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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2965

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The death of Fr. Karunaratnam & The tragedy of Tamil Civilians

By Prof Rajiva Wijesinha

The Peace Secretariat regrets the death of Father M X Karunaratnam, in a roadside bomb attack on the road between Mankulam and Mallavi. The LTTE has blamed what they term a government Deep Penetration Unit for the attack, while the military claims it was the LTTE. Father Karunaratnam was head of what is termed the NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights, and had been deeply critical of the LTTE as well as of the government, in view of the forced conscription that has been reported by so many agencies operating in the North of the country now.

NGOs : the self appointed witnesses, judges, jury & executioners

By Shenali Waduge

World politics is certainly not how it used to be. We have witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of fundamentalism & the topic of discussion the rise of the non-governmental organizations or “private voluntary organizations", "civil society organizations" or "non-profit organizations." While initially these civil society organizations (CSOs) remained in the background of world politics they are today seen everywhere & exerting power in every aspect of policy making at national & international levels. From self-appointed witnesses, judges, jury to executioner, NGOs have today become influential players in the global political arena.

Jaffna war front: LTTE on the run

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

In the Jaffna battle front Sri Lanka Army’s 55 and 53 Divisions have advance from Muhamali and Killali to LTTE defense line today morning around 2.30am with support of artillery and MBRL fire power and Newly establish Mac Infantry brigade. Latest reports revealed that LTTE cadres are on the run while troops have destroyed LTTE defense line and at the moment consolidating their position In this battle, 15 soldiers died and 74 soldiers are wounded. Some of the injured have been air lifted to Colombo National Hospital. On the LTTE side it is learnt that 72 LTTE cadres were killed and many injured.