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U Win Tin

Harrow Crown court to deliberate in the London TBC Radio station case

The hearing of the case against Nadarajah Sethurupan, Anushriskumar Thamotherampillai and Kandiah Uthayasekaran, who stand accused of causing disturbance in front of the TBC and over threatening behavior towards four persons attached to the radio station is listed at the Harrow Crown Court for final hearing today and tomorrow. The case - Area Unit List No: 460353 against the three accused were filed by the Metropolitan Police before the Harrow Crown Court on the violence in front of the Tamil Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) on 8 June 2006.

LTTE air-wing connections in France, UK and Malaysia

"Asian Tribune" investigations have revealed that France, Malaysia and UK are three key locations in which the Tamil Tigers got their training and purchased equipment for their air wing. It is known that the Tigers have recruited Tamil expatriates and even mercenaries to build, train pilots and establish their air wing. Funds collected in Western countries where the Tamil diaspora operates have been channelled to procure aircraft and equipment / accessories. Priority has been given to acquiring air defence capabilities and this was clearly evident by the abortive attempt of the LTTE agents in USA.

LTTE threat to India's strategic interests -- Dr.Subramanian Swamy

Dr. Subramanian SwamyDr.Subramanian Swamy, President of the Janata Party and visiting Professor at Harvard University, in a press statement has said that India has a special responsibility to launch a massive pre-emptive strike on all LTTE installations in Sri Lanka because of its (1) goals which are harmful to India's strategic interests and (2) bonding and cooperation with Indian terrorist groups. This statement was issued after the LTTE launched its air attack on the Katuanayake military base. He added: "The LTTE recent demonstration of its nascent air power must alert all democraticc nations to the need for an immediate response to nip this capability in the bud."

Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon says India concerned over escalation of violence in Lanka

By M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Shiv Shankar MenonIn its first formal official reaction to the LTTE's air raid on Katunayake air base near Colombo, India on Wednesday termed the March 27 strike as one example of the escalation of violence in Sri Lanka, and said, it is a cause for serious concern. Foreign Secretary, Shiv Shankar Menon, while fielding questions at his briefing on SAARC summit here, rejected the criticism in a section of Lankan media that the radar India had given to Colombo had failed to detect the 'intruding' LTTE aircraft. "There is no question of the Indian radar failing", he remarked.

U.N. to Extend Stay in Cash-Strapped Liberia

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As Liberia's post-war, cash-strapped economy continues to threaten its political stability, the United Nations is planning to extend the mandate of its four-year old peacekeeping force through March next year. The proposal to continue U.N. operations, recommended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a report to the Security Council, has been prompted by the political and economic insecurity shadowing the West African nation, which is struggling to recover from 14 years of civil war.

Specialized Training in Carpentry

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Industrial Development Authority of the Western Province will establish a Specialized Training Centre in Carpentry to meet the shortage of craftsmen required for both Construction and Furniture Manufacturing Sectors. The Chamber of Construction Industry has already established Construction Craftsmen Centres in the Districts of Galle and Matara with the third centre to be established shortly in Weeraketiya in the District of Hambantota, said CEO of the CCI , Dakshitha Talgodapitiya.

British High Commissioner sets bilateral relations in concrete: New High Commission building to be complete by 60th Independence

On 27 March the British High Commissioner, Dominick Chilcott, hosted the “topping out” ceremony for the new British High Commission building on Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7. Local dignitaries including officials from the Municipal Council and representatives of the Institute of Architects attended the ceremony, which marks the completion of the building’s structure. Work to complete the fitting out of the building will now commence, and the High Commission will be open in early 2008. Usually Topping out” celebrations are an important tradition in new construction projects, and can be traced back to ancient European customs.

LTTE fronts import Vanni fascism to UK " -- UK peace activists

The Campaign for Peace & Unity in Sri Lanka (CPUSL) -- a representative body of all communities in London which organised the seminar on March 19, 2007 in the House of Commons on the theme “A way forward to peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka” -- is concerned that the agents of the Tamil Tigers are bringing their intolerance and opposition to pluralism in Sri Lanka to UK. The seminar was attended by Sri Lankans of all communities and members of Parliament representing all major political parties in the UK. The Tiger front organisations reacted by opposing this peaceful and democratic discussion in an open forum.

In India’s back yard beyond Palk Straits

By M Rama Rao – Asian Tribune

The LTTE’s air raid on the Katunayake air base near Colombo is a timely reminder that the Tigers resolve to strike hard at a time of their choosing cannot be underestimated. By any stretch of imagination, the Air Tigers, as the fledgling air force of LTTE is styled, is no match to the Sri Lankan Air Force. In fact, they are yet to graduate beyond micro-light aircraft and helicopters. But the pre-dawn air raid on March 27 has stunned the Rajapakse government and shored up LTTE credibility amongst the Tamil Diaspora, who is its main source of strength. It was the second attack on the airbase which adjoins the Colombo airport. Last time around LTTE used rocket launchers across the airport periphery.

Azerbaijan seeks business partnership with Sri Lankan entrepreneurs

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Azerbaijan's first Ambassador for Sri Lanka Dr.Tamerlan Karayev asks Sri Lankan entrepreneurs to join with Azerbaijanis to form business partnerships and market Sri Lankan products at Azerbaijan. Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday evening, the Ambassador said the country needs partnership for all sectors to build good relationship with Sri Lanka. Explaining current situation in his country, the ambassador told the media, they have similar ethnic problem and a challenge from terrorists. The country follows a peaceful way to solve its conflict, he added. However he noted his country needs Academics and professionals.

Myanmar: UN human rights expert calls for release of prize-winning journalist and poet

U Win TinThe United Nations independent expert Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (Burma) has appealed to the Army rulers to release the distinguished poet and journalist U Win Tin who is the country's longest serving political prisoner, having been jailed for nearly 18 years and all other political prisoners. "The path to which the Government has committed itself is one in which there is no place for political prisoners," the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro said in a statement

New Zealand prime minister ingratiates herself with Bush White House

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark used meetings with US President George Bush and members of his administration on March 20-21 to ingratiate herself with the White House and further align her government with the criminal policies of militarism and neo-colonialism being carried out under the rubric of the “war on terror”. Clark emerged from her audience with Bush to declare that the United States valued “friends like New Zealand”. For his part, Bush praised the prime minister’s “leadership role” in the Pacific and promised US help in regional “trouble spots”.

The Cricket Flu

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

Thank God, India has not been hit by bird flu. It would have been a double tragedy since it would have coincided with a deadlier form of flu, called the Cricket Flu. Currently, the whole of India is in the grip of this cricket fever as the islands of the West Indies stage the quadrennial world cup cricket tournament that will end on April 28. There is apparently no cure for those infected by this virus that strikes at around 7 p.m. and lasts till about 4 a.m. the next day. Pray for the youngsters in this cricket crazy—cricket fanatics may be more appropriate--country who have to exhibit a great will power by staying away from their TV sets as they struggle with their ‘board’ (school final) examinations.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy

Shiv Shankar Menon

Dr.Tamerlan Karayev

About 15 Sea Tigers killed , 3 boats destroyed off Mulathievu in the LTTE dominated area

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka Navy’s Fast Attack Crafts destroyed three Sea Tiger boats killing at least 15 Sea Tigers off the coast of the LTTE dominated Multhievu during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, March 28 , the Sri Lanka Navy said. A naval spokesman Commander Athula Senaratne said, "A naval patrol has come across about 10 Tiger boats and our boats launched an attack, and we were able to destroy three rebel craft."


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