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Chamli de Zoyza with his awards

The Hajj and issue confronting the Muslim Ummah.

Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz, USA.

Some 3 million Muslims from around the world marched through a desert valley outside Mecca on Thursday on the first day of the annual hajj pilgrimage. According to the AP, the pilgrims hiked through the eight-mile valley to Mina, starting a series of rituals to cleanse themselves of sin. This year's hajj takes place amid increasing worries across the Islamic world - over the bloodshed in Iraq, Northern Muslims who were expelled by the Tamil Tigers in 1990 still languishing in the refugee camps without adequate institutional help from the government in Sri Lanka, in sectarian violence in the Palestinian territories and a new war in Somalia which gave space for Ethiopians to back interim government.

Norwegian state funds Tiger hate campaigns against Sinhalese -- Norwegians Against Terrorism

The Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) – an independent research organization based in Oslo – has pin-pointed some of the underworld activities of the LTTE in the South East Asian region. After the latest survey of the terrorist activities of the LTTE Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand NAT has highlighted as -The LTTE has difficulties buying sophisticated weapons in South East Asia.The LTTE is active in Cambodia and utilize their Cambodian network for purchase of small arms and explosives. Cambodia is a country struggling with corruption and this attracts organizations like the LTTE. Despite of the terrorist listing the fundraising continues as usual in Europe.

India’s Reactive Strategic Culture must Change

By Gurmeet Kanwal

Alexander of Greece, the Scythians, Genghis Khan, Mahmud Ghazni (17 times), Mohammed Ghori, Timur the Lame and the Mughals, among others, all invaded India through the Khyber Pass. But, like it is said of the Bourbons of France, though the Indian rulers forgot nothing, they learnt nothing. The motley array of princelings who ruled India woke up from their drunken orgies only when the invading hordes had reached Panipat and were knocking on the gates of Delhi. Even after over half a century since India’s independence, the ‘Panipat Syndrome’ still permeates India’s strategic culture.

Tsunami affected small-scale entrepreneur won National Entrepreneur Award

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Chamli de Zoyza , a small Jaadi manufacturer and entrepreneur who was affected by the tsunami was awarded as best Sri Lankan National Entrepreneur of the year 2005 in Sri Lanka , by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce Industry of Sri Lanka [FCCISL] at their annual awards ceremony held in Colombo. Mr.Zoyza , who manages a Sanchi Jaadi and a manufacturing plant in Kosgoda, Southern Sri Lanka, also awarded was as Southern best entrepreneur of the year 2005, by the same chamber.

Sun shines on India-Japan relations

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

It may have its own significance that India has started to register clearly on Japanese radars around the time the Washington decided to upgrade its relationship with Delhi, upturning its nearly five-decade old policy of indifference, if not unfriendliness. While many in India, both from the Left and the Right camps, remain sceptical about the future course of Indo-US ties, there appears to be a wider and more spontaneous acceptance of the warmth lately visible in Indo-Japanese relations.

Former US President Gerald Ford dies: Pardoned Nixon for Watergate crimes

Gerald Ford, the 38th president of the United States, died December 26 at the age of 93 at his home in Rancho Mirage, California. Ford, the only occupant of the White House who was never elected to national office, assumed the presidency at a time of intense political crisis, in August 1974 following the resignation of Richard Nixon. One month later, in the act for which he is best known, Ford pardoned Nixon for crimes he committed in the Watergate scandal, contrary to the wishes of the vast majority of the American people. In the 1976 presidential election Ford was narrowly defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter, a loss generally attributed to his decision to allow the hated Nixon to go scot-free.

LTTE Talks in Oslo

Interpol Red Corner Notice on K.P.

U.N. Remains Paralysed Over Fighting in Somalia

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the United Nations failed to take immediate action during the month-long Israeli attacks on Lebanon last July, the Security Council was accused of deliberately dragging its feet to provide more time for a decisive military victory by the Jewish state. The 15-member Security Council took more than a month to adopt a resolution calling for a ceasefire, by which time hundreds and thousands of Lebanese civilians had been killed by Israeli airstrikes which left parts of Beirut in shambles.