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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Giant Swing

Is the death knell for the LTTE sounding….?

By Geoffrey Evarts

The LTTE has been dealt a double blow – possibly its most crippling – within a space of 48 hours. First, its main arms procurement officer, Kumaran Pathmanathan or ‘KP’ as he is known, (The head of the ‘KP Wing”) was arrested in Thailand by Interpol. KP was the brains and operations director of the Tigers rearming and re-supplying effort. Following hot on the heels of his arrest, the Navy was able to detect and destroy 3 major Tiger arms shipments. The detection and destruction of the arms shipments can possibly be due to the arrest and initial interrogation of KP, or else the successful Navy operations, or both these factors combined. Also, together with the several detections and destruction of earlier arms shipments, it is safe to presume that the Tigers are feeling the pinch of the successful Naval blockade, and suffering a severe short supply of arms and ammunition.

Bangkok celebrates new Giant Swing - Ready to receive royal blessing

Giant SwingThe Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) commenced on Tuesday, a three-day celebration of the new Giant Swing at the plaza in front of the Bangkok City Hall. The Giant Swing has undergone several renovations since it was built in 1782, two years after Bangkok was founded as the capital of Thailand. The latest restoration which began four years ago turned to be a complete facelift after the BMA found its condition was beyond repair. After being scarred by weather for 224 years, the rotting Giant Swing underwent a ritual ceremony for its removal on 07 October 2006, paving the way for the installation of a new swing. Accordingly, the new Swing has been installed yesterday, 11 September.

India and Sri Lanka competing to grab “KP” – the most wanted terrorist in South Asia

Amidst conflicting reports about the arrest in Thailand of Kumaran Padmanathan, alias “KP” – one of the most wanted Tamil Tiger criminals -- both India and Sri Lanka are rushing to get him extradited to their countries respectively. A section of the media reported that “KP”, one of the elusive Tiger operators crossing borders with false passports, was arrested on intelligence provided the Sri Lankan government. Other media reports contradicted this statement saying that the arrest has not been confirmed by the Thai authorities

Chandrika runs to India to lobby against Mahinda Rajapakse’s military campaign; Ranil to follow

ChandrikaAfter holding talks with Indian High Commissioner, Alok Prasad, on Monday the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga left for India yesterday (Tuesday). Officially it was announced that this was to be a private visit. Unofficially, it is known as the latest political mission of Chandrika Kumaratunga to stage a come back with the help of India. Just before the talks began in Colombo she slammed the door on the media waiting at the entrance, virtually shooing them away. Though her visit is billed as a private visit political observers maintain that her main mission would be to launch her anti-Mahinda Rajapakse campaign on Indian soil. Both have engaged in a running battle long before either of them became president and it was carried on when they occupied the Presidential chair.

LTTE needs a kingdom for Prabakaran, while Tamils need a Just Political Solution within a United Sri Lanka - V. Anandasangaree

King of Eelam?“No political solution will be acceptable to the LTTE, other than a kingdom for Prabhakaran,” while a fair and just solution within a United Sri Lanka is the most urgent need to defeat the poisonous separatist agenda put forward by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam the protagonists of war, division and separation in the country, emphasised V. Anandasangaree. In a statement V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front warned that a political solution with the “unitary” label, where the State is not willing to recognize the other communities as those with legitimate grounds of power sharing will only strengthen the LTTE’s call for separation and give oxygen to a dying organization.

Nedumaran arrested

NedumaranP.Nedumaran, Tamil National Leader arrested in Nagapattinam, southern coastal town in Tamil Nadu India today when he proceeded to cross to Jaffna by in country boats with his consignments of food and medicine to help the suffering Tamil brotherens of Jaffna. According to agency news reports, he was arrested along with his 500 volunteers. Nedumaran, addressing the volunteers, said they tried their best to send the items including medicine and food to the suffering Tamils legally through the Red Cross Society but their efforts became futile as permission was denied.

Lanka coastline evacuation begins expecting small tsunami within next hour

By Joseph Thavaraja

The northern, eastern and southern coastline populace in Sri Lanka have began leaving their dwellings as Lanka Disaster Management Centre revised its tsunami warning within the next hour. The DMS announced 'to expect a small tsunami between 7.50 pm – 8.30 pm'. The announcements became especially frequent once Indonesia's Padang city was hit by a small tsunami a few minutes ago. "Sri Lanka's southern and south western areas are at highest risk" DMS said. Latest international reports indicated that Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia felt the quake-shock. AFP reported that a massive 7.9-magnitude quake struck off the western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island earlier today, triggering a tsunami warning for the entire Indian Ocean region.

Third quake of 5.7 hits Indonesia: Lanka coastline evacuations commenced expecting small tsunami within next hour

By Joseph Thavaraja

A third quake hit Indonesia's southern Sumathra region a few minutes ago. The quake measuring 5.7 in magnitude, took place in the seas of the region at a depth of 35 kms, the US Geological Survey centre announced. Meanwhile, the northern, eastern and southern coastline populace in Sri Lanka have began leaving their dwellings as Lanka Disaster Management Centre revised its tsunami warning within the next hour following 7.9 magnitude quake off the western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island earlier today. The DMS announced 'to expect a small tsunami between 7.50 pm – 8.30 pm'.

Growing interest of Hinduism in America

In view of the expanding interest in Hinduism, India and Yoga among Americans, Hinduism classes are being offered at local Truckee Meadows Community College, one of the prestigious institutions of Nevada, USA, in November and December next. To be taught by prominent Hindu chaplain Rajan Zed, who read the first historical Hindu opening prayer in United States Senate in July last, these include "Hinduism" and "Hindu Gods and Goddesses". In the coming months, this College will also offer classes on "Bhagavad-Gita" (most widely read Hindu religious text in the western world); "The Life, Experiments and Philosophy of Gandhi" (messiah of peace and non-violence); and "History and philosophy of Yoga" (one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy)—all to be taught by Rajan Zed.

U.N. Embargoes No Bar to Illegal Arms

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

The Hollywood actor Nicholas Cage, playing the role of an unscrupulous arms dealer in the 2005 film "Lord of War", contemptuously dismisses military embargoes -- whether imposed by the United States or the United Nations -- as little or no hindrance to the world's thriving illegal arms trade. "If I do my job right," he tells the leader of a rebel group seeking illicit arms, "an arms embargo should be practically impossible to enforce."


King of Tamil Eelam


Tsunami map

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Abusing consensus

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

Right after a storm began to gather around the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal one of the allegations tossed about prominently was that it has violated the sacred but unwritten rule of an across the board consensus on a ‘foreign policy’ issue. The rigidity of the groups that have taken diametrically opposite stands on the deal would rule out any chance of a consensus. The next logical step will be to call the whole thing off and thus push the country to a mid-term election on which there is even less of a consensus.

Navy destroys three arms carrying ships of the LTTE 600 nautical miles off Dondra Head

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka Navy announced that it had destroyed and sunk three freight ships belonged to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), carrying heavy loads of arms and ammunition within a period of twenty four hour successively. Acccording to intelligence reports of the Navy, destroyed vessels in addition to large stocks of arms and ammunition was also carrying a bullet proof car for the LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Sri Lanka Government moves to further facilitate easy flow of essential goods to Jaffna

The Government has taken a series of policy decisions which it expects to implement immediately in order to streamline the movement of essential items to the North. The decisions, which were arrived at a high level meeting attended by senior officers of the security forces, the Ports Authority and the Commissioner General of Essential Services are aimed at dealing with issues such as delays, the transport of adequate quantities and thereby to achieve price stability.

Third and fourth quakes hit Indonesia, but Lanka disaster center lifts tsunami warnings despite coastline evacuations

By Joseph Thavaraja

As third and fourth earthquakes, measuring 5.7 and 5.3 hit Indonesia's southern Sumatra region a few minutes ago, Sri Lanka's Disaster Management CBy Joseph Thavarajaentre lifted its tsunami warning for Sri Lanka saying 'there's no effect.' The fourth quake measuring 5.3 in magnitude, took place in the seas of same quake region at a depth of 10 km, the US Geological Survey centre announced. The northern, eastern and southern coastline populace in Sri Lanka is still leaving their dwellings despite Disaster Management Centre's revised announcement. Earlier, the DMS announced to expect a small tsunami within the next hour following 7.9 magnitude quake off the western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island earlier today.