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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 945

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SLAF fighter jets attack LTTE gathering point in Kilinochchi

SLAF fighter jets raided an LTTE gathering point this morning in Thiruwai Aru, located 1km Northwest of Iranamdu Tank. According to Air Force sources, pilots launched precision attacks at the target. The aerial sorties were taken as information was received of a high profile LTTE gathering at the location, which was under constant surveillance of the security forces. LTTE are yet to reveal losses, the sources said. Meanwhile LTTE beaten in clashes at Northern FDLs: Forced to retreat with heavy losses. LTTE resistance were neutralized at the Nagarkovil FDLs are troops forced into terrorist defences totally dismantling 30 odd bunkers today.

Kenya, Chad New Danger Zones for U.N. Workers

By Thalif Deen

The United Nations, which recently expressed serious concern over the safety of its staff in Algeria and Sudan, is grappling with security issues in two new danger zones: Kenya and Chad. As a result of the growing violence in both countries, the Secretariat is once again reviewing the safety of its workers -- nearly eight weeks after a bombing in Algeria claimed the lives of 17 staff members in mid-December. "I am alarmed by the deteriorating security situation in N'Djamena (the capital of Chad), and elsewhere," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters Tuesday.

Positive Response to Ravages of Terrorism by Record Crowds at 60th Independence Day in Los Angeles

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

We are Sri LankansSri Lankans in record numbers, joyous beyond belief, jubilant, even frenzied at times, gave a positive response to the ravages of brutal terrorism faced by their motherland. The sixtieth Independence Day presented by the Consular General Jaliya Wickramasuriya and his staff was an unqualified success. At the announcement “at this very moment the President and the people of Sri Lanka will be honoring our heroic troops at the Independence Day parade at Galle Face, the crowd roared in appreciation with thunderous applause. Executed with Hollywood-like perfection amidst an unending line of Sri Lankan musical and dancing talents, the cultural pageant lasted over 4 hours into the night. Cultural diversity was overflowing amidst an exuberance of good will.

Prabhakaran Encouraged by Supreme Court Order to Reduce Security Checks Unleashes Spate of Suicide Bombers

By Lalith Amarasiri

Sri Lanka’s successful fight against terrorism received international recognition when scholar Dr. Peter Leitner Professor with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies responsible for Terrorism, Intelligence, and Cyber War issues called Sri Lanka the world’s greatest learning lab for counter terrorism,. These words directly contradicted what many observers called legal interference in national security affairs caused by the Supreme Court order stopping the so called unnecessary searches at check points and reduction of barriers.

Thai Cabinet to be sworn in today

Samak SundaravejThe new Prime Minter of Thailand Samak Sundaravej will present the cabinet list to the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej for royal endorsement today afternoon and expected to lead his ministers to a swearing-in ceremony later the same day. The People Power Party-led government consists of five coalition partners: the Chart Thai Party, the Puea Pandin Party, the Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana Party, the Matchimathipataya Party and the Pracharaj Party, with the Samak cabinet consisting of 35 members, in addition to the prime minister. The 35 would be Cabinet members are to meet at the Government House in Bangkok today at 3pm for a group photo session. They will then leave for an audience with the King of Thailand.

National Centre for Migration Statistics opens in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

IOM and the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) have opened a National Centre for Migration Statistics in Colombo. The centre, which is housed at the DCS, is funded by the European Commission and Australia, and is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. It will serve as a central body where statistical data related to migration will be collected, stored, analyzed and made available to the public through the departmental website.

A Ratnapura school, destroys the future of a female student on misconceived decision

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

From Elapatha Ratnapura it is reported that Ratnapura/Elapatha Maha Vidyalaya arrives at a misconceived judgment that a 13 year old female student was subjected to rape and forced the girl to write a statement that she was raped and pregnant. Basing on this forced statement it is alleged that the principal of the school has expelled the girl from the school. A medical examination on the girl has found that neither the girl was raped nor she is pregnant. This appears to be a clear case of not only destroying the education of the girl, but also demolition of her entire future with humiliation, vilification and defamation.

Bio Force extends monthly aid to Maharagama cancer hospital

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Bio Force Lanka continued it's operations in Sri Lanka by including Weeraketiya Hospital , in the Month of January , together with the Maharagama Cancer Hospital. The Bio Force's Country Co-coordinator Fabien Audoin, accompanied by Ms.Shriani Ramukwella and Amy Fernando, donated the second batch of medicines to the Cancer Hospital Childrens Ward on Wednesday and the firs batch of Drugs to Weerakitiya Hospital at a simple ceremony in both Hospitals. Mr. Audoin said, the hospital, especially the Children's ward needs donors to contribute medicines on a regular basis due to the acute shortages.

Underwater Cable Damage still Disrupts Internet Access across Middle-East and Asia

By Leel Pathirana - Asian Tribune

Internet traffic is still affected in the Middle East and part of Asia as last Wednesday fallout of damage to two submarine cable systems in the Mediterranean Sea, causing disruption of services across the Middle East and Asia. Inevitably, when there is damage to a major international cable system, it affects the international network that relies on it, Internet users faced a slowdown in the service with many websites remaining either totally inaccessible or taking a considerably long time to download. But international voice calls were unaffected across the region.

60th Anniversary of the Independence day of Sri Lanka, celeberated in Sweden

In StockholmThe 60th Independence Day celebrations were held on Monday 04th February at the Embassy premises with the participation of Sri Lankan expatriate comunity in Sweden, Swedish Nationals, and religious dignitaries. “We shall determine at this very moment to unite and bring back Peace and Prosperity to our Motherland” said Ambassador R.P.Jayasooriya. He thanked all for paying great attention to participate in this monumental occasion to mark the 60th Independence Day of Sri Lanka after unfurling the Sri Lankan flag at the Embassy premises.

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