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

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Hu rejects accusations that China has colonial ambitions in Africa

In the course of his recent eight-nation tour of Africa, Chinese President Hu Jintao was forced to rebut a mounting chorus of claims that Beijing was behaving like a colonial power on the continent. The controversy is a significant indicator of China’s growing influence in Africa through trade and investment, which is increasingly cutting across the interests of the US and other major powers. In a keynote address at South Africa’s Pretoria University on February 7, Hu answered China’s critics. Because of its colonial oppression by the imperialist powers in nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, he declared, China was “most strongly opposed to colonialism, oppression and slavery of all manifestations.”

Sudan Accused of Thwarting U.N. Darfur Mission

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday accused the Sudanese government of reneging on a promise to issue visas to a high-level United Nations fact-finding mission due to leave for Darfur to assess the human rights situation in the politically and militarily troubled region. "The visa problem was very much of a disappointment for me," Ban told reporters.

India says Tigers involved in narcotics, mounts vigil off TN coast, and seizes deadly weapons

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

India has come out against the LTTE in a very forthright manner with its security chief saying, LTTE is relying heavily on funds raised by drug trafficking "Funds from drug cultivation and trafficking in narcotics are extensively used to fund terrorist outfits. Both jehadi outfits and the LTTE rely heavily on such funds for their activities". These observations of M K Naryanan, National Security Advisor, coincided with the Indian navy and coast guard seizing a huge catch of deadly weapons off TN coast and arresting five Sri Lankans.

Jenvey, the Terror Tracker, reveals how Britain is a haven for non-Islamic terrorists like Tamil Tigers

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Glen Jenvey, the free-lance British spy, has revealed that the British government: has not allotted sufficient MI5 officers or money to combat non-Islamic terrorist groups like the Tamil Tigers (LTTE); has listed only two groups under international terrorism: Al-Qaeda and the Real IRA -- an Irish terrorist group operating outside the Northern Ireland peace agreement. does not consider the LTTE, PKK and Marxist rebels from Nepal, who all have major under-world operations in the UK, as a threat to the UK, leaving the countries like Sri Lanka to face the consequences of terrorism sustained by funds raised in UK.

US Congress wants the immediate release of Bangladesh journalist

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States House of Representatives took an unprecedented step in moving a bi-partisan resolution in the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee to force the Bangladesh regime to immediately release the jailed journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury. The Full Committee of the House Foreign Relations will take the following resolution for debate on Thursday, 15 February. Most occasions, decisions of Foreign Relations Committees of both the Senate and the House are tied up with Foreign Assistance Act of the Congress that gives guidelines of dispatching economic assistance to foreign countries.

Australian Politics: Why does Howard Continue to Back an Unwinnable War?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

The Australian Prime Minister John Howard appears to be adamant in backing not only a President on the decline and one who cannot stand for another term, unlike himself who will face the voters later this year, also an unwinnable war in Iraq. Mr Howard engaged in some uncharacteristic (for Australia), non traditional forays into US domestic politics, by making a comment that not only Senator and Presidential hopeful, Mr Barak Obama’s stand on US troop withdrawal was not appropriate but also that the Democratic party’s stand (which is more or less Mr Obama’s stand) will only embolden terrorism and that terrorists will look forward to a Democratic victory at the next Presidential election.

Starve LTTE of Western funds and pressurise the outfit to release 8000 child soldiers they claim to have - SPUR

The recently agreed Paris Commitments cannot be realised without the Western countries, South Africa and Malaysia taking steps to stop funding of the LTTE as well as clamping down on terrorist propaganda churned out in the Western capitals. It is quite apparent that closing one’s eyes to the LTTE and their fronts will not put a halt to forcible child recruitment, and make it a willing partner to disband the child soldier brigades. Australian based Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) pointed out that in countries like the USA, Canada, the UK, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Holland ,Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa, Australia and Malaysia, the LTTE activists and their front organizations such as TRO, TRRO, WTM, etc are engaged in fund collections

Is Delhi’s truce with NSCNs serving purpose?

Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

The existing ceasefire agreements of the Government of India with both the NSCN factions have become normal excuse for the State administrations and its law enforcement agencies or for that matter the Indian security forces of their frequent failures in containing the factional killings, clashes, factional build-ups in towns and civilian populated areas in Nagaland. The public made numerous appeals to warring factions to avoid such build-up or clashes in civilian areas but without much headway. And when such fervent appeals became un-fructuous, it is natural to turn their wrath to the administration and law enforcement agencies of the state. And when the state’s law apparatus failed to contain, however preventable, such highly surcharged atmosphere, the civilians would usually try to take the laws into their hand.

Germany - Introduces the AutoCAD Software to technical colleges in Sri Lanka

Amparai Hardy Technical College students introduced the AutoCAD Edu 2007, to the public at the recently held “Dayata Kirula” - the educational and development exhibition at Colombo’s Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference hall. This AutoCAD Edu 2007 software was provided by the Rehabilitation and Modernization of Technical and Vocational Training Institutes project (REVO), which is implemented with the support of the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), on behalf of the German Government. Colin Ratnavibhusana, Instructor at Amparai Hardy Technical College said, “The main asset of this tool is that it displays three-dimensional views of civil engineering objects, such as houses or multi-storey buildings, as well as of mechanical engineering objects like machine parts.

Small scale Banana farmers affect due to poverty, lack of financial resources

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A recently concluded survey on local banana cultivation shows , small scale farmers are affected due to their poverty, lack of proper price structure , lack of irrigation land holdings, drought power and lack of regular financial flow. A team of scientists attached to the Open University of Sri Lanka completed this survey. They said specially banana farmers in the Hambantota district face these barriers. In Hambantota, a major shift in terms of choice of crops to be cultivated and an unequal distribution in the farm structures and land ownership has been emerging in the recent years.

A blow that brought embarrassment

By S Ranjan - Syndicate Features

An angry Kalinga Sena activist landed a blow on Greg Chappel’s back when the Australian was on his way to the historic Barabati stadium in Cuttack. The Sena activist held Chappel responsible for the non-inclusion of Oriya cricketer in the second ODI against West Indies. How could Chappel be blamed for ignoring any aspirant for a berth in the India X1 from the state when no Oriya cricketer figures even amongst the probable list?

Subramanian Swamy asks Manmohan Singh to dismiss Karunanidhi Government

By a correspondent in New Delhi

Dr. Subramanian Swamy, who heads his own Janata Party and is known as one –man demolition army, has asked the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to dismiss Karunanidhi government, claiming that the DMK regime in Tamil Nadu has made the state a safe haven for LTTE cadres. In a statement, reacting to the huge haul of weapons off Tamil Nadu coast over the past couple of days, Swamy, a minister in the short-lived Chandrasekhar government (1991) alleged that the DMK and its ally PMK as also rabidly pro-Tiger party of MDMK have facilitated the LTTE extend its outreach.