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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

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Kanyakumari is Thiruvalluvar's birth place

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon – Asian Tribune

The Kanyakumari Historical and Cultural Research Centre had claimed to have located the ancient
Valluva Nadu, a territorial unit, said to have been
ruled by the Tamil saint-poet Tiruvalluvar, who lived
2000 years ago in the present hilly tracts of
Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu.

U.S. Identifies 40 Foreign Terrorist Organizations:Sri Lanka’s LTTE Still Procures Weapons, US Says.

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

The United States Department of State, in its annual terrorism report ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2004’, released as an official document of the U.S. Government on Thursday, April 28, has identified 40 Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), or popularly known as The Tamil Tigers, has been named one among them.

Sivaram Killed – a condemnable act.

The Tamil Net Editor Sivaram is killed – a most heinous crime and highly a condemnable act. Whoever did it and however they try to justify the killing is an unpardonable criminal act and they have to be brought to face the consequence of the law.

Struggle Against International Terrorism "Formidable": U.S. Annual Terrorism Report Says

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

“Over the long run, the spread of democracy and economic and social reforms, sustained and encouraged by the United States and others, should promote political, economic and social conditions inhospitable to terrorist exploitation. For now, however, the tasks confronting the United States and its partners in the struggle against terrorism remain formidable,” according to ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2004’ released by the U.S. Department of State April 28.

The Murder of Sivaram

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The abduction and murder of D Sivaram alias Taraki, is a crime and a stupidity. It is a crime not only in the simple legal sense but in an ethical and moral sense too. And if it were conducted in the anti-Tiger cause, it is a tactical and strategic stupidity, which will hurt that cause and help the Tigers far more than any single target I can think I can think of.

HC grants bail to six women Radical cadres

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

The Madras High
Court has granted bail to six women cadres of Radical
Youth League (RYL), the front organization of the
banned outfit CPI (ML) (People's War), who were
languishing in prison for over two years. Over 30
persons belonging to RYL were arrested by the
Dharmapuri police for offences under various Sections
of the IPC and the POTA.

Sri Lankan journalists condemned the killing of Sivaram.

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

Sri Lankan journalists have condemned the killing of Dharmarathnam Sivaram, editor of Tamilnet website. All the associations of journalists, Free Media Movement, the Editors Guild and Sri Lanka Journalists Forums have deplored the killing describing it as a cowardly and despicable act and an attempt to suppress freedom of expression.

Pakistan grants conditional visa to Indian peaceniks

By D P Kamat in Delhi

After resisting for a little over a month for reasons that remain in the realm of conjectures, Pakistan authorities have relented to let Indian peaceniks to walk into their country on their way to reach a Sufi saint’s shrine at Multan.

HC reserves orders on Sunderasa Iyer's plea

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon – Reporting from Chennai

Madras High
Court has reserved orders on the petitions from
Sundaresa Iyer and 10 others challenging their
detention under the Goondas Act.

Another abduction in Sri Lanka and this time one of the Editors of <i>Tamil Net</i>

From our Colombo correspondent

Journalist organizations are protesting against the alleged abduction of D. Sivaram (46yrs), a Tamil journalist editing the LTTE TamilNet in Sri Lanka.

No veto power to new Permanent members of Security Council, says Annan

by M Rama Rao in New Delhi

To the dismay of India, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Thursday said the proposals for expansion of the Security Council did not envisage veto power for new permanent members. He also made it clear that it would be utopian to expect the P5 - US, Russia, China France and Britain - to give up their veto power.

Muslim leader asks Prabhakaran to allow Muslims to return to North

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

A parliamentarian of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress who joined the government urged the Tamil militant leader Velupillai Prabhakaran to assist the return of Muslim residents of the North who were forcefully evicted by the rebels.

Government to assist purifying water in the devastated areas

Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

The Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) of Sri Lanka has embarked on an ambitious program to purify wells in the tsunami affected areas in order to provide clean drinking water for domestic purposes.

Center-NSCN (K) truce extended for another 1 year

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The 4-year old bilateral ceasefire between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) has been extended for another 1 year on Thursday with effect from 28th April, 2005.

A special committee to investigate the train-bus tragedy

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The National Transportation Commission of Sri Lanka has appointed a committee to investigate the railroad tragedy that occurred at Alawwa on Wednesday which caused the death of 35 people.

India’ war games "Operation Readiness" next month<br> No proposals for a new fence along Kashmir divide

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

India has no proposal for an additional fencing along the Kashmir divide, it was stated here. The defence ministry is confident that the 734 km long fence built at a cost of Rs. 3.2 billion would meet the security requirements and help check the cross border movement of militants.

Anti-terrorism unit cop killed

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

Tamil militants have killed a policeman attached to the Counter Subversive Unit (CSU) yesterday in what the police described as a well planned strategy to subvert the anti- terrorism investigations. This came on the heels of abduction ad possible murder of a police inspector of the same unit by suspected cadres of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

ISO for Chennai Cops?

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon – Reporting from Chennai

With a view to providing better quality of service to
the citizens of Chennai, the city police is proposing
to go in for ISO certification. R Natraj, Police
Commissioner told the media that initially, the
attempt would be to get the ISO 9001-2000
certification for at least one police station in each
of the 12 police districts.

Indian opposition takes its case against 'tainted federal ministers' to President Kalam

From M. Rama Rao - in New Delhi

The BJP led National Democratic Alliance has taken its case against the ruling UPA and the ‘tainted’ the railway minister to the President’s court. Thursday afternoon, leaders of the opposition alliance met Dr Abdul Kalam at Rashtrapati Bhavan and presented a memo amidst indications of divisions in their ranks on the question of ‘boycott’ of Parliament.

Sri Lankan Tamil caught running a drug trafficking ring in Australia

By our Australian Correspondent

Informed sources in the Sri Lankan community in Australia believe that the latest drug-running suspects caught in Indonesia, with dodgy Australian passports, carry all the hallmarks of a drug operation masterminded by the LTTE.