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Protest route

LTTE airplanes sighted: Colombo International airport closed and Colombo city lights switched off

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka government temporarily closed the Colombo International Air Port and switched off lights in the Colombo city on Thursday night, after suspicious unidentified aircraft were seen flying along the Western coast, sources in Colombo said. Sri Lanka took such precautions since light propeller driven airplanes were involved in bombing sorties first in Katunayaka Sri Lanka Airforce base and allegedly in the Palali Air force base.

Sri Lanka Air Force on alert: Fires at a suspicious air craft - Katunayake

As suspicious aircraft was observed in and around the Katunayake sky around 11 PM yesterday, Sri Lanka Air Force has engaged its air defense weapons at a suspicious air craft. Sri Lanka Defence website revealed that the suspicious air move has been detected by the air defence radar around 10.45 p.m. The air defence weapon systems have been activated targeting the suspicious air craft in order to avoid possible terror air raid at the Air Force camp. The Air Force sources further conformed that no air raid has taken place and the Air Force base is safe.

CCI and Skills to train technical personnel engaged in the construction industry

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Construction Chamber signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Skills International to train technical personnel engaged in the Construction Industry. Chamber of Construction Industry, the accredited representative of the domestic construction industry has undertaken training of technical personnel for the construction industry in collaboration with Skills International [Pvt] Ltd., which is an implementing partner of City and Guilds to deliver technical training programmes to personnel engaged in the construction industry.

United Kingdom launches new international visa scheme for graduates

A new scheme launched by the United Kingdom will enable international students to work in the UK for a year after they have completed their studies was welcomed by the British High Commission and British Council today. International students who obtain a bachelors degree or higher level qualification in any subject from a recognised university or college in the United Kingdom will be able to stay on for a year. The scheme will be introduced on 1 May 2007 and will help cement the UK’s status as a top study destination for international students.

People's issues not at centre stage in UP elections

By Bobby Ramakant

"People's issues highlighted through various people's movements going on in the UP state are sadly not at centre stage in UP elections" said Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee 2002 and National Convener of NAPM (National Alliance of People's Movements). Caste-based politics is becoming decisive in UP. NAPM, the largest network of grassroots people's struggles in India , came up with People's Political Front (PPF) before 2004 Lok Sabha elections. PPF is giving voice and platform to grassroots activists to participate in electoral process in UP.

Gulf Security: A Regional Vision

By Abdul Jaleel Al Marhoon

The Gulf security medium comprises seven basic variables
summarised as follows: The new trends towards political reform, the ever increasing internal (domestic) armed violence, the Iraqi variable or the "US policy in Iraq" variable, the "Iranian nuclear program issue" variable and the American approach towards it and the NATO's new trend and its effort to widen the scope of its roles in the Gulf region. The sixth variable would be the US-Indian policy and its regional impacts and the seventh variable would be the Chinese power security and its correlation with the Gulf security.

After first round of French election: the contest for the “centre”

Workers and young people confront a difficult choice in the final round of the French presidential election on May 6. Although they reject and despise the candidate of the Socialist Party, many will vote for Ségolène Royal in order to prevent a victory for Nicolas Sarkozy, the right-wing candidate of the Gaullist UMP. There can be no doubt about the danger posed by Sarkozy. The mayor of the upper class Parisian suburb of Neuilly is the favored candidate of the wealthy, the stock exchange and big business. He has adopted parts of the program of the extreme right National Front and promotes strict law and order policies. Should he become president, his first measures will be to limit the right to strike, restrict immigration and lower taxes for the rich. There are strong Bonapartist characteristics to his politics.

LTTE office raid in Paris

LTTE falling in Paris, running on a collision course with the French Government

French police has expressed their utter disappointment to the Tamil university students in Paris for violating the conditions they agreed by turning a 'rally' into a 'protest march.' The students have originally agreed to hold a 'rally' on Wednesday April 25 but the it subsequently turned vociferous with slogan shouting, placards display amounting to 'protest march.' The permission to conduct a peaceful rally was applied not by the LTTE in Paris but by AETF, the Tamil University Students Organization in France (Association des Etudiants Tamouls de France). Permission was granted on 23 April evening by Paris Police to AETF. The protest march commenced from Republique to Bastille in the city of Paris.


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