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Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Thoppigala and Beyond

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Capturing Thoppigala is an achievement to be proud of. Still, even as this victory is celebrated, it is important to remember that the harder part of the road lies ahead. Defeating the LTTE in the East was made easy by the Karuna rebellion. The Northern war will take more time, more resources and more lives (the ongoing recruitment drive is probably due to a realisation of this vital difference). It will also require political measures to drive a wedge between the people and the Tigers and to regain international sympathy. Winning over the Eastern Tamils and not antagonising the Eastern Muslims too are important considerations; if we fail in either task the East will become a vortex of low intensity conflict which sucks in men and materials needed for the Northern war.

Tamil Tiger and Karuna groups ignore UN call to end recruitment of child soldiers

The UN Security Council’s Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict has put the LTTE on notice if it does not put an end to recruitment of child soldiers. “Strongly condemning the continuous recruitment and use of child soldiers and all other violations and abuses committed against children by LTTE” the UN Security Council has warned that “further steps may be taken” if the LTTE “does not respond positively to the (UN) message in the coming months.

Registrar of Companies on New Companies Act and its impact on business

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCIS) and Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED) SME arm of the FCCISL jointly organized the Fifth Key Person's Forum at Ceylon Contnental Hotel and it was D K Hettiarachchi, Registrar General of Companies was the Key Person to speak and he spoke on Amendments to the Companies Act and its impact on the Business Community.

Sri Lanka Senior Minister alleges the Leader of Opposition and German Envoy had talks to stop aid

At a press conference Sri Lanka government’s senior cabinet minister and the Chief Government Whip in parliament Jeyaraj Fernandopulle alleged that the Ambassador for the German Federal Republic of Sri Lanka had discussions in Colombo with the island nation’s main opposition party leader about stopping European Aid to Sri Lanka as a measure of taming the government. Fernandopulle said the German envoy Jurgen Weerth and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe held the talks in the Japanese Restaurant of Colombo’s Hilton recently. He was of the opinion that the talks were more focused on stopping German aid to Sri Lanka.

Luxury villas by Ceylinco Developers

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Millennium Villa (Ceylinco) Housing Development Ltd opened its first Model Villa to residents, stakeholders, the public and real estate enthusiasts island-wide at Millennium City, Ekala, Ja-Ela. The Model Villa is designed and targeted to give a better understanding of the countless benefits and features of their state of the art villas, to experience its authenticity and brilliance. These residencies have been branded as ‘Precious Villa’ and built in the ‘Colonial Cottage style which would truly be in the caliber of luxury residencies.

Ranil plays games of dirty politics

H. L. D. Mahindapala

When Ranil Wickremesinghe belittles the Thoppigala victory, achieved by the blood, sweat and lives of the disciplined security forces, he descends to the level of an ungrateful political pariah scoffing at the very forces that protect him and the nation. He survives because the forces he ridicules are risking their lives to protect him every minute of the day. The nation survives because the daring village lads and their officers are defending the nation by rolling back frontiers of the Tiger terrorists. So when Wickremesinghe laughs at the Security Forces saying that they had only “captured a jungle” he is making an ass of himself.

Explosive Equipment Found

One lorry transporting explosives hidden under a load of metal was arrested by the Galewela Police on Saturday (14) around 8. 00 a.m., in the morning at the Police roadblock near the Police station. Police found 784 gelignite sticks and 1100 detonator caps packed inside sacks and boxes and hidden under the metal. The lorry was traveling from Polghawela to Nilaveli located north of Trincomalee, when it was taken into custody

Tamils in the East praise the Government for defeating the LTTE - Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Gotabaya RajapaksaSecretary of Defence, Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the Tamil people in East are praising the Government for defeating the LTTE terrorists at Thoppigala as the terrorist carders had been harassing and extorting funds and agricultural products from them. "Real victory lies in the hearts and the minds of the people who had been set free from the terror clutches," Defence Secretary pointed out. Speaking to the Government Defence website he said" I really admire the bravery, commitment and motivation showed by our soldiers during this long battle. Unless for their tireless effort and self sacrifice this victory would not be possible."

Australia: British terrorist attacks used to detain doctor without trial

The Howard government has seized upon last month’s terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow to make first use of draconian and previously little-publicized detention powers enacted in 2004. The imprisonment of Brisbane-based Doctor Mohamed Haneef for almost two weeks before being charged today with a terrorist offence illustrates the police-state character of the barrage of “anti-terrorism” laws adopted in Australia since 2002.

U.N. Security Council meets on Jun. 29, 2007

How Veto Powers Stymied U.N. Memberships

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

The exercise of veto powers to bar countries from U.N. membership -- a relic of the Cold War -- is threatening to make a comeback in the politics of the world body. The United States is expected to introduce a resolution in the Security Council, perhaps next week or before the end of July, seeking U.N. membership for Kosovo, the breakaway former province of the now-defunct Yugoslavia. But Russia, the successor state to the former Soviet Union, is threatening to use its veto to bar Serbia's U.N. administered Kosovo from the world body.


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