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West unaware Sri Lanka’s true story - Barbara Crossette Faults overseas diplomats & Colombo’s 'short-sightedness'

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"The fact remains that as a reporter, unless I knew a Sri Lankan diplomat personally, I found the (Sri Lankan) High Commissions and Embassies very unhelpful and ill-prepared to put a professional effort into media activity abroad” says Barbara Crossette a well known, highly experienced, influential and well connected journalist who has specialized in South Asian affairs told the "Asian Tribune" when discussing the macro effect of Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, better known as Tamil Tigers, has on the international community especially in the West despite being on the verge of losing all the territory it held in the north and east of this South Asian nation making Sri Lanka look like having a genocidal regime.

Tamil Nadu Governments lauds Rajapaksa while sharply criticizing LTTE for not allowing Tamil civilians to move on to safe areas

AnbazhaganTamil Nadu Government for the first time has come to terms with the reality of the situation in Sri Lanka and cleared its stand over LTTE saying it never supported or opposed the terror outfit. After softening its stand on its demand for Indian intervention for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka, the DMK government in Tamil Nadu today turned the heat on LTTE for not responding to the 48-hour truce announced by Lankan government to provide safe passage for civilians caught in the conflict zone. In his reply to the motion of thanks to Governor for his address to the Assembly, Finance Minister and leader of the House K Anbazagan said: "we neither supported (LTTE) nor opposed the Tamil Tiger outfit. Our main aim is to solve the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and to protect them."

UN Secretary General welcomes Sri Lankan President’s announcement of Safe Passage civilians held by Tamil Tigers

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s announcement of safe passage for all civilians trapped in the area of intense fighting in the North to a secure environment. However, he continues to show concerned by the threat to the estimated 250,000 civilians caught in the area, who are in close proximity to the fighting. He urges the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to do all in their power to make this safe passage a reality, and to ensure the protection of civilians in accordance with International Humanitarian Law.

LTTE’s atrocities exposed while explaining Sri Lanka Government’s efforts to liberate the North

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has said greater understanding of the respective positions and the need to continue to engage in a dialogue was achieved, through his interactions in Brussels aimed at supporting Sri Lanka’s continued retention of the GSP+ facility with the relevant European Commissioners. He said while Sri Lanka would not agree to subject itself to any intrusion of its sovereignty, it was ready for continued engagement and dialogue on any concerns the EU might have regards Sri Lanka benefitting from this facility. The Foreign Minister made these observations during a question and answer session that followed an address to members of the European Parliament, hosted by the ‘Friends of Sri Lanka’ Group.

Muslims in India: Identity And Security Issues

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

Our great nation— India was freed on 15th August 1947 after 190 years of fight against British tyranny, beginning from the battle of Plassey in July 1757 between Nawab Siraj-ud Daulah and East India Company. Year 1857 has been the hallmark of Indian’s ‘unity in diversity’ culture when all Indians with their religious, linguistic and cultural identities launched the ‘first united war for freedom of India’ under the last Mogul king Bahadur Shah Zafar. In the building of modern India every community and every caste has equally offered their share— thus India is for all Indians.

Increasing number of children injured in fighting in Sri Lanka

Children trapped in the war zone and their families must be able to move to safe areas that are free of fighting, so that they can receive support and assistance, said UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia, Mr Daniel Toole. Calling the situation a crisis for children, UNICEF today said that an increasing number of children, some just months old, had been injured in the fighting in Sri Lanka in the past 10 days. UNICEF again called upon the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) to give absolute priority to the safety of children and the wider civilian population.

London Cabs To Promote Sri Lanka

The London Branch of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau activated a campaign under the rebranding exercise at key destinations world over, where 27 taxi cabs were branded with images depicting Sri Lanka. The creative execution depicts the new branding that will advertise the resplendent isle throughout the world. This campaign was facilitated by Cabvert, the company which is promoting its own brand of Cabvertising, which includes the utilization of the exterior as well as interior of cabs. Previous research suggests that on average 152 people per day travel in a taxi cab, and one can conclude that for every passenger travelling in each cab, the cab is viewed at least 250 times more, said Director, UK & Ireland, of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sanjika Perera. Taxi advertisements are easier to read because they are eye-level, he further added.

Barbara Crossette

K Anbazhagan

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The second luxury underground bunker of LTTE leader Prabakaran captured in Visvamadu South

The second luxury underground bunker belonged to LTTE leader V. Prabakaran was captured yesterday at Visvamadu South. Sri Lanka Army’s 57 Division commanded by Major General Jagath Dias and his two brigades, 572 commanded by Colonel Senarath Bandara and 574 commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Senaka Wijesooriya advanced yesterday towards Visvamadu South amidst with heavy resistance initially forthcoming from the LTTE .In the confrontation 572 Brigade overpowered the LTTE resistance and the Tigers fled the area.