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

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More than 300 Asians including Kashmiris, Burmese and Sri Lankans stranded in a freight ship drifting on the high seas

By Walter Jayawardhana

A freight ship carrying at least 400 possible illegal immigrants, majority of who are believed to be Asians is stranded off the waters of the West African nation of Mauritania, reports said. The ship named “Marine 1” started its troubles, the reports said when its engines broke down near Senegal on February 2 and now it has been towed by the Spanish Coast Guard Vessel near the coast of Mauritania the reports added. According to some estimates 305 passengers of the freight liner are from Kashmir and the others are from Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Make internet a LTTE terror free zone

By Glen Jenvey - Internet Spy Specialist

Internet giant ‘YouTube’ has been invaded by LTTE propaganda videos. ‘YouTube’ who has just done a deal with Google for $1.65 Billion seems to be providing free services to a Banned terrorist group. ‘YouTube’ is the latest American company to welcome with open arms a terrorist group responsible for the murder of a Sri Lankan head of state and an ex Indian head of state, a group which has dragged a country in to a separatist war no one wants and over 70 thousand left dead from the terrorist attacks and fighting. Many investors think YouTube is a place to make money from adverts. It seems any money to be made from adverts on the LTTE video download pages will be ‘blood money’, you can find the videos by putting LTTE into the YouTube search engine.

UN facing a Rocky report on child soldiers in Sri Lanka today

H. L. D. Mahindapala

UN Working Group is due to meet today to consider a highly controversial report on child abduction and recruitment in Sri Lanka amidst allegations and counter-allegations regarding the author of the report Ambassador Allan Rock, Special Advisor to the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. Though the report in the main accuses the Tamil Tigers of the north and the break-away group of Karuna faction in the east as notorious abductors of children Rock has also stated that security forces of the Sri Lankan government “are supporting and sometimes participating in the abductions and forced recruitment of children by the Karuna faction.”

Compensation and resettlement of IDPs soon - Ameer Ali, Minister of Disaster Relief Services

Resettlement of the estimated 75,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) of Vaharai has been speeded up by M.S.S. Ameer Ali,. Minister of Disaster Relief Services, after the recent visit of President Mahinda Rajapakse. Ameer Ali told the "Asian Tribune" that the plans are to resettle in first phase 13,000 IDPs from Vaharai and 30,000 from Mutur and Sampur. But immdiate steps will be taken to resettle IDPs from eight Grama Servaka Divisions in the Vaharai.

Chinese foreign policy expert's remarks on 1962 war surprise Delhi

By M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune

Remarks of Lau Nai-Keung, a Hong Kong based advisor of the Chinese foreign ministry, on the Sino-Indian war of 1962 have created aflutter in political and diplomatic circles here. Writing in the official China Daily, he held India guilty of attacking China and claimed that Beijing was magnanimous even in victory. Significantly, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing is due in Delhi on Feb 11.

Sri Lanka:New Computerized Systems ‘Strengthens Electoral Process’ with US assistance

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided in Sri Lanka funding and technical assistance for a new computerized voters registry that will relieve staff of the arduous and time-consuming task of manually updating the voter list every year. “This new registry is a significant step forward in strengthening the electoral process in Sri Lanka,” US Ambassador Robert Blake said at Elections Commission headquarters during an inaugural ceremony. “This technology provides the capacity to create a system of continuous updates to the registry: maintaining its accuracy; reducing the opportunity for electoral fraud, and ensuring that no voter is disenfranchised.”

Olmert Pro Al Aqsa Mosque Excavations : "Arab and Islamic world to protect Al Aqsa Mosque".

By Mohammed Mar'i*

The Arab Palestinians inside Israel protested yesterday for the third day the Israeli excavations At Al Magharbah Gate of Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, although thousands of Israeli police and border guards deployed in the Old City to prevent access to the area. The Grand Mufti of Palestine Mohammed Hussein and the Director of Wakf in Jerusalem Adnan Al Husseini were prevented from entering the area of excavations. Hussein called the "Arab and Islamic world to protect Al Aqsa Mosque".

Government video clips show confession on receiving arms and training from LTTE: FMM demands release of three men

By Walter Jayawardhana

While Sri Lanka’s politically motivated Free Media Movement demanded that three radicals attached to a Railway trade union bi-monthly newspaper be immediately released the Sri Lanka Defense Ministry website put up video clips of the three making confessions that said they have received three consignments of weapons and explosives from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after short term weapons training by the terrorist group.

First anniversary of SL Buddhist Mission to Germany

By Janaka Perera

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Sri Lankan Buddhist Mission to Germany. The German Dharmaduta Society is planning to commemorate the anniversary (1957 - 2007) in a fitting manner in both Colombo and Berlin in June. The first SL Buddhist Mission to Germany was led by the late Asoka Weeraratne who established the German Dharmadutha Society in 1952. He later entered Buddhist order as the Venerable Meetirigala Dhammanisanthi.

Bottled water ………..

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Bottled water is now popular among locally and internationally, but local researchers said a number of cases have reported on uncontrolled bogus filling of unhygienic water in to the bottles. “When you buy a bottled water you must inspect expiry date, quality certification, seal of bottle, absence of inner material and outer cleanliness, trade name and source of water, said N.N.R.N.Nugera , M.K.N.Kumari and L.M.Abeyawickrama of University of Ruhuna.

Rebels 2007: Impact

By Gomin Dayasri

Who benefits from the crossing of the opposition MP’s to the Government? Obviously, themselves but the political ramifications it has set in motion will reverberate in the coming years. They have disarranged and disturbed the political scene to an extent that the added numerical strength to the government could turn to straw if events overtake the mathematical calculations

Master plan Delhi or master fraud

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Anyone who has been familiar with Delhi long enough to see the city’s decline from being a leisurely city of Babus of broad tree-lined avenues and residential districts surrounded by vast green spaces to the urban chaos that it has become today will perhaps only scoff at all the hullabaloo being raised over the latest Master Plan Delhi, which came into force on Feb 8, 2007. The Plan is designed to meet the urban needs till 2021.Is there any reason to believe that it will be the sole guide to developing Delhi?

Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Baghdad: another US provocation?

The abduction of an Iranian diplomat in Baghdad on Sunday evening has further heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran, amid a continuing US military buildup against Iran in the Persian Gulf. US officials have denied any role in the kidnapping, but the incident certainly serves the Bush administration’s purposes by undermining Iranian diplomatic activity and souring relations between Iraq and Iran. Moreover, while it is not clear who carried out the kidnapping, several aspects of the operation point to American involvement.

Alan Rock proposes targeted measures to UN working group against LTTE – Travel ban, assets freezer, and arms embargo

Ambassador Allan Rock, Special Adviser on Sri Lanka to Radhika Coomaraswamy- the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict has recommend that the Working Group propose to the Security Council that it should consider targeted measures against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to address its continuing failure or refusal to stop recruiting and deploying children. According to Ambassado Allan Rock those measures might include travel bans, asset freezes and an arms embargo.