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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Indrajith Piyasena

Problems of Tamils caused by Tamil Tigers -- Douglas Devananda

Douglas DevanandaDouglas Devananada the Minister for Social Services and Social Welfare attributed the defeat of Prabakaran and his Tiger cadres in the east to the correct political leadership provided by the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse, military leadership provided by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka and also of the leadership provided by Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alias Colonel Karuna, and his cadres. He said that Government of Sri Lanka did not give in to the external pressures brought to bear on them while a sustained military campaign advanced victoriously to liberate the Tamil people of Vakarai from the clutches of Prabakaran and his fascist regime.

Mumbai police arrested kingpin involved in arranging purchase and delivering steel ball bearing for LTTE fabricate lethal bombs

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Police in Mumbai, India arrested a Muslim man born in Tamil Nadu but residing in Mumbai for helping to procure six metric tons of ball bearings to be used as missiles in claymore mines and other weapons for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for its anti-human and terrorist activities, Indian police sources said. The 42 two year old suspect, Miraj Saheb Ismail, from Mumbai (formerly Bombay) suburb called Bhagat Singh Nagar, indicated to the police that the commercial metropolitan area and its state, the Maharashtra is being used increasingly by the Sri Lankan terrorist group for procurement of arms.

The Latest from Bangladesh

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

On January 8, 2007, I arrived in Bangladesh, and Shoaib and I embraced as brothers for the first time. Having gone through so much together; having been denied the opportunity to see each other so many times (the Bangladesh government either prevented me from entering the country or Shoaib from leaving it); our meeting was extremely emotional for both of us. Shoaib and an entourage (including his attorney, S N Goswami) met me at the airport, presented me with flowers and then escorted me into Dhaka for ten days I never will forget.

“I and my wife leaving Nagaland with full satisfaction” - Governor

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The outgoing Nagaland Governor Shyamal Datta expressed his satisfaction on the sea change he had seen during the last five years since he came to Nagaland as Governor. “I and my wife will be leaving this land and people so dear to us with full of satisfaction," he told the journalists who called on him at the Raj Bhavan on Monday. The Governor refused to pretend that he was not emotional on his parting with the Naga people. A leader bereft of emotion would lack stirring the minds of the masses and incapable of leading them sometimes, he explained. “We need to have emotions sometimes," he said. “After all, we are human beings."

Sri Lanka is deprived of Rs 20 billion as Coir fibre industry is neglected

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In the economic scenario, Sri Lanka is apparently wandering aimlessly, even so many years after the country’s independence, unable to decide where to go, and what to do as there has never been a comprehensive national economic plan. Whenever political parties won elections, they had their own economic agendas that appeared to have no co-relation to the economic woes of the people at large. When Sri Lanka won her independence from the British domination, it was commonly accepted that the country had a firm economic backdrop and the local leaders would have just strengthened it and continued. They have firmly established three main cash crops – tea, coconut and rubber – though it is true, there was reason to believe, the foreign rulers have neglected agriculture as a whole and in particular, paddy cultivation.

Sri Lanka: Two day development Forum in Galle: World Community applauds Government policies to achieve development

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Sri Lanka Development Forum 2007 President Mahinda Rajapaksa pointed out that the economic development is the surest way to revitalize the conflict affected areas and provide meaningful opportunities to people in those areas, who have suffered enough. "Development will not be wholesome or sustainable unless it is associated with a value system, respect for human rights and democracy, the culture and heritage," President Rajapaksa stated.

China’s anti-satellite missile test points to developing space weapons race

After a lengthy silence, the Chinese government finally admitted last week to having tested an anti-satellite missile by destroying one of its aging weather satellites on January 11. While insisting that it still opposed the militarization of space, China’s move is clearly a step in the opposite direction. The anti-satellite test was the first since both the former Soviet Union and the US carried out similar experiments in 1980s. News of the test, which was leaked to the media by US authorities, provoked a chorus of criticism from Washington and its allies, accusing China of initiating a space arms race. Such comments are completely hypocritical. Rather than starting an arms race, Beijing is responding to the Bush administration’s efforts to establish and maintain US military supremacy in space.

Douglas Devananda

Governor - Nagaland

Coir Fibre Products

Sri Lanka’s 59th Independence Day celebration in Los Angeles on February 4

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles, California has made preparations to hold a public celebration commemorating the 59th anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence from the United Kingdom. The celebration of independence will take place on Sunday, the 4th of February at the Japanese American National Museum, located at 369 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The festivities commence at 9:30a.m. and is opened to the general public.