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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 859

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UNP parliament members to seek court action to restore security

Ranil Wickremasinghe, Leader of the Opposition notified all his MPs to seek Court action to restore their security. The Government has withdrawn their security despite threats to their lives, he added. He gave this instruction on Monday when the UNP MPs met at the Sri Jayawardena Parliamentary complex. He also emphasized the need for the members to work together towards building the unity of the Party. Speaking in the Group meeting, Opposition Leader explained that the CFA was the last straw to save the country is now no more. Very soon the whole country will get to know the fatal consequences of this abrogation by the Government, he exhorted.

Defeated Tigers target civilians

After the abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) the Tigers have changed tactics. They are not putting up the fight they were expected to in the battlefield where they are losing cadres and territory daily. They have moved to target unarmed civilians in urban areas. Military sources consider this as a desperate move of the Tigers who are facing defeat in all fronts. Political commentators consider thie abrogation of the CFA as the biggest blow to the Tigers after Thoppigala. The Tigers have lost all what they gained on February 22, 2002 when the CFA was signed. This act of abrogation has legalized the ground situation after the fall of Thoppigala. There is no legal or political basis now for the Tigers to claim what they lost in the east.

Sri Lanka to manage its national air carrier from April

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka government will take over the management of its national air-carrier from 1st of April. Board Of Investment Chairman (BOI) Dammika Perera when speaking to "Asian Tribune" told that Sri Lanka Government which hold 51% controlling share of its national airlines SriLankan Air Lines has decided to take over the management effective from 1st of April, as the management contract with Emirates expires on march 31. Sri Lannka made a decision to manage its airlines subsequent to a strained relationship with Dubai based Emirate over Sri Lanka Chief Executive Peter Hill who was a nominee of Emirates.

Former Norwegian PM, Jagland, blames Norway for the failure of peace in Sri Lanka

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The failure of Erik Solheim's peace-making efforts is now recognised at the highest level in Norwrgian political circles. Former Prime Minister Torbjørn Jagland is the latest to focus on the Norway's failure in Sri Lanka. In article published in "Afternpost" Jagland said: “Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Development Minister Erik Solheim get most of the blame for Norway’s failed peace policy.” Jagland is not the only political leader to criticse Norway's role in international affairs. Morten Hoglund, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and International Affairs, and spokesperson for the Progress Party, told me at a meeting held in a room in the Norwegian Parliament, in August 2004, that Solheim was a novice with no experience in diplomacy.

Sri Lanka Tamil Minister wanted TV journalist investigated for alleged terrorist connection

Minister Douglas Devananda complaints to the country's police chief aagainst Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam of Sakthy TV for his alleged LTTE connections. In a letter to Sri Lanka’s Police Chief, Minister Douglas Devananda has made allegation against Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam , the host of Sakthy TV’s Minnal program as a person involved in tarnishing his image as well as that of the Government of Sri Lanka.Douglas Devananda M.P.,Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare and Secretary General- Eelam People’s Democratic Party has accused Sri Ranga as working for the LTTE terrorists and putting provocative questions to those VIPs participating in his Minnal program at the instigation of his masters – the LTTE, to enable them to carry out their murders.

Assassination of Minister Dissanayaka is a further call for unity against terror - President Rajapakse

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka President condemn the brutal killing of Minister D. M. Dassanayaka and call for the unity against terror. President Mahinda Rajapakse in his appeal for unity against terror said Minister Dassanayaka’s assassination in a claymore mine attack by the LTTE is yet another example of its continued commitment to terror and violence to achieve its separatist goals, and absolute contempt and disregard for human values and the policies and practices of democracy. He pointed out that this sad event is a further reminder of the need to redouble our efforts to rid our country of terrorism and the use of violence to achieve political ends. It also draws attention to the constant threats faced by all those who stand for the democratic way of life, from the forces of terror that has been strengthened for too long through the politics of appeasement, President said.

Colombo city centre bomb was placed in roadside phone booth

The vicinity of Lake House, located at the heart of Colombo has now been cordoned off following an explosion nearby at 7:50 pm. A roadside bomb was placed in a phone booth, in the Colombo High Security area, 50 meters away from the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Head quarters near Lake House building resulting in the explosion. Members of security forces in the vicinity report say there are no casualties, but only minimal of material damages. Only two people are 'mildly treated' for the sudden shock, hospital reports said. The dark plume of smoke has now subsided. Eyewitnesses said that the explosion took place at a building located near the famous Regal Cinema, close to Air Force Headquarters.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister condemns the killing of Minister Dassanayaka

Sri Lank’s Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wikramanayake was saddened by the ruthless killing of Minister D.M. Dassanayaka and unreservedly condemns the barbaric act. In a special communiqué issued today (8), the Prime Minister asserts that terrorists, regardless of human lives, began this wave of killing at the turn of the new year with terrorist violence.

Colombo city centre cordoned off after explosion, no casualties, only minimal damages

The vicinity of Lake House, located at the heart of Colombo has now been cordoned off following an explosion in a nearby building at 7:50 pm. The dark plume of smoke has now subsided. Eyewitnesses said that the explosion took place at a building located near the famous Regal Cinema. Members of security forces in the vicinity report say there are no casualties, but only minimal of material damages.

SL Police and Army conduct joint operations on morning blast

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Police and the army are conducting joint investigations into the claymore mine explosion that killed minister D.M. Dassanayaka. Police spokesman senior DIG N.K. Illangakone said that it is believed that the mine was set in an unused land nearby. The vehicle carrying Minister D.M. Dassanayake came under a claymore mine attack in Ja-ela this morning. The minister succumbed to injuries at the Ragama Hospital. The media centre for national security says another person has succumbed to injuries while 12 others are receiving treatment.

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