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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

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Maldivian President received at the airport

Bomb explosion in Bankshall Street, Pettah

A bomb explosion was reported in the Bankshall Street, located in the Pettah area, in Colombo around 455p.m., today (Jan 3).

Sri Lanka’s lack of strategic communication helps LTTE to influence International Community/rights groups

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

With the fall of Tamil Tiger stronghold Kilinochchi in the north to Sri Lankan armed forces on Second of January 2009 Sri Lanka is on the march toward ending the territorial control of the Tigers in parts of this nation’s north. The east was liberated last year and reconstruction, rehabilitation, trade and investment are currently in progress with a democratically elected provincial council in place. Taking over LTTE-controlled territory, according what President Rajapaksa told two representatives of the 'Asian Tribune' in September last year in a long conversation in New York, is not a total victory in a predominantly Tamil north unlike a somewhat easy victory in the ethnically mixed east.

EU MP Nirj Deva congratulates SL government on Kilinochchi victory also urged LTTE to down arms immediately

Nirj DevaSunil C. Perera in Colombo

EU Parliamentarian Nirj Deva says the LTTE must lay down arms and respect democracy. After the capture of Kilinochchi –the heart of the LTTE, Mr. Deva said it’s a victory for all the peoples of Sri Lanka including the Tamil people who have for a generation been oppressed in the North by the LTTE. The international community must now help to rebuild the whole island and most investors would be happy to be here to assist the Sri Lankan government. Speaking to the "Asian Tribune" he said LTTE has no international recognition due to their dangerous activities specially the extreme violation of human rights. Most of countries have banned the LTTE and its a lonely organization.

High-speed patrol boats for vigil in Gulf of Mannar Biosphere

In a bid to protect the natural wealth of the 21 islands and surrounding areas of the Gulf of Mannar from poaching, patrolling of the area is being beefed up with the addition of three high-speed boats. The Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (GOMBRT) would soon acquire the boats at a cost of Rs 1.30 crore from a Kerala-based company, an official of the trust told PTI. The boats would help in providing better security in the islands as poaching of natural wealth in the areas had been reported frequently in the last few months, he said.

Maldives to support Sri Lanka in its fight against terrorism

Visiting President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed expressed his appreciation of the efforts being taken by President Rajapaksa to restore peace in Sri Lanka, and congratulated the President and Sri Lanka on the success in the Kilinochchi Operation, and also assured Sri Lanka of the fullest support of the Maldives in the fight against terrorism. It was agreed at the bilateral talks, that Sri Lanka and the Maldives looked forward to the further improvement of good relations between the two countries in several areas of activity, with importance being given to Sri Lankan assistance in the development of the structures and institutions of democracy in the Maldives.

Security measures beefed up at Chennai Trade Centre

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan from Chennai

A 3-day NRI conference is to be held at the Chennai Trade Center, Nandambakkam, from January 7th to 9th. As per the itinerary the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the President Pratibha Patil, Chief Ministers of various states and Union Ministers would address the gathering on the second and third day respectively. Over 1000 NRIs living in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Japan and other countries are expected to participate. The conference aims to address problems faced by NRIs abroad and various options would be explored to arrive at specific solutions.

Kashmir verdict a snub to separatists, militants

By Syndicate Features Special Correspondent

It does not lie in the mouth of the secessionists and militants to say that the people of Kashmir voted because they also want their daily bread and butter issues addressed and that is best done through an elected assembly. If they indeed think so, why did they issue the poll boycott call and why did they boast that they alone could solve the day-to-day problems of ordinary Kashmiris, asks the author. The outcome of the assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir will be viewed differently by parties that were in the fray, but it cannot be denied that it is a victory for democracy in an Indian state that has long been troubled by agents of foreign-inspired terror who claim that the religious identity of the state requires it to secede from the Indian union.

EU Parliamentarian Nirj Deva

Maldivian President received at the airport

Maldivian President received at the airport

Maldivian President received at the airport

Maldivian President received at the airport

Bomb explosion in Bankshall Street, Pettah (2nd update)

Tamil Tigers in a an attempt to steal headlines to get over from their humiliating debacle in the Vanni region and keep them militarily alive, are involved in another bomb attack in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo. This evening, a minor bomb explosion was reported near the Red Mosque at Banksall Street, Pettah, around 4.55p.m. Three people, who sustained minor injuries including a 16 year old, reported to be treated at the National Hospital in Colombo. Further causality details are not available.