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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2785

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Diminishing Returns

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The civil war in Sri Lanka is becoming bloodier by the day. The casualties are now in the hundreds per encounter as the Sri Lankan armed forces are creeping up to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam stronghold in what is known as the Wanni area south of the Jaffna peninsula. Large casualties among security forces are to be expected given that the LTTE cadres are now conducting trench warfare where the attacking force will have to buy its way with blood. That the LTTE too has suffered a large number of dead and wounded will have an attrition effect on its fighting capabilities. Unless the LTTE is able to turn the tide of war dramatically its dream of a Tamil Eelam (homeland) is receding rapidly.

Market turns positive amidst improved retail activity

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the market ended higher for the week after experiencing losses for 5 consecutive weeks. The indices ended substantially higher on Friday for the first time in nine days as strong interest on Vallibel led to an uplift in the overall market sentiment. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) ended at 2460 points, up by 4.6 points or 0.19 while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) gained 7.7 points or 0.26 Percent to close at 2950.4 points for the week.

Seven Tamil gang members convicted in London for attacking another Tamil man with Samurai type sword and seriously injuring him

By Walter Jayawardhana

Seven members of a Sri Lankan Tamil gang led by a heinous criminal named Psycho who by using a Samurai type sword left another Tamil man’s profusely bleeding hand hanging from his wrist were convicted by a criminal court of the Old Bailey. Judge Richard Hawkins QC said sentencing will be done July 18 after deliberations to decide whether the Tamil gang members are so dangerous to be locked up indefinitely. In this case 21-year-old Senthurrajah "Psycho" Thavapalasingham , a Sri Lankan Tamil with his other gang members of the East Ham Gang were accused of cutting another Tamil named Arulmurugan Sebamalai, 23, and leaving his hand hanging from his wrist, among other crimes like unlawful assembly.

A Black Tiger and the LTTE Handler arrested in Colombo

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

The Special Police Team arrested on 20th September Sstanisloas Kowananan, a dangerous Black Tiger terrorist operative in Wellawatte, Colombo. He is said to be from Trincomalee. The Special Police team also recovered C4 high power explosives nine and half kilos, one and half kilos of steel balls, detonators, batteries and chargers. These ingredients, the devil-mixed, were used for the manufacture of all types of bombs, such as belt bombs used by suicide cadres, time bombs and other type of bombs exploded by remote controls, said a Sri Lanka Army explosive expert.

Winds of Change?

BY Tisaranee Gunasekara

A great deal of interest has been caused by what the media has termed an ‘unannounced visit’ by a high level Indian delegation to Sri Lanka. Consisting of Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, Defence Secretary Vijay Singh and National Security Advisor, MK Narayanan the team reached Colombo on Friday and will be here for two days. Though the purpose is said to be to discuss bilateral issues and the SAARC Summit, the dominant belief is that there is more to it that meets the eye. The JVP and the JHU will be on alert particularly, in case this is an attempt by Delhi to compel Colombo to offer a political deal to the Tamils in time for the SAARC summit.

Satyagraha - the abused spiritual weapon, invented by a sage

Hemantha Abeywardena writing from London

If you have a penchant for reading, grab a local or regional newspaper from South Asia and you hardly miss this news: a folk switching to fasting mode to fight for his rights - lost, abused or existence of which he was unaware, until he had a brainwave or a lawyer did a wink at him. It is worth looking into the fact how this phenomenon caught on, in the Indian subcontinent; so soon and so fast. The influence of fashion industry sheds some light on this mystery. Teenage boys in the western capitals, now put on a special form of trousers: it is a cross between the old-bell bottom and the garment worn by prison inmates, something to be worn far below the waist line.

Awards of the First Chamber Competition 2008 to fly-off at Hilton

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The need to recognize, appreciate and reward the Trade and Industry and sector specified associations have long been felt and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) apex body of Sri Lankan Chambers in its quest to promote trade and industry and in particular the rural sector Has decided to hold a Trade and Industry Chamber Competition which is open for regional and district Chambers too.

Keep Darul Uloom away from Jamiat Fiasco

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

On February 25, 2008, Darul Uloom Deoband (DUD), the second largest centre of Islamic learning in the world after Cairo's Al-Azhar, held an "All India Anti-Terrorism Conference" in Deoband. The clarion call given against terror by one of world's most orthodox, nationalist and revivalist movements of India struck global headlines. Most news stories and analytical columns went with positive notes; Darul Uloom was lauded for the historic move. Writers and reporters have been wisely avoiding pinpointing on anything which may dilute the message against terror that Darul Uloom has about to convey.

“Is dedicating a life to helping needy people a crime”? The life and untimely death of my sister, Miss Maheswary Velautham

By Velautham Sarveswaran

Maheswary Acca was born on 17th July 1953. Our father was a bus driver attached to the Ceylon Transport Board (CTB) and our mother was a teacher at Karaveddy Saraswathy Vidyalaya. We were ten children in our family, seven sisters and three brothers. As the first seven children were daughters, my parents kept trying for further children until they had a boy, the eighth, which was me. Maheswary (Mahes) Acca was the third in our family. After studying at Saraswathy Vidyalaya and Point Pedro Hindu Ladies College she entered University of Colombo in 1972 and read for an LLB law degree. After leaving university, Mahes Acca immediately took a job at the National Archives in Colombo. This was necessary due to our family’s financial situation following our father’s death in 1974. She was later apprenticed under Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) president Mr Murugesu Sivasithamparam, who was also from our home town of Karaveddy and a close relative of our father.

Breaking News: The LTTE TV Tharishanam goes off the air from today onwards

'Tharishanam' TV (Revelation) another Tamil pay channel of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam operating from London, to go off the air from today ownwards. The LTTE's international propaganda arm is expected to suffer a severe blow when 'Tharisanam' TV is ultimately closed down - thus ending LTTE’s TV and other broadcast activities in Europe completely, except for the IBC Tamil radio broadcast from London. Earlier, 'Asian Tribune' brought to the notice that 'Tharisanam' TV, the LTTE’s propaganda wing being run as a client of Globecast and linked on to the Israeli Satlink platform in the Hotbird 8 satellite. Subsequently, Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry brought this issue to the notice of the Government of Israel.