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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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Ven. Kirindigalle Dhammaratana Thera

Tamil Tigers in a death groan in the East of Sri Lanka, after the STF capture of Janak Camp in Amparai

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is in a ‘death groan’ and counting their days in the restive East of Sri Lanka, when they lost one more camp in the Amparai district yesterday to the Sri Lanka Police Special Task Force. The Police Special Task Force (STF) wrested the control of LTTE’s 'Janak’ camp, situated west of the earlier captured ‘Stanley camp' in Kanchikudichcharu in the Ampara district. The Stanley camp was the biggest base in the Amparai district. Loss of Stanley base and the Janak camp is a huge draw back of the Tigers stronghold in the Eastern province, security sources said.

Sri Lanka Conflict: How free are different ethnic groups in multi ethnic societies?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

In their heart of hearts, many Sri Lankan Tamils, mostly those living in Sri Lanka and having to face violence from two quarters, namely the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, must be wondering about the mess they have got into by allowing a group of armed thugs to take care of their destiny by force. Very few Tamils will admit this, but they must wonder whether their on going suffering has been worth it, especially when they see no end to it. The plight of the Sri Lankan Tamil living in Sri Lanka, specially those living in the North and the East, is very different to whatever the Tamil Diaspora feels about the ongoing conflict, and among other reasons, it is different on account of the fact that it is the Diaspora that is prolonging this conflict by continuing to support the LTTE and their violent campaign, and causing untold suffering on their own people.

Sri Lanka 2006: LTTE’s unbalanced score card

By Col R Hariharan (retd.)

The year 2006 may be called the year of reckoning for LTTE. What LTTE had been sowing during the four years of ceasefire from 2002 came back to haunt it in 2006. It was also a year that saw LTTE reaching the point of abandoning the East to Karuna’s control. The year also saw the international community, already tired of LTTE’s old rhetoric, got increasingly disenchanted with LTTE’s methods. This enabled the Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa, who was elected thanks to LTTE’s ‘advisory’ to Tamils to boycott the elections, to turn the peace process into a military dialogue, even as the international community watched on the sidelines.

New Sangha Nayake for Scandinavian countries

Ven. Kirindigalle Dhammaratana TheraBy Ven.Kanumuldeniye Sri Dharmashoka Nayake Maha Thera

Ven. Kirindigalle Dhammaratana Thera is to be bestowed with the post of Sangha Nayake of Scandinavian Countries by the Malwatta Chapter of Siyam Maha Nikaya. In this connection, subsequently a special reception to felicitate Ven. Dhammaratana Thera’s contribution to the Sasana will be held at the BMICH in Colombo at 3.00 pm on Tuesday, January 16. Ven. Kirindigalle Dhammaratana Thera is the Chief Incumbent of Stockholm Buddhist Vihara in Sweden, Copenhagen Buddhist Vihara in Denmark, Maratugoda Vidumina Pirivena, Kirindigalle Meghagiri Viharaya, Wellawa Talotuwa Priyantharamaya, Lunukadawella Raja Maha Viharaya is known throughout the island and internationally for his outstanding services to Buddhist education as well as the Buddha Sasana.

United Nations Secretary General wants a peaceful election in Bangladesh

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Warning that the political crisis in Bangladesh has “severely jeopardized the legitimacy” of this month’s planned elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all sides to refrain from violence and seek compromise, adding he hopes the army will continue to play a neutral role. "The announced cancellation of numerous international observation missions is regrettable. The United Nations has had to suspend all technical support to the electoral process, including by closing its International Coordination Office for Election Observers in Dhaka," Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement referring to the country’s capital.

Dr Lotha blasts Assam for dishonoring 1972 Interim Agreement on Border

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The tension in the border areas between Nagaland and Assam is fast heightening as student activists in the Assam border side with the backing of the All Assam Students Union (ASSU) have been rushed to the border areas with flag posts to demarcate the border with Nagaland. On hearing this, the several Lotha students led by leaders of the Lotha Students Union (LSU) with the support of the Naga Students Federation (NSF) late last night have been rushed down to Liphayan, near Governor’s Camp under Wokha district, bordering Assam, to thwart any attempt by their counterpart to place any flag posts for "demarcation" with Nagaland.

Persecution against Christians in Burma: Launching of Carrying the Cross

The report is expected to identify a range of tactics used by the military regime to suppress Christianity and cites a document, allegedly from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, which has been widely circulated in Rangoon with the headline "Programme to destroy the Christian religion in Burma". It begins: "There shall be no home where the Christian religion is practised." The report, Carrying the Cross: The military regime’s campaign of restriction, discrimination and persecution against Christians in Burma, will be launched at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Burma to be held in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons on Tuesday 23 January.

To "save Iraqi Democracy" Bush’s war will target Shias too

M. A. Muqtedar Khan

Two months after the America people expressed overwhelming lack of confidence in the President Bush and his war in Iraq by handing over the House and the Senate to the Democrats after twelve years of Republic control, President Bush finally admitted that strategic mistakes have been made in Iraq. In a much awaited speech he acknowledged his own responsibility for the failures in Iraq and then outlined a new strategy for ensuring the survival of Iraqi democracy. The twenty minute speech was full of rhetoric and staid platitudes about the "burdens of freedom," "the hope of liberty," "the author of liberty," the "decisive ideological struggle," and was very thin on substance. It even had a "Borat moment" when he shared the intelligence with American people that Al Qaeda planned to establish an Islamic radical empire in the Al Anbar province of Iraq.

Sri Lanka: RADA releases its action plan for year 2007

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Reconstruction and Development Agency [RADA] has decided to continue its support to implement a number of projects to help tsunami affected community in Sri Lanka. The RADA’s Livelihood Development Director Kausal Rajapaksha said the RADA has already prepared its action plan for the year 2007 and hopes to launch the first half of its programme with assistance from the INGOs, NGOs and the private sector in the country. According to the livelihood plan for the next six months period, it was further decided not to initiate new activities in the work plan but to carry out the actions already initiated.

German interior minister seeks to introduce martial law measures

On February 15, 2006, the German Constitutional Court (BVG) in Karlsruhe declared that the “Act on Aviation Security” introduced by the former SPD (Social Democratic Party)-Green Party government was unconstitutional and invalid. The aim of the law was to allow the German Defence Secretary to order the shooting down of civilian airplanes if “according to circumstances it can be assumed” that the airplane was “being used against human lives.” The current interior minister, Wolfgang Schäuble (Christian Democratic Union, CDU), has reacted to this judgement by proposing a constitutional amendment that goes much further.

ZOA - a Dutch Protestant Agency is suspected of running hospital inside LTTE camp in Amparai in East Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka Defense spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Netherlands based ZOA; a non-governmental organization registered for refugee care was suspected of running a hospital at a Tamil Tiger insurgent garrison overrun by the country’s elite police commandos, the Special Task Force (STF) recently. ZOA Refugee Care is an international and Protestant agency, based in the Netherlands, and focuses on relief and rehabilitation among refugees and IDPs. In the beginning ZOA worked in countries in South East Asia. ZOA is the abbreviation in Dutch for Zuid (South) Oost (East) Azie (Asia), the part of the world where ZOA started her work in the seventies.