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President met Jaffna , Mannr Bishops: Solicited cooperation to stamp out escalating violence

By Our Colombo Correspondent

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Catholic bishops from Jaffna and Mannar to discuss the escalating violence against civilians and urged the bishops to encourage the local public to build a rapport with local law enforcement officials. "The President condemned the attacks on civilians on all ethnic groups. He requested the local bishops to encourage people to seek help from police and security forces when their basic rights were violated," said a Presidential aide at the Presidents Office.

Sri Lanka Government to tighten policy on wheat flour importation

By Ashwin Hemmathagama - Asian Tribune Financial Correspondent

Government in its efforts to encourage the local paddy farmers while discouraging the heavy consumption of wheat flour is looking at the possibilities in revising the tax structure on wheat flour and wheat grain imports. Ministry of Finance and Planning Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara yesterday disclosed this meeting the District Secretaries discussing the progress made on the imprest releases for paddy purchases this year.

Sri Lanka's Muslim Council demand Co-Chairs influence to end latest LTTE triggered ethnic cleansing

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL), a network comprising some 75 of the largest and most influential National Organizations of Muslims in the country, has called on the Co-chairs to exercise their powers and influence in putting an end to any LTTE action which would jeopardize the security of the thousands of Muslims living peacefully in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka.

Oil Boom Threatens to Trigger Arms Spree

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The unprecedented rise in oil prices -- from an average of 22 to 28 dollars per barrel in early 2005 to over 70 dollars last week -- is expected to trigger an increase in arms purchases by some of the world's leading oil-producing nations, including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Venezuela, Iran, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). If history has a way of repeating itself, a significant portion of the growing petrodollars will spill over into the coffers of the world's five leading arms merchants: the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia.

Another white elephant

By Daya Dissanayake

Elephants are in the news, again. At least it would keep humans from forgetting the sad plight of the elephants around the world. There is a saying in Lanka that the tail of a dog could never be straightened. The tail of the Lankan dog had remained curved for the past 2000 years. So is the mind and character of the elephant owners and users. They will not change. Our elephants have also been tortured for the past 2000 years or more. And it had been the same story in India too. Even king Asoka, with all his good deeds after he became Dharmasoka, would have used elephants for parading, for processions and even for hard labour.

31 Sri Lankans stranded in Malaysia returns

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Thirty one Sri Lankan who left to Malaysia through a private foreign employment agency returned to the country empty handed. The 31 Sri Lankans which included three women, is reported to have undergone several forms of harassment while been detained in Malaysian detention camps.

Meghalaya govt. undecided on ‘Da Vinci Code’

Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

The multi-coalition MDA government is yet to take a final decision on whether to screen of the film version of Dan Browns‘Da Vinci Code’ in Meghalaya. The GAD department, authorized by the Cabinet to take a decision on whether to ban screening of the movie has instructed the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, P.Jain to elicit a general opinion.

Sri Lankan government hopes EU ban will end violence; LTTE condemns it

The Sri Lankan government and the LTTE have responded predictably to the EU ban. The LTTE began condemning it even before the ban was imposed. It threatened to withdraw from the CFA and hinted at waging its Eelam War IV. The Sri Lankan government has responded positively to the EU ban imposed on the LTTE. A communiqué issued by the Presidential Secretariat “hopes that this clear and firm message would provide a fresh impetus and encouragement to the LTTE to think afresh and resume Talks with the assistance of the Norwegian facilitators.”

Indian MuayThai Team led by Oken Jeet Sandham arrives in Bangkok

The Indian MuayThai Team led by Oken Jeet Sandham, President of the MuayThai Federation of India, has arrived in Bangkok on Tuesday to participate the World Amateur MuayThai Championship 2006, which will be inaugurated by the Princess of Thailand, at The Mall Convention Center, here today.Over two thousand participants including officials from 111 countries from around the world will participate this time's biggest World Amateur MuayThai Championship 2006 here, which is expected to attract thousands of spectators daily.

Sri Lanka's electricity board continues to be crippled due to political manipulation

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

As politics continues to cripple the already crisis ridden Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), a top notch CEB union is going to the extent of taking up this issue with President Mahinda Rajapakse in the coming days, in the fervent hope that he might intervene and put a stop to the current state of affairs at this institution.

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