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UN panel on accountability issues on Sri Lanka-A view from Jaffna

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By Muruga

Many questions have been raised on the recent decision of the Secretary General of the UN to appoint a Panel of Experts to advise him on alleged incidents said to have occurred during the final phase of the humanitarian operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam(LTTE) last year. The SGUN appointed a three member panel of experts to advise him. It is understandable the Government of Sri Lanka was strongly opposed to this move. In an era of unqualified condemnation of terrorism, particularly after the September 11,2001 the whole world united and focused on elimination of terrorism in any form at any cost. Terrorism in Sri Lanka has a long story spanning to nearly thirty years. The terror unleashed by the LTTE has been adequately recorded Read the rest of this entry »

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December 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

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Print Email About 90 percent of Palestinian prisoners deprived of meeting with lawyers

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A study issued by the Israeli public committee against torture and the Palestinian prisoner society revealed that the Shin Bet security apparatus prevents 70 to 90 percent of Palestinian detainees from having access to an attorney.

According to this study that was published by Haaretz newspaper, out of 11,970 Palestinian prisoners the Shin Bet interrogated between 2000 and 2007, the numbers of those who were deprived of seeing lawyers ranged between 8, 379 to 10, 773 Read the rest of this entry »

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December 29, 2010 at 10:53 am

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Israel anticipates aid convoys to Gaza may attempt to bust naval blockade

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israel has been on alert since early Saturday as it anticipates that a convoy of ships which departed from Syria Sunday could change course from its destination in the port of El Arish in Egypt and head straight for the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade.

Reports received by Tel Aviv imply that Turkish activists who were aboard the Mavi Marmara ship and arrested in wake of the clashes with Israeli forces have joined the naval vessel that will leave Lattakia today, said Israeli daily Yediot Ahranot Read the rest of this entry »

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December 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm

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Haneef gets back honour and a million dollars

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New Delhi: Wrongly implicated and held over a botched in UK terror attack, Indian doctor Mohammad Haneef will receive “substantial” compensation from the Australian government, a report claimed on Tuesday.

According to a leading Australian newspaper, the development has been confirmed by Haneef in Brisbane this afternoon. As per the deal, all court action over the matter, including against former Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews, who cancelled the Indian-born doctor’s visa will stand terminated Read the rest of this entry »

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December 24, 2010 at 12:50 am

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BEHIND THE CLOSED DOOR: AN EPISODE OF ANTI-MAHINDA BRITAIN

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S.M.M.Bazeer

(Part1) – In the backdrop of the recent pro-LTTE protest against the Sri Lankan’s President’s visit to the United Kingdom, I intend to look back at the mass protest staged by the pro-LTTE Tamils at the British Parliament in 2009 and recall what happened at that time, in order to evaluate the anti-Mahinda policies of British Politicians who rely on Tamil support. Wiki leaks have already shed light on the involvement of David Milband and I may leak another episode regarding the Labour politician Robert Evans, who championed for Tamils and had acquainted LTTE terror leaders in Killinochchi.

Unlike other labor senior politicians Robert Evans may have used the Tamil card for political mileage but his desperate attempt to secure a place in the European Parliament was thwarted by Janani Jananayagam , a pro –Tamil nationalist candidate who entered the fray with a back up of the LTTE and split the block of Tamil votes. This incorrigible racial politics of Tamils in the West parallels that of Sri Lanka and conveys their inability to integrate into the majority communities Read the rest of this entry »

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December 20, 2010 at 5:35 am

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Beware of the extremists

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By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine

A few weeks ago, a supposedly religious activist, probably from one of the Gulf States, suggested to me that Muslims shouldn’t confine our attacks to Zionists; we ought, he said, to attack Jews as Jews, on the grounds that the vast majority of Jews support Israel.

I treated this “advice” with great caution, suspecting that he might be one of those overzealous fanatics who are duped by Zionist circles to malign Jews so that Israeli hasbara (propaganda) operatives such as MEMRI and Honest Reporting [sic] would be able to use his extremist rhetoric to their best advantage. They highlight “Muslim anti-Semitism” and con the world into thinking that the conflict in the Middle East is not really over the Israeli occupation of Palestine and oppression of its Christian and Muslim people, but is rooted in deeply-held Arab racism against the Jews Read the rest of this entry »

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December 20, 2010 at 5:20 am

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No restrictions imposed on donor funded projects in north and east

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The Government has not imposed any restriction whatsoever on the ongoing development projects being carried out in the northern or eastern provinces. There are larger volumes of development projects with local and international funding carried out in the two provinces to uplift the livelihood of the people of the area.

Government vehemently denies the report published in a section of the media headlined Basil stops donor- funded new buildings in north east. The news item concerned was far from the truth and it contained several inaccuracies Read the rest of this entry »

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December 20, 2010 at 5:15 am

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Middle East Attention is drawn to Sri Lanka’s flourishing Tourist Industry.

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Sri Lanka is witnessing a dramatic rise in visitors which in turn has enabled vast development of Sri Lanka’s existing tourism infrastructure with new hotels and better road networks currently underway island-wide to cope with the destination’s increasing popularity.

Tourist arrivals from the Middle East to Sri Lanka has increased by 58% in the first ten months of the year. Statistics compiled by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority indicate that the growth from the Middle East is higher than the overall growth in arrivals to Sri Lanka which is pegged at 43.5% Read the rest of this entry »

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December 17, 2010 at 10:07 am

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Abu Zuhri calls for supporting Palestinian rights instead of negotiations

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GAZA, (PIC)– Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, has urged the Arab countries to support other options after failure of the peace talks in restoring any of the Palestinian rights. He told the PIC on Thursday that the Arab committee’s decision reflected a cover of the stalemated settlement process.

The spokesman called instead for a clear announcement on halting negotiations with Israel and not supporting anyone conducting such talks in addition to adopting new strategy based on Arab and Palestinian rights and backing the Palestinian people and their resistance Read the rest of this entry »

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December 17, 2010 at 8:40 am

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Israel will not offer apology to Turkey over May 31 flotilla attack

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli foreign ministry has refused to offer an apology to Turkey for the country’s May 31 naval attack on the Freedom Flotilla, which was on its way to the besieged Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian aid.

“Israel does not intend to make an apology to Turkey concerning the fleet of ships,” Deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon told the media Thursday. Turkey has insisted on demanding an apology and compensation to the victims’ families from Israel as a basic condition before announcing the agreement to end the diplomatic relations crisis between the states Read the rest of this entry »

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December 16, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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Sri Lanka Bairaha to expand broiler production with new farm

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Sri Lankan poultry firm Bairaha Farms aims to increase production by more than half in three years with a total estimated investment of almost 360 million rupees on a new farm, a statement said. The poultry producer, which owns and manages a large-scale chicken processing factory and it also operates breeder farms, will set up the new farm on 48 acres of land in the Anamaduwa area in the north-western Puttalam district.

It said in a stock exchange filing that farm will be set up by a new fully-owned subsidiary, Nature’s Best Industry, under the Board of Investment. The new firm will get a 10-year tax holiday from the first year of making profit or not later than two years from the day it starts commercial operations, whichever comes first. The size of each poultry house in the new farm will be much bigger than existing ones, the statement said Read the rest of this entry »

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December 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm

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Hakeem to meet polls chief to discuss Jaffna Muslim IDPs’ voting rights

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SLMC leader and Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem will meet the Commissioner of Elections to discuss on the voting rights of 27,000 Jaffna Muslims, now displaced and living in Puttalam, in view of the forthcoming local government and the Northern Provincial Council elections, Secretary General of the SLMC Hassan Ali said.

Ali said that it had been decided to have talks with the Elections Commissioner following complaints by the displaced Muslims that there was uncertainty whether they would be allowed to exercise their franchise at the forthcoming polls. There were moves to divide their vote bank, Ali said Read the rest of this entry »

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December 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

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Iran, Lanka discuss threats

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Sri Lanka and Iran have exchanged views on the challenges facing maritime security including the emergence of new threats. The issue was raised during a visit to Sri Lanka by an Iranian Navy delegation to join the ceremonies held to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Sri Lankan Navy, the FARS news agency in Iran reported today.

The Iranian Navy’s delegation held meetings with a number of Sri Lankan military officials, and discussed ways to improve security in the Indian Ocean Read the rest of this entry »

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December 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

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High speed internet assured within fortnight

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Following a long line of complaints, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission yesterday assured customers that the speed of the broadband services would be increased up to 70-80% within a fortnight, helping internet users speed up their connectivity.

“Three months ago, most operators were provided services 70% less than the speed rate advertised in the package”, TRC Director General Anusha Palpita said. The speed-up move came after the TRC carried out an evaluation of the quality of service including speeds of fixed broadband services – ADSL and WiMAX Read the rest of this entry »

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December 12, 2010 at 10:39 am

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National Anthem only in Sinhala; Tamil version out

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Sri Lanka’s national anthem will remain only in Sinhala, the Cabinet decided on Wednesday. The move will mean that the current Tamil version will no longer be played at any official or state functions. At present, the Sinhala version of Sri Lanka Matha is used in all parts of the country with the exception of the North and the East which have a large Tamil population.

The decision to do away with the Tamil version, the Sunday Times learned, came after a lengthy discussion at last Wednesday night’s Cabinet meeting. It was the first after President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to Sri Lanka following a visit to Britian where a scheduled address to the Oxford Union was cancelled allegedly due to security reasons Read the rest of this entry »

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December 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

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Puttalam Muslim Secretariat highlights Muslim refugee problem

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The Secretariat of Displaced Muslims in Puttalam recently drew the attention of the relevant authorities to the plight of 27,000 displaced Muslims, who had been denied the right to exercise their franchise at the forthcoming local government polls. This involved those living in the area as well as those resettled in Jaffna, Mannar etc.

A. C. M. Mackeen the Deputy Commissioner of the Displaced Muslim Secretariat said that displaced Muslims were being sent from pillar to post without registration in their former places of residence in the Northern Region or their present place of abode in the Puttalam district Read the rest of this entry »

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December 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm

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Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay recognizing Palestinian state

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BUENOS AIRES (AFP) – Argentina and Uruguay said Monday they were joining Brazil in recognizing an independent Palestinian state, earning praise from Palestinian officials. Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas, on a visit to Turkey, expressed his pride over the decision by Buenos Aires, according to an official statement.

His foreign minister, Riad al-Malki, told AFP the Palestinians had expected that Paraguay and other Latin American countries will make “similar decisions.”  “The Argentine government recognizes Palestine as a free and independent state within the borders defined in 1967,” Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said, reading a letter sent by President Cristina Kirchner to Abbas Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2010 at 11:53 am

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Israeli court sentences Nelly to 20 months in prison

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NABLUS, (PIC)– The international Tadamun (solidarity) foundation for human rights said that the Israeli military court of Salem issued a few days ago a 20-month imprisonment sentence against Palestinian female prisoner from Nablus city Nelly Al-Safadi, 34, and ordered her to pay a fine of 2, 000 shekels.

The foundation said that Nelly was kidnapped from her home on November 12, 2009 and her husband has been also in Israeli jails for more than seven years serving a sentence of more than 11 years Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2010 at 11:48 am

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Rizana Nafeek coming home ?

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The death sentenced given to Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek has been suspended by the Saudi King after acceptance of bood money by the parents of the infant who died, a clemency request also was sent by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Saudi King was unable to pardon Rizana Nafeek under Shari law and that a pardon could only be done by the parents of the infant who died after blood money was paid. it is said that the government was willing to pay blood money for Rizana’s pardon.

Sri Lanka was earlier informed that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has taken the initial steps towards a reprieve for Rizana Nafeek, following a personal appeal made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Saudi King to grant clemency to the convicted girl on October 26,2010

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December 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm

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Happy New Hijri Year 1432

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1432 AH- 7 December 2010 – The Islamic New Year 1432 H./2010 is expected to fall on December 7, 2010 , Islamic system  has a lunar based calendar with 354 days. The New Year date also changes every year as the Islamic Calendar is 11 days shorter than the solar calendar. Maal Hijra or Islamic New Year is celebrated on the first day of Muharram (first Islamic month). The word Muharram also means respect. It is more of a cultural event than a New Year celebration. People welcome the New Year with peace and prayers.

the beginnings and endings of which are determined by the sighting of the crescent moon. Years are counted since the Hijrah, which is when the Prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Madinah (approximately July 622 A.D.) The Islamic New Year 1432 H./2010 is expected to fall on December 7, 2010.

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December 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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Premier Criticizes Double Standards of some Western Countries

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“The double standards of certain European and Western countries on terrorism should be disclosed to the world”, Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne said.
He pointed out that no democratic nation in the world should remain silent with regard to the incident in London, where some LTTE loyalists demonstrated against the President’s visit last week Read the rest of this entry »

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December 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm

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Attorney Muthaliph Farook to fill vacancy in parliament

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The name of Attorney-at-Law U.L. Muthaliph Farook who was polled next highest preferential votes in the electoral list of Vanni district will be appointed as an MP for Vanni district soon.

The nameof Mr.Farook will be Gazetted by the Commissioner of Elections to fill the vacancy created in Parliament with the demise of Noordeen Mashoor MP who contested the last parliamentary general Election under the UNP. The new Parliamentarian is a resident of Musali in the Mannaar district

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December 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm

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Israel ‘welcomes’ WikiLeaks info

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Embarrassing, damaging or actually helpful? Israeli reactions to the explosive Wikileaks revelations run the full gamut.

After a worried prelude to the disclosures of the diplomatic to-and-fro between Israel and its greatest ally the US, and fears that the leaks would expose US antagonism to the Israeli leadership’s character and policies, there was an audible sigh of relief when the leaks finally came out overnight Sunday.

“There is no disparity between the public discourse between us and Washington, and the mutual understanding of each other’s positions,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told reporters, not concerned about concealing his satisfaction Read the rest of this entry »

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December 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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‘WikiLeaks documents aim to save US’- Iran

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Secretary General of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijani says the recent documents released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks were aimed at saving the face of the United States.

“The WikiLeaks documents are a kind of public opinion engineering to save the catastrophic situation that the US has in the eyes of world nations,” IRIB website quoted Larijani as saying on Saturday Read the rest of this entry »

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December 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm

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President warns Turkey against “Wikileaks trap”

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul called the release of the U.S. State Deparment cables by Wikileaks a trap, calling on the Turkish Public not to fall into it.

Appearing at a press conference Thursday upon his return from Kazakhstan, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said the secret cables released by Wikileaks should not occupy Turkish politics and consume the country’s energy in vain Read the rest of this entry »

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December 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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