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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

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Hun Sen meets Ratnasri

Sri Lanka's power entity busts tsunami aid for luxury vehicles

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

As thousands of tsunami victims languish sans basic amenities and at many instances even without food, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) famous for its corruption antics appears to be enjoying in grand style the millions of rupees granted to them to carry out tsunami rehabilitation work. From tsunami rehabilitation funds, the CEB has purchased two luxury Santa Fe jeeps produced by the famous Korean car company Hyundai. The two cars were at the Colombo harbour at the time this edition went to press and is estimated to cost at least Rs. 13.5 million each.

No more flow of arms for LTTE from Cambodia – Hun Sen assures

Hun Sen meets RatnasriWhen Cambodian Prime Minister met his Sri Lankan counterpart it is reported that Hun Sen has promised to cut off the flow of weapons from his country to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, his spokesman said on Thursday. Prime Minister Hun Sen admitted for the first time last year that arms were smuggled out of the country, still emerging from two decades of war, to guerrillas in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Myanmar. Hun Sen has also promised to Ratnasiri Wikremanayaka to exchange intelligence with Colombo to help curb the flow of smuggled arms into Sri Lanka.

Ask LTTE not obstruct food convoys, Douglas appeals to religious leaders

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Sri Lanka Minister for Social Services Douglas Devananda has appealed to religious leaders to urge the LTTE not to obstruct the transportation and distribution of food in the Jaffna peninsula. He is the lone Tamil representative in the Rajapakse government, with a grassroots organizational structure in tact in Jaffna, Vavunia, Batticaloa and other places in the Tamil belt to the envy of his political rivals. In an exclusive interview here, "Asian Tribune" asked him why he would not make an appeal to local Bishop, Saundranayagam to lead the food convoys.

In the heat of US NGO pledges, Bill Clinton visits Tsunami-devastated South Asia Region to accelerate recovery

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery is now in the tsunami-affected Asian Region in the heat of positive pledges he received in October by major U.S. non-governmental organizations to accelerate the recovery process of 14 countries which lost 230,000 lives leaving 1.7 million homeless and destroying schools, hospitals, government buildings and other structures devastating the livelihood of millions. Chairing the UN recovery efforts, Clinton was focusing the rehabilitation of all 14 countries despite his current visit is confined to Tamil Nadu in South India, Phuket in Thailand and Aceh province in Indonesia.

Norway should hold an inquiry into allegations against Solheim

Sri Lankans are waiting for credible answers from Norway on the questionable role of Erik Solheim, says Ira de Silva, Canada, in letter sent to Norway’s Prime Minister, J. Stoltenberg. Demanding an inquiry into the allegations of funding terrorism, she pointedly asks the Norwegian Prime Minister: "What is your government intending to do? I request that you take these allegations of funding terrorism and bribery seriously and set up an inquiry immediately. After all, Norway does not hesitate to harass the Government of Sri Lanka on much less serious allegations. You owe it to the tax payers of Norway as well as the people of Sri Lanka who are being terrorized because of the actions of your government and minister E. Solheim."

Sri Lanka Army Commander in Washington meets with Senior US Pol-Mil Officials including Nicholas Burns

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The second ranking diplomat in Bush administration’s foreign affairs apparatus, the Department of State, under secretary for political affairs Nicholas Burns, who has taken a hard-line attitude on Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil Tigers in recent times, made himself available on Tuesday 28 November for a ‘constructive dialogue’, as one Asian Tribune source put it, to Sri Lanka army commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka. he discussion took place at the seventh floor of the Department attended by the South Asia nation’s Washington diplomat Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke.

Sri Lanka: Bomb Explosion in Colombo – Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse survives

An explosion reported occurred in Kollupitiya in Dharmapala Mawatha (Greenpath Road(around 1039 am where four people were killed and many injured. A report reveals that an LTTE blast was triggered against the security convoy of Gotabaya Rjapakse, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, but he escaped unscathed.

Sri Lanka: President's brother escapes bomb blast unscathed

The Director of the Colombo National Hospital confirmed that Gotabaya Rajapakse was not among the injured admitted to hospital, though it was rumored that the brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka was injured in a bomb blast this morning at Piththala Junction at Dharmapala Mawatha in Kollupitiya, heart of the Colombo capital city of Sri Lanka. Also, Media Centre for National Security, reveals, "Whilst the vehicle in which the Defence Secretary traveled is damaged Mr. Rajapaksa is reported to be un-hurt and safe."

A Burmese Perspective of: Going to Third Countries

Prof. Kanbawza Win

According to the 1951 UN Convention, the concept of refugee was define as, Owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country." It includes persons who had fled war or other violence in their home country. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) protects and supports refugees at the request of a government or the UN and assists in their return or resettlement. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. And for this the UNHCR won Nobel Peace Prize in 1954 and 81 respectively.

Tsunami, Natural calamities and the role of business community

By Amitab Dixit

Bygone March 2003 spring blossomed across South Asia region where amidst reconstruction and rehabilitation activities life was returning to normal after Tsunami struck nations on coast of Indian Ocean. Time reduced this unparalleled severity ever recorded in human history to mere figures but its magnitude is still felt. December 2004 waves took toll over 230,000 lives leaving 1.7 million homeless sweeping schools, hospitals, Government offices, and business infrastructure in 14 countries.

Douglas with Pranab Mukerjee

Douglas with Advani

Coombo Bomb Blast 1

Colombo Bomb Blast Scene 2

Colombo Bomb Explosion Scene 3

Colombo Bomb Blast scene 4

Bush to deliver ultimatum to Iraqi prime minister at Jordan summit

The planned meeting between US President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in the Jordanian capital of Amman failed to go ahead yesterday, after a secret White House memo detailing US plans for Iraq, and critical of Maliki, was leaked to the New York Times. he memo drawn up by Bush’s National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley on November 8 was undoubtedly leaked deliberately so as to maximize the pressure on Maliki before meeting Bush. The document is framed as a set of proposals to assist the prime minister to reorganise his government and take action to end the spiralling sectarian conflict in Iraq. But the obvious subtext is that Iraq’s future is decided in Washington, not Baghdad, and that the US intends to proceed with its plans—with or without Maliki

It was a claymore blast: Gotabaya Rajapakse narrowly escaped

Sri Lanka's Defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse narrowly escaped a claymore blast this morning in Colombo city. Mr. Gotabaya Rajapakse is the brother of SL President Rajapakse as well as the Secretary of Defence. "Asian Tribune's" correspondent reveals that he literally heard the explosion - the claymore-cum-suicide bomb, which was mounted on a three wheeler at Pittala Junction, Dharmapala Road, Kollupitiya, rocked Colombo city at 10:39 am and was heard around Colombo 2 to Colombo 6.