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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

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35 LTTE bunkers on the first defense line on Muhamalai - Nagarkovil fronts smashed and 30 LTTE cadres killed

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Reports reveal that Sri Lanka Army has smashed 35 bunkers occupied on the first defense line by the LTTE on Muhamalai - Nagarkovil fronts in the Jaffna peninsula and killed more than 30 LTTE cadres. Sri Lanka defense spokesperson, Minister Dr. Kehaliya Rambukawella said today in a defense media briefing that Sri Lanka Army in Jaffna have advanced into LTTE’s Muhamali and Nagakovil defense line positions and destroyed completely LTTE’s first defense line with the help of RPG and T65 Amour Tanks. In this operation, about 100 infantrymen participated around 12.45 AM today.

Senator McCain Wins Florida and Gets Giuliani’s Endorsement

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

John McCainRepublican Senator John McCain, burnishing his military credentials and experience as a legislator, won a crucial and hard-fought victory in delegate rich Florida over Governor Mitt Romney and in the process got Mayor Rudi Giuliani’s endorsement. McCain’s phoenix-like comeback, when many had written him off few months ago marked him as the consensus vote getter from a plurality of voter groups. He won 57 primary delegates. Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee divided the evangelical and the traditional Republican vote among themselves. Romney out-spent McCain 3 to 1 in campaign spending and had aired 1,392 to McCain’s 470 during the last three weeks. Giuliani had bypassed earlier contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan and South Carolina. The gamble failed.

Cultural Show, Painting Exhibition and Vocals by Latah Walpole at Sri Lanka’s Sixtieth Independence Celebration in L A

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

A Cultural Show with exotic dancing, special locals by Kalasuri Latha Walpola and a painting exhibition by artist Walter Kulasuriya will mark Sri Lanka’s Sixtieth Independence Celebrations at Long Beach on February 3rd Sunday at 5:30 p.m. according to Consular General Jaliya Wickramasuriya. A cultural show reflecting Sri Lanka’s 2500 year old history will be the highlight of the celebration. Exotic dances belonging to county’s ethnic groups will be featured in the varied entertainment offerings.

UN Security Council Loses Credibility Over Iran, Israel

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The 15-member U.N. Security Council (UNSC) is set to lose its credibility once again as it prepares to impose a third set of sanctions on Iran while failing to pass any strictures on Israel for its continued heavy-handed repression of Palestinians in Gaza. "Many ask whether the UNSC still has any credibility left," says Mouin Rabbani, contributing editor to the Washington-based Middle East Report. But the more pertinent question, he pointed out, "is whether it should have any -- after its consistent failure to ensure either peace or security, and of turning a malignantly blind eye to so many threats to peace and security and the basic rights of many millions."

Unscrambling the political egg, Rajapaksa style

By Raj Gonsalkorale

Life is all about choices and politics therefore is also about choices. President Rajapaksa has an opportunity now to exercise some choices. But he is not the only one who has some options available to choose from. While Rajapaksa as the incumbent President and the head of the current government is the key person who has greater responsibility than others who should unscramble the political egg, others can do it too, especially those who have been scrambling the political egg and making total mess of it for a long time. Those cooks who have had a hand in it include the UNP as well as the Tamil political parties and the LTTE, and they too have choices as much as Rajapaksa does, and it will be interesting to see how the political dynamics unfold in the next few months in regard to the much discussed political solution to the conflict. Whoever exercises choice must also know that they have to face the consequences of their actions.

US Agency for International Development Opens new Hospital Wards in Tissamaharama

Gathered at the Tissamaharama Base Hospital,local school children helped hospital staff and residents of Tissamaharama welcome special guests, including A.G. Piyasiri, Southern Provincial Health Minister, Dr. D.M. Dharmasena, District Medical Officer, and Rebecca Cohn, Mission Director for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), to celebrate the official opening on January 23 of two new USAID-funded hospital wards and sanitary facilities.

“I will raise Rio’s dictatorial behavior” - Congress candidate

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Everybody is wondering who will be the man to fight against the former DAN Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and even at times, talks were doing to the round that the Congress would not field any candidate against him. But here is a man, a relatively unknown in political circles but has full of grit and courage to fight against the former strong DAN chief minister. But his is a fight between the rich and the poor based on political ideology.

Indian defense boats kept in readiness in Palk Bay to encounter fleeing LTTE cadres

By Walter Jayawardhana

An Indian Defense boat and a coast guard ship were despatched to the Palk Bay between Sri Lanka and India in the wake of intelligence reports that Tamil Tigers could be sending some cadres to Tamil Nadu, Indian security reports said. Due to the onslaught of the Sri Lankan security forces, Tamil Tigers have been planning to flee to India, Sri Lankan forces also suspected. There had been intense activity in the Wanni, also to dispatch injured LTTE leaders for treatment to India, other intelligence reports said.

Political solution Vs. Military solution

By Palitha Senanayake

Could somebody please explain this great debate Sri Lanka has imposed upon itself as to whether the solution to the LTTE has to be military or political? One school of thought tends to believe that a ‘military solution’ is necessary to take care of the LTTE while the other school of thought advocates a ‘political solution’. Well, there is separatist terrorism, in different degrees of intensity, in nearly about t 100 countries of the UN’s 191 member states, but no other country seems to be embroiled in such divisive thinking as we Sri Lankan are!

Premier Sri Lankan Travel Magazine, ''Sri Lankan Heritage" presented to Minister of Tourism

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sumudu Kanishka Basnayake, Creative Director officially presented the first copy of the “Sri Lankan Heritage" Sri Lanka's Premier Travel Magazine to Milinda Moragoda, Minister of Tourism. The Editor of Sri Lankan Heritage is Dr Jayananda Weerasingha. This travel magazine contains a wide range of articles covering different parts of Sri Lankan Tourism and Travel sector including "Roomassala, Paradise of the Western province, Born Free, The pride of the south and Human Carriages in the City Centres of Colombo.

LTTE to demonstrate in front of British Prime Ministers residence on the Independence Day of Sri Lanka

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

Activists of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a banned terrorist organization in the United Kingdom, will hold an anti-Sri Lanka demonstration in front of the official residence of the British Prime Minister on the Sri Lankan Independence Day. Scheduled to be held February 4th, the day Sri Lankans will be celebrating their 60th anniversary of independence from more than one hundred years of British colonial rule, the Tamil Tiger activists will be demonstrating under the banner of their well known front, The Tamil Youth Organization (TYO).

“Naga issue has potential to become international issue one day”: Dr Shurhozelie

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

NPF President and former senior DAN Minister Dr Shurhozelie said the problem in “Nagaland is national problem” and further cautioned that it had the potential to become an “international problem” one day. Talking to NEPS here at his official residence on Tuesday, the former Planning and Urban Development Minister regretted that even after 60 years of Indian Independence, the Government of India was yet to realize that the Naga problem was a “national problem.” “They (Indian government) take it as a local problem,” he rued adding, “They should first acknowledge the problem (Naga issue) as a national problem.”

Temporary boost on market due to news from the North

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The weekly review of the HNB Stockbrokers indicated that overall the market remained volatile during this week with All Share Price Index (ASPI) soaring by 64.5 points on Wednesday, giving its best performance for the year stemming from the news on an air force raid targeting the LTTE leadership. The investor enthusiasm however did not prolong due to lack of evidence on the fate of the LTTE leader. Nevertheless at the end of week’s trading ASPI had gained 51.2 points or 2.15 percent to stand at 2433.5 points while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) advanced by 64 points or 2.09 percent to close at 3125.2 points.

The Great Kidney Bazaar

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

The unearthing of an illegal kidney trade in Gurgaon, a Delhi suburb, could have hardly come as a surprise since India has long been notorious for being the ‘warehouse for kidneys’—a great kidney bazaar. Even less surprising was the fact that the alleged kingpin of this racket, a doctor with various aliases who had earned crores of rupees through unethical means, managed to escape when police raided his ‘clinic’. The police find it easier to catch the small time criminal, not the affluent ones.

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Lankan Maid Dies Aboard Flight Home

By Leel Pathirana

A Sri Lankan maid who left (KSA) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday morning on Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV784 died en route to Colombo. The woman, Letchumi Devi Rasiah, 30, was returning home on an exit visa after spending one year and 10 months in the Kingdom. The cabin crew gave medical aid when Letchumi developed chest pain two hours after the aircraft left Riyadh. An airline official in Colombo said that the entire crew had done their best to save the woman. “She was given oxygen and first aid was administered but to no avail.”