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UNICEF Flays LTTE for continuously recruiting children

With a growing number of children being recruited by the LTTE and scores of children being killed or injured in fighting, UNICEF today expressed its gravest concerns for children, as Sri Lanka’s conflict enters a new phase. "We have clear indications that the LTTE has intensified forcible recruitment of civilians and that children as young as 14 years old are now being targeted," said Mr Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF’s Representative in Sri Lanka. "These children are facing immediate danger and their lives are at great risk. Their recruitment is intolerable."

Hillary Clinton urged to tell directly that she is willing to let Sri Lanka work out its internal problems

Hillary ClintonMr. Stephen Long, a writer from Los Angeles and a friend of Sri Lanka, in an open letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling upon her to tell directly that she is willing to let Sri Lanka work out its internal problems on its own, and that she supports the Government’s efforts to finally end the reign of terror that has plagued Sri Lanka for the past twenty-six years. "I want to hear it straight from her mouth that the LTTE is not to be negotiated with under any circumstances, that they do not represent the majority of Sri Lanka’s Tamils, that they will not be tolerated by any civilized country on the planet, and that they should lay down their arms and surrender at once," insists Mr. Stephen Long.

Tourist Development Authority Initiates Anti rabies Campaign in the Bentota Resort Area

For the first time in the history of tourism, Sri Lanka Tourism initiated an anti rabies campaign organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). In the first event in this series, vaccination of dogs took place in the Bentota resort area, on 23 January 2009. Bentota is the first tourist resort in the country, to be set up in the early 1970s and today has 6 SLTDA approved hotels with approx. 600 rooms, to its credit. On an average day, atleast 500 tourists can be found in the area. During the recent past, it was noticed that there were a substantial number of stray dogs at the beach and surrounding area, and the Community Relations Division of the SLTDA initiated a project to vaccinate them. This project was discussed with the community residing in the area and subsequently with the Ministry of Health, and was carried out with the fullest cooperation of all parties involved.

What Genocide? Are you Insane or opportunistic?

By Ven. Basnagoda Rahula

Professor Steve Baker is a close friend of mine. He teaches in the department of psychology, but we often meet each other between classes because both of our departments, mine being English, are located in the same building. Whenever we meet, we greet each other warmly and sometimes stop for a few words. I would ask him about the recession in America or president Obama’s stimulus package while he would mostly inquire about the present developments in Sri Lanka. When he saw me last Friday, he appeared to be somewhat reluctant but eventually put his question into words. "What are they writing about?" he asked me with growing impatience, referring to a few reports and articles he had read online about Sri Lanka. "What are they talking about? Genocide and concentration camps?"

ILO Asia and the Pacific Region to discuss global economic crisis

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

International Labor Organization (ILO) Colombo office in a dispatch indicated that Ministers of Labor and Finance, senior UN and government officials, workers and employers representatives from throughout Asia and the Pacific are due to meet in Manila to discuss responses to the current economic crisis. More than 11 countries are expected to attend the regional forum, entitled "Responding to the Economic Crisis – Coherent Policies for Growth, Employment and Decent Work in Asia and the Pacific".

EU MP blasts British decision to appoint a special envoy to Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

EU parliamentarian Nirj Deva [Niranjan Devaadithya] criticizes the appointment of former British Defence Secretary Des Browny as a special envoy for Sri Lanka and said it is not an official way to appoint an official . He said the British government fails to follow diplomatic ways and this step violates sovereignty of Sri Lanka. Mr. Devadithya said that the government of Sri Lanka kept silence and in the end followed diplomatic way to reject the appointment. Speaking to media in Colombo on Monday Mr.Deva said the British government should respect the independence of Sri Lanka if it wants to make any official approach.

Canada’s development partnership with Sri Lanka hailed

"The Government’s immediate concern is providing food, shelter and other facilities to the displaced people who have fled L.T.T.E controlled areas. The fleeing L.T.T.E leadership has only left a collection of bunkers, air strips, and luxurious houses and nothing else for the civilians. Therefore, we have to rebuild infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and roads so that people can return to their lands; we have to recruit and train teachers, local government officials and police personnel to provide essential services. Livelihoods, especially agriculture and fisheries on which a large number are dependent, have to be resurrected," said Deputy Minister Hussien A. Bhaila.

Intensify Efforts For Change In Burma

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is urging the UN Secretary-General to “intensify” efforts to facilitate a process of meaningful dialogue between Burma’s military regime, the democracy movement and ethnic nationalities, following a fact-finding visit to the Thai-Burmese border. During the visit, CSW obtained yet more evidence of continuing human rights violations in Burma, and is now calling on the international community to increase pressure on the military regime.

Buddhist priests hailed a local exporter who helps to keep clean environment

The head Priest of Heiyanthuduwa Purana Viharya Venerable Valamitiyawe Seelarthana hailed and awarded a plaque to a local entrepreneur Kaushal Rajapaksha , who holds CEO post of the Kalhari Entreprises , Heyyanthuduwa Sri Lanka recently at a ceremony held at the Heyyanthuduwa Purana Viharaya. According to the Buddhist priest, Mr.Rajapaksha involves in a number of social works at that area and also award winner of Export Award in 2007 arranged by National Chamber of Exports and the credit brought to the village and also the great social service done by the company. The priests said Mr.Rajapaksha who introduced plastic recycling process for the area and now he works with hundreds of field workers to end the plastic menace from Sri Lanka.

Ongoing anarchic conditions in Somalia

By Asif Haroon Raja

Somalia is located in the Horn of Africa and is bordered by Djibouti to northwest, Kenya on its southwest, the Gulf of Aden at its east, and Ethiopia to the west. It gained independence from Italy on July 01, 1960 when Italian Somaliland and British Somaliland joined together to form the new nation of Somalia. Following a series of sectarian and clan clashes, a 1969 coup headed by Mohamed Siad Barre ushered in an authoritarian socialist rule that managed to impose a degree of stability in the country for two decades. With the regime's overthrow early in 1991 following CIA sponsored coup by warlord Ali Mehdi, Somalia descended into turmoil, factional fighting, and anarchy. Mehdi failure to share power with another equally powerful warlord Farah Adid became the main cause of clan infighting. Since then, Somalia has been functioning without a national functioning government and the country has been torn apart by warring clans and their militias.

Subramanian Swamy

Hillary Clinton

Stray Dogs

Stray dogs

Dr. Subramanian Swamy assaulted by Tamil Nadu pro-LTTE lawyers

Subramanian SwamyIndian Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy was manhandled and abused by a group of lawyers supporting Sri Lanka’s terrorist organization LTTE in a court room at the Madras High Court today. A group of of pro-LTTE advocates entered the court hall of Justice P K Mishra and K Chandru, while they were hearing a petition in connection with the 'Chidambaram temple case', in which Swamy was present to plead himself. Shouting pro-LTTE slogans, the advocates hurled eggs and manhandled him in the presence of the two judges. They drove out a police officer present in the court and bolted the door before attacking Dr. Swami. They also did not allow the CRPF security personnel to enter the court.