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Tamil Nadu Police Takes Boat Builders fo0r questioning

By Walter Jayawardhana

In the ongoing investigation in to the alleged building of a 72 feet long boat for the terrorist group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a team of detectives from the Tamil Nadu Police took for questioning a man who rented a Kerala boatyard for the LTTE project. The man named Benny, who faced Police interrogation, rented the boatyard to build the sea-going vessel for alleged military purposes of the LTTE, after receiving an advance of 1.2 million Indian Rupees. The entire project would have cost the banned terrorist outfit 4.2 million, sources said.

Somali Cause Strongly Condemns Latest US Airstrike In Somalia

‘Somali Cause’ has strongly condemned the illegal military strike in Somalia and the dubious, yet predictable, reasons given for it. This missile attack and those that came before it amount to an undeclared war on Somalia. In a statemet ‘Somali Cause’ has strongly urged the United States to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia. M It emphasized that the United States must place the same value on the lives of innocent Somalis as those of its own citizens and refrain from using arbitrary force to kill or apprehend any Somali citizen. This wanton use of force by the United States has resulted in the death and injury of innocent civilians, the destruction of their homes and their livelihoods while not capturing or killing a single terrorist.

I have a strong belief that Prabhakaran was seriously injured in the air attack – Sri Lanka Air Force Commander

By Ruwan Weerakoon for Asian Tribune

Air Marshal Roshan GoonetilekePrabakaran was seriously injured after the air attack on his hide out on 26 November. After this attack Prabhakaran has never appeared in public. Even when Charles, one of his top leaders was killed Prabhakaran did not attend his funeral. What it is believes is that Prabhakaran is seriously injured and the person who used to move about freely is now in hiding nursing his injuries. Air Force Commander Air Marshal Roshan Goonetileke said that the target they took on November 26 was under surveillance from the air and based on this intelligence when compared with intelligence received from other sources made us believe that Prabhakaran was at this particular location. He said, “I personally discussed this matter with the Secretary of Defence and we informed him that we knew the location of Prabhakaran and that they were away from civilian settlements in Killinochchi. So we decided to attack. We used Mig - 27 fighter Jets, and Kfir fighter Jets in the attack and we dropped about 20 bombs all of which hit their target.”

Settle the contentious land issue Muslims facing in the Batticaloa district – Minister Ameer Ali

Ameer Ali SihabdeenThe issue of land and its distribution to the Tamils, Muslims and the Sinhalese has to be settled amicably to create a peaceful and harmonious environment in the Batticaloa district located in the East of Sri Lanka. This would create a conducive climate for the Tamils, Muslims and the Sinhalese in the Batticaloa district to live with peace and harmony. The land issue has developed into a contentious one in the midst of the Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese communities in the Batticaloa district said Minister Ameer Ali Sihabdeen. Speaking to "Asian Tribune," Ameer Ali Sihabdeen, Minister of saster Relief Services said, "All three communities, Tamils, Muslims and the Sinhalese in the district should have to live with peace and harmony. The issue that is driving the wedge in the midst of these communities is ‘Land’ and this has to be solved in a way acceptable to all of us."

Top UN mediation team now on call for crises around the world

B. Lynn PascoeA mediation team with some of the world’s leading experts in ceasefires, transitional justice, power-sharing and constitutional arrangements is now on standby to help resolve crises around the world, the United Nations’ top political official announced today. The new UN Mediation Standby Team is part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the ability of the UN’s Department of Political Affairs to help prevent conflict through assistance to diplomacy, according to B. Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

Avoiding a Bloodbath at Democratic Convention

By Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

George Bush with John McCainThe probability of a chaotic Democratic Convention to pick a nominee seems quite obvious. Most observers believe that the fight-to-a-finish now set in motion by the two candidates, Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton is a runaway train headed towards complete wreckage. Blood bath would be unavoidable as the two sides clash at the credentials committee to determine how many delegates each of the candidates would ultimately have. Several general assembly votes may be needed prior to finding the nominee. Avoding such a calmity is now deemed vital by most democratic party supporters. Republicans are gleefully awaiting the event.

“We are Open to International Scrutiny on our Governance” – Sri Lanka Human Rights Minister Declares in Geneva

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune

Mahinda Samarasinghe“We do not hold ourselves above criticism from well meaning and genuine friends and partners; when such constructive criticism is made in order to further promote the democratic values and fundamental freedoms that the people of Sri Lanka have upheld for the last six decades of our independence. What we do not, however, welcome are efforts to denigrate and weaken us in the eyes of the international community to achieve propaganda gains and to fulfill narrow politically motivated objectives”. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe made the above remarks in the course of his address at the opening of the High Level Segment of the 7th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on March 03 in Geneva.

TNA Parliamentarian K.Sivanesan killed

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

TNA Parliamentarian K.Sivanesan killed due to a claymore mine explosion in Vanni.However the Tamil Tiger rebels said was carried out by government forces. The vehicle of K. Sivanesan, a member of parliament for the pro-rebel Tamil National Alliance (TNA), was hit by a mine in a guerrilla-controlled area. The blast was at Mallavi, 35 kilometres (21 miles) north of the frontline post of Omanthai, officials said.

Sri Lanka needs balanced food crop cultivation plan-say legislators

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Local legislators blamed Agricultural authorities for not preparing a well planned programme to reduce excess commercial and food crop cultivations and pointed out that Sri Lanka needs a balanced food crop cultivation to maintain a good price structure and control import food varieties. Ministers Mahinda Amaraweera and Darmadasa Banda said the country needs a balanced food crop cultivation programme to reduce wastage of harvest and maintain a best price structure to protect the farmers.

Petty Officer Bandara of the Sri Lanka Navy Honored in US

By Ravin Edirisinghe

Bandara with Bernard GoonatilakeTwo felicitation ceremonies were organized by the Sri Lankans living in the United States of America to honor Petty Officer Bandara of the Sri Lanka Navy for his outstanding bravery and courage he showed when he defused a time bomb at the Anuradhapura fair on 10 February 2008. His act certainly prevented a major disaster at a time where LTTE was all out to target innocent civilians as they could not any more face the Security Forces. The first ceremony was held at the Queens Buddhist Vihara last Saturday (01) and was attended by the Chief priest of the Queens Buddhist Vihara Venerable Kurunegoda Piyatissa thero, Sri Lankan Buddhist monks of Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey Buddhist temples along with Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam

International Women leaders to discuss about Security and Women empowerment

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

International Conference on Women in Brussels to discuss about Security and Women’s empowerment. Sri Lanka’s former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge would be one of the 50 women leaders from all continents who will meet today in Brussels on the invitation of r Ferrero-Waldner, EU-Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, to discuss about "Women: stabilising an insecure world". Female heads of states, ministers, and heads of international organisations, business leaders, and civil society activists will discuss the twin themes of security and women's empowerment.

Petty Officer Bandara

Petty Officer Bandara Honoured

Air Marshal Roshan Goonetileke

Minister Ameer Ali Sihabdeen

Mahinda Samarasinghe

Three Burmese women receive Homo Homini Award from Czech Republic

People In Need (PIN), a Czech Republic based Human Rights Organization, is awarding the Homo Homini Award for 2007 to the Burmese female pro-democracy activists Ma Su Su Nway, Ma Phyu Phyu Thin and Ma Nilar Thein for their contribution in the struggle to restore democracy and human rights in Burma. This award is presented annually by People in Need at the “One World Festival” Human Rights Documentary Film Festival to individuals who have distinctly contributed to non-violent conflict-solutions, promotion of human rights and democracy within the past year.


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