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Sri Lanka’s Air Force Personnel Receiving Training At Indian Air Force Training Center in Chandigarh

By Walter Jayawardhana

Six Sri Lankan Air Force personnel are now undergoing a training program at Chandigarh in India, in preparation for the country’s latest purchase of MiG 27 jet fighter planes for its small air force. Indian newspapers have reported that the SLAF personnel are currently attending an electrical first line course for MiG 27 flip wings ground attack planes the country purchased from Ukraine recently. The group who started their course last October 14 would finish by January 5 2007 the reports said. When the program is over under the agreements with the Indian government, a third batch is expected to start training at the Indian Air Force Training Center at Chandigarh.

LTTE delegation participating in the funeral of Balasingham depend on Britain granting visas.

Top level leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are taking frantic measures to participate in the funeral of Anton Balasingham who passed away last Thursday at his house in South London. According to a reliable information, Thamotherampillai Sivnesan alias Colonel Soosai, S.P.Tamilselvan alias Dinesh, Rasiah Punitharuvan alias Irasiah Ilanthirayan Marshal and S.Pulidevan have indicated their wishes to participate in the funeral of Balasinghan, which is now officially announced to be held on 20th December in London. To visit Britain, Sri Lankan passport holders need an entry visa issued by the British High Commission in Colombo. As Britain has s banned LTTE in 2001, diplomatic sources in Colombo said that it will be unlikely for the British High Commission in Colombo to issue visas for LTTE leaders to participate in the funeral of Anton Balasingham.

UN urges Sri Lanka’s warring parties to facilitate IDPS leave Vaharai safely.

The tragic death of 7 internally displaced person including a young child when the boat capsized yesterday while fleeing for safety from vaharai has caused grave concern for the international community. In a statement released by United Nations Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Cordinator in Sri Lanka has urged that warring parties has to come forward to ensure, as well as facilitate the IDPs to leave the area.

Chinese Yuejin vehicles sales sets new record in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The sale of 225 brand new Chinese Yuejin vehicles in Sri Lanka has set in a record during its first year of introduction to the Sri Lankan market. These sales were done by Midland Riora Traders, Kandy through their branch and other dealer network throughout the country. At a press conference held at the Trans Asia Hotel last week to celebrate their one year success, Midland Riora Chairman, Nimal Ekanayake said that Midland Riora traders was further strengthened with the arrival of Yuejin brand and the company was fortunate to be the exclusive importer and distributor of the brand which is a best selling brand in China.

New U.N. Chief Vows High Ethical Standards

Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The incoming U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who took his oath of office before the 192-member General Assembly on Thursday, vowed to set "the highest ethical standards" in a world body which has come under fire for mismanagement, waste and malfeasance. "The good name of the United Nations is one of its most valuable assets -- but also one of its most vulnerable," the 62-year-old former South Korean foreign minister told delegates.

CCI releases Sri Lanka ’s first Construction Industry Trade Catalogue

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry announced of the release of the Construction Industry’s first Trade Catalogue. Construction Industry Trade Catalogue is to be officially released on 19th December. It is said that this publication will satisfy a long felt need of the construction sector. Construction Industry Trade Catalogue is published by the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka on an annual basis.

Central Bank Growth rate figures contested

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Whatever the Central Bank indicates, the economic indicators of Sri Lanka are not that impressive and the present rate of growth is only 4 percent compared to 9.4 percent in China and 8.1 percent in East Asia., said Dr Ravi Liyanage, Managing Director, Raigam Marketing Services Ltd while explaining his hard journey to become the Entrepreneur of the year 2005 conducted by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Sri Lanka (FCCISL).The awards ceremony was held at the BMICH with Robert Blake, United States Ambassador in Sri Lanka as Chief Guest.

Fighting invisible enemy

By JN Raina - Syndicate Features

Pakistan has succeeded in keeping the pot boiling in Kashmir since inception. The froth is palpably visible, with India watching idly to see when the pot becomes sterile; and there is sudden backfire. India has failed to extinguish the fire beneath the cauldron. The sordid outcome is obviously due to the weak-kneed policies pursued by the Delhi. If speedy measures are not taken, a day will come when India shall have to give a tearful ‘funeral’ to the beautiful damsel- Kashmir. Consider this.

New Zealand opposition leader quits

New Zealand opposition leader Don Brash quit politics late last month in the wake of damaging speculation over his future, and days before the release of a book that alleged links between him and the Exclusive Brethren religious sect. Brash had led the conservative National Party for three years, having been recruited from governorship of the Reserve Bank, but failed to oust the Labor government in last year’s election. Before resigning, Brash took court action to block publication of the book, The Hollow Men, by researcher Nicky Hager, claiming that it contained copies of emails stolen from his computer. Hager said all the published emails had been leaked to him by senior National Party figures.

“Charity and Terrorism Don’t Mix” - Washington Times

By Walter Jayawardhana

In a hard hitting editorial, Washington Times was highly critical of the verdict delivered three weeks ago by the Judge Audrey B. Collins favoring the funding of the Kurdistan Workers' Party in Turkey and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) enabling the terrorists’ organizations to collect money "for lawful non-violent activities." Commenting on the verdict of the Judge Audrey B. Collins the editorial of the December 16 issue of the Times strongly suggested the challenged law by the Tamil Tigers and another terrorist group should has to be amended by the Congress by strengthening the hand of the President to criminalize financial assistance to terrorist groups.