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Provincial Council for the East, a starter for a decentralised state structure - Paul Willms

While welcoming the establishment of a Provincial Council in the East through the electoral process, Paul Willms, the Ex-MP of the Third Chamber of The Netherlands said that this move could convince others to join the democratic process instead of executing unacceptable violence and tactics of terrorism to pursue their goals. He added dialogue and participation of all groups trough an electoral process is the only way to achieve a democratically established framework that can realise a sustainable peace settlement within a maximum decentralised state structure to fulfil the legitimate political aspirations of the Tamil speaking community.

An Introduction to Research Methodology: Western and Buddhist Perspectives

Professor Laksiri Fernando

Research might be defined as ‘systematic investigation to gain knowledge about something.’ This something can be ‘phenomenon or relationship.’ The word research derives from the French word ‘recherché,’ meaning ‘to search.’ It is obvious that research is an activity, and human activity for that matter. As human activity, research is bound for possible error. No human is infallible. It is to avoid error, as much as possible, that systematic methods are used in research. There is no one method, but several of them.

“Political party leaders in state never ventured in realistic way to solve Naga issue”: Imchem

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

State Home Minister Imkong L Imchen said, “Political party leaders in the state are capable of talking with the Naga underground leaders with reason. “But at no point of time,” he said, “have they ever ventured in a realistic way to help resolve the Naga issue along with the Naga underground leaders.” Talking to NEPS here today, the Minister said the wisdom of almost all the capable and responsible persons who were in different political parties with enrolment or not in it was not channelized for the solution of the Naga issue for the last several decades.

Two more LTTE cadres arrested in Paris taking the toll to 21

French police detained two leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on May 13. These two had evaded arrest last year when the police closed in on them during the major round up of top Tamil Tigers operating in Paris. The French Police arrested two leading LTTE activist Subramanium Muhundan and Yogarasa Sivarasan in Paris after painstaking investigating lasting several months.

For Soldiers housing, California expatriates donate SLR.12.5 million

By Walter Jayawardhana

A cheque worth Sri Lankan Rupees 12.5 million from the funds raised by Sri Lankan expatriates in California USA was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to go into the 50,000 houses for soldiers program now in progress in the country. Chairman of the Ranaviru Foundation in Los Angeles Dr. Mohan Kumararatne handed over the money at a brief function in the Temple Trees, the official residence of the President.

U S Elections: Obama Leads National Poll over McCain

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian tribune

The pollsters have already started their national elections prognosis as the debate over US foreign policy took center stage this week. Senator Barrack Obama has opened an 8-point national lead over Senator John McCain as the U.S. electorate concentrates on the Presidential campaign according reports published in many newspapers yesterday. They cite the Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday showing Obama leading McCain by 40 to 48 percent. Those polled found Obama a better steward of the economy than McCain, leading 48 percent to 39 percent. McCain led Obama by 3 points last month on an issue that is certain to be crucial in their campaigns.

Prabhakaran paid his last respect to his demised commander at an undisclosed hideout

LTTE Peace secretariat released photographs showing reclusive leader of the outfit Velupillai Prabakaran paying his last respect to the demised Balraj at an undisclosed hideout in Vanni. Details of where and when Prabakaran, the leader of the terrorists outfit paid his last respect to the self-styled Brigadier Balaraj, who died of a heart attack on last 20 May in Vanni, were not disclosed.

Hisbullah takes oaths as Health minister in EPC

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

HisbullahM.L.A.M. Hisbullah took oaths this morning at the Temple Trees as the Eastern Provincial Council Minister of Health, Youth and Women's Affairs before President Mahinda Rajapakse. However, Mr.Hisbullah said yesterday he agreed to abandon their protest if the government adds education to the ministerial portfolio offered to Hisbulla in addition to Health and Muslim Affairs.

Board of Investment approves eight new projects

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Board of Investment has approved eight new projects involving agriculture, steel products, readymade garments, assembling of motor cars, housing schemes, and ornamental plants. Accordingly, a proposal to set up a motor vehicle assembling plant has been initiated by Frontier Transportation Solutions to produce vehicles. Sunagrow Farms Pvt. Ltd is to begin growing vegetables, fruits, herbs and ornamental plants. Similarly Derena International Pvt. Ltd will also start a similar venture in Wennappuwa area, while Lanka star Style Pvt Ltd invests to produce steel rods in Damunugolla.

Qurei Urges Israel to Acknowledge Palestinian ‘Right of Return’: ‘We Persist Now on Fighting a Fierce Battle of Peace’

By Nicola Nasser

Agreeing to the Israeli neo-historian Ilan Pappé’s interpretation of the term "Nakba," Palestinian chief negotiator Ahmad Qurei said that peace and peace negotiations with Israel "could not hang on forever," warned that "the horrible alternative option could not but be the total collapse of the dreams of coexistence and the resumption of the bloody struggle," urged Israel to reach a solution for the Palestinian refugee problem "based on the principle of acknowledging the Right of Return, and compensation for the sufferings of the Palestinian people," and to adopt a "culture of confession" and "apologize" for what happened, and "to uphold the responsibility for all that happened" in 1948 as "a necessary first step that would pave the way to achieve a just and lasting peace, which makes room for all on the land."

UN Member States elect 15 countries to serve on UN Human Rights Council

Fifteen countries have been elected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for three-year terms starting next month after one round of balloting today among Member States at UN Headquarters in New York. Six countries contested for the four positions available for Asian States, with Japan, Bahrain, the Republic of Korea and Pakistan winning the most votes to join the panel, and Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste missing out. According to the polling Japan received 155 votes, Bahrain 142, South Korea 139, Pakistan 114 and Sri Lanka 101

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Prabakaran paying his last respect

Prabakaran paying his last respect

M.L.A.M. Hizbullah

Poll Strategy

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Despite some odds, the government has managed to sail through the crucial budget session of parliament without its vital legislative business receiving a fatal blow. But that can hardly be of much comfort to the ruling combine of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance as it will now have to brace itself for a tough electoral challenge, maybe within the next six months but certainly before May 2009, to elect a new Lok Sabha.

The University of Melbourne Meets Friends in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The University of Melbourne, ably supported by Austrade held a function for alumni, parents of current students and friends recently in Colombo. The University attracts outstanding students from Sri Lanka, including students at the graduate level on Australian Government Scholarships such as AusAID, Australian Leadership Awards and Endeavour Scholarships. The University of Melbourne has had a long term association with Sri Lanka, the first students coming under the Colombo Plan post the Second World War. Attendees at the function included Colombo Plan scholars.

US Justice Department Report Reveals Government Officials Knew of Interrogation Abuse of Terror Suspects

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

United States Justice Department investigation released Tuesday May 20 reveal that officials at the highest level of United States government — including the White House — received reports on the abuse of prisoners in U.S. military custody overseas as early as 2002. Congress called on the department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to conduct the investigation after documents made public through an American Civil Liberties Union Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request revealed FBI agents at Guantánamo had raised concerns about methods used by military interrogators. May 20 government report is the first to identify that then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice received complaints of torture.


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