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

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Victory in Vaharai

By Dayan Jayatilleka

In his Mahaveera Day speech last November, Velupillai Prabhakaran signalled to the Tamil people and the world, the beginning of the end – by which he meant the beginning of his final war for the establishment of an independent Tamil Eelam. He punctuated his speech with the suicide bombing of the Defence Secretary, which luckily and symbolically, proved abortive. The Sri Lankan state replied with the victorious campaign in the strategic ground of Vaharai.

Karuna group ambushes and kills fleeing Tamil Tigers

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (Karuna Group) claimed that they ambushed a group of 50 Tamil Tigers cadres fleeing from Vaharai to their hideouts in Thoppigala jungle and attacked them, killing 13, injuring two and arresting three. According to Azad Moulana spokesman for the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, TMVP cadres led by its commander Riyaseelan chased the fleeing Tigers and attacked them in a very brief confrontation. He said that this incident took place at 5.30 AM morning on Sunday, at Kirimichchamkulam.

Sri Lanka Conflict: Is the Tamil homeland cry the real barrier to a peaceful solution?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

Although much has been written about the Tamil claims to a homeland in the North and East of Sri Lanka, and the claim hotly opposed by the Sinhalese and Muslim people, it maybe appropriate to revisit this issue, as well as that of State colonisation and claims of discrimination in education opportunities against the Tamils, in order for readers to engage in a discussion and add to an informed debate on these subjects. The article is not meant to be racist in any way, and if some of these claims are contested, the purpose has been to try and isolate fact from fiction so that contributors could contribute to this debate and make the wider readership more informed on these issues.

LTTE, Sri Lankans and Subhas Chandra Bose

By Janaka Perera

January 23rd marks the 110th birth anniversary of an Indian hero who would have altered the destinies of both India and Sri Lanka, had world history taken a different course. He was the charismatic Bengali patriot Subhas Chandra Bose better known as Netaji whose fate remains a mystery to some people to this day. The Netaji Research Bureau to mark its Golden Jubilee is holding an international conference on `The Second World War and Asian Independence' at the Netaji Bhawan, Kolkota, India on January 21-23. West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi will preside at the traditional Netaji Birthday ceremonies at the NB on Tuesday. The celebrations will include a special Netaji Birthday Concert.

Tamil Tiger credit card racket spreads to Chennai, India

The Sri Ramachandra Medical College police at Porur, Chennai, arrested G. Elango, a Tamil Tiger agent carrying a British passport, on Friday and seized 28 ATM cards in his possession. The police said Elango illegally withdrew over Rs. 30 lakh from the ATM centres of a few nationalized banks and a private bank. The amount was then sent to the United Kingdom through unauthorized channels. It is learnt that the Chennai Police was alerted by a civilian who had seen Elango using several ATM cards to withdraw money from an ATM centre of a private bank on Mount-Poonamallee Road, Porur.

The Cheap Life of Palestinian Laborers

By Mohammed Mar'i*

Muhammad Kamal Battat went highly motivated to his work after spending the weekend with his family. He was happy to get a new job after suffering from unemployment for years. Mohammed left his West Bank city of AL Dahirryeh, south of Hebron, to Beer Shiva south of Israel, where the construction site he worked in. He left the warmness of his family to the coldness of the construction site where there is no heating just to earn some Israeli Shekels for the daily needs of his kids.

NCPC assists local industries to reach high efficiency

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The National Cleaner Production Centre [NCPC] says it has already assisted 80 industries to reach best efficiency level and end waste. Director of the NCPC Sena Peiris said at present the centre works with 125 industries and the local consultants guide them to achieve best productivity level. Most of industries face lack of Cleaner Production officials, due to heavy demand on their profession. The NCPC is a project of UNIDO’s Integrated Industrial Support programme, funded by Government of Norway and Owned by Ministry of Industrial

The Round Up

By Rajeswary Balasubramaniam

(April 1985, a village of Batticaloa in the East of Sri Lanka)The ferocity of the simmering heat of the April sun was evident even as early as 9 o’clock in the morning. Our bitch Daisy, with its pups, was searching for shade among the banana trees. The white hen, which had hatched last week, was dutifully searching for food, with its multicoloured chickens. Our cat, tired of searching for fried fish in neighbouring kitchens, was curled up in a corner of the cement veranda. The cuckoo was cooing from our mango tree. My younger brothers were imitating the cooing sound of the cuckoo, irritating my grandmother in the process. Father was bathing. Mother was making pittu in the kitchen. What a beautiful morning this was. That day was the turning point in my life.

Tigers with their tails behind

By Gomin Dayasri

Undoubtedly the most desirous solution to the ethnic conflict is through a peaceful resolution instead of the military option. You need two to tango and are the LTTE prepared to take road to peace through negotiations? My experience of the LTTE at the last few encounters in Geneva and Oslo is that the LTTE arrives at the behest of the international community, convinced that they cannot achieve their objective of Elam through talks. They know well that Sri Lanka will not agree to any demands of separatism.There is no medium to strike.

The tragic tale of a reluctant Tamil youth, recruited forcibly, finally ended with death.

By Walter Jayawardhana

After the fall of Vakarai , Kadiravel and other Eastern strongholds of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) , following eleven years of existence, hundreds of rebels did not know where to turn for refuge. True a small number who knew they could safely surrender to the government troops did so. The shock for many of them was so great since the lost of the coastal stretch spanning the districts of Trincomalee and Batticaloa about 240 km (150 miles) northeast of Colombo was an important maritime supply line for the Tigers. It was indeed an irreparable loss.