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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

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U.N. Secretary General Rocks to Alan’s Melody to accept unauthentic data of Sri Lanka’s child soldiers

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Alan Rock, former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations and onetime federal cabinet minister in Canada’s former Liberal government, who concluded after a special fact finding tour in Sri Lanka last November on the issue of the recruitment of child soldiers that not only the Tamil Tigers but also the break-away Karuna Group under the patronage of the Armed Forces was enlisting child soldiers to its ranks has now put UN Secretary General’s integrity into question. Rock was in Sri Lanka in November 2006 on behalf of the UN’s special representative on child soldiers on an investigation mandated by the UN to report the issue of underage enlistment for military combat, an issue first brought to light by the UNESCO.

10 Sea Tigers were killed at Viswamadhu

Tamil Tigers experienced another shocking blow when the Deputy Head of the Sea Tigers Lt. Colonel Malarawan (Navaratnarajah Sureshkumar of Jaffna) and 9 other cadres died, due to a bomb explosion last Saturday at Viswamadhu in the Kilinochchi district, located in the sprawling Vanni region under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The death of Malarawan and other 9 sea Tiger cadres was ignored and given a complete black out in the LTTE and pro-LTTE print and electronic news media.

Sri Lanka Patriots of California holds ‘Glorious Heritage’ to mark Independence Day in Los Angeles on February 4

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

To mark the 59th Independence of Sri Lanka, California-based Sri Lanka Patriots have organized an unusual celebration: with a cultural presentation by all three Sri Lankan ethnic communities, the Patriots have got an internationally renowned expert on global security and terrorism to lecture on how wrong the Western World’s perspective of Tamil Terrorism in Sri Lanka is. The man who is giving the keynote address at Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebration Dr. Peter Leitner intends to draw attention to the western world’s perspective of Tamil Tiger terrorism which is often mischaracterized as “a civil war.”

Sri Lanka: Solitary voice of Anandasangaree resonates for the plight of the unfortunate Tamils under the jackboots of the LTTE

AnandasangareeIn an appeal addressed to Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, V.Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation and a veteran Tamil Leader has pointed the miserable plight of the unfortunate Tamil civilians living under the areas controlled by V.Prabakaran and his cadres belonging to the separatists Tamil outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. In his appeal to Ban Ki-moon, Anandasangaree lamented that the world does not know that there is a group of people, under the dictatorial rule of the LTTE, all Tamils, living in areas under their full control, without these facilities and with no guts to protest.

Federal solution to ethnic conflict proposed by the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka

The Liberal Party of Sri Lanka has urged Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka to consider a Federalist proposal for constitutional reforms for a political solution to the ethnic conflict in the country. They have also underlined that name of the island be changed to 'Eksath Lanka.' In a letter addressed to the President Liberal Party has lamented over the government not considering appointing any member of their registered political party to participate in the Expert Committee to look into the possibilities of finding a reasonable and acceptable solution to the ‘Ethnic Issues.’ Liberal Party in its memorandum to Sri Lanka President has pointed out that ethnic crisis could be solved only through dialogue and not by war. They added that the proposals should be based on the following to satisfy all communities of Sri Lanka.

UNDP helps restore Heritage site

In a matter of twenty devastating minutes Beutin Nona lost her entire livelihood on 26th of December two years ago. When the tsunami waves hit the Handicraft Centre in the southern coastal city of Galle the bulk of the lace she had displayed for sale were washed away. “I lost two hundred thousand rupees worth of painstakingly woven embroidery because of the tsunami,” said Beutin Nona who hails from a family of lace makers which is an ancient cottage industry in the coastal area of Southern Sri Lanka.

Rio moots cadre-based political movement in Nagaland

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has today said he was proud to be NPF Chief Minister of the DAN coalition. He said it took long years for him to reach this stage. He said he joined this regional NPF party as a youth activist back in 1947, while Dr Shurhozelie was already a Minister at that time.

Olmert Moves the Separation Wall 5 Kilometers Eastward 1967 Borders

By Mohammed Mar'i*

Two days before the Quartet's planned meeting in Washington in February and few days after EU’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana urged Israel to freeze settlements in the occupied West Bank and stop constructing the Separation Wall, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has approved the moving of the separation barrier at least five kilometers eastward from the Green Line in the area of Israeli settlements Modi'in Ilit, west of Ramallh in the West Bank, in order to take in the settlements of Nili and Na'aleh, according to security sources and a brief submitted by the state to the High Court of Justice.

UN food agency and Credit Suisse partner up to feed 19,000 Sri Lankan schoolchildren

Credit Suisse, a global financial services group, will invest $1.5 million in United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) projects that will assist 19,000 schoolchildren in Sri Lanka, the agency announced today in Geneva. The “Credit Suisse Food for Education Programme,” carried out in conjunction with WFP, will build 61 school feeding facilities providing daily meals through 2008, and is centred on the belief that there is an essential connection between hunger and learning.

Dr Shurhozelie dismiss rumors, saying DAN to face election as scheduled

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune.

Nagaland Minister for Planning and Urban Development and president of major ruling NPF party, Dr Shurhozelie shrugged off rumors that the DAN Government would prepone the coming State general election for their electoral advantages. He denied having done such a move and categorically stated the State would face the election as scheduled.

Dr.Amunugama assures to setup an investor friendly environment in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A special Investigation Unit will be setup to end corruptions and solve Investors grievances under the Ministry of Investment Promotion and Enterprise Development. Assuming duties as the Minister of Enterprise Development Dr.Sarath Amunugama said this unit can minimize prevailing problems of the Investors and end corruptions at his ministry and the affiliated institutions.

Tens of thousands affected by Sri Lankan floods and landslides

Tens of thousands of people were displaced by floods and landslides in mid-January in southern, central and eastern Sri Lanka.
According to the Ministry of Disaster Relief Services, more than 80,000 people were forced to shelter in 80 makeshift refugee camps. Just 5 million rupees (about $US50,000) were allocated last week to the relief effort. Among the worst affected areas were Walapane and Hanguranketha in the central hills district of Nuwara Eliya, about 150 kilometres from Colombo. At least 16 people were killed in landslides caused by torrential rain and another five are missing. Nearly 20,000 people were left homeless as the slippages destroyed 156 homes and partially damaged another 741 in the two areas.


Minister Dr Shurhozelie (2nd left) addressing

Mumbai Police crack down more agents dealing with military hardware for Tamil Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

A week after seizing six tons of steel balls intended to make claymore mines, Mumbai police seized spy cameras worth Indian Rupees 150,000 about to be smuggled out to Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil rebel outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The procurement of arms and other military hardware’s by the LTTE after the detection of six tons of ball bearings as raw materials for claymore mines by Indian law enforcement officials continued to make headlines in India when the Police also discovered another 5000 ball bearings and digital cameras used for spy work, worth Indian Rupees 150 thousand rupees which was once again caught in Mumbai area, according to police reports.