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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1858


Garrison Town of Thunukkai falls - Where is Prabakaran?

The LTTE’s garrison town of Thunukkai falls. After a lapse of more than 20 years, Thunukkai has been finally brought under the control of the Government forces. Thunukkai about 20 KM of west of Mankulam and also Uyilankulam located Southern edge of Akkarayankulam tank located about 12 km to the southwest of Kilionochchi town centre were recaptured today by the Sri Lankan forces. Sources in Vanni told that LTTE is in disarray. In the meantime Tamil diapora in the West are frantically making inquiries about the plight of the LTTE leader Prabakaran.

Sri Lankans in California get rare opportunity to confront alleged LTTE acolyte US Congressman Brad Sherman

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Brad ShermanUnited States Congressman Brad Sherman from California has been hoisting the Sri Lanka separatist/terrorist LTTE banner for a quite a long time in the US Congress. Sherman, on behalf of the Tamil Tiger lobby, front organizations and professionals operating in the United States, is occupying a very pivotal position in the US Congress: he sits on the US House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia and Pacific, and the chairman of the subcommittee on terrorism.

Pakistan to assist Sri Lanka in its final battle against Tamil Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

Pakistan’s website revealed that Pakistan has decided to bolster what Sri Lanka military says its final push to defeat Tamil Tiger rebels and end their war for a separate state in the country’s north-east. In a news report entitled "Pakistan to help in Colombo's final battle against Tigers," the website said the country has pledged to send a large quantity of ammunition to help the Sri Lankan government finish off the rebels in the final phase of Elam War IV quoting a newspaper.

Burmese Dissidents Call United Nations for Openness and Accountability

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

While US Campaign for Burma (USCB), a Washington-based dissident group, accuses United Nations of "misrepresenting" its recent mission to Burma (Myanmar), the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) called for UN Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari to call for tripartite talks with opposition groups, the release of political prisoners and to deliver frank accounts of his meetings with opposition groups and Burmese officials.

Voters will cast their votes to elect their representatives on Saturday

By Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Voters of the Sabaragamuwa and the North Central Provincial Council will cast their votes to elect their respective representatives on Saturday. Election Commisioner said provincial election of the Sabaragamuwa and the North Central Provincial Council will be held on 23rd of this month i.e. on Saturday. However UPFA, JVP and the UNP would face a severe situation due to the present political environment in the country. However all parties have expressed confidence that they would be able win in the elections of these provincial councils.

Dr. Abeywardena to Ayurveda workshop in Thailand

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ayurvcedic Dr. Ranjith Abeaywardena, convenor, Sub Committee on Ayurveda, Ministry of Tourism will attend the 2nd International Conference on Ayurveda and Complementary System of Medicine’ organized by the Thathagat Ayurveda Research Foundation, India that will be held on 23rd August in Pattaya, Thailand. Next Ayurveda Conference is expected to be held in Sri Lanka. This will open gateways for Sri Lankan indigenous medical practitioners to connect with International ayureveda sector.

Kumar Sangakkara- Brand Ambassador for DIMO

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC –DIMO which commenced its business since 1939 plans to celebrate its 70 year celebration in next year by associating with Sri Lanka’s valued left-hand batsman and wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara with the view to promote DIMO’s products. DIMO’s Chairman Ranjith Pandithage said the DIMO has decided to appoint Mr.Sangakkara as their Brand Ambassador. Speaking to media on Thursday Mr.Pandithage said Kumar Sangakkara’s commitment to technique and his perseverance to achieve perfection has seen him top world rankings. He is an unparalleled batsman.

CIMA deliberates on Islamic finance and banking

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The growing demand internationally for Islamic finance has made CIMA to be the first professional accountancy body globally to offer a ‘Certificate in Islamic Finance’ that covers Islamic commercial law, Islamic banking and Takaful, Islamic capital markets and instruments and Accounting for Islamic financial institutions. Mr Faizal Salieh, Managing Director/CEO of Amana Investments Ltd, spoke to a cross section of members and passed finalists of the Chartered Management Accountants body (CIMA) on Islamic finance and banking: the First Principles‘at a programme organised by the Management Information and Resource Centre of the CIMA Sri Lanka Division.

Mayawati Fears

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Even those who do not subscribe to her brand of politics that they find opaque, brash and frenzied, probably admire her for the single-mindedness with which the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati has been pursing her ever-rising ambitions. The ‘Dalit ki Beti’ has now re-christened and promoted herself as the ‘Bharat ki Beti’ after laying claim to the job of prime minister of India.

LTTE’s garrison town of Thunukkai is under siege

By Ruwan Weerakoon for Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Army troops attached to the 57th Division, launched their operations to capture the strategic LTTE garrison town of Thunukkai. According to reports arriving from Mullaittivu Eastern battlefront, troops of Army 57 division are now encircling the Thunukkai town amid heavy resistance from the Tigers. Sri Lankan Troops have commenced approaching the strategically vital town from the North and the West since early this morning. Troops which observed the locality, noticed that the place is fully fortified and also found concrete bunkers built at the entrance to Thunukkai town.

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