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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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A slain LTTE cadre

Is there a future for Prabhakaran?

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

First to fall was Mavil Aru. Then came Muttur, followed by Sampur. The latest is Vakarai with more to come if the Sri Lankan forces continue marching into Tamil Tiger territory as before. The reports of entrenched Tiger camps in the east falling into the hands of Sri Lankan forces -- not mention the Tiger cadres and civilians fleeing the grip of Tigers --indicate that the Sri Lankan forces have effectively pulled the teeth and claws out of the Tigers in the east.

Kothalamadu, Verugal, Kathiraveli and A 15 highway between Trincomalee and Batticaloa captured by Sri Lanka Army

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri lankan Army troops marching North bagged its next victory after Vakarai by capturing Kothalamadu, Verugal, Kadiraveli and the vital Batticaloa Trincomalee Road, along the Eastern coastline the Army said. Now the guerillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam( LTTE) are desperately fleeing into the jungles West of Kathirveli and Mavil Aru jungles where they started this war many months ago by closing down an irrigation channel that blocked water starving nearly 20,000 rice farmers.

Stock Market on an upward trend

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers indicated that the market took an upward trend this week with both indices closing up substantially compared to last week. Increased institutional and foreign interest, contributed towards the buoyancy witnessed in the market this week. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed the week at 2910.9 points up by 100.5 points compared to last week, while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) picked up by a substantial 176.9 points to close at 4055.1 points on Friday.

The Battle and the War

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Vaharai is a humiliating defeat for the Tigers and a significant triumph for the state and the government of Sri Lanka (and Col. Karuna’s TMVP). However Vaharai is not the end of the Fourth Eelam War or the end of the LTTE. That is one very good reason why our reaction to the victory in Vaharai should not be a repetition of our reaction to the Sampoor victory. Post-Sampoor we succumbed to the sin of Hubris; Sampoor made us arrogant towards Tamils and the world, intolerant of dissent and criticism and disinclined to devolve power. The result was a loss of support for the Lankan cause in the international arena (it also led to the debacle of Muhamalai).

Under the shadow of Lakegala - Their Marriage

Of the sixty-five families now resident in this village, except six, all others are interrelated. Of the other six families three of them are dhoby caste and one pannacaste and two belong to a lower segment of the goigama caste called gattharu. The first fifty-nine families contract no matrimonial connections with the latter. Usually marriage takes place between two families of the same village. But some times they enter in to matrimony with families of the same caste of the neiboughring villages like Poddalgoda, Talagune, Mediwaka, Godakumbura, Kalawala and Madugalla in the south and Ranamure and Narangamuwa in the north. This has resulted closer family connections between all these villages.

Sri Lanka army hunting for fleeing LTTE: Tamil refugees confirmed being held by LTTE

An old man in Vakarai hospitalMany refugees who came out of Vakarai confirmed that that they were indeed held by the Tamil Tigers as human shields alleged earlier by the Sri Lanka Army spokesmen. They told reporters that they were used as a cover by the LTTE and were threatened with death if they left. A Reuter correspondent reported: "The LTTE did not allow us to move. They threatened us," said 45-year-old paddy field laborer Thambdemuthu Kulasekaran, who with his seven children, wife and disabled mother were among more than 10,000 refugees who fled to government territory on Friday. "There was so much shelling, so we moved to the south to here," he said at an army checkpoint in the town of Mankerni, near what used to be the front line in the area between military and rebels. "I left all my belongings behind. The last meal I had was the day before yesterday."

Oriflame cosmetics flourishes in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Oriflame is an international cosmetics company selling direct with sales in 57 countries. Oriflame offers a complete range of high quality skincare, fragrances, color cosmetics, toiletries and accessories. The products are marketed through a sales force of independent sales consultants. Although the company has grown rapidly it has never lost sight of its original business concept – natural Swedish cosmetics, sold from friend to friend.

Thai junta under fire over economic policies

Just four months after seizing power, Thailand’s military junta or Council for National Security (CNS) is on the defensive after protests at home and internationally. Far from resolving the country’s political crisis, the September 19 coup has been followed by sharpening divisions in Thai ruling circles, particularly over the direction of economic policy. The latest criticisms followed the cabinet’s decision on January 9 to alter the Foreign Business Act to restrict foreign ownership of Thai companies. The proposed new law would require international investors to sell off holdings in local companies that exceed 50 percent of assets and to give up voting rights in excess of 50 percent even if foreign share ownership was less than half.


Karuna Group denies link with Sri Lankan government and guarantees no recruitment of under-aged children

Reiterating that the Sri Lankan Security Forces have not been involved with the Karuna Aman group in recruiting under-aged children Mrs. S. Padhmini. Political Secretary,Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) has written to Allan Rock,Special Envoy to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, United Nations, agreeing to (1) cease any and all under –age recruitment, (2) release any children found in the Kaurna Faction ranks and (3) hold officers accountable who have engaged in such activities in contravention to international and local legal provisions.