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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Norway provides relief to IDPs in the East

The Norwegian Government in a press release revealed that it has already provided Sri Lankan Rupees 150 million for immediate humanitarian relief operation for the people affected by the recent violence in Trincomalee district. The press release further adds that "The funds will be used to provide food, water and other essential items for IDPs in welfare centres and camps. Special attention will be given to the needs of women and children."

UNICEF: Children are victims of the conflict in Sri Lanka

In a statement, UNICEF in Sri Lanka pointed out, The bombing on Monday of a Vallepuram compound in Mullaitivu district that reportedly killed dozens of girls and wounded many more is a shocking result of the rising violence in Sri Lanka. "These children are innocent victims of violence," said Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director. "We call on all parties to respect international humanitarian law and ensure children and the places where they live, study and play are protected from harm."

Countries in the region must unite to confront terrorism - appeals Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Dr. Manmohan SinghDr Manmohan Singh appealed to the countries in the region to cooperate together to confront terrorism. He urged the countries to recognize that terrorism anywhere is a threat to peace and prosperity. "It must be confronted with our united efforts. There is a large constituency for peace and shared prosperity among our people and we must work together to build on that," he emphasized. India's Prime Minister yesterday, in his address to the Nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Hindi on the occasion of the 60th Independence Day pointed out that one of his Government's main concerns is national security.

LTTE bomb in Colombo disrupts Sri Lanka - S. Africa one-day match

Sri Lankan cricketing authorities decided at the last minute yesterday to cancel the opening game in the tri-series after S. African team expressed concerns about the Tamil Tiger bomb blast which occurred close to their hotel in Colombo. Visiting cricketers told media that they had often been shopping around the area where Tigers exploded the bomb that nearly killed the Pakistani High Commissioner in Monday's bomb blast. Sri Lankan sources said that this was a temporary postponement and the match could be rescheduled for another date.

European Commission assists a number of development projects in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The European Commission has financially assisted various local projects in Sri Lanka. The local EU delegation office in Colombo said these funds have been diverted into various projects, such as Humanitarian assistance, Post Tsunami reconstruction , Rehabilitation in the North and East, Social and human development , Human rights and Economic cooperation. A spokesman of the local delegation office said the Eus development assistance is channeled to both bilateral programmes of EU member states and through the European Commission. Even without the member states assistance, the European Commission still ranks as the worlds fourth largest aid donor to Sri Lanka accounting for 10 percent of total Official Development Assistance.

Parties must return to the negotiating table for the sake of children

"The latest shocking developments in Sri Lanka show once again that children continue to bear the brunt of this conflict," said United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, calling on all parties in Sri Lanka to cease all hostilities and return to the negotiating table. "Independent sources have verified that a compound in Kilinochchi was bombed reportedly killing around 50 adolescent schoolgirls and injuring 100 others. These schoolgirls were injured while taking part in a training course on first-aid. Fearing reprisal, the Government has closed all schools disrupting the education of children throughout the island," she said.

Tigers hijack Lorries carrying food to victims of war in the east

Col. Karuna’s group yesterday accused the Tamil Tigers of hijacking 15 of the 17 lorries which carried food and essential items for the displaced Tamils camped in Vakarai in the eastern part of the Sri Lanka. The camps in Vakarai accommodate displaced persons who fled to escape the escalating violence. Tamil MPs made representations to President Mahinda Rajapakse urging him to deliver food and other essentials. Pillaiyan, Special Commander of the TMVP told the Asian Tribune that the Tigers hijacked the lorries transporting food and essentials meant for the victims of the war and unloaded in their camps to feed the Tiger cadres.

Ranil, Hakeem appease Prabhakaran – the man who has massacred most Muslims in Sri Lanka

Several Arabic and Islamic leaders have expressed serious concerns over the killings and persecution of the Sri Lankan Muslims by the Tamil Tigers. Analysts argue that the Sri Lankan Muslim leaders have failed in protect or help the Muslim community. Disillusioned by their talk-only-no-action leaders the young Muslim radicals are looking towards the Arab world for aid and guidance. Young Muslims are despondent that they will continue to be victims of Tamil Tiger persecution and killings because their leaders in the east and in Colombo are either allied to Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the Opposition, or to Velupillai Prabhakaran, or both. Rauf Hakeem, one of the leaders of the Muslims in the east, went all the way to Killinochchi to sign an agreement with Prabhakaran. He came out boasting that he had got a good deal from the Tamil Tigers. But neither the persecution nor the killings of the Muslims has stopped since then.

Bangladesh honors "Hezbollah" with bridge naming

Dr. Richard Benkin – Asian Tribubne

The Bangladesh government named a new bridge Hezbollah. The bridge is located in the southern part of the South Asian country, spanning the Batakhali River in an area known as Cox's Bazaar. Junior communications minister Salahuddin Ahmed named the bridge after the Lebanese group at the height of Hezbollah’s war with Israel. "I named the bridge Hezbollah because of our love for the Lebanese resistance group," Ahmed told the French news agency, AFP. "Hezbollah is the only group which is fighting Israel and the bridge is named after the group as a mark of honor."

U.N. Seeks Mostly Western Troops for Revamped Force

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations is on a global hunt for troops, military equipment and logistical support to revamp its existing peacekeeping force in Lebanon, which has been mandated to monitor last week's ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. "We have no formal offers yet," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Tuesday. "We would like to have firm commitments of troops as soon as possible." Asked if Secretary-General Kofi Annan was concerned that no country has so far offered troops following the U.N.'s ceasefire resolution last Friday, Dujarric said: "We do expect a more formal meeting (of troop contributing nations) on Thursday at which point, hopefully, we will get those offers (of troops)."

At Major Barathi Camp, for youngsters Training commenced today (11th August)

PuthinamGiven below is the unofficial translation of a news item that appeared in the under the heading "At Major Barathi Camp, for youngsters Training commenced today." The training camp for the first badge of young women began today (Friday 11 August) at the Major Barathi youth training centre. The commencing ceremony of the training started today (Friday 11 August) at 10 AM.

Sri Lanka: Woes of cattle farmers of in Monaragala

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Cattle farmers in the Monaragala district face a number of hardships due to the lack of marketing, milk storage facilities and lack of necessary grass lands to feed their cattles. According to a recently completed research by an University academic in Ruhuna, these reasons would affect productivity of the animal husbandry. During the dry season, we have to roam everywhere to feed our animals, said Withanage Rambanda, a resident of Monaragala suburbs, when the media asked about cattle farming.

Plane bombing plot hatched in Pakistan

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

There is no doubt that timely discovery of the plot to blow up 10 civilian planes flying between the UK and the US averted a horrible human tragedy, though full details of the conspiracy may take a while to be unravelled. But certain things are absolutely clear, one of which is that Pakistan, as India has often said, is the fountain-head of global terrorism. All indications are that the latest terrorist plot too was hatched in Pakistan. So far a Pakistan hand has been found in six major terrorist attacks globally. It is unfortunate that the West ignores or underplays this fact despite repeated disclosures of the unpleasant truth about Pakistan, its so-called frontline ally in the 'war' on terror.

Sri Lankan air force bombing kills scores of students

Amid escalating fighting between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Sri Lankan air force bombed a school compound in the LTTE-held Mullaittivu district yesterday (14 August), killing 61 students and injuring more than 100. The LTTE peace secretariat said the students were mainly girls between 15 and 18 attending a two-day residential course on first aid at the Chencholai children’s home in Vallipunam when warplanes attacked the buildings around 7.00 a.m. The wounded were taken to the Mullaittivu and Kilinochchi hospitals, but a number died later. The military has sought to deny responsibility for this crime with lies and evasions.

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