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Israel Bars Credible Observers from Gaza

Thalif Deen Interviews U.N. Human Rights Expert Richard Falk

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay last week lambasted the Israeli government for detaining and expelling a human rights expert, Richard Falk, who was on a U.N.-mandated assignment to probe the human rights situation in the occupied territories. "It is difficult to assess Israel’s motives for barring my entry to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, but it certainly seems to fit with a pattern of minimizing to the extent possible, reporting on the realities of the occupation, especially in Gaza," Falk told IPS.

Meeting of the Heads of Sri Lankan Missions in Middle East and Africa

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister will be addressing a two-day meeting of the Head of Sri Lanka Missions in the Middle East as well as in Africa. The meeting is expected to be held in Dubai, United Emirates in the second week of January 2009. The Foreign Minister will be listening to the issues faced by the Heads of Sri Lanka Missions in these countries specially about consular, administrative, staff requirements and other related issues.

Sri Lanka: Tamil civilian detention and aid restrictions: Tamils Caught in Fighting Denied Relief

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Sri Lankan government should stop arbitrarily detaining civilians fleeing fighting in the northern Vanni region and urgently allow humanitarian agencies to return to provide desperately needed aid, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released December 23. The 49-page report,"Besieged, Displaced, and Detained: The Plight of Civilians in Sri Lanka's Vanni Region," documents the Sri Lankan government's responsibility for the plight of the 230,000 to 300,000 displaced persons trapped in the Vanni conflict zone.

How LTTE Rebels Swindle the World

Opinion By K.R. Pushparanjan

Without any hesitation the LTTE can be branded as a terrorist organization and also all their action leads to believe that they are an unjustifiable, indiscriminate, ruthless, callous, brutal and merciless gang of organized annihilators. It's not so long ago FBI reported that "LTTE is the most ruthless and efficient terrorist group in the world". This statement of FBI depicts that the LTTE is even superior to Al Qaeda. Despite all propaganda they are carrying out to get the sympathy of the international community, USA, EU, India and many other countries have already banned the LTTE, describing them as one of the most dangerous organizations currently in operation in the world.

Veteran Actress Malini Fonseka was felicitated by President

By Janaka Alahapperuma- London

Mahinda - Malini Queen of the Sri Lanka Sinhala Cinema and recipient of the Golden Peacock Award at the 99th International Film Festival of India held in Goa, veteran actress Malini Fonseka was felicitated by the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa at a colorful Ceremony at Presidential Secretariat, Colombo on Tuesday the 24th December. Malini received the award for Best Actress category for her role in Prasanna Vithanage's new movie, "Akasa Kusum(Flowers In The Sky)" which has not been screened in Sri Lanka yet. However before the Indian Film Festival, its inaugural show was held in Pusan Film Festival in South Korea.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Recommends To Go Ahead With Sri Lankan Cricket Tour To Pakistan As Schedule

President Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed the proposed Sri Lankan National Cricket team tour to Pakistan today (26 December 2008) with Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollgama. Pursuant to this discussion, the Foreign Minister has recommended that the tour to Pakistan should proceed as scheduled from 20 January to 25 February 2009. In this regard, Minister Bogollagama contacted the Minister of Sports & Public Recreation, Gamini Lokuge and had sought his views. Minister Lokuge had stated that since the proposed Sri Lankan Cricket tour to Pakistan would be taking place under the aegis of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the tour should be subject to security clearance of the ICC.

Snake Bites: 1000 Deaths a year mostly preventable

By L. Jayasooriya

It has been reported in the Island of Wednesday 24th December 2008 that there are on the average 1,000 deaths a year due to snake bites in Sri Lanka second only to India and 33,000 who survive every year. It did not say how they survive and it therefore has to be assumed that it is through treatment at rural government hospitals. The report said that researchers at Peradeniya and Gampola hospitals and Harvard University are involved in an ongoing awareness campaign against snake bites mostly in the North-Western province.

Indian Blame Games

By Yousaf Alamgirian

India is kind enough to involve Pakistan in every incident happening inside her territory. Indian governments are lucky in this regards that they can easily hide themselves behind the blames imposed on Pakistan in order to cover its failures to counter such acts. Be it Samjhota Express blast or recent incident of Mumbai, India with in no time found its connections with Pakistan and that too without having reached to the facts.

Mahinda - Malini

Mahinda - Malini

Sri Lanka urges Pakistan for security assurance for players and officials

Sri Lanka has urged Security assurance of its players and officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board as well as the Government. In the meantime, Sri Lanka has agreed to play 3 test matches, three one day matches and a 20 over international in Pakistan. According Sri Lanka’s Minister of Sports and Recreation Gamini Lokuge, a letter has been sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board requesting the Board and the Government to assure the security of the Sri Lankan players and officials. Also Sri Lanka has urged insurance of the players and officials be extended to cover all aspects of strike by terrorists.