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New Zealand government announces extension of Afghanistan military operations

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced last week that the country’s military intervention in Afghanistan will be extended until September 2008. The latest deployment of a 120-strong Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan province and other military postings follows a similar 12-month extension announced last April. A navy frigate will be dispatched to the Arabian Gulf next year, where US-allied vessels are patrolling, purportedly for Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, after a planned deployment to the South East Asian region. This follows previous New Zealand naval deployments in the Gulf at the time of the invasion of Iraq.

At least 12 Tamil Tigers were killed in a fresh battle in Batticaloa

By Walter Jayawardhana

Fresh fighting in the Eastern Province between Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and government troops killed at least eight Tamil Tigers and four government troops. Fierce fighting erupted when about 300 rebels attempted to infiltrate the forward defense lines at Chenkaladi, Sittankudi in kamburumulla areas in the Batticaloa District, March 21 , the Sri Lanka Army said.

Bogollagama suggests a new variant of joint patrolling of Palk Straits

Sri Lanka's foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama rounded his two-day India visit Tuesday night with a meeting with the defence minister AK Antony. Accompanied by his foreign secretary, he held discussions with his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee. He also met former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani, the main opposition leader in Parliament. The main talking point at all these meetings was safety of Indian fishermen in the Palk Straits, which is a sensitive issue in Tamil Nadu. Chief Minister Karunanidhi has publicly voiced his disquiet at the recent incidents of gunmen targeting Indian fishermen. There were reports that the Lankan Navy fired at the Indian fishing boats but Colombo maintains that the firing was the handiwork of Tamil Tigers, who have become once again along the Tamil Nadu coast.

U.S.-led Terror War Victimizes World's Minorities

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The U.S.-led war on terror has triggered a strong backlash against some of the world's minorities, including ethnic and religious groups, according to a study released here Tuesday. "The debate continues to rage about whether the 'war on terror' has made the world a safer place for the West," noted Mark Lattimer, director of the London-based Minority Rights Group (MRG) International. "But it has certainly made it a much more dangerous place for minorities."

London Tamil Broadcasting Corporation is back on the air

London Tamil Broadcasting Corporation is back on the air since from yesterday. Mr. V.Ramaraj, Director of the London Tamil Broadcasting Corporation in a press release said that they are on the air since from yesterday. He said that presently they are on a test broadcast and the regular programs including their popular political forum would be on the air soon.

Tamil Tigers to fight final war against Sri Lanka: In Canada Tamil Cinema Stars billed to participate in a fund raising event

Tamil Nadu cinema stars have agreed to participate in a mega fund raising event in Canada in support of Tamil Tigers’ ‘Final War against Sri Lanka.’ According to the latest handbills and advertisements released in the Medias in Toronto, a troupe of Tamil actors led by Sarathkumar – popularly called “Supreme Star”, a former Member of Parliament (Rajya sabah), also a former DMK stalwart, and presently the President of the Tamil Nadu Actors Union will be in Canada next month to participate in the Tamil Tigers mega fund raising event to raise funds to fight the Sri Lanka Government. It is learnt that M.K. Sivajilingam, a Sri Lankan Parliamentarian from Tamil National Alliance, which is a proxy party of the LTTE, was sent to Chennai to collect money and to organize meetings in Chennai in support of the Tigers. In Tamil Nadu he organized meetings and collected money for the Tigers. He also met Tamil Nadu Actors Union and urged them to help Tigers to collect money.

Tamil Cinema Stars

Peace and Freedoms for Indian women in the digital era

By Dr. Stephen Gill

The easy availability of information technology even in remote areas is going to open a new chapter for women in India. The emerging digital era will give them a wide range of options and a power to be more self-aware, more enlightened and economically independent. Women will be more decisive as mothers, wives, taxpayers and as humans. As mothers, they will develop courage to say if their sons should go to wars to kill the sons of others.

SL trains Pepper farmers in Nalada to improve quality of pepper

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Representatives of the International Pepper Community , Sri Lankan Agricultural experts including the Department of Agriculture have trained Pepper farmers to improve quality of the pepper and obtain high market share in the foreign countries. However, Indian traders still say some of Sri Lanka’s Pepper shows inferior quality. The Department of Agriculture said it has already completed a training programme to educate Pepper farmers in Nalada, Matale to improve quality standards of the pepper.

BBC World ‘HARDTALK’Programme - Allan Little interviews Rohitha Bogollagama - Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Allan Little: Sri Lanka stepped up the war against the Tamil Tiger separatists. The five year old Ceasefire Agreement is in tatters and the Government seems more and more determined to pursue a military solution. With widespread reports of abductions and disappearances, extra judicial killings and torture, is today’s Sri Lanka to be like to General Pinochet’s Chile. My guest today is the Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister.The 'Hard Talk' program was aired in the BBC World Service on 15 March.

Indian security forces and police rape women if they protest, Indian Parliament rocks

By Subash Mohapatra

In Nandigram the massacre of farmers and rape of women by security forces and police stalled proceedings in Indian Parliament for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, forcing adjournment of both Houses. At least 14 people were killed and 71 injured in Nandigram in East Midnapore, about 150km southwest of Kolkata on March 14 as police opened fire to quell mobs protesting acquisition of farmland for a special economic zone (SEZ).

Celltel completes construction of 32 Gramodaya Health Centres in Tsunami affected areas

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Consequent to discussions with the Ministry of Health, Celltel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd on an MOU signed with the Government of Sri Lanka was able to complete the construction of 32 Gramodaya Health Centres in the Western, Southern and Eastern Provinces that were devastated by the 2004 December Tsunami at a cost of Rs 180 million. Duminda Ratnayaka, CEO, Celltel, said that organizations worldwide had undertaken mostly to provide food, clothing, education equipment, medical attention and housing for the Tsunami affected people and areas.

Sri Lanka: Twenty One tsunami affected families resettled in Galle

Twenty one tsunami affected families in Thalapitiya, Galle were resettled in three storey housing complex on Friday 16 Mawrch, when they received their deeds of ownership at a ceremony held at the site. This UNDP project funded by the Government of Germany was launched in late 2005. Each housing unit is complete with water, electricity and sewerage facilities. The 21 apartment style housing units were built on 29 perches of land made available by the Galle Municipal Council.

The Housing block with 21 appartments

Dialog TV, exclusive satellite TV provider for Asiri Hospitals

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Dialog Satellite TV recently announced that it had entered into an agreement with the Asiri Group of Hospitals, whereby Dialog Satellite TV will be the exclusive satellite TV provider for Asiri and Asiri Surgical Hospitals. Dialog Satellite TV, operated and managed by Asset Media Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Dialog Telekom Ltd, is a premiere satellite television service that, since its launch in early February this year, has taken the industry by storm with its unique offering a bouquet of over 30 international and local channels focused on a versatile mix of knowledge, entertainment and news based programming.

Are joint family owned business disintegrating?

By *R.K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

Are Joint Family owned Business Houses disintegrating? Old order changeth yielding place to new is the adage we are familiar with for ages. The Reliance battle after the demise of Dhirubhai Ambani ended only after Mukesh and Anil agreed on the separation plan. Now the two wheeler giant, Bajaj Auto, is all set to be carved into separate auto and finance entities, to be headed by group chief Rahul Bajaj’s sons Rajiv and Sanjiv respectively. A plan for demerger to utilise the company’s cash surplus will be put before the Bajaj Auto board in the coming months.

Peace is knocking on the door -- Anandasangaree tells seminar in the House of Commons

A packed audience comprising Members of the British and European Parliaments and a large gathering of Sri Lankans of all communities as well as British academics and media representatives attended the Parliamentary seminar on the theme “A way forward to peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka” organized by the London based Campaign for Peace & Unity in Sri Lanka (CPUSL). The seminar was held on Monday 19 March at the House of Commons. While the parliamentary seminar was going on in one of the Committee rooms of the main block of the British Parliament, a group of LTTE supporters, nearly two dozens of them, led by Harrow Labour councillor Thaya Idaikadar, demonstrated outside the parliament holding banners that said: “We want peace with honour in Sri Lanka.”


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