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Trade Mission to Qatar

Speculation that a high profile LTTE leader bombed: SLAF fighters raid LTTE nerve center in Kilinochchi

Sunil C. Perera from Colombo

SLAF fighter jets raided a strategically important LTTE base this morning (January 23) during low diving missions conducted East of Iranamadu Tank at Kalamadukulam in Kilinochhci, at 11.15 a.m. According to Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Andi Wijesoriya, the air sorties were carried out with pinpoint accuracy on information obtained through real-time air surveillance and ground reconnaissance. The target identified as X-Ray base was located in a thick jungle patch in LTTE's claimed 'high military zone' and 'Intel' reports confirm it to be the hub of LTTE activities in Kilinochchi, the sources said.

Sri Lanka Navy place underwater defence system in the North

By Ravin Edirisinghe

LTTE Sea MineIn a message sent by the Sri Lanka Navy few days ago informed the Indian Navy, that they have placed "an underwater defence system" between Kachchathivu and Delft Island in order to curb sea tiger movements. Commodore P.Van Haltren, the naval officer-in-charge, Tamil Nadu, talking to media stated that he had received the communication from the Sri Lanka Navy on the installation of the system. The same message has been then passed to the Chief Secretary L.K Tripathy.

Fierce Fight in Florida for 57 Republican Delegates

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Republican presidential hopefuls are fiercely competing in Florida ahead of a crucial January 29th primary, that may produce a lasting impression on the party voters as to who would ultimately be their presidential candidate in November 2008. John McCain and Mitt Romney with two wins, John Huckabee with one, and former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani who has staked everything on winning the southeastern state by not contesting the earlier primaries are emerging as the top runners according to most polls.

Sri Lanka Army to march towards Elephant Pass soon

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

Damaged LTTE bunker in MuhamalaiWith the intention of marching towards Elephant Pass to seize control of the areas under the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam, Sri Lank Army has adopted a new operation tactics and strategically approach successfully in their latest war experiment. Sri Lanka Army is said to be now determined to mobilize and enter into major onslaughts initially in the vulnerable Tiger controlled areas in Vanni in the Northern Province and according to set- plans, armed forces are engaging the LTTE fighters almost in all fronts. As the Army has opened several battle fronts all over the LTTE controlled areas in Vanni, the demoralized LTTE with its limited number of cadres are forced to spread thinly and are fighting their lives out to stop the advances of Sri Lanka armed forces into their areas.

Bandula Jayasekera - the New Sri Lanka Consul General for Toronto

Reports emerging from Toronto, Canada reveals that Bandula Jayasekera is to be appointed as Sri Lanka’s Consul General for Toronto. He succeeds C.S.Poolagasingham who has been appointed as the Deputy Director General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP).Bandula Jayasekera was the Editor of the Daily News, an English Language daily newspaper. After leaving the Daily News he is now the Editor of Colombo Post.

President Rajapakse Talks Frankly on CFA Abrogation, Military versus Political Options and APRC

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

Mahinda RajapaksePresident Mahinda Rajapakse commenting on the two most talked of issues affecting Sri Lanka, namely - the recommendations of the ARPC and the abrogation of the cease fire agreement, told the media yesterday that looking for the recommendations from the APRC for a political solution was not a cover-up for a military approach; neither was the abrogation of the cease fire agreement a hasty decision. He added “I am against a military solution. I have never been for a military solution. I have been and will always want a political solution. However, when it comes to terrorism, I think it is necessary to defeat it.

Overall performance taken together, CPC and CPSTL makes no loss

By Quintus Perera -Asian Tribune

It transpired that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) when all operations taken together is not making a loss and in answer to the queries made by the media, Asantha De Mel, Chairman and Managing Director, CPC and CPSTL conceded that covering the losses incurred by the present subsiding Diesel and Kerosene at the end of the year 2007 would reach a break-even point. He said that earlier their profits were eaten up by the losses incurred by way of subsidies, but now the price increases of these oil products would half the losses. He also conceded that they were charging Rs 10 more on a litre of petrol which also contributes to reduce the loss.

Why Secure Only Pakistani Nukes?

By Adnan Gill

For last few months, Pakistan's sovereignty and the security of her nuclear arsenal has become the lightning rod for the American opinion-makers, especially for its presidential hopefuls. Pakistan has become the litmus test to grade the foreign policy expertise of the White House hopefuls. Impending presidential elections are only increasing the hysteria of nuclear-armed Pakistan becoming a ‘failed state’ vis-à-vis its nuclear weapons falling in the hands of blood-thirsty Muslim fundamentalists. The candidates are trampling over each other over who can scare the dickens out of Americans the most?

Loss of 9.7 Million Children Unacceptable, Says UNICEF

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The sharp decline in deaths among infants and children worldwide during the past century is "one of the great success stories in international public health", the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said Tuesday. The annual number of child deaths has been halved, from roughly 20 million in 1960 to 9.7 million in 2006. But a closer look at these trends reveals that progress has been unevenly distributed, says the annual "State of the World's Children 2008", released by UNICEF. "There is no room for complacency," warns UNICEF executive director Ann Veneman. "The loss of 9.7 million young lives each year is unacceptable."

CCC Makes Positive progress on the Business Promotion Mission to Qatar, Turkey and the UAE

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Trade Fair Unit concluded its activities for 2007 on a highly successful note and the year ended with making positive progress on the business promotion mission to Qatar, Turkey and the UAE. The Qatar, Turkey and The UAE mission was undertaken on the heels of a successful mission to Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain in September. The Trade Fair Unit offered another opportunity to the members to explore the Qatar, Turkey and the UAE markets. These missions, whilst focusing on promotion of trade, investments and joint ventures also served as fact-finding missions.

“Europe is moving towards a total ban of domestic violence against children”

By Thomas Hammarberg

A majority of the 47 Council of Europe member states have now committed themselves to put an end to all corporal punishment of children. Full prohibition in law has so far been adopted by 18 member states and at least seven others have publicly pledged to do the same within the near future. If these governments fulfill their commitment, Europe will be more than halfway to universal prohibition. This is welcome progress. Some positive steps have also been taken in other parts of the world. Last year, New Zealand became the first English-speaking country to prohibit all corporal punishment, including in the family. And so did three Latin American countries: Uruguay, Venezuela and Chile.

The business of civilian awards

By G S Bhargava - Syndicate Features

India is a unique democratic republic to have civilian awards. During the Constituent Assembly discussion on the propriety of a republic having civilian awards, non-Congress members like Prof. K.T.Shah and H.V.Kamath opposed the idea as an unhealthy practice. But Nehru and Rajendra Prasad, among others, defended it, apparently because Nehru wanted a source of vicarious political patronage. So came the Padma awards in 1954 from Bharat Ratna (or jewel of India) to Padma Shri at the bottom rung, as a kind of consolation prize.

Destroyed LTTE Bunker in Kilaly

Waiting for the LTTE cadres

Damaged LTTE bunker in Muhamalai

Mahinda Rajapakse

LTTE nerve centre "X-Ray Base" bombed, speculation rife that LTTE leader hit

Speculation is rife in Colombo that the LTTE leader Prabakaran was hit as the rebel nerve centre called "X-Ray Base" in Kilinochchi was bombed this morning. Air Force said that their fighter jets have raided "X-ray base" around 11.15 am today. The Air force added "Air Force fighter jets in a low flying mission have targeted the base located East of Iranamadu Tank in the Kalmadukulama area, with the pin point accuracy, air force sources said. According to Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Andi Wijesoriya, the air sorties were carried out on information obtained through real-time air surveillance and ground reconnaissance.