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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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Hans Brattskar

UN Chief Relents on Restructuring World Body

By Thalif Deen Inter Press Service

Responding to widespread criticism from developing nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn or modified some of his controversial proposals to restructure the U.N. Secretariat -- specifically in relation to disarmament, peacekeeping and political affairs. These proposals included a plan to fold the U.N.'s Department of Disarmament Affairs (DDA) into the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), and the "downgrading" of DDA, which was expected to be headed by a lower-ranking assistant secretary-general instead of an under-secretary-general, as it exists now.

UNP spokesman Jayalath Jayawardena says Ranil Wickremesinghe will protect CFA with Prabhakaran

By Walter Jayawardhana

Confidante of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and a man who is considered to be the go between for all written and unwritten agreements between his leader and LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena said his party and leader take the full responsibility of the controversial Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) and vowed to further protect it. Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena said in Colombo that the UNP never expected all bombings; killings and other crimes like child conscription would immediately come to end by the CFA and accused the present government of President Rajapaksa of not conducting proper management of the agreement expected from them.

Tiger agents raise funds in Australia for their “Final War”

Tamil Tiger agents are covertly targeting selected houses in Sydney and Melbourne to collect money for their “Final War” in Sri Lanka. Tamils domiciled in Sydney have been told to mortgage their houses and donate a minimum of $50,000. S. Sebasan, the propaganda secretary of the Tiger front in Victoria, who works in the Tax Department, is promoting the “Final War” campaign in 3 CR Community Radio, along with some overseas Tiger agents from Canada and Vanni. In Sydney the covert operation is led by S. Sanjayan, an accountant. In Melbourne all Tiger operations are under S. Jathavan and his father-in-law, P. Senturan.

Jaffna University remains closed as students boycott lectures.

Though the University of Jaffna was opened for the academic activities on 19 February, students boycotted the lectures after learning that one Krishnar Kamalathas (24) a final year student of the Art faculty was killed in the morning of 18th at Iyathalai , Varany in the Chavakachcheri area. It is now learnt that students may participate in the lectures from the coming Thursday. University sources told “Asian Tribune” that on the 19th university students did not participate in the special pooja arranged to be held at the Prameswaran Temple located within the University. Only the acting Vice Chancelor, Professors, lecturers and the University staffs participated in the special pooja to mark the opening of the academic session of the university, How Modern Terrorism Uses the Internet

Prof. Gabriel Weimann.

The story of the presence of terrorist groups in cyberspace has barely begun to be told. In 1998, around half of the thirty organizations designated as "Foreign Terrorist Organizations" under the U.S. Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 maintained websites; by 2000, virtually all terrorist groups had established their presence on the Internet. Our scan of the Internet in 2003–4 revealed hundreds of websites serving terrorists and their supporters. And yet, despite this growing terrorist presence, when policymakers, journalists, and academics have discussed the combination of terrorism and the Internet, they have focused on the overrated threat posed by cyberterrorism or cyberwarfare (i.e., attacks on computer networks, including those on the Internet) and largely ignored the numerous uses that terrorists make of the Internet every day.

Some impacts cause on adopting “Standards” on locally processed fruit products

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A number of impacts limit issuing of Sri Lanka Standard on locally produced fruit products; say two academics of the Department of Agribusiness management, university of Wayaba. According to their recent research findings, researchers S.Rajapaksha and U.K .Jayasingha Mudalige told the results of their research suggesting that factors such as improved technology and availability of skilled labor have the highest impact on Fruit Processing firms to adopt the SLS without a product per plant exit.

Where are the sane voices......

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Environment beavers still struggling to drive home the point that a worldwide ‘water war’ is round the corner if the trend of depleting sources of water is not arrested could perhaps ask sceptics to watch the reaction that the final award of the three-member Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal has evoked. The extent of anger expressed in Karnataka, the ‘loser’ in the inter-state river water dispute, is deep and widespread and the more chauvinistic protestors are turning their wrath to Tamil Nadu, viewed by them as the ‘gainer’ in the tribunal award. Embedded in the minds of the agitating people is the fact that supply of water is diminishing; if it was a question of plenty there would not have been any quarrel.

Jakarta’s flood exposes government neglect and indifference

Heavy monsoonal rains inundated large portions of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and surrounding areas in early February. At least 80 people have died, including 57 in the city itself, mostly as a result of drowning or electrocution. More than 430,000 people, above all the poor who live in the low-lying areas of the capital, have been forced from their homes.

Norwegian Ambassador on the need to secure the full implementation of CFA

Hans BrattskarThe future of Sri Lanka has to be decided by the people of Sri Lanka and by its leaders and not by Norway or any other Party. While a section of the Buddhist clergies are conducting Satyagraha urging the Sri Lanka Government to abrogate the Ceasefire Agreement entered between the Sri Lanka Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on 22 February 2002, Norwegian Ambassador attended a meeting held today at the Bandaranaike International Conference Hall, Colombo spoke on the subject, “Five Years of Ceasefire Agreement – What Next?” Norwegian Ambassador stressed on the need to continue with the Ceasefire Agreement and to follow it to the very letter to bring about sustainable peace in the country.