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Chamal Rajapaksa

Powerful Kandyan Aristrocrat & Basnayaka Nilame sentenced to death for murdering one of his mistresses

By Walter Jayawardhana

One of the most powerful, wealthy and influential Kandyan aristocrats during the recent past from the gem province of Sabaragamuwa Anton Lincoln Wijewardena Tennekoon was sentenced to death by Colombo High Court Judge Upali Abeyratne for the murder of one of his mistresses Tharanga Kalyani Gankanda.

U.S. Arms Sales Preserve Israel's Edge

When the United States sells state-of-the-art weapons systems to Arab nations, it invariably provides even more lethal and sophisticated arms to its steadfast ally, Israel, in order to help counter the firepower of its neighbors. So, when Egypt gets the M60A3 and M1A1 Abrams battle tanks, Israel gets the TOW-2A and Hellfire anti-tank missiles to blow up the Egyptian vehicles -- in the event of a military confrontation between the two countries currently wedded to the 1979 Camp David peace treaty. Likewise, when the United States grudgingly provides McDonnell Douglas F-15 fighter planes to Saudi Arabia, Israel is armed either with Sidewinder and Sparrow air-to-air missiles or Hawk and Stinger surface-to-air missiles to bring down the U.S.-supplied Saudi aircraft.

Sixty-two Sri Lankan recognized refugees and asylum seekers are held in Bangkok Immigration Detention Centre

There is no light at the end of the tunnel - Sri Lankans held in the Immigration in the Bangkok notorious Detention Centre, has urged the United Nations Refugees Organization in Bangkok to exercise its mandate to ensure the protection and security of refugees and asylum seekers in Thailand. They have pointed out that the majority of those Sri Lankans held detained by the Thai Immigration in Immigration Detention Centre located in Soi Suan Pulu, Sathorn, Bangkok are recognized refugees by the UNHCR. There are 92 Sri Lankan and 9 Nepalese people including 31 young children are detained by the Thai Immigration Authorities at the Immigration Detention Centre in Bangkok. Reports further reveled that more Sri Lankans are held in another two locations in Thailand.

The CWC resignations problem would be resolved by Monday - Mnister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

By Walter Jayawardhana

Jeyaraj FernandopulleMinister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle said that the five Ceylon Workers Congress parliamentarians have not tendered their resignations from the government but only from their ministerial positions and the resignation crisis will be resolved very soon. He said Minister Arumugam Thondaman and Muththu Sivalingam are his personal friends and he is trying to resolve this problem by negotiations. Fernandopulle said the whole episode has taken place due to a “misunderstanding” over few exchange of words and the CWC members have not tendered their letters of resignation over policy differences of President Rajapaksa’s government.

No freedom from corruption without a vigilant public – Judge Weeramantry

Justice WeeeramantryAddressing the National Anti Corruption Conference in Colombo, Judge Christy Weeeramantry said that “the laws are like cobwebs which catch small flies but let wasps and hornets break through. “It is a general complaint that the network of anti corruption laws across the world functions in much the same way. If power, influence and position can buy exemptions from the operation of the law that would be the total negation of democracy and the democratic ideal,” he added.

Indo Bangladesh Relations and Coup in August 1975

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

The August, the 8th month of the zodiac, named after the great Augustus, is full of ecstasy and sorrowful events in this subcontinent. August gave birth to two nation states as Hindus and Muslims, India and Pakistan, sixty years ago in August 1947. The August also mourned for Rabindranath who died on 7 August 1941(Thursday 22 Srabon 1348 Bengali year) and Founding Father of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who died in a coup along with his family members except two daughters on 15 August 1975. With their death, these noble sons of Bengal had contributed to civilization and their endeavor for nationhood had earned both for themselves and the Bangalees an honoured place in the community of nations.

Minister Chamal Rajapaksa inaugurates refurbished water supply scheme at Walasmulla District Hospital

Sunil C. Perera in Sri Lanka

Chamal RajapaksaMinister of Ports and Aviation and Irrigation and Water Management Chamal Rajapaksa participating as the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of the Refurbished Water Supply Scheme at the Walasmulla Hospital commended the efforts of the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka and Bioforce Development Institute of France for facilitating the completion of the project within a short span of four months. Speaking on behalf of the people of Walasmulla and himself, Minister Rajapaksa thanked the people of Grand Lyon of France for providing the necessary finances. He also appreciated the personal presence of Madam Claude Lardy, President and Mr. Benoit Silve, Director General of Bioforce Development Institute of France and Mr. Guy Peyretti, Deputy Director of Grand Lyon and thanked them for their participation at the inauguration ceremony.

The International Federation of Champa

By Antonio Graceffo

The Kingdom of Champa, originating in the second century AD was one of the most powerful empires in Indochina, covering much of what is today, Vietnam, and parts of Cambodia. At the peak of its power, Champa toppled the Khmer capital, but was later defeated by King Jayavarman VII, in 1181. Although originally Hindu, the Cham converted to Islam, making them one of the only Islamic Kingdoms in the region. The kingdom eventually broke up, and the survivors were scattered throughout Asia. Today, Cham can be found in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, the United States and Australia. “It is a long time that the Cham have lost their culture.” Laments Mat Mot, a principle officer of the International Federation of Champa. “Nearly everything disappeared 480 years ago. The language, education, and most of the religion were lost.”

Gareth Evans’ (ICG) Declaration is aimed at Safeguarding the Tamil Tiger Terrorists ?

By Mahinda Gunasekera- President, Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada

Gareth Evans, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group delivering the Eighth Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture in Colombo, spoke at length on the ‘Limits of State Sovereignty: The Responsibility To Protection In The 21st Century’ on July 29, 2007. In analysing the substance of his speech, we find he is ‘wishy, washy and iffy’ in his attempt to make a case for international intervention in Sri Lanka, which is currently getting the upper-hand in the battle with the internationally designated terrorist group known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), that has carried on an armed insurrection for the past 24 years to establish a mono-ethnic racist break-away Tamil separate state in the tiny island of Sri Lanka, which is roughly 1/16th the size of Ontario.

More devastating floods hit China

Parts of China, especially along the eastern Huai River, have had some of the heaviest rainfalls in 50 years. Continuous rain since mid-June has resulted in widespread flooding, affecting over 119 million people. Anhui, Sichuan and Hubei are the worst-hit provinces. At least 3.6 million people have been evacuated, over one million houses have been damaged and another 452,000 destroyed. It is estimated that at least 7.87 million hectares of farmland have been ruined. Economic losses are estimated at $US6.9 billion, but are expected to rise.

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

Justice Weeeramantry

Does Sri Lanka Understand What Public Diplomacy Means? Not Quite So! This is Diplomacy 101

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The head of state and government in Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa, as this writer is aware up close and personal, is a great communicator from the grass-root remote village he hails to the highest echelons of political power not forgetting his dealings with the diplomatic community stationed in Colombo in yester year. He knew when to make his submissions, when to adjust them and when to retreat to silence to make his own judgment and analyses for future use.