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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2395

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Alavi Moulana

Amnesty’s Report on Human Rights Situation in Sri Lanka 2006

Professor Laksiri Fernando - (University of Colombo)

This refers to the Asian Tribune’s publication (25 May 2007) of the Amnesty International Report on Sri Lanka for the year 2006. The publication of the report by Asian Tribune itself is commendable whatever the criticisms that the editorial commentator has expressed on some of the alleged lacunae of the report. The AI report is objective, fairly accurate – except for few instances – and shows the gravity of the deteriorating human rights conditions in Sri Lanka which is a concern for the people living inside and outside the country.

Implications of LTTE’s Delft attack

By Col R Hariharan (Retd.)

The Sea Tigers, the naval arm of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) carried out a successful strike on the Sri Lanka Naval detachments located in Delft Island (Nedunthivu in Tamil) on the night of Thursday, May 24, 2007. The Sea Tigers lost seven cadres and made away with weapons and equipment of the naval detachments. Though the LTTE has claimed killing 35 sailors, the Navy also probably lost an equal if not a little more seamen manning the posts. In the sea and air operations that followed, the navy has claimed knocking off at least two LTTE boats.

Alavi Moulana still hopeful of Mangala returning to the fold

Alavi MoulanaAlavi Moulana, the Governor of the Western Province told the Asian Tribune peace will prevail soon. He said that he had known President Mahinda Rajapakse for well over 37 years and he is not a communalist and he will restore peace and stability soon in this country. He said that he is very optimistic.Referring to the SLFP proposals he said the proposals were prepared by the Party Central Committee and they are open for discussions. Alavi Moulana added: “The Party is not rigid about its proposal. It will be placed before the All Party Conference for discussion. Whatever decided in APC would be acceptable to Party," he assured.

Tamil Tigers ready to sacrifice 50,000 Jaffna Tamils in “Final War”; NGOs, Churches and Norway silent

H. L. D. Mahindapala

PrabakaranIndependent Tamil sources confirm that the Vanni hierarchy has finalized plans to launch the “Final War” of Tamil Tigers to gain control of Jaffna – a war that is estimated to cause the death of 50,000 Tamils in the densely populated heartland of the Tamils. The NGOs, the Churches, Norway, India, and the international community, who are aware of these moves, have so far not uttered a word about these plans for the “Final War” leading to blood bath in Jaffna. Tamil websites state that last week Sivasankaran alias’ Pottu, Amman’ the ruthless Gestapo chief of the Tamil Tigers who has masterminded the killings of hundreds of dissident Tamils and even Rajiv Gandhi, presented the finalized plans to a meeting of Tiger commanders presided by Velupillai Prabhakaran. According to his findings, 50,000 Jaffna Tamils and 8,000 Tiger cadres will have to be sacrificed in the “Final War”.

Breaking News: Four STF personnel injured in claymore blast in Colombo suburb

A claymore bomb blast has taken place at 5:40 pm (a few minutes ago) in an immediate suburb of Colombo. The blast took place Belekkade junction, Rathmalana targeting an STF truck. Four STF personnel and some civilians have been injured. Rathmalana is a key suburb on the Colombo-Galle highway and hosts the vital Rathmalana Military Airbase. The truck has been destroyed, initial reports said. The bomb was attached to small vegetable grocery stall.

Breaking News -2: Four STF personnel and 20 people injured in Colombo suburb claymore blast, another blast warning issued

A claymore bomb blast has taken place at 5:40 pm (a few minutes ago) in an immediate suburb of Colombo.Rathmalana is a key suburb lying on the Colombo-Galle highway and hosts the vital Rathmalana Military Airbase. The evening blast took place at the Belekkade Junction, Rathmalana targeting an STF truck. Four STF personnel and 20 civilians have been injured. The injured have been promptly admitted to the closeby Kalubowila National Hospital, said Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, the Military Spokesman. The military has warned of another possible hidden bomb nearby, but onlookers have ignored the warning and have been crowding the scene of blast, reports said. The truck has been destroyed, initial reports said. The bomb was attached to a small vegetable grocery stall.

Breaking News 3: One dead and more than 20 injured in Colombo suburb claymore blast, another blast warning issued

One person died and more than 20, including four STF personnel have been injured in an evening claymore blast at a highway junction in Sri Lanka. The claymore blast has taken place at 5:40 pm in an immediate suburb south of of Colombo, called Rathmalana. Rathmalana lies south of Colombo on the Colombo-Galle highway and hosts the vital Rathmalana Military Airbase. The evening blast took place at the Belekkade Junction, Rathmalana targeting an STF truck. Four STF personnel and more than 20 civilians have been injured. The injured have been promptly admitted to the closeby Panadura and Kalubowila National Hospitals, said Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, the Military Spokesman. One injured admitted to Panadura Hospital has died, he added.

Breaking News 4: Five dead and more than 20 injured in Colombo suburb claymore blast, another blast warning issued

Five people died and more than 20, including ten STF personnel have been injured in an evening claymore blast at a highway junction in Sri Lanka. The died are civilians and of them three are men and two are women. Unofficial reports placed the dead count higher but confirmation of the higher figure is awaited. The claymore blast has taken place at 5:40 pm in an immediate suburb south of Colombo, called Rathmalana. Rathmalana lies south of Colombo on the Colombo-Galle highway and hosts the vital Rathmalana Military Airbase. Six vehicles were badly damaged by the blast. Of them four number plates were identified- HM 9910, JM 6472, 251-014, and HT 1524.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister in Tehran: Briefed the current situation in the country

Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama had bilateral talks - with Iranian Foreign Minister Monouchehr Mottaki in Tehran yesterday and briefed him on the initiatives taken by the Sri Lankan Government to solve the current conflict through peaceful means. He explained the steps taken by the Sri Lankan Government to free the Eastern province from the control of the LTTE and explained about the measures taken by Sri Lanka Government regarding the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons in the region due to the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist Tamil rebel outfit.

Sri Lanka re-elected to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka has been re-elected by acclamation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the re-election has been made for a six-year period. Other Asian region countries elected at the election held last Tuesday at the United Nations in New York are Bahrain, China, Japan, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea and Singapore. The UN Commission of International Trade Law was established in 1996 to further the progressive harmonisation and unification of the International Trade Law.

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Maran Pays for Family Feud

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

Filial ties have come to play an important role in Indian politics which often resembles a family business venture. Noises that are raised now and then against political ‘dynasty’, absence of internal democracy etc in a party increasingly look incongruous, looking at ground realities. In the recently concluded UP assembly poll, for instance, many of the prominent politicians of the state had overruled internal critics to push their sons into the contest. That the voters rejected most of the sons is not a commentary against filial relations.

Pioneering Western Buddhist monks forgotten

By Janaka Perera

Today (May 28) is the 50th death anniversary of the passing away of the pioneering German Theravada Buddhist monk, the Venerable Nyanatiloka Maha Thera (1878-1957). He was the first Continental European bhikku to take up residence in Sri Lanka. His example was soon followed by other European monks of the caliber of the Ven. Nyanaponika, Ven. Nyanawimala and Ven. Nyanamoli among others.

April 1971: 'Recalling Massacres of Those Days in Faridpur'

By Rabindranath Trivedi

The birth of Bangladesh in 1971 was a unique phenomenon- it was the first nation state to emerge after waging a successful liberation war against a postcolonial state. The nine-month-long liberation war in Bangladesh drew world attention because of the genocide committed by Pakistan, which resulted in the killings of approximately three million people, and raping of nearly a quarter million girls and women mostly over 70 percent were Hindus. Ten million Bengalis, of whom 80% were Hindus, reportedly took refuge in India to avoid the massacre of the Pakistan army, and thirty million people were displaced within the country were poor Muslims and Hindus.

Franco – Arab Ties Could Yet Survive Sarkozy's U-Turn

By *Nicola Nasser

The defensive and guarded Arab reaction to the self-pronounced and reported pro-Israel and pro-America statements of Nicolas Paul Stephane Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa, who was sworn in as the new President of France on May 16, as well as his Jewish connection and that of his foreign policy team, have alerted Arab capitals and public opinion to a possibly imminent break with his country's more than a five-decade old balanced approach to Arab conflicts and the Arab – Israeli conflict in particular.

Swiss Tamil lays down conditions to EU if it wants peace in Sri Lanka

The Tamil diaspora in Switzerland, claiming to represent 27 Tamil oganisations, has told the EU that it must lift the ban on Tamil Tigers if it wants peace in Sri Lanka. Written in ungrammatical and crude English the statement addressed to EU lays down the following conditions to the EU if it wants peace in Sri Lanka.

Philippines seeks Vijayeswaran’s extradition from Indonesia

The Philippine government has sought the extradition of Dato’ Vijayeswaran Vijayaratnam and three others who were recently arrested in Indonesia, Lanka Business of Line (LBO) reported yesterday quoting international press reports. Vijayeswaran, a Malaysian national, is Chief Executive Officer of Quest International (QI), a group that has been active in Sri Lanka for the last six years and is involved in trading on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE). "As a group we firmly believe in investing in Sri Lanka despite the current situation in the country as we see Sri Lanka as a nation with great potential," a statement issued by QI in Hong Kong said last week.

Breaking News 5: Search operations begin as six dead in Colombo suburb claymore blast

A combined Police–Army search operation is now on around Rathmalana, a suburb south of Colombo, where an evening claymore blast killed six people and injured more than twenty people today. Rathmalana lies south of Colombo on the Colombo-Galle highway and hosts the vital Rathmalana Military Airbase. The injured included ten STF personnel. All killed are civilians. The claymore blast has taken place at 5:40 pm, just 30 metres away from the Belekkade Junction, Rathmalana, targeting an STF truck. Six vehicles were badly damaged by the blast. Of them four number plates were identified- HM 9910, JM 6472, 251-014, and HT 1524.


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