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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2994

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Aug San Suu Kyi

CHA expresses concern on Medawachchiya check point

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) expresses its concern on the restrictions currently placed on the freedom of movement of Sri Lankans, particularly proceeding from areas such as Vavuniya and Mannar past the Medawachchiya check point. While the CHA acknowledges that the government has the right to enforce restrictions on travel due to legitimate security concerns, it is clear that such restrictions cannot be arbitrary or directed towards members of one particular community only.

SLAF launches three attacks on LTTE locations

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasignhe

The Air Force has launched three extensive attacks on identified targets of LTTE this morning. The first attack was launched on a meeting place of Tiger cadres, two kilometers north of Adampan town around 5.45 am utilizing MI 24 fighter craft. Air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said second attack was launched at a major LTTE camp in Kokavil around 6.10. Around five minutes later, the security forces launched the third attack at an LTTE military training camp located six kilometers south west of Muliyaweli in Mullaitivu.

East Chief Minister in the process of taking over the administration of the East

The Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan has appointed secretaries and advisors to work closely with him to run the day to day affairs of the east provincial council. He said that the situation in the East has calmed down and normalcy is returning fast, though some political groups backed by the LTTE and other disgruntled elements who failed to achieve their objectives at the recent election are trying to disrupt normal life in the East. The Chief Minister said that he has taken a keen personal interest in settling the issues that confronts harmonious relationship between the Tamils and Muslims in the East. He said Minister M.L.A.M. Hisbullah is a mountain of help in his noble goal.

Government brought strict laws to Control the movements of NGO’s

By Leel Pathirana

The Government of Sri Lanka has now imposed strict conditions & guidelines for the issuance of visas for Foreigners who are coming to Sri Lanka for working in the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and to bring them under the country's legal framework. Instructions has already given by the Ministry of Defense to the Government Intelligence services for close surveillance of their movements whilst in the country and their background information’s before issuing any visas for them.

Widespread Denunciation by World Leaders of Burma’s Aug San Suu Kyi Prolonged Detention

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Aug San Suu KyiBurma’s leader of the National League of Democracy and world’s most celebrated ‘prisoner of conscience’ Daw Aug San Suu Kyi’s prolonged extension of her house arrest have been vehemently condemned by world leaders. The ruling military junta in Burma who is slow to bring redress to the May 3 devastating cyclone victims was fast enough to extend the detention of the democracy leader who has been in house arrest for past twelve years.

Son of an EPDP stalwart and an MTV journalist hacked to death in Jaffna

Mahenthiran Varathan aged 28 from Mavadi Junction, Vaddukoddai and MTV Television Network Jaffna district correspondent Paranurapasingham Devakumar aged 32, who is also from Vaddukoddai, were hacked to death yesterday evening at Kallundai, on their way home from Jaffna town. Maheswaran Varathan is the son of an EPDP stalwart Velupillai Mahenthiran who was the former Chairman of the Valikamam West Pradeshiya Sabah and the joint organizer of EPDP for Vaddukoddai. According to EPDP sources, while travelling in a motor cycle along with Devakumar, they were stopped at Kallundai and hacked to death by the suspected LTTE assassins.

Regional MPs condemn Aung San Suu Kyi’s continued detention

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) condemns the continued detention of Burma’s democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by the country’s military dictators and calls on ASEAN leaders to get tough with the regime. “How much more leeway is ASEAN going to allow Myanmar’s military authorities? Especially in this time of tragedy, in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, the junta continues to disregard the rule of law – its own law – and show no capacity whatsoever for compassion nor responsiveness to the will of the people of Burma who march and call for Daw Suu Kyi’s release,” said Member of Parliament Eva Kusuma Sundari, from Indonesia, speaking on behalf of AIPMC.

Faith-based Groups Fight for a Better World

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that nearly 30 to 70 percent of the sprawling health infrastructure in the African continent is owned or run by faith-based organizations. And globally, one-third of all AIDS patients are now cared for under the auspices of the Catholic Church. The U.N. children's agency UNICEF, in collaboration with Muslim and Christian organizations, raised the immunization coverage rate of children under a year old, to 75 percent, up from only 6.0 percent, in once war-ravaged Sierra Leone. And according to the Buddhist Leadership Initiative, about 30 percent of monks in China, Cambodia and Laos have received health care training on HIV/AIDS, as they embark on a journey to battle the devastating disease in Asia.

Sri Lanka gain membership in the World Peace Council

Sri Lanka has been admitted as a member of the World Peace Council. This organization has its head office in Greece and has more than 160 countries as its members. It is one of the biggest progressive organizations in the world. It represents world peace and opposes oppression, environmental pollution and destruction, separatism, communalism and forced intervention in countries.

World Tamil Movement under Liberal Party rule, an integral part of LTTE – Canadian Police

By Walter Jayawardhana

World Tamil Movement was so powerful and influential in Canada that even it helped host Canadian Federal Finance Minister Paul Martin and International Cooperation Minister Maria Minna both of the Liberal Party to a dinner to raise funds, on 6 May2000. No doubt during Canada’s liberal rule, the organization had smoother sailing. Royal Canadian Mounted Police in affidavits it filed in courts after nine years have said that the World Tamil Movement is not only linked to the Sri Lankan terrorist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam but in essence it is an integral part of the movement.

World Bank fund to improve the ageing dam network in Sri Lanka

World Bank has granted US $ 65.33 million for a project to improve dam safety and operational efficiency of the ageing dam network in Sri Lanka. According to a World Bank release Sri Lanka depends on 350 medium and large dams to serve the critical energy, human and environmental needs of the country. The wide irrigation and water resources systems set up centuries ago have contributed significantly to the country’s economic growth and sustained human settlements, particularly in rural areas. In addition they provide flood control in the river basins. However, these dams are ageing, which makes dam safety a critical issue.

Indian Communal Politics: Hindutva Enters South India

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Communal politics has come to stay in India and since it is being nurtured and promoted by major politicians for vote-bank politics, the communal trend is not likely to die down so easily. Although the major political outfit Congress party is also a pro-Hindu party functioning as a national party at all India level, with its anti-Muslim communal credentials it is BJP which is overtly identified as a clear pro-Hindu party with an ideology poisoned to conduct a smear campaign slamming Islam and attacking Muslims from platforms in a nasty manner and therefore taking all shorts on behalf of the saffron bandwagon.

Government mediates to reconstruct the Thalladi St. Sebastian Catholic Church

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The government has come forward to mediate in the reconstruction of the Thalladi church in Mannar, which was destroyed by LTTE’s the artillery attack. On 12 February, highly venerated St. Sebastian Catholic Church located in Thallady in Mannar was destroyed by a barrage of artillery fire by the LTTE. After the incident, the Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said “The LTTE fired 15 rounds of 130 mm artillery towards the Church premise around 9 a.m. on 12 February, causing heavy damage to the Church."

How soon Musharraf will go…?

By M Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

The latest reports from Pakistan speak of a widening gulf between the President Parvez Musharraf, the democratic government and the leaders of the major political parties in the Alliance Government. The differences had been there from day one on a number of issues, which include the restoration of dismissed judges, the constitutionality of President Musharraf’s re- election by the out going National Assembly and on top of it the popular demand in Pakistan for his ouster. But things have now come to a boil which can lead to some major fireworks in the days ahead.

Somawansa plans to educate international investors

Sunil C . Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe will leave tonight overseas and plans to meet a number of investors , leaders of the friendly institutes of the JVP and address Sri Lankans and JVP International Committees. He will visit Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Britain. Issuing a press release the JVP said during his visit, he would meet Sri Lankans in these countries and also attend open discussions