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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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Namal Rajapaksa

Braving LTTE gunfire, on Tuesday, 1900 civilians arrived to safety to the Government control area

Braving the LTTE gunfire on Tuesday 10 February, a total of 1900 civilians, crossed into to the Government controlled areas. Furthermore, yesterday afternoon, three LTTE armed cadres in two motor cycles were seen chasing and threatening Tamil civilians who were crossing into the Government control area for their safety and were spotted by the 58 Division Sri Lankan soldiers in Suthanthirapuram and the soldiers opened fire, killing them on the spot. A source in the 58 Division told "Asian Tribune" that they also captured 6 bodies of the LTTE cadres and their weapons yesterday in the Visuvamadu North area.

The TNA Members of Parliament facing an unpredictable political future

Members of Parliament belonging to the Tamil National Alliance are in a big quandary as they are in a nonplus state and remain rudderless, as they face an unpredictable political future in the country. The TNA , the proxy party of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – a banned entity in Sri Lanka, since of late have failed to receive the usual instructions from the Tiger leadership and are unable to decide about their next course of action. A handful of the TNA Members of Parliament are residing in Colombo and they all use to meet in the evenings over a few bottles of beer and rake their heads about their future, but find it very difficult to decide anything as a clear picture of the LTTE has so far not emerged.

Al –Qaeda holds out a warning to India of more Mumbai style attacks, exposes a Pak lie by default

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Al Qaeda Tuesday held out a warning to India of more Mumbai style terror attacks in 20-minute video in Arabic sent to BBC office in Islamabad and in the process exposed a Pak lie. The warning was delivered by a top al-Qaeda commander, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid. Hitherto Pak army has been saying he was killed drone attack in the Bajaur tribal region last August. Adding to the discomfiture of Pak army on a day Richard Holbrooke was in town as Special Envoy of President Obama on an 'exploratory' mission, Yazid reiterated an earlier assertion that the militant outfit would close ranks with Pak army in case India attacked Pakistan.

UN Agency Voices ‘Outrage’ At Civilian Deaths In Conflict With Rebels

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed "outrage" at the senseless killing of hundreds of civilians caught up in fighting between Sri Lankan forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in areas under rebel command, as it readied itself for thousands of displaced. As fighting rages in northern Sri Lanka, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partner agencies mobilized emergency humanitarian relief for up to 150,000 people escaping out of the conflict zones of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts into government-controlled areas.

Palestine – Funeral House and Ghost Cities

By Dr. T. Jayasinghe

Palestine today can be named the largest funeral house in the world. Palestinians young and old spent one month in front of their TV sets or listening to radios watching death and destruction in Gaza. They witnessed enough blood that would never leave their minds. This had a severe impact on the Palestinians in West Bank as well since it was their kith and kin that were getting massacred in Gaza. In the long run children would be the most affected psychologically. Even though the major attacks are over the somber mood of the Palestinians have not changed and they are not psychologically fit enough to visit even a restaurant or have parties as in the past.

Minister of Tourism to meet the Maha Sanga at Mirisawetiya this Friday

The Minister of Tourism, Milinda Moragoda, will hold discussions with the Maha Sanga at the Sanga Advisory Council meeting to be held at the Mirisawetiya Maha Viharaya, on Friday, 13 February 2009. The ancient Mirisawetiya Maha Viharaya in Anuradhapura received a fresh coat of paint recently, under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism, in a project that exceeded a budget of Rs 1 million. Religious observances to invoke blessings on the participants of the meritorious deed of repainting, will also take place at this event. The ancient Mirisawetiya Dagaba was constructed by King Dutugamunu who ruled Sri Lanka from 101-77 B.C. Situated within the World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura, It is a place of much religious significance, and is considered to have been visited by the Buddha, in ancient times.

Prabakaran :The World’s Most Wanted Man

By L. Jayasooriya

Never in the history of this world have so many nations wanted to save one man whose brutalities against humanity have been far worse than those of either Adolf Hitler or Pol Pot. Hitler killed only Jews for whatever reason, six million of them, men women and children with no mercy on even the most innocent child but he never killed any of his own kind. Pol Pot on the other hand killed one million of his own kind who happened to be educated so that he could re-build his country according to his own ideals.

Democratic Governance hailed as the best path for the progress of our people

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Message to the first ever Conference of SAARC Ministers of Parliamentary Affairs which was inaugurated this morning at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo hailed Democratic Governance as the best path for the progress of our people. The Message of the President was delivered by Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga. Stating that it is significant today that all countries of the SAARC region are democracies that believe in the principles of representative government, the President expressed that Sri Lanka has a long tradition of democracy, especially universal franchise, which goes back to the colonial period, and has a history of having the oldest elective democracy in Asia, which was established in 1931, with elections to the then State Council.

Children of a lesser God? Abandoned and stricken too

By Anjali Singh

In the first ever incident of its kind the state of Uttar Pradesh is struggling with its growing disabled population. As grim as that sounds the fact remains that a single seven year old blind and deaf destitute child has become a huge challenge for not only the government of UP but its citizen's at large as well. Consider the case of a blind and deaf destitute child Rinku who was abandoned on the railway station at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in 2007. The child was picked up a local NGO and brought to the "Chattrapatti Sahuji Maharaj Medical University," (CSMMU) in Lucknow for treatment for chest congestion. The welfare of the child was not followed up by the NGO thereon.

Sri Lanka’s 61st Anniversary of Independence was celebrated in Washington

With more than 1,000 guests in attendance, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States, called for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists to release civilians currently held in the war zone in the northern part of Sri Lanka. It was the largest Sri Lankan Independence Day celebration ever in the United States. "As we celebrate a very special Independence Day", said the Ambassador in his remarks, marking the country's 61st year of independence, "let us first consider the many thousands of our fellow Sri Lankans who continue to be at risk in the North.."

A New Dawn? Biden Unveils America's New Foreign Policy

Dr. Muqtedar Khan

Vice President Joe Biden unveiled America's new foreign policy at the 45th Munich Security Conference, Jan 6-8, 2009. Key events preceding the conference underscored the challenging atmosphere that the US faces in the world today. Just few days before the event, Iran launched its first homemade satellite into space advertising the rapid development of its rocket/ballistic capabilities. Iran, a state that has now emerged as America's principle international rival, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Islamic revolution.

Creeping Indian Talibanisation

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

For far too long they have either pretended it did not exist or just shrugged off the danger of creeping 'Talibanisation' of society, which comes from self-appointed custodians of religion, culture and all that and the sprouting groups of vigilantes and moral police. The result is that today forces which prescribe a retrograde style of life for all are able to trample upon 'individuals’ freedom, physically assault those who do not share their views on 'culture' and 'propriety', and take law into their hands with breathtaking brazenness, apparently sure that they will not have to account for their criminal acts.

Prime Minister Wickramanayaka Tells Thai Counterpart - "LTTE Is Preventing Civilians Leaving War Zone"

From Neville de Silva in Bangkok

Despite the Sri Lanka Government’s best efforts to encourage the civilians in the north out of the battle zone, the LTTE is continuing to use them as a human shield risking the lives of the Tamil people, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka said here today. Mr Wickramanayaka was briefing Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who inquired about the current situation in Sri Lanka during a courtesy call paid by the Sri Lankan visitor. Prime Minister Wickramanayaka was on a five-day private visit to Thailand to attend the Magha Pucha Day, an important day in the Buddhist calendar here, at the Wat Phara Dhammakaya Temple at Pathuvithani. Mr Wickramanayaka said that during the last 30 years successive governments have negotiated with the LTTE in order to reach a durable solution. These negotiations were of no avail as the LTTE deliberately stymied every attempt at settlement.