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Chandrika Kumaratunga's comments on the purchase of curtains in London

Former Sri Lanka President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, comments on the purchase of curtains in London. We publish the following text sent by the office of the former President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Kumaratunga with the Editor’s comments.

Sri Lanka Government Suspends Raja FM radio channel with immediate effect

Raja FM is one of the channels of AEP radio and television network has been suspended. According to a Sri Lanka Information Department’s press release, Minister of Mass Media and Information Anura Priyadharshana Yapa has suspended the radio broadcast of Raja FM in accordance with the powers entrusted on him under the Societal Good Conduct Act No 37 of 1966. The Colombo Communication Pvt Ltd has been notified of this order. Reports revealed that Raja FM was broadcasting on a Question Answer format discussions on adult sexual issues. It was further alleged thing happening in private sexual life was taken up in the Q&A format broadcast by the FM Radio station.

Saddam’s Trial in Context: Episode of Victors’ Injustice

By Nicola Nasser

American and European official and public opinion reactions to Saddam Hussein’s guilty verdict on Sunday artificially removed both the trial and the death sentence out of context and focused instead on "flaws" in the legal technicalities of a fair trial and on death penalty as a punishment, which exposed the trial/s in Baghdad as merely another episode in the U.S.-British so far unsuccessful efforts to establish their occupation of Iraq and to develop the current status quo there as the new order. Saddam’s trials were staged to buy the U.S. and British leaders as well as the rulers of their new Iraq some time for political survival, but the trials needed no time to prove they are counterproductive and will in no way make the conclusion of a farce trial a turning point, a "milestone" or an end of era as President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki prematurely stated.

Turning the Tide on Human Suffering

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

If the world's growing water crisis remains unresolved -- depriving clean water to more than one billion of the world's six billion people -- it will jeopardise the U.N.'s longstanding battle to reduce global poverty, hunger and disease by its targeted date of 2015, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) warned Thursday. "For some, the global water crisis is about absolute shortages of physical supply," says UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis, a former vice president of the World Bank. But he points out that the UNDP's 2006 Human Development Report (HDR) rejects this view.

UN official visits Myanmar

Ibrahim Gambari, United Nations Under Secretary-General arrived in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) yesterday for a three day visit within the context of the Secretary General's good offices mandate. He was greeted upon arrival by Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win and Labour Minister U Thaung. Ibrahim Gambari’s visit is considered a working visit to continue the dialogue initiated during Gambari's first visit in May, with a view to strengthening UN - Myanmar cooperation, addressing key issues of concern and achieving tangible progress.

The Somali Political Cliffhanger

By Abukar Arman

As the third round of the Khartoum peace talks ended in disappointment, the question on the minds of many stakeholders is "How would the Somali political riddle ever be solved peacefully?" How would a country that is allergic to political stalemates and is already fatigued by years of tail-chasing "peace negotiations" survive this round of disappointment? There are no easy answers in this suspenseful saga. Nevertheless, it behooves all objective stakeholders to refrain from pouring more fuel onto this fire. Furthermore, it is critical to contextualize the problem at hand in order to pinpoint the most serious impediment to the peace process.

Norway very troubled by the deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka

Norway’s Minister of International Development Erik Solheim is very troubled by the deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka. In recent days there have been intensive military operations, some involving repeated aerial bombardment, which have particularly affected innocent civilians.

Karunanidhi condemns army shelling in Eastern Sri Lanka'

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi

M.KarunanidhiTamil Nadu strong man Muthavel Karunanidhi is no longer hiding his concern over the situation in Sri Lanka. He has come out strongly against the Sri Lankan army's Wednesday shelling in Batticaloa, which claimed sixty five lives. In a statement in Chennai, Karunanidhi said, 'The time has come for answering the genuine question that how long India can tolerate this'. While the Tigers have put the death toll at 45 including six infants, many of the Sri Lank’s newspapers including the online news daily "Asian Tribune" reported that at least 60 to 65 persons died and another 300 were wounded.

"They killed 68 in Kebithigollewa–So there goes 65 in Kathiraveli" : Is Sri Lanka now at a tit-for-tat killing field?

By K.T.Rajasingham

A disinformation campaign and a counter-campaign to counter it are being waged at their best in Sri Lanka. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) the separatist Tamil rebel outfit and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) are also involved in a grim game of numbers – that of counting the dead bodies. With their conflicting death toll numbers, both sides are involved in the peak of their disinformation campaign in presenting cases of killings to win justifications and international sympathy, unmindful of the plight of the "Sinnathambys" "Seyeds" and the "Silvas" –the average citizen of Sri Lanka.

South Indian airports in security blanket after an 'Al Qaeda threat'

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

"10 Al-Qaida terrorists have penetrated Chennai airport and plan to blow it up by using sophisticated explosives", said an anonymous 'handwritten' letter found at Trichy airport. Security agencies do not give much credence to the 'threat' and to the 'possibility' of Al-Qaeda infiltration into Chennai airport. Nevertheless, security has been beefed up across all airports in south India particularly at Cochin, Calicut, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy and Trivandrum.

Nadaraja Raviraj MP - Shot and Killed

By Walter Jayawardhana and Sunil C.Perera

N.RavirajJaffna District Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj has been shot dead, Borella police said. The incident has taken place around 8.45 in the morning, as he was proceeding to the Elvitigala Road from Martha Road (a sub route entering the main road) in his vehicle - numbered KE 1279. Mr. Raviraj injured at the point was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital and immediately after admission he succumbed to his injuries.

UN’s top political officer stresses need for political progress in Myanmar

Ibrahim GambariThe top United Nations political officer arrived in Myanmar yesterday where he emphasized the need for progress, including the release of political prisoners, in talks with Government ministers, a UN spokesman said. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, began a four-day visit building on an earlier one in May, when he spoke with a cross-section of officials, including the most prominent democracy advocate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 10 of the past 16 years.

Government strongly condemns killing of TNA MP

RavirajThe Government of Sri Lanka strongly condemns the brutal killing of Nadarajh Raviraj, MP, of Tamil National Alliance. In a statement released by the Director of Sri Lanka Government Information emphasized that The Sri Lanka Government was deeply concerned over the killing of the elected representative of Jaffna district.

Police on the trail of Raviraj Killer(s)?

RavirajLatest information reveals that Deputy Inspector General for Colombo Division has appointed Police teams to inquire into the killing of Jaffna District MP Nadarajah Raviraj. Police also came across a bag containing the gun used for the killing along with some ammunition rounds, believed to have been thrown away by fleeing assassins. Raviraj was shot this morning by unidentified gunman near his residence and he died of gunshot injuries when admitted to the Colombo National hospital.

Zone24x7 wins Gold at the National Best Quality Software Awards 2006

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribnne

At recently concluded annual National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) organized by the British Computer Society in Sri Lanka,"Remote Device Agent (RDA)" a solution for managing devices in an enterprise, won the Gold for Zone24x7 in the Applications and Infrastructure category and the overall Bronze award. NBQSA is held to showcase and benchmark Sri Lankan ICT products in this globally competitive era and to recognize outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in Sri Lanka and to enable ICT products and services to compete in the international market place.

EC to assist underprivileged masses in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

European Commission in Sri Lanka has pledged to assist the local charity organization - the Colombo "Friend in Need Society." Head of Delegation of the European Commission, Mr.Julian Wilson told media his commission expects to assist charity work organized by the Friend in Need Society to fulfill aspirations of the disabled community. Speaking at a simple ceremony at the Colombo Friend in Need Society premises, the EC diplomat reiterated that the EC is a major donor of humanitarian assistance and development aid to Sri Lanka.

United Nations condemns the killings of civilians

The United Nations has condemned condemns in the strongest possible terms the shelling by the security forces of the Government of Sri Lanka on defenceless civilians sheltering in Kathiravelli School in Vaharai yesterday (08 N0v.). Also United Nations has deplored Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for preventing some 2,000 civilians from fleeing to safety. In a statement UN has said, "The LTTE has an obligation to protect civilians and allow them freedom of movement to leave an area where they fear for their safety."