Azath Salley to contest Parliament polls

“This is taking a racial twist. We must stop this,” Salley asserted.Salley said that if the UNP fails to give him nominations to contest the August 17 election, he will contest as an independent candidate in order to keep his promise to the people of Kandy. (Colombo Gazette) He also said that at talks held with UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe he was told that the UNP had proposed that only two Muslims contest in Kandy on behalf of the UNP. Salley said that the UNP had in the past fielded more Muslim candidates from Kandy but now that number is being reduced.He also accused the UNP of attempting to reduce the overall number of Muslim candidates contesting future elections from the party. Salley said that the people of Kandy have requested him to contest the election from Kandy and represent the people of Kandy in Parliament. Muslim Tamil National Alliance (MTNA) leader Azath Salley says he will be contesting the Parliament elections from the Kandy District.Speaking to reporters in Kandy today after meeting the Chief Prelates of the Asgiriya and Malwattu chapters, Salley said that he will contest the election either with the UNP or as an independent candidate.

East Timor UN peacekeepers arrest suspects in Viqueque murders

The suspects, from Baucau and the villages of Olobai and Boromatan in Viqueque, have been brought to Dili for questioning.Clashes between youth groups from two villages last month left two people dead, roughly 40 houses burned and 25 partially destroyed. The situation in Viqueque has since been calm, UNTAET said.In other news, the Portuguese-run Fire Brigade in East Timor handed over its equipment to the East Timor Transitional Administration (ETTA) in a ceremony today in Dili, the UN mission reported.The Brigade started its operations in East Timor in September 1999, as part of the humanitarian assistance provided by the Portuguese Government. The aid package includes equipment and refurbishment of fire stations for a total amount of $ 636,000. Fire stations have since been established in Dili, Aileu and Baucau districts.Meanwhile, ETTA’s Border Service last week seized around 40,000 cigarettes that had been smuggled from Indonesian West Timor into East Timor in a car belonging to an international non-governmental organization.Since July 2000, the Border Service has seized dutiable goods, mainly cigarettes and alcohol, with assessed penalties for the amount of around $300,000.