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Sri Lanka - a role model in combating terror

Sri Lanka earned high praise from the chair at the retreat of the Asean Regional Forum (ARF) for its positive contributions on the fight against terrorism. Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya who chaired the concluding session last Thursday at the 16th ARF Conference in Phuket, Thailand extended high praise to Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama for his remarks that Sri Lanka’s fight against terror is a lesson for others facing the similar condition. The following is the statement by the Minister at 16th ASEAN Regional Forum, Phuket, Thailand on July 23.

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Defining cyber terrorism

Cyber-terrorism is a controversial term. Some authors choose a very narrow definition, relating to deployments, by known terrorist organizations, of disruption attacks against information systems for the primary purpose of creating alarm and panic.

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Planting sandalwood in religious premises:

A ‘scented’ gesture towards a green world

Wood is a renewable and sustainable energy resource which is considered environmentally friendly. Unlike fossil fuel, carbon dioxide released by burning wood is recycled by regenerating forests and does not permanently remain in the atmosphere.

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Child soldiers - The Government's response

In a recent issue of The Economist - one of the world's most reputed and respected journals, focussed on child soldiers in one of its articles, and quoted James Elder, a spokesman for UNICEF in Sri Lanka saying that the Sri Lankan Government is making a genuine attempt to help child soldiers learn how to be civilians. The same article estimated that, from 2003 to the end of 2008, more than 6,000 instances of child recruitment by the LTTE had occurred in the North and East.

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