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Mahinda Rajapakse

British arrest of Col. Karuna was a bungled affair

The complicated story of how Col. Karuna’s slipped stealthy into UK has taken another twist. Col Karuna , who was heading the Eastern wing after he split with Prabhakaran, ran into further conflict with Pillayan, who was the head of TMVP forces. According to the latest information revealed to Asian Tribune by sources who wish to remain anonymous, a section of the British intelligence agreed to grant visa to Colonel Karuna if he presented a Sri Lanka passport with fictitious name. After this, the passport was presented to the British High Commission in Colombo and an entry visa to Britain was stamped on the passport to enable Karuna to enter Britain to join his wife and three children, who live in the posh suburb of Kensington.

Sri Lanka: Sinhala Nationalism and the Elusive Southern Consensus - International Crisis Group

Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

A new approach is needed that addresses the legitimate Sinhalese fears, in order to deal with supremacist nationalism and allow for a southern consensus on devolution to emerge, says the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, an international think-tank in its latest report on Sri Lanka. The report titled "Sri Lanka: Sinhala Nationalism and the Elusive Southern Consensus" states that lasting peace will not be found in Sri Lanka until Sinhala nationalism and the grievances that give it power are understood and addressed.

Children in Sri Lanka to benefit from used UN computers

One small way the United Nations Secretariat works to reduce its impact on the environment is to donate computers no longer being used at UNHQ. As outlined in an administrative instructions document, the UN's Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) staff review the stock of computers and peripherals no longer being used at UNHQ to see if they are suitable for donation. Once a request is made by Permanent Missions, ITSD staff makes arrangements to pick up the equipment from departments, prepare them for donation (e.g., removing all documents and user files), delivery and shipping.

Deepavali a festival symbolizes the triumph of good over evil - Amza

Amza with Shanmugam SivachariarDeepavali is a festival which symbolises the triumph of good against evil,” said P. M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India. The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai celebrated the Deepavali festival on a grand scale on 6th November 2007 at the Chancery premises. While speaking at the Deepavali celebrations held at the chancery, Deputy High Commissioner said good would soon triumph over the evils of terrorism in Sri Lanka and expressed hope that all Sri Lankans would enjoy living without the scourge of terrorism in the future.

Deepavali festival a unifying force – Mahinda Rajapakse

Mahinda RajapakseDeepavali is a fitting occasion to redouble efforts for peace and harmony in the country, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his Deepavali Message to all Sri Lankan Hindus. He pointed out, “The Deepavali Festival, being a unifying force that spreads understanding, tolerance and harmony among all peoples irrespective of ethnic, religious, caste or class differences is a fitting occasion for us to redouble our efforts to bring about greater understanding among our people, and restore peace and harmony in the country. “

Canadian Assistance to Local Government Development in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A Canadian delegation, comprised of local government and representatives from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is currently in Sri Lanka to review the results of Canadian assistance to local government and make recommendations on Canadian involvement in helping build local government capacity in tsunami effected areas. The Municipal Cooperation Program (MCP) is a project funded by the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) supported by the Government of Sri Lanka and managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). MCP works with Local Government

‘Martial’ Musharraf Law

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Given the long history of the anti-Indian mindset of the Pakistani establishment consisting of the army, the politicians, senior bureaucrats and a section of ‘intellectuals’ and ‘scholars’ it probably matters little whether that benighted land is placed under Martial Law or Emergency or, for that matter, is on way to replacing military rule by ‘democracy’. Nevertheless, there are reasons why India may have some serious concerns arising out of the November 3 imposition of Emergency in Pakistan by President Pervez Musharraf acting in his capacity of the country’s chief of army staff.

Last-Minute Wrangling on U.N. Vote on Death Penalty

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When the United Nations votes next week on a draft resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, there will be more than a dozen non-committal member states who will neither vote for such a resolution nor against it. They will either abstain or take the easy way out: absent themselves at voting time. Both "abstain" and "absent" are reflected on the U.N.'s vote counts. "These may be the decisive votes on whether or not the resolution will be adopted by the majority of the 192 member states," predicts one Third World diplomat.