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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2962

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Professor Tissa Vitharana

Iran Sparked Islamic Divide, Iran Only Can Defuse It

Tehran for the first time and at the highest level has this week went public on the so far taboo Sunni-Shiite divide, accused the American Great Satan of exploiting and fuelling the historic Islamic sectarian tragedy, which is true, but offered no way out of the divide except a verbal call for unity, which has to be tested against the Iranian policies on the ground in Iraq, where the Iranian call can make or break.

Leave immediately - British nationals in the North and East of Sri Lanka are warned

British Foreign and Commonwealth office has warned its citizens in Sri Lanka to leave immediately from the North and Eastern provinces. "If you are in the north or east, you should leave at the first available opportunity." The warning adds, "There is a high threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka and therefore an increasing risk of British nationals and other foreigners becoming caught up in attacks. These attacks are not confined to north and east; recent attacks have also taken place in central and southern Sri Lanka."

Estate workers, plantation companies on collision course

Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo

Estate unions and plantation companies appeared to be heading towards a collision course with no positive breakthrough even after three meetings, sources said. "The Employers Federation of Ceylon which represents the plantation companies had forwarded their proposals to the estate unions at the latest meeting late last week, however the unions were not very happy with the federation proposal. The meeting ended on a not so positive note," sources said.

Four dead bodies of the Galle harbor suicide bombers washed ashore, says police

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Deputy Police Chief in charge of Southern Province said four dead bodies of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bombers who are believed to have died during their attack at the Galle Naval base have now washed ashore. At least 15 terrorists of the LTTE, who came in five boats were believed both by blasting themselves and attacked by artillery fire from the land based guns and fire power from the navy boats died during their unsuccessful attack on the Dakshina Lanka Naval base in Galle, on 18 October.

'Majority' Indians feel Delhi is ignoring SL 'for too long'

By M Rama Rao reporting from Delhi

Though it is neither representative nor well structured opinion survey, a private Indian TV channel's SMS based opinion poll says 'majority' feel India is 'ignoring' Sri Lanka for 'too long'. The poll was carried out as a part of the 'Face The Nation' programme of CNN- IBN channel on the crisis in Sri Lanka. 84 per cent of the respondents felt that India was ignoring Sri Lanka crisis for too long. Only 14 per cents did not think so.

Millions of Starving Shame the World, U.N. Says

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Since hunger and famine are still widespread in parts of Africa and Asia, the international community is in violation of the right to food as a basic universal human right, according to a new study released by the United Nations. "Despite promises to eradicate hunger, there has been little progress in reducing the global number of victims of hunger," said Jean Ziegler, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food and author of the report.

EPDP on North East meager: It is the will of the people that matters

Whether North and East should remain merged or not is a decision that must left to the will of the people and not to the will of a law imposed from above. The region of North and East of Sri Lanka is the land of the homeland of the Tamil-speaking people. Beginning from the days of our forefathers up to today, north and east continues to be our traditionally historical place of residence. Our firm political conviction is that it is the people who will have to make the final decision as to whether it should remain demerged or merged. The EPDP is a democratic political party based on the philosophy that any formula framed within narrow legal parameters will not be an answer to this issue.

Congressman Frank Pallone condemns the LTTE for its suicide attack on unarmed sailors heading for vacation

By Walter Jayawardhana

Frank Pallone JrDemocratic Congressman, Frank Pallone Jr. strongly condemned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for its suicide attacks at Habarana in a statement issued to the press. A much respected and senior Congressman for the 67th District of new Jersey he is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Sri Lanka Caucus. Very conversant on South Asian Affairs he was once given India’s Padma Bhushan honor for the service he has rendered to India serving in the Indian Congressional Caucus.

UNP to impose Ranil Wickremesinghe’s policy of appeasement to the Tamil Tigers, through the MOU on Rajapaksa government

By Walter Jayawardhana

Ranil & MahindaThe United National Party (UNP) would try to impose former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s policy of appeasement to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), religiously followed through during the premiership of the UNP leader, through conditions imposed in the proposed Memorandum of Understanding scheduled to be signed at the end of the month, between the government and the UNP, party insiders said. The UNP leadership also has discussed with the LTTE through intermediaries like Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena, who rushed himself to the Apollo Hospital to have prolonged discussions with LTTE propagandist Daya Master about the future relationship between the two groups.

Richard Boucher assures Rajapaksa continued support to combat terrorism and condemns Habarana and Galle suicide attacks

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mahinda with BoucherThe United States of America pledged her continued support to the Sri Lanka government in its mission to combat terrorism and condemned the recent LTTE suicide attacks US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher told President Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka government sources said. The US Assistant State secretary for Central and south Asian affairs Richard Boucher made the assurance when he met President Mahinda Rajapakse in Colombo yesterday at a discussion (Thursday the 19th of October). Ambassador Boucher said the US government holds in contempt the recent LTTE suicide attacks at the security forces in Habarana and at Dakshina Naval Base in Galle.

Breakdown of law and order in Nagaland: Hokheto Sumi

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) questioned the rationality of the State Home Minister as to how the latter portrayed the State as one of the most "eaceful States" in the region. Talking to Asian Tribune here at the Congress Bhavan today, NPCC President Hokheto Sumi termed as "ridiculous" the remarks made by Home Minister Thenucho that Nagaland was one of the most peaceful States in the region. "When killings, kidnappings, robberies, bomb blasts, etc. have been rampantly and regularly taking place in the State, how can you say that the State is one of the most peaceful States in the region," he asked.

Ceylon Electricity Board ex-GM risk losing all retirement perks

Munza Mushtaq- Reporting from Colombo

Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) former General Manager Ranjith Fonseka faces the risk of losing all his retirement benefits in the event he is found guilty of several charges including the receiving of a monthly allowance amounting to more than Rs. 14,000 sans Board approval and his alleged physical assault against former Vice Chairman Chula de Silva. The charge sheet was served on Mr. Fonseka just days before he officially retired from the CEB, which was during the first week of October.

Sri Lanka: A solution lies in the ability of all parties to understand the Sinhala and Tamil minds - The Sri Lanka Forum, Sydney

Sri Lanka is at the cross roads, and not for the first time in its post independence history. The conflict between the Sinhala and Tamil identities, and all what is represents, and which dates back many hundred years, continues unabated in parallel dimensions. They give the impression of convergence from time to time, only to resume its divergent and sometimes widening paths. This conflict has probably not been as violent and traumatizing as it now, and there are no signs it will be any less in the near future.

Frank Pallone Jr

Ranil & Mahinda

Mahinda with Ranil

Mahinda with Boucher

Ranil with Boucher

Military conflict escalates in Sri Lanka after two major LTTE attacks

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) carried out two major attacks against the Sri Lankan military in the past three days, raising the danger of a further escalation in the open civil war that has erupted since late July. At least 102 people were killed and more than 150 wounded, mostly sailors, in a suicide bomb attack on Monday at Habarana, about 170 km northeast of the capital, Colombo. The place is a transit point for sailors and soldiers coming to and from the naval and army camps in the eastern port of Trincomalee. A suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives into an area where around 20 buses carrying nearly 350 navy personnel were parked. While it has not formally claimed responsibility, the LTTE, which has a long history of suicide bombings, almost certainly carried out the attack.