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Hakeem Praba Agreement

Sri Lanka Tigers run multi-million dollar empire - report

A report by August 2007 edition of Jane's Intelligence Review paints a picture of a powerful global network of professional managers – both Tamils and others -- across the world managing an LTTE business empire to the tune of $300 million a year. The reported, quoted by "Reuters," says "Some of the money will go on arms, some of it on administrating areas controlled by the LTTE."

Sri Lanka: Muslims in the East cry foul of Karuna group

Muslims in the east have begun to cry loudly of the persecutions, threats and intimidations they daily undergo in the hands of the uncontrollable and ruthless armed cadres of the Karuna Group. Reports reveal that the Muslims in the East are not yet allowed to walk independently, even after the liberation of the east. In its latest report, ‘Muslim Guardian’ a news portal claiming to be the ‘Voice of the Sri Lanka Muslims,’ was highly critical of the atrocities of the Karuna Group in one of its news report with a headline "Karuna forcibly s(h)ells his newspapers to Muslims in the liberated East!"

Deputy Foreign Minister meets al Utaibi tribal leaders to seek pardon of the infants family for Rizana in Saudi

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka’s Deputy Foreign Minister who is leading a delegation, now visiting the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh in a bid to save the life of a poor Sri Lankan girl condemned to death by beheading by a Sharia court said he has already met important and powerful tribal leaders of the Al Utaibi tribe to which the dead infant’s father belongs to, in an attempt to obtain a pardon. “When the condemned girl’s parents visited her in a jail she reportedly told them that she never killed the four months old infant for which she is accused of and the baby died of choking milk while bottle feeding,” Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Bailah told the Sinhalese service of the BBC, Sandeshaya in an interview from Riyadh.

'The Economist' retreats under fire from Peace Secretariat

H. L. D. Mahindapala

James Astill, the South Asia Correspondent of "The Economist," is typical of the cocky Western journalists who parachute from nowhere into their former colonies and find that the natives running a democracy – or even a dictatorship -- are not living up to the standards expected by the superior Caucasians. Evelyn Waugh had caricatured this type in his hilarious comedy, "Scoop" – a book that should be compulsory reading for every Western journalist. Astill begins his feature, A war strange as fiction (June 7, 2007), with an anecdote that fits his political agenda and proceeds to weave all the gossip he had picked up from the British High Commission – a usual port of call for BBC and other British journalists – the talking heads in NGOs and the opposition and repeats them as if he is writing the latest chapter in Book of Revelations.

Women Farmers fast against Reliance Maha-Mumbai SEZ

By Bobby Ramakant

Seventeen farmers and activists from twenty four villages in Raigad District of Maharashtra have gone on indefinite fast since 19 July 2007. This is a symbolic non-violent struggle against the unabated land acquisition by the Reliance group for their 10,000-hectare-plus Maha-Mumbai SEZ (special economic zone). It is high time for India to recognize the community for which development should be geared for. Development projects have been very often the cause of displacement and devastation for one of the most underserved communities. The Reliance Maha-Mumbai SEZ is just one of them.

Eastern Victory Celebrations combative hurt Tamil feelings

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Rauf Hakeem, Leader, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, addressing the 8th Forum of the Business for Peace initiative of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka held at the JAIC Hilton Hotel, lambasted the Thoppigala victory celebrations of the Government and the way President Mahinda Rajapakse spoke indicating that it was more combative than magnanimity in victory and compassionate. Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka welcoming the guests said that this Peace initiative of the FCCISL is the platform for exchanging views and ideas of the private sector with regard to this protracted problem of ethnic conflict in the country.

The Legacy of the plight of Hindus in Bangladesh - Part-VIII

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

On the evening of March 25, Yahya Khan secretly left Dhaka. Anthony Mascarenhas writes: "It was about 5 p.m. on Thursday the 25 March, 1971. Those who witnessed it say they will never forget that moment of departure. In many ways it marked the turning point in Pakistan's history. Ten days earlier, the President had arrived in Dacca in a bouncy mood. Now there was an obvious despondency and the black mood was infectious. The fact that the talks had failed was of no consequence. They were not intended to succeed. The purport had been purely military - the purchase of time for preparedness and the big strike.

Army calling the shots in Bangladesh

By Atul – Rama - Syndicate Features

The men in uniform when in power either directly or through a proxy generally do not like to retreat to their barracks in a haste; especially when they begin with the promise of going back to their garrisons at the earliest opportunity. Bangladesh, quite familiar with military dictatorships, may well be on way to having another long stint of military rule, this time by proxy though. Sure, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of the country has announced a ‘roadmap’ for the polls according to which the general elections will be held by the end of 2008. The polls were earlier put off because a lot of spadework for that exercise like revising the voters’ list was not carried out properly and has come under attack from the Awami League led alliance.

Sri Lankan government celebrates “victory” after army seizes the East

The army’s capture of the last eastern stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Thoppigala on July 11 became the occasion for the Sri Lankan government to stage a grotesque “victory” celebration last Thursday to whip up jingoistic sentiment. Far from evoking popular support, however, the ceremony exposed President Mahinda Rajapakse’s increasing reliance on the armed forces and the growing militarization of every aspect of society.

Nine soldiers dead in Settikulum claymore

Nine soldiers were killed when a military bus plying from Mannar to Vavuniya was hit by a claymore bomb this morning. Initial reports said that the incident took place at Settikulam. Eight soldiers sustained injuries. Earlier, on April 24, it was reported that three passengers were killed and thirty one sustained injuries when LTTE detonated a claymore mine on the Mannar - Colombo night bus at a location between Settikulam and Parayanakulam monday around 11.30 p.m. Twenty nine others injured in the incident are receiving medical treatments at Vavuniya hospital. Thirty nine passengers were traveling in the bus when it was blasted by LTTE.


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