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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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Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya

Impose President Rule immediately in Tamil Nadu – Dr. Swamy

The Union Government must impose President's Rule immediately on Tamil Nadu, because the state is paralyzed due to a spineless government, urged Dr. Subramanian Swamy. "Schools and Colleges are indefinitely closed down, the Courts have stopped work because of pro-LTTE advocates unrestrained by police, are engaging in hooliganism instead of arguing law for the people before judges, and no one in government is prepared to be answerable for any grievance of the public because the CM is hospitalized and incommunicado," emphasized in statement, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Janata Party President and former Minister for Law and J ustice.

Mmischievous media reports distorted international perception of developments in Northern Sri Lanka - Ambassador Aryasinha

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha has said, a series of mischievous reports filed over the past two weeks based on LTTE propaganda, had distorted the international perception of the ground situation in Northern Sri Lanka. This had detracted from sufficient attention being paid to the difficult task being accomplished by the government and the security forces, as well as the atrocities committed against civilians by the LTTE.

US Treasury imposes sanctions on Tamil Foundation

The US Treasury designated the US-based Tamil Foundation on Wednesday for acting as a front for a Sri Lankan terrorist organization. According to the Treasury, the head of the Tamil Foundation is also president of the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization, which was named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in November 2007. "The LTTE, like other terrorist groups, has relied on so-called charities to raise funds and advance its violent aims," said Adam Szubin, director of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Sri Lanka’s Independence Day Celebrated in Italy

Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya"Today is a historical and important day for all Sri Lankans living in Italy. It is the happiest day of my new career as Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Italy, as on this day, I have been able to forge unity between the two major Sri Lankan communities living in Italy, the Sinhalese and the Tamils. Both communities suffered because of terrorism, and have polarised themselves into various cities, as they thought there would be a safe haven for them" said Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya. He was speaking at the Sri Lanka’s 61st Independence Day celebrations held at Sri Lanka Embassy in Rome, Italy.

First Round of the Political Consultation solidifies closer cooperation between Lanka and Iran

The First Round of Political Consultations solidifies closer cooperation and ties between Sri Lanka and Iran. The initial round of the Political Consultation was held in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Establishment of the Political Consultations Mechanism signed between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

EC and IOM Provide a New Health Centre for Ampara

The European Commission (EC) through its implementing partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has provided a health centre to the community of Islamabath in Kalmunai, Ampara, in the eastern Sri Lanka. The centre, funded by the European Commission through the Community Livelihoods Support Programme under the EU-AMPARA Partnership, offers vital services including baby weighing, immunization, ante-natal support, midwifery and the provision of nutritional supplements to some 150 women and children affected by the tsunami and the conflict.

Romantic destinations…

By Annik Bianchini

St Valentine’s Day on 14 February is regarded in many countries as the festival of lovers, a legacy from our ancestors the Romans. Couples take the opportunity to exchange sweet words and gifts as a token of love. But it is also an opportunity to take the one you love to a wonderful town or a magnificent region with legendary charms. France is bursting with such dream places which people would like to keep to themselves: the wild Loire, with its deep gorges and broad valleys; the mysterious Ardennes; luminous Corsica; the Côtes d'Armor, where you can take to the sea; the enchanting forest of Brocéliande. And then there is Sarlat, symbol of France’s culinary heritage; voluptuous Chamonix; Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, with its fragrance of lavender and, of course, Paris, which is still the eternal city of romance.

Kalyan Converts To 'Secularism'

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Kalyan Singh, has now entered the 'secular' camp by joining hands with 'Maulana' Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party supremo. As has happened after many previous cases of political conversions, a lot of people are upset, but in this instance more with Mulayam Singh than the chief 'demolition man' of the Babri mosque. What is the anger about? Politics in India is now almost exclusively based on crass opportunism and naked power play, far removed from any clash of ideologies. There is no shock value left when one leader sheds one political credo in favour of another one that may be diametrically opposite.

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Another ‘Civilian Safety Zone’ declared to facilitate civilians safety

Security Forces Headquarters in Vanni in response to humanitarian concerns, had now announced the demarcation of a new 12-km long Civilian Safety Zone ( No Fire Zone), along the western boundary of the Mullaittivu, with effect from Thursday 12 February and is expected to facilitate the flow of humanitarian aid and medical supplies for the people held forcibly by the LTTE. Sri Lanka Army, announced that it is fully committed to provide maximum safety for the lives of entrapped or forcibly detained civilians in un-cleared areas in the Mullaittivu district, calls upon the public to move into those specified areas at the earliest.