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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1047


TNA MP Sivanesan was summoned to Kilinochchi by LTTE for secret meeting

Tamil analysts in Sri Lanka believe that K. Sivanesan, Member of Parliament (MP) of the LTTE-backed Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was killed by the Tamil Tigers. The LTTE has summoned Mr Sivanesan and another TNA MP for a briefing on Wednesday. According to political circles only Mr Sivenesan was free to go to Mankulam. The LTTE summons TNA MPs from time to time and instruct them on the stands they should take in Parliament debates and media interviews. Mr Sivanesan who received the LTTE summons on Wednesday, 24 hours before his death on Thursday afternoon in a claymore explosion inside the LTTE controlled area. Analysts say that the LTTE while claiming that the group has the total control of areas beyond Vavuniya issues a statement immediately after the killing that an Army Special Forces unit blew up Mr Sivenesan’s vehicle.

Sri Lanka Navy not involved in shooting down of the Tamil Nadu Fisherman

Sri Lanka Navy has denied that it was not involved in the killing of the Tamil Nadu Fisherman Christy from Thankatchimadam. In a statement, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission said that while denying the allegation, emphasised that Sri Lanka Navy was not involved in any shooting incident. The Deputy High Commission Office statement also revealed that Navy wishes to remind that the LTTE has been known to carry out such attacks to tarnish the image of the Sri Lanka Navy which has been acknowledged by Tamil Nadu fishermen for helping them in times of distress, even as recent as in February 2008.

CIMA Student Society geared to deliver the best

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ms Kusum Silva was elected the President, CIMA Students’ Society (CIMASS) at its 15th AGM held recently while Dinushika Dissanayake was elected as Vice President. CIMASS plans a series of events for the year to be bigger and better than the previous years in keeping with the CIMASS ideology of continuous improvement. It operates with the key objective of providing its’ student membership a means of gaining access to knowledge and skills beyond the CIMA curriculum, that are essential to create a well-rounded CIMA professional.

Terrorism Wrongly Labeled as an Ethnic Issue by Western Democracies: Reply to The German Minister of Economic Corporation

Sri Lankan Alumni of German Universities/Institutions comprising academics and highly placed professionals in private and public sector responding to German Minister of Economic Corporation Frau Heidemare Wieczorek-Zeul expressed disappointment about her statement regarding the ethnic situation in Sri Lanka. They have noted that most of the western democracies have failed to understand the terrorist problem in Sri Lanka. They called it an ethnic issue whereas it is not. Experience has shown that it hasn’t been unusual for parliamentarians to see the world through the eyes of their constituents, who sometimes comprise vocal ethnic minorities. Many of them have found residency in the west using political refugee status, as a cover for economic migration.

Board Room Challenges

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Institute of Directors, SLID is organizing an evening group discussion at Taj Samudra Hotel on such matters like: Balance of Influence Between Executive & Independent Directors; Role of the Chairman vis-à-vis the Chief Executive Officer ; Composition of the Board; and Executive Committee’s Accountability to the Board Each group will be led by one of Sri Lanka’s most eminent business personalities and will provide the opportunity for participants to interact and share knowledge with their experienced counterparts.

Another Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation victim

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

An unknown thug cut the neck of Mrs. Ranjanee Aluthge, Librarian of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), with a razor while she was returning from duty by bus. She was admitted with two razor cuts in her nape to national hospital. She was in shock although her condition was not serious. Earlier, Mrs.Aluthge was reportedly captured in video recordings of Minister Mervin Silva incident at SLRC. Meanwhile Free Media Movement condemns razor attack on another SLRC staffer Mrs. Ranjani Aluthge . The FMM said these attacks and threats are creating a fear psychosis especially among the journalists who participated and covered the 27th December SLRC protest against the minister. This in turn will obstruct them performing their duty of informing people.

TNA MP's killing – A conflicting report

Liberation Tigers Tamil Eelam s alleged that the killing of the TNA MP within the area controlled by them was due to the claymore mine attack by the Deep Penetration Unit of the Sri Lanka Army, but the Army spokesman denied of any involvement by the Sri Lanka Army. Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament and his driver were killed this afternoon around 1.20 p.m., between Puliyankulam and Mankulam, on A-9 Road in the area controlled by the Tamil Tigers. According to Tamil Tiger sources K.Sivanesan TNA MP was killed in a claymore attack on the A-9 Road, 30 minutes after he crossed into the Tiger controlled Vanni through Oamanthai / Puliyankulam entry point.

TNA Parliamentarian K.Sivanesan killed

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

TNA Parliamentarian K.Sivanesan killed due to a claymore mine explosion in Vanni.However the Tamil Tiger rebels said was carried out by government forces. The vehicle of K. Sivanesan, a member of parliament for the pro-rebel Tamil National Alliance (TNA), was hit by a mine in a guerrilla-controlled area. The blast was at Mallavi, 35 kilometres (21 miles) north of the frontline post of Omanthai, officials said.

“We are Open to International Scrutiny on our Governance” – Sri Lanka Human Rights Minister Declares in Geneva

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune

Mahinda Samarasinghe“We do not hold ourselves above criticism from well meaning and genuine friends and partners; when such constructive criticism is made in order to further promote the democratic values and fundamental freedoms that the people of Sri Lanka have upheld for the last six decades of our independence. What we do not, however, welcome are efforts to denigrate and weaken us in the eyes of the international community to achieve propaganda gains and to fulfill narrow politically motivated objectives”. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe made the above remarks in the course of his address at the opening of the High Level Segment of the 7th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on March 03 in Geneva.

Avoiding a Bloodbath at Democratic Convention

By Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

George Bush with John McCainThe probability of a chaotic Democratic Convention to pick a nominee seems quite obvious. Most observers believe that the fight-to-a-finish now set in motion by the two candidates, Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton is a runaway train headed towards complete wreckage. Blood bath would be unavoidable as the two sides clash at the credentials committee to determine how many delegates each of the candidates would ultimately have. Several general assembly votes may be needed prior to finding the nominee. Avoding such a calmity is now deemed vital by most democratic party supporters. Republicans are gleefully awaiting the event.

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