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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 822

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Anura crossed over to the opposition

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Anura Bandaranaike, National Heritage Minister crossed over to the opposition. According to the latest development, Anura Bandaranaike came to the parliament around 3.30 PM along with UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and Ravi Karunanaike from the opposition entrance and sat in the front row of the opposition bench.

Tons of LTTE’s money to topple Rajapakse’s Government

Tamil Tigers and the UNP are working very hard to topple MahindaPrabakaran Rakjapakse’s Government today at the voting, that would take place at the end of the third reading of the budget. Huge amount of LTTE’s money is in circulation to entice the MP’s to vote against the Government. It said that Prabakaran could not defeat the Government militarily and he takes this voting in the parliament today as God’s sent opportunity to bring an end to Rajapakse’s Government by voting down the Government in the Parliament. The LTTE is said to be working hand in gloves with the opposition to topple Mahinda Rajapakse’s Government after the Government forces liberated the East from the LTTE and after the Government recently anounced that the Sri Lankan forces are targeting to get at Prabakaran, leader of the LTTE.

Sri Lanka expressed deep displeasure over British High Commissioner’s recent comments

Sri Lankan authorities summoned the British High Commissioner and expressed the Government’s position and deep displeasure over some of the comments made by him at a recent public gathering. Dominick Chilcott, British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka delivered the Dudley Senanayake Memorial Lecture, on “the new diplomacy for the new century,” at the BMICH, Colombo, on 10 December. He took to task Sri Lanka Government and made comments that were taken exception by the Sri Lankan authorities. He reprimanded the Government for demonizing the UN Agencies, NGOs and their staff on the basis of wholly unsubstantiated allegations. Subsequently, British High Commissioner, Dominic Chilcott, was summoned on 13 December, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to express the deep displeasure of the Government for his comments.

LTTE to end underage recruitment by the end of this year - Head of LTTE Political Wing, B Nadeson

By the end of 2007, there will not be any underage children in the Tamil Tigers armed formation. This was disclosed to the newly appointed head of UNICEF-Sri Lanka, Philippe Duamelle, who visited yesterday to Kilinochchi and met the Head of LTTE Political Wing, B Nadeson, at the LTTE Political Head Quarters. According to the statement released by the LTTE Peace Secretariat, Nadeson has informed the Head of the UNICEF that by the end of this year, LTTE will announce that there are no more under-18 persons in the organization and UNICEF must be ready to do its part to complete its role in this program so that it too can remain in sync in its statement. The discussion with the UNICEF head and the head of the LTTE’s Political Wing centered round the topic of LTTE work in ending under-18 persons in the organization.

Sri Lanka government condemns British High Commissioner’s statement

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A local legislator Jeyeraj Fernandopulle said in parliament on Thursday that the government thoroughly condemns the facts stated by the British High Commissioner at the Dudley Senanayake commemoration oration. The Minister replying to a query made in this regard by JVP parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa also said the British High Commissioner has no right to meddle in the internal political affairs of the country. Mr. Weerawansa inquired on the measures to be taken against the High Commissioner for making a statement in contrary to the diplomatic norms of the country.

Aneile Kenye first Naga lady from India becoming Official Observer in 24th SEA Games at Gymnasium I, Thailand

Aneile KenyeAneile Kenye has become the first Naga lady from India to have officially conducted as an Observer in the ongoing 24th SEA Games in the discipline of Muaythai here at the Gymnasium I, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. It may be mentioned that she was earlier Assistant Team Manager of two World Muaythai Championships held in 2006 and 2007 at Bangkok and also Team Manager of Indian Team during Official International Muaythai Training Workshop held in Bangkok in December 2006. Besides, she is Media Chairperson of Muaythai Federation of India (MFI). Her becoming an Official Observer in the 24th SEA Games would immensely boost the morale of Muaythai fighters in India, particularly the women, and also the strength of the overall functioning of the National Federation.

European Union condemns the reported abduction by Pillaiyan Group

British High Commission in Colombo, on behalf of the European Union, released a statement on Thursday condemning the reported abductions of two relatives and a secretary of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians in Batticaloa, by Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal led by its deputy leader Pillayan . The statement released by the British High Commission said that, it was deeply concerned by the disturbing reports of abductions of a number of civilians connected to members of the Sri Lankan parliament.

Two Tigers killed themselves to avoid arrest

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Two Tiger cadres gone into hiding inside the roof ceiling of a house in Viayaparimoolai, located in Point Pedro, tore themselves apart by self -activated explosions, when the troops swooped on the premises early this morning (13) at about 5.10 a.m. after receipt of credible civilian information over their presence in the house. Troops on a tip – cordoned off the house premises to conduct a search where a family of six was living including five children, of whom two were sitting the ongoing GCE (O/L) Examination - their ages 17 years and 16 years respectively and other children's ages 8 years 14 years and 15 years.

The LTTE is heavily involved in fund raising for Hilary Clinton in New Jersey

By Walter Jayawardhana

Well known activists of a banned terrorist group in the United States are involved in the fund raising activities of the US Democratic candidate Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton. According to a fundraising web site for the Senator, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) activists are involved in raising funds from 100 Dollars to 2300 Dollars to help elect Senator Clinton as the next United States President. New Jersey residents have expressed the fear, that the LTTE or the Tamil Tigers could flush supporters with millions of dollars, to buy influence over the next possible President of the United States of America by infiltrating into democratic fund raising machine.

Rauff Hakeem flays the government after crossing over to Opposition

Rauff Hakeem, Lader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the Minister of Post and Telecommunication spoke to Asian Tribune after crossing over to the opposition yesterday afternoon. He said that he has misgivings about the capability of the government to address the grievances of the minorities; both Muslims and Tamils. He said that they cannot suffer the type indignity they have been suffering for several months. He added that they have been very patient looking at the continuous derogation of our rights and that of our people and also the general disregard for all norms of good governance. Rauff Hakeem told “Asian Tribune” that he had already made a statement in the floor of the Parliament reasons for his cross over to the opposition.

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