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Retreating Tigers to Vakarai blow up Panichchankerni bridge to escape the advancing security forces

By Walter Jayawardhana

Panichankerni BridgeRetreating Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerilla troops after taking a heavy beating from the Sri Lanka security forces have blasted off the Panichchankerni Bridge that would block any advance of the enemy on land to Vakarei area they occupy. The blowing up of the bridge would also block thousands of civilians from moving themselves to the Sri Lanka Government administered areas from the LTTE administered areas, military sources said.

Sri Lanka Needs to Handle INGO Issue with caution: INGOs (and NGOs) are tools of U.S. Government Foreign Policy

Daya Gamage – News Analysis to Asian Tribune

The Government of Sri Lanka, last week, decided to withdraw visas issued to members of four International Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs). The Parliamentary Select Committee, appointed to report on activities of the NGOs and INGOs have, after its investigation, recommended the withdrawal of the visas to the four INGOs identified as MSS France, MSS Spain, MDM France and Doctors of the World USA.In fact, these INGOs have been declared persona non grata by the Government of Sri Lanka although it doesn’t say so.

UN Rights Council Disappoints Again - Fails to Take Action on Darfur, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan

The UN Human Rights Council adjourned its second regular session today without taking any effective action to address the world’s human rights crises, Human Rights Watch said today. States with poor human rights records dominated the council’s deliberations and countries more committed to human rights failed to exercise effective leadership. "In the face of atrocities in the Sudan, attacks on civilians in Sri Lanka, and impunity for mass murder in Uzbekistan, this council was largely silent," said Peggy Hicks, global advocacy director of Human Rights Watch. "As the premier international human rights body, the council needs to demonstrate its credibility by taking robust action against violator states."

Karuna’s men handed down humiliating defeat to LTTE in Panichankerny

Dead LTTE cadresCadres belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam led by its reclusive and aging leader Velupillai Prabakaran suffered a humiliating defeat yesterday at the hands of Colonel Karuna’s Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP), at Panichankerni located in the restive Eastern Province. In the seven hour long battle, in two sessions, led by TMVP’s senior Commander Jeyam (2.4), nearly 50 LTTE cadres were said to be killed. But according to Pilliyan, Supreme Commander of the TMVP, they have collected about 23 dead bodies of the LTTE cadres littered all over the place, who were killed in yesterday’s battle.

India displeased over attempts to de-merge Sri Lanka's North East

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

India has intimated its displeasure over attempts made by several Sri Lankan political parties to de-merge the North and East, according to Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (Tamil National Alliance) Parliamentarians who visited New Delhi, India recently. ITAK General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah told Asian Tribune that during their series of high level meetings with top Indian officials including National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan, it was observed that India was of the view that the North and East should continue to be merged, and they were not pleased with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) attempts to break the 1987 Indo-Lanka accord which saw the merger of the two provinces.

Human Rights organization urges Superior Courts in Thailand to declare power grab and interim constitution illegal

Asian Human Rights Commission has called upon the superior courts in Thailand to declare illegal the assumption of power and declaration of a new interim constitution by the coup leaders headed by General Sonthi Boonyaratglin. AHRC has also called upon the judiciary in Thailand to resist all attempts at interference in its workings by the military junta. Furthermore AHRC has told the Supreme Court and Supreme Administrative Court to refuse to establish the proposed Constitutional Tribunal, on the ground that it amounts to a grave violation of judicial independence.

Speaker wants total ban on cattle slaughter

By Janaka Perera - Asian Tribune

Speaker of the House, W.J.M. Lokubandara addressing a World Animal Day meeting at the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Hall, Colombo on Wednesday, October 4 wowed to extend his maximum support for a total ban on cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka . Mr. Lokubandara, a vegetarian, recalled that he had prevented a certain minister's attempt to introduce buffalo slaughter but the karmic effect of the latter's despicable action had caused the politician to lose his Parliamentary Seat and to land himself in jail.The Speaker condemned crass ingratitude of humans in slaughtering an animal that helped them to till the land and provided them with manure and milk for children.

A new research by a Sri Lankan Engineer: Technology to manufacture organic fertilizer by rapid digestion of organic waste

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Ever increasing human population and booming commercial entities generate huge amounts of waste, contributing tremendously towards the Urban Solid Waste problem. Unplanned and disorganized dumping of waste has polluted the soil, air and water and has also provided breeding grounds for unhealthy micro-organism creating an unhealthy environment. Eng. S.A.S.Perera ,a Senior Lecturer and a former Head of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering of the University of Moratuwa, has developed a patented technology to manufacture organic fertilizer by rapid digestion of organic waste. The process described here brings dual benefits to the country by giving a rapid solution to the urban solid waste problem and by producing a cheap organic fertilizer.

Global warming

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

The British entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson, may be famous for his flamboyant style of doing business and living. But some serious issues of the day, particularly environment, also seem to interest him. He is not alone when he urges a more focused approach to solving the global warming problem because neglecting it would only lead the world towards catastrophe. While pledging a sum of $3 million for renewable energy initiatives in Britain, he has dwelt on the need for the aviation industry, his main business, to cut down carbon dioxide emissions. A country like India where the ill effects of global warming are already visible could perhaps profit from his approach.

Behind Georgia’s spy scandal: Growing conflicts between Russia and the US

Georgia’s decision on October 3 to release four Russian military intelligence officers, arrested last week on charges of spying, has not lessened hostilities between the two states. Georgia released the four officers into the custody of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). It was a climb-down by the government of President Saakashvili, but one that still aimed to humiliate Moscow. Georgian police marched the four past the ranked media before their handcuffs were removed in front of a clerk, who read out deportation orders to each one in turn. Speaking after the handover of the officers, Saakashvilli declared, "We cannot be treated as a second-rate backyard of some kind of emerging empire."

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More Pressure on Burma to join Democratic Mainstream

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Forcing the United Nations Security Council to adopt a binding resolution that will require the Burmese military junta to implement a plan for national reconciliation and transition to democracy, a three-member delegation from the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) wanted the UN to get Burma, or officially known as Myanmar, to agree to particular phases and timeframe in that process. The delegation said on Wednesday that the situation in Burma is "rapidly deteriorating." The delegation is part of ASEAN inter-parliamentary caucus dealing with the democratization issue of Burma.


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