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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 831


First time in twenty five years the Tamil Tigers are on the run says Indian newspaper editorial

By Walter Jayawardhana

New Delhi’s Asian Age commented editorially that in the 25 year old sepratist war in Sri Lanka , for the first ime the hunter has become hunted and Tamil Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran is on the run. The December 26 editorial said, “the situation has dramatically changed in recent months and for the first time in all these years, the troops appear pretty upbeat after pushing the Tigers out of the east.” The editorial furter pointed out, “the truth is still pretty scary from the Lankan Tamil point of view: real danger is knocking at the heavily fortified walls of the Big Tiger’s bunkers in Eelam’s Kilinochchi.”

Sri Lanka: A new auditorium at Finance Ministry

President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday opened "Randora" Auditorium at the Finance Ministry . President Rajapakse met the staffs of the Finance Ministry on the occasion of the New Year. Ministry Secretary P. B. Jayasundera presented a copy of a book titled "Code of Conduct and Ethics" containing guidelines for the Ministry Staff to the President. President commended the step taken by the Finance Ministry by setting up its own code of conduct and ethics and emphasized the importance of other ministries emulating the Finance Ministry.

Kenya's Disputed Poll Sparks Call for International Probe

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

Amidst growing calls for an international investigation into last week's disputed presidential elections in Kenya, the continued rioting and killings in that East African nation are threatening to destabilise a staunch U.S. ally in the global war on terrorism. "What is taking place in Kenya today is a mockery of democracy," said Rev. Gabriel Odima, president of the U.S.-based Africa Centre for Peace and Democracy. "The international community, especially the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union (EU), should take a strong position, and force President Mwai Kibaki to step down to pave the way for an independent audit to resolve the current crisis in Kenya," he told IPS.

Eelam People’as Democratic Party denounces the killing of Tamil MP T.Maheswaran

Eelam People’as Democratic Party led by Minister Douglas Devananda, in a statement, has condemned the killing of the Colombo electoral district United National Party’s Tamil Member of Parliament Thiyagarajah Maheswaran. The statement released to the press alleged that the perpetrators have stage managed a drama in a Tamil T.V on last Sunday to prepare the ground work to make the general public to come to conclusion that the subsequent murder could had been carried out either by the Government or by the EPDP. Last Sunday Maheswaran was highly critical about the paramilitary outfit in his latest interview he had with Shakti a Tamil language TV’s "Minnal" program and said he would reveal how the terror campaign in Jaffna was being managed from Colombo. He had vowed in the Shakti TV's "Minnal" program that he would come up with in-depth details when the parliament meets on 08 January.

United States condemns killing of Member of Parliament T. Maheswaran and January 2 attack in Colombo

The United States condemns the assassination on January 1 of Thiyagarajah Maheswaran, United National Party Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament. We express our sympathy to the family of Mr. Maheswaran, his parliamentary colleagues, and the people of Sri Lanka. We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to investigate the circumstances of this killing and to arrest and prosecute those responsible without delay. The United States also condemns the deadly attack on January 2 in the Slave Island area of Colombo that killed and injured numerous persons, including members of the Sri Lankan armed forces and civilians.

Cabinet decides to withdraw the CFA entered with the Tamil Tigers

In today’s Cabinet meeting a proposal was put forward by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse in his capacity as Minister of Defence, to withdraw the Ceasefire agreement entered between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on 22 February 2002. The proposal has been approved by the Cabinet and it has been further decided to appoint a ministerial cabinet sub-committee to look in to legal aspects of withdrawing the Ceasefire Agreement.According to the Ceasefire Agreement, paragraph 4.4, the agreement shall remain in force until notice of termination is given by either Party to the Royal Norwegian Government. Such notice shall be given fourteen (14) days in advance of the effective date of termination.

SL Police begins a massive investigation on Slave Island bomb blast

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Police have begun extensive investigations into the Clay more mine bomb explosion at Slave Island in Colombo this morning. The police believe the bomb which has been apparently placed inside one of the external unit of the Air conditioning machines of the Nippon Hotel, located near the catastrophe, may have been blasted through remote control. Both the IGP and the Colombo Magistrate have inspected the location of the blast.

Colombo Bomb Blast killed 4, injured 28, of the injured 4 in serious condition; death toll expected to rise

Latest report on the bomb blast in Union Place, Colombo 2, right in front of the Nippon Hotel at 9.30 AM this morning killed four people including one soldier and three civilians and 28 others injured in the explosion. Death toll is expected rise. According to the hospital sources, one woman is among the dead. Also, there are 17 civilians and 11 soldiers among the injured. Four of the injured are in serious conditions, the sources added. Army source alleged that LTTE has carried out the bomb attack targeting civilians and an Army bus carrying sick personnel at Union Place, Slave Island, in Colombo this morning.

Four people – one Army personnel and three civilians died in the Colombo bomb explosion

Ruwan Weerakoon – Reporting from Colombo

Four people died and 23 were injured this morning in a suspected LTTE roadside bomb blast at the heart of Colombo. The blast took place at 9.30 am adjacent to the landmark Hotel Nippon, Union Place, on the Kumaran Ratnam Road, and was aimed at a passing SL Army bus. The blast took place at the very vicinity of Sri Lanka Army HQ in Colombo. Among the dead were 1 army soldier and 3 civilians said by Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanyakkara.

Morning blast in heart of Colombo leaves more than 20 injured

More than 20 people were injured this morning in a suspected LTTE roadside bomb blast at the heart of Colombo. The blast that took place at 9.30 am adjacent to landmark Hotel Nippon, Union Place, was aimed at a passing SL Army Lorry. According to reports, two people died and more than 20 people were injured this morning in a suspected LTTE roadside bomb blast at the heart of Colombo. The blast took place at the very vicinity of Sri Lanka Army HQ in Colombo

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