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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Exploded bus passengers getting treatment at Karapitiya and Balapitiya hospitals.

By Vandana Jayasinghe

The injured passengers of the bomb exploded in a private bus at the Godagama, Ambalangoda in Galle at 2.30 pm are now admitted to the Karapitiya and Balapitiya hospitals. This is the second bomb explosion took place with the last 24-hours and has killed over 15 and injured several passengers who were travelling from Colombo to Matara. According to sources there were over 50 people inside the bus and 12 passengers with critical injuries have admitted to the Karapitiya hospital.

Good bye polythene and two-stroke three wheelers

By Vandana Jayasinghe

While giving a grace period of three-months for people to say 'good bye' to polythene, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will be also planned to be tough on the importation of two-stroke three-wheelers to bring down the air pollution and also harmful effect on human health. Using polythene has become very popular in Sri Lanka during the past two decades and the 'magical' wrapper replaced the traditional eco-friendly wrappers fast. However, the 'God sent carrier' soon became a menace damaging the environment and causing lots of environmental problems.

Role of Pakistani writers and intellectuals

Dr Shabir Choudhry

Writers, thinkers and intellectuals have a great role in every society, and Pakistani society should not be exception to this rule. Writers and thinkers don't have to be in government to influence people. These God gifted individuals have power to influence others through their ideas and power of analyses and vision to predict how future events might shape the society. Conscientious and sincere writers and thinkers can help governments to formulate appropriate policies, and could check governments desire to act against public interest and bulldoze civil liberties. Of course undemocratic and ruthless rulers will try to muzzle the press and writers and thinkers; and will hire their services to push through their agenda, which is not always in the public interest or even in the national interest.

Distribution of food items brought from Chennai to Jaffna begins today

Government Agent Jaffna is making arrangements to distribute potatoes through Multi-purpose cooperative societies from today onwards as unloading of the MV Mercs Ruhuna , anchored in the Point Pedro port area with 3,500 MT of food items from Chennai, is fast proceeding from yesterday onwards. When the ship MV Mercs Ruhuna with essential food items from Chennai, Tamil Nadu reached Point Pedro port yesterday, Social Services and Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda, Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General G.A. Chandrasiri and K.Ganesh Government Agent Jaffna were present at that occasion.

India's soft option not working in Sri Lanka -- ENDLF

G Gnanasekaran, President, Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF), has appealed to the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, to intervene directly and immediately in the Sri Lankan crisis. He argues that the Norweigna-brokered ceasefre agreement is now defunct and the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government are engaged in an undeclared war. This has caused hardships to the Tamils living in the north and the east. He adds: "We are of the view that India’s soft options against the Sri Lankan Government have not worked and will not work. We are of the opinion that urging the Sri Lankan government to find a negotiated settlement and at the same time assuring that India will not interfere directly in the Sri Lankan crisis have not borne any results and will not be helpful in finding a solution.

High level EU delegation on a low key visit to India

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

A high level delegation of the European Union on the Kashmir issue is here on a short 'low key' visit to meet a cross section of politicians particularly those active on the Kashmir scene. Both moderate and hard-line factions of the Hurriyat have sent their top leaders to meet Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations and James Elles Chairman All Party Group on Kashmir of the European Parliament. But no meetings with the Indian political leadership are scheduled for the EU delegation. The government appears to treat the visit as a routine affair. This is in contrast to the 'red carpet' treatment Pakistan government gave Elmar Brok and James Elles when they were in Islamabad.

First Netaji award for Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu KyiMyanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to be conferred the first Netaji Subhas Award for her outstanding contribution to the struggle for restoring democracy in her country. Debabrata Biswas, general secretary of the All-India Forward Bloc and a member of the Netaji Foundation, which will present the award, told newspersons here today that he had written to Suu Kyi on December 27, conveying the foundation's decision. Another Forward Bloc leader G Devarajan said U Thang, the spokesman of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, had spoken to him on telephone and accepted the invitation.

Will Jesus ask permission from Tigers to feed the Tamils?

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Part II

Bishop Thomas Soundaranayagam says in his New Year message: "My heart rejoices to be able to bless my people for a life with full freedom on the dawn of 2007.” Of course, the good Bishop does not elaborate as to where Tamils could find "a life with full freedom" in 2007. Nor does he say that there is an Eelam in heaven which can guarantee "a life with full freedom." But read together with his previous political statements this conveys the message that "full freedom" can be found only in the one-man ethnic enclave in the Vanni and not in the democratic multi-cultural society where the majority of the Tamils live.

Bush Nominates Negroponte as Deputy Secretary of State Department

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

As anticipated and reported by "Asian Tribune," President Bush on January 5 announced the nomination of John D. Negroponte, the present Director of National Intelligence, to the position of deputy secretary of the State Department, an important job that has responsibility in shaping the nation’s foreign policy along with Secretary Condoleezza Rice. The announcement was made at a brief White House gathering. He also announced the nomination of retired Navy Admiral John McConnell to succeed Negroponte as the director of national intelligence.

Dr.Sirimal Premakumara wins Chandrasena Memorial Award

Dr.Sirimal PremakumaraSunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A senior Research Officer Dr.Sirimal Premakumara who serves at the Industrial Technology Institute [ITI] has been awarded prestigious Professor Chandrasena Memorial Award 2006 for his exceptional research contribution to the field of organic chemistry, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Bioactivity studies. He received the award at the recently concluded Annual General meeting of the Institute of Chemistry held in Colombo.

BJP’s ‘Partition’ Threat

By Tukoji Pandit - Syndicate Features

During its three-day conclave at Lucknow in December 2006, the Bharatiya Janata Party warned the people that the country was heading towards another ‘partition’ because of the allegedly ‘soft’ approach towards terrorism and ‘minority appeasement’ policy of the present UPA and the previous Congress and other non-BJP governments at the Centre. The ‘warning’ may be dismissed by some as part of the raving and ranting of a party that, feeling like fish out of water since its 2004 electoral defeat, thinks that its future lies only in doing something desperate if it has to achieve its sole goal of grabbing the seat on the Raisina Hills.

The Bush administration’s committee for regime change in Iran

An article published in the Boston Globe on January 2 has provided a glimpse into the preparations of the Bush administration for political provocations and a military attack against Iran. While the White House continues to maintain that it intends to resolve the ongoing confrontation with Iran diplomatically, a team of top officials from the Pentagon, State Department, Treasury, CIA and National Security Council has been working to strengthen US military alliances against Tehran, covertly finance Iranian dissidents and oppositional groups, and isolate Iran economically.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Sri Lankan Muslims burns US flag