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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2865

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Prabhakaran told to surrender to the Sri Lankan Armed Forces for his survival

PrbhakaranFor his survival, Velupillai Prabhakaran, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - the terrorist outfit, has to surrender to the Sri Lanka Armed Forces. Sri Lanka has categorically said that LTTE leader should lay down arms, surrender and order his cadres also to surrender to the Sri Lankan Security Forces. "If the LTTE is concerned about the plight of the Tamil civilians and in peace, then they have to lay down their arms, and surrender themselves to the Sri Lankan Security Forces. Other than that there are no other options left for their survival," said Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella.

Implementation of 13th Amendment would settle the conflict in the North and East

The one time rebel and the commander of the Eastern Sector of the LTTE, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitheran now reformed to be a member of the Parliament and who is entrusted with the responsibility of developing the Eastern Province, said that it would be desirable to implement the 13th Amendment to penetrate the present impasse to settle the conflict in the North and East.Kosala Wickramanayake, President, FCCISL, . Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, Member of Parliament and Gamini Herath, Management Consultant. Moderator.

Sri Lanka Conflict Curtails Access To Health Care For Tens Of Thousands - Warns UN Agency

The ongoing conflict in northern Sri Lanka between the Government and the LTTE is limiting access to health care, putting the lives of tens of thousands of people at risk, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned Tuesday. The agency called for a rapid assessment of health needs, improved preventive and curative care and enhanced coordination among all health partners. It said that the health sector is understaffed, resulting in reduced health care for many people, while the clashes and population displacement are impacting patient referrals.

Indecisive India Can Never Be Considered Superpower

By Shenali Waduge

All Sri Lanka expects of India is to take a firm stand on the LTTE issue – is it so difficult for India to do after all was not an Indian leader, that took a son of India’s Gandhi dynasty not assassinated on Indian soil? Yet, why does India desire to resuscitate a terror group listed first by India on the guise of emotional connections of the Sri Lankan Tamils to Tamil Nadu? The policy decisions of India vis a vis international politics come from the statements of its External Affairs Minister but when he says one thing and then says a complete opposite only days later it automatically makes any to wonder whether India actually means what it says.

Rajarata Expo Shines at Polonnaruwa

T.K. PremadasaBy T.K.Premadasa - Deputy Director / Marketing, Sri Lanka Export Development Board

Prof G.L.Peiris, Minister of Export Development and International Trade together with Hon Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Agriculture Development and Agro Services has announced at the Press Conference held in Polonnaruwa on 23rd January 2009 that Sri Lanka Export Development Board under the purview of Ministry of Export Development and International Trade is planning to organize the second Expo Exhibition "Rajarata Expo" in Polonnaruwa in a series of Expo Exhibitions encouraging the rural producers in the Province and the suburbs to use the opportunities available for competition with the global market. This Rajarata Expo Exhibition with the theme "Gamen Lowata" will remain open on the 7th, 8th & 9th of March 2009 at the Royal Central College in Polonnaruwa.

Demise Of The Newspaper And The Rise Of Cyberspace

By Shelton Gunaratne - Professor of Mass Communications emeritus, Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

The newspaper, as we know it—the actual broadsheet or tabloid that is delivered at our doorstep or purchased at the newsstand—will cease to exist within the next 34 years, assert the scholars who trace the circulation and readership statistics in the United States. The era of the printed newspaper will end in the United States by 2043. A similar timeline may hold true for all countries with high Internet penetration and declining newspaper sales. So, we will see the end of the era of the print revolution, which began with Bi Sheng or Gutenberg (depending on how you interpret history). Thus, newspaper journalism will have to pave the way for cyberspace/digital/electronic journalism.

Sri Lanka welcomes European Union’s call to the LTTE to lay down arms

The Government of Sri Lanka welcomes the European Union’s (EU) call to the LTTE to lay down its arms and renounce terrorism and violence once and for all, as contained in the European Union’s Council Conclusions on Sri Lanka of 23 February 2009. In this context, if the LTTE heeds this call, the requirement of an immediate ceasefire as urged by the EU will not arise. The press statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that it may be noted that the Government of Sri Lanka did suspend hostilities for a 48 hour period and designated no-fire zones, to allow safe passage of the civilian population fleeing the conflict areas. "The LTTE’s only response was to continue with its armed hostilities, endangering the lives of civilians," the statement assed.

Sri Lanka Tourism hosted ‘Chef’s Diplomats’ Table’: A unique culinary experience to Colombo based diplomats

Colombo based heads of foreign missions were recently invited by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) to an exclusive event titled the ‘Chef’s Diplomats’ Table’. Held at the Queen’s Court, Hotel Trans Asia, the event brought together the US, French, Japanese, Norwegian, Brazilian, and Italian Ambassadors, along with the Deputy Head of Mission of Germany, and representatives of the Delegation of the European Union, Swedish Embassy, and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. They were all hosted to dinner by SLTPB, in partnership with Alpha Orient, and Hotel Trans Asia.

Education Reforms – application without discrimination are vital for the Economic Prosperity and for Future Directions.

By Sellakapu S Upasiri de Silva, JP

This article place the onus of accepting or discarding these ‘true facts', essential to reform the education system, squarely on the shoulders of the general public and students hoping to get a University placing. But, the GOSL failed to place before the people how they are planning to bring in-line the private education institutes mushrooming around the country under the BOI legislation and Companies Act, operating as ‘International Schools’. The GOSL enacted legislation to bring these establishments under the Department of Education, but it is not working to the satisfaction of the people. Government is taking action to develop Vocational education but why it is controlled under a separate Ministry and not in one education reform package, as it is an essential part of our higher education system.

Another devious plan to disable Pakistan

By Asif Haroon Raja

Both Israel and India aspire to become unchallenged military powers of Middle East and South Asia respectively. USA provides requisite backup support to accomplish their ambitions. In order to retain their regional ascendancy both have laid particular attention towards modernising conventional and unconventional military means far outmatching their neighbours. Apart from building their military power it becomes necessary for the duo to ensure that none of its neighbours acquires any weapon system superior to its own or is in a position to flex muscles or group together to pose a credible challenge.

Jeffrey Lunstead

Velupillai Prbhakaran


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Former US State Department Official Lunstead incites International Community against Sri Lanka at Senate Hearing

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

LunsteadPainting a dismal picture about Sri Lanka, advocating what this South Asian nation should do in terms of constitutional reforms, while denouncing Tamil Tiger terrorism, but indirectly connecting the terrorist outfit with Tamil grievances, projecting a doomed future for minority ethnic Tamils and the re-emergence of the Tamil Tigers if Tamil grievances are not met former American ambassador to Sri Lanka Jeffrey Lunstead almost incited the International Community and Sri Lanka’s closest neighbor India which has taken a surprisingly neutral stance on Sri Lanka issue when he gave his testimony before the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee at Capitol Hill Tuesday, February 24 on 'Recent Development in Sri Lanka.'