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Minister Kehelliya Rambukawella

Prabhakaran has become irrelevant, no more appeals for surrender says Colombo: Rescue Mission for Tamil 'hostages' planned

Kehelliya RambukawellaVelupillai Prabhakaran, the dreaded LTTE chief, has become irrelevant and there will be no more appeals for the surrender of Tamil Tigers, says Spokesman for Sri Lanka government. However Sri Lanka Government is now seriously contemplating to mount a rescue mission to secure the freedom of civilian Tamil hostages held as human shield by the Tamil Tigers. And has appealed to leaders of all countries "who believe in fighting terrorists to join us to defeat the terrorists ultimately and save our people". Speaking to the "Asian Tribune," Sri Lanka Government's spokesman for National Security and Defence, Minister Kehelliya Rambukawella said, "We are no more concerned about Prabhakaran, because he is already a dead person. Whether he is alive or not, whether he is in the Vanni or not is of no consequence at all. He is a coward hiding for his survival and holding people hostages for his survival".

TN, Pondy observe strike, normal life by and large unaffected

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

With DMK and AIADMK remaining on the sidelines, the anti –Eelam war protest strike in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday January 4 failed to make an impact. 'The strike failed to derail normal life', police are quoted as saying though the CPI, one of the sponsors of the day –long strike, however, claimed good public response to the call. Independent sources said that some violence marked the day in Chennai and that the life was hit in Puducherry.

Why did Sapamcha Kangleipal run away from custody?

By Dr Sandeep Pandey

Sapamcha Kangleipal is the 27 years old leader of Manipur Forward Youth Front, an organization working for the democratic rights and peace in Manipur. He had organized a peace march in April 2008 for 15 days through the districts Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishunpur, Churchandrapur, Thoubal and Ukhrul in which about 600 youth participated. He was arrested on 7th May, 2008 for having organized a meeting in Imphal on the 'Implications of Arming Citizens,' in the wake of government's decision to recruit Special Police Officers for Heirok village in Thoubal district to protect villages from attacks of militants.

Obama’s First Ball To Pak On Terror

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

Now there will be no "free lunches" for Pakistan. This firm warning has been delivered to our petulant neighbour by the U S President Barack Hussein Obama, in his policy agenda, on the heels of his campaign speeches that US "must be willing to strike Al Qaida targets inside Pakistan, if Islamabad did not act against them". The United States has deducted $ 55 million, under its reimbursement programme, for expenses incurred by Pakistan on the "war on terror". Ostensibly, it is a demonstration of the fact that Obama is keen to hold Pakistan 'accountable' for the security of the regions, bordering Afghanistan. As a follow up action, economic aid to Pakistan would be made 'conditional' on Pakistan’s 'satisfactory' performance in the war on terror. Rattled Pakistan has no alternative, but to either buzz off and dismantle its mushrooming terror mills or close its 'shop' as a banana republic

'Through organic farming': Traditional rice varieties produce better seeds than hybrids-group

Saying traditional rice varieties produce superior seeds than hybrid rice varieties, activist Jaime "Ka Jimmy" Tadeo has called for the massive cultivation of 'organic' rice in the country to produce more seeds for the farmers who are planning to shift from conventional farming to organic farming. Tadeo, spokesperson of Go Organic! Philippines said seeds produced by traditional rice varieties are superior because from those seeds, propagation of more planting materials is possible compared to supposedly high-yielding and fast-growing hybrid rice varieties from which seed propagation is not possible, apart from the fact that they are highly-dependent on agrochemical inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides.

"Year of English and IT – 2009" declared by the Government of Sri Lanka

By Manjari Peiris

The year 2009 is already declared as the "Year of English and IT" by the Sri Lanka government and the official launching of it would take place on February 13, 2009, at 11.00 a.m. at the Presidential Secretariat by the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse and Mr. Narayana Murthy, Chairman of Infosys Technologies Ltd., India. The official launching will also be complemented by a media conference on the same day along with a talk by Mr. Narayana Murthy on the theme "Entrepreneurship and IT for National Integration" – "the Challenge for Sri Lanka" organized by the India – Sri Lanka Pragathi Sansadya on February, 2009.

Independence - is there any meaning to Sri Lanka?

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

When the average politician apparently does not know the true meaning of democracy, can anyone in Sri Lankan could have the inclination to find out the true meaning of Independence, because independence is part and parcel of democratic set up. When one speaks of democracy various people have different connotations as the worst dictator would proclaim that his government is the best democratic government. The word democracy has derived from the Greek words demos – kratein – the people to rule. The essence of democracy then be the people of a country to rule through a form of government - representatives elected by popular suffrage. In Sri Lanka this type of government existed, until with a new constitution where executive presidency was created, vesting the power on a single person with room for him apparently to become a dictator.

Sri Lankans' should know that they have a friend and partner in the United States – President Barack Obama

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America in his Sri Lanka’s Independence Day message reminded that the people of Sri Lanka who celebrate National Day, should know that they have a friend and partner in the United States. In his message Barack Obama pointed out: "The United States values its enduring friendship with the people of Sri Lanka. I hope that the coming year will see advancement of our shared beliefs in democracy, liberty, pluralism, and respect for human rights. Our governments together can work to foster peace, prosperity, and stability throughout Sri Lanka."

Sea Tiger base Chalai captured by Sri Lankan troops

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Army’s 55 Division commanded by Brigadier Prasna Silva captured Chali, one of the main sea Tiger base. LTTE’s sea Tiger base Chali is one of main baseS from where the LTTE have their loading and unloading of weapons to Sri Lanka and also they do have the biggest Sea Tiger base. Today morning around 10.00 AM a 12 years old girls came in front of the troops raising her hands pretending as if she was going to surrender and when soldiers went close to here she blew herself. This is evidence that LTTE uses Children for suicide bombing.