Envoys in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s special envoys MK Narayanan and Shivshankar Menon on Thursday met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and sought a political solution to the Tamil question while offering help in the reconstruction effort following elimination of the LTTE. National Security Adviser Narayanan and Foreign Secretary Menon, who arrived in Colombo on Wednesday, met Rajapaksa at a close door breakfast meeting at his Temple Trees residence. Details of the meeting were not announced, but an official source said they discussed post-conflict reconstruction in Sri Lanka following the defeat of the LTTE. — Agencies

Italian PM in trouble

ROME: A high-profile corruption case came back to haunt Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, already reeling from disclosures over his links with a blonde teenager. A Milan court on Tuesday released its full reasoning for convicting Berlusconi’s British tax lawyer David Mills of accepting a 600,000-dollar bribe from him in exchange for false testimony. Mills, the estranged husband of Britain’s Olympics

Minister Tessa Jowell, gave “false testimony... in order to grant impunity to Silvio Berlusconi and (his holding company) Fininvest or at least to protect the considerable profits earned,” according to the court’s

detailed findings. — Agencies