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Sethusamuthram ship canal project

Benazir, Zardari and Kashmir

By Wajid Shamsul Hasan - Syndicate Features

An out of context quote of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari in a section of the media about Kashmir dispute recently stirred a strong Kashmiri reaction on both sides of the divide and of course the diaspora. Many Kashmiri leaders—quite a few of those who are puppets on the strings of invisible hands—jumped to their guns. Without realising the unimpeachable commitment of PPP and the Bhuttos to the Kashmiri cause—they became tools in the hands of those who were defeated in the elections despite selective rigging and overwhelming support from President Pervez Musharraf. A number of pen-pushers too joined the chorus. For them any bad news is good news. Any quote that can be twisted and turned is a ball game.

Unity for the West but division for Sri Lanka? Ulterior motive is questioned.

By Dr. Edward Perera

The allegation against the present President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse that there was an agreement between him and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to enforce an election boycott in the North and East was levelled by the right-wing opposition, the United National Party of Sri Lanka (UNP). This party is well known for its closeness to right-wing politics of USA and its allies. If Mahinda Rajapakse had that much of power to mobilize the LTTE against the UNP, USA would have chosen him instead of Ranil Wickramasinghe as their Representative in Sri Lanka. There are some unconfirmed reports to say that the LTTE leader in the USA, Jayantha Gnanakoon had given a large sum of money to Ranil Wickramasinghe to defeat Chandrika Kumaranatunge’s government in 2002. Even the auditor of the UNP resigned from his post as a result of the influx of mysterious funds received from “unknown” sources.

Sri Lanka Tamil man left with his hand hanging from his arm exposing the bone – A London Court Told

By Walter Jayawardhana

A Sri Lankan Tamil man was left with his hand hanging from his arm exposing the bone in a Tamil Gang attack that ravaged London Streets two years ago , the city’s Old Bailey courts was told in a criminal case heard last week. The Tamil from Jaffna, in a short period later was to take part in a local cricket match, was left profusely bleeding with his hand nearly severed from his arm but still hanging, cut by a razor sharp Samurai sword by another Tamil man in one of the worst gang warfare that ever took place on London streets, the jury was told.

One Third of Sri Lanka will go under Water once India completes Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project

Sethusamuthram ship canal projectOne third of Sri Lanka is to go under water once India completes cutting the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project. So far Sri Lankan Government has not protested to India for making arrangements to cut this Ship Canal Project, a catastrophic land subsidence program which would immerse one third of Sri Lanka under water? The geological survey reveals that dredging the floor bed of the Gulf of Mannar, there is a grave danger of land subsidence and likelihood of sea overcoming several islands belonging to Sri Lanka in the western coast and Jaffna peninsula along with several areas in the Western portion of the mainland up to Anuradhapura getting inundated and gradually sinking into the ocean in the future.

Many heads to roll at the controversial Sri Lanka High Commission in London in spring cleaning

By a Special Correspondent

Sri Lanka’s London High Commission, which has become a center of controversy, will be cleaned up by transferring many responsible diplomats out of London as a step to clean up the place during Spring, Foreign Ministry sources said. “Very many heads will roll; the High Commission will start functioning under a newly appointed Head of Mission,” sources said. "Asian Tribune" reliably understands that the High Commissioner, the Deputy High Commissioner, diplomat in charge of the subject of ‘Politics’ and the Commercial Counselor who was functioning beyond his mandate, sometimes performing the duties of the Deputy High Commissioner at this London outpost will be moved out for the smooth functioning of this important out post.