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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

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Shiranthi Rajapaksa with Nasreena Gayoom.

TMVP released underage children through UNICEF to their parents

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal led by V. Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna released seven more underage children who voluntarily went to join their organization. S.Padmini, Secretary of the TMVP’s Political Headquarters told that TMVP handed over seven underage children who came to join their organization to their parents through the UNICEF on 12 February, at 'Meenaham' the Political Secretariat Head office of the East located in Batticaloa.

Maldives pledged to combat terrorism with maximum support to Sri Lanka

President Mahinda Rajapaksa ended his three-day state visit to Maldives yesterday. The visit gave an opportunity to enhance the bilateral relations and cordiality between the two nations. The Government of Maldives pledged to contribute with their maximum support to the Sri Lankan Government to combat terrorism and to establish sustainable peace in the country. At the end of the visit they signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the process.

10400 Palestinian Prisoners live inhumanly in the notorious Israeli Jails

By Mohammed Mar'i

The family of Palestinian prisoner Ismail Al Jamal of West Bank refugee camp of Balata appealed in a letter directed to international human rights organizations, especially the International Red Cross, Doctors without Borders and the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners Affaires to pressure Israel Occupation Forces (IOF) for the release of their son. The family said that Jamal, who has been sentenced to10 and half years, suffers from thrombosis and sclerosis of the arteries, after being shot by Israeli forces, during his arrest on 30th of January 2004.

Acid test for Rio’s leadership

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Barely 23 days are there for the State to face by-elections for two constituencies---Dimapur-I and Tuesang Sadar-II. The by-elections are necessitated due to the sudden demise of the sitting two BJP legislators, Dr Hokishe Sema and Lakiumung. It is understood the amount of loss the BJP party has when these two sitting legislators suddenly died one after another. The BJP is the second major alliance partner in the DAN coalition with its seven legislators and now its strength has reduced to five. Yet it still commands as the second largest coalition partner in the coalition ministry.

Maldives – Sri Lanka relations on a strong footing - Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom

Abdul GayoomMaldivian President Abdul Gayoom said that the relations between the Maldives and Sri Lanka were on a very strong footing. He made the statement during his speech at the State Banquet hosted by President Gayoom and his wife Nasreena, in honour of the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Mrs Shiranthi Rajapaksa. The Banquet was held at Dharubaaruge, Male on 11 February. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa were welcomed on arrival at Dharubaaruge by President Gayoom and his wife Nasreena.The national anthems of the Maldives and Sri Lanka were played at Dhoshimeynaa Hall to commence the Banquet.

Israeli Politics of ‘Archeology’ in Jerusalem

By Nicola Nasser*

The Israeli arrogance of being the regional military super power, unequivocally backed by the U.S. world super power, is dictating a kind of politics that deals trivially with the national and religious grievances of Israel’s geopolitical neighbors, whom the Jewish state is supposedly aspiring to live with in peace and as a regional integral part, while at the same time she is pursuing policies that antagonize those same neighbors to preclude altogether whatever potential is left for peace.

Sri Lanka can use amateur radio stations to issue disaster warnings

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Local scientists propose that development of an effective amateur radio voice communication network to be used during disaster situations. T.D.N.Perera of Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa said every established landline and electromagnetic forms of communication come to a standstill during a disaster. “This is a result of damage to landlines, switching centers, cell sites and power supplies,” said Perera.

Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom pledged total support to defeat terrorism in Sri Lanka

President Abdul Gayoom of the Maldives had pledged his government’s total support to defeat terrorism in Sri Lanka. This was expressed during the bilateral talks between him and President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is on a three day official visit to the Maldives. As a sincere friend and a close neighbour the Maldives would support any measures followed by Sri Lanka to eradicate terrorism from its soil, President Gayoom added. During the talks President Rajapaksa has pointed out the advantages of cooperation in promoting tourism in the region.

Creating fait accompli in Sri Lanka

By Vinod Vedi- Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has used political bait to try and secure a coup that can deprive the concept of Tamil “Eelam” of much of its geographical entity on the eastern seaboard of the island nation. The intent and purpose of the large-scale migration of Members of Parliament (MPs) from the opposition to the treasury benches has the effect of bolstering the Supreme Court’s ruling that the merger of the North and the East Provinces as a prelude to devolution of power was illegal. The Government must have a two-thirds majority to give legal cover to any devolution package.

"That’s interesting": Dixie Chicks sweep Grammy Awards

In another sign that the wind is starting to blow in a new direction, the Dixie Chicks collected five awards in Sunday’s Grammy award ceremony, one in each of the categories in which they had been nominated, including best country album, record of the year and song of the year for their 2006 album “Taking the Long Way.” “That’s interesting,” remarked Natalie Maines, the group’s lead vocalist, as she accepted the award for best country album to a standing ovation.

Photographs Courtesy ‘Dina Malar’

Abdul Gayoom

Indian Navy bust smuggling of bomb components by the LTTE

Smuggling of explosive components used to fabricate bombs capable of exploding in the water as well as in the land continues unabatedly from Tamil Nadu, India. Indian Navy arrested two persons within the Indian waters with more than 100 kilograms of explosives in the midsea to be delivered to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Indian intelligence agencies are now investigating the latest attempt to smuggle lethal explosive components to the LTTE, a proscribed terrorist outfit by India. Earlier, weeks ago nine persons involved in the purchase and smuggling tons and tons of steel balls used for bearing, a component used in the fabrication of explosives were arrested by the police in Tamil Nadu.