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Two Soldiers killed and three injured in a bomb blast

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Two soldiers were killed and three injured in a Claymore mine explosion in Kebithigolawa this morning. The LTTE has detonated the Claymore mine targeting a military vehicle at around 9:30 a.m., the Police say. The vehicle was transporting meals for soldiers, when it was caught up in the claymore explosion this morning. The three injured soldiers have been admitted to the Kebithigolawa General Hospital.

Erik Solheim cautions Sri Lanka for its decision to withdraw from the Ceasefire Agreement with Tamil Tigers

Erik SolheimErik Solheim, Norwegian Minister for International Development and the one who played a key role in the Norwegian facilitation peace process in Sri Lanka has cautioned the Sri Lanka Government over its decision to terminate the ceasefire agreement entered with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist Sri Lankan Tamil rebel organization. “I regret that the Government is taking this serious step,” said Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim. “This comes on top of the increasingly frequent and brutal acts of violence perpetrated by both parties, and I am deeply concerned that the violence and hostilities will now escalate even further

First time in twenty five years the Tamil Tigers are on the run says Indian newspaper editorial

By Walter Jayawardhana

New Delhi’s Asian Age commented editorially that in the 25 year old sepratist war in Sri Lanka , for the first ime the hunter has become hunted and Tamil Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran is on the run. The December 26 editorial said, “the situation has dramatically changed in recent months and for the first time in all these years, the troops appear pretty upbeat after pushing the Tigers out of the east.” The editorial furter pointed out, “the truth is still pretty scary from the Lankan Tamil point of view: real danger is knocking at the heavily fortified walls of the Big Tiger’s bunkers in Eelam’s Kilinochchi.”

Aceh – Peace facilitation and Sri Lanka peace talks – A Comparison

By K.T.Rajasingham

Delegates representing the Free Acheh Movement (GAM) were invited to participate in the formal round of talks along with the Indonesian Government representatives. The delegation of the Government of Indonesia and the representatives of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) arrived in Helsinki on 27 January 2005. On the same day, President Martti Ahtisaari has met both parties of the Aceh to talk separately about their concerns and expectations in the formal meeting. The parties of the ongoing Aceh talks - delegation of the Indonesian Government and the representatives of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) have had separate meetings initially and later had joint discussions with President Martti Ahtisaari on 28 and 29 January, at the Königstedt Manor, in Vantaa, Finland.

Sri Lanka: A new auditorium at Finance Ministry

President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday opened "Randora" Auditorium at the Finance Ministry . President Rajapakse met the staffs of the Finance Ministry on the occasion of the New Year. Ministry Secretary P. B. Jayasundera presented a copy of a book titled "Code of Conduct and Ethics" containing guidelines for the Ministry Staff to the President. President commended the step taken by the Finance Ministry by setting up its own code of conduct and ethics and emphasized the importance of other ministries emulating the Finance Ministry.

Kenya's Disputed Poll Sparks Call for International Probe

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

Amidst growing calls for an international investigation into last week's disputed presidential elections in Kenya, the continued rioting and killings in that East African nation are threatening to destabilise a staunch U.S. ally in the global war on terrorism. "What is taking place in Kenya today is a mockery of democracy," said Rev. Gabriel Odima, president of the U.S.-based Africa Centre for Peace and Democracy. "The international community, especially the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union (EU), should take a strong position, and force President Mwai Kibaki to step down to pave the way for an independent audit to resolve the current crisis in Kenya," he told IPS.

Eelam People’as Democratic Party denounces the killing of Tamil MP T.Maheswaran

Eelam People’as Democratic Party led by Minister Douglas Devananda, in a statement, has condemned the killing of the Colombo electoral district United National Party’s Tamil Member of Parliament Thiyagarajah Maheswaran. The statement released to the press alleged that the perpetrators have stage managed a drama in a Tamil T.V on last Sunday to prepare the ground work to make the general public to come to conclusion that the subsequent murder could had been carried out either by the Government or by the EPDP. Last Sunday Maheswaran was highly critical about the paramilitary outfit in his latest interview he had with Shakti a Tamil language TV’s "Minnal" program and said he would reveal how the terror campaign in Jaffna was being managed from Colombo. He had vowed in the Shakti TV's "Minnal" program that he would come up with in-depth details when the parliament meets on 08 January.

United States condemns killing of Member of Parliament T. Maheswaran and January 2 attack in Colombo

The United States condemns the assassination on January 1 of Thiyagarajah Maheswaran, United National Party Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament. We express our sympathy to the family of Mr. Maheswaran, his parliamentary colleagues, and the people of Sri Lanka. We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to investigate the circumstances of this killing and to arrest and prosecute those responsible without delay. The United States also condemns the deadly attack on January 2 in the Slave Island area of Colombo that killed and injured numerous persons, including members of the Sri Lankan armed forces and civilians.

Modi is Gujarat

By Tushar Charan & Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

For those who have taken the boastful claim that the BJP, or more precisely Narendra Modi’s, victory in the Gujarat assembly poll will be the ‘turning point’ in Indian politics perhaps the only matter of interest will be the coronation of the Hindu Hridaya Samrat (Modi) in New Delhi. But others familiar with the usual BJP bombast will still like to hedge their bets about the ascendancy of Modi from the confines of a state to the ultimate seat of power in India, or, for that matter, the prediction that the UPA is finished.

Cabinet decides to withdraw the CFA entered with the Tamil Tigers

In today’s Cabinet meeting a proposal was put forward by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse in his capacity as Minister of Defence, to withdraw the Ceasefire agreement entered between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on 22 February 2002. The proposal has been approved by the Cabinet and it has been further decided to appoint a ministerial cabinet sub-committee to look in to legal aspects of withdrawing the Ceasefire Agreement.According to the Ceasefire Agreement, paragraph 4.4, the agreement shall remain in force until notice of termination is given by either Party to the Royal Norwegian Government. Such notice shall be given fourteen (14) days in advance of the effective date of termination.

Erik Solheim

President attends a religious ceremony

US Presidential Primary in Iowa: Media Blitz Unprecedented

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

U S primary campaign of 2008 to nominate Democratic and Republic candidates to run for the Presidency gets off to a hectic start today (January 3rd). The media blitz is on. Over 2,500 media representatives are covering the first primary in Iowa. In that state so far, every voter has been contact at least six times by one candidate or another. This is the strictly American style “quirky deliberation of national issues” state-by-state. New Hampshire will hold its primary on January 8th followed by the Super Tuesday of February 5th when more than half the states in USA would hold primaries.