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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 102

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Colonel Karuna arrested in London

KarunaVinayagamoorthy Muralitharan nom de guerre Colonel Karuna has been arrested this morning in London for traveling in forged passport. Home office in Britain has confirmed the arrest.

Musharraf’s Deputy Information Minister says U.S. “twisted Pakistan’s arm”: To Accommodate Benazir Bhutto

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The man who spoke to USA Today, the newspaper that has the highest circulation in this country, told a mouthful: “You (US) twisted our (Pakistan) hand” to allow former Pakistani Prime Minister Bhutto into the country, and “America has this notion they are the best judge. They might as well hold the election in Washington.” It is a practice in most countries what the leader is unable to say are being told through a junior official, and this is exactly what Deputy Information Minister Tariq Azim Khan told USA Today in a forthright expression of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s sentiments that were undoubtedly taken seriously by the U.S. State Department and the Bush administration.

United States Congress, in a Resolution, Recognizes Hindu ‘Diwali’ Festival

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States has been recognizing cultural, social and ethnic diversity for two centuries, and social norms and laws are well in place to guarantee that diversity. A land mark in the United States history was created last month when the House of Representative, the lower chamber of the Congress, unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the importance of ‘Diwali’ the most sacred and important religious festival for the Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. There are three million Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in the United States.

Israel Urged to Aid Oil-Stained Lebanon

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the Israeli Air Force destroyed a slew of oil storage tanks and a key power station in Lebanon in July 2006, the environmental damage was described as devastating. And now, more than 15 months later, the United Nations has released a report detailing the extent of the destruction caused by that oil spill to human health, biodiversity, fisheries and tourism. The destruction has had "serious implications" for livelihoods and economy in that continuously trouble-plagued country.

'Power Sharing' - the key to Resolving Sri Lanka's Politico-Military Conflict

Dr. Siri Gamage, Australia

Every time there is an incident involving the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Government armed forces resulting in bloodshed, death and devastation, some commentators are ready to utter the usual Manthra 'kill the Tamil Tigers' or 'kill the terrorists'. This emotional response is generally justified on the grounds that the LTTE is not willing to come to the negotiation table -as if the government is ever willing to do so in good faith. In a broader scale, during the last couple of years, 'war for peace' doctrine has been the corner stone of government's de facto approach to the conflict it has with the LTTE - even though its spokespeople talk about the need for a 'political solution' from time to time while making references to the All Party Conference (APC) which has shown stalled progress in recent months.

Tamilselvan Killed

Tamilselvan Killed

Tamilselvan and five others killed

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Tamilselvan Tamilselvan along with Lt Col Anpumani (Alex), Major Mihuthan, Capt Nethagy, Lt Adchgivel, and Lt Vahaikumaran were killed. LTTE headquarters confirmed that the Head of the LTTE Political Division, S P Tamilselvan, was killed in a Sri Lankan Air Force aerial bombardment today at 6.00am.

Killing of Tamilselvan: Who leaked the information within the LTTE rank and file?

Bombing to kill S.P. Tamilselvan, Political Head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was based on the intelligence report received from reliable intelligence sources, confirms a senior Air force official. He added that Air force received intelligence report in time about the LTTE gathering place as well as about the meeting to be held today morning. Senior Air Force official further said accordingly Air force MIG jets bombed today morning around Thurivaiaru, Kilinochchi. Air Force official also revealed that the entire LTTE complex was destroyed.

Yet another senior LTTE leader seriously injured?

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Intelligence sources revealed that yet another senior LTTE leader was injured in the bombing incident this morning. They say that he was transported with heavy escort to one of LTTE hospital in the Vanni region. It is further revealed that Kilinochchi Government hospital has dispatched blood urgently needed to the LTTE hospital to treat the injured senior LTTE leader

In defence of the Church of Ceylon, aka the Anglican Church

By Sesha Samarajiwa

The prestigious "Asian Tribune's" Forum Member SRH Hoole takes issue with my article, Sri Lanka's Anglican Church adopts Liberation Theology, Bishop shows symbolic solidarity with Kilinocchi, which warrants a few comments from me. I won't trace the history and politics of the British Isles which led to the formation of the Church of the Anglos – the Anglican Church – except to say that it was essentially a political statement by the then English royals. It was undeniably a response to power struggles with the Vatican, other groups on the islands such as the Welsh, the Scots and the Irish, as well as players on the Continent.

SC charges ABC radio head with contempt

Ruwan Weerakoon

Sri Lanka Supreme Court today charged the Managing Director of the Asia Broadcasting Corporation (Pvt) Ltd A. Samantha Reynor Silva for contempt of court for suppressing vital facts of the controversial news story to the court. Mr. Silva, Managing Director and the head of the marketing of ABC Network Pvt Ltd was released on a cash bail of Rs. 250,000 to be paid forthwith and fixed the case for November 24 to decide on the contempt charged against him.

Sri Lanka gifted central library building to Maldives

At a colorful official ceremony held in Male’, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama officially handover the Central Library building, which is a gift to the Government of the Maldives by Sri Lanka. The building was handed over to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives Abdullah Shahid. The President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, at the invitation of the Minister Bogollagama, unveiled the plaque of the Library building. The Maldivian Foreign Minister while appreciating the gift of the library said that the Library is testimony of the friendship and co-operation between the two countries.The Sri Lankan Minister said that the historical relations that dates back to several millennia and the contemporary relations that have been diversified into many spheres of co-operation have received new impetus with the increased interaction and involvement between the two countries in the recent period. Mr. Bogollagama added that the gift of Library will help contribute towards realizing the vision of the President of Maldives to create a knowledge based citizenry.

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Bhuttos, Pak’s n-programme and Dr A.Q. Khan

By Wajid Shamsul Hasan - Syndicate Features

It is generally perceived that the American administration is very unpopular in Pakistan following 9-11, invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq and its sustained inability to translate into reality its promise of an independent Palestine state. Notwithstanding his own conduct and failure to restore democracy, his supporters claim that much of the flak that General Musharraf receives from within Pakistan is because of his being too pro-American. Even his worst critics acknowledge today that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had restored Pakistan’s image of honour and respect in the comity of nations by his pro-active foreign policy, his support to the Arabs and his sincere commitment to the Third World. It was General Zia ul Haq who undid this by receiving trunk loads of dollars from CIA chief Casey to wage American Jihad in Afghanistan. Now General Pervez Musharraf, GPM, is also accused of sailing in the Ziaist boat.

A New Publication on Child Friendly Teaching Practices Launched

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) launched the publication 'Psychosocial Wellbeing in the Classroom,' a resource kit on child friendly teaching practices on 01 November in Colombo. According to NRC Country Director in Sri Lanka, Mr. Joern Kristensen, the resource kit provides any group interested in working with the development and protection of children in emergency situations, with a comprehensive, holistic and practical guide to child-centred teaching methodologies. "Education is not only a basic human right; a good classroom environment also provides a sense of normalcy for children living in very difficult circumstances in any emergency situation," says Kristensen.

22 Tigers confirmed dead in Mannar

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Sri Lanka Army confirmed that 22 Tigers were killed and 8 of their bodies recovered in the Giant Tank area, Mannar where clashes between the Tigers and the Sri Lanka Army erupted in the morning and went on till Thursday (01) afternoon. Sri Lankan troops were able to capture many of LTTE’s bunker lines in the area. Meantime 2 soldiers died and 12 were injured in the battle according to a Sri Lanka Army report. But pro- LTTE Websites claimed that at least 25 Sri Lanka Army soldiers were killed and more than 60 wounded in the fire-fight. But LTTE claims of causalities were dismissed by the Sri Lanka Army as a propaganda ploy for the consumption of the Tamil diaspora.

Dialog launches Broadband Internet Service to Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Dialog Broadband Networks [DBN] has introduced its newest Wi-max broadband Internet service for local subscribers and plans to expand its service island wide within a short period. The DBN became the first in Sri Lanka to introduce Broadband Internet Service and the company said this new service includes pre-packaged high-speed internet solutions, together with unlimited internet usage for a fixed monthly subscription.