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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 879

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spy-wing leader Charles given a heroes cremation by Tamil Tigers

By Ruwan Weerakoon - in Colombo

Colonel CharlesShanmuganathan Ravishankar alias Colonel Charles, the most ruthless militant, who was the Head of Liberation Tigers Military Intelligence, was killed on Saturday evening around 3.30 PM. He was said to be killed in a Claymore attack by Sri Lanka Army Deep Penetration Unit in Pa'l'lamadu in Mannaar. His funeral took place on Sunday afternoon in Kilinochchi and his body was taken in for cremation to LTTE’s Heroes cemetery located in Puthukkudiyiruppu. The self styled Colonel Charles was killed while he was riding in a van between Iluppaikkadavai and Pa’l’lamadu while on his way to inspect his regular forces in Mannaar.

UN Sees Risks for Asia-Pacific Region in Slowing US Economy

Despite predicted robust growth in 2008, the risks for the Asia-Pacific economies are “tilted to thedownside” as they await an “unraveling of the United States sub-prime mortgage problem and a slowing U.S. economy". So far the economies have been “undaunted” despite global uncertainties but need to tread carefully amid signs of financial market volatility in the coming months. The warnings come from a preview by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Key Economic Developments and Prospects in the Asia-Pacific Region 2008. The report will be launched on January 9 at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT), Maneeya Centre, Ploenchit Road, Phatumwan, Bangkok.

United States is troubled over the decision to terminate Ceasefire Agreement

The United States is troubled by the Sri Lankan Government’s January 2 decision to terminate the 2002 cease-fire agreement. Sean McCormack, State Department spokesman in his daily press briefing said “Ending the cease-fire agreement will make it more difficult to achieve a lasting, peaceful solution to Sri Lanka’s conflict. We call on both the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to avoid an escalation of hostilities and further civilian casualties.” He further underlined that all parties to the conflict share the responsibility to protect the rights of all of Sri Lanka’s people. Sean McCormack said, “We urge them to work toward the goal of a just, political solution that ensures the rights of minority communities and benefits all Sri Lankans.”

Iowa Said “Away with Clinton-Bush Presidencies” Giving Barrack Obama and Mike Huckabee Big Wins

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Iowans preferred two slogans “away with 16 years of Bush-Clinton presidencies” repeated often by Barrack Obama and “Having Lots of Money is Not what is all about, I spent the least” stated by Mike Huckabee. Democratic Obama and Republican Huckabee won handily yesterday on what many considered a vote for change. Obama and Huckabee candidatures are off the beaten path but deemed very viable. Obama’s father is from Kenya and his mother from Kansas and he is the first Black candidate to win a primary in America: a microscopic sampling of retail democracy.

South Indian mega stars to raise million pounds for the Tamil Tiger cause in London

By Walter Jayawardhana

Alexandra Palace in London, the venue where thousands of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supporters converged to pay their last respects to the remains of Britain based leader Anton Balasingham and collect funds will be once again used on the coming Thai - Pongal day to raise one million pounds to procure arms for terrorism, Tamil sources in London said. Brightly Colored posters have gone up at Indian and Sri Lankan shops in the London Metropolitan area, carrying pictures of South Indian mega stars like Sathyaraj, Malayali actress Bavana and Chennai nightingale Chitra advertising an Alexandra Palace musical extravaganza allegedly to raise funds for the banned terrorist organization of the Tamil Tigers targeting one million pounds.

UN, US, Canada, and Norway blast Sri Lanka on CFA withdrawal

The United Nations, the US, Canada and Norway blasted Sri Lanka over its withdrawal from th Ceasefire Agreement. Deploring the withdrawal yesterday, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in a statement said that he is "deeply worried" that the withdrawal from the accord comes amidst intensifying fighting in the North and increasing violence across the country, including the capital, Colombo. Moon's spokesman announced "The Secretary-General urges all concerned to ensure the protection of civilians and enable humanitarian assistance to be provided to affected areas."

Sri Lanka's Ominous Entry to 2008!: Withdrawal from the Ceasefire Agreement and the New Phase of War

By Dr.Siri Gamage, Australia

It is reported in the media that the Sri Lankan government has decided to formally withdraw from the ceasefire agreement signed with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It is also reported that the government has decided to declare the next two weeks as military operational weeks. These decisions come in the wake of two violent incidents in the capital Colombo -one involving the killing of a Tamil member of parliament representing the opposition this year. The other involved a roadside bomb blast killing some injured army personnel and civilians including school children.

Sri Lanka still waits for political solution

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Anura Priyadarshana YapaMedia Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa at cabinet media briefing said yesterday that the government continues to adhere to its stance to find a political solution to the ethnic problem. He further said recommendations of the all-party representatives committee would announce next month. He added this would pave the way to arrive at a negotiated settlement to the problem. Minister Yapa reiterated the objective of the government is to eliminate terrorism and not to target any particular group. The cabinet has decided to abolish the ceasefire agreement, and handed over powers to the Prime Minister to deal with any legal measures regarding ceasefire monitoring and other related activities.

Sri Lanka Government formally notified Norway of abrogating the Ceasefire Agreement

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Government formally notified to the Royal Norwegian Government its decision to terminate the Agreement on a "Ceasefire (CFA) between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)" concluded on 22nd February 2002. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama handed over the termination notification of the CFA to Norwegian Ambassador Tore Hattrem yesterday evening at the Ministry.

Two Soldiers killed and three injured in a bomb blast

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Two soldiers were killed and three injured in a Claymore mine explosion in Kebithigolawa this morning. The LTTE has detonated the Claymore mine targeting a military vehicle at around 9:30 a.m., the Police say. The vehicle was transporting meals for soldiers, when it was caught up in the claymore explosion this morning. The three injured soldiers have been admitted to the Kebithigolawa General Hospital.

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