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Western Powers Despise My Non-Elitist Leadership in Sri Lanka - Mahinda Rajapakse

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Exclusive Interview

MahindaSri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa clearly showed his bitterness when he indicated that half of the problems his government is facing from principal players in the international community because of his non-elitist background. The West placed its bet on Ranil Wickremasinghe in supporting him for the country’s leadership but obviously was disappointed that the grip of the elites in the political leadership was lost to a commoner who hailed from the rural countryside. “That’s one reason the West doesn’t like me,” the President of Sri Lanka told "Asian Tribune" in this exclusive interview conducted at the Peninsular Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

President Mahinda Rajapakse tops the opinion polls

MahindaThe latest opinion poll has placed President Mahinda Rajapakse on top with two-thirds giving him thumbs up for his performance as President.The poll commissioned by the popular business magazine, LMD and conducted by TNS Lanka indicates clearly that the relentless anti-Rajapakse campaign run by the pro-Ranil Wickremesinghe "Leader" newspaper and also partly by the "Daily Mirror-Times" group has failed to convince the public that Mahinda Rajapakse has failed.

First International Day of Non-Violence celebrated at the UN

A well-attended informal meeting of the General Assembly was held on 02nd October 2007 to observe the First International Day of Non-Violence. The 02nd of October which is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, was declared as the International Day of Non Violence by the General Assembly on 15th June, 2007 by adopting a resolution to this effect, initiated by India, with the support of a large number of countries, including Sri Lanka, which was represented by Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam. The informal meeting of the General Assembly was chaired by the President of the 62nd Session of the General Assembly Srgjan Kerim. The meeting was addressed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance of India, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.

A National Government – The need of the hour

Geoffrey Evarts

The UNP’s recent shift in policy has been treated with general suspicion. The nationalist political parties see this as a scheming move by the Greens, while some pro federal minority parties have cried out in dismay over the dumping of the “F” word. Some say that the UNP shift was an opportunistic move aimed at grabbing more pro-war/pro-unitary Southern votes, while some claim that the UNP does not want to miss out on the kudos of an impending LTTE military defeat. The UNP itself has declared that it never used the word “Federalism”, and that they are not averse to a Military option.

TUSKON plans to expand their trade wings in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) plan to explore their market in Sri Lanka .A Turkish trade delegation yesterday addressed local businessmen and the legislators in Colombo said that their aim is to develop, enlarge business and expand to foreign markets. Addressing the local business community Mr. Mehamut Unalan, Representative of the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON), said that the federation which has over 10,000 companies as well as many business organizations and regional federations under its umbrella and its point of view is to make the Turkish economy and businessmen an effective part of global economy by considering the local conditions and sensitivities while serving to these aims.

Displaced for 10 years, Sri Lankans find new homes under UN-backed project

More than 360 displaced families have been given new homes in northern Sri Lanka under a United Nations-backed programme after spending a decade in overcrowded welfare centres for internally displaced persons (IDP). The Government allocated half an acre of land per family in the first two relocation sites, while the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) funded the construction of houses with donor support. A further 135 houses were completed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) under an Australian-supported scheme. Overall 365 families received housing certificates and keys to their new homes at a handover ceremony in Vavuniya district last week ¬ – 100 families at the Kankankulam relocation site, 130 at Kalmadu and 135 at Manipuram.

Burma unifies people's voices in North-East India

By Bobby Ramakant

When monks took to streets in Burma last month, the world's spotlight came on the decades-long ongoing pro-democracy movement within the country. We are witnessing that despite and in-spite of all control-measures of Junta Government in Burma (State Peace and Development Council), it is impossible to freeze information flow of human rights excesses. We hope the Junta Government is aware of, that unlike the way it succeeded in crushing the pro-democracy movement in 1988, this time the 'world is watching'!

Cricket tamasha & instant crorepatis

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Last on display about half a century ago on the streets of small towns of north India this writer’s questionable cricketing talents withered aeons ago. But remnants of interest in the game remain to this day. The old-fashioned ‘patriotic’ heart jumps with joy at Indian victory—but it does not induce a trampoline leap into the air after the fashion of the day. Worse, defeat of the Indian team, even to ‘arch rival’ Pakistan with its bearded players taking the field with prayer mats, is nothing more than a momentary disappointment.

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Iceland offers unqualified apology to Sri Lanka for its diplomat’s unauthorized meeting with Tigers

The Government of Iceland has tendered an unqualified written apology to the Government of Sri Lanka for the unauthorized meeting of Bjarni Vestmann, Minister Counsellor of the Foreign Ministry of Iceland, with representatives of the LTTE, according to a press release issued by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington. The apology was tendered after Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, who is currently on an official visit to Washington DC, took up the issue with his counterpart Mrs. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland on Wednesday morning. The Minister strongly protested the action of Vestmann, and requested his immediate recall.


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