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Tsunami Volunteer

I am interested in going immediately to Thailand as a volunteer to provide whatever I can to help those in need. I am a US citizen with a valid passport, a retired United States Army Infantry Officer, a retired federal service employee (GS 13, step 6), and a trained combat medic. I can also provide for my own expenses including airline tickets.

Sri Lanka President met with tsunami effected displaced people in Trincomalee and Kalmunai

President Chandrika Kumaratunga visited the Trincomalee and Kalmunai on Thursday to meet victims of the tidal wave and inspect the damage to property.

`LTTE playing double game on aid’

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Government sources today expressed serious concern over the LTTE’ disinformation campaign abroad while offering to cooperate with Colombo on assisting tsunami victims in the North. The Tigers had made video and audiotapes to project a distorted picture of the aid issue Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle alleged.

Former DMK minister Aladi Aruna killed

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

As rest of Tamilnadu is battling the after-effects of Tsunami, a former DMK minister Aladi Aruna was killed by armed assailants near Alangulam in Tirunelveli district early today along with a friend as rivals settled personal scores. He was on his morning stroll at that time.

Need for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction & Economic Revival Vital: Powell Signs Condolence Book at Sri Lanka Embassy

Daya Gamage - Reporting to Asian Tribune

“It is important not to lose sight of the need for rehabilitation, reconstruction and the revival of the economy while dealing with initial humanitarian tragedy and help people who are in desperate need now,” stated United States Secretary of State Colin Powell after signing the condolence book at the Sri Lanka embassy in Washington D.C. on Thursday, December 30.

BBC Tamil Osai’s Tainted Reporting - A Pointer

By S.Nagarajah – A special report to Asian Tribune

BBC Tamil Service’s reporting on the Asian tsunami relief activities in North East Sri Lanka has exposed its pro-LTTE tilt. “Tamil Osai”, the Tamil Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation is widely listened to by Tamils living all over the world via its short wave broadcasts and internet service.

Tsunami Disaster in South Asia: American Generosity is Beyond Comprehension

Daya Gamage – Reporting from USA to Asian Tribune

“This is the most significant donor response since September 11 (attack on American soil) which obviously dwarfed anything that anyone had ever seen before for spontaneous charitable giving,” is how Curt Welling, chief executive of AmeriCaresFoundation summarized of the amazing generosity of the American people ...

TNA refused to deal with relief and rehabilitation efforts - revealed President Chandrika

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

“The relief effort is under control even if there maybe minor shortcomings,’’ said Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge addressing a press conference in Colombo on Thursday evening.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister and Ministers jeered by Tamil refugees remote controlled by the Tamil rebel outfit

While rejecting the offer made by the government to join hands in relief work, the members of the Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam went a step further by refusing to allow the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and several ministers from inspecting the damage caused to Jaffna by Tsunami disaster.

Disaster aid: Sangaree blasts LTTE

Janaka Perea – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

As the latest death toll stood at 24, 673, the number of displaced persons has reached nearly 55,000. The Presidential Secretariat has ordered that Rs. 1 billion be allocated to affected areas for urgent relief operations.

Pak Red Crescent Society sends relief goods to Sri Lanka

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society on Thursday dispatched the first consignment of relief goods to for the victims of the Tsunamis as a part of five million rupees relief fund to Sri Lanka.

Person missing means a watery grave -No ‘closure’’ for the relatives.

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

The biggest problem facing Tsunami hit areas in Sri Lanka - - at least in a psychological sense – seems to be the fact that there is no ‘’closure’’ for the loved ones of the victims.

Tsunami dampens New-Year Celebrations in India.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The made-in-Sumatra Tsunami, which has left many thousand dead and displaced millions of people in India and South Asia, has acted as dampener on the new-year celebrations in the country.

13th SAARC Summit postponed due to Tsunami devastations

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, in his capacity as Chairman SAARC has announced postponement of the 13th SAARC Summit which was scheduled to be held in Dhaka from January 9-11, 2005.

India gripped by a false Tsunami alarm

M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

A US based little known research institute from Portland triggered a false alarm of another impending Tsunami and Indian agencies working in the Black Sunday belt pressed the ‘real’ panic button for a while.

Musharraf declares to remain in uniform for continuation of policies

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

President General Pervez Musharraf has declared that he would retain the office of Chief of the Army Staff as mandated by the Parliament for continuity of national policies and appealed to the Opposition to accept verdict of the majority in the interest of sustainable democracy and development.

Sri Lanka: Names of all those died in the tidal waves are not available anywhere.

By Janaka Perera, Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The names and other details of all those killed - over 24,000 are not available anywhere. In any case the number of dead is continuing to increase and hundreds are missing. Thousands of bodies are being hurriedly buried in mass graves without identification. Their photographs are being kept for later identification by relatives.

Adoption of Children in USA

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“Treat all of us alike in this tragedy “– Sri Lankan President.

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

“What of the little quarrels between a few groups and few parties in this little land of ours when the Tsunami that destroyed Asia generated the energy of 300,000 Hiroshima bombs?’’ - asked President Chandrika Kumaratunge.