‘All new recruits were given a year’s basic training. This included literacy skills for those who couldn’t read and write and depending on their interests and capabilities, advanced training for the jobs they would take up.’
The EU has scrapped taxes on 90% of its imports from Sri Lanka as part of its tsunami-related aid and shipping insurers have taken the island off their ‘war-risk’ list.
The devastation of schools by the December 26 tsunami was a heavy blow to ordinary people, especially the students, in this district along Sri Lanka’s eastern coast. Only at two destroyed schools has reconstruction even begun.
(Wrap) Leaders of Iraq’s different communities have shown little sign of compromise over key questions like the role of Islam and federalism in the nation''s future.
(Wrap) Underlining growing anxieties about renewed conflict in Sri Lanka, Norwegian peace brokers’ focus is at present less on finding ways to resume start talks than on preventing the unravelling of the ceasefire agreement and an outbreak of armed conflict.
Roadside bombs favored by insurgents in Iraq have grown significantly in size and sophistication, adding to their deadliness and defeating efforts to increase US troops' safety by adding armor to vehicles.
An American bargain on nuclear technology may signal a view of India as a counterbalance to China - and herald the fraying of the principles behind the nuclear non-proliferation regime
The veteran Sri Lankan intelligence officer shot dead on May 30 was a central figure in the atrocity-punctuated paramilitary aspects of the counter-insurgency campaign against the LTTE in the early nineties then had a critical role in the deep penetration attacks on LTTE commanders and officials.