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Special advisor on children and armed conflict visiting Sri Lanka

Ambassador Allan RockMs. Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, announces that her Special Advisor on Sri Lanka, Ambassador Allan Rock is visiting the country from 6 to 14 November 2006, upon the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka. Ambassador Rock is undertaking this field mission to ascertain first hand the situation with a view to engaging with all the stakeholders to ensure greater protection for children affected by the conflict.

LTTE in Paris closing down businesses and illegally transferring moneys into Switzerland

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a banned Tamil rebel outfit is making secret moves either to close down all its existing business concerns in France or to slim them down. Also it is learnt that the LTTE is making secret moves to transfer all the moneys they have in various bank accounts in Paris by withdrawing them gradually in small amounts without creating suspicion to the authorities. mEarlier, Vinayagamoorthy alias Thongal an LTTE stalwart and Trustee of the Paris based Amman Hindu Temple was arrested on 01 October, at the French - Swiss boarder with vehicle load of currency amounting Euro 20 million belonging to the Tamil Tigers.

Husbands slew their wives: Four Tamils died in Toronto in two separate incidents.

In Toronto, Canada, on Sunday in two separate incidents, a total of four Sri Lankan Tamils has died. In both incidents husbands have slain their wives alleged to be of infidelity. In Markham Thayalini (31) mother of three children was found dead. Police arrested her husband Sukirthanraj Kailasapillai (39) on suspicion of murdering his wife. In another separate incident Thayakumar (40) from East York jumped from an apartment and committed suicide after murdering his wife Malini (36) and daughter Niruja (14), one of his three children.

British University education at low cost

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Association of Business Executives (ABE) Sri Lanka, The Leeds Metropolitan University (LMU), UK, the British Council and Ceylinco Educational Services have enabled those Sri Lankans preferring the acquisition of higher overseas qualifications at an affordable competitive rates. ABE and LMU signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will enable Sri Lankans to follow degree courses of the LMU. The examinations for these degree courses will be conducted by the British Council on behalf of LMU. What is unique here is the cost of the degree course would possibly be the cheapest among such overseas courses available in Sri Lanka, while providing the opportunity to obtain the degree from one of the most popular universities of the world.

A cabinet reshuffle expected in coming weeks in Sri Lanka?

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

A cabinet reshuffle in Sri Lanka is likely to take place in the coming weeks, according to political sources. The cabinet reshuffle is expected to bring in sweeping changes, with President Mahinda Rajpaksa already having come forward to offer ministerial portfolios to some parliamentarians who have left their original parties and are now supporting the President. "Some of the MPs who joined the government without accepting ministerial portfolios, have now been offered top positions by President Rajapaksa," sources told the "Asian Tribune."

Forty Sri Lankan Tamil airport workers in Paris under police questioning

French police are investigating nearly 40 Sri Lankan Tamils who are working in Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, after withdrawing their airport identity badges. These Tamils were working as baggage handlers, security agents, drivers, cleaners and clerks in the airport.According to a reliable report, this was completely a new investigation launched mainly against these 40 odd Sri Lanka Tamils working in the airport. Each of them was called separately for a high level investigation by a special team of policemen.

The existential enemy

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The (uncontradicted) Reuter report of a chilling threat by the LTTE militia, the so-called High Security Zone Residents Liberation Force, to target hospitals, reservoir dams and schools in Sinhala majority areas is a classic manifestation of terrorism in that it seeks to strike terror into the general populace and the intended targets are unarmed non combatant civilians, i.e. innocents. Far from being swept under the rug, this blood-curdling threat should be brought to the attention of the world by the government of Sri Lanka. The logic contained in the statement – of alleged retaliation and asymmetric warfare- is identical to that of Al Qaeda and Islamic Jihad.

Protest against killing and abductions in Sri Lanka

Several hundred people took part in a protest in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo last Wednesday against the country’s rising number of abductions and murders. Most victims have been young Tamils and are believed to have been abducted or killed by the military and its paramilitary allies as it intensifies the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Many of the protesters were relatives and carried pictures of those who had been abducted. They shouted slogans including "the government is responsible for the abductions" and "give us back the disappeared". The rally at Fort railway station in central Colombo demanded that the government end the abductions and investigate the cases of hundreds of missing and murdered people. It was organized by the Committee for Tracing the Abducted—a coalition of Tamil parliamentarians and antiwar groups.

Chikungunya viral flu surfaces in Sri Lanka

Chikungunya, the relatively rare viral fever caused by the bite of a common mosquito has surfaced in and around Sri Lanka with almost 2000 infected patients-and counting. According to Sri Lanka Ministry of Health, the majority of infected -1106 – are from Mannar and Kalmunai regions reported the Lakbima, a Sinhala language daily published in Colombo on Monday. Chikungunya outbreaks have taken place in many tropical countries. Recently it has resurfaced in many parts of South India.

Nationalism under Globalization through the eyes of Google

Professor Laksiri Fernando, University of Sydney (Visiting)

Researching through Internet is increasingly a popular and a useful method allowing the researcher to view, engage and even interact with various views and information under any particular subject. The subject selected for the present search was ‘Nationalism under Globalization,’ and this article reveals only what one could obtain under a Google search in early November 2006 and the relative importance of the content sourced. Of course there are other search engines to obtain similar information, but the present was limited to Google as a matter of convenience. It was perhaps more than a matter of convenience, as on 1 November, while Google produced 1,360,000 entries; a comparable MSN Search was limited to 129,850 results.

Ambassador Allan Rock

Breathing life into our cities

By Malladi Rama Rao

Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) is the flagship programme of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to make our cities, big and small, to mirror the growth the economy has achieved over the years. It is a time bound effort. The emphasis is on urgently needed facelift to the urban infrastructure. Focus is also on basic services like housing, water supply, sanitation, community toilets and slum improvement so that urban poor can lead a better life.

Sri Lanka Air force jets destroys Eastern sea base of LTTE despite protests by the Nordic monitoring mission

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir jets completely destroyed a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Sea Tiger base at Palachchenai in North of Vakarai Sri Lanka Defence Ministry sources said. The aerial attack took place just before noon Monday the Defense Department sources said. "Air Force at 11.30a.m, whacked the sea tiger facility completely," the military sources said. The Ministry sources said the insurgents used this base as a launching platform to attack ships carrying essential items to Jaffna from Colombo several times.

Lankan diaspora outfit calls for immediate end to killings, effective federalism, and continuation of peace talks

By Para Kumarasamy

A Europe-based Sri Lankan Diaspora outfit called "International Network of Sri Lankan Diaspora" (INSD), asked for an immediate end to killings in Sri Lanka while calling for a solution based on Federalism. The resolution came at a conference held at the Protestant Academy in Bad Boll, Germany on 27th to 29th October 2006. The Diaspora of Sri Lanka from Austria, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland took part in the conference.

Sri Lanka: Price of the Polythene products would be increased due to the government's proposed ban

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Local Polythene manufacturers say, the proposed government ban on usage of low-thick polythene would affect small-scale manufactures and the customers who use it regularly. They said the industry needs a national policy to manufacture polythene products and packaging materials, however the government is still in a poor position and unable to provide optional packaging systems for local customers. According to the government sources, low-thickness polythene, which comes under 20 micron, would be banned from 1st January next year.

Pakistan bans a booklet on Kashmir

By Dr Shabir Choudhry

Pakistan has banned another booklet on Kashmir, and this speaks volumes about right of expression and independence of media in Pakistan and Pakistani controlled Kashmir. Areas of Gilgit and Baltistan and Azad Kashmir have no media to speak of, and control of Islamabad is so strict that they decide what should we read and what our ears should hear. Even syllabus for our schools and colleges is decided by Islamabad. On 22 October 2006, Pakistani authorities have banned a booklet called, 'Kashmir Ki Pukaar'- cry of Kashmir. This booklet is written by a Pakistani, Arif Malik, who lives in Mirpur and has, for many years, interacted with Kashmiri nationalists, which obviously had some impact on his thinking and his understanding of Kashmir dispute.

Consumer Authority attempts to create a society friendly business culture

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Cargills (Ceylon) Ltd along with the other key supermarket chains organized the first ever open forum discussion with the Consumer Affairs Authority and relevant state bodies to strategize how best all together could meet the aspirations of the consumers, traders, manufacturers with various governments’ institutions and through this exercise to serve the community best. W K H Wegapitiya, Chairman, Laugfs Holdings Ltd one of the Supermarket chain owners criticised the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) sharply accusing CAA not treating all traders equally. He said while there are so many essential items for the living of the people, the Minister of Trade in his discretion have declared such items as gas, mosquito

Lanka finally appoints 'International Independent Group of Eminent Persons' monitored body to probe HR violations and abuses

Having dithered for some time, Sri Lanka finally appointed an internationally observed commission to probe fifteen prominent human right violation incidents that include several high profile assassinations and mass scale slaughters attributed to both the LTTE and government's military and para-military outfits. The proceeding of the Commission will be closely observed by 'International Independent Group of Eminent Persons' (IIGEP) headed by the former Chief Justice of India P.N. Bhagwathie, and whose official secretariat will commence its operations in the BMICH premises in Colombo exclusively for this purpose.