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LTTE in the Eyes of Tamil Nadu

India Must Stop LTTE's Sinister Attempt to Threaten Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Sri Lanka

LTTE in the Eyes of Tamil NaduLetting the disruptive pro-LTTE forces in Tamil Nadu get away with impunity the outrageous acts against the existing Indo-Lanka friendship and cordial relations has been disappointing for citizens of both countries. It will sow the seeds of dissent that will ultimately threaten the territorial integrity even of India, according to most observers who are shocked beyond belief that the Indian central government and Tamil Nadu government have not reprimanded Dr. S.Ramadoss, Thol. Thirumavalavan and others who were involved threatening the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai from functioning peacefully.

Council of Europe and Ahamadiyya Muslim Condemn Distorted and Offensive Image of Islam in the Film by Geert Wilders

The Council of Europe representing the Muslims in Europe as well as Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaath delegation in Sri Lanka that met the Netherlands Ambassador in Colombo condemned the Dutch right-wing MP Geert Wilders' 15-minute film on the Qur'an as offensive and a distortion of Islam. Statement by Terry Davis, Secretary General and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe condemned the film as a distasteful manipulation which exploits ignorance, prejudice and fear.

Opportunities open for Sri Lankan student fashion designers to compete in international fashion designing

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Fashion and design students from more than 26 countries around the world including Sri Lanka will compete in the first ever “Triumph Inspiration Award” (TIA). The Award challenges students from prestigious international design schools to create a conceptual showpiece set, comprising an under-wired bra and brief, dedicated to a special design motto ‘Female Fascination’ in its inaugural year.

World Bank approved USD 65. 33 million to Sri Lanka to fortify aging dams and to manage water resources

By Walter Jayawardhana

The World Bank has announced that it has approved US Dollars 65.33 million for Sri Lanka to ensure public safety from the risk of ageing water dams and to manage its water resources. The money will be spent for the island nation’s dam safety and water resources planning projects, the World Bank said. The money is projected to be spent to improve the operational efficiency of 80 dams of which extraordinary attention will be paid to 32 dams classified as at high risk, the World Bank said.

Burma: UK Government backs universal arms embargo

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) welcomed the British Government’s decision to support a UN arms embargo on Burma. On 25 March the Foreign Office Minister Meg Munn MP, in response to a question in the House of Commons, said: “We are concerned about the lack of progress [in Burma] and, indeed, in some respects, matters have gone backwards. We would certainly consider pushing for the issue to be discussed further at the UN, and we would support a UN call for an arms embargo.” In a report following a visit to the Thai-Burmese border last month, CSW called for a universal arms embargo to be introduced at the UN Security Council. The European Union currently has a ban on arms sales to Burma, but there is no universal embargo in place.

World Needs a Global Culture of Human Rights"

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

As the United Nations commemorates the 60th anniversary of its landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Tokyo-based Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has called for an international conference on human rights education. A non-governmental organisation (NGO) with over 12 million members in some 190 countries, SGI says the proposed conference should be centred on civil society groups. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda admits that traditionally human rights issues have been -- and should be --addressed primarily by governments. "But efforts cannot stop there," he said.

Welcome author Advani

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Perhaps no other political party in India has been able to manipulate the media to its advantage the way the Bharatiya Janata Party has. The party of Ram Bhakts and Super Patriots can take more credit if it is accepted that the majority in the dominant English language media in the country claims no affinity with the saffron party. If anything, most of them swear by secularism and like to flaunt their liberal character, not hesitating to refer to the BJP as a ‘fascist’ and communal party.

Pala Nedumaran

Visa rejected to pro-Tiger activist Pala Nedumaran to enter United Kingdom

NedumaranLTTE Terrorist Campaigner and President of the World Tamil Movement Pala Nedumaran's visa to enter into the United Kingdom have been rejected by the UK Home Office. Nedumaran was due to arrive in London on 28th March 2008 in order to give a speech at the Muthu Mari Amman Temple in Tooting London, run by the Siva Yogam Trust which was investigated by the UK's Charity Commission and Scotland Yards Anti-Terrorism branch recently over its links with the LTTE.