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BCCI shown its place by ICC

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

The International Cricket Conference has finally told the Indian Cricket Board that enough is enough and that it will no longer tolerate any more arrogance. The message was delivered when it virtually refused to acknowledge BCCI’s complaint that Justice Albie Sachs had passed and confirmed the ban on Gautam Ghambir without affording the player an opportunity of a personal hearing Frankly, the BCCI’s appeal had no ground once the player himself had agreed that he had, indeed, been guilty of physically combating Watson. And as for Ghambir’s complaint of verbal abuse, there was the retaliation factor of the earlier match when the Indian opener had responded in kind.

Fight against terrorism is a battle to restore rights of the Tamil people, says New Envoy to France

The current military operation to liberate the remaining parts of the Northern province from the clutches of the terrorists is in fact a battle to restore the rights of the Tamil people. Stating this at a pahan pooja held at the International Buddhist Centre in Paris on November 16, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador-designate to France Lionel Fernando said that his main mission is to explain to the French government and the people that the government of Sri Lanka is totally committed to restore the democratic rights of the Tamil people.

Awards for journalists betraying Lanka

By Janaka Perera

The contemptuous action of a so-called National Mass Media Foundation has caused dismay and anger among journalists who are supporting the Security Forces anti-LTTE offensive to defend Sri Lanka's territorial integrity. According to media sources, the uproar was sparked off when the names of some these journalists were removed at the last minute from the list of reporters who had been selected for awards this week by the 'Media Foundation.' When the journalists in question came for the awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel Colombo, they had been turned away by the organizers saying that their names were not in the list. Among them was Lake House "Dinamina" staffer Wijayani Edirisinghe.

Wanted: A New Global Deal"

Heidemarie Wieczorek-ZeulA United Nations conference on Financing for Development (FfD) is scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar, next week against the backdrop of a devastating global economic crisis that has threatened to undermine the basic foundations of Anglo-Saxon capitalism. The U.S. economy is under siege; the Eurozone has fallen into recession; commercial and investment banks are in a state of collapse; unemployment is on the rise; consumer spending is on the decline; the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals are threatened; and an entire country, Iceland, has virtually gone bankrupt. Is there still hope for the 1.4 billion people who live on less than 1.25 dollars per day in some of the world's poorest countries?

Countries meet to limit big tobacco’s influence

Representatives of 160 ratifying countries currently meeting in Durban, South Africa will negotiate guidelines for a provision in the global tobacco treaty that will determine whether millions of people get the health protections they are now guaranteed under the treaty. The negotiations center on the implementation of Article 5.3 of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which protects the treaty and related public health policies from tobacco industry interference.

Sri Lankan Ambassador urged for a favourable bilateral relationship with Denmark

Sri Lanka Ambassador resident in Sweden Ranjith Jayasooriya who is also accredited as Ambassador to Demark, presented his credentials yesterday to the Queen of Denmark at the Queen's Royal Castle of Fredensborg, north of Copenhagen. Ambassador Jayasooriya was warmly welcomed to Denmark by the Queen. The Queen recalled the good and warm relationship between Sri Lanka and Denmark for a long period of time. In the meeting with the Queen, Ambassador Jayasooriya explained the present political situation in Sri Lanka. He thanked the Government of Denmark for its massive development assistance given to Sri Lanka. He especially thanked the Queen for the assistance given after the tsunami and said that the Sri Lankan Government is giving top most priority to protect the environment and hope for more assistance from Denmark to develop renewable energy by transferring technology and financial aid.

Africans have made History in America: Would a Tamil ever in Sri lanka

By Palitha Senanayake

The Afro- Americans of the United States of America have elected one of their men to the highest position in their country. Senator Jessey Jackson was seen crying after the announcement of the election results. He probably was overwhelmed by emotions of the situation and its significance to the ‘Blacks’ in the United States. This truly is a historic event that went beyond dispelling ‘white supremacist’ theory because it signified integration of mankind obliterating color lines.

Wanted for Opposing the Junta

By Antonio Graceffo

A friend who engages in cross-border aid activities in the genocide afflicted war-zone of Burma sent me this link, which, in Burmese, is the equivalent of an old wild-west wanted, posted, with my photo on it.If you click over to the poster, the Burmese characters may not come up on your computer, unless you have installed the appropriate software. At a glance, the link appears to be a website of the KNU/KNLA, the ethnic Karen resistance group, featured in the film, “Rambo IV.” The site implies that I am wanted by the rebels, which makes no sense, since the only crime I have committed, if in fact it is a crime, is supporting the rebels.

Closing Guantanamo will Restore U.S. Global Leadership on Human Rights

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"By announcing his intention to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and bring to justice suspected terrorists held there, President-elect Obama would send an important message that the United States will again be a global leader on human rights", Elisa Massimino, Executive Director of Human Rights First, responded to reports that President-elect Obama has begun to craft plans to close the Guantanamo prison.

BCCI shown its place by ICC

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

The International Cricket Conference has finally told the Indian Cricket Board that enough is enough and that it will no longer tolerate any more arrogance. The message was delivered when it virtually refused to acknowledge BCCI’s complaint that Justice Albie Sachs had passed and confirmed the ban on Gautam Ghambir without affording the player an opportunity of a personal hearing.

Wimal Weerawansa

After winning the war: what next?

Raja Arambewela - for Asian Tribune.

Wimal WeerawansaMr. Wimal Weerawansa being a strong advocate of the war against terrorism, the Asian Tribune thought it fit to obtain his views on the present situation of the war and its’ aftermath. “After winning the war the first thing to be done is to create an environment where all our Sinhala, Tamil, Moslem and other brethren can co-exist happily and peacefully. We are human beings and have to behave like human beings. We cannot have any petty differences among different communities.


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