Elilans wife confirmed for polls

However the Colombo Gazette has learned that he has not been included in the final list of UPFA candidates for the elections in September. (Colombo Gazette) The wife of former LTTE Trincomalee District political head Elilan, has been included in the list of candidates by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for the Northern Provincial Council elections.The TNA confirmed its list for the Jaffna District in the Northern elections and Mrs Elilan, real name Ananthi Sasitharan, has been included in the list. The TNA is expected to hand in its nomination papers for the Northern polls tomorrow. The TNA Jaffna candidates for the elections signed their nomination papers today. Another former LTTE member, Daya Master, has not been included in the final list of the ruling UPFA for the elections in Jaffna.Daya Master had appeared before the UPFA nomination board this month after he had applied to contest under the UPFA ticket. read more

UN Economic and Social Council looks to lift poorest nations out of

During a daylong meeting in preparation for its high-level segment in June, ECOSOC reviewed progress in mobilizing resources and creating an enabling environment for poverty eradication for the least-developed countries (LDCs) since an action plan was drawn up at an international conference on the issue held in Brussels in 2001.The Brussels Programme of Action – a set of key commitments for implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – includes seven specific commitments made by the LDCs and their development partners, including mobilization of financial resources as well as governance, trade and sustainable development.In his opening remarks, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Jose Antonio Ocampo said despite the best efforts of the countries themselves and the international community, most LDCs are in serious danger of falling short of the millennium targets and the Brussels Programme of Action. In many small countries, the very serious obstacles to providing public services and human resources are exacerbated by heavy debt loads.Mr. Ocampo also warned that in extreme cases, the lack of access to resources can undermine the basic mechanisms of governance and lead to political disintegration and open social conflicts. “Armed conflicts are on the rise and many are taking place in poor countries,” he noted. “Such instability, in turn, is a major obstacle to making the business climate attractive to both domestic and foreign investors. The efforts to mobilize resources should therefore be closely integrated with the efforts to achieve peace and security.”During the discussions that followed, a range of participants – including finance ministers, UN agency chiefs and officials from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) – offered recommendations to remedy the economic woes of poor countries. These included widening the tax base, focusing on the middle class, investing in infrastructure, giving priority to education and providing LDCs with fair access to international markets. read more