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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2783

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Sir Ponnambalam Arunachchalam

UN Demands LTTE to Free Tamils

The United Nations is increasingly concerned for the well-being of tens of thousands of civilians caught up in the conflict raging in the northern Vanni area of Sri Lanka. "As fighting surrounds the areas towards which families have been displaced, and with few choices about where to move, they are increasingly susceptible to harm due to the fighting." Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said in a statement.

Indian Foreign Secretary commends Sri Lanka in combating terrorism

Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon expressed lavishly his appreciation for the proactive role played by Sri Lanka both multilaterally and in the regional context in combating terrorism, and extended the unstinted support of the Indian government in this exercise. He emphasised that concerted and collective international action is needed in combating the scourge of trans-national terror. Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon who arrived in Colombo yesterday morning on a two-day visit, met Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and other senior officials in Colombo. He is scheduled to meet Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse today in Kandy.

Ponnambalam Arunachchalam memorial Oration on Monday

Sir ArunachchalamDr. Brendon Gooneratne will deliver the Sir Ponnambalam Arunachchalam memorial oration at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism Auditorium, 78, Galle Road, Colombo 03 at 6.00 PM on Monday, January 19, 2009. The Chief Guest will be Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda. Sir Ponnambalam Arunachchalam, (September 14, 1853- January 9, 1924) was a Tamil political leader in Ceylon and a member of the Executive Council and the Legislative Council. He was educated at the Colombo Academy (Royal College Colombo), Colombo, and at Christ's College, Cambridge.

Israel and Hamas urged to enter into an immediate ceasefire

Prayathna People's Movement has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. It has joined hands with the world public opinion which demands Israel to stop the rocket attacks on Gaza Strip. "We call upon Israel as well as Hamas to enter into an immediate ceasefire," it said in a statement. Prayathna People's Movement has said, "More than thousand people including children, women and elders have died of Israel attacks which have continued for nearly three weeks. More than three thousand people have been injured. Lakhs of people are suffering due to lack of food, medicine, drinking water and other essentials, Israel is continues its attacks disregarding the plea of a ceasefire by the Security Council and the International Community."

Israeli Attacks on Gaza Escape Global Media Scrutiny

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

Israel's relentless air attacks on a besieged Gaza, which have killed over 1,000 Palestinians and destroyed hundreds of homes, continue to take place away from the gaze of the international news media. A country that claims to be the only multi-party democracy in the Middle East, Israel has barred all foreign journalists from entering Gaza, triggering strong protests not only from the United Nations but also from human rights groups and media organizations. Speaking from Beirut, Mohamad Bazzi, a journalism professor at New York University, told IPS there are hundreds of journalists from around the world who have gathered in Israel trying to get access into Gaza.

Diplomacy-Development-Defense: Tools Obama Administration will use To address global challenges – Hillary Clinton

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Appearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Tuesday, January 13, Secretary of State-designate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton reinforced the President-elect Barrack Obama's commitment to use the full range of America’s "smart power" tools – diplomacy, development and defense – to address the global challenges of the 21st century. Sen. Clinton stated, "One of my first priorities is to make sure that the State Department and USAID have the resources they need, and I will be back to make the case to Congress for full funding of the President's budget request." She further stated, "President-elect Obama has emphasized that the State Department must be fully empowered and funded to confront multi-dimensional challenges – from working with allies to thwart terrorism, to spreading health and prosperity in places of human suffering."

Why Another Insane Government?

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

The New Year declaration of the National Council of Burma (NCUB) has convinced the international community that the saying of "Putting two Burmese together will produced three political parties." The majority of the international observers who has been scrutinizing the people of Burma in the peripherals and in Diaspora of how they would fare, once democracy is achieved, is now beyond doubt that the people of Burma get the government they deserve.

Sri Lanka a model for Third World – UNICEF

The UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children’s Report 2009, released yesterday, said Sri Lanka’s achievements in scaling up health services for mothers and infants and its success in slashing maternal and neonatal mortality rates has made the lower middle income country a model for other developing nations. 'Sri Lanka is a strong example of how the health and survival of mothers and their newborns are linked, and how many of the interventions that save new mothers' lives also benefit their infants,' the Report added. The country’s efforts to empower and educate women together with providing essential heath services have been vital in saving the lives and mothers and infants.

Prabakaran no more in Vanni

Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabakaran has fled the country. He is now remote controlling the war from outside Sri Lanka. As LTTE leader has deserted his cadres and ran away for his and his family’s safety, at present the moral of the Tiger cadres are very low. Sri Lankan Army source told "Asian Tribune" that Tigers will be routed completely within March 2009. When "Asian Tribune" contacted Army source in the ground in Vanni, he told that when inquired the civilians coming to army sides for safety, almost all of them say that Prabakaran is not in Vanni. They say that he has vanished log stock and barrel, with his wife and two sons, after the Mahaveer’s day.