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Norwegian pilot jumps out of the plane in mid air

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Jonas Gahr StoreAfter meeting the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, in Oslo the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Stoere, dropped a bombshell at the press conference. He said: “Norway will present no new mediation or peace initiative in the Sri Lanka conflict.”This act is compared to the pilot jumping off the plane in mid air. Analysts state that this could lead to a deepening of the crisis. Analysts also agree that this is an admission of Norwegian failure in peace-building after being engaged in it for over six years.

Kadirgamar’s assassins posed as insurance agents - Investigator

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Some of the accomplices of the assassination of former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar have posed as agents of a leading insurance agency, investigators have found. Two accomplices of the killing of the Foreign Minister had been issued with identity cards by a leading insurance company, an investigator told the Asian Tribune.

Sri Lanka Presidential Advisory Committee Lacks Tamil specialists

Mahinda Rajapaksa Even the very outset of the move to find lasting solutions to the ethnic conflict has failed to win the hearts and minds of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. It has been pointed out that by appointing a majority of the Presidential Advisory Committee members - 11 out of 12 belonging to the Sinhala speaking ethnic group, reflects a calculated move that the whole exercise is a forerunner for imposing a Sinhalese solution to the Tamil issues and would not be an acceptable solution to all the ethnic groups in the country. Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed a committee to serve in an advisory capacity to the committee of representatives, from all parties to be appointed to work out the formalities for a lasting solution to the ethnic conflict, without any Tamil members in it.

Pak hopes US will not cut its promised aid

By Iqbal HUssain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has hoped that the US administration would ensure restoration of original economic and military assistance for 2007. Responding to a question at the weekly news briefing here on Monday, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said the Bush administration had proposed aid worth 738 million dollars for Pakistan for the next year. This included 300 million dollars for military and 350 million dollars for economic assistance.

'Sri Lankan police intelligence very low,' claims leading estate political party

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) has come down hard on the police force, stating that its intelligence capacity is at an extremely low status. CWC's Vice President R. Yogarajan made these statements reacting to a recent regulation imposed in some parts of the country which insisted on all Tamils to register themselves in those respective area police stations due to security reasons. "Our police intelligence is so low that they think they can catch the LTTE cadres as soon as all Tamils register themselves. Such a move will only result in our people getting harassed and further alienated," he said.

Judge Weeramantry appointed to World Future Council

Judge WeeramantryIn the last week of May twenty handpicked international luminaries met in Geneva for the inaugural session of the World Future Council - a body created by the Swedish thinker, Jakob von Uexkull, the founder of the "Alternative Nobel Prize". Von Uexkull's vision is that a celebrated assembly of "the most respected and trusted members of our planetary community" could provide a high-profile think tank whose influence would be felt in "the burgeoning array of issues affecting our global village". "Their moral authority would give legitimacy to promote more enlightened policy relating to our common future and the legacy we leave to succeeding generations who will inherit this ever smaller planet which we all share," he said.

Sri Lanka: Southern Development Authority Chairman murder could be a contract

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando has dispatched three special police teams headed by Assistant Superintendents of Police to investigate the murder of Southern Lanka Development Authority (SLDA) Chairman Danny Hiththetiya. Although police took action to put up barricades in Matara, Galle and Ratnapura immediately after the incident, they have so far being unsuccessful in their attempt to apprehend the killers.

Five die, 17 hurt in Pakistan blast

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

At least five persons were killed and seventeen others injured in a bomb blast on Monday in South-western Pakistan. Those killed in the explosion, on Sariab Road in Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province, included three men, a woman and a child, police officials said. The dead and injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where conditon of some of the injured is stated to be serious, they added.

Sri Lankan President offers top ministerial portfolio to SLMC leader

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune
President Mahinda Rajapakse has offered the country's predominant Muslim political party leadership the Ports Ministry (currently being held by Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera) and other 'handsome perks' in a bid to gain the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) support, sources told the “Asian Tribune.”During a meeting between the President and the SLMC hierarchy recently, President Rajapakse had also assured the SLMC that all other demands of the party's will also be 'well looked after'.

London Travel Agent's Links Under Scrutiny

Reports in “Asian Tribune” and other news media about the connections and conduct of a London travel agent who is alleged to have been part of a gang that attacked a Tamil Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), in Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex in the UK and threatened to kill some leading members of the staff is beginning to worry and hospitality industry in Sri Lanka and the authorities. The Sunday Island reported yesterday about the arrest by the Metropolitan Police of the notorious Nadarajah Sethurupan the web operator of the LTTE site www.nitharsanam.com.

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