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Children at the drawing sessions

Sri Lanka needs GSP Plus concessions, but not at the expense of country’s sovereignty

Prof. G.L.PerisSri Lanka indicated that it is interested in having the GSP Plus concessions, but not at the expense of country’s sovereignty. Professor G.L.Peris, Minister of Export Development & International Trade said that Sri Lanka is naturally not happy at European Commission insistence to investigate some issues connected with Sri Lanka. The Minister told "Asian Tribune" that though Sri Lanka wanted to enter into a dialogue with the Commission, they want to examine various issues connected with the implementations of the international covenants with regards to human rights and other matters. But he insisted that Sri Lanka will not accept any conditions that would be inconsistence with Sri Lanka’s dignity.

Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province: Land, Development, Conflict

Sri Lanka’s government must address the security needs and land-related grievances of all ethnic communities in its Eastern Province or risk losing a unique opportunity for development and peace. “Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province: Land, Development, Conflict”, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, says Sri Lanka’s government must devolve real power to the new Eastern Provincial Council, end impunity for ongoing rights violations and work to develop a lasting political consensus on issues of land, security and power sharing with independent representatives of all

"If you have to do something, justify why you did it" - Professor Tissa Vitarana

I am a socialist where politics is concerned, but whether it is capitalist or socialist, there is no system where you can survive unless you have good professional management.” said Professor Tissa Vitarana participating as the Chief Guest at the ceremonial launch and award of Founder Membership of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, held at the BMICH recently. The Minister attributed the efforts of the Institute to be extremely valuable from the point of view of the future of our country. He said that the Establishment Code - AR and FR is being mostly used not to serve the people, but really to find reasons for not serving the people.

Jayalalitha Exposes Karunanidhi’s Political Duplicity

J.JayalalithaThe main opposition party Leader, AIADMK Chief Jayalalithaa slams M.Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for his political duplicity with regard to the All Party Meet and the resolutions adopted in the meeting held on last Tuesday. Jayalalitha in a statement pointed out that when going through the resolutions adopted in the All Party meet, one has to seriously express doubts whether Karunanidhi is trying to safeguard the Tamil Tigers and working for them. She further said in her statement that the war that is fought in Sri Lanka is a war fought against Tamil Tigers, a banned terrorists’ organization. Reports reveal that Tamil Tigers are using the innocent civilians, living in that area, as human shield by preventing the Tamils from leaving to safer places. In her statement she categorically said this horrible practice of using civilians as human shield must be stopped forthwith.

McCain Goes for the Jugular in Final Debate with Obama Holding Dearly to his Lead

By Philip Fernando for the Asian tribune

Obama with McCainThe final debate between Barack Obama and John McCain saw intense jabbing as the two contenders fought fiercely. McCain who is behind ten points or more in national polls went for the jugular. Eventually Obama managed to remind everyone that after eight years of George Bush, America has still got two wars going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, while a third one just started in the financial markets in New York. The debate was held at Hofstra University, Hampstead, New York.

Obama the Gentleman

By L. Jayasooriya

Barack Obama stressing a pointMost of those who watched the three presidential debates have come to their own conclusions. Those who are still undecided run the risk of voting against their own interests and those of their country America if at the last moment interested parties persuade them to vote one way or the other. If such people do not vote they and their country would be the beneficiary.

Thailand and Cambodia to end clashes: Decided to adopt a peaceful means to end the dispute

Thailand and Cambodia have decided to hold talks today to end their dispute, which caused a gunfight breaking out yesterday afternoon between soldiers of both countries near the ancient Preah Vihear Temple, followed by a hectic political and diplomatic maneuvering aimed at discrediting one another which left two Cambodian soldiers killed and five Thai soldiers injured. Kantararak district of Si Sa Ket province was close to the disputed temple which was the major area under dispute. The decision to end the dispute and go in for talks has brought in normalcy and Villagers in the northeastern province of Si Sa Ket.

UN food convoy to reach today to civilians in Kilinochchi and Mullaititivu

The United Nations says that it had dispatched a major food convoy into Wanni in an effort to reach civilians displaced behind the lines of confrontation in the districts Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. Earlier, speaking at a media conference in Colombo yesterday, (15th) Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services anounced that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed all the relevant parties to continue uninterrupted relief services to the Internally Displaced Persons in the region.

Financial Meltdown Could Derail U.N. Development Agenda

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was asked by reporters whether the U.N.'s cash-strapped development agenda would survive the global financial crisis, he pointed out that only last month world leaders meeting at the United Nations had pledged about 16 billion dollars towards fighting poverty and hunger, as spelled out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Asked whether anybody has delivered a cheque or whether he will see the money at all, he would only say: "I am very much encouraged, even during the crisis of these financial problems, that [world] leaders are committed to see the realization of the MDGs."

U.S. Embassy Celebrates International Children’s Day

The U.S. Embassy in Colombo hosted 100 children to celebrate International Children’s Day on October 1. For this one-day program, the Embassy hosted 60 students from the Eastern Province and 40 young people from the Puttalam district. Employees from Room to Read conducted storytelling classes and communication and reading skills workshops in Sinhala and Tamil for the children. The Sri Lanka Army transported the 60 students from the Eastern Province to Colombo for a three-day cultural and educational visit to the capital.

Participants in the SAARC Food Conference

Prof. G.L.Peris


Obama with McCain

Barack Obama stressing a point

Mamata ‘didi’, fantastic agitator who does not know where to stop

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

The Trinamool Congress progenitor Mamata Bannerjee might be pleased to see that she has the power to force someone like Rattan Tata, a widely respected industrialist, out of West Bengal where the hitherto unknown village called Singur was to be the hub of his Nano car project. It was an enterprise that had attracted global interest and also brought the Indian car industry to world notice. For the Tatas it may be time to consult an astrologer to find out why their ‘Look East’ policy misfires. After months, maybe years, of protracted negotiations, they were forced to pull out of Bangladesh because of opposition from local politicians.

SAARC speeds up efforts to ensure regional food security

Dr. Palitha KohonaFollowing the call of the leaders of SAARC Member States during the 15th SAARC Summit in Colombo for urgent operationalization of the SAARC Food Bank, Sri Lanka as the current chair of SAARC, took the initiative to host the first meeting of the Board of the SAARC Food Bank in Colombo. The two-day meeting of the Board was inaugurated yesterday by Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Dr. R.M.K. Ratnayake, Secretary of Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Services.

Major food convoy to Vanni turns back

The United Nations says that a major food convoy into the north of the island has been forced to turn back due to fighting. The UN says that it will immediately seek renewed security assurances from the two sides before attempting the route again tomorrow morning. According to a UN spokesman, artillery shelling and fighting which erupted in northern Sri Lanka on Thursday forced a United Nations convoy carrying food and aid to more than 230,000 refugees to turn back. The U.N. convoy was only the second to enter the war zone, where Sri Lanka's military is battling Tamil Tigers since the government last month ordered most aid agencies out, saying it could not guarantee their safety.