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A Small Ceremony: A Big Deed

Raja Arambewela for Asian Tribune

It was a small ceremony but a big deed I happened to witness today at the Provincial Department of Education of the Western Provincial Council. On the intimation of the Chief Minister, western Province, Mr. Reginold Cooray, the Director of Education, Western Province and the staff, through the help of school children in the province has collected a massive amount of food and water for the security forces engaged in the Humanitarian Operation in the North.

Will Nuclear Disarmament Be on Obama's Agenda?

Thalif Deen of IPS interviews Jacqeline Cabsso, , winner of the Sean MacBride Peace Prize

As President-elect Barack Obama marshals his transition team before he takes office on Jan. 20, some of his political supporters are wondering how much of his campaign promises will receive priority during his first hundred days in the White House. With a recession-hit U.S. economy ranking high on the domestic political agenda, he will also have to gradually deal with a slew of international issues, including climate change, multilateralism, human rights, free trade, weapons of mass destruction, and war and peace.

Failure of Sri Lanka to enter into a ceasefire agreement with LTTE regrettable - Karunanidhi , Chief Minister

M.Karunanidhi“The incidents of shooting our fishermen have come to an end. Food, clothes and medicine are being presently distributed to the starving Tamils on the urging of our Central Government. Despite all these things, there is no ceasefire in place yet. This is highly regrettable”. So said M. Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, speaking to the media personnel after the All Party Meeting, held regarding the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils, yesterday morning in Chennai.

Tamil Nadu state second all party meet reprimanded Sri Lanka for rejecting ceasefire

Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Tamils worldwide wants ceasefire but Sri Lanka government adamantly rejects it. In the unanimous resolution adopted, it has been further pointed out that apart from Sri Lanka government being adamant that the war cannot be stopped - even though one of the parties have accepted our request and announced that ‘they are ready for a ceasefire’ - carry out indiscriminate and aggressive attacks with a intent to annihilate all the Sri Lankan Tamils. The second Tamil Nadu All Party meet was convened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi yesterday morning at the Chief Secretariat in Chennai.

Tamil Tigers "tricked London Police into allowing pro-terrorist event"

By Walter Jayawardhana

London’s 'Evening Standard’ newspaper revealed that the liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group has obtained permission to hold its "heroes" day event by tricking the metropolitan Police of London. A report by correspondent Amar Singh said ,"he Metropolitan Police has been tricked by terrorists after allowing a Tamil Tiger event to go ahead in London, it was claimed today." The report said the permission has been obtained by concealing the real purpose of the event.

World Bank, IMF Heads Under Fire for Skipping Doha Summit

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The chief executive officers of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), two financial institutions based in Washington, have come under heavy fire for their decision to skip a major U.N. conference on Financing for Development (FfD), scheduled to take place in the Qatari capital Doha over the weekend. "They are not coming," Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, president of the 192-member General Assembly, told reporters Tuesday.

The Ugly Face of War in Sri Lanka: Is there another Way?

Dr. Siri Gamage, Australia

"Tami net" published a report dated 25th November 2008 with the heading 'Tigers release photos of Kugnchupparanthan battle.' In this report there are several photos displaying about six bodies of dead soldiers along a local road. Walking nearby the dead bodies of young soldiers of the Sri Lankan army are two equally young LTTE fighters holding rifles. In their back are backpacks. The two are walking without any boots or even slippers. The background is a lush green bush garnished by a Palmyra tree. The photos include the identity card of one soldier in the name of 'Chaminda Indika Kumara,' and the captured guns. One photo shows a tiger fighter in action firing his machine gun.

Thailand in turmoil: Bombs rock Bangkok

Latest report emerging from Thailand reveals of the alarming unstable situation prevailing in the country, where four rounds of bomb attacks rocked Bangkok early Wednesday, injuring at least 12 people. Even yesterday, in clashes between the pro-government and anti-government demonstrators, another 12 people were injured. In the meantime, protestors continue to have a field day in the metropolis Bangkok, where law and order situation is fast collapsing and investor confidence eroding as Thailand's international airport remained close on Wednesday morning, with the People's Alliance for Democracy refusing to budge until the country’s prime minister unconditionally resigns, leaving some 3,000 inbound and outbound passengers stranded.

Climate change and health

By Dr.Neelamani Rajapaksha

Climate change and health was a major tropic which attracted the attention of many participants at the recently concluded Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health which was held in Bamako Mali from 17th to 19 th November 2008. Dr Neelamani Rajapaksa Hewageegana (MSc., MD), Regional Director of Health Services- Badulla was one of the panelists in this session. She said that Sri Lanka being a small island falls in to the category of 'vulnerable states' according to the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s.

A New Approach: Incorporating civilian resistance strategies within aid to Burma

With the publication of the report "Village Agency," the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) helps introduce important new voices into the debate over engagement with Burma – the voices of rural villagers themselves. Citing the personal testimonies of over 110 villagers in rural Karen State, the 181-page report seeks to challenge portrayals of villagers as helpless victims and instead highlights how these villagers can help strengthen international efforts to aid Burma.


Second Tamil Nadu state All Party meet

Prabakaran - Leader of the LTTE

Sustainable agriculture can be the back-bone of Indian economy

By Amit Dwivedi

"Who said agriculture is a business of loss. I am saving more than Rs 80,000/- (about USD 1,750) every year and providing bread & butter to my 11 family members who are dependent on me," said Prabhavati Devi, who lives in Sardar Nagar block of Gorakhpur district. She has one and half acres land in which she is producing more than 86 types of crops annually. Prabhavati Devi is doing organic farming, which is a very reliable method of sustainable agriculture resulting in high production at low cost.

Picasso and the Masters: the miracle exhibition

By Claudine Canetti

"Picasso and the Masters", the artistic event of the year, which shows Picasso surrounded by his Masters simultaneously in three different museums, is not just a historic exhibition, it is a "miraculous" exhibition as Anne Baldassari, director of the Picasso Museum in Paris, appositely put it. She had dreamt of this for years and has spent three years putting together this astonishing gathering together in Paris of some 210 masterpieces by Picasso and by the painters who inspired him throughout his life, including El Greco, Goya, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Cranach, Poussin, Ingres, Titian, Courbet, Delacroix, Cézanne, Gauguin, Renoir and Manet.

Prabakaran’s 54th birthday celebrations cancelled

Prabakaran Pro-LTTE websites have reported that the 54th birthday celebrations of the aging leader Velupillai Prabkaran were cancelled on his instruction. Reasons for cancelling of the birthday celebrations are not clear. In the meantime, Minister Kehelia Ramukawella, Government spokesman on Defence and National security has said that the fall of Kilinochchi is imminent. Defence Ministry sources also announced that Troops of Task Force 3 operating east of Mankulam have gained total control over the Olumadu village yesterday evening, located 4Km northeast of Mankulam along the Mankulam - Mullaittivu (A-34) main road, reaching to a significant stage in the Wanni liberation operation, which is another blow to the LTTE’s sagging moral.