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Violation of Human Rights in Sri Lanka to dominates Co-Chair meeting In Washington today

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Blatant violation of human rights by both Sri Lanka security forces and the separatist Tamil Tigers, in the opinion of the members of the Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference, and the focus on finding a political solution to the national question escaping the political radar, which the United States is greatly concerned, will dominate the agenda of the Co-Chairs when they meet in Washington today, November 20, to scrutinize the volatile pol-mil development in Sri Lanka.

President Rajapakse orders the flow of food to Jaffna in sealed lorries

President Mahinda Rajapakse has ordered that essential goods be delivered to Jaffna through A-9 road. This is expected to ease the scarcity of essential food items and fuel in the Jaffna peninsula. Independent organizations will facilitate the movement of Lorries transporting the goods. These Lorries will be sealed and will be opened only after they reach Jaffna in the presence of religious and civilian organizations.

History’s biggest revolt against party leader Ranil makes 20 parliamentarians boycott UNP’s 51st annual conference

By Walter Jayawardhana

Karu JayasuriyaThe last time United national Party rebels declared war against the then party leader Ranasinghe Premadasa that resulted in the expulsions of party stalwarts Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayaka driving them to form a new party it was mainly by a group of seven parliamentarians. But this time the storm brewing against party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is proportionately larger and includes the second in command of the party, the deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya aided by 19 other party’s senior parliamentarians. That’s the number who boycotted the 51st Annual Convention of the Party assembled at the grounds of the Colombo Municipal Council, November 19.

Market similar to last week – Momentum maintained

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In its weekly market review HNB Stockbrokers indicated that while the market started off on a sluggish note on Monday, it managed to gather momentum setting a new high of 2692.9 points on Thursday. Similar to what was witnessed last week indices fell on Friday mainly driven by profit taking. The Budget 2007 read on Thursday did not capture any drastic implications towards given sectors, while in effect the budget proposals that influence the capital markets, seemed positive. Thus while the market fell modestly on Friday HNB stockbrokers do not consider the fall as being a reaction to the new budget.

Will Sri Lanka be India’s Iraq?

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Is India going to be pushed, prodded or propelled, in its policy towards Sri Lanka, down the very path that it took in the 1980s? The All India Bar Association (AIBA) has joined the raucous voices emanating from Tamil Nadu, calling for a more vigorous and one-sided policy on the part of New Delhi towards Colombo. While it goes against India’s interest to be even handed between the LTTE, which perpetrated an act of foreign terrorism on its soil, and Sri Lanka, a friendly neighbour, voices such as that of the AIBA actually argue for a policy that is lopsided: against the Sri Lankan government, armed forces and the Sinhala majority; in favor of the Tamils and uncritical – even silent- towards the Tigers.

Tigers fear anger of starving cadres

Fearing that the rising anger of the starving Tamil Tiger cadres in Vaharai might hit the Tiger high command desperate attempts are being made by the hierarchy in Killinochchi to force the Sri Lanka Government to send lorry loads of food and other essential commodities to the areas controlled by them. Along with the LTTE cadres there are 12,000 Tamil families, more than 80 percent of which are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the villages around Mavilaru, and from Sampur, Muthur and Kiliveddi. These civilians are used as human shields by the Tigers. These IDPs were not allowed to move out of the uncleared region to the Government controlled area. On 18 November 10 lorry loads of food and medicine were sent by the Sri Lanka Government from Valaichchenai to Vaharai via Mankerni.

Chandrika Kumaratunga’s new romance with an old enemy

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

ChandrikaIn an interview aired on Asia-Pacific TV (July 16, 2005) Michael Maher, the Correspondent of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, pitted President Chandrika Kumaratunga against her sister Sunethra Bandaranaike and in the following exchange exposed one of the hidden characteristics of the then President. Opening shot: Chandrika Kumaratunga, Sri Lanka's president: I'm a workaholic, I like to work. And I'm in this, not to fill my pockets like lots of others, or because the idea of power thrills me - I find it a joke.

Work on Sri Lanka's second international airport kicks off

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

At exactly 9.55 a.m., Sunday, President Mahinda Rajapakse laid the foundation stone for the construction of the country's second international airport in Weerawila. Incidentally, the President who celebrated his birthday on the 18th also completes one year in office in Sunday. Detailing the project, Minister of Ports and Aviation Mangala Samaraweera told a news conference late last week that the project expected to cost approximately US$ 150 million is schedule to be completed by early 2010.

A Banner Week in the Fight For Justice in Bangladesh: A Correction

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin - Correspondent - "Asian Tribune"

On November 18, 2006, I published an article in the Asian Tribune, entitled "A Banner Week in the Fight for Justice in Bangladesh." The article included a statement that Professor Irwin "Cotler was apparently also miffed at the disingenuous assurances he received from Bangladeshi officials while a high Canadian minister."

Mano Ganeshan fled to Chennai after Sri Lanka Police revealed that he was in the hit list of the LTTE

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mano GaneshanTamil political sources said that Mano Ganeshan the leader of the Western People’s Front has left Sri Lanka for Chennai South India after the police tipped him off as a possible assassination target of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).Mano Ganeshan leaving for Chennai has to be officially confirmed as he was not available for comments. However, reliable sources said that the police have warned him that he is on a hit list by the LTTE together with other parliamentarians like Nimal Siripala de Silva , the leader of the Sri Lankan negotiating team and Keheliya Rambukwella , the cabinet spokesman for defense , both tough talking guys against the Tamil Tigers.

Singapore to Help Revive Ancient Indian University

Kalinga Seneviratne - Inter Press Service

With support from Singapore, Japan and other countries interested in Buddhism, India's ancient Nalanda University, dating back to 5th century B.C., may soon be restored to its past glory as a primary seat of learning in Asia. An ambitious 150 million US-dollar project was unfolded at an international symposium titled 'Reviving Buddhist Cultural Links', held here this week. Essentially a joint venture between the provincial government of India's eastern Bihar state -- where Nalanda is located -- and the Singapore government, it envisages the participation of several countries with large Buddhist populations, including Sri Lanka, Thailand and China.

A case for mercy to Afzal Guru

By JN Raina - Syndicate Features

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s comment, "India will go up in flames" if Parliament-attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru is hanged, is shocking but not unexpected from a man, who has exhibited his loyalty to the nation umpteen times, to the chagrin of the Muslim hardliners. There is no doubt he is a staunch nationalist, but he is a maverick too. Among all Kashmiri leaders, he is the most critical of Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism. But Dr Abdullah should have refrained using inflammatory language, hurting the sentiments of the intelligentsia.

Karu Jayasuriya


LTTE demands A 9 Road opened for all purposes: Rejects Sri Lanka government’s plan to open the road to send only food convoys

By Walter Jayawardhana

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rejects Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa comimg forward to open the A-9 Highway to Jaffna to transport food to the 500,000 Jaffna civilians. The spokesman for the LTTE, Daya Master in statement to the news agencies said the government’s plan to send one-off aid convoys to the Jaffna peninsula is not acceptable and the LTTE wanted the A-9 be kept opened permanently instead.