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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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LTTE expresses “regret” over killing of Indian prime minister

In an interview on the Indian TV channel NDTV on June 27, Anton Balasingham, the chief negotiator for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), made the first public acknowledgement that his organization was responsible for the assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. With Sri Lanka once again descending into civil war, his oblique expression of regret is a rather desperate attempt to break the LTTE’s international isolation. Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a female suicide bomber in May 1991, while campaigning in the southern state of Tamil Nadu during national elections. Suicide bombing has long been the LTTE’s trademark.

Sri Lanka’s Devinda Subasinghe elected head of global economic think tank 'Bridging Nations'

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Devinda R. Subasinghe, a U.S. educated economist who hails from Sri Lanka, made a difference when he was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States in 2002-2005 period in strengthening his native country’s working relationship with Bush White House, Congress, the private sector and various other United States government agencies by addressing diplomatic, security and trade matters. The opening that Ambassador Subasinghe gave to Sri Lanka during his tenure as the ambassador, and even as the Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States (OAS), undoubtedly benefited Sri Lanka to bridge the gap between U.S. and his country on trade, investment, emergency assistance and security and host of other issues and bring a close understanding between the two countries.

Ranil, the biggest loser in right-wing politics, facing more UNP rebels

MoragodaThe internal crisis in the UNP has worsened with reports of Milinda Moragoda, once the right hand man of Ranil Wickremesinghe, handing over his resignation after yesterday's three-hour meeting with his leader. Wickremesinghe is also facing strong opposition from his National Organiser, S. B. Dissanayake. Yesterday took a side swipe at Wickremesinghe by telling the media that the restructuring of the party is overdue. "Those who are clinging on to positions in the party are opposed to any revamping and this naturally leads to frustration.

Indian cabinet promises to fight terrorism till it is wiped out

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

Reiterating the Indian government's strong commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms, the Congress led multi-party alliance government's Cabinet on Thursday assured the nation that nothing would deter us from 'our firm policy to fight this menace till it is wiped out'. It also promised the people that the government is determined to apprehend and bring to justice all those responsible for the 'evil acts' in Mumbai and Srinagar. Echoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's announcement that India will not kneel before terror, the Cabinet adopted a resolution reiterating the government's ''strong commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms.' The meeting observed a two-minute silence before taking up the listed agenda. Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, who earlier in the day briefed the President about the security situation in the country, presided over the cabinet meeting.

British Police on the lookout for Sri Lankan Tamil criminal gangs.

British Police have taken steps to end the growing menace of the Tamil gangs involved all sorts of criminal activities which includes threats, intimidations, exhortations and all sorts of gang violence. On 08 July, Police launched a highly successful day long activity under “Operation Enver” and made 29 arrests. The six boroughs of Brent, Croydon, Harrow, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest ran a three phased operation to arrest and disrupt criminal activity being perpetrated by a small number of Tamils against other members of the Tamil community.

Indian Security analysts say threat from SIMI far from abated

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

Mulayam SinghAs sleuths probing the Mumbai blasts come up with clues to show that the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) did the footwork for Lashkar-e-Taiba, security analysts say that the threat from SIMI has far from abated though it has been banned for over five –six years. SIMI's major base in India is in Uttar Pradesh, where it is not banned by chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. His party considers as a major support base and with an eye on elections for the provincial assembly, he doesn't want to join the chorus against SIMI. In fact, he says, it is too early to say whether SIMI had any role to play in the 7/11 Mumbai blasts. Says Bibhu Prasad Routray of the Institute for Conflict Management, ". If the policy of competitive appeasement currently adopted by the UP Government finds takers in other States as well, then the gains of the past could easily be reversed".

TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (Karuna Group) replies to UNICEF on the issue of child soldiers

TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TVMP) has issued the following statement in response to the UNICEF’s denial of the report published in the Asian Tribune : UNICEF denies expressing regret to TMVP Further to the UNICEF statement published in the Asian Tribune about the UNICEF’s meeting with TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal’s, (TMVP) we wish to clarify the issue of child soldiers discussed between the two parties.

MuayThai Federation of India goes globe

The activities of the MuayThai Federation of India (MFI) can now be easily seen with the launching of its website and it can now be accessed from anywhere in the world. The launching of website of the MuayThai Federation of India is long overdue. Nevertheless, the launching of the official website of the pioneering and the only National Governing MuayThai Body in India will not only help to those who are enthusiastically interested to know the nitty-gritty of the Art of MuayThai and its history but also will put to end the confusion as to who were pioneers of MuayThai in India, said Oken Jeet Sandham, President of the MuayThai Federation of India, while launching the website in a simple function held here on Wednesday.

LTTE killer squad is on the look out for members of other Tamil groups.

Tigers continue with their rampage of killing members and supporters of the rival Tamil groups. Almost daily the separatists’ rebel outfit sends out their killer squad to look out for the other Tamil groups’ members to shoot and kill them. This sickening event of killing without remorse and impunity continue unabatedly. On Wednesday and Thursday, unidentified Tiger killers killed two leading members of People Liberation Organization (PLOTE) in Jaffna as well as in Vavuniya. The LTTE has so far killed over 200 leading members of PLOTE since 1987.

Sri Lanka's police force facing manpower crisis

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Amidst the deteriorating security situation in the country, Sri Lanka's police force is facing a severe dilemma owing to a shortage of personnel in the force. It is learnt that many of these police stations including several in Colombo are reportedly "running the show' with only a handful of police officers in their respective stations.

LTTE ambush kills two Sri Lankan soldiers near Omanthai

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas ambushed a Sri Lankan army road patrol on Wednesday evening around 4.15 p.m., killing two soldiers and injuring another soldier along Kalmadu - Tandikulam road, at Katkulem, some 12 km northwest of Vavuniya. Tiger guerrillas in hiding fired at the army foot patrol using T 56 assault rifles, before fleeing the scene.

RRDA manufactures fiberglass-fishing boats

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Chilaw, Sri Lanka.

PradeepThe Regional Resources Development Authority, which come under the purview of the North Western Provincial Council [NWP] now plans to manufacture fibre glass multi day trawlers to provide quality and low priced fishing vessels to fishermen in Sri Lanka. At present the center manufactures non-mechanized fishing boats with the support of the youths of the area who well trained.

Aftermath of Mumbai Blasts…

It is time for India to decide whether the absence of ‘tough’ laws or factors like ill-equipped and short staffed counter terrorism forces that have resulted in India becoming a soft target for terrorists. Also to be considered is how to hasten the process of trial of terrorists because prolonged detention of a terrorist helps him to use the long jail sojourn in making new contacts, which helps them in recruiting men and arranging safe havens. Yet another danger from such detentions, especially the ‘high value’ ones, is that their patrons would try to get them out through ‘unconventional’ methods like they did in respect of Mohammad Azhar, says the author.

U.N. Action in Gaza, North Korea Stalled by Veto Threats

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

United Nations, 14July, (IPS): The 15-member Security Council, the only U.N. body wielding power to impose mandatory sanctions on the organization’s 192 member states, is unable to help contain two ongoing crises primarily because of threatened vetoes by China and the United States. The two draft resolutions currently before the Security Council -- one to punish North Korea for last week's missile tests and the other to condemn Israel for its military incursion into Gaza last month -- are virtually in limbo.

One Sri Lankan soldier killed 12 missing - feared dead in a Tiger ambush.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

One soldier was killed and twelve soldiers were missing and feared dead, when Tiger guerrillas ambushed an army search operation in Vakaneri, 30 km from Batticaloa this afternoon, army said. Sri Lanka Army said that Troops retaliated and reinforcements were rushed to conduct further search for terrorists in the area. It added that five solders were initially injured in the incident; however, preliminary reports said that at least eight soldiers had also gone missing in the confrontation.