and repair facilities as well as 24hr after-sales services. Attributes of the A range of trucks would be made available at reasonable prices. These vehicles have a great fuel economy and there will also be a 24 hour, seven days a week mobile breakdown services.

Sri Lanka: APRC off to India to study its devolution process

Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo

The All Party Representatives Committee (APRC) will leave for India later this month to study the devolution process in India. According to the Committee's Chairman Prof. Tissa Vitarana, all representatives of the political parties will be going as a team to India during the final week of October to gain knowledge on the Indian system, its devolution process and the Panchayat Raj. An invitation to the committee was extended by Mani Shankar Aiyer, Indian Minister in charge of the Panchayat Affairs, on his recent visit to Sri Lanka.

Muhamalai: Paying for Triumphalism

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

During the Third Peace Process Sri Lanka wallowed in an orgy of defeatism. The aura of invincibility we ascribed to the Tigers made us justify every act of cowardice and betrayal during that long winter of appeasement. Then came the swing to the opposite extreme, post Mavilaru. This new triumphalism was as potent and as blinding as the previous defeatism. As it reached its zenith with the victory at Sampur a ‘milkmaid mentality’ pervaded the government ranks. It was clear that the Rajapakse regime was planning to impose a Sinhala peace on the Tamil people (with a modicum of decentralisation masquerading as maximum devolution – plus some platitudes about brotherhood and harmony - to sweeten the pill) once the Tigers were decimated. And the decimation of the Tigers was expected to happen soon. There is a direct line of descent from this inane triumphalism to the debacle of Muhamalai.

People of Kayts protest assassination of three EPDP cadres in the streets of Jaffna

By Walter Jayawardhana

Slain EPDP membersA mass protest campaign was held in the Kayts island of Jaffna against the assassinations conducted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) killing three activists of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) in the streets of Jaffna. The Jaffna District Public Relations Officer of the EPDP Alalsuntharam Satheeskumar alias Satheesh (24), EPDP islets organizer, Rasiah Vignesvaran alias Muhunthan (33) and Public Relations Officer, Arulnayagam Gunanayagam alias Sutha (26) were shot and killed on the spot in Jaffna. One of the party’s senior members was also injured in the incident and admitted to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Reports from the Kayts Island said, unlike earlier the Tamils of Kayts came forward to organize protests against the LTTE who have been killing EPDP activists openly and with impunity ever since the Ceasefire Agreement between the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration and the LTTE was signed.

Civil Monitoring Committee releases details of Abductions – Missing; Killed and Released

Civil Monitoring Committee, an ad hoc voluntary organization, recently formed in Colombo to monitor and report on the extra judicial killings, abductions and disappearances, in a press release revealed that as of 13 October, six persons were reported killed, 29 persons were still missing and eight persons were so far released. The press release pointed out that the CMV compiled the list from the details became available public from the people who were willing to talk. The Civil Monitoring Committee was recently formed in Colombo with Sirithunga Jayasooriya as Chairman and members including Mano Ganesan MP (Colombo District), Nadarajah Raviraj MP (Jaffna District), Vasudeva Nanayakara MMC, Dr.Vickramabahu Karunaratne, and Appapillai Vinayagamoorthy.

Kumar Rupasinghe holds his first anti-war rally in Mannar

By Walter Jayawardhana

Kumar RupasingheAn alleged associate of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Kumar Rupasinghe held his first anti-war rally in the Tamil area of Mannar with well known LTTE sympathizers, but the police banned the controversial protest march which was scheduled to walk along the streets of the town. Police said they could not assure the safety of the marchers in the violence prone town, where political assassinations mostly by the Tamil Tigers take place very often.

Military Imbalance With Pakistan…?

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

There is a sudden spate of “hard luck” stories (including a letter written by Chief of Air Staff to the Defence Minister) highlighting how there is a slump in ratio of India’s conventional military capability vis-a-vis Pakistan. This is a far cry from the nuclear lobby’s assertion that once India achieves nuclear weapons capability the cost of defence would be reduced because deterrence would prevail. The lone voices that warned that nuclear parity would shift the equation back to conventional weaponry were ignored in the aftermath of Pokharan II. The current outcry over "slackness in modernisation" is a symptom of that miscalculation for which the nation could pay very heavily if the demands of the armed forces become translated into Kargil-style off-the-shelf purchases.

CSW condemns Burma’s national convention as "farcical"

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today condemns the National Convention in Burma, which reconvened on 10 October, as a "blatant effort by the brutal military regime to rubber-stamp its rule and crush the opposition." CSW calls on the United Nations Security Council to pass a binding resolution, requiring Burma’s junta to engage in dialogue with pro-democracy and ethnic nationality groups, and to release all political prisoners. Burma’s ruling junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), first convened the National Convention in 1993 to draft a constitution, and the process has been suspended several times since then. Yesterday, the final session began, with 1,088 delegates, mostly handpicked by the military.

Thailand’s military junta installs its cabinet

The Thai military junta that seized power on September 19 installed its cabinet on Monday. King Bhumibol Adulyadej formally approved a list of 26 ministers submitted by the interim prime minister, former army commander Surayud Chulanont. While the cabinet is largely composed of civilian bureaucrats, it is nothing more than a political front for the military. The armed forces, with the blessing of the king, overthrew the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, abrogated the constitution and dismissed the parliament. Coup leader General Sonthi Boonyaratkalin heads the Council for National Security (CNS), which, under an interim constitution, holds an effective veto over the cabinet’s actions.

Kumar Rupasinghe

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