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LTTE wanted ceasefire and talks: Sri Lanka Government insists on the release of civilians and surrender of arms

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) indicates its desire for ceasefire and talks, but Sri Lanka Government insists on the releasing of the innocent Tamil civilians held as hostages and the surrender of arms, as pre-conditions for any future ceasefire agreement and talks. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist Tamil terrorists’ outfit in Sri Lanka, which is waging a war with the Government of Sri Lanka for more than two-decade, has indicated to the international community of their desire for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Government has said categorically to release the Tamil civilians and surrender arms before talking of ceasefire and of any future talks.

Sri Lanka Ambassador in U.S. exposes LTTE propaganda network in U.S.

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Jaliya Wickramasuriya"The LTTE has perfected the soft weapon of propaganda through the systematic dissemination of misinformation through its global terrorist network and litany of front groups. And these networks and front groups are closely linked to organizations that the U.S. Treasury Department declared as part of the LTTE," says Sri Lanka Ambassador in the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya calling Sri Lankan expatriate groups in the U.S. who are eager to find peace for all communities in Sri Lanka to come forward to negate misinformation and misrepresentation of LTTE front organizations in the U.S.

"Slumdog Millionaire" with Eight Oscars steals the show

After winning the hearts of moviegoers around world, "Slumdog Millionaire," won the Academy Award for best picture, capping a night of wins including the best director Oscar for Danny Boyle."Slumdog Millionaire," praised by its champions as a story of hope over despair, though nominated for 10 awards, won a total eight Oscars including one for best picture Sunday night in Los Angeles. With eight Oscars, "Slumdog" took home the most statuettes of any movie at the 81st Academy Awards held today at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Challenge for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Do means, however vile they are, justify an end?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee is due to have a hearing on the Sri Lankan situation on the 24th of this month. Their concern for those innocent men, women and children held as human shields by the LTTE, as well as those internally displaced people in several government camps should be appreciated by Sri Lankans. However, we would be remiss in asking this Committee where they were when their ally, Israel, pummeled Gaza killing more than a thousand innocent civilians and destroying the life style and property of so many innocent people, and we must also ask what they are doing when allied forces drop bombs on innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan, again killing and maiming so many of them. There are many other valid questions to ask of this committee, but that would distract them, and readers, about the current matter in hand, the situation in Sri Lanka.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee To Hold Hearings On Sri Lanka

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one of the most powerful committees in the US legislature, will hold a hearing on Sri Lanka on Tuesday February 24 and 2:30 pm. The hearings will focus on recent developments in Sri Lanka-- specifically the ongoing military conflict in the north and east, the deteriorating humanitarian situation and allegations of human rights violations. The committee is chaired by Senator John Kerry, who once unsuccessfully ran in a US presidential election about five years ago. Kerry just returned after a visit to Gaza.

SAARC Foreign Ministers To Meet In Colombo

The SAARC Council of Ministers represented by the Foreign Ministers of SAARC Member States will meet in Colombo on 27-28 February for its Inter-Summit Session. The Council of Ministers meeting will be preceded by Meetings of the SAARC Programming Committee represented by Senior Officials and the SAARC Standing Committee represented by the Foreign Secretaries of respective SAARC Member States on 23-24 February and 25-26 February respectively. The Foreign Ministers, Foreign Secretaries and Senior Officials will deliberate on a series of issues relating to the implementation of the 15th SAARC Summit Declaration as well as decisions taken in agreed areas such as economic and financial cooperation; agriculture including the operationalisation of the SAARC Food Bank; matters related to social development, health and population; narcotic drugs, terrorism and legal matters including the implementation of the SAARC Regional Convention on Suppression of Terrorism and its Additional Protocol as well as the SAARC Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters.

Burma: “Kenji Nagai Award” or an Encouragement towards journalists under junta's oppression

By Zin Linn

Burma Media Association will have to launch its sixth annual conference (from 21 to 23 February 2009) in Chiang Mai. The association was formed in 2001by exile Burmese journalists and writers based in various countries. This year there will be a special event of delivering "Kenji Nagai Award" to an imprisoned female journalist in Burma. The first award commemorating slain Japanese video journalist Kenji Nagai will be presented in the Burma Media Conference to a female reporter who reported about an area of the country that was devastated by Nargis cyclone last year. Last October, the media association made a proposal to set up the memorial award to Nagai's parents through APF News in Japan -- with which the Japanese journalist had a contract -- and the parents gave their consent to the idea.

'God Speaks' becomes complex with intellectual limitations, not with inner conviction

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Lions, Tigers & Jackals

By Nevil Perera

In Sri Lanka events are unfolding so rapidly, that even those who were usually easy going in their analyses have to adjust themselves suddenly to the fresh speed, while their prophetic predictions can hardly keep pace with the ground realities. But one must not lament over by-gone situations because, history, nationally as well as internationally, provides us with similar situations where one can display analytical wisdom in abundance! Among the oceans of such wisdoms and predictions concerning Sri Lanka, which often crop up as apprehensions, one cardinal fear has clearly manifested itself in the form of a perennial "Rajapaksa Phobia". The modus operandi of his power consolidation seems to cause severe consternation among political pundits who even dream of the "Venezuelan Phenomenon".

President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Jaliya Wickramasuriya

Hope of bright future

President MahindaIn a message, first of its kind by a Head of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa in his Maha Sivarathiri message has said, "The Hindus in Sri Lanka join their co-religionists the world over, to celebrate Maha Shiva Rathri today, one of the most important festivals in the Hindu religious calendar. A festival observed in honour of Lord Shiva, this marks the day that Hindu belief holds he married Parvati, and also the night he performed the dance of primordial creation and preservation. There many rituals associated with this festival including fasting, night long vigils at temples, making of offerings to Shiva, the lighting of lamps and singing hymns in praise of Lord Shiva."