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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Building of North-South Bridge of National Unity is an Urgent Need

The Prayathna People’s Movement (PPM) calls upon the government, all political parties, mass organizations and civil society institutions to initiate a broad program to re-build friendship and co-operation between the Tamils in the North and the Sinhalese in the South. Kelly Senanayake, General Secretary of The Prayathna People’s Movement in a press release emphasized that the urgent need of the hour is to re-build the friendship between the people of the North and the South. Only Sinhala people could initiate such a formidable task. He insisted, "First we should build the people-to-people contact to achieve this. Therefore, it is necessary to allow the people of the South and their political parties to visit North to understand the problems and needs that exist there. All religious dignitaries including Buddhist, Christian and Muslims, and political leaders, should take the lead in this sacred mission."

Grand Independence Day Celebrations at the University of Oxford

The Sri Lanka Society at the University of Oxford organised a very grand and elaborate event to mark the 61st Independence Day of the country. It was held at the University of Oxford. The celebrations consisted of 3 separate events - a Special Service, a Charity Tea and the Main Ceremony. All were held in the prestigious surroundings of the University of Oxford. Founded in 1249 AD, the University is one of the most hallowed seats of learning in the world and the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

New Marketing Push In UK Spurs Fresh Interest In Sri Lanka

The first phase of a massive campaign to rejuvenate the UK holiday market kicked off this month at the Holiday & Travel Show of Manchester. The annual event held from 16th to the 18th of January is among the first major event in the UK, and is considered to be the most successful show in the region, attracting massive crowds each year. Sri Lanka Tourism together with SriLankan Airlines offered a number of special packages for UK residents to visit Sri Lanka, with a prize draw giving away a free holiday, attracting considerable interest from visitors to the fair.

Tokyo Co-Chairs express concern over the innocent Tamil civilians trapped in the war zone

The Tokyo Co-Chairs (Norway, Japan, US and EU) jointly express their great concern about the plight of thousands of internally displaced persons trapped by fighting in northern Sri Lanka. The Co-Chairs call on the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka not to fire out of or into the no-fire zone established by the Government or in the vicinity of the Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital (or any other medical structure), where more than 500 patients are receiving care and many hundreds more have sought refuge.

NCUB Applauds British Minister Bill Rammell for his criticism of Burma's 2010 sham elections

The National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) applauds Britain’s Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Bill Rammell, for his strong criticism of the Burmese military junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). The NCUB implores other members of the international community to heed Bill Rammell's important message and reject the junta's sham and one-sided elections scheduled for 2010.

Carrying white man's burden for 61 years

BY Janaka Perera

Today is Sri Lanka's first Independence Commemoration Day in almost three decades that people have had the freedom to raise the Lion flag in all parts of the island. It also marks the final stage of the nation's second independence struggle. It is the campaign to defend the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity against a home-grown enemy aided and abetted by dubious foreign elements – some masquerading as friendly powers. The success of our valiant armed forces in this 30-year-long anti-insurgent operation has also clearly exposed the patriots and traitors – the latter being not only the LTTE but also those hatching constitutional plots to devolve power to create ethnic Bantustans in Sri Lanka.

Tamil Tigers urged to allow innocent Tamil civilians for safety

Civilians must have the freedom of movement without any party putting restrictions against their will. In this regard Paul Willms Ex MP Third Chamber of Netherlands has urged the Tamil Tigers to remove all barriers in order to allow those who wish to leave, the shrinking Tamil Tiger controlled territories, to seek safer places outside the battlefield. He has also pointed out that given the ongoing humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka, he is obligated on moral grounds to temporarily suspend participation in Sri Lanka's independence related activities.

US Senators urge Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE to ease humanitarian access to innocent civilians to leave for safe zone

wo senior US Senators on Monday jointly urged Sri Lanka's government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to safeguard civilians and ease humanitarian access to areas affected by the deadly conflict. Democrat John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Republican Richard Lugar, the panel's top Republican, said they were "greatly concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation. We urge the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to immediately take all necessary steps to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access," the lawmakers said in a joint statement.

Dr. Swamy exposes the doublespeak of DMK on the Sri Lankan issue

The ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam led by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has to stop playing double on the Sri Lanka Issue urged Janata Party Leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy. He added that while the party passed a resolution seeking devolution of constitutional power in Sri Lanka without any reference to ceasefire, Ms. Kanimozhi immediately issued a statement that there should be an immediate ceasefire. Earlier the ruling DMK on Tuesday asked the Centre to work with Colombo to find a permanent solution to the ethnic problem by ensuring full devolution of powers and autonomy to north and eastern areas of the island within a timeframe. It asked the Sri Lankan Government to extend full cooperation in this regard.

Sri Lanka President vows to liberate the innocent Tamil civilians trapped in the war zone in his Independence Day message

Mahinda RajapaksaLanka were urged to remain united as a single nation in an undivided country, showing the tolerance, trust and understanding that have been the foundation of nation throughout its glorious history. Let no one sow the seeds of hatred and mistrust anymore said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message to mark the 61st anniversary of Independence reminded the country "As we move towards a larger freedom, our thoughts go out to the innocent Tamil people of the north who remain in bondage under the ruthless forces of terror who claimed to be their liberators. I pledge to you today, that these people who share our motherland, will be liberated and given the equality and all rights that they are entitled to, under the Constitution."

U.S. and U.K. Jointly urge political solution and ceasefire in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Foreign Secretary Miliband in a joint statement issued February 3 insist Sri Lanka should find a political solution to her national issue while encouraging a “no-fire period” (ceasefire) between the two warring factions. Following is the text of a joint statement on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka issued today, February 3, 2009, by the United States and the United Kingdom, following the meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Foreign Secretary David Miliband at the Department of State in Washington, DC.

Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrated in Chennai

P. M. Amza, addressing the gatheringThe 61st anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence was celebrated on 4th February 2009 at the premises of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai. The morning celebrations began with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp followed by the hoisting of the National Flag by the Mr. P. M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India. Thereafter, religious dignitaries representing the Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Christian faiths offered prayers and blessing for Sri Lanka and her citizens all over the world and prayed for peace. The Mission also made special arrangements to telecast the National Day address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to all Sri Lankans across the globe. The address focused on the achievements of the Sri Lanka Government towards strengthening the freedom gained during the past months from terrorism and the move towards larger freedom.

Danger To World Peace

By Chandrahasan - Syndicate Features

By now it is clear that Pakistan will not help India in getting to the root of the Mumbai terror attacks of last November. But what the establishment in Islamabad has overlooked is that the kind of antics displayed by them in ridiculing and rejecting the Indian dossier on the Mumbai attacks will only consolidate the increasing concern in the world about the nature of threat that Pakistan poses to global world peace.The national security adviser of President George W. Bush, Stephen Hadley, said in a television interview days before Bush laid down the office and retired to his Texas home that the biggest foreign policy challenge before the new President would be not Iraq or Afghanistan but Pakistan.

Sri Lankan Construction Industrialists invited to Maldives Construction Fair 2009

By Quintus Perera- Asian Tribune

Maldivies Construction Fair 2009 (MCF 2009) is scheduled to be held in Male, Maldives from 20th to 22nd April 2009 and press conference was held at Hotel Taj Samudra by the Maldives Association of Construction Industry to invite Sri Lankan Construction Industrialists to participate at this Fair. It was indicated that last year 80 percent of the participants at MCF 2008 were Sri Lankan Construction Industrialists. But this year already various other countries also have booked their places at the MCF 2009 and Sri Lankan Industrialists would thus cover only about 60 percent

President Mahinda Rajapaksa