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Meher Baba

Sri Lanka’s Path to Victory: A Story of Leadership, Tactic and Sacrifice

By Sanjeewa Karunaratne

No one would have believed in their wildest dreams that the Sri Lankan military had the capability of defeating the number one terrorist organization in the world, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). A well-organized, heavily-funded and deadly terrorist outfit that ran a mini state in the northern parts of Sri Lanka has lost its last stronghold: Mullaitivu. The only terrorist organization to have an infantry, a naval force and an air wing was responsible for the largest number of suicide attacks in the world, has used state-of-the-art weaponry, including surface to air (SAM) missiles. Nevertheless, President Rajapaksha and his government have taken its "war against terrorism" to the very end as the LTTE is fighting an existential battle.

Pakistan Should Swear, Mumbai Won't Be Repeated

By J.N. Raina - Syndicate Features

India’s persistent "coercive diplomacy" with Pakistan, for its 'involvement’ in orchestrating Mumbai terror attacks, has ultimately paid dividends and started working. ‘Sanity’ has prevailed upon Pakistan—or should we say it has been imposed—which has belatedly acknowledged that India’s 26\11 dossier contained 'leads and good clues'. It has admitted Pakistani elements’ complicity in the Mumbai carnage. Obviously, Pakistan was in a catch-22 situation. Its repetitive and ominous pack of lies had no legs to stand upon. As a result of tremendous pressure brought upon it by India and the US (the US pressure was more visible) Pakistan’s bullying tactics failed to withstand.

IOM's Efforts to Promote Hygiene among IDPs in the Jaffna Peninsula

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided hygiene supplies to some 2700 displaced families and organized awareness-raising programmes to educate the residents on best practices in hygiene in seventy-four welfare and temporary accommodation centres in the Jaffna peninsula. This initiative was in response to an appeal made by the Regional Director of Health Services and the Government Agent of Jaffna, for assistance to maintain health and cleanliness in the centres following recent torrential rains and floods in the North of Sri Lanka.

Don’t station artillery among civilians - Jaffna Bishop to LTTE

"We are urgently requesting the Tamil Tigers not to station themselves among the people in the safety zone and fire their artillery – shells and rockets at the army. This will only increase more and more the death of civilians thus endangering the safety of the people," states the Bishop of Jaffna Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Savundaranayagam in a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa calling for the extension of the Safety Zone for civilians in the Mullaitivu District. The Bishop’s letter expresses gratitude to the President for his concern for the civilians who have taken refuge in Vanni in the ongoing military operations and thanks the President for declaring a part of the west of the Mullaitivu at the safety zone for civilians.

India show cases its military, economic might, cultural diversity on Republic Day

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

India observed its 60th Republic Day Monday with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev as the chief guest at the parade that displayed the country's cultural diversity and military might. Pratibha Patil, the first woman president, took the salute at the parade held on the majestic Rajpath between imposing Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate, both standing legacies of the colonial period that lasted more than 200-years. Another first for the celebration was the absence of the Prime Minister.

Sri Lankan troops already entered Visvamadu

Sri Lankan armed forces have already entered Visvamadu, one of the few remaining pockets under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil separatist outfit, which is involved in a battle with Sri Lankan armed forces, for their survival in Vanni. Sources in the 58 Division told "Asian Tribune" that on Sunday they were knocking at the gates of Visvamadu despite resistance by the Tamil Tigers, but yesterday soldiers have entered and they expect to take control of Visvamadu in a day or two. Defense sources revealed that soldiers belonging to 57 Division who are placed next to the 58 Division are also on the borders of Visuamadu.

Sri Lankan Rapper MIA Nominated for Prestigious Grammy and Oscar Awards

Rapper MIAMaya Arulpragasam, better known as MIA, has become the first Asian woman to be nominated for both Gammy and Oscar Awards which are considered the highest prestigious awards in the world of Music and Cinema. Maya's nomination in the Grammy Award is in the 'Record of the Year' category for her single Paper Planes. The five nominees for the award are: 'Chasing Pavements' - Adele; 'Viva la Vida'- Coldplay; 'Bleeding Love'-Leona Lewis; 'Paper Planes' - M.I.A and; 'Please Read the Letter' Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Maya has also been nominated for an Oscar in the category 'Film Songs' for 'O Saya' in the film 'Slumdog Millionaire' along with A.R. Rahman.

Tamil Nadu TVs on mischievous campaigns against Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan armed forces

Tamil Language televisions from Chennai are bent on a scurrilous disinformation campaign against Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan armed forces. "Ayngaran" TV belonging to M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the "Sun" TV belonging to Kalanidhi Maran, the grandson of Karunanidhi, are in the forefront of a mischievous campaign against Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan armed forces. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Sri Lanka Government’s spokesman for Defense and National security said that the vicious campaign unleashed by these two Tamil language televisions from Chennai, judging by all norms, have exceeded the tolerance limits and are condemnable.

In Sri Lanka: A Gateway to Reconciliation Process

By Dr Nazeem Seyed Mohamed

The news report in the Asian Tribute, an interview with the President of Sri Lanka awakened my interest. The information in that interview is closely associated with my interest and belief. And I noted that the President of Sri Lanka made a gesture illuminating his skill of his statesmanship, much admirable. He invites the strong representatives of the Tamil population in India, i.e., the Tamil leaders from Tamil Nadu to come to Sri Lanka and help the IDP (Internally Displaced People) in the area under the LTTE command so that they can move to safe places, places not directly in the war zone. I sincerely hope that these leaders will accept the invitation and help those who are in need today. In this way they will do more than words and save the lives of children, old people, women and men-all in severe need today.

Pranab visiting Colombo Tuesday to pacify Karunanidhi, Spiritual Guru Ravi Shankar also plans a 'ceasefire' mission

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune, Delhi

India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is visiting Colombo on Tuesday as much in response to domestic political compulsions as the larger humanitarian concerns thrown up by the last phase of Eelam War IV. A much sought after Indian spiritual guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is also planning a visit to Colombo and Vanni. "I will try and bring about a ceasefire between the two sides", Ravi Shankar, who heads his own 'Art of Living' mission said on Monday but did not say when he would undertake the journey. He had visited Sri Lanka last year and met Prabhakaran and President Rajapaksa though nothing much came of the exercise

End of eight years misrule of George W. Bush

Brig Asif Haroon Raja

Within months of assumption of power by Republican candidate George W Bush in January 2001 under dubious circumstances, the harrowing terrorist attacks took place in New York and Washington which changed the dynamics of the world. Till this day, USA has not been able to establish who financed the 9/11 attacks. CIA destroyed all the video tapes of Al-Qaeda detainees interviews recorded in Guantanamo Bay. Efforts by US Congress to carry out inquest independently have been thwarted. It seems CIA, and Pentagon are party to the crime and the two have hushed it up. If Al-Qaeda hand in 9/11 attack was fabricated by CIA at the behest of an interested group, and WMDs in Iraq were faked, converting FATA into most dangerous place on earth can be another fabrication masterminded by CIA and Mossad.

The Colombians

By Gomin Dayasri

This was the chatter in the cocktail circuit-the women outdoing the men- until the forces opened the Northern front. Unaccredited pundits given a hearing not because of acquired knowledge but of social positions held in society. They had contacts with diplomats of the west, journalists of doubtful integrity, INGOs seeking audiences, pseudo intellectuals with social graces, professionals of opportunistic nature and academics in search of dollars and an assortment of social climbers of like mind. They truly believed in what they said, because their minds were small, compartmentalized and closed –partly genetic largely environmental.

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