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Ultimatum to Sonia and Manmohan Singh: Stop the war against Pirapakaran in two weeks otherwise MPs from TN will quit

M.KarunanidhiWily old fox M.Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the leader of Dravida Munnetra Kazhgan (DMK) had the last laugh, when the All Party Meet on Sri Lanka Tamils resolved that all the 39 Members of Parliament from Tamil Nadu would quit within a fortnight, if the Centre did not take action in stopping the Sri Lankan army offensive in Tamil areas of the island against Pirapakaran and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Sources told "Asian Tribune" that the octogenarian DMK Leader had a hearty last laugh when he outsmarted the eight political parties from Tamil Nadu.

Central Environmental Authority and shopping bags

By L. Jayasooriya

A news item states that the Supreme Court has ordered the Consumer Protection Authority (CPA) to order supermarkets and other dealers not to charge for shopping bags within one week from the 13th of October 2008. This is a sequel to a petitioner from Matara who complained to the Supreme Court that charging for the shopping bags imposed an additional burden on the consumer. It is not only an additional burden on the vast majority of the population but it is also a nuisance and an inconvenience as well to carry one’s own shopping bag to the supermarket. People step in to supermarkets at all times on the spur of the moment and without any premeditation and sometimes on the way home after work.

Jayalath J in last ditch attempt to save Kilinochchi

Sri Lankan politician and one of the leaders of the United National Party , Dr Jayalath Jayawardana MP, has arrived in the Swiss capital in a last ditch attempt to prevent the fall of Tamil Tiger bastion - Kilinochchi to the rapidly advancing Sri Lankan security forces. Reportedly, Dr Jayawardana, immediately on arrival in Geneva, met the head of Swiss Tamil Forum, which is a front organization of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Dr Jayawardane sought appointments with several top executives of the United Nations institutions in Geneva, reliable sources said.

Intricacies of Ban Ki-moon’s Role in Burma

Nehginpao Kipgen

On 14th March 2008, I authored an analytical article entitled “Don’t Blame Gambari” in reference to the largely perceived Ibrahim Gambari’s unyielding mission to Burma. The article discussed how the Special Advisor was assigned a critical diplomatic task without an enforcement power from the U.N. Security Council. His latest August visit was also bashed by the Burmese opposition as abject failure. The National League for Democracy (NLD) called it “waste of time.” With the U.N. Special Advisor’s diplomatic efforts seemingly waning, voices of concern and frustration have overwhelmed the good offices of the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Post Conflict Development in Sri Lanka - Rohitha Bogollagama

Rohitha Bogollagama Sadly, it was just a fewc days ago, the LTTE carried out a suicide bomb attack in Anuradhapura, which claimed the lives of Major General Janaka Perera, a former High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Australia, his wife Vajira Perera, Dr. Raja Johnpulle, a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Soviet Union, and his wife Dr. Jenny Johnpulle, as well as several others. This was pointed out by Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama , M.P. when addressing the Press Club in Canberra on Sunday. Sri Lanka Minsiter also said, "Now, I turn to the other major challenge that Sri Lanka faces - eliminating the scourge of terrorism from our land. In this endeavor, the government is very much on top of the situation."

Fix a time and eliminate Nuclear Weapons - Professor Tissa Vitarana

Professor Tissa Vitarana, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Science & Technology who participated in the conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency emphasized on the importance of IAEA which undertakes its role to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, based on the safe use of technology for economic and social development. "We believe that balanced, impartial and non-political pursuit is essential to ensure global peace, security and sustainable development in partnership with all the member states. It is heartening that the IAEA withstood much of these pressures and acted in an impartial and objective manner." said Sri Lanka Minister.

No easy way out for Indian cricket

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

It was not so long ago that the media and the public used the most possible endearments while talking and discussing cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble. They were the fabulous five of Indian cricket. Indeed they deserved all the praise and accolades showered on them. But time is a great leveller and the five, including Sachin Tendulkar, have lost most of the glitter.


Rohitha Bogollagama

Fighting broke out between Cambodia and Thailand

Fighting has broken out between Cambodia and Thailand and sound of several gunshots were heard near the disputed area at Preah Vihear area along the Thai – Cambodia border in the Si Sa Ket Province around 2.45 PM Thailand time. The area is in the heart of border tension between Thailand and Cambodia which was flared up after Cambodia's premier threatened to open war if Thai troops were not withdrawn from the area. Both Thai and Cambodian troops were deployed along the border in Si Sa Ket following Hun Sen's threats. The Thai army vowed to retaliate if attacked. Cambodia's commander Bun Thean told AFP, "Cambodian and Thai troops are opening fire at each other now." In the meantime Thailand yesterday shrugged off Phnom Penh's ultimatum for its soldiers to leave disputed areas near the Preah Vihear temple and accused Cambodia of laying new landmines on the border.