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Four days without air attacks only increased tensions in Kilinochchi District - SLMM

"As air strikes in the Vanni area have been an almost daily occurrence for the last few weeks, the fact that four days went by during the week without any attacks only served to increase the tension in the Kilinochchi District" said the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in its latest Operational Summary. SLMM also said "even though civilian settlements were hit in several of the air strikes, no casualties have been reported." The situation in the East was similar to previous weeks, the SLMM said. The number of assassinations was higher than earlier week and seven abduction were also reported of which three are of children, SLMM added.

Sri Lanka Sponsors UN Event on Religions for Peace and Development

Sri Lanka joined the Holy See, Israel, Pakistan, Romania, and San Marino, in organising an event titled “Religions for Peace and Development” at the United Nations on 11 May. The event which was organised in the context of the UN General Assembly’s Thematic Debate on “Civilizations and the Challenge for Peace: Obstacles and Opportunities” was attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the General Assembly Sheikha Rashed Al Khalifa, and Ambassadors of over seventy countries including the sponsoring States. The Permanent Representative of San Marino Daniele Bodini who hosted the luncheon event, the Secretary-General, and the President of the General Assembly made brief remarks emphasizing the need to remove the trust deficit that prevails amongst civilizations today generating conflict and misunderstanding. They stressed that the United Nations should remain seized with such discussions and efforts to advance its global agenda for peace and development.

Associated Press wire service going down the drain

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The Associated Press (AP) boasts of being the oldest, trusted, fastest and unbiased delivery service of global news. It has 243 bureaus in 97 countries and one of them is in Sri Lanka. It has a worldwide staff of 4,1000 journalists and two of them are Ruwan Weerakoon and Bharatha Mallawarachi, AP's Colombo-based correspondents. These two names were picked at random from the bunch of foreign correspondents in Colombo to focus on the way journalists attached to foreign new services present the known facts. The following three examples are typical of the “foreign correspondents”, as they prefer to call themselves.

One Day Service is very popular says SL BOI Chief

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Board of Investments of Sri Lanka says it could obtain over 57000 million rupees worth of investments from local and foreign investors within this week. The BOI could achieve this amount after the introduction of the one day service for investment approvals, said the Chairman of the BOI, Dammika Perera. He said the one day service for investors is very popular now and most local and foreign investors make inquiries about this service. Speaking to the media Tuesday at the BOI headquarters in Colombo, he said Sri Lanka will become an investor’s paradise if this service is continued.

Sri Lanka Government launched the return of tens of thousands of displaced people to west of Batticaloa

Sri Lankan government on Monday launched the return of tens of thousands of displaced civilians to West Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka – an area that until recently was under rebel LTTE-control. More than 90,000 people, who were displaced in Batticaloa district after heavy fighting between government forces and the LTTE during February, are expected to move back to their places of origin in the coming months. UNHCR is fully involved in the return process.

USAID to build four vocational schools for Amparai and Batticaloa districts.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has entered into a $4.6 million agreement with Sierra Construction Ltd. to construct four vocational schools in tsunami-affected Ampara and Batticaloa districts. The schools are part of USAID’s Sri Lanka Tsunami Reconstruction Program (SLTRP). A signing ceremony at the office of Ampara Government Agent Sunil Kannangara was attended by USAID Mission Director Rebecca Cohn, Sierra Construction Chief Executive Officer Nimal N. Lokuge, and R. P. B. Thilakasiri, Director General of the Vocational Training Authority, which will administer the schools. The contract was signed between Sierra, a leading Sri Lankan construction firm, and CH2M Hill, the prime US contractor, represented by Chief of Party Teny Mittal.

Book launch of the 'History of Burmese Student Movement'

Today, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU-FAC) launched a book, “History of Burmese Student Movement" (1903-1962), written by Ko Aung Htun who is imprisoned for writing this book. It is the first book of history concerning Burmese student movements from the colonial period through 1962. In this volume, Ko Aung Htun has tried to coherently paint a history which portrays the spirit of Burmese students, who have enthusiastically and selflessly fought for the benefit of the people whenever the country has encountered crisis.

Gauhar’s fiction on Sam Bahadur

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

Nothing, peace or war, stops the flood of tripe and carping against India and Indian leaders from the land of the pure that has been flowing uninterrupted since 1947. In that sense there is nothing surprising in the outlandish charge of bribery and treason made by a Pakistani called Gauhar Ayub Khan, son of a self-promoted Field Marshal who was unceremoniously asked to quit the post of President he had grabbed in a coup, against SHFJ Manekshaw, a Field Marshal duly elevated by the Indian government. Undoubtedly, public figures in Pakistan cannot survive long without frequent recourse to diatribe against India and Indian leaders.

France: Sarkozy woos Socialist Party and trade unions

Gaullist leader Nicolas Sarkozy, who takes over the presidency of France on Wednesday, is offering cabinet posts to former Socialist Party ministers. In advance of his assumption of power, he has also met with the leaders of all of France’s major trade union federations. The new government will be put in place only after Sarkozy takes office, but it is widely expected that the newly elected president will appoint his close confidante François Fillon as prime minister on Thursday and complete the government line-up by next Monday at the latest. The government will have a provisional character and take final shape only after parliamentary elections on June 17.

Nicolas Sarkozy becomes new French president

Nicolas Sarkozy was officially invested as France's new president today following a handover ceremony with outgoing head of state Jacques Chirac at the Elysee palace.The 52-year-old right-winger was ceremonially proclaimed France's 23rd president by the head of the Constitutional Council, following a private meeting with Chirac, who leaves office after 12 years in power.


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