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Vaiko creates friction between Delhi and Chennai

By M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune

Deliberately or by accident, Gopalaswamy, Vaiko to his friends and the faithful, has pitted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's UPA against Muthavel Karunanidhi's DMK. It is no secret that DMK which is running a minority government in Chennai with the outside support of Congress, Left parties, and some local regional parties is against Singh and his Congress party entertaining Vaiko in Delhi. For reasons, which are in the realm of conjectures at least till a couple of days back, Vaiko has been a welcome guest at the PMO.

killing of TNA MP Raviraj: Scotland Yard detectives to arrive today in Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Four detectives from Britain's Scotland Yard are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka today (Thursday) to assist local police in carrying out investigations into the killing of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj. The detectives' arrival comes nearly two months after the slaying. Raviraj, who represented the political arm of the Tamil Tiger rebels, was shot dead along with his security guard by unidentified gunmen November 10th, 2006 at Colombo 5.

India’s oil and gas Company to start oil exploration activities in Sri Lanka’s Bay of Mannar soon

By Walter Jayawardhana

India’s state owned Oil and Gas Corporation Videsh Ltd. has announced that it will explore for oil and gas in Sri Lanka’s Mannar basin very soon. The ONGC Videsh Ltd said the company’s own experience in India’s Kaveri basin would help them to explore oil and gas in the neighboring Sri Lanka. It has been speculated by geologists that the same Kaveri oil deposit string also runs beneath Sri Lanka’s Mannar bay.

The Blessed month of Hajj - for the pilgrims and others

Dr. Mareena Reffai

The main aim of hajj pilgrimage is seeking forgiveness from the sins -as Prophet (sal) has said that whoever completes an accepted hajj will return from his pilgrimage as pure from sins as a new born baby. Most people know this month of Hajj only for the pilgrimage of visiting Macca; however this is a month of blessings and forgiveness for those who do not go on hajj too.

Pak nervous over resolution in EU parliament on Kashmir

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

Indications from the European Union's parliament are that it will adopt a harsh resolution against Pakistan on Kashmir issue later this month. EU members are angered over Pakistan's recent vilification campaign against Baroness Emma Nicholson, who has ticked off Islamabad in her recent report, 'Kashmir -Present situation and future prospects' for the Committee on foreign affairs. Perturbed over these reports from Brussels, Pakistan has gone into a diplomatic overdrive to limit the damage and see that the EU resolution is watered down. The campaign to discredit the Emma Nicholson o as Indian agent and her report as anti-Pakistan and anti-Kashmir is a part of the exercise

Sri Lanka Army officers - two Majors and a Captain, to face court-martial for passing information to LTTE

By Walter Jayawardhana

An Army Major will face a court martial for passing information to the liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defense announced. Two more – one more officer in the officer rank of a major and a captain have been taken into custody for the same allegations and will be tried before military courts when the investigation against them are over.

Sri Lanka: UNIDO constructs a Dendro power Station in Meemure

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The United Nations Industrial Development Program [UNIDO] and the electricity authorities just completed their test electricity generation at the Sri Lanka's first UN sponsored Dendro Electricity Generation Plant , at Meemure, Udadumbara to provide electricity to over 100 traditional families in the remote hamlet. UNIDO's National Consultant Sarath Chandrasena says UNIDO has allocated Rs.31 million to construct the dendro power plant - a mini hydro plant and IT based community center in Meemure and plans are underway to provide electricity for all families in Meemure within this year.

New U.N. Chief Ambiguous on Death Penalty

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As he walked into a group of waiting reporters on his first day at the United Nations, the newly-anointed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon refused to express his personal views on the death penalty -- in contrast to his predecessor Kofi Annan who publicly opposed capital punishment. Asked whether the former Iraqi president, who was executed Saturday, should have been spared the death penalty, Ban said: "Saddam Hussein was responsible for committing heinous crimes and unspeakable atrocities against the Iraqi people. We should never forget the victims of his crimes."

Saddam’s execution will not help US

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

There was never any doubt that elimination of Saddam Hussein was part of the agenda when the US plotted invasion of Iraq to destroy the latter’s ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that were never found. But the master of that plot, President George W. Bush, had not reckoned that the world would not accept the execution of the former Iraqi dictator as just and ‘an important milestone on Iraq’s course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain, and defend itself.’ Bush himself seems unsure of how Iraq will shape and how he will get out of the Iraqi quagmire. He cannot shrug off his Iraqi nightmares by such inverted snobbery as announcing that he was retiring for the day moments before Saddam Hussein was being taken to the gallows.

Saddam Hussein execution: A sectarian lynching

A video of the final minutes of Saddam Hussein, released to the Arab media late Saturday and widely broadcast around the world, demonstrates that the execution of the former Iraqi president was an act of sectarian vengeance by the Shiite Muslim groups placed in power by the US invasion of the country. The video, apparently made using the cell phone of one of the guards or official witnesses in the death chamber, records the last fragments of conversation between Hussein and his hooded executioners, who were apparently loyal to the Shiite radical clergyman Moqtada al-Sadr, head of the most powerful militia force in Iraq, the Mahdi Army.

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Sri Lanka: Sea Tiger base in Mullaitivu sustains major damage

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

The sea Tiger base in Alampil, Mullaitivu is reported to have sustained major damage, when it came under heavy attack by the Sri Lanka air force today morning, the Media Centre for National Security said. The air force launched air strikes at around 7.15 today morning targeting the Sea Tiger base in Alampil. Although the centre claimed that the base was completely destroyed, there was no immediate independent confirmation on the actual damage.


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