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Sri Lanka: Textile Minister plans to help handloom weavers to grab bigger market stake

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo.

The Department of Textile Development and the Ministry of Textile Development have jointly launched a handloom development project to produce value added handloom products to acquire bigger stake in Sri Lanka as well as in the foreign markets. Sri Lanka’s Textile Development Minister Jayatissa Ranaweera said that his Ministry would develop handloom sector as a self-employment project and create it as a recognized industry through this programme in the country.

LTTE admits killing Rajiv Gandhi, apologises to India

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Rajiv GandhiFinally, LTTE has admitted to killing Rajiv Gandhi. The Tamil militant guerrilla's ideologue Anton Balasingham apologized to India. And he wants India to be magnanimous to put the past behind. As the LTTE finds itself at cross roads once again, isolated and wounded, Balasingham says in so many words that they are looking towards India though he doesn't specify what type of help they are looking for. He claims that the relationship between India and LTTE is 'crucial' at the present juncture.

Sri Lanka President pays his last respect to the slain Kulathunga

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Sri Lanka Army, yesterday paid his last respect to late Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunge at his residence at Keleniya. Major General Parami Kulatunga RSP USP USAWC, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, third most senior officer of Sri Lanka Army was assassinated by the LTTE suicide bomber who had come on a motor bike exploded himself close to Pannipitiya Junction, around 08.00 a.m on Monday.

Early breakthrough in the suicide attack on Major General Parami Kulathunga expected – Police Chief Chandra Fernando

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

KulathungaSri Lanka’s Police Chief Chandra Fernando says an early breakthrough is expected in the killing of Major GeneraL Parami Kulathunge, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, in Pannipitiya on Monday. Chandra Fernando said an extensive investigation has already commenced and it is believed that police are receiving lot of feedbacks from the general public.

Iraq after Zarqawi

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

The end of the so-called head of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was indeed a blow to the ‘foreign’ insurgents operating in Iraq. Though Western commentators are now saying that Zarqawi was not such a big figure in the shadowy world of Al Qaeda, during his lifetime he was considered sufficiently important by the US to announce a $25 million bounty on his head. The killing of such a prominent figure of Iraqi insurgency might have demoralised the guest insurgents from Arab countries that Zarqawi had lured into Iraq, but not enough to paralyse them.

India says ‘sincere’ dialogue, not war a viable option in SL

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

India appears willing to go that extra mile to help the beleaguered Rajapakse government in Sri Lanka at this critical juncture. How and when are unclear. Also the type of help and the time frame if any. As of now, New Delhi says it stands ‘ready’ to share our own constitutional experience to contribute to the political process in the island. It is not a new offer per se since veteran Indian diplomat G Parthasarthy was involved in preparation of a devolution package in the early eighties.

Seven Pak troops killed in suicide attack in tribal belt

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

At lease seven Pakistani security personnel were killed and more than 20 injured in a suicide car bomb blast on Monday, in the restive North Waziristan Agency. According to a press release of the Inter Services Public Relations department of the Pakistani military when the bomber rammed his car into a checkpoint near the town of Miranshah.

Body parts of the LTTE suicide bomber recovered

Police officers collected the body parts of the of the motorbike-riding suspected LTTE suicide bomber who rammed his motorcycle yesterday morning on to the car of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, Major General Parami Kulathunge’s killing him and two other Army personnel instantaneously. Gangodawila Magistrate, Government Analysts, Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department, Senior Police Officers and a high-level investigating team visited the scene of the suicidal blast within a short while and concluded preliminary investigations after recovering several severed human parts, believed to be of the suicide bomber. Those parts were later taken to Police morgue for identification and further investigations.

Act unilaterally and adopt the Indian federal model - Anandasangaree tells Mahinda Rajapakse

AnandasangareeV. Anandasangaree, leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front, has written to President Mahinda Rajapakse appealing to him to set up a Federal state on the Indian model “as a solution to the ethnic problem. Highlighting the current critical situation he states “A situation is now fast developing, due to the LTTE’s arrogant attitude, for your Government to act unilaterally by putting forward a reasonable proposal, acceptable to the Tamils and Muslims.”

Asian Cricket Council and UNICEF take the field for children and against AIDS

The partnership between The Asian Cricket Council and UNICEF continues. International partnership for children has been renewed. UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia and the ACC first signed a two year agreement in 2004 ahead of the Asia Cup. The Asian Cricket Council represents 22 cricket boards in Asia and aims to promote and develop the sport in the region. The new partnership runs until 2008.

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