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Sri Lanka: EU Commission provides €5 million for conflict victims and refugees in Tamil Nadu

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Julion WilsonThe European Commission has allocated a further €5 million in humanitarian aid to help conflict-affected people in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu, India. Addressing a press briefing held in Colombo, Head of the European Delegation in Sri Lanka Julion Wilson said an addition to the €7 million decision adopted in July 2006. This new allocation will cover basic needs such as shelter, water, sanitation and healthcare with a particular focus on vulnerable groups such as women and children.

Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe - the man who asserted: "Life did not start here on earth but in space," has retired

By Walter Jayawardhana

Chandra WickramasingheChandra Wickramasinghe , the man who changed the view of science, asserting "Life did not start here on earth but in space," has retired after serving 33 years as a professor. Some years ago he told me, "the idea of life being a cosmic phenomenon is fully in tune with Buddhist as well as Vedic philosophy. Ancient Buddhist texts described inhabited circling distant suns, collections of suns to form greater world systems, collections of world systems and so on. I have surely been inspired by these philosophies throughout my scientific studies."

British MPs urged to exert pressure on Burma’s military regime

Members of British Parliament yesterday sought assurance that the government would raise Burma at tomorrow’s (today’s) UN Security Council meeting. They also called on the British government to be less "reactive and passive" in dealing with British companies that trade with Burma. Stephen Crabb MP opened a Westminster Hall debate on Human Rights in Burma by appealing to the government to press forward with work on behalf of the people of Burma.

Memoirs of an anti-LTTE undercover agent in London - PART III: "Is there a D-Notice on us?"

By - By Glen Jenvey - Exclusive to "Asian Tribune"
Edited By – Joseph Thavaraja

I decided that I should exercise 'more vigilance'… When meeting my 'SIS boss' at the SL High Commission and even when boarding the train to London! Armed with videos, books, press briefings and full recordings of every speaker, I returned from the conference, ready to brief my bosses of the day's events. Once, members of the rebels were involved in one of the biggest robberies on a jeweler-shop in London. The police could not prove it. The Tigers were aware that many of their activities eluded the British Police anyway….In addition, the LTTE developed good relations with the British cops--In fact, every now and then, a local police officer used to pop into the LTTE offices for a social visit -and a warm cup of tea …

De-merger: Give Karuna the Eastern Council

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Mao Ze Dong, arguably the greatest military theorist of the 20th century and one of its finest philosophers, enjoined his followers to "turn bad into good!" The timing of the Supreme Court judgement was, as Dr Sarath Amunugama among others is reported to have said in Cabinet, not a good thing. But now that it has been rendered, and is in some senses irreversible – it is never a healthy thing for the executive or legislature to display scant regard for a Supreme Court decision - one has to make the best of it, and if possible turn it to good use. Just such a possibility has opened up with the reported comment of Karuna’s TMVP welcoming the decision of the Supreme Court.

U.N. Probes Abuse of Migrant Workers Worldwide

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Responding to a flood of complaints from migrant workers worldwide, the United Nations is investigating a rash of human rights violations, including abusive working conditions, non-payment of wages, arbitrary detentions and collective illegal deportations. "The complaints received were transmitted to the governments concerned as urgent appeals or letters of allegation," says Jorge Bustamante, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights of immigrants.

While LTTE delegates are in Geneva to talk of 'Peace ,' their assassin kills three and injures eight Karuna cadres

By Walter Jayawardhana

After a short lull that remained until the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)representatives reached Geneva for peace talks the killing spree of the group again opened when an assassin of the group killed three of their arch-rivals of their breakaway group of the Karuna faction in the Eastern Province. Police in the Eastern Province said that three people of the Karuna faction of Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP)were killed and eight others were injured when the LTTE attacked the political office of the former at Chekaladi in Batticaloa District during the night of October 25.

Buddhist prelates lauds MOU signed between SLFP and UNP

By Vandana Jayasinghe – Asian Tribune

Leading Buddhists monks highly appreciated the new agreement between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), which signed to work together for the next two years in solving six major national issues including the on-going conflict in the North and East. They said that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between two parties is a long felt need and a dream come true. Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha thera, who attended the religious ceremony to invoke blessings on the historic day that two parties signed the MoU, told the 'Asian Tribune' that this is a starting point of a prosperous era.

"No Geneva shopping allowed for LTTE this time"- SL Government

The Sri Lankan government on Monday October 25 said that this time there are restrictions on LTTE while in Geneva. The government added that it "did not want a written statement" as publicized, but a "certificate of assurance" from Prabhakaran towards the forthcoming talks. The government also voiced that there will be restrictions on the LTTE during their stay in Geneva. The Defense Spokesman Minister Rambukwella said: "The talks are not to appease the LTTE… And this time there are strict measures – even shopping is banned."

‘Neo-Taliban’ movement is getting a boost in Afghanistan

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi

Notwithstanding Pakistan’s denials, evidence is mounting of its direct and indirect involvement in the rise of ‘neo-Taliban’ movement in Afghanistan. Islamists from North Africa and even Europe and far away Caribbean islands are ‘detected’ travelling to Madrassas in Quetta and Peshawar and using them as ‘staging’ bases to cross into Taliban-dominated areas of southern Afghanistan and beyond. Militants belonging to Al Qaeda and its allies, who have honed their tactics in Iraq, also appear to be heading towards Afghanistan to ‘accelerate’ the Taliban offensive, opine anti-terrorism experts like Pierre de Bousquet de Florian, director of the DST, France's lead counter-terrorism agency.

Sri Lanka: Muthuwadiya Birdge was declared open to enhance traveling of many people

The Muthuwadiya Bridge constructed at the cost of Rs. 100 million in the Katunayake Investments Zone with the financial assistance of Sri Lanka Board of Investments was handed over to the people on October 24, 2006. The Bridge was declared open in the afternoon by Minister of Investments Promotion and Enterprises Development, - Rohitha Bogollagama and Minister of Trade, Commerce, Consumers Affairs and Marketing Development. Also Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. Minster of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and Felix Perera was also participated on this occasion.

Burmese Army soldiers gang raped 3 Palaung Women

Six soldiers belonging to Burma's military regime gang raped, On 9 October 2006 at 2.00 pm, three Palaung women outside Wan Pan village, Ho Pong village tract, Loi Lem district in Southern Shan State. The three women were Daw Nan Man, age (52), Ma Aye Sein, (32), and Ma Aye Kyaing, age (14). All three women were rice cultivators. The soldiers, from Battalion 9 stationed at Murng Naung base, located at Wan Pan village, were Thet Pine, Thet Lwin Oo, Myo Thein, La Min Htwe, Kyaw Soe and Win Ko.

Capital Confectionary Land to Commence Production Next January

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Capital Confectionary Land recently entered into an agreement with the Board of Investment (BOI) for a project to manufacture processed fruit juices and dairy products. Speaking about the project, Mr. Dayasena – Chairman, Capital Confectionary Land stated that all fruits - pineapple, passion-fruit, mango and papaya will be purchased from local farmers and employees also will be from that area itself.

New Bridge

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Julion Wilson

Chandra Wickramasinghe

Chandra Wickramasinghe

Dr. Godfrey Louis