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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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A sigh of relief by a Lahore based journalist on all Sri Lankan players reached ‘home’ quite safely

"First of all, the most fortunately, all Sri Lankan players reached 'home' quite safely. Then unfortunately, our security agencies could not capture or kill any of the 12 assailants even in the 25-minute long exchange of firing. Now a local channel here has aired the way the attackers escaped from the scene just as if they are jogging in some park," writes M. A. Farooq J., a journalist from Lahore, Pakistan.

Ananda vs Nalanda-beyond the big match

By Nalin Abeysekera

The traditional ‘Big Match’ of the premier Buddhist Colleges — the Ananda versus Nalanda cricket encounter is a much looked forward event by students, parents, old boys as well as cricket lovers .There are so many reasons for that. One of the most important reasons is these two schools produced and producing the most number of test players to the nation.(this has been underestimated by certain elements of groups so far. basically these two schools are not coming from so-called “Gentlemen’s” in Cricket in Sri Lanka).

Who Wanted To Kill Sri Lankan Cricketers?

By L. Jayasooriya

There will be as many guesses to this question as the number of persons you ask. My answer to this question is just another guess. For something that is not spontaneous but well planned there has to be a deep-rooted reason. The Israeli athletes were killed out of hate for Israel. If the attack on SL cricketers was done out of hate for the Sri-Lankan government then it could be the LTTE which is the master mentor of all terrorist groups and as such has access to the terrorists in that part of the world. The LTTE also has the support and the backing of all the so-called IC countries that have banned the LTTE officially but turn a blind eye to what they do in their countries except perhaps the USA.

Stamp and First-day Cover to commemorate the late Dr. A.P. de Zoysa

The Philatelic Bureau of the Postal Department will issue a new stamp of Rs. 5.00 and a First-day Cover to commemorate the Social Reformer and Buddhist Scholar, the late Dr. A. P. de Zoysa today. The official issuing of the first day cover will take place at the Speaker’s Residence at 5.00 p.m. with the participation of Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara as Chief Guest. Post and Telecommunications Minister Mahinda Wijesekara, Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda, Post and Telecommunications Deputy Minister M.S. Sellasamy and invitees including family members of the late Dr. A. P. de Zoysa will also attend the event. The stamp has been designed by Mr. Pulasthi Edireweera.

Sri Lanka conveys the deepest sympathy to Pakistanis who martyred their lives to safeguard the lives of Sri Lankan Cricketers

On the advice of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama rushed to Islamabad and called on the Pakistan President, Asif Ali Zardari at the President’s House today [ March 04, 2009] and conveyed the deepest sympathy on behalf of the President, the Government and people of Sri Lanka, to the families of those who fell victim to the terrorist attack in Lahore yesterday [ March 03, 2009], targeting the Sri Lankan Cricket Team. The Foreign Minister also added Sri Lanka Government’s sympathy to those victims who sacrificed their lives for the protection of the lives of the members of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team.

U Kyaw Min: An Imprisoned : Rohingya MP without Citizenship

By Ahmedur Rahman Farooq

Burma, a resource-rich country of 678,500 sq. km and 57.6 million people which the military rulers have turned into a secret state of terror during its 47 years of unbroken despotic rule and where a Nobel Peace Laureate like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and many other elected members of parliament are languishing in detention or jails years after years, the issue of U Kyaw Min can not usually make a story. But the case of U Kyaw Min alias Master Shamsul Anowarul Hoque deserves special attention as it is different in nature from legal point of view and it carries a different perspective which is related to the fate of 3.5 million Rohingya ethnic minority of inside and outside Arakan, Burma.

Sri Lanka’s challenge: Terrorism, covert operations, bogus humanitarian workers & hostile media

By Shenali Waduge

The15, area once under LTTE control today stands at barely Into this small and shrinking area we are to presume the LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabakaran , his son Charles Anthony, the remaining LTTE leaders and an unbelievable 200,000 to 250,000 civilians are gathered in the thick jungles of Vanni. From 1980s to 2006 August, despite 32 countries listing the LTTE as a terrorist organization, Sri Lanka was forced to negotiate, enter peace talks and ceasefires in short accept LTTE as “freedom fighters” and not Terrorists despite its role in over 30,000 deaths to the armed forces and police and over 4000 civilian deaths as a result of LTTE suicides and bomb attacks.

Ghosts of separatism haunting again

By Janaka Perera

Advocates of covert separatism and federalism who were kept at bay with the greatest difficulty during the past few years are slowly staging a comeback. This time their favorite haunt is going be the Constitutional Council. If anyone reads the antecedents of the six nominees to the council it is obvious that the majority are promoters of political ‘solutions’ that will eventually to lead to ethnic Bantustans in this country – one way or another.

Pakistani Groups Target Sri Lankan Success over Terrorism

By Shanaka Jayasekara

Many commentators have drawn the conclusion that the Sri Lankan cricket team was targeted by terrorists not because they were Sri Lankan, rather they were the only foreign sports team visiting Pakistan. Given the global media attention it received, the targeting of a foreign sports team irrespective from which country they came did achieve the media objectives for the terrorists.

Sri Lanka: Urgently Evacuate Civilians : Government and Tamil Tigers Should Allow Civilians to Flee Conflict Area

The Sri Lankan government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) should immediately agree to a plan of action to allow civilians trapped in the Vanni to leave the conflict area, Human Rights Watch said today. Some 150,000 civilians are at grave risk from fighting and aid shortages in the shrinking war zone in northeast Sri Lanka. "A humanitarian evacuation of civilians is desperately needed right now," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "Sri Lanka should urgently work with concerned governments to help civilians flee the fighting."

A Secret plans to safeguard LTTE international arms smuggler "Kumaran Pathmanadan" alias "KP" revealed

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is one of the most ruthless terrorist outfits in the world who possess the deadly weapon - the human bombs: suicide cadres, and the only terrorist organization possess land, sea and air power. LTTE is fighting for a separate state, so called “Tamil Eelam” in Sri Lanka and the fighting between Sri Lankan Military and the LTTE continues for the last three decades.

Colombo based Ambassadors lauded Government efforts to provide facilities to IDPs in the transit village

Visiting AmbassadorsA group of Colombo based Ambassadors and other high ranking diplomats yesterday toured the transit camps, in the Lakshman Kadirgamar Transit village located in the Menik Farm in Vavuniya. They expressed their satisfaction at the facilities provided to the Internally Displaced Persons by the Sri Lanka Government. According to the Ambassadors, the general atmosphere in the transit camps was very positive. "The Government is making all arrangements to get them back to their homes," one Ambbassador remarked.

'I Felt A Bullet Fizz Past My Ear' – Kumar Sangakkara

Ravi Ladduwahetty- reporting from Sri Lanka

We are preparing to fly home. It's been a long day and we can't wait to return home to our families. We were shaken badly, obviously. Pakistan has a reputation for being unstable in the recent past, but we never expected to be caught-up in something like this. I am still shocked that a sports team could be targeted in this manner. We had always felt pretty safe in Pakistan, to be honest. It shows how nave we were. We realize now that sports people and cricketers are not above being attacked. All the talk that "no one would target cricketers" seems so hollow now. Far from being untouchable, we are now prize targets for extremists. That's an uncomfortable reality we have to come to terms with.

Undue Recognition For Sea Tigers

By Shafiq Gafoor

In the early hours of yesterday (02 March) the alarm was raised in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka (Chalai) about an incoming seaborne attack on the troops of 55 Division. The ground troops ashore managed to put their heavy guns into action in a valiant attempt to repulse a possible attack from the sea by the sea tigers. It is so puzzling for all of us to see that this incident has been unduly puffed up by one short-sighted journalist of our country who is hell bent on doing anything for "money" and moreover do "Shopping" for certain top-guns in the country today without having seen or heard what a real Naval battle is, and even without a scanty understanding about the Principles of Naval warfare.

LTTE-Mujahideen link suspected in attack on cricketers

European intelligence sources revealed that MOSSAD and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of USA suspect an Islamic militant group linked to Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka could be responsible for the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore on Tuesday. According to reliable sources, the Indian intelligence experts on Tamil terrorist activities in South Indian state of Tamil Nadu have named an Al Qaida-linked militant group, Markat-u-Mujahideen, with close links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a potential mastermind of the Lahore attack in which eight people died and several Sri lankan cricket players were injured.

Kumaran Pathmnathan

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