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Looking after the injured soldiers

By Shenali Waduge

As the present military drive gains momentum we need to prepare for a rise in the number of fatalities & injuries. Most of the injured are likely to be sent to the main hospitals geared to treat them. We should not forget that most of our soldiers come from poor homes. Most of these families are unlikely to even have the money to pay for the journey to visit their sons/husbands lying in pain in hospital, probably victims to landmines and similar atrocities that the LTTE are responsible for.

America's "Undimmed by Tears Mind-set" Shattered as Twin Towers Fell on September 11th

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

My friend Janaka Perera’s very readable account in the "Asian Tribune" prompted me to write this piece. The Twin Towers, an American icon due to its engineering and symbolic stature fell on September 11th 2001. We saw the second plane hit the Tower early morning on TV that day as my wife was getting ready to go to work in Torrance California. The dense hum of humanity gasping for breath was a sorry sight. Chaos reigned. Telephones died, power collapsed, the command center drowned in debris necessitating 24 hour air sampling as air borne chemicals inundated everyone. Some New Yorkers attended 40 funerals in one month.

All Countries in BBC Poll Prefer Obama to McCain

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

All 22 countries in a BBC World Service poll would prefer Democratic nominee Barack Obama elected US president instead of his Republican rival John McCain. Obama is preferred by a four to one margin on average across the 22,000 people polled. The margin in favor of Obama ranges from just 9 per cent in India to 82 per cent in Kenya. On average 49 per cent prefer Obama to 12 per cent preferring McCain. Nearly four in ten do not take a position.

Withdrawal of international staffs would leave civilians trapped in Wanni more vulnerable to LTTE – Amnesty International

Amnesty International has expressed concern over the withdrawal of international staffs and pointed out that it will leave civilians in Wanni more vulnerable to abuses by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Furthermore, it said that it has received credible reports that the LTTE has prevented civilians from moving to safer places in government controlled areas. Also it has alleged that the LTTE at present is actively recruiting minors in camps for the newly displaced. These fears and concerns were expressed in a press release of the Amnesty International, a human rights organization based in London. It has also alleged that Sri Lanka Government has blocked international aid workers from helping civilians trapped by ordering the aid agencies to leave Wanni.

China thanked Sri Lanka for its unshaken support for ‘One China Policy: Pledged to uphold Sri Lanka’s sovereignty

Yang Jiechi met Mahinda RajapaksaThe Chinese Foreign Minister stressed the importance of continuing the strong and good relations between China and Sri Lanka. He was appreciative of Sri Lanka's unshaken support for 'One China Policy' and thanked the President for continued support on the issues of Taiwan and Tibet that are matters of China's core national interests. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi who is on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka called on the President Mahinda Rajapakse at the President’ House yesterday expressed China’s confident under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and said Sri Lanka will play an important role in promoting and ensuring peace and stability in Sri Lanka and South Asia.

Tamil Tigers’ connotation: Attack on the Security Forces Headquarters in Vavuniya revealed

Basil RajapakseTo create another appalling humanitarian crisis in the Vanni region, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, made use of the entry – exit point at Omanthai, to attack the Security Forces Headquarters and the Air Force Base located in Vavuniya early on Tuesday morning. Basil Rajapakse MP and a senior advisor to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse said that Omanthai entry – exit point was kept open for the goods and essential food items to move into the Vanni region and the people in Vanni to enter into the Government area to go to hospitals, banks, to travel abroad and to attend to their needs. Making use of this situation, the Tamil Tigers moved their heavy guns very close to the entry – exit point to attack the Security Forces Headquarters in Vavuniya, he pointed out.

Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2007 documents Burmese ruling junta’s atrocities

As the first anniversary of Burma's September 2007 Saffron Revolution approaches, the Human Rights Documentation Unit (HRDU) has released a 964 pages Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2007. Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2007 is revealed to be the largest and most comprehensive report ever published by the HRDU, but is also quite likely the single largest report ever produced on the human rights situation in Burma. Twenty years since the brutal suppression of the 1988 uprising, the Burmese military junta continues to exert tight control over the country's population, while executing a litany of human rights abuses against its citizens.

Thai Constitution Court Strips PM And Entire Cabinet From Office

Samak SundaravejThe cookery show has caused t removal of the Prime Minister and his entire government in Thailand. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej was found in violation of the Constitution due to his having hosted cooking shows on commercial television stations and that he must leave office together with his entire cabinet, becoming the first Thai prime minister to be thrown out by a court. All nine judges of the Constitution Court voted unanimously that Mr. Samak Sundaravej, who took office on February 6 this year, was guilty because he had violated Article 267 of the Constitution, written by coup maker-appointed legal and constitutional experts.

Foreign Minister Bogollagama highlights Sri Lanka's people-centric Foreign Policy

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama has emphasized the need for diplomats who are posted abroad to represent Sri Lanka, to have a thorough knowledge of the country's system of local administration and the day to day problems confronting the people. Hence, he has decided that all Heads of Mission and Foreign Service officers should serve a period of orientation attached to a District Secretariat, prior to their departure, in order to gain an understanding of the range of services provided by the Government to the people at the grassroots level including Samurdhi welfare, and various development programmes initiated by the Government.

UN Secretary emphasizes the importance of a negotiated settlement to the political problems confronting Sri Lanka.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep concern over the increased hostilities in northern Sri Lanka, and the grave humanitarian consequences for civilians. A press statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said that he has emphasized strongly the importance of a negotiated settlement to the political problems facing Sri Lanka. In the light of the Government's request for the relocation of UN humanitarian staff in affected areas, he reminds all concerned of their responsibility to take active steps to ensure the safety and freedom of movement of civilians, allowing humanitarian organizations to do their work in safety, as well as to reach persons affected by the fighting who need humanitarian assistance.

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