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Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka President discusses situation in the North with Indian Prime Minister

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a telephone discussion today (18 October 2008) with Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, during which he briefed the Indian leader on the current situation in the North, where the security forces are engaged in an operation to disarm the LTTE and restore democracy, peace and stability to the region. President Rajapaksa reiterated that the security forces are under strict instructions to avoid causing any civilian casualties, during this operation.

Sri Lanka President on his commitment to end terrorism and bringing Tamils into the political mainstream of the country

Sri Lanka President Mahinda RajapaksaPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa has told Mr. N. Ram, Chief Editor of "The Hindu," that he is "firmly committed to a just and enduring political solution” to the Tamil question in Sri Lanka and that "there are no military solutions to political questions." In a telephonic interview with Mr. Ram, Sri Lanka President reiterated the government's commitment to sending essential food supplies to the displaced in the Vanni. The interview which appeared in The Hindu of 17 October. The newspaper quoted Sri Lanka President saying "We are sending them food. We are feeding the LTTE, in fact, we know that 70 per cent of the food sent by the government goes to them." The Sri Lankan President will be sending a special envoy to New Delhi in the near future to explain the overall situation and meet the concerns expressed by India , said the news report.

UN Food Convey Successfully Reaches Conflict Zone

A major United Nations food convoy arrived in northern Sri Lanka to assist over 200,000 displaced persons after being forced to turn back yesterday due to fresh fighting in the area between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The 50-truck World Food Programme fleet re-entered the region known as the Vanni following the UN receiving renewed assurances this morning from both parties to the conflict that the convoy would be able to proceed safely.

Support Government Against South India Pressure – UNP Deputy Secretary

The Deputy General Secretary of the UNP has urged all political forces in Sri Lanka to support the government against South Indian pressure aimed at halting military offensives in the north to defeat LTTE terrorism. South Indian politicians are trying to prevent military from marching to Kilinochchi in days, Lakshman Seneviratne has told 'Dinamina,' and has called for unity against the attempt, by setting aside racial, religious and political differences.

Hectic diplomatic overtures in Delhi and Colombo

Indian High Commissioner in Colombo, Alok Prasad called on Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday at the Foreign Ministry. The discussion centered on current issues pertaining to Indo-Lanka bilateral relations in the context of developments in the North and the East of Sri Lanka. Concerns being expressed in this regard in India were conveyed to Minister Bogollagama by the High Commissioner. In the meantime India’s Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon has summoned Sri Lankan High Commissioner Chrysantha Romesh Jayasinghe to express the government’s concern over the situation on Sri Lanka.

Thai Prime Minister refuses to step down

Thai Prime Minister refused to step down despite the pressure excreted by Thailand’s Army Commander and other leaders of the security forces. Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat yesterday reasserted his intention to continue serving Thailand despite pressure from the Army chief and other top brass, including the police. Speaking in a press conference about the October 7 clash between the police and People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters at parliament which claimed two lives and injured nearly 500, the prime minister said his government has set up a fact-finding committee to investigate the incident and it will accept the result of the investigation no matter the result.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister urges Lankan expatriate in Australia to unite to build a prosperous nation

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has underlined the fact that Sri Lanka was home to Tamils just as it was for Sinhalese, Moors and other ethnic groups and exhorted all Sri Lankans living in Australia to join together in building a prosperous Sri Lanka. He made this call during the course of his speech last Wednesday (15 October 2008) at the Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL) of the University of Sydney on the theme ”From Terrorism to Democracy, Rule of Law and Development: Eastern Province of Sri Lanka”

Unscrupulous leadership, not extremism responsible for our misfortunes

By Asif Haroon Raja

In the 9/11 terrorist attacks on twin towers in New York in which about 3000 persons died, no Afghan or Pakistani was involved. All the 19 perpetrators of the crime were Arabs, mostly hailing from Saudi Arabia. Yet the wrath of USA fell on Afghanistan for a bizarre reason that the so-called master mind behind the attacks was Osama bin Laden based in Afghanistan. Mullah Omar kept requesting that proof of his complicity should be furnished to enable him to hand over his guest but none was provided. Terrorism became a buzzword and the fuming sole super power pounced upon militarily extremely weak and economically impoverished Afghanistan with utmost ferocity and decimated it.

Not only the rich are at risk of diabetes

By Amit Dwivedi

A media report labeled diabetes as a lifestyle disease. Rightly so, but it doesn't imply that poor and underserved communities are not at risk of diabetes. In fact, the World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in 1991, to draw attention of the world community towards escalating incidences of diabetes amongst the rich and poor, old and young alike. WDD is celebrated worldwide on 14th November, on the birth anniversary of Fredrerick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin.

Mahinda - Dr. Singh

India expressed its concerns over the situation in the North of Sri Lanka

Mahinda - Dr. SinghIndian Prime Minister in a telephone conversation with Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse expressed deep concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the North of Sri Lanka, especially of the plight of the civilians caught in the hostilities. A press release by the Indian Prime Minister’s office after the telephone conversation with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakese revealed that Indian Prime Minister has reiterated that the safety and the security of these civilians must be safeguarded at all costs. The Prime Minister also said that, in order to address the humanitarian situation, continued and uninterrupted relief supplies be ensured for the Internally Displaced Persons.