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Upul Kulasinghe

French police arrested five LTTE gangsters belongs to ‘Vennila’ gang

Five gang members belonging to the Tamil Tigers’ in Paris were arrested by the French police in a swoop this morning. Today in the small hours of the morning, many houses belonging to the LTTE members in the suburbs of Paris were rounded up by the French Police and they arrested the most wanted LTTE criminal gangsters. The arrested gangsters belong to the Vennila gang and they were said to be involved in abductions, threat and intimidations and were also responsible for collecting funds forcefully. The arrested gangsters also functioned as stewards of the LTTE to rein in and discipline the crowds at the functions and ceremonies used to be conducted by the Tigers in France.

U.N. Secretary-General commends peaceful approach of Burma demonstrators

Daya Gamage - US Bureau Asian Tribune

The United Nations Secretary General while commending the peaceful demonstrations in Burma says that he hopes the Bumese authorities will use this opportunity to start a dialogue. The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The Secretary-General is closely following events in Myanmar. He commends the peaceful approach the demonstrators are using to press their interests, and he calls upon the Myanmar authorities to continue to exercise restraint.

An International Court to Try Ecological Crimes?

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As the United Nations takes an increasingly dominant role in guiding the climate change debate, there is renewed interest in a longstanding proposal for the creation of an international court to try environmental crimes. But some diplomats and environmentalists are skeptical whether such a court will have the political support of the overwhelming majority of the U.N.'s 192 member states for it to be a reality. "It took ages for the creation of an international war crimes tribunal," says one Third World diplomats, "and a world court for environmental crimes can take generations."

Tigers tried to target Gotabhaya in U.S.

By Panduka Senanayake

Gotabhaya RajapakseThe movement of two suspected LTTE hit men from Canada to the USA during a recent private visit to America by the Defence Ministry Secretary Col. Gotabhaya Rajapakse sparked off a quick re-action from the US Federal Agencies. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) which was tipped off by friendly agencies about the movement of LTTE operatives swiftly tracked down Col. Rajapakse to provide him with security, according to reliable sources. The unassuming Secretary had traveled incognito to prevent inconveniencing enforcement agencies providing security to him. He was forced to reluctantly accept security provided by the FBI when the full extent of the threat was explained to him.

Tigers face another defeat in Jaffna

By Ruwan Weerakoon

A sneak attempt by the Tamil Tigers to breach the forward defences in Kilali was thwarted by the Security Forces. The LTTE lost at least 20 men in pre-dawn clashes in Kilali, according to the defence ministry. The Tigers were creeping around 3.30 a.m. when they were detected by the Security Forces. The firing from both sides lasted nearly one hour. The Tigers finally withdrew leaving two dead Tigers behind.

Ambassador Blake lectures the natives : A native responds

By Sesha Samarajiwa

At a recent seminar titled ‘ Sri Lanka: the Way Forward’, organized by the Fulbright Association in Colombo, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Robert Blake, lectured the unruly natives of Sri Lanka. This is a word to the wise from a native. This is an open letter to Robert Blake, US Ambassador in Sri Lanka. A response to Blake speech at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.

Sri Lanka: British High Commissioner praises tourism industry, calls for investment to deliver full potential

Dominick ChilcottHighlighting the potential for tourism to contribute to Sri Lanka’s economic development the British High Commissioner, Dominick Chilcott praised the performance of the industry despite the difficult environment created by the conflict. British High Commissioner, Dominick Chilcott, spoke at the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association in Habarana. The High Commissioner highlighted three areas where change would significantly improve Sri Lanka’s earnings from tourism: ending the conflict, more eco-tourism and improving the country’s transport infrastructure.He encouraged both the government and the industry to realize the massive potential for tourism, particularly in promoting growth in rural areas. The variety of tourist sites, from beaches to temples to scenery to wildlife, together with the smiling Sri Lankan people, made Sri Lanka a unique destination.

Kulasinghe inventions to the rescue of fuel crisis

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Dr A N S Kulasinghe, a scientist par excellence who invented the Pre-stressed Concrete technology his name is also synonymous with alternate energy sources. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka failed to optimize the great potential this intellectual had for the benefit of the country and he died recently as an unsung hero, as it happened to many other such intellectuals in this country which could be attributed to the political skullduggery. Today there are only talkers, but no workers; specially in the political arena and in the case of oil crisis the politicians are there only to jack-up the prices when oil prices go up in the world market.

"Libyan unwarranted interference: Bangladesh ‘Should merge with India’ - 5

T. R. Sharma-contributing for Asian tribune

India is the land of ‘the Geeta' and 'Kautilya',must be aware of friendship of Saudi axis. We (Bangladeshis) would be more beneficiaries out of this axis, if it really means business. We would be able to install democracy and its norms of religious tolerance, if the Middle East funding, of so-called Islamic organizations, stopped funding the creation of fundamentalist –terrorist in the country. But we could not forget the role of Saudi-Pak-US- axis in 1971 and 1975 that barred the birth of Bangladesh and helped in the great change of government of Sheikh Mujib in August 1975. Anyhow, Let us hope for the best. India is one of the largest Muslim populated counties (nearly 130 million Muslims, an equal number of Bangladeshi Muslims in Indian population) in the world. After August 1975, Bangladesh became more Islamic than its former Islamic Republic of Pakistan where 'Islam is in danger, Islam khatre mey hai'was the slogan over the 23-year of Paki-period.

Two British parliamentarians flayed Burma military rulers’ human rights abuses

The military dictatorship in Burma is notorious for its savage human rights abuses. The desperate suffering of the ethnic nationals in eastern Burma has been extensively catalogued, but this compelling report draws on extensive eye-witness accounts to highlight just how grievously the Chin people are suffering at the hands of Burma’s sadistic tyrants, John Bercow, a British Member of Parliament pointed out while commenting on his recent visit to India – Burma border. Two British Parliamentarians returned last week from a historic visit to the India-Burma border with reports of gross human rights violations by Burma’s military regime against the Chin people. The visit was organised by Christians Solidarity Worldwide and coincided with the escalating protests across the country.

Coke siphons groundwater while GoI may declare drought

Bobby Ramakant - in Varanasi

The Government of Uttar Pradesh has been considering declaring drought in some parts of Varanasi. As a safeguard to protect declining groundwater levels, the government is contemplating to stop farmers from pumping any more water from their wells. Yet the Coca Cola bottling plant in Raja Talab, Mehndiganj village of Varanasi, has not been restricted from reportedly drawing lakhs of litres of water every day!

CIMA in a bid to enhance BPO industry in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

In a bid to enhance the economic landscape in Sri Lanka and to take advantage of the heavy potential in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) have agreed to work together to facilitate national interest programmes related to the BPO industry and to facilitate and partner in CIMA investment Forum to be held in January 2008. To achieve this purpose, CIMA and ICTA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at Trans Asia Hotel Last Week.

Hey Ram Sethu…!

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

The Sethu Samudram project has become a four dimensional problem that has also exposed the unpleasant truth that liberal and tolerant traits of the majority are fast disappearing. As a political controversy it has perhaps nudged out the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal as the hottest issue. The religious fallout from the Ram Sethu (bridge) controversy has caused anxiety among the ‘secular’ parties as they see the ‘communalists’ cashing in on the ‘hurt’ sentiments of the majority for clear electoral purposes. The environmentalists are aghast because they think the project will be an ecological disaster. Finally, the shipping industry looking for a shorter sea route between the east and west coasts of the country is perhaps no longer sure if the Sethu Samudram project is the right answer.

Col. Gotabhaya Rajapakea

Dominick Chilcott

Kulasingha's power generator

Ranjan – the new LTTE leader for France, arrested today

French Police arrested Ranjan, the second layer LTTE leader, who substituted for Parithi alias Nadarajah Mathienthiran, who was arrested on the April Fools Day and being held in custody. After the arrest of Parithi in April, LTTE leadership in Vanni appointed Ranjan to take charge of the LTTE’s activities in France. He is one of those arrested along with the Vennila gang members this morning in the suburb of Paris. Though Ranjan was keeping a low profile, French police were monitoring the activities of the LTTE’s second layer activists.


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