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

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Martin Stürzinger

Sri Lankan rebels take civilian hospital hostage in Batticaloa

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

The Tamil Tiger rebels in a desperate move to treat their inured following Tuesday's heavy defeat in Batticaloa's Panichchankerni and Kadjuwatta, is reported to have taken the Vakarai hospital hostage, civilians in the area alleged. A spokesman attached to the media centre for national security (MCNS) told the "Asian Tribune" that, when a large group of civilians living in that area had visited the hospital on Wednesday morning they had witnessed a large number of LTTE cadres present and had been informed that the LTTE cadres have forcibly taken over the hospital to treat their injured cadres thereby depriving the ill civilians from receiving treatment from the hospital.

Is the LTTE cultivating Karunanidhi …..

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

For quite a well a question is doing the rounds of Chennai political scene. And it is related to the LTTE factor in the Tamil Nadu politics. A UK based writer and human rights activist, who would like not to be identified for security reasons, after visiting Chennai said LTTE influence has become pronounced in the city and elsewhere in the state. She did not elaborate on what basis she reached the conclusion. She held the view that a large percentage of Tamil Diaspora who was in Chennai during the music festival season was in fact interested in LTTE politics. 'Is this not a sweeping generalization', I asked her. She did not agree.

Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir jets bomb LTTE targets in Verugal

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

The Sri Lanka Air force has successfully destroyed several LTTE targets in Batticaloa. "At 9.45 a.m. Air Force Kfir jets bombed a group of LTTE terrorists in Batticaloa's Verugal area," a spokesman for the media centre for national security said. According to the spokesman the Air force has successfully completed Wednesday's operation which included several other vital LTTE points which were often being utilized to attack security forces.

Sri Lankan exporters and tourist promoters have more opportunities at the Swiss market

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Martin StürzingerSri Lanka can grab more tourists and foreign exchange from Switzerland, but a few of local entrepreneurs have contacts with Swiss authorities and the private sector, which contributed Swiss economy. Martin Stürzinger, Spokesperson and adviser for Peace Building Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo, said around ten thousand Swiss tourists had arrived to Sri Lanka during the last year, but Sri Lankan authorities must promote local tourism sector in Switzerland. Speaking to media in Colombo on Wednesday, he said a few of Sri Lankan exporters doing business with Swiss partners, such as apparel and textiles.

Foreign Nationals still denied entry to West Bank by Israel

By Mohammed Mar'i*

Although Lana K. is an American national, and a mother of 2 children, she was denied entry on January 3rd and again on January 9th by the Israeli Occupation Forces ([IOF). Lana is married to a Palestinian and has been living with her family in Nablus for 10 years and used to renew her visa periodically. When Lana was first forced to return to Jordan, her children, carrying their Israeli-issued Palestinian residency ID's, were refused re-entry into Jordan. The children were permitted transit the Israeli-controlled Allenby Bridge and their father arrived from Nablus to take them back to Nablus. Despite the new Israeli entry procedures announced nearly 2 weeks, Lana attempted to join her family in the West Bank failed.

Sri Lanka government to respond to Muslim party's demands soon

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

The government is scheduled to shortly respond to several conditions laid by the country's pre dominant Muslim party, which recently offered to support the government in Parliament, sources told the ‘Asian Tribune.’ The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) met with a government delegation on Tuesday night, where it put forward several demands amounting to about nine. The government delegation represented by three senior ministers namely Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Vishwa Warnapala and Janaka Bandara Tennakoon had termed the Muslim Congress's demands as 'genuine and reasonable requests'.

Baluchistan and Kashmir offer study in contrasts

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Baroness Emma Nicholson, Brad Adams and the Blogger, who identifies himself as Onlooker, have nothing in common. But they say almost the same thing on Kashmir. That is really interesting. The Baroness, in her capacity as the Vice-Chairperson of European Union Parliament's foreign affairs committee has authored a 10-page report after visiting both sides of the Line of Control (LOC). The report has formed the basis of a resolution the EU plenary is expected to take up shortly.

Australian Human Rights Commission dismisses complaint lodged against Asian Tribune

Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission(HREOC) has dismissed a complaint lodged against the 'Asian Tribune' by Ms Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam on the grounds of "lacking in substance." She had "alleged racial discrimination in the provision of goods and services within the meaning of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975". HREOC dismissed her complaint saying: "Having considered all the information she has provided to date, I am satisfied that Ms Paramasivam's complaint is lacking in substance."

Tamil Tigers may have stolen millions of pounds to fund its terrorism from British citizens say police

By Walter Jayawardhana

Humberside Police in the United Kingdom said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) might have stolen hundreds of thousand Pounds or some times millions of pounds from citizens of the United Kingdom by cloning ATM bank cards of customers who visited a cash withdrawing machine and withdrawing money from similar machines all over the world. According to the initial police investigations the money by the cloned bank cards have been withdrawn by suspected Tamil Tigers in countries like Germany and Thailand where the LTTE is very active.

Emma Nicholson report Europe becomes a battleground.

By Dr Shabir Choudhry

Pakistan might not have won wars but they know how to win small battles and call shots at appropriate time to off balance its adversaries. They also have ability and will to activate its mechanism to start a world- wide campaign on any issue and make adversaries uncomfortable and defensive. One can disagree with their style of politics and tactics but it is difficult to discard claim of some Pakistanis (especially those in Punjab ) that Kashmir is in their blood. They started Kashmir campaign before Pakistan came in to being; and through out this long unpleasant history their emphasis has been to get Kashmir and not to win hearts and minds of the people.

ITI develops minimal processing of tropical fruits technology

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Post Harvest Technology Group of the Industrial Technological Institute [ITI] has now developed a technology on minimal processing of under utilized tropical fruits. The new technology is now available for any interest parties from the Post Harvest Technology Group of the ITI.

Nithari skeletons

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Every time a big tragedy strikes the country, either manmade or natural, politics in India take a further dive towards its nadir. The victims are important only for the furtherance of political motives—and, of course, for the ‘photo op’ and ‘sound byte’ opportunities that they offer to some. Thus, while the full scale of the unspeakably gruesome saga from the village Nithari on the outskirts of Noida (UP) in the proximity of Delhi was still being unfolded, politicians had taken up their sparring positions. The number of victims—mostly children and young women—was not known when politicians were rushing to the arena to knock down their opponents. All that was known was that the police had recovered about 20 skeletal remains from a drain outside the house of the prime suspect, Moninder Singh Pandher, who was arrested along with his domestic help, Surendra. The two men were not only accused of a heinous crime but some medical experts also thought they killed for the sake of supplying organs in the black market. It could not have been more pervert.

Two more barbaric state executions in Iraq

The latest executions in Baghdad exemplify the barbarism that prevails in US-occupied Iraq. Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, the 56-year-old half-brother of Saddam Hussein and former head of his regime’s intelligence service, and Awad Hamed al-Bander, the 61-year-old former chief judge of the Baathist Revolutionary Court, were hung in the early hours of Monday morning. American troops woke the two men in the dead of night and flew them by helicopter to the execution chamber in Baghdad. Masked Iraqi executioners bundled them to dimly lit gallows, shackled, disorientated and dressed in the infamous orange prison uniforms issued by the US military.

Regional Countries Urged To Help Resolve Burma Issues Urgently

The vetoes cast on 12 of this month in the United Nations Security Council have provided the opportunity for the Burmese generals to continue persecuting pro-democracy elements, violating human rights, rejecting calls by the United Nations to investigate into the Depayin massacre of 2003 and rapes, and even refusing to cooperate in earnest with the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy. The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) pointed out that a UN Security Council resolution under "The Responsibility to Protect" could have delivered practical protection for the people in Burma, particularly the ethnic nationalities, many of whom continue to be victimized by those in power.