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Two TMVP political activists killed in a suicide attack

Suicide blast by a suspected LTTE cadre killed two Political activists of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal at Onthachchimadam, located nearly 17 km south of Batticaloa. According to Azad Moulana, TMVP spokesperson, two of their political activists, namely Sutha and Jegan were killed in the blast along with the suspected LTTE suicide cadre.The incident took place today around 9.30 AM, in the morning, on the Batticaloa - Kaluvanchchkudi Road. Azad Moulana told "Asian Tribune" that their political activists Sutha and Jegan while riding in their motorcycle, noted a peculiar looking person loitering, almost someone new to the area. He added that when they went to inquire him, the suspected LTTE suicide bomber detonated and killed himself along with the two TMVP activists.

Deputy Minister Puthirasigamoney Always a Supporter of CWC and Upcountry People

The newly appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Law Reform, Vadivelu Puthirasigamoney told the “Asian Tribune” that he never left the Ceylon Workers Congress and thus there was no question of his re-joinging it. Deputy Minister Puthirasigamoney a nominated Member of Parliament from the CWC and earlier he was the Administrative Secretary of the CWC. He continued to support the Government led by Mahinda Rajapakse even after CWC left the Government for a short period. Even when CWC rejoined the Government, Puthirasigamoney remained in the opposition benches and gave his unstinted support to the Government. He said almost all the leaders of the CWC congratulated him when he was nominated as the Deputy Minister. He added that his heart was always with the CWC, welfare of the up-country Tamils and

Eastern Provincial Council elections to Follow Batticoloa District Local Government Elections

By Our Political Correspondent

Elections to the East Provincial Council would mmediately follow the local government elections in Batticola District now scheduled for March 10 th. Nominations to the Provincial Council elections will most probably be during the second week of March most probably between March 15 and 20th, according to government sources. Provincial Councils were set up in Sri Lanka for the first time in terms of 13th Amendment to the Constitution and the Provincial Councils Act. No. 42 of 1987. The first ever elections to all eight Provincial Councils was held in 1988. The elected North-East Provincial Council (NEPC) was constituted on 5th December 1988.

Entrepreneurship in Asia, Alive and Kicking

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in Seattle

Asian giants China and India have shown colossal economic gains generally considered epochal and almost parallel to what USA went through during period following World War II. India just unveiled the cheapest car in the world and its capacity to attract investment and jobs are almost legendary. China’s growth rate has even surpassed the ravenous consumerism of the west in terms of goods and services produced. They are going through the most rapid industrialization in history. China has factories that can accommodate 200,000 workers. The most critical measure of success is that both countries are showing tremendous acumen in creativity in management and production methods.

Is United States in Words and Deeds Contributes to Creating Kosovo Situation in Sri Lanka: Ambassador Blake Reiterates Policy

Robert Blake, United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka talks about the importance of “operating environment for terrorists more difficult” but declares that the elimination of Sri Lanka’s separatist/terrorist group Tamil Tigers (LTTE) from the political scene by banning it “might be interpreted in the international community as taking a further step away from any kind of a political solution.” He echoes the U.S. policy, despite it designated Tamil Tigers a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), that America does not favor the annihilation of the Tigers. The American Ambassador then cautions Sri Lanka that it can have trade and economic ties with Iran but it is not in keeping with UN Security Council resolutions to have military ties with that country.

Justice L K Wimalachandra appointed as Commissioner for Tourism

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The establishment of the office of Commissioner for Tourism Administration ensures justice to any aggrieved party in the event of any injustice, unfair treatment or failure to perform any statutory obligations by any agencies in the tourism sector and this new office comes into operation with new institutional infrastructure under the Tourism Act of 2005 and President Mahinda Rajapakse appointed Appeal Court Judge LK Wimalachandra on the recommendation of Chief Justice Sarath Silva as the Commissioer for Tourism Administration.

Government by Blindman’s Buff*

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Sri Lanka needs intelligent governance today more than ever before. Not only is it necessary to prevent a Kosovo outcome in the North-East; it is also necessary to save our garment trade from collapsing. Seen in this context the President’s obvious unwillingness to appoint the Constitutional Council becomes inexplicable, as inexplicable as the sudden transferring out of the Chairman of the Bribery Commission without giving an iota of reason. Both acts will be held against us when the EU meets to decide the future of the privileges accorded to our garment exports. With Germany publicly declaring her opposition to the extension of this facility, the situation is dire. The President’s crude efforts to ensure a still birth for the Constitutional Council and to undermine the Bribery Commission couldn’t therefore have come at a worst time. Germany will use these Presidential misdeeds as conclusive proof of her own case against Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh Army Chief Visits India

By Bhaskara Roy - Syndicate Features

Bangladesh Army Chief Gen Moeen U.Ahmed is visiting Delhi from Sunday, Feb 24 on a four-day visit to this country. This is a long over due visit. Moeen planned to be in India last year. Domestic pre-occupations came in his way. Interestingly, he had squeezed in a visit to Pakistan though. One should not be surprised if Gen. Moeen visits Pakistan again after his India visit. He may deny but his army is the real strength of the caretaker government which is trying to restore a stable and peaceful democratic political system in Bangladesh. Moeen is, therefore, as important as Chief Adviser Dr.Fakruddin Ahmed, who heads the government in Dhaka. In some ways, he may be more important.

'Amara Gee Sara' in Dubai

By Janaka Perera

Sinhala Music Maestro Pandit Amaradeva's 'Amara Gee Sara' live in concert will be in Dubai next week The concert - which is in aid of the continuation of Tsunami scholarships - will be held at the Sheik Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School, Dubai, on February 29

Plantations boost the market

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the positive outlook on the plantations industry helped market to continue on its positive momentum with both indices recording gains. The improved market sentiment saw stock prices surge during most part of the week, except on Friday where the All Share Price Index) drifted downward on the back of profit taking witnessed in the market. The Milanka Price Index (MPI) meanwhile remained on a positive note throughout the week. Week on week the ASPI gained 25.7 points or 1 percent to close at 2510.8 while the more sensitive MPI closed up 31.1 points or 1 percent at 3163.8 points.

It is in the eye of the beholder

By Philip Fernando in Seattle

Miguel comes up to the Mexican border on his bicycle. He's got two large bags over his shoulders. The guard stops him and says, "What's in the bags?" "Sand," answered Miguel. The guard says, "We'll just see about he get off the bike." The guard takes the bags and rips them apart; he empties them out and finds nothing in them but sand. He detains Miguel overnight and has the sand analyzed, only to discover that there is nothing but pure sand in the bags.

Anandasangaree deplores aerial attack on civilians at Poonakari

While deploring the aerial attack on Kiranchi, Poonakari, which led to the civilian casualties, V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front pointed out that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was blood thirsty and is all out to shed innocent blood and what they wanted is a "backlash." In a statement, Anandasangaree said, I am deeply concerned about the civilian casualties in this aerial attack in which men, women and small children numbering eight were killed and fourteen injured, some of whom are very serious and awaiting at the Kilinochchi Hospital to be transferred for specialized treatment elsewhere. He said that he did not dispute the fact that there was a Sea Tiger base, may be along the coast. He added, "What I wish to know is whether it is the fault of the innocent civilians if the LTTE cowardly and foolishly locate their base in the midst of civilian population?"