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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

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New Zealand: tragic deaths of baby twins used to foment anti-welfare campaign

The tragic deaths in New Zealand last month of 11-week old Maori twins is being used to justify a wide-ranging campaign by the media, police and political establishment against the most oppressed and impoverished layers of the country’s Maori population. On Tuesday June 13, Chris and Cru Kahui were taken to Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital with multiple injuries—both had severe head injuries and one a broken leg. Tests for brain function taken on admission were negative. The babies did not recover. Five days later they died in Starship Children’s Hospital, having been diagnosed with brain damage caused by extreme violence.

Impediments and Imperatives

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

War or peace, further devolution or status quo – none of these can be considered in a vacuum. Can the question of war and peace be considered without factoring in the Black Tigers and what their existence (and the role accorded to them) says about the LTTE? Though there are many other groups in the world which make use of suicide bombers, none celebrates the cult of suicide killings the way the Tigers do. This time too Mr. Pirapaharan personally participated in the celebrations, lighting the traditional joythi (holy fire). And in his official peroration on the LTTE radio, the Voice of the Tiger, Yogaratnam Yogi (once a Tiger spokesman and now the head of the LTTE’s History Division) rhetorically asked ‘what is wrong with human bombs’ and answered with a paean of praise to the Black Tigers as glorious and indispensable.

US AID marks 50 years in Sri Lanka spending US tax payer’s money on justifiable necessities

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) which utilize and operates on United States tax payer’s money in helping developing foreign nations, recently celebrated its 50 years of partnership with Sri Lanka. Expressing the involvement in assisting the development program for 50 years, which is justifiable to the US tax payers United States of America mission in Sri Lanka Charge d’ Affaires James F. Entwistle said: “The money sent here in Sri Lanka which is on the other side of the world is from US tax payers for which we are accountable for. We consider track record of any country before start assisting. Sri Lanka has a good record in this aspect and which we are proud to have assisted in its development over the last 50 years.”

Sri Lankan Govt pledges to honour ceasefire, a day after 12 soldiers in the LTTE attack

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Keheliya RambukwellaSri Lankan government today reiterated to continue to honor the truce agreement, as the security forces received the bodies of twelve soldiers killed the gravest confrontation during the ceasefire agreement. "We are honoring the ceasefire agreement. The government does not wish to derail the peace process... We are exercising restraint," said Defence Affairs spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella. He ruled out the possibility of forces knowingly going to LTTE held areas to attack the Tigers. But said the forces were initially ambushed on the No Man's Land.

They could have moved into uncleared areas unintentionally during the confrontation," he said.

New Lions Team for Kohima

By Oken Jeet Sandham

The Lions Club Kohima has today got a new team of office bearers for the "Lionistics Year of 2006-07." Lion Mrs Lalita R Khadria, MJF, Zone Chairman, had administered the installation of the new team of office bearers in a ceremony held here today at the office of the Lions Club Kohima.

LTTE goes back on its word, refuses to release the Policeman

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Earlier "Asian Tribune" reported that “At last Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has released Sub Inspector of Police Bhandujeewa Boptigoda” based on the news report released by the Ministry of Defence in its website. Now its seems that there was a mix-up in the news report. It has now become evident that Bhandujeewa Boptigoda was not released by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Tamil rebel outfit has gone back in their words and he is still held captive.

EPF slackens due to IT inefficiency

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

W J L U Wijayaweera, Commissioner of Labour, EPF reminded all employers that even if there is one employee under whatever circumstances such as casual, temporary, permanent, piecemeal, contract, the employer is bound to contribute to the Employees Provident Fund. He was speaking at a workshop on ‘The Intricacies of EPF and ETF’ organized by the Sri Lanka – Italy Business Council in collaboration with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce at its auditorium, last week. He conceded that the IT system in his Department is only 60 percent while several participants were interested to know as to why inordinate delays in attending to their queries with regard to EPF ETF. One participant said he is yet to receive intimation to his query after nine months and another said his query was almost six months old.

NSCN (K) strongly warns Rio and Martin for not returning its weapons

Oken Jeet Sandham

The NSCN (K) alleged that there was nexus between the NSCN (IM) and the Neiphiu Rio's DAN Government in the State. This could not be brushed aside or given a whitewash by the media, said Kughalu Mulatonu, Kilonser of the NSCN (K) in a statement today. The NSCN (K) leader said his organization would not accept the views of Rio's DAN but they must admit their nexus with the NSCN (IM). He further came down heavily on the Chief Minister Rio and Kohima SP Martin that they should be "prepared to pay a heavy price" if they fail to return the weapons that were seized from his cadres.

HNB felicitates the GCE Exam 2005 second best student

Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A student of the Richmond College, Galle, Kasun Fernando who emerged the second best in Sri Lanka in the 2005 G C E (Ordinary Level) Examination was felicitated at a special ceremony by the Hatton National Bank (HNB), one of the leading private commercial banks in Sri Lanka, in appreciation of Kasun’s excellent achievement.

Trafficking is big business

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

When the news first broke out it looked incredulous that a senior officer of the Indian Foreign Service, posted at the time as the head of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, could be probed for helping illegal transportation of a group of Indians, masquerading as part of a ‘Bhangra’ group from Punjab, to Europe. Surely, the officers of the much-vaunted Foreign Service are as far removed from the dirty business of human trafficking and similar activities as man from the moon. Well, whether or not the officer had any role to play in that racket would be known only after the probe is completed. But it appears from the progress in the probe so far that ‘exporting’ human being, especially to the West, is a lucrative business that draws the lowly as well as the mighty.

Who is this Daya Master?

Daya MasterVelayutham Thayanithi also known as Daya Master, the media spokesman of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was discharged from hospital in Colombo yesterday. He safely passed through the Omanthai entry-exit point at about 1 PM on his return to Killinochchi after being treated at Apollo hospital. Earlier on last Wednesday, Daya Master was transported to Apollo hospital for treatment when the government acceded to a request made by the LTTE. Now it begins to unfold that the Government of Sri Lanka had an understanding with the Tamil rebel outfit when allowing Daya Master for treatment in Colombo. Accordingly, it seems that LTTE agreed to release police Sub Inspector Bandujeewa Bopitigoda, who is being held in their custody since September 2005.