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Defeat the LTTE, Liberate the Tamils and simultaneously address their grievances - Somawansa Amarasinghe

Somawansa AmarasingheAdopt a two pronged strategy to solve the problems confronting the country and defeat the LTTE, Liberate the Tamils and simultaneously address their grievances, urged Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna. Somawansa Amarasinghe, leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) speaking to “Asian Tribune” told, “The Government should defeat the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Separatist Tamil terrorists’ outfit, Liberate the Tamils and simultaneously address the grievances of the people living in the North and East of Sri Lanka.”

Sri Lanka: Cultivators in search of organic fertilizer

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Agricultural crops, including the three main cash crops - Tea Rubber and Coconut using petroleum based chemical fertilizer are going through a critical phase, due to the escalating petroleum prices, as cultivators find it difficult to manage their costs which deprives them a reasonable return and therefore appropriate remedial action is called for to prevent a crisis situation.

A Coalition of strange bedfellows - Ranil, Mangla and Chandrika being contemplated - Analysts

By Walter Jayawardhana

United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera have simultaneously called for unity among those who want to protect democracy to counter what they have called “an emerging government tyranny.” This has led to some political speculation that both groups and former President Chandrika Bandaranaika are attempting to come together in an alliance to launch an attack on the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

British High Commission launches consular road show

Acting British High Commissioner Lesley Craig yesterday launched the British High Commission Consular Road Show. According to the British High Commission press release, “It is a chance for Consular staff and those working in the tourism and hospitality industries in Sri Lanka to discuss the role of the British High Commission in assisting British nationals.”

West Asia in Turmoil: Fuelling Instability

By Gurmeet Kanwal

Today, more than at any other time in modern history, West Asia in turmoil is a barometer of the world’s political climate. Though the Cold War ended in the early 1990s, not much has changed in West Asia. Israel is still in occupation of the Golan Heights; Palestinian and Hizbollah terrorism continues unabated despite Israel’s pullout from the occupied territories in Gaza and South Lebanon; Israel’s on-off air attacks against Hamas militiamen remain in the headlines; and, the continuing US occupation and near-civil war conditions in Iraq may in due course lead to further hostilities with Syria and perhaps even Iran.

‘Someone cares after all…’

On a humid October evening in 1987 a group of soldiers walked into the Thambanaikulam village in Mannar and announced that the village must be evacuated because it is too close to a military facility. Vinayagamoorthy rememebrs vividly the events that followed. That very evening they were loaded onto army tractors and moved to a welfare center in Poonthoddam. Since that dreadful day Vinayagamoorthy, his family and neighbors spent years not knowing what the future held for them. But, now he now breathes easy and feels confident.

Ode to Ram Manohar Lohia

By *R.K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

The great socialist and freedom fighter Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia was born 96 years ago on March 23, 1910 at Akbarpur town of Faziabad district in the present day Uttar Pradesh. The family acquired the surname of Lohia as they were engaged in the business of Loha (Hardware). His father, Hira Lal, was a nationalist, teacher and businessman all rolled in one. Ram imbibed the nationalist outlook from him. Hira Lal took him to Mahatma Gandhi at a very young age.

Sri Lankan defence ministry extends police state moves

As the Sri Lankan government expands its military offensives against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), preparations are being made to further curtail basic democratic rights and suppress political opposition, particularly to the war. A chilling Ministry of Defence (MOD) press statement issued on March 1 foreshadowed a widening use of the present emergency powers against anyone criticizing the activities of the security forces. Significantly President Mahinda Rajapakse is also the defence minister and thus directly responsible for the statement. His brother Gotabhaya Rajapakse holds the top administrative position of defence secretary.

Somawansa Amarasinghe

Sri Lanka: Most valuable hardware destroyed with the two ships were aircraft parts that alarms Defense Experts

By Walter Jayawardhana

The cargo destroyed with the two LTTE ships by the Sri Lanka Navy off Sri Lanka’s Eastern coast has once again drawn the attention of the South Asian defense community to the Tamil Tiger’s attempt to build its air force. According to intelligence reports some of the most expensive military hardware destroyed with the ships was aircraft spare parts or parts necessary to assemble light aircrafts.


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