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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

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Benazir Bhutto

Elango, the new Head of the Tamileelam Police

K.ElangoK.Elango has been appointed as the Inspector General of Police to the areas under the control of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Vanni. He succeeds P. Nadeson, who was appointed as the Head of the Political Division of the LTTE after the death of S.P.Tamilselvan who succumbed to the aerial bombardment by the Sri Lanka Air Force on 02 November. The Ltte Peace Secretariat news release revealed "Tamil National Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran on November 19, 2007 appointed Mr K Elango as the new Head of the Tamileelam Police." According to the news release "The Tamileelam Police was created by the Tamil National Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran exactly 16 years ago."

Tsunami commemoration in Stockholm

An exhibition organized by the Stockholm Museum of Ethnography in coommemoration of the 3rd anniversary of tsunami desaster was declared open by the chrage´ d´ Affaires of the Sri Lanka Embassy Mrs.Shanthi Sudusinghe on 26th December 2007. One minute silence was observed in respest of the victims of the tsunami before the innogaration."After the tsunami" is an exhibition dealing with life after the disaster and on building hope for the future.The exhibition presents children who were affected by the tsunami from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, thailand and Sweden.

Benazir Bhutto, a ‘Martyr of Democracy’, the title awarded in recognition of her services to democracy

Benazir BhuttoA condolence meeting of the PAT Working Council was held at the Central Secretariat of the Party in Model Town Lahore and supplication for emancipation and forgiveness of the martyred Benazir was made and seven-day mourning was announced by the party leadership. The meeting also decided to call off all the programs and activities scheduled to be held in all the Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) centers round the world. The Central Working Council of the Party awarded Benazir Bhutto the title of ‘Martyr of Democracy’ in recognition of the most commendable services to democracy accomplished by her. The Minhaj-ul-Quran International has also decided to observe seven-day mourning on Benazir’s assassination; activities suspended in all its centers in the world.

LTTE declares names of 18 sea tigers killed in Delft sea battle

By - Jaya Rohana

Out of the 40 sea tigers that were reported killed in the sea battle South of Delft Island last Wednesday (26), LTTE have declared names of 18 sea tigers (including seven senior sea tiger cadres). Naval intelligence monitoring have intercepted the following 18 names which consists of 03 Lieutenant Colonels, 04 Majors, 01 Captain, 03 Lieutenants, 06 Second Lieutenants and a sea tiger (all self styled)

Why kill Benazir Bhutto?

By Rajen Thakur

Benazir BhuttoSo is every major politician of Pakistan, tied to one or the other faction of the US establishment. Pervez Musharraf himself is closest to the USA. Nawaz Sharif , through the House of Saud, has indirect links with the Bush administration. The reason for singling her out must lie elsewhere.

Even Benazir's severest critics, carp as they did against her, could not deny her courage. She took the battle to her enemies. She campaigned in areas dominated by militants. More important, she recognised most clearly the ideological aims of her enemies. She articulated most explicitly the ideological response to frustrate them. She was a threat they could not tolerate. Like abject cowards they killed her. Like a true warrior she died in battle writes Rajendra Puri in the Statesman.

Burma At 60: Time for Change!

The brief socio-economic overview of Burma’s past 60 years presents the grim realization that the past 2 years have witnessed a sharp decline in Burma on all fronts. Altsean-Burma is releasing a briefer ahead of Burma’s 60th anniversary of independence on January 4, 2008 alleged despite public relations efforts aimed at staving off both external and internal pressure, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) has perpetrated such serious mismanagement, repression and corruption that the consequences are not only threatening Burma’s stability but that of its immediate region as well.

Journalist reporting on under-represented communities arrested

By Bobby Ramakant

Prashant Rahi, a senior Journalist of Uttarakhand, with over 17 years of service to his `credit, has been reporting on under-represented communities and pro-people's movements in the state, was slapped with serious charges of Indian Penal Code (IPC) including Sections 121, 121A, 124A, 153B and 120B. Prashant began his journalist career with The Himachal Times and then later moved to The Statesman. He hails from Maharashtra and studied at Banaras Hindu University.

Bhutto's Killing May Threaten Pakistan's Stability

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The assassination of Pakistan's opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto threatens to de-stabilise a country which the United States describes as a trusted ally and a frontline fighter in the global war on terrorism. The attack on Bhutto in Rawalpindi Thursday was an attempt to thwart her election as prime minister of a civilian government. The polls were scheduled to take place next month. "The military didn't really want civilian politicians in power," says Barnett Rubin, director of studies and senior fellow at the Centre on International Cooperation at New York University.



Benazir Bhutto

Sri Lanka: Animal Welfare Bill gazetted

Janaka Perera in Colombo

The Animal Welfare Bill has been gazetted as a Private Member's bill on the initiative of Ven. Athureliye Ratana Thero, Member of Parliament. The Bill will next be placed on the Order Paper of Parliament, and thereafter will be referred to the respective Minister or to the Deputy Minister who is concerned with the subject of the Bill, for his report on the suitability of the proposed legislation. Upon the Minister's report being received (or if six months have elapsed from the date on which the Bill was referred to the Minister and no report has been made), the Bill will be tabled for to the parliamentary. A Private Member's Bill can also be challenged in the Supreme Court regarding its Constitutionality within one week of it being placed on the Order Paper.