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Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh

Sri Lanka President wishes Dr. Manmohan Singh a restful recovery

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (25), by sending a get well message, wished Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, a restful recovery from the surgical procedure. "We wish you a restful recovery, so that you return with further strengthened good health to your successful and visionary service, for the progress and prosperity of India and her people," the President said in his message.

Estonian Sri Lankan Confab: Endeavour to build relationship at people to people level

By K.T.Rajasingham

Dr. Kaido KotkasAn ambitious Estonian VIP of repute - Dr. Kaido Kotkas has shown a keen interest in establishing friendly relationship with Sri Lanka. Dr. Kaido, a medical doctor and a humanist, who believes in peace and harmony has indicated that he feels that Estonia and Sri Lanka has to establish friendly contacts and hence build bilateral relationship on governmental level. When speaking to "Asian Tribune," Dr. Kaido spelled out that the establishment of a friendly relationship between two countries should begin with, 'People to People' contacts, followed by contacts and relationship between corporate bodies of the two countries and to be concluded with the establishment of friendly and bilateral relationship on governmental level.

The Danish Prime Minister commends Lankan Security Forces for their success in combatting Terrorirsm in Sri Lanka

Anders Fogh RasmussenThe Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen expresses his strong commitment to democracy, rule of law and human rights commended the Sri Lankan security forces for successfully combating terrorism in Sri Lanka. Ambassador Ranjith Jayasooriya, resident in Stockholm, who is also accredited to the Kingdom of Denmark met the Danish Prime Minister on Wednesday 23rd January, 2009 after the Prime Minister’s Annual Meeting with the Ambassadors accredited to Denmark in the 'Nordatlandens Brygge' historical building of the Prime Minister’s Office in Copenhagen in Denmark.

TN Politics: Karunanidhi makes a 'final' appeal on SL Tamil issue; 'Not strong' says PMK

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Tamil Nadu politics are again warming upon the Lanka ethnic issue with chief minister Karunandhi making a 'final appeal' to the Congress high command to heed his request for ceasefire in Sri Lanka. And the appeal has got him more brickbats than he can ever expect. Ally turned foe, PMK founder S Ramdoss has termed the appeal as weak."It lacks strong push," he said, notwithstanding DMK leader's fresh ultimatum that he would quit the Manmohan Singh government if his wish was not fulfilled. The appeal came at the end of a debate in the Tamil Nadu assembly that culminated in the House adopting a resolution in favors of immediate end to the Eelam War IV.

Biogas for Energy needs – Small Step in the Right Direction

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London….

The faculty of human imagination has always been a fertile ground for the seeds of innovative vision, since time immemorial. The birth of steam engine, light bulb, electricity, telephone, computer, guillotine, machine gun, nuclear bomb, internet and even the suicide belt came into being, once the ingenious thoughts of visionaries - and some serial troublemakers as well - of the respective fields made soft landing on the collective imagination of mankind.

Killing to Liberate?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Sri Lankan Tamils are to be envied, blessed as they are with such single-minded liberators, who are willing to go to any lengths, to violate any law or norm, to bring deliverance to these hapless people. The LTTE wants to liberate the Tamils from the Sinhala state. Lankan Forces want to liberate the Tamils from the LTTE. And in doing so, neither the LTTE nor the Lankan Forces would count the cost – to the Tamils. According to media reports since last Saturday nearly 100 civilian Tamils (including children) have been killed and more than 300 wounded, in the artillery exchanges between the LTTE and the Lankan Forces

Kayts Magistrate remanded 22 Indian fishermen for two weeks

A total of 22 Indian fishermen in six boats were arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy off the coast of Jaffna, while poaching in the Sri Lankan waters and were subsequently remanded by Kayts Magistrate for two weeks. The Indian fishermen who entered into Sri Lankan waters all the way near the shores of Jaffna were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy and were handed over to the Police at Kankesanturai. The Kankesanturai Police produced the arrested fishermen before the Magistrate, at Kayts. The Magistrate ordered all the fishermen be remanded for two weeks. The arrested Indian fishermen were said to be from Mallipattinam, Puthukoddai and Jegathapattinam located in the Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu.

Britain: LTTE must be dealt as terrorists

Britain, a country that has been a victim of terrorism of all sorts, made a bold a statement recently highlighting the right of the government of Sri Lanka to defeat it militarily while emphasizing the need of a political solution in the long run. The statement issued by the Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs on Sri Lanka on 21 January 2009, clearly says that it does not recognize the LTTE as the representatives of the Tamil population in the island nation.

Indian PM undergoes coronary by-pass surgery, he is stable

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Dr.Manmohan SinghIndian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday underwent coronary by-pass surgery. Doctors conducted five by-pass surgeries to remove multiple blockages in an operation that lasted over 11-hours. 'Everything (operation) has gone off well', External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters after 6-hour long operation by a team of 11- doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here in New Delhi. The 76-year-old economist turned politician has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where only his family members alone could visit him for the next two days.

'Seeing is believing' – Sangaree: Visit Sri Lanka to save the Tamils from the clutches of Tamil Tigers

In an open letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, TULF Leader V. Anandasangaree, has questioned why Karunanidhi did not visit Sri Lanka and see for himself the situation that fastly unravels in the country. He said in that letter Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has openly extended an invitation to him to visit and asked what is preventing him from doing so. The TULF leader pointed out that 'seeing is believing' and not to be misled by Parliamentarians belonging to TNA who are proxies of the Tiger terrorists. Anandasangaree pointed out that it was he who represented the majority of the people who are now languishing in the war ravaged zone in the north who are presently prevented by the Tamil Tigers to move to safer areas

Meeting held for Honorary Consuls representing Sri Lanka abroad

Forty one Honorary Consuls from different regions of the world participated in a symposium organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the direction of Foreign Minister Rohitha Boggollagama which was held from 19-21 January 2009. This symposium was inaugurated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat. In his address to the Honorary Consuls the President spoke of the challenges faced by the government to restore peace and democracy in Sri Lanka and the military action taken to eradicate terrorism.

Changing Colours

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Despite vehement denials from it –'nothing is being done under foreign pressure'--Pakistan has obviously been forced by international opinion to look at the involvement of its citizens in the Mumbai terror attacks with some seriousness. As a result the 'information' given by India on the Mumbai terror attacks has now been acknowledged as something more than that, and a three-man team of Pakistan’s federal investigating agency will give a report after examining the Indian dossier. It will be premature to interpret these signals from Pakistan as a sign of a real change of heart or a willingness to start a new chapter of sincerity in relations with India. But many Indians are willing to give Pakistan the benefit of the doubt.

Dr. Kaido Kotkas

Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s

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Sri Lankan troops entered Mullaitivu

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lankan troops on Sunday (today) fought their way into Mullaittivu, the last town held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who are holed up in the northeast of Sri Lanka. Army Commander Lt Gen Sarath Focseka told "Asian Tribune," when contacted, that troops belongs to the 59 Division has already entered Mullaitivu. This is the final known urban stronghold of the LTTE, and the Sri Lankan forces entered the township via boats, a military official said. The township which is located on the eastern coastal line of the island is expected to come under government control after a lapse of 13 years.