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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2835

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Sri Lanka: A Minis Cabinet Reshuffle

A mini cabinet reshuffle was reported consequent to the resignation vacant by Karu Jayasuriya’s move back to the UNP. In the reshuffle, President Mahinda Rajapaksa took over the media ministry yesterday evening and put the incumbent Anura Priyadharshana Yapa in charge of the Investment Promotion Ministry. Sarath Amunugama, who was until yesterday Investment Promotion Minster, was appointed as Minister of Home Affairs and Public Administration. Government sources said that it was a temporary move and there could be a few other changes as well.

Madura : Mankulam village presents New Year gift

The ruins of two Jaina prayer halls (Chaitya grahas), belonging to the Tamil Sangam age estimated to be about 2,200 years old, have been excavated atop a hill near Mankulam village, about 20 km from Madura, Tamil Nadu. The ruins are adjacent to two of the five caves that have the earliest Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions in Tamil Nadu. The caves have several beds hewn out of the rock-floor, where the Jaina monks rested. The Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department excavated the ruins of the prayer halls in 2007. The excavation yielded large-sized bricks, grooved tiles with holes, black and red potsherds and L-shaped iron nails. The Department has published a book on this excavation.

Testing 'free' media's devotion to truth

C. P. Kuruppu for Asian Tribune

During the past several decades we have seen Opposition parties, private media companies, so-called free media champions and NGOs roundly accusing different governments of suppressing media freedom in one way or another. But as far as the public are concerned both the state-controlled and the self-styled independent media pay little more than lip service to free flow of information (considered the cornerstone of democracy) which is talked about so much, when it comes to election times – like now.

Kilinochchi falls: Tigers flee towards Mullaitivu

Ruwan Weeakoon in Colombo.

The Sri Lanka Army's 571 and 572 Brigades of the 57 Division commanded by Major General Jagatha Dias are entering Kilinochchi from the western flank and the 574 Brigade from the southern flank as this is being written this morning (Jan. 2).In the meantime "Asian Tribune" learns that Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to make an official statement today regarding the fall of Kilinochchi according to Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella. A high ranking officer from the battle front told "Asian Tribune" that they faced very little resistance from the LTTE in these areas.

Kiliinochchi under the total control of Sri Lanka: Prabakran is not to be seen anywhere

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Senior Sri Lankan military official said that the army was in total control of the strategic Kilinochchi town and that clearing operations were under way. They said that Prabakran is not to be seen anywhere. They vowed, "We will catch him make him answerable to his crimes against humanity, to Tamils all over the world and to the international community." Meanwhile the Sri Lankan President is to officially announce at around 3.00 pm that Kilinochchi has been captured and the news is to be telecast live on TV. From around 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm today (Jan. 02) overjoyed people in the cities like Colombo, Kandy, down South and even former LTTE controlled areas like Jaffna and Batticaloa started lighting fire crackers in celebration after hearing the news.

Kilinochchi is captured – President tells the nation

Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Mahinda Rajapaksa"A short while ago, our brave and heroic troops have fully captured Kilinohchi that was considered the main bastion of the LTTE. Our have troops have completely taken over the fortress of the LTTE that has been described by our own leaders and accepted internationally as the most powerful terrorist organization in the world," said President Mahinda Rajapaksa announcing the capture of Kilinochchi to the nation at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon. (Jan. 02) "Whatever the words or language used to describe it, this is truly an incomparable victory. What our heroic troops have achieved is not only the capture of the great fortress of the LTTE, but a major victory in the world’s battle against terrorism. The entire world must today appreciate the outstanding success of the Sri Lankan troops.," the President said.

Bomb Explosion in Colombo

Bomb explosion in Slave Island, Colombo reported. More details will follow.

Suicide Bomb Explosion in Colombo - 2 reported dead and 32 injured

A suicide bomb explosion reported outside the Air Force Head Quarters in Colombo just now. According to reports, 2 people have been killed and 32 people have sustained injuries. All injured persons are admitted to the hospital. More details will follow.

What does India talk to deaf, dumb, blind Pakistan………?

By Syndicate Fearures special correspondent

Undoubtedly, it will be better for both India and Pakistan to talk to each other instead of talking at each other as they have been doing now in the wake of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) attacks on Mumbai. But who does India talk to a deaf neighbour? Also, what does India talk about? Events since the dastardly Nov 26 attacks have established that the civilian government in Pakistan has totally surrendered before the country’s Army, one of the three 'A's who in the popular conception have been the real rulers of the land of the pure: the other two being Allah and America.

Sri Lankan Muslims condemns Israelis attack on Muslims in Gaza

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, which is a network of over 112 of the largest and most influential National organizations of Muslims in Sri Lanka vehemently, condemns in the strongest terms the savage and brutal attack on the innocent displaced people of Palestine in Gaza by the occupying power - the Zionist regime of Israel. As the Islamic New Year dawned on the Muslim world and people across the world welcomed the New-year 2009, the innocent children, young and the old people of Gaza were facing the bullets and bombs of the genocidal Israeli onslaught on them.

Indian education system lauded

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan

The Indian and Chinese education system scored better than the US in terms of preparing students for a globally competitive 21st century which would be cognitive skill driven and knowledge intensive, according to an American filmmaker. 'The economy in the 21st century will be a cognitive driven based on knowledge power,' said Bob Compton, executive producer of the film Two Million Minutes, which reviews education system in China, India and US.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa

The Belligerence of Oppression

By Abukar Arman

By now, most of the world is aware of the horrific news of death and destruction that visited upon the people of Gaza. Millions have watched in utter shock the footage depicting Israel’s indiscriminate and disproportionate bombing of Gaza. This brutal military campaign that already took the lives of over 300 people, including children of all ages and women, and injured over 1000 people is likely to continue as the so-called international law can neither stop Israel nor could hold it accountable. Certainly not in its current arrangement!

Importance of implementing Sri Lanka’s agenda abroad highlighted

It is the primary duty of the Foreign Ministry and Sri Lankan Missions abroad to vigorously implement Sri Lanka’s agenda in every aspect while discharging their duties and functions. Foremost among these responsibilities is the protection of the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which has been highlighted by Sri Lanka at every high level forum in the international arena. These observations were made by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, when he addressed the staff of the Ministry today (01 January 2009) at the Foreign Ministry.

Bangladesh: UN Welcomes Successful, Peaceful Elections

The United Nations today welcomed the successful 29 December parliamentary elections in Bangladesh, the first polls held in seven years in the South-East Asian nation, which has been beset by political violence and polarization in recent times. "The United Nations congratulates the people of Bangladesh, whose interest in strengthening democracy in the country was reflected by the high voter turnout," according to the Office for the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.

Obama Slips Up Very Badly

Comment by L. Jayasooriya

The underdeveloped world had great hopes of Obama to make this planet a better place to live in by changing totally the American policy towards the poorer nations. The whole world including effluent Europe voted for him. With a firm demonstration of pro-Israeli sentiment and a firm condemnation of Hamas, president elect Obama has given the impression that he was continuing the same old American policy towards Israel but with much more vigor. With that demonstration many feel that this could be the first step in the continuation of his predecessor’s policies towards the rest of the world.