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Dome of the Rock on Vodka Bottle

Bilateral Donor Group says it will not distribute BDG report

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The media today made reference to a report that was provided by the Bilateral Donor Group (BDG) to the government, summarizing the findings of a series of missions undertaken by diplomatic Heads of Mission around the country. The media made reference to comments made by the Defence Spokesperson on this BDG report. The BDG report was not intended to be for public distribution. The briefing appears to have been only partial, covering only one element of the BDG report. There is, therefore, a risk that the public might get a misleading picture of the overall balance and contents of the report. To avoid that and in the interest of transparency and clarity, the participants to these Bilateral Donor Group missions have decided to put a summary of the report in the public domain. The Bilateral Donor Group comprises all the main bilateral aid donors to Sri Lanka.

Government helps Karuna to abduct children -- Human Rights Watch. Govt & Karuna reject HRW allegation

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has charged that the Sri Lankan government is colluding in the abduction and forcible recuritment of children by the Karuna Group in the east. In a report released yesterday, Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said: "The Karuna group is abducting children in broad daylight in areas firmly under government control. The government is fully aware of the abductions but allows them to happen because it’s eager for an ally against the Tamil Tigers.”

Tamil Tiger mines miss the Army and kill more Jaffna women and children

Tamil Tigers claymore mines planted to kill or main Sri Laka security forces are increasingly destroying the lives of Tamil children and women in Jaffna. In some instances the Tiger mines miss the Army targets and kill only Tamil civilians, according to Jaffna-based sources who wish to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. The increasing statistics of civilian victims are striking a new wave of fear among the parents of Jaffna who are already facing a war and abduction of their children by the Tamil Tigers. "The Tiger war is going horribly wrong," said a military analyst. "In their desperation Tiger bombs are killing more Tamil civilians than the Army personnel," he added.

Dome of the Rock on Vodka Bottle in Israeli

By Mohammed Mar'i*

Dome of the Rock on Vodka BottleWhile the Muslims in Palestine were pleased by the arrival of the renovated pulpit (minbar in Arabic) of Salah Ad-Deen of Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, an Israeli import and export company distributed vodka bottles with pictures of the Dome of the Rock printed on. Ahmed Al Abrah, citizen of Al Ramleh in Israel, told the Al Aqsa Establishment for Reconstructing the Islamic Holy Sites on Monday, January 22, 2007 that he has seen the photo of the Dome of the Rock on bottles of wine he bought from a cafeteria in Rahovot city in Israel a few days ago.

Chin and Kachin delegation urges UK to pressurise China, India and ASEAN for a peaceful solution in Burma

A delegation consisting of representatives from the Chin and Kachin ethnic groups from Burma called on the Government of the United Kingdom to put pressure on China, India and ASEAN to use their influence on the regime to progress towards a peaceful solution for the country. The delegation pointed out of the issues regarding Sexual violence in Chin State, Forced Labour and the situation in Kachin State. Representatives from the Chin and Kachin ethnic groups met yesterday with the UK Minister of Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, Ian McCartney MP.

Ceylinco healthcare selected to market Tuta Brand healthcare devices throughout Asia

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Ceylinco Tuta Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd, a joint venture by Ceylinco International Trading Co Ltd (CIT) and Tuta Healthcare Pty Ltd, Australia – manufacturers of Medical Devices and Equipment – is made the Asian Regional Centre for the marketing of Tuta brand products throughout Asia. Ceylinco Tuta set up with heavy investments from both sides would initially market Tuta products in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia Indonesia, Brunei, Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar.

Poll Drama Series Begins in UP

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

It is not unusual in the country to see a state approaching a major election such as assembly or Lok Sabha polls presenting a series of political dramas. This phenomenon is very much in evidence in UP which is to hold the assembly poll later in summer. Within a matter of a few days the state saw some ruling party allies deserting and the state heading towards a ‘constitutional crisis’ which resolved itself quickly despite much fuss. In between there was an interlude of questionable taste provided by a minister in the state.

Iranian president faces mounting internal opposition

As the US administration intensifies pressure on Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is facing growing criticism at home from sections of the country’s ruling elite over his uncompromising statements on Iran’s nuclear programs as well as over his populist economic measures. The US pushed a resolution through the UN Security Council on December 23 condemning Tehran for failing to shut down its uranium enrichment facilities and imposed sanctions on the sale of nuclear and ballistic missile technology to Iran. Since then, Washington has stepped up its own campaign to bully countries, banks and oil corporations into cutting financial ties and investment in Iran.

Rights Group Blasts Child Abuse on Both Sides

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), which has relentlessly denounced a Tamil separatist rebel group for recruiting child soldiers in the northeast of Sri Lanka, is now pointing an accusing finger at the government in Colombo for complicity in similar crimes. In a detailed 100-page report released Wednesday, HRW says a breakaway faction of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) -- called the Karuna Group -- is not only recruiting child soldiers but also doing it with the implicit support of the Sri Lankan government, with whom it has been cooperating against the LTTE.