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

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Sri Lanka map: Kalpitya is located

85 Sri Lankan boatpeople intercepted on their way to Australia

Eighty five (85) Tamil and Muslim asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka are floating in international waters, after their failed attempt to land on Christmas Island -- the location from which they are entitled to claim asylum in Australia. Three days ago the Australian HMAS "Success" intercepted the unseaworthy vessel 50 nautical miles off the coast of Christmas Island and attempted to send them back. Crew members of "Success" even attempted to repair the sabotaged engine of this people-smuggling vessel hoping to the send them back. But because of the unseaworthy condition of the vessel "Success" has taken them on board. Kevin Andrews, the new Minister for Immigration, said:”Because of fears for their safety if they remained on the unseaworthy vessel, the group agreed to come aboard HMAS "Success" on Wednesady night.

Tamil Tigers Blamed of Humanitarian and Human Rights Situation in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Bernard Goonetilleke“In their quest for a mono-ethnic one party separate state for a fraction of Sri Lanka’s Tamil population living in the north and east, the LTTE, over the years, has employed the strategy of creating humanitarian situations in these areas to further their political agenda and to win international sympathy for their cause,” says Sri Lanka ambassador in Washington Bernard Goonetilleke to many queries by concerned Americans regarding the situation, many consider as deteriorating on human rights and humanitarian fronts but progressing on the military front breaking the spine of the Tamil Tigers.

Sri Lanka Navy destroys another two Sea-Tiger boats carrying arms and ammunition from Tamil Nadu off Kalpitiya

By Walter Jayawardhana

Two more boats of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) carrying arms or ammunition from India were destroyed by the Sri Lanka Navy off Kalpitiya off the North Western coast of Sri Lanka killing 9 Sea Tigers who were on board. The incident occurred at Bathalagunduwa, five nautical miles off Kalpitiya, the Sri Lanka Navy sources said. The incident occurred on the fifth anniversary of the Ceasefire agreement signed by the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and LTTE Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran on February 22, 2002 brokered by Norway.

Subramanian Swamy voices concern over LTTE killer squads 'hibernating' on TN coastline

By a correspondent in New Delhi

Subramanian SwamyDr. Subramanian Swamy, president of Janata Party has voiced concern over reports about LTTE killer squads 'hibernating' in the backwaters of Tamil Nadu coastline. In a statement circulated to the media from his Chennai office, Dr Swamy, who was a minister for commerce and law in the short-lived Congress supported Chandrasekhar government in Delhi, demanded action against the Tamil Nadu government of DMK's Muthavel Karunanidhi alleging that DMK is 'a camouflaged political front' of the LTTE in Tamil Nadu.

Film Review: Sinhala film director falls flat on the Tamil road to propaganda

H. L. D. Mahindapala

It is with great expectations that I went to Dharmasena Pathiraja’s latest film, "In search of a Road," screened at the Union Theatre, Monash University, Melbourne. Since there was hardly any literature available about the film, I gathered from what I heard that it was a docu-drama about A-9 Road – the main road that links the north to the south. I have not had the opportunity of seeing any of his films before but I was buoyed by the pre-screening announcement which promised a moving film by “one of South Asia’s prominent film directors”. A loyalist of Pathiraja introducing the film gave the distinct impression that the film was produced by a director comparable to that Satyajit Ray XVI.

Anura Bandaranaike sworn in as Minister

Anura Bandaranaike Member of Parliament for Gampaha District was yesterday morning sworn in as Minister of National Heritage with Cabinet status before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees, the official residence of the President. Minister Dinesh Gunawardene and Western Provincial Governor, Alavi Moulana were present during the swearing-in.

Conflict related killings in Sri Lanka exacerbated in the last 15 months

Nearly 4000 people have lost their lives during the past 15 months, while in contrast there were less than 130 deaths related to the conflict were recorded. Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Nordic countries truce monitors in a statement emphasized that in the pursuit of a negotiated solution to the conflict, the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) signed a Ceasefire Agreement on 22 February 2002. The Parties committed themselves to refrain from conduct that would undermine the spirit of the agreement the statement added.

Duplicity of the free-media and human rights champions

By S. Akurugoda

President Rajapaksa had to appoint a Commission of Inquiries followed by an International Committee to probe on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka to counteract the pressure put on by the so-called human rights groups and, according to the media reports, these committees are to be effective since this month. It is strange to see that, whenever the Tamil Tiger terrorism is to be wiped out from our soil, various ‘rights’ groups come from all directions and the end result is either complete stoppage or weakening of the actions against terrorism and thereby paving the way to strengthen the hands of the terrorist outfit.

Dialog TV Wins Exclusive Satellite TV Rights For ICC Cricket World Cup

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Dialog Satellite TV announced today that it had secured exclusive Satellite TV Telecast rights for the ICC Cricket World Cup which will take place in the West Indies in March. Dialog TV will be the only satellite TV station in Sri Lanka to telecast this years’ most anticipated sports event, the Cricket World Cup.

New Swedish Ambassador to Colombo

Sweden yesterday appointed Ambassador Börje Mattson as Ambassador in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Börje Mattson is currently working as group leader at the Division for Migration and Asylum Policy. He was previously Sweden's Ambassador in Dhaka and Chargé d'Affaires in Colombo. He has also served at the International Development Cooperation Department and the Department for Asia and the Pacific Region at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Sinhalese man breaking into Lanka naval base shot dead

A Sinhalese man was shot dead by navy guards on February 19 for his suspicious "breaking in" to the Kalpitiya Navy Base, the Sinahala language newspaper "Lankadeepa" reported on February 21. He was carrying a Sri Lanka National ID with the name K.P Chandrapala, as resident of Galle. Navy guards noticed him surreptitiously sneaking into the naval base through the barbed wire fence at 10.00 at night. They ordered him to surrender.

British Standards Institution (BSI), launches operations in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The British Standards Institution (BSI), the National Standards body in the United Kingdom, announces the launch of its operations in Sri Lanka this month. With over one hundred years of achievements, BSI is one of the world leaders in advancing industry and business for a better quality of life. Founded in London in 1901 as the ‘Engineering Standards Committee’, BSI is the world’s oldest National Standards Body (NSB) and a founder member of the ISO.

Baglihar after aribtration

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Pakistan’s reaction to the verdict by the ‘neutral expert’, Raymond Lafitte, a Swiss civil engineer, on the objections it had raised on the construction of the Baglihar dam on the river Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir has been entirely in tune with the country’s hallmark as an immature and petulant nation which talks peace under compulsion but continues to harbour profound ill-will against its eastern neighbour.

Rice’s Middle East visit: Bullying and intimidation dressed up as diplomacy

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s much trumpeted meeting on Monday, February 19 with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas was a calculated public humiliation of the Palestinian president. Far from being a new diplomatic initiative designed to bring about a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Rice used the occasion to dictate Washington and Jerusalem’s terms for any future Palestinian government. Following separate talks with Olmert and Abbas, the three met, without aides other than Rice’s Arabic translator, in a West Jerusalem hotel before adjourning to Rice’s suite.

Bernard Goonetilleke

Subramanian Swamy

Forty Tamil gangs in London says YouTubed award-winning TV documentary

A Sky One TV's award winning TV documentary video grab posted on YouTube reveals that there are no less than 40 Tamil gangs in London. They mostly assault or even torture their victims, who are other Tamils living in London. They use swords, axes and even fishtails on their victims. The documentary says that these Tamil gangs are a result of Tamil refugee flow to London due to the civil war in Sri Lanka. Tamil migrants bringing their squabbles in their home country to their host country that 'manifests as violent street crimes" is behind gangs' genesis.