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Indian Doctors not registered under SLMC: UNP

By Ravi Ladduwahetty - Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

The main Opposition United National Party today charged that the Government has not registered the Indian doctors who had arrived for providing medical services to the mobile hospital in the North that the Indian Government has provided. It is indeed sad that this Government’s Health Minister is the Chairman of the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation and he does not seem to be aware of the conditions governing the formalities of visiting doctors, UNP Assistant Secretary Dr Jayalath Jayawardhana told a news conference this morning.

Gareth Evans, the richest multi-national NGO

A Commentary By L. Jayasooriya

This is a comment on the article "Return of Gareth Evans --resurrection of terror" that appeared in the "Daily News" of Thursday 12th March 2009. I am grateful to the writer Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha for exposing Gareth Evans the way he has done. Of all the enemies Sri Lanka has, no one has descended to the depths that Gareth Evans has descended to discredit us with indiscriminate killing of Tamils and attempted to manipulate the safe exit of the LTTE leadership out of the country with UN guarantees. It is sad that hardly any patriotic Sri Lankan writes to the press in defence of our country and the every few who write may not see it in print. Now Gareth Evans works in close cooperation with Navanetham Pillai, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Militants torch NATO supplies in Pakistan; 20 trucks reduced to ashes - Exclusive images

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Bullet ridden truck Militants attacked a NATO supply terminal and set fire to about 20 trucks carrying supplies to Western forces in Afghanistan on Sunday. Militants attacked the supply depot situated at Ring Road in the jurisdiction of Yakatoot Police Station, Peshawar-- capital of North West Frontier Province. In a pre-dawn attack the militants used rockets, petrol bombs and also resorted to firing before setting the trucks ablaze.

Entire civilized world should unconditionally support Lanka’s humanitarian efforts - Defence spokesman

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Keheliya RambukwellaThe Sri Lankan Government’s Defence Spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella believes that the entire civilized world should look at Sri Lanka’s humanitarian efforts and should support it right now other than pressing for a Ceasefire at this stage. The Defence Spokesman told "Asian Tribune" that the answer at this stage was not a Ceasefire, which he said would be another opportunity for the LTTE to re arm and regroup has history has proved itself. A Ceasefire at this stage would be nothing but giving a lifeline to the battered and bruised LTTE, he said.

UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Statement Reveals Bias

Professor Laksiri Fernando - University of Colombo

The statement on Sri Lanka by the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, reveals a clear bias towards a terrorist organization by equating the Government of Sri Lanka with that of a ruthless terrorist organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The statement could have been considered just unfortunate or a mistake if it was made under a different situation. The statement was made on the 13th of March just three days after a LTTE suicide bomber tried to massacre Muslim devotees at a national celebration in the country’s down South at a place called Akuressa eventually killing 15 people and wounding 40 others including a Minister of the Sri Lankan Government. Did Pillay know about it? Or did she make any attempt to condemn the atrocity, if she knew?

Freedom of Speech in Danger: Pro-Tiger Media Is At it Again – Old Photographs doctored to Cook Up Stories!

"Shelling doesn't spare even babies in wombs" lamented the pro-Tiger media "Tamilnet" yesterday (15 March,) citing some photographs, as it put it of the allegedly injured or burnt-out children, to prove its point. However, what the editor of the Tamilnet did not know was the fact that the analysis of these images is neither his monopoly nor the divine right. The "Asain Tribune" felt the need of turning its microscope on these photographs as it had a sense of dejavu, on seeing them.

Aides seek asylum for Thakshin in Sri Lanka

Thakshin & PojamanUnconfirmed reports emerging from Bangkok reveals that Thakshin Shinawatra’s aides are approaching Sri Lanka and another South Asian country for asylum to the deposed former Thai Prime Minister.But it is not clear why Thakshin's aides decided on a country like Sri Lanka. However it is on record that the current Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has initiated vindictive measures to extradite former Thai Prime Minister. Asian Tribune learnt that Thakshin’s aides have already had one round of talks with a Sri Lankan diplomat in a South-east Asian country. But it is unsure whether Sri Lanka could even consider any such appeal forthcoming from the deposed Prime Minister Thakshin.

Mother refuses body of shot Chief suspect in murder/ ransom case

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

The mother of the chief suspect of the recent Trincomalee murder/ ransom case Obrein Mervyn Renowson alias Sahan has refused the dead body of her son and will be buried today at state expense. This follows the suspect being shot dead by the Trincomalee Police while attempting to escape from Police custody yesterday noon after biting the neck of a Trincomalee Police Constable while he was taken by Jeep to the Judicial medical Officer of the Trincomalee Hospital.

Sparkling Sri Lanka Lights Up Beijing

Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minister speaking at the Sri Lanka – Small Miracle Cultural Evening organized in Beijing thanked the China National Tourism Authority, the travel trade & Chinese media for the support extended through the difficult times and requested co-operation in bringing about a progressive development in the tourism industry with the ushering in of a new chapter of peace & prosperity in the country.

LTTE forcibly recruited a UN Staff and three dependent family members

United Nations in a news release revealed that it holds grave fears for the safety of one UN national staff member, and three dependent family members who were forcibly recruited over the weekend by the LTTE, inside the government declared 'No Fire Zone'. The forced recruitments included the 16 year old daughter of a UN national staff member.

Pakistan to reinstate deposed chief justice; Nawaz calls off mass protest

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistanis took sigh of relief as government on Monday agreed to reinstate the sacked chief justice in a bid to end a political crisis. In a 10-minute long address to nation at 5:45am Monday morning Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gillani, announced restoration of deposed chief justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry along with other sixty deposed judges. "PPP govt was determined to restore the judges but there were constitutional issues that needed to be care of as there was already a working Chief Justice in place", the prime minister said in his address. He said Iftikhar Chaudhry will be reinstated after retirement of the present Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar.


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NATO supply depot on fire.

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella

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