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

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Prabhakaran making secret arrangements to flee the country --- Col Karuna

Col KarunaIn an exclusive interview with the "Asian Tribune," V. Muralithiran, (nom de guerre Colonel Karuna) leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, said their intelligence reports have confirmed that Velupillai Prabhakaran is now making secret preparations to flee to another country, possibly S. Africa.He added that Prabhkaran made similar discreet arrangements when the President Chandrika Kumaratunga launched the ‘Jayasikuri’ military campaign in 1995. "When we came to know that Prabakaran was making arrangements to flee to South Africa, my brother late Colonel Reggie and I went to Vanni and met Prabakaran and assured him that we will accept the challenge of the Government's military campaign and stopped him from fleeing to South Africa.

Tamil Tigers kill Hindu priest for garlanding President Rajapakse

The Tamil Hindu priest who garlanded President Mahinda Rajapakse during his recent visit to Vakarai ,was shot dead by the Tamil Tigers, said the Daily News this morning. According to the Defence Ministry report: Selliah Kurukkal Parameshwaran, the Chief Poosari of the Santhiveli Pilleyar Kovil, Batticaloa who garlanded President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his recent visit to Vakarai was shot dead by three LTTE gunmen just outside his residence on Wednesday night.

Ranil – Chandrika join hands to undercut Mahinda Rajapakse with Indian backing

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

After the cream of UNP members crossed over to join President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the UNP, has agreed to join the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, according to political sources in Colombo. On the eve of the last presidential election in 2005 Chandrika Kumaratunga signed a secret MoU with Ranil Wickremesinghe to undercut Mahinda Rajapakse’s election campaign on the condition that she be given a place in Wickremesinghe administration if he came into power. But that misfired when Mahinda Rajapakse won the presidential race.

More Inclusive Economic Growth Necessary for Rapid Poverty Reduction: World Bank Launches Poverty Assessment for Sri Lanka

Pointing out the disparities in the growth rate beween urban and rural areas and also various regions in Sri Lanka the World Bank has called for coordinated interventions in poverty allevation. A press release on the latest World Bank report "Poverty Assessment for Sri Lanka: Engendering Growth with Equity: Opportunities and Challenges" states: "The multifaceted nature of poverty calls for Poverty reduction at the national level has been slow in Sri Lanka due to widening growth disparities across sectors and regions

SL government plans to setup a monitoring mechanism to solve complaints on NGOs

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The government of Sri Lanka says INGOs and NGO support humanitarian works in Sri Lanka and help the masses to end their problems. Minister Mahindha Samarasingha said the INGOs and NGOs work under any type of situation and their service is commendable. However minister said a number of allegations were arose in recent past against some NGOs working in conflict areas. Most of staff of these NGOs was physically harassed and media highlighted some of crucial reports against them before completion of government investigations.

Palestinians' Eyes on Mecca and Their Hearts on Al Aqsa Mosque

By Mohammed Mar'i*

The Israeli police detained head of the Islamic Movement Sheikh Ra'ad Salah Wednesday for trying to reach the site of excavation work at the Magharbah Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Six people accompanying Sheikh Salah were also arrested yesterday after confrontation broke out between them and the Israeli police. Access to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound is restricted by Israeli police for the second consecutive day due to fears of further protests over the work in the area. Only women and men over the age of 45 and holders of Israeli identity cards were allowed entry.

China based Tianjin Technology Development Company plans to expand its market share in Asia

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Tianjin Mingshuo Technology Development Company Ltd –China plans to assists local small scale hydro power sectors, providing latest Turbines, Generators, Panel Boards and Governors. Spokesman of the company Xiong di Xiang said this equipment are produced in China and can compete with the European products. Speaking to local small-scale powerhouse owners here, Mr.Xiang said at present a number of Sri Lankan power houses use Chinese products’ Niriella, Kabaragala ,Rathganga and Vidul Lanka small scale power generation companies use Chinese products. We bring the latest innovative products for our clients , he explained.

Sri Lanka Government looses Rs. 489 Million on wasted fuel and wasting 2 hrs a day due to traffic jam.

In a letter addressed to the President of Sri Lanka , Liberal Party of Sri Lanka has pointed out that the country losses nearly Rs. 489 billion annually due to a person unnecessarily wasting around 2 hours per day due to traffic jam and the wastage of nearly 5 liters of fuel over and above the estimated consumption. V Shanmuganathan and S S Ramalingam, district organizers of the Liberal Party pointed out that approximately 1.4 million vehicles are running on the road per day and at an average of 5 liters of fuel is wasted over and above the estimated consumption which is equivalent to 7 million liter per day amounting to Rs. 455 million of wastage at average of Rs. 65/- per liter of fuel.

Sinn Fein endorse Police Service of Northern Ireland and MI5 operations

Sinn Fein’s special convention on January 28 gave its backing to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Northern Ireland criminal justice system. The 900 or so delegates and 2,000 observers voted by 95 percent to “participate in local policing structures in the interests of justice,” and mandated the appointment of Sinn Fein representatives to the Northern Ireland Policing Board and District Policing Boards. The decision, opposed only by Sinn Fein’s youth wing with a mere 20 votes, gives the Sinn Fein executive the right to participate in the North’s policing structures without further reference to the party’s membership. It follows a campaign by the leadership of the benefits of a Sinn Fein Minister of Justice, with control over the PSNI.

Col Karuna

Activists Warn UN on Downgrading Disarmament

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who last month acknowledged the positive role of civil society in the peace process in Africa, is facing the wrath of a formidable coalition of non-governmental organizations opposing his plans to restructure one of the politically sensitive departments in the world body: the Department for Disarmament Affairs (DDA). Turning to U.N. member states for help to block the controversial proposal, the 12 groups say stripping DDA of its departmental status may undermine its capacity to fulfill its present functions and most certainly prevent it from realizing its potential.