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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

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Col. Karuna

US Senate endorses Bush’s nuclear accord with India

The United States Senate voted 85 to 12, November 16, to exempt India from the nuclear-trade restrictions currently in place under the US Atomic Energy Act (USAEA), thereby overturning longstanding US nuclear non-proliferation policies. The USAEA prohibits US institutions and companies from trading nuclear equipment, materials, and technology with countries that have signed the 1974 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). For more than three decades India—which first tested a nuclear device in 1974 and proclaimed itself a nuclear weapons state in 1998—has been subject to a US ban on nuclear fuel and technology exports. Last summer the House of Representatives approved, by a similar overwhelming 359 to 68 margin, a like bill exempting India from the provisions of the USAEA.

Honoring the memory of those lost

By Johan Schaar - International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies

A crisis always provides opportunity for change. Natural calamities are no different. When countries or communities are struck by disasters, their social, political and institutional weaknesses are mercilessly disclosed and revealed. What did not work where there was no preparedness and no warning, where men, women and children died avoidable deaths - all of this gets exposed. This also goes for the performance of governments and local and international organisations in their immediate and long-term response to the disaster, as well as their ability to protect vulnerable communities from future deadly threats such as earthquakes, storms and floods. The bigger the disaster, the more dramatic the selfless and courageous humanitarian action, but also the greater the exposure of flaws and failure.

Civil Monitoring committee flays Sri Lanka Government for failure to provide security to members and for inaction

Civil Monitoring Committee, an independent watchdog organization on abduction and extrajudicial killings has alleged that ‘Sri Lanka Government provide space for para-military groups.’ Sritunga President of the CMC flayed the government stating, "With the trust placed by the government on war, the authorities are reluctant take any action on para military groups." He said that they are compelled accuse the government that it provide space to para military groups to operate.

Multilac wins top awards at National Business Excellence Awards 2006

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Multilac Paints clinched two Golds and a Silver at the recently concluded National Business Excellence Awards conducted by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka. Participating in the NBE Awards since its inception three years ago, Multilac Paints won Golds in the Medium Sector and Manufacturing Sector, with a Silver for Overall Winner.

Norwegian Special Envoy air-dashing to Colombo today

Norwegian special envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer will be air-dashing to Colombo today to assess the latest development in the country after Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s announcement in his annual Heroes Day speech that 2002 Norway-sponsored ceasefire agreement (CFA) was already ‘defunct.’ Also it is believed that after Prabakaran announced of an ‘Independent state for the people of Tamil Eelam,’ was another added reason for Jon Hanssen Bauer to make the urgent visit to Colombo

Some cheer to Rajapkse, rebuff to Tigers, India renews call for negotiated solution and end to HR abuses

From M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has a message to his interlocutors from Sri Lanka. "Work for a negotiated settlement acceptable to all sections of the island. End human rights abuses". The message is seen as a rebuff to the Tigers, whose supreme Velupillai Prabhakaran declared in Heroes Day speech – truce is defunct and war is the only way out for Elam.'

Col Karuna hits back with more details on Erik Solheim’s dealings with Prabhakaran and Anton Balasingham

Col. KarunaRebutting the denial issued by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry on Erik Solheim’s questionable dealings with the Tamil Tigers, V.Muralitharan, alias Colonel Karuna, hit back giving more details of the transactions, including the gifting of a six-foot TV to the TV addict Velupillai Prabhakaran and 16 million kroners handed to Anton Balasingham to buy ammunition. Col. Karuna told the Asian Tribune that he would not withdraw one syllable of what he told the Editor of the Daily News, Bandula Jayasekera. Col. Karuna, deputy to Prabhakaran, was a close confidante of the Tiger Supremo, when he led the Tiger forces to victory after victory in battles against the Sri Lankan forces. Revealing more details, he re-confirmed, among other things, that Erik Solheim gave 16 million kroners to Balasingham and Tamilselvan appealed to Solheim to buy a big TV for Prabhakaran.

Washington Times Editorial hits Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers again

In his annual "Heroes' Day" statement, the leader of the terrorist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Velupillai Prabhakaran, attempts to shift blame for the conflict that is tearing apart the small South Asian country away from his violent rebel group and onto the Sri Lankan government. The speech, which in theme varies little from the statements of previous years, likely marks the outright end of the slowly crumbling 2002 ceasefire and augurs very badly for the hope of renewing peace talks. Prabhakaran's argument, more propaganda than fact, that the Tigers have worked for peace but been forced to fight is based on a series of false premises, and is an attempt to win sympathy and support from the international community.