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Peeling of Cinnamon

Reputation of NSW Crime Commission has been damaged by drug trafficking charges

Sumane Liyanaarachchi - Sydney

The reputation of the NSW Crime Commission, one of the most powerful crime fighting bodies in Australia, has been rocked by the charging of one of its most senior investigator Mark Standden. Assistant Director of investigations, Mark Standen, was arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) at his Sydney office on Monday following a two-year investigation on drug trafficking. On Tuesday he was charged in the courts with conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor, conspiracy to supply a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

'Profits cannot be taken to the grave'

By Janaka Perera

What should be the corporate sector's obligation to society? This was one of the matters that the Isira Radio Channel focused on this week during its daily analysis of news events. Isira and Teleshan Network Limited (TNL) Chairman Shan Wickremesinghe raised this issue in response to the press publicity given to annual profits of the John Keell's Holdings Limited.

Eastern Provincial Council begins

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The inaugural session of the eastern provincial council was held at the provincial council office in Trincomalee. The session was started under the leadership of Chief minister Shivaneshanthurai Chandrakantha at 10'0 clock on Wednesday morning. Provincial councilor for Trincomallee K.M. Fais has been elected as chairman of the provincial council. Provincial councilor M.K.D. S. Gunawardene has appointed as the vice chairman. Both members are from the UPFA. Chief government whip of the provincial council is Hasan Maoulavi.

Visiting EU Official plans to help Sri Lanka

Visiting EU-China Friendship Group Secretary General Lin Gai said he will promote Sri Lanka as a destination in China and speaking to media in Colombo Mr.Gai said the friendship group wants to promote relationship in various sectors. Replying to the media he said the Government of Sri Lanka must educate overseas people on Sri Lanka to obtain more tourist arrivals, investments and other opportunities. Mr.Lin Gai said he made his first visit to Sri Lanka and explained his Sri Lankan experience and said Sri Lanka has ideal investment opportunities.

Police arrests main suspect of Wellawatta bomb

From Sunil C. Perera

The main suspect J. Balasubramaniam wanted in connection with the rail track blast at Dehiwala yesterday was arrested early this morning. Another suspect has been arrested in connection to the blast occurred on the railway line between Dehiwala and Wellawatte yesterday.

Sri Lanka and Brazil strengthen cooperation and trade

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka and Brazil have taken several decisions resulting in the strengthening of cooperation and trade. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has broached the idea to Brazilian President Lula da Silva to have greater cooperation and assistance from Brazil in order to develop the cultivation and farming sector of the country. Accordingly, the Brazilian President requested the relevant authorities to organize visits in this regard.

Sri Lanka- European Commission Joint Commission will provide forum for effective dialogue

Ravinatha Aryasinha with Jose Manuel BarrosoPresident of the European Commission (EC), Jose Manuel Barroso has expressed hope that the forthcoming to be held in Colombo from 9-11 June 2008 would provide a forum for a meaningful dialogue. President Barroso made this observation when he received the credentials of Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to the European Union Ravinatha Aryasinha at the Commission headquarters in Brussels on 29 May 2008. Ambassador Aryasinha said the Sri Lanka-EU relationship was being further strengthened following the process which commenced with the Sri Lanka- EU Troika meeting held in March 2008, and that it was important to maintain this momentum, through sustained contact as partners, who showed mutual respect for each other.

US Committed to Bring Relief to Burma

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune

The United States is committed to bringing relief assistance to the victims of Cyclone Nargis, and to work with ASEAN countries, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations to do so, a statement issued by White House press secretary states. The statement further reads “to date, the United States has provided more than $26 million in humanitarian assistance to the people of Burma, and the United States Agency for International Development and the Department of Defense, as part of the ongoing airlift, have completed a total of 106 airlifts of emergency relief commodities that will benefit at least 417,000 people.”

Major challenge facing the country is to forcefully confront terrorism

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake reiterates that the major challenge facing the country is to forcefully confront terrorism and to defeat it. The Prime Minister made these remarks in Parliament this morning presenting the motion to extend the State of
Emergency by a further month. Mr. Wickremanayake has also appreciated the assistance given by the three armed forces, police and the general public to eradicate terrorism. The vigilance of the masses has prevented many catastrophes.

President Mahinda Rajapakse returned

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

President Mahinda RajapaksePresident Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in the island this morning after attending the food summit held in the Italian Capital Rome. Over 40 state leaders and over three thousand representatives attended the summit aimed at ensuring food security. The President’s proposal to set up of a Global Food Crisis Fund that will have contributions from all countries, large business organizations that transcend geographical boundaries, financial institutions, arms manufacturers and philanthropists drew the attention of the state leaders and food and agriculture experts.

Obama Looking for a Democratic State Governor as His Running Mate

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

With party nomination a near certainty, Senator Barrack Obama was reportedly looking for a Vice Presidential candidate from among the 28 Democratic governors in the country. He has scheduled a meeting with the governors in Chicago on June 16th according to several news sources. State governors targeted were those where a shift in allegiance from Republican to Democratic was considered highly likely in November this year. Some governors mentioned were: Tom Vilsack of Iowa, Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mike Easley of North Carolina. Meanwhile, at least 15 to 25 additional super delegates were expected to endorse Senator Barrack Obama today as the primary season ended in S. Dakota and Montana. Obama was getting closer to the requisite 2,118 delegate number to clinch the nomination, as I write.

Japan is to join with Sri Lanka in oil and gas exploration

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Prime Minister of Japan has suggested ministerial level consultations between Sri Lanka and Japan on oil and gas exploration by Japan in Sri Lanka and on the settlement of loans from Japan to Sri Lanka. The Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda made this suggestion when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday (03 June) on the sidelines of the World Conference on Food Security convened by the Food and Agricultural Organization at Rome.

Modern method of peeling of Cinnamon

President Mahinda Rajapakse in Rome

How soon Musharraf will go…?

By M. Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

The latest reports from Pakistan speak of a widening gulf between the President Parvez Musharraf, the democratic government and the leaders of the major political parties in the Alliance Government. The differences had been there from day one on a number of issues, which include the restoration of dismissed judges, the constitutionality of President Musharraf’s re- election by the out going National Assembly and on top of it the popular demand in Pakistan for his ouster. But things have now come to a boil which can lead to some major fireworks in the days ahead.

American Politics, Terrorism and Islam

By Habib Siddiqui

Israel plays an important role in American politics. So strong is the power and influence of the pro-Israeli Lobby that no politician can afford to appear anti-Israel by questioning, let alone chiding, her criminal, sadistic, state terrorism that is routinely practiced against the Palestinian people. Such queries, while freely discussed inside Israel by concerned Jews, sadly remain a taboo in the West. If we stick to the definition of terrorism that is provided by Professor Richard Falk of the Princeton University, the first recorded episode of terrorism can probably be traced back to Samson in the Torah. His is the classic case of what can be called suicide terrorism, now much practiced in vast territories from Asia to Latin America by those who believe that they have been wronged.