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Prabakaran to be smuggled out for treatment – a report

Press Trust of India in its reports citing Sri Lanka Government owned newspaper, revealed that LTTE is trying to sneak its leader Velupillai Prabakaran out of Sri Lanka for treatment abroad following severe injuries he sustained in air raid last month "Intelligence reports indicate that the top Tiger has sustained injuries or fractures in his arm and a leg. Since the Tiger leader is already suffering from diabetes, the situation has got worse and the LTTE is making attempts to evacuate him to a foreign country for further treatment,” PTI reported, citing Sri Lanka’s Government owned 'Daily News' newspaper The Indian news agency added , “The 'Daily News' also claimed 116 of the 200 guards protecting the LTTE Supremo had died in the recent attack by the Sri Lankan Air Force, in which Prabhakaran was said to have been injured.”

Mano Ganesan appeals to international community for intervention in his security concern

Mano Ganesan, Leader of the Western People’s Front and Member of Sri Lanka Parliament, in a letter to all Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Colombo, has pointed out “It is sad that we have reached a stage where defense of Human Rights defenders has become an issue under this regime (Sri Lanka Government), let alone defending the human rights of the common Tamil civilians,” he added. Mano Ganesan has appealed to the Heads diplomatic mission “Under these circumstances, I request for your government’s momentous intervention in this issue.”

Kathy Klugman appointed High Commissioner for Australia in Sri Lanka

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith MP, has confirmed the appointment of Ms Kathy Klugman as Australia's new High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, with non-resident accreditation to the Republic of Maldives. She will succeed Dr Greg French who has been High Commissioner since December 2004. Ms Klugman is expected to take up her appointment in February 2008. Ms Klugman is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently Assistant Secretary, South and West Asia Branch. Ms Klugman has served as Deputy High Commissioner in Singapore (2005-06) and Third Secretary in Vientiane (1993-95). Ms Klugman has previously served as Deputy High Commissioner in Colombo from 1998-2001.

Sri Lanka Government Minister advocates the killing of Prabhakaran

Sri Lanka Government minister and Tamil politician Douglas Devananda has advocated the killing of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran saying a political solution to the 25- year-old ethnic conflict was not possible till he is alive. In a news report appeared in the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that . Devananda, leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Front, told foreign journalists, "Till Prabahakaran is alive, the LTTE will not agree to a political solution. He should be killed. Devananda, leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Front, told foreign journalists here. "He wants piece (of Sri Lankan territory) and not peace. Ninety per cent of the people in Wanni (rebel-held) area hate him," he said. The Social Services and Social Welfare minister said another option to bring around the LTTE was to initiate the peace process and compel them to join in for the fear of being left out.

Quality Standards vitally important in export trade

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Under the globalization trend Quality Standards are key to international market specially for emerging econmies, said Alan Bryden, Secretary General, Organization for International Standards (ISO) on the theme ‘Perspectives on Standardization and Business Competitiveness’ at 0th Key Person’s Forum organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka held at Trans Asia Hotel. Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, FCCISL introducing the day’s Key Person – Alan Bryden said that the present day consumers were different from earlier consumers as they were quality conscious, far more selection and price sensitive. He said that conformity to international quality standards were important to countries like Sri Lanka where it would amply support economic achievements, industrial growth and international competitiveness with better standards

Karenni refugee student killed by Thai militia

On 15 December 2007, Thai paramilitary soldiers opened fire on a group of students in one of the refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border, killing one and wounding at least one other as they were celebrating an annual student sports day with their peers. 17-year-old Aik Oo was fatally wounded by members of the paramilitary force known as the 'Or Sor' (Volunteer Defence Corps) who serve as guards to many of the camps. The shooting took place in Baan Nai Soi, also known as Karenni camp 1, Mae Hong Son Province at approximately 8:00 pm following growing tension between the soldiers and the students. Enraged by the shooting, the students went on the rampage, destroying the 'Or Sor'camp and causing damages estimated to be in the millions of baht.

Australia awards 8 scholarships for Sri Lankan professionals

The Australian High Commissioner, Dr Greg French, announced today that 8 Sri Lankan professionals had been awarded the prestigious 'Australian Leadership Award (ALA)' scholarship, enabling them to gain PhDs and Masters Degrees in the fields of law, medicine, engineering, economics, trade and food science. This is only the second year ALAs have been awarded under the A$1.4 billion Australian Scholarships program that will target future leaders in the Asia-Pacific, including in Sri Lanka, for advanced study in Australia, the High Commissioner said. Future increases in the program will be subject to the effective application of additional resources and conditional on strengthened governance and reduced corruption in partner countries.

Overall Share market remained dull : Indices fluctuate within a narrow band

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the overall the market remained dull with the stocks swinging within a narrow price range. The market seemed to fall back during early trading but rebounded during later part of the week. All Share Price Index (ASPI), after closing low consecutively for the past four weeks managed to close positively this week rising by 3 points to close at 2510.0 points. However the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) was unable to hold ground as it declined by 5.8 points or 0.18 percent to closing the week at 3267.3 points. HNB became the highest contributor towards turnover, contributing Rs.888.7 million, backed by two strategic transactions to foreign parties, which took place on Wednesday. A total of approximately 7 million shares at a price of Rs.119 changed hands adding a turnover of Rs.839.6 million on Wednesday boosting market activity.

Overall Share market remained dull : Indices fluctuate within a narrow band

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the overall the market remained dull with the stocks swinging within a narrow price range. The market seemed to fall back during early trading but rebounded during later part of the week. All Share Price Index (ASPI), after closing low consecutively for the past four weeks managed to close positively this week rising by 3 points to close at 2510.0 points. However the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) was unable to hold ground as it declined by 5.8 points or 0.18 percent to closing the week at 3267.3 points. HNB became the highest contributor towards turnover, contributing Rs.888.7 million, backed by two strategic transactions to foreign parties, which took place on Wednesday. A total of approximately 7 million shares at a price of Rs.119 changed hands adding a turnover of Rs.839.6 million on Wednesday boosting market activity.

Advani awaits coronation

By Atul - Syndicate Features

His supporters in the Bharatiya Janata Party are entitled to assume that L.K. Advani’s installation as the next prime minister of India is imminent; in a matter of few months, if not weeks. Their exuberant optimism springs from the fact that the old ‘hurdles’ have been removed from Advani’s path with his ‘anointment’ blessed by both the all-important Sangh Parivar and the bed-ridden ‘Bhishmpitamah’ of the BJP, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. ‘Sources’ within the BJP itself have been telling some journalists that Advani had to be officially projected as the prime ministerial candidate to bottle up the genie in the party called Narendra Modi. Others have speculated that it will minimise further bloodshed amongst the ‘second rung’ of party leadership, each one of whom presumes that he or she alone deserves to be nominated as the BJP’s prime minister-in-waiting.

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