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VOL. 7, NO. 154


Candidate for UN Secretary General from Sri Lanka.

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People returning to Muttur
hindu, September 8. MUTTUR: After spending over five weeks as refugees, some of the families of this town have begun to return home despite having reservations about their safety and security.

The first batch of families arrived in the town on Thursday morning in a convoy of government buses amidst heavy security. Muttur, the theatre of intense gun battles between the Sri Lanka military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the first week of August, became a ghost town after 50,000 people fled it.

The fall of the strategic town of Sampur to Government forces and pressure from the Government were two major factors which made some families to consider returning home despite apprehensions.

Most of the educational and religious institutions, where people had gathered in the midst of the gun battles, bore marks of shelling. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Sep 7 21:55:36 EDT 2006

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Confusion marks Briton's nomination for UN top job
Xinhua, September 8. A British member of the European Parliament with a Sri Lankan passport has lobbied for the job of UN secretary-general, but his sponsor, Fiji, on Wednesday distanced itself from the nomination.

Confusion abounded over the candidacy of Niranjan Deva-Aditya, 58, who also goes by the name of Nirj Deva, and serves as a British Conservative Party member of the European Parliament as well as an ambassador at large from Sri Lanka.

Neither Deva's native Sri Lanka nor Britain has backed him to replace Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whose term expires on December 31. Deva has set up a website to promote his candidacy.

But Fiji's foreign minister wrote a letter promoting Deva's candidacy in July, which the country's Deputy UN Ambassador, Filimone Kau, said was not an official notification. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Sep 7 23:40:48 EDT 2006 Back to the top

SL snub for Nirupama hurts India
IBN, September 7. New Delhi: India on Thursday defended its High Commissioner in Colombo, Nirupama Rao, after a senior Sri Lankan minister accused her of meddling in the island nation's internal affairs and asked her to 'mind your own business'.

"It is not India's policy to interfere in the internal affairs of any country," the External Affairs Ministry said in its reaction to the controvery.

"Our High Commissioner in Colombo, Nirupama Rao, is a senior diplomat and has conducted herself in accordance with the highest professional standards. Her contribution to strengthen Indo-Sri Lankan bilateral relations is well appreciated by the host government," it said.

In an unusually scathing attack, Sri Lankan Tourism Minister Anura Bandaranaike had said in Parliament on Wednesday that "the pretty Mrs Rao should look after her embassy and we will look after our own internal affairs." More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Sep 7 10:12:57 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka to return 15,000 displaced people to their homes
Associated Press, Thu September 7, 2006 08:46 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer KANTALE, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Thousands of people displaced by weeks of airstrikes and shelling in Sri Lanka's war-scarred northeast boarded buses for the journey home on Thursday, after the army said it routed ethnic Tamil rebels from the area... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army, Tamil Tigers biding for time
Dawn, September 7. After a month of open warfare between Sri Lankaís government and Tamil Tiger rebels, analysts say the next step may involve more bomb attacks in the capital as well as a widening of the battlefront in the islandís tsunami-hit east... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels warn of retaliation against Sinhalese
Associated Press, Wed September 6, 2006 11:33 EDT . CASSIE BIGGS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday warned that the majority Sinhalese would pay the price for the ``absolute misery'' ethnic Tamils have suffered due to weeks of government airstrikes and shelling... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rejects SLMM
Aftenposten, Thursday September 07, 2006 - 08:11 EDT. The Sri Lankan government wants an international investigation of attacks that the Scandinavian Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) indicates the government is behind... Back to the top

Truce off, says LTTE
The Hindu, Wed, September 06, 2006 - 18:00 EDT. No scope for talks unless troops withdraw from Sampur: Tigers

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Sporadic clashes in Sri Lanka after Tiger warning
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Sri Lanka navy rescues 34 Bangladeshis from sinking ship
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Sri Lanka's Jaffna region "choking" - Red Cross
Reuters, Wed, September 06, 2006 - 14:51 EDT. GENEVA, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula is "choking" because the government and Tamil Tiger rebels cannot agree on opening access to the area, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan claims to join U.N. secretary-general race but doubts remain
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Sri Lanka 's rival rebel groups battle over territory in the east
Associated Press, Wed September 6, 2006 04:09 EDT . ASSIE BIGGS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A breakaway faction of Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil guerrillas said it had overrun four camps belonging to the mainstream rebel group in the east, where spiraling violence has shattered a four-year-old cease-fire... Back to the top

Norway bids to save Sri Lanka peace process
afp, September 6. COLOMBO (AFP) - Norway's top envoy has sought to salvage Sri Lanka's peace process in talks with Tamil Tigers as the rebels vowed retaliation for heavy bombing that led to the capture of a key town... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels warn of war if army does not leave Sampur
Associated Press, Wed September 6, 2006 07:02 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Ethnic Tamil rebels on Wednesday told peace broker Norway that unless the Sri Lankan army withdraws from the eastern enclave of Sampur, it will be considered an act of war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's human rights situation deteriorating, U.N. says
Associated Press, Wed September 6, 2006 04:52 EDT . CASSIE BIGGS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The human rights situation in Sri Lanka has deteriorated ``significantly'' since late last year, with civilians targeted by both ethnic Tamil rebels and security forces, the United Nations said Wednesday... Back to the top

Tsunami Spurs Interest in Asian Coasts
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Millions of migrant women exploited and abused in overseas jobs
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