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

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Virginia Woolf

Sri Lankan military captures strategic eastern town from LTTE

After imposing a siege lasting months, the Sri Lankan security forces finally took the key eastern coastal town of Vaharai last Friday in what is a significant blow to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Vaharai is the latest in a series of LTTE strongholds that have fallen to government troops since July. The army entered the town without much resistance. Faced with the prospect of being trapped between government troops to the north and south, the LTTE withdrew. By Sunday, the security forces had extended their control to the adjoining areas of Verugal and Kathirvelu. An LTTE spokesman acknowledged the loss saying that its fighters had “readjusted” their positions.

Emulate the Australians

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

For long the Australian team has been the most dominant one in world cricket. There may be questions raised about its sledging practice and maybe some odd unpleasant comments which enrage the opposing teams but no one will doubt the toughness that goes to make Australia a winning combination. It has proved itself time and again that cricket is a team game and individuals no matter how great can always be dispensed with. That has been amply demonstrated by the recent retirement of four of its top players at one go.

Why Assam to be Asom?

M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

In the early nineties BJP politically aired a new slogan—‘Indianization of big cities’ since old names, to them were, symbolic to either Mughals or British slavery. The idea later became cheaper for all political parties with much vote bank credits. And in the process Indian politicians spread a new virus in the world—every one has to redo or delete old data. The commercial capital of India Bombay became Mumbai, Madras changed into Chennai, the first British capital of India’s Calcutta became Kolkata and the hi-tech capital of India Bangalore followed to be Bengaluru.

Sri Lanka: UNDP-Suntel venture provides CDMA telephones to CBOs

A total of 363 community based organizations are to receive CDMA telephones through a UNDP-Suntel venture. This scheme will further enhance UNDP’s efforts to develop capacities of grass root level organizations in the tsunami affected coastal districts. Better access to information and increased communication facilities would be a boon to these institutions. Community based organizations (CBOs) in Batticaloa were the latest to receive these rental free wireless telephones donated by the Suntel Relief Fund. A total of 20 CBOs funded under UNDP’s ‘Strong Places’ project which builds institutional capacities, and 16 CBOs supported by other UNDP projects received CDMA phones.

Remembering Virginia Woolf.

By P. Mallika.

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf explains how women were deprived of their basic civil rights. They could not earn money or possess whatever money earned. They were deprived of education, economic and all the social facilities. Thus they were poor and had to depend on their husbands. They had to marry young and safeguard their so-called chastity, cook, bear and rear children, in the spare time if they had any they had to mend their husband’s socks! Without their knowledge they become child-producing machines. She says that a woman had thirteen children by a minister of the church. Even now there are cases, where priests don’t practice what they preach! Women’s safety and prosperity are not considered at any time. It is the same still as it was in 1928. Women are not recognised as human beings. They are just logs. If they get anything at all, it is the title of “lawful wedded wife” where they have to slog and slave as wives.

An Islamic Militia Claimed Blasting Al Arabiya News Channel in Gaza

Although it isn't the first time the Palestinians hear ‘cover’ names for Palestinian armed militias after blasting and violent incidents in the West Bank and Gaza, an armed group called 'Suyuf Al-Haq Al-Islamiya', which means 'The Islamic Swords of Right Group', has claimed responsibility for the explosion at Al-Arabiya news channel in Gaza City on Monday night. The group said in a statement that this explosion came as part of its campaign "Al-Ard Al-Baida", that means 'The White Land'. It said that the campaign has been launched to make "the land of Rabat pure from infidelity and corruption". 'The land of Rabat' is an Islamic term referring to the region surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the land of historic Palestine.

Sri Lanka Telecom hosts largest South Asian Networking Conference in Colombo

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Premier communications provider, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has hosted the Largest Networking Conference in South Asia - SANOG from 23rd to 24th January at the Trans Asia Hotel with over 200 local participants and 60 foreign participants. The theme of the plenary session was 'Network design and planning - art or science'. Session one included topics under the theme of Network Operation, such as Service providers network design in South Asia and Transit, peering, IXP and network operations, while session two consisted areas under the theme of application comprising subjects such as sophistication in denial of service attacks conventional brute force vs low rate tactical flooding and combating SPAM using SPF Greylisting.

Ranil fiddles in Nepal whileUNP burns in Sri Lanka

Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is facing the biggest crisis of his party, UNP, about to be split into two by the end of this week, left the island yesterday to hold talks with President of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Pashupati Shumsher Rana, and later with the Indian leaders. Nearly twenty MPs, including the former Deputy Leader, Karu Jayasuriya, are expected to cross over and join the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse. But Ranil has winged his way to Nepal to get a briefing from Pashupati Shumsher Rana, on the new agreement with the Maoist rebels who have given up arms under UN supervision and joined the government.