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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2836

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Jordan Ship Press Conference

Tsunami victims

Nevada Sri Lanka Association’s commitment to Tsunami school Rehabilitation stands out when Sri Lanka lags accountability

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

As Sri Lanka marks the second year since the tsunami catastrophe, the country’s major English newspaper Daily Mirror reports that a large number of damaged schools are yet to be reconstructed forcing thousands of students to study in neighboring schools. Another report carried in another Sri Lankan daily The Island highlighted that even two years after the tsunami, the government is yet to punish State officials accountable for waste, corruption and negligence in the aftermath of the unprecedented natural disaster.

LTTE capturing Jordan ship MV FARATH III: Captain and crew expose LTTE’s sea piracy

The Captain and the crew of the besieged Jordanian ship related their ordeal they underwent at the hands of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam when they entered their ship and forced them to abandon it. They told their harrowing experiences of how the Tamil separatist outfit managed their way into the ship which was anchored in the Mullaithievu sea, forcibly took over it, threatened the crew to abandon the ship and took them to their camp some where in the coastal belt of Mullaithievu. They narrated how the LTTE armed men forced the ship's crew to heave the anchor knowing very well that once the anchor is heaved; the ship is definitely going to be endangered, as the drift of the sea was towards the coast. They said that as the crew had no option they heaved the anchor and on heaving up, the armed men forced the crew to abandon the ship. They lamented that armed LTTE sea pirates removed valuable equipment from their ship, including radar and communication sets.

After two years, Tsunami victim rehabilittion is apparantly unsatisfactory

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

When Tsunami struck the Sri Lankan coast around 8.30 am on December 26, 2004, it took the nation unawares and within a matter of two hours it took more than 40,000 lives and rendered nearly half a million people homeless leaving them with only the clothes they were wearing. It was reported that some officials in the Met Department received the information when the earth quake blasted under-water some thousands of miles away around 2 ½ hours before the deadly Tsunami struck the Sri Lankan coast.

Multi Religious Commemoration of Tsunami Victims in New York

A multi faith religious observance by the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim Clergy to invoke blessings and conduct prayers in memory of the victims of the Tsunami disaster was held in New York on 25th December 2006. This multi religious Commemoration at the Buddhist Temple was organized by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in collaboration with the New York region Buddhist Temples. The Most Venerable Kurunegoda Piyattissa, Chief incumbent of the New York Buddhist Temple, in his sermon recalled the compassion and generosity manifested by the people all over the world towards Tsunami victims. Rev. Father Patric Pererra, Church of St. Agnes, Manhattan in a massage stated how the destructive power of Tsunami had been defeated by Love and compassion shown by the people of all nations.

Share Market at low key as activity slides

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review on the stock market indicated that the lackluster movement in the market continued this week as well, as activity remained meager. Week on Week (WoW) indices dampened, showing a modest decline. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) fell by 10.4 points to close at 2711.8 points, while the Millanka Price Index (MPI) declined by 14.5 points closing the week at 3696.7 points. Trading volumes remained moderate with no strategic trades to boost the market.

U.N. Sizes Up New War in Horn of Africa

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Less than a week before he steps down as U.N. Secretary-General, Kofi Annan has a growing new political and humanitarian crisis on his hands: a war between Ethiopia and Somalia in the volatile Horn of Africa. If the guns are not silenced by next week, the incoming Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will inherit the new war on Jan. 2, the very first day he assumes duties. "It may be baptism by fire," says a longtime U.N. staffer, who predicts that the new war in Africa could take a turn for the worse primarily because Ethiopia is predominantly Christian while Somalia is Muslim.