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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2835

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The problem with Dawkins’ anti-God crusade

By Vasantha Raja

Richard Dawkins, the prominent ‘anti-God crusader’, in his recent hard-hitting rebuttal of religion The God Delusion, has presented his atheistic case in ‘no-nonsense’ terms. The book amounts to a declaration of war against theism. His anti-God offensive seems to include at least two mutually exclusive targets: One - to ridicule the biblical interpretation of God and Creation; two – to undermine the Intelligent Design hypothesis, whose appeal is gathering momentum among scientific/philosophical circles at present.

New U.N. Chief Vows High Ethical Standards

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The incoming U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who took his oath of office before the 192-member General Assembly on Thursday, vowed to set "the highest ethical standards" in a world body which has come under fire for mismanagement, waste and malfeasance. "The good name of the United Nations is one of its most valuable assets -- but also one of its most vulnerable," the 62-year-old former South Korean foreign minister told delegates.

TMVP killed 20 LTTE cadres and rescued 12 underage children

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal killed 20 cadres belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in a clash on Wednesday evening in the east of Sri lanka. According to Azad Moulana, spokesman for TMVP, LTTE launched the attack on their military wing at Maruthankulam. He said that when their cadres were moving in the Poonanai - Maruthankulam area, LTTE cadres challenged their cadres and launched the attack which was readily responded by TMVP. He said that the attack lasted for nearly three hours.

Sri Lankan Minister clashes with Indian Minister on supply of food to Jaffna

Douglas DevanandaIn a recent visit to New Delhi, the Sri Lankan Tamil Minister, Douglas Devananda appealed to T.R. Balu, Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, to provide ships to carry humanitarian aid to Jaffna. Despite the agreement between the two to keep the talks confidential Balu told the Indian media that he had rejected the appeal. Douglas Devananda states the Balu had misunderstood the whole conversation. He told the "Asian Tribune" from Jaffna : "The ship was needed to transport food items purchased in Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lanka Government to feed our people in the Peninsula. It was for this purpose that I asked the Minister the ship. I think he has misunderstood my request. He must have thought that I was talking about the food items collected by the Indian Government to provide the people of Jaffna. This is not my problem.

Prabakaran confers honor on Balasingham - ‘Voice of the Nation’

Velupillai Prabakaran, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam confer posthumously honor as "Voice of the Nation" on Anton Stanisilaus Balasingham, who passed of in his South London House. On the demise of Anton Balasingham Prabakaran said that Balasingham was a source of unwavering strength in the political and diplomatic efforts of our freedom movement, and the light of our nation is extinguished.

Congressman Scott Garrett of New Jersey says the LTTE is a threat to Americans due to ties with other terrorist groups

By Walter Jayawardhana

Scott Garrett The New Jersey Republican Congressman Scott Garrett said in a statement published in the US Congressional record that due to the ties with other international terrorist groups , the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) is a threat to Americans around the globe as well. Since the Congress is in recess these days the Congressmen make their statements by publishing them in the Congressional records. The Congressman, who is also a member of the Congressional Sri Lankan Caucus, further pointed out that many of the suicide tactics utilized by the terrorists in the Middle East originated with the Tamil terrorist group.

When NGOs face repression and under siege, freedom and democracy are undermined, says United States

Daya Gamage- US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"In countries all around the world, nongovernmental organizations and human rights activists advocate for human rights and expose abuses. They strive to protect the rights of minorities and workers and women. NGOs are building vibrant civil societies, pressing for free and fair elections and establishing accountability, law-based democracies," said U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on December 14 announcing new US guidelines to support NGOs. At a time NGOs are under increasing pressure in many countries, Rice says, "it is imperative that democratic governments work in concert to defend the vital role that NGOs play in building free societies."

LTTE Command and control structure in Vaharai in disarray: Fleeing LTTEr are hunted down by the TMVP

Commanders and fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam trapped inside Vaharai are in disarray. It is said according to a reliable source that they are making desperate attempt to flee for their safety, but cadres belonging to Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) led by Colonel Karuna are on the look out for them at Maruthankulam, a no man’s land under their control. It is learnt that withdrawing from Vaharai and fleeing for safety by overcoming TMVP fighters watch and Sri Lanka Army’s FDL position at Kadjuwatte and Mankerni seems to be something an impossible task. As civilians started fleeing into Sri Lanka government controlled areas, LTTE is at present, left with nearly 500 strong members, who include their auxiliary force and regular armed cadres.

Leading Australian Sunscreen Sunstop Launched in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Australian dermatological company UAS Pharmaceuticals launched its premium quality sunscreen "Sunstop" in Sri Lanka. The entry & launch of UAS Pharmaceuticals’ Sunstop in the Sri Lankan market has been facilitated by The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) - The Australian Government’s export and international business facilitation agency.

Anton Stanislaus Balasingham : The public face of LTTE and Prabakaran passed away

BalasinghamAnton Stanislaus Balasingham (68) passed away in London yesterday. Balasingham is originally from Karaveddy, Vadmaradchy, started his life as a sub editor of the Virakesari a pioneer Tamil news daily from Colombo. He later joined the British Council, Colombo as a Tamil translator and subsequently became the theoretician and chief negotiator for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – a separatist Tamil rebel organization. He passed away at his home in south London where he has been resting since his diagnosis last month, being cared for by his wife Adele and specialist cancer medical staff.

Douglas Devananda

Scot Garret

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Sachar Committee Report : Barking up the wrong tree

By G.S.Bhargava - Syndicate Features

The thrust of the report of Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee is that the Muslim community exhibits ‘deficits and deprivation ‘in practically all areas of development. The committee was set up to ‘evaluate the social, economic and the educational status of Muslims. Reinforcing the finding with a massive array of statistical data, the report implicitly suggests reservation for Muslims on the lines of the constitutional provision for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, whose condition has been taken as a point of reference for the evaluation.

Railway Supervisory Managers ask to end present salary anomalies

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka Railway Supervisory Managing Services Association has protested over the Government’s Salary Commission decision not to rectify their salary anomaly. At present all managers attached to this service follow a ‘Work to Rule campaign’ and plan to give up their unofficial duties. Chairman of the Association S.Liyanage said that they manage around 12,000 railway workers, but their present salary level is very low when compared with the workers and officials of the Basic Technological Minor Supervisory Service.

Muslims Must Support Strong UN Security Council Action on Burma

By Mr Djoko Susilo MP - Indonesia

In September the United Nations Security Council debated the situation in the Southeast Asian country of Burma for the first time in history. Our Muslim brothers and sisters inside Burma and around the world welcome this major step forward. The rulers of Burma are the State Peace and Development Council, one of the world's most brutal military regimes. The supreme leader of this regime, General Than Shwe, has brutalized the Burmese people, forcing over 1 million refugees to flee the country, burning down and relocating over 3,000 villages, using modern-day slave labor, holding more child soldiers than any other country in the world, and locking up over one thousand political prisoners.

Anton Balasingham cremation to take place on 20th December in London

Anton Stanislaus Balasingham, the ideologue and theoretician of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who passed away yesterday at his South London house, is to be cremated on the 20th of December in London. His body is to be removed from his house and kept in a funeral parlor in London from today onwards. Later on Tuesday it is expected that the funeral organizers led by A.C.Santhan, who heads the LTTE in London, are making arrangements to keep the casket in the Alexandra Palace hall for the Tamil Diasporas to pay their last respect.