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U.S. Government gives Batticaloa improved opportunities for trade

One of the major sources of income for the Batticaloa Municipal Council is now restored to full capacity following today’s official opening of the Batticaloa Market by USAID Mission Director, Ms. Rebecca Cohn. A bustling marketplace since 1948, the Batticaloa market has been badly affected by repeated natural and man-made disasters since the late 1970’s. With the successful completion of major rehabilitation activities, the market can now attract both vendors and customers with its new fruit and vegetable stalls, a new fish market, a state-of-the-art water treatment system, a cold room for the fish market, a central courtyard, and a fully rehabilitated building. USAID provided over $475,000 to improve the Batticaloa Municipal Market for the benefit of the local community.

UNFPA Battles "Norm" of Gender Inequality

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

Despite a slew of U.N. conventions and international agreements against discrimination of women, gender inequality is widespread and remains deeply rooted in many cultures, according to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA). "We know that cultural traditions and beliefs are often stronger than laws," UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid told reporters Wednesday. But she warned that cultural sensitivities do not mean acceptance of harmful traditional practices or a free pass for human rights abuses. "Far from it," Obaid said.

Even the current leaders of the JVP are unaware of how Rohana Wijeweera was killed

Nanda Kodituwaku, a solicitor from London writes it appears that even the current leaders of the JVP are unaware of how Rohana Wijeweera was killed. In a letter to the editor, Nanda Kodituwaku writes that I want to add something very important to your report, the Truth of which I believe people of Sri Lanka is unaware. Nanda Kodituwaku in a Letter to the Editor wrote as follows: “I still can remember the day Rohana Wijeweera made a appeal to his comrades over the TV. At that particular time I was at Sunil Silva's [then the Attorney General] residence with another friend of mine, Kanathilal Kumarasiri, then a senior State Council.

India should put a stop to activities of Tamil Tiger proxy TNA

Several leading Tamil political analysts and university dons expressed surprise at India’s attitude of tolerance towards Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which is a proxy of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist organization banned in India. They said that it is a pity that India, instead of exposing these subversive elements, encourages them to mobilise Indian public opinion against the democratically elected government of Sri Lanka. "How is it that India is tolerating anti Sri Lankan government campaign nurtured and conducted by TNA parliamentarians?" they asked. "New Delhi is well aware of the fact that TNA is a proxy political party of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which is a terrorist outfit that has been banned in India since 1992 and any direct or indirect help to TNA tantamount to helping the killers of Rajiv Gandhi."

World Diabetes Day (14 November): Caring for children and adolescents with diabetes

By Amit Dwivedi

The theme of this year's "World Diabetes Day," tomorrow(14 November) is diabetes in children and adolescents. The global awareness campaign aims to bring the spot light on diabetes and highlight the message that no child should die of diabetes. It also aims to increase awareness in parents, caregivers, teachers, health care professionals, politicians and the common public regarding diabetes.

Tourism Ministers Grapple Global Slowdown

Tourism ministers from around the world have agreed to set up a new United Nations-backed committee to consider how to respond both to the downturn in international travel as a result of the global financial crisis and the impact of climate change. At a summit in London yesterday, the ministers announced the establishment of a UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Resilience Committee after concluding the tourism sector needs increased collaboration, greater real-time market information and more innovation.

"Asia will be the engine of the world economic growth," Dr. Manmohan Singh at the BIMSTEC summit

Dr. SinghThe second Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) kick starts today in New Delhi, with the opening remarks of Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, with his positive evaluation that the 21st century belongs to Asia. Asia will be the engine of the world economic growth. BIMSTEC is an important part of the wider Asian community. It has the potential of playing a vital role in the Asian community of nations linked by effective road, rail, air and shipping services across which there would be free movement of people, capital, ideas and goods.

Sri Lanka wholly with BIMSTEC against terrorism and organized crime - President Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapakse "Sri Lanka wholeheartedly supports the BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking as an important and vital milestone in our efforts on counter terrorism," said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 2nd Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), at New Delhi today. "Terrorist groups are able to sustain themselves by illegal fundraising, narcotics and people trafficking, money laundering using international networks, and arms and ammunition smuggling including through the sea routes in the Bay of Bengal. I urge you to consider setting up a mechanism to effectively police the seas of the Bay of Bengal, to deny these terrorists mobility and connectivity," he further added.

BIMSTEC is the bridge between South and South-East Asia Dr. Manmohan Singh

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh while making a statement at the joint press conference after conclusion of the Second BIMSTEC Summit in New Delhi today said BIMSTEC is the bridge between South and South-East Asia. There is far greater regional and sub-regional integration in Asia than was the case when BIMSTEC was created in 1997. We all belong to the Bay of Bengal community. Nature and geography have bound us together by land and by water. We are all developing countries faced with similar challenges. BIMSTEC is therefore an idea whose time has come.

BIMSTEC Summit declares the need for close cooperation in combating all forms of terrorism and transnational crime

Second BIMSTEC Summit declaration recognized the threat that terrorism poses to peace, stability and economic progress in the region, emphasize the need for close cooperation in combating all forms of terrorism and transnational crimes. According to the Summit declaration, leaders have taken note with satisfaction of the finalization of the BIMSTEC Convention on Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking. The declaration by the BIMSTEC leaders, fully reflects the concern over growing terrorism in the region.

Tissa Jayaweera, Senior Vice President and Kumar Mallimarachchi, Vice President, FCCISL

At the recent AGM of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) along with the election of its President, Kosala Wickramanayake, Tissa Jayaweera was elected the Senior Vice President and Kumar Mallimarachchi was elected as the vice president of FCCISL. Mr Jayaweera holds a Diploma in Technology Sri Lanka, Bachelor Science and Master Science from the US. He served as an engineer for six years in Sri Lanka, proceeded to USA and served Pepsi Cola and General Motors. He subsequently joined Interkiln Corporation of America to transfer Ceramic Manufacture Technology to factories operated by Interkiln in Peoples Republic of China. Mr Jayaweera achieved the Best Sales Person Award of General Motors for Southern California on many occasions.

Obama and Mayawati: a Comparison in Contrast

By S. R. Darapuri

It will be apt to mention in the beginning that a comparison between Obama and Mayawati (Dalit woman Chief Minister of UP state in India) is not very appropriate because there is a world of difference between their personalities and deeds. But some over enthusiastic followers of Mayawati have started comparing them and are spreading the dictum that, "if Obama can do it why cannot she?" They have started projecting her as the future Prime Minister of India. As such it becomes necessary to make an attempt to make a comparison between Obama and Mayawati.

Lawmakers urge UN to enquire into excessive prison sentences in Myanmar/Burma

Legislators from ASEAN States are calling on the office of the United Nations Secretary-General and other relevant bodies of the United Nations to immediately enquire into Myanmar’s authorities’ reported sentencing of human rights defenders to 65 years imprisonment. Parliamentarians from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia, who make up the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), are extremely concerned with reports that these jail-terms were reportedly handed down in a closed-door ‘Special Court’ hearing in Yangon’s Insein Prison on 11 November 2008.

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