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Aussies will lose. It’s written in the law, says Sri Lankan fans

From our Colombo Correspondent

World Cup FinalePresident Mahinda Rajapakse has flown to Barbados to boost the confidence and the spirits of the Sri Lankan team that will take on the Aussies in the finals of World Cup today. In Sri Lanka numerous religious ceremonies have been held to bless the team. The prayers of well-wishers of all communities are flying all the way to Barbados to strengthen the power and the skills needed to score the final victory. The three other Asian cricketing nations – India, Pakistan and Bangladesh – too are hoping that the Sri Lankan team will do better than their 1996 Cup-wining match, defeating Australia, and bring home the World Cup once again.

French presidential elections: Royal moves into the camp of Bayrou

Ségolène Royal, the presidential candidate of the French Socialist Party, has reacted to the April 22 election by throwing herself into the arms of François Bayrou, the candidate of the right-wing bourgeois UDF. Bayrou took third place in the first round of the presidential election with 18.6 percent of the vote, trailing Royal (25.9 percent) and the Gaullist Nicolas Sarkozy (31.2 percent). Royal offered Bayrou a public television debate and indicated that his party would receive ministerial posts should she win the final round of voting on May 6. Both of her suggestions amount to the formation of an alliance with Bayrou’s party, which has been a permanent fixture of right-wing bourgeois politics in France since its foundation 30 years ago by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.

For seizing large LTTE haul of weapons and explosives: Three police officers felicitated

By Walter Jayawardhana

Three Police Officers were given promotions and awarded Rupees 200000 each as cash rewards at a ceremony presided over by the Inspector General of Police Victor Perera at the Police Headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka for detecting one of the largest Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) arms hauls while being transported through the Southern Province at the Benthara road block inspection station. The Police Chief addressing the ceremony said he was expressing his “gratitude to these police officers for averting a major LTTE attack by recovering explosives intended for a possible Tiger attack“.

Muslims Worldwide Skeptical about U.S. Intentions: A Public Affairs Poll Shows

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

A poll released by the WorldPublic Opinion.org on 24 April, suggests widespread negative outlook on the politics and practices of the United States in four Islamic nations. The majority of respondents in the surveyed nations of Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan and Indonesia believe that the US seeks to "weaken and divide the Islamic world" and to "achieve political and military domination to control Middle East resources."

Court decision on Sripathy on April 30

The court decision on ex-minister Sripathy Sooriyarachchi will be delivered on April 30, reports said. The Avissawella High Court will decide as to whether there is an actual criminal case to be pursued against Sripathy, reported Lakbima, the Sinhala language broadsheet published in Colombo yesterday. Sripathi is currently in remand custody for alleged misuse of the official vehicle bearing no GA 3040 belonging to Posts and Telecommunications Ministry from the day of his removal from the ministry to the day he handed over the vehicle.

Cricket World Cup – Sri Lanka has already won; the hearts and minds of millions of cricket fans throughout the world.

By Raj Gonsalkorale

MahelaMahela Jayawardena has brought the Sri Lanka cricket team to the brink of another historic victory. He and his magnificent men are poised to repeat the performance of Arjuna Ranatunga and his magnificent men in 1996. While Arjuna led us there with his no hold barred attitude towards the Australians, Mahela is taking us there with his iron determination and a superbly united and well oiled team of batsmen, bowlers and fielders. He has led the way with his classy batting and very able leadership, acknowledged perhaps by all teams perhaps with the exception of the Australians. Other batting stars from the old war horse Sanath Jayasuriya, to new comers like Upul Tharanga and Chamara De Silva, that great guy behind the wickets, Kumar Sangakkara, easily the best in the world today, have done their bit for the country.

Sinhalese LTTE spy arrested

A Sinhalese man has been arrested by the Buththala police for allegedly spying for the LTTE, said the Buththala police on Thursday April 26. The Police said that he was also commissioned by the LTTE for certain murders to be committed in future. He was readying for it on orders of the LTTE, reported Lankadeepa, the Sinhala language broadsheet published in Colombo on April 27. On April 20, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Gotabhaya Rajapakse said that an investigation into Sinhala LTTE cadres had revealed that there were several Sinhala women who underwent training in the handling of arms under the LTTE.

Let's hear you roar in today’s world cup cricket encounter – British High Commission, Colombo

British High Commissioner and the staff of the High Commission in Colombo have sent their wishes to Sri Lanka Cricket team which is facing Australia in today’s final encounter in Barbados, West Indies. “We're hoping for a repeat of the 1996 World Cup final result. Come on you Sri Lankan Lions. Let's hear you roar, “The message pointed out. Staff at the British High Commission took time off to send a message of support to the Sri Lankan Cricket team ahead of today’s World Cup Final.

Trafficking by VIPs

By Atul Cowshish & M.Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

Human trafficking is a global phenomenon usually associated with crime syndicates. India is no stranger to this crime. In its more sordid form the victims of trafficking are children and women, who are exploited and subjected to all kinds of abuses. Trafficking in human beings is also associated with slavery. Lately, human trafficking has begun to hit the headlines more frequently in India as big names crop up with unnerving frequency behind the crime—members of parliament, senior bureaucrats, diplomats and even sports personalities and performing artists.

Sri Lanka: LTTE mounts second air attack as government forces intensify offensive

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) carried out a second air attack in just over a month, hitting the Sri Lankan military’s main complex in the northern Jaffna peninsula at Palaly late on Monday night. Palaly is the main northern air base and thus a major supply route for the military, which has no road access to the south of the island. The defence ministry at first denied any LTTE air attack. But army commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka later admitted that the assault had killed six soldiers and wounded several others. He said that when the Palaly base activated its anti-aircraft guns, the LTTE aircraft changed course and dropped their bombs on a nearby army detachment.

Cricket – World Cup fever in Colombo

World Cup Finale

Mahela

LTTE credit card crooks sent to jail in Norway

Six LTTE agents operating a credit card scam were sentenced to serve prison terms today by the Norwegian courts. They were convicted of skimming more than 5.3 million Norwegian kroners. The main criminal convicted in this credit card scam, Satrubarajah Shanamugarajah (RUBY), was sentenced to five years and six months prison. Five other defendants were sentenced to 15 to 18 months. The other defendants received sentences from 75 days to five months imprisonment.


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