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Awami League President Sheikh Hasina

Sri Lanka President appeals to the people of Jaffna : We must live in unity

Mahinda RajapaksePresident Mahinda Rajapakse appealed to the People of Jaffna that it is time for us to forget the unfortunate developments of the past. He emphasized that "We shall take action to restore to the people of Jaffna and the North, all they have lost in the past. He said, "We must live in Unity." All that was lost to you due to terrorism will be restored. It will not be long before your brothers and sisters who are trapped in areas such as Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu can be happy. That is when, just like the New Dawn in the East, there will be the New Spring in the North, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message to the people of Jaffna.

Links between Lashkar-e-Toiba(LeT) and LTTE exposed

An Indian weekly ‘The Organizer’ has revealed possible links between terrorist group and the LTTE. “There are now FBI confirmations of visits by LTTE top brass to Kabul. The LTTE, which is fighting a losing battle with the Sri Lankan Army, is looking to the ISI-Al-Queda-LeT for weapons,” The Organizer website claimed. According to the website the Kerala-Tamil Nadu coast and Sri Lankan route is used by the Drug-Mafia for shifting drug raw material from largest producer Afghanistan to the processing factories in Central Asia. The LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran have been surviving for the past 25 years on drug money. They get arms in exchange of transfer and safe passage of drug laden ships and boats.

Interfaith Call For World Peace and Remembrance Service in London

By Janaka Alahapperuma- London

A very special event for world peace with wider interfaith participation will be held today at Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre (SSIBC), Kingsbury Road, London NW9, UK - on 30th December at 6.00pm. This annual event which brings representatives of all major faiths in Brent and Harrow Boroughs in London together to discuss, pray and work towards World Peace.

Security Council Mildly Rebukes Israel’s Gaza Attacks

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

After an emergency closed-door session Sunday night, the 15-member Security Council issued a politically bland statement expressing "serious concern" over the devastating Israeli air strikes on Gaza and calling for an "immediate halt to all violence." The statement was predictable because the United States, a traditionally loyal Israeli ally, would never agree to anything smacking of a "censure" or "condemnation" of Israel -- even as the death toll rose to more than 300 Palestinians, mostly civilians. A single Israeli was killed during the three-day attacks.

Sheikh Hasina's Ballot Revolution in Bangladesh

Our Diplomatic Correspondent from Dhaka

Sheikh HasinaThe Awami League-led grand alliance was poised to record a big victory in the long-awaited ninth parliamentary polls, as they were leading in most of the seats till filing this report. The Awami League candidates were unofficially declared elected in at least 195 constituencies till then, while BNP reportedly bagged 30 seats. The grand alliance was leading in other seats and their main rival four-party alliance led by BNP in 8 seats, according to count of result reported by then.

New Additional Secretary - Chitranganee Wagiswara

Chitranganee Wagiswara, a career diplomat has been appointed as Additional Secretary of Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to be in charge of Political Affairs, Policy Research and Training with effect from 22 December. She is a senior diplomat from the 1981 Foreign Service batch. She has served last as the Ambassador to France, since 2004 to October 2008.

Medical items urgently needed for SL troops

The Ranaviru Fund - set up for the purpose of helping disabled Sri Lankan military personnel and familes of troops killed in action - is appealing for funds to purchase Defibrillator with built-in Cardiac Monitor & Recorder. Blood Warmer and 1000 socket gel liners. The socket gel liners are for the Ranaviru Sevana, Ragama and the other items are for the Army Hospital, Colombo. It is necessary to provide two gel socks per patient due to hygienic and practical reasons. These socks need to be washed daily due to sweating and it takes them up to two days to dry. So far only 323 Socks have been provided to date through the fund.

Besiege of Thai Parliament continues: Government policy debate further postponed

Thailand's newly-elected Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was forced to postpone the Government Policy debate for today at 9.30 am in the morning. Earlier, Parliament President Chai Chidchob postponed the House meeting three times yesterday, from 9.30am to 2pm, then 5pm, and then to 9.30am today. The postponement was decided after thousands of red-shirt demonstrators, who supported former coup-ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, besieged the Parliament from early hours of the day in attempts to blockade the new government policy address due to be delivered on Monday morning.

Responsibility To Protect Israel (R2P)

By L. Jayasooriya

This is your day Mr. Gareth Evans to protect Israel from the Palestinians by applying your R2P formula for which you have been given immense resources to exercise your right to protect everybody in this world the details of which are in your biography in the internet which states that you are the President and the Chief Executive Officer of the Brussels–based International Crisis Group (ICG), an independent multinational non-governmental organization with 90 full-time staff on five continents which works through field-based analysis and high level policy advocacy, to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.

President Mahinda Rajapakse

Gaza Massacre: An Appeal From Palestine

Palestinian National Authority has appealed to the international community to intervene at once and stop the bloody massacre taking place in Gaza.It also appealed for medicine and medical items to be sent to Gaza. Dr. Riad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs addressing the diplomatic community in Ramallah on 29th evening made the above appeal and gave an account of the situation in Gaza. He stated that already the total number of casualties has exceeded 330 while over 1300 are injured. The number of deaths is expected to rise as the critically injured are without the required surgical operations and medicine.