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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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TMVP withdraws from Amparai jungles after destroying LTTE bases

PilliyanPilliyan, supreme commander of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, told Asian Tribune that they are withdrawing from the Amparai camps they captured because they could not arrest the LTTE leaders and put them on trial before a special people’s tribunal to expose their atrocities. He said they were hoping for the LTTE leaders to return which would give them another opportunity to grab them.

Truce monitors blame Tigers for starting the war

Ulf Henricsson,Tamil Tiger attempts to make out that the Sri Lankan government triggered the first round of Eelam War IV has been debunked by Maj-Gen. Ulf Henricsson, the former head of the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission. The LTTE claimed that it was responding to artillery strikes fired by the government. But in a special report Henricsson said that the "well prepared LTTE initiative" began on August 11 and the Security Forces stopped the LTTE advance the following day. The report added that the LTTE crossed the forward defence lines near Muhamalai entry/exit point and landed on several beaches in the islands of Kayts and Mandativu. Assessing the wide-range of operations launched by the LTTE the Monitoring Mission said: "considering the preparation level of the operations it seems to have been a well prepared LTTE initiative".

India invites Tiger proxies for tea to hit growing Lanka-Pakistan relations

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Nirupama RaoAnura Bandaranaike, who has had very good personal and cordial relations with the Indian establishment, perhaps more than any other Sri Lankan political figure, opened fire on India's High Commissioner, Mrs. Nirupama Rao, for "meddling" in Sri Lanka's national affairs. Anura Bandaranaike, the Minister for Tourism, slammed her in Parliament saying: "The pretty Mrs Rao should look after her embassy and we will look after our own internal affairs."

Bauer blasted by Sri Lankan lawyers on Norway's approach to terrorism

Two leading Sri Lankan lawyers - S. L. Gunasekera and Gomin Dayasri - have ripped into Jon Hanssen Bauer, the Norwegian Special Envoy who replaced the failed Erik Solheim, for refusing to categorize the Tamil Tigers as terrorists when the overwhelming evidence has led to a global banning. "Is Bauer a facilitator from a civilized nation or an agent for international terrorism?" they ask.

Somalia: It Is Time to Put the Nation's Interest Before Any Special Group's

By Abukar Arman

As has been the case for the past 15 years, here is yet ‘good news and bad news’ political development that puts this peace-starved nation on that roller coaster of hope and despair once again. On one hand, the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) has signed an agreement with the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) to, among other things, build a joint national army and to form a peace committee to determine the scope of that army and the steps of implementation.

15 LTTE cadres killed and 30 sustained injuries in Amparai

Tamil rebel outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the Amparai district, lost 15 of its cadres and nearly 30 of them injured in the attack launched by the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) led by Colonel Karuna. According to a press release though all the LTTE bases in the Amparai districts were captured and destroyed in the TMVP blitzkrieg, the LTTE leaders of the district managed to flee to safety.

Prayer For Burma

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

An old saying goes "It is far better to attempt and fail than not to attempt at all," and this is exactly what the democratic countries of the world are doing of putting up Burma's case in the UN Security Council. Those, countries that don’t believe in democracy, or just paying lip service are indirectly encouraging dictators so that authoritarian, and totalitarian will triumph. They usually did this by giving lame excuses. For the moment we can do nothing but let us pray for it to our various religion what ever we profess. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton has submitted a formal request to the Greek ambassador Adamantios Vassislakis of the Security Council, to place Burma on its permanent agenda as a threat to international peace and security.

Sri Lanka’s shoe manufacturers to visit France for new markets

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Fourteen local shoe manufacturers including six SMEs will visit France and several other locations in the European Union to promote their products with the help of the Export Development Board [EDB] , Sri Lanka. According to the Chairman of the EDB Bryan Agunawala the delegation aims to make aware of the GSP capabilities for the footwear industry in the EU market. "They hope to grab joint ventures and sub-contracts from the EU based buyers," Mr.Agunawala said.

Education for Tomorrow’s World.

By J.J.Atputharajah

Education should prepare the student for the future life on this earth. It must have its bearings on the past, the present and the future. Moreover, it should be instrumental for sustainable development. Hence, education involves the art of basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills. Besides, it should convince people that they should not pollute their environment. It should develop knowledge, skills and programmes that will end poverty for good. Education should guide people to learn how to make decisions for the good of the whole community.

The Vande Mataram Row

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

A 'national song' can be presumed to have something to do with patriotism, emotional integration and unity of the nation. Does India’s national song, Vande Mataram, written in a highly Sanskritised Bengali fulfil that role? 'No', if the communal politics being played around it is taken into account. The Hindutva champions have made the singing of Vande Mataram a test of patriotism of the citizens much to the chagrin of the Muslims who see the song as a hymn to Goddess, Durga, and a way to make them worship a Hindu deity. Enraged Muslim parents are asking their wards to boycott schools in BJP-ruled states where singing of Vande Mataram is made compulsory, at least on September 7.

What lies behind the terrorist attacks in Turkey?

At the end of August, five bombs exploded within 24 hours in three Turkish cities, killing three people and injuring more than 120, among them many foreign tourists. Besides Istanbul, the tourist destinations of Marmaris and Antalya were targeted by the bombers.
A group calling itself TAK (Liberation Falcons of Kurdistan) claimed responsibility. In its letter, it called on foreigners to stay away from tourist areas in Turkey. As long as the leader of the PKK (Kurdish Worker’s Party), Abdullah Öcalan, nicknamed "Apo," remains in jail, "bombs will go off everywhere in Turkey," the note threatened. In the past year, this organization carried out a similar terrorist attack in the seaside resort of Kusadasi, where a mini-bus was blown up, claiming several victims.

Ulf Henricsson,

Nirupama Rao

Military hardware captured by the TMVP

EU ticks off LTTE and government for humanitarian crisis but urges "robust action against terrorism"

Highlighting the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country the European Parliament stressed in its resolution "the need for Government forces engaged in counter-insurgency and domestic security operations to exercise maximum restraint in order to minimize any risk of innocent civilian casualties". The EU resolution focused on the "hundreds of deaths, 200,000 people displaced from their homes, 500,000 civilians in Jaffna deprived of essential food and water supplies and vital post-tsunami reconstruction disrupted".