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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

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Troops consolidate Mavilaru : 4 soldiers killed in Tiger mortar fire

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Security forces on Thursday consolidated its presence in Mavilaru and took the surrounding area of the anicut under its control amid heavy mortar fire by the Tiger guerrillas. Four soldiers were killed and 38 injured due to LTTE mortar fire, a spokesman for the Media Centre for National Security, Major Rajapakse said. Unconfirmed sources said 8 soldiers were killed and over 40 injured in the operation.

Sri Lankan government captures Mavil Aru sluice gates: water flows freely

The Mavil Aru dam is safe. Water is flowing. And the LTTE has withdrawn after the Security Forces advanced to take over the territory which controls the flow of water to the farmers downstream of Mavil Aru. This is the latest after the Sri Lankan Air Forces bombed the LTTE positions held by the Tiger cadres in Mavil Aru territory. Kheliya Rambukwella, Government defence spokesperson, confirmed that the government is now in control of the sluice gates. The government’s objective was to be in command of the sluice gates without letting the LTTE control the flow of water.

Sri Lanka's displaced Muslims inhumanely evicted from their camp

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Nearly 3000 Muttur refugees who were staying at Parameswara school, Peraru West in Kanthale were forcibly evicted early this week by the school authorities on grounds that they had to reopen the school. "The refugees were shocked when the school authorities told them to vacate suddenly and they had no transport arrangement to move out having arrived only on Friday evening after a long and dangerous march," the Peace Secretariat for Muslims said.

Coconut land owners seek remedial measures from the proposed stringent coconut land law

From Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The coconut growers and coconut land owners in Sri Lanka ask government intervention to change the proposed law against coconut land fragmentation and felling of unproductive coconut trees. Earlier Minister of Coconut Development Salindha Dissanayaka said that his Ministry has planned to introduce tough penalties on felling of coconut trees and land fragmentation to revive the coconut cultivation of Sri Lanka.

Our Man in Havana : How a country learnt to be self-sufficient

FidelFor the US he is a Tyrant-! Some other western nations, he is a longest serving Dictator in the world of political Arena. But if you ask from a Cuban or any other Latin American national, they will say “ Viva Comandante Fidel-!!! Recent illness of President Fidel Castro was a Big Blow among the western media last week leaving behind the War in Lebanon-Israel and the loss of the Human lives. Illness is something common and inevitable for all the human being in the world. But the way, that the western media acted or their news coverage over President Fidel Castro illness is very uncivilized.

Artillery position on fire in Allai military camp

By Our Colombo Correspondent

An artillery position in the Allai military camp was set on fire after an electrical malfunction of the gun caused an explosion Thursday evening, military sources said. Heavy fire was seen in the artillery position. The damage was however not yet clear. It was not clear other guns located in close proximity were affected by the explosion and the subsequent fire.

Free software to keep you away from stealing

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – our financial correspondent

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) which widely used among software developers as well as computer users was yesterday highlighted as a solution for Buddhist who would prefer to protect the five precepts. Dharmavahini Foundation Ven. Mettavihari thero at a Poya day anusasana held at Naradha Centre in Colombo on the needs of better morals when using computer software stated that pirated software use leads to the breaking of five precepts.

When demons and criminals rule our world

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

It’s not too long ago that in his second inauguration, January 20, 2005, President Bush hypocritically preached that his administration would stand with all the freedom loving nations of the world, especially in the Middle East. In that speech, he also said, "America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way." Talk is cheap, and can be misleading. So, as I had feared in my earlier assessment, Bush delivered just the opposite of his promise. His administration did not want Dr. Ibrahim al-Jafri to become the Prime Minister, in spite of the fact that Jafri was the clear choice of the plurality of the Iraqi people.

Muslim Diplomats agreed to assist IDPs in Muttur –Minister Mahindha Samarasinghe

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

Ambassadors and High Commissioners, who represent Muslim countries in Sri Lanka have agreed to provide necessary assistance to relocate Internally Displaced People in Muttur who are temporary quartered at Kantale. There are around 25000 displaced people, said Minister Mahindha Samarasighe who presided the meeting held in his ministry premises on Thursday.

Slipping ground time for introspection

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Over the years, the Centre has been neglecting pro-India forces in Jammu and Kashmir. It has bothered about only those who have been raising their voice against India and indulging in anti-national activities. It has always given priority to persons and organizations challenging Kashmir’s accession to India. Blackmailing paid off and it became a profession with them. People who have spent their life-time in safeguarding India’s interests in the state are left to fend for themselves with no recognition what so ever. All this led to frustration among the patriotic people of the state, says the author.

Lieberman's defeat and the state of American politics

The response of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman and the Democratic Party leadership to Lieberman’s defeat in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election says a great deal about the politics of the Democratic Party and the state of American politics as a whole. Lieberman, a three-term senator and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000, lost by a 52 to 48 percent margin to Ned Lamont, an heir to the Lamont family fortune and multi-millionaire businessman, who ran as an opponent of the war in Iraq.

Las Vegas Sri Lanka Association Captivates US Donors: For its Tsunami School Project in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

From the beginning to the end, approximately 150 attendees, all of whom were invitees and the cream of Las Vegas’ and State of Nevada legislature, judiciary, society leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists were captivated by the dignified 'donor appreciation session' conducted by the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern Nevada in the City of Las Vegas on August 5. The Sri Lankan association’s cogent, which means compelling and convincing, presentation that it always adhered to high principles of openness, accountability and transparency was well received by the audience who had no doubt that their contributions to the Tsunami School Rehabilitation Fund of the Sri Lanka Association were in full use when they learned that the two phases of the rehabilitation of the tsunami affected school in the southern city of Galle in Sri Lanka were completed.