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Tamil Tigers continues to forcibly hold the innocent civilians without allowing them to cross into safe areas

Tamil Tigers continue to hold on the innocent Tamil civilians as human shield without allowing them to leave to safe areas through the "No Fire Zone" corridor. Sri Lankan Army sources told "Asian Tribune" only 9 people managed to flee yesterday into the Army controlled area though LTTE fired at them while fleeing. Also sources told that LTTE have at last allowed 170 civilians who were injured and languishing for treatment to the Army controlled area and they have holding on with another 380 injured civilians who urgently need treatment.

Obama reaches out to the Arab World

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama gave his first formal television interview as US president on January 28 to "Al-Arabiya," the Dubai-based satellite network expressing optimism about the prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, nevertheless cautioned that a peace accord will take time and require new thinking about the problems of the Middle East as a whole.

LTTE given 48 hours to release civilians held by them

Mahinda RajapaksaSri Lanka President has given 48 hours time limit to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to allow free movement of civilians to ensure their safety and security. President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a special statement said "For all those civilians, I assure a safe passage to a secure environment. I also assure all those living in the North and in conflict areas in particular, that vacating LTTE held areas will ensure their physical security and enable peace, freedom and rights for all citizens of this country." He said, "Being acutely conscious of the welfare of the civilians forcibly being held in the conflict zone by the LTTE, we have declared a safe zone for civilians, the coordinates of which were announced by the Security Forces."

Rajan Asirwatham – the new Chairman of Tourism Steering Committee

Mr. Rajan Asirwatham has been appointed by Milinda Moragoda, Minister of Tourism as the new Chairman of the Steering Committee that has been setup to monitor and spearhead the World Bank assisted Tourism Sector Development & Community Empowerment Project with effect from January 2009. Mr. Asirwatham replaces Mr. Renton de Alwis who was the first Chairman appointed for the committee who stepped down for personal reasons.

LTTE’s Vanni Commander Bhanu critically injured while fleeing from Visvamadu

Reports reveal that Bhanu – a self styled ‘Colonel’ of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was seriously wounded while fleeing from Visvamadhu. Bhanu is the commander of the LTTE for the Vanni region. He was hit in his thigh and said to be critically injured while fleeing from Viswamadhu, when Sri Lankan troops belonging the 58 Division led by Brigadier Shavendra Silva was advancing on Wednesday into the centre of Viswamadhu. In the meantime V.Balakumar, a senior LTTE Leader was earlier injured on Monday during an attack by the Sri Lankan troops in the Udayarkattu area.

Bedouins of Palestine

Dr. T. Jayasinghe in Palestine

Sheikh Khalil of Bethany, who calls himself the head of Bedouin tribes in Palestine well known to the diplomatic circle, is an indefatigable crusader. This English speaking Bedouin leader had been a teacher in the past and now his mission is to place the grievances of his tribe before the state authorities and the international community and call for help. The Bedouin population in Palestine is estimated around 50,000 at present but in view of the nomadic nature a proper census can not been taken. Historically Bedouins are a part of the Arab community mainly found in the Middle Eastern deserts spread over a vast region. This group coming under indigenous category of people is essentially Muslim and vast majority are Sunni Muslims.

EU Presidency was told of Sri Lanka’s abiding commitment to civilians' safety in the north

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Bogollagama reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s total commitment to the safety and security of civilians in the conflict area in the north and stated that the government military action is only aimed at empowering people through a political process. The Minister made this observation when he met the Presidency of the European Union (EU) represented by the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Mr. Karrel Schwarzenberg in Brussels on Tuesday.

Obama Starts Off With Israel

By L. Jayasooriya

Obama's first interview with a foreign news agency was with a Muslim one in which he said that the problem of Israel cannot be solved in isolation to the rest of the neighbouring Muslim countries. That is a radical departure from all previous presidents of the USA. He has also said that his first foreign visit as president will be a Muslim country and that the very close relationship he now has with the traditional European countries will be scrapped and that he will be seeking friendship with other countries as well. To us it means that he will be scrapping the special relationship America had with what we identify as the "International Community".

UNICEF clarifies vehicle recovered from LTTE does not belongs to them

UNICEF in a statement said yesterday that "a Toyota double cab" which the Army says it has seized from the LTTE does not belong to UNICEF. The statement claims that "An Army website had erroneously claimed the vehicle belonged to UNICEF." The press statement went on to clarify, "UNICEF does not have any double cabs in its fleet. However in the past years UNICEF has donated a large number of this type of vehicle to Government partners such as the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition, Ministry of Education, National Water Supply and Drainage Board and the Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare to support their activities.

Unemployment, Working Poor, and Vulnerable Employment To Increase Dramatically Due To Global Economic Crisis

Unemployment, Working Poor, and Vulnerable Employment To Increase Dramatically Due To Global Economic Crisis. e ILO Global Employment Trend Report for 2009 reveals of Unemployment, working poor, and vulnerable employment to increase dramatically due to global economic crisis. The global economic crisis is expected to lead to a dramatic increase in the number of people joining the ranks of the unemployed, working poor and those in vulnerable employment, the International Labour Office (ILO) says in its annual Global Employment Trends report (GET). ased on new developments in the labour market and depending on the timeliness and effectiveness of recovery efforts, the report says global unemployment in 2009 could increase over 2007 by a range of 18 million to 30 million workers, and more than 50 million if the situation continues to deteriorate.

President Barack Obama

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Rajan Asirwatham

The Bedouin

UN human rights chief deplores worsening situation for civilians in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Thursday 29 January she was deeply concerned by reports of the rapidly deteriorating conditions facing a quarter of a million civilians trapped in the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka, and of alleged human rights abuses and a significant number of civilian casualties, as well as the huge displacement. Ms. Pillay also expressed concern at the highly restricted access to the Vanni region for aid agencies and impartial outside observers, including journalists and human rights monitors.