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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2961

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Richaed Soysa

Basil ticks off Britain, Norway, says ‘transitional’ villages are planned to house IDPs for short stay

By K.T.Rajasingham

Basil RajapaksaTaking Norway and Britain for harping upon the same old ceasefire tune, Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa made it clear that for Sri Lanka government immediate priority was rehabilitation of traumatized people emerging out of LTTE clutches. Chinese model of rehabilitation was being adopted to quickly settle the displaced families in 'transitional' village, he told "Asian Tribune" in an interview. Neither Britain which anounced of appointing a special envoy for Sri Lanka nor Norway who played the role of a peacenik for long years has cared to bother about resettlement issues. Neither Britain nor Norway has offered even a single GBP or Euro for the rehabilitation works, Basil Rajapaksa said.

Washington Commentary: US Spending Billions To Jump-Start Stalled Economy

Ernest Corea, former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US

President Barack Obama President Obama briefly escaped the fierce partisanship of Washington today, taking his road-show to Colorado where he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill into law at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Signing the new legislation among "we the people" in Denver launches a campaign in which Obama will take his programs direct to the public, seeking to leverage their backing into votes in the Senate and House of Representatives for the many new Bills that he will submit or endorse. Currently, his reputation among voters is soaring.

DMK leaders meet Sonia, discuss Lanka, poll alliance

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

M.K.StalinA high level delegation of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam flew in here for a meeting with Sonia Gandhi, the Congress President and chief of the ruling UPA coalition. It is the first such contact between the two sides in recent weeks though Pranab Mukherjee in his capacity as the Indian point's man on Lanka issue has been in touch with chief minister Muthavel Karunanidhi. DMK's Treasurer M K Stalin led the party delegation to the talks with Sonia Gandhi. He is projected as the GenNext leader of the Southern party keeping in tune with the trend of projecting a youthful face. The Congress party's crown prince is Rahul Gandhi.

The LTTE daily loses more than 8 square kilometers of the land area they hold

In the Puthukudirippu West, the Army has entered the town area. In a pitched battle between the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE on Monday, about 35 LTTE cadres were killed and out of that 20 bodies were recovered. "On Tuesday we counted about 30 LTTE men dead and out of that 14 bodies were recovered," said a Sri Lankan Army source. "In total about 34 LTTE bodies were collected within a matter of two days and also collected other items such as radio sets, etc.," said Army sources. Sri Lankan Army sources told "Asian Tribune" that on Monday 1304 and 150 millimeters big artillery guns were recovered. On Tuesday he said that there was nothing much left by the Tamil Tigers for the Army to collect?

LTTE should release all civilians without any further delay

The Prayathna People’s Movement (PPM) has strongly appealed to the LTTE to release immediately all civilians trapped within the war zone areas. The PPM points out that keeping civilians as human shields is a violation of international humanitarian laws as well as international law on war. The media release of the PPM state, According to all reports reaching Colombo, the fate of innocent civilians in Mullaitivu area is worsening continuously. Reports say that these civilians are trapped in a narrow stretch of land and they were caught in the conflict between the LTTE and the government troops. They further point out that civilians are trying to free themselves from the grip of the LTTE and travel to government controlled areas.

Anandasangaree expresses serious concern over the escalation of civilian deaths

AnandasangareeV. Anandasangaree has expressed serious concern over the sudden escalation of the civilian death rates since of late. He has urged that the Forces be asked to restrain from any further aerial bombing and also to stop firing shells and artillery attacks. "The capture of the remaining areas could wait till all the trapped persons are brought out safely, while the war goes on," says the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front. In an appeal to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa , Veteran Tamil politician Anandasangaree pointed out that the number of deaths during a period of two weeks from October 24, 2008 to 9th November was only 8 and the number injured was 29. But he said that the total deaths during last week were 288 and the number injured was 766 and on last Saturday it was 55 and 109 respectively.

Richard A perfect human being

By-Leel Pathirana

Richard SoysaRichard de Soyza was more than a journalist. He knew the ethics of Journalism, unlike those self proclaimed Editors / Journalists, he never used his pen to make hatred among the ethnic groups, glorify the Tamil militancy though he was born to a minority Tamil Mother Dr. Saravanamuttu, a prominent physician and daughter of a former Sri Lankan Diplomat. He never betrayed the country’s sovereignty to the terrorists nor does he belong to the so-called pressure groups that depend on NGO dollars. Richard was one of the founders of revolutionary journalism of Sri Lanka. He was outspoken and a heavy critic of then the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa’s authoritative regime. Hunting-down journalists started under the blessing of the UNP regime since 1977 and are now making a massive hue & cry for the media freedom. However no one has brought to justice so far under any government.

CIMA collaborates with CMA Canada and CPA Australia

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) won further international acclaim with the signing of mutual recognition agreements with two of the world’s leading accountancy bodies, Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Canada and Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia. CMA Canada grants a professional designation in strategic management accounting and is responsible for standards-setting, accreditation and the continuing professional development of CMAs, CPA. CPA Australia is the world’s seventh largest accounting body, representing more than 117,000 finance, accounting and business professionals located predominantly in Australia, Asia and Europe.

UN admonished LTTE for shooting, killing and preventing civilians leaving for safe areas

The LTTE continues to actively prevent people leaving, and reports indicate that a growing number of people trying to leave have been shot and sometimes killed. There are indications that children as young as 14 are being recruited into the ranks of the LTTE, a statement released by the United Nations alleged here. In a statement released by the United Nations Office of the Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator in Colombo further pointed out, "Fifteen United Nations staff and 75 of their dependents, 40 of whom are children, and 35 of whom are women, remain in the same area, having also been prevented from leaving by the LTTE. Fifteen of these children have contracted respiratory diseases, a serious indicator for a population which is now in dire need of humanitarian assistance."

US illusive wish to convert defeat into victory in Afghanistan

By Asif Haroon Raja

The new millennium saw worst bloodshed of the Muslims. The horrific acts of USA resulted in massacre of more than 1.5 million Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq; rapes and hair-raising tortures to thousands in infamous Baghram Base, Abu Gharib and Guantanamo ghoulish prisons for years; destruction of property, infrastructure, houses, farms, orchards and agriculture; millions of women getting widowed, children orphaned, millions made homeless; serious injuries to millions with many maimed for life.

Confifi gears to cater Muslim Travellers

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Confifi Group of Hotels with its three Beruwela coastline hotels – Eden Resort and Spa, Riverina Hotel and Club Palm Garden have become popular destination among both Sri Lankans and resident expatriates and in their expanding clientele there is a growing segment of Muslim travelers. In a bid to cater the Muslim travelers in their best traditional way Confifi Group among other things recently introduced special facilities as the Quiblah direction marked in every resort bedroom. A copy of the Holy Quran is placed in the bedrooms booked by Muslim guests and is also available at the hotel’s reception on request.


Basil Rajapaksa

V. Anandasangaree

Richard Soysa

UN Chief Undecided on Visit to Sri Lanka

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received an invitation to visit Sri Lanka but he has still not decided whether he will visit the country, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. At a press conference Tuesday, she also said the United Nations "expressed" heightened concern for the welfare of the civilian population caught up in the fighting, based on reports received in the last few days. While the designation of the new safe zone has provided some respite for the tens of thousands of civilians trapped for weeks by heavy fighting, reports from the weekend indicate some fighting inside the zone, leading to deaths and injuries to yet more civilians.