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

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U.S. Employs less Direct Role in Sri Lanka Conflict Says Steven Mann Advocating Political Solution to Terrorism

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune News Analysis

Steven MannThe U.S. State Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asia Steven R. Mann was his country’s ambassador in a Central Asian nation Turkmenistan when Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger outfit ceremonially rejected the government’s 2000 proposals. Political observers at that time confirmed that those were the best proposals Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils got to solve the national question in the country. Nevertheless, Tamil Tigers were not prepared to accept it.

LTTE broadcasting illegally in Intelsat 12 satellite: Will be closed down soon – Intelsat Ltd.

Tamil Tigers are pirates and they are broadcasting illegally in the Intelsat 12 satellite without any proper authorization. The Washington D.C based Intelsat Ltd., the world’s largest commercial satellite communications services provider told “Asian Tribune” that that LTTE is not a customer of the Intelsat. “They are pirates.” On 04 March, LTTE news websites reported that Voice of Tigers, the official radio broadcast of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), began satellite broadcast to South Asian countries from Vanni starting from that day.

Sri Lanka to seek Kuwait assistance to build houses for 3500 Muslim families from North, chased out by LTTE

Sri Lanka Government is considering constructing houses for 3500 Muslim families who are languishing as refugees in Puttlam for the last 17 long torturous years, from the very day they were chased out of their places of abode in the Northern Province by Velupillai Prabakaran, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen, Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services told “Asian Tribune” that he is planning to contact Kuwait Government for assistance under their Kuwait Fund.

Sri Lanka Army overruns four LTTE camps in the jungles of Trincomalee killing at least 20 Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka troops overran four Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam held military camps in the Trincomalee district inflicting heavy casualties among the separatists during a raid conducted before the dawn on Friday. The Sri Lanka army troops backed by artillery and multi barrel rocket launchers killed more than 20 Tiger guerillas that came a day after the LTTE threatened to cover Sri Lanka in a blood bath if the troops did not stop the offensive.

Burma’s Human Rights Situation Utter Dismal According to U.S. 2006 Human Rights Report

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

"The government's human rights record worsened during the year. The regime continued to abridge the right of citizens to change their government. The government detained five leaders of the 88 Generation Students prodemocracy activists. The government refused to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to visit prisoners privately. The army increased attacks on ethnic minority villagers in Bago Division and Karen State designed to drive them from their traditional land.

Lusofonia: Platform for Dialogue of Cultures

By Eduardo Falerio* - Syndicate Features

Lusofonia is a movement which links Portuguese speaking nations. It does, however, attempt to associate some other countries including India and China. It is then a possible platform for the dialogue of cultures, so relevant to our troubled times. Goa was connected to Portugal for 450 years. At present, there are in Goa several institutions, governmental and non-governmental, which offer courses in Portuguese language and culture. The Goa University has a full fledged Department of Portuguese which conducts diploma courses and courses at graduate and post-graduate level.

More than 300 seized in Massachusetts immigration raid

Federal immigration authorities carried out a massive raid on a New Bedford, Massachusetts, plant Tuesday morning, detaining 300 to 350 immigrant workers and charging the company’s owner and three managers with knowingly hiring undocumented workers. The company holds a multimillion-dollar contract with the Defense Department producing supplies for the US military and runs a poverty-wage operation employing mostly Central American labor. The sweep at Michael Bianco Inc. (MBI) began shortly after 8 a.m., as about 300 agents of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and New Bedford police converged on the three-story building. Police surrounded the plant, and a Coast Guard helicopter hovered overhead to prevent the workers—mainly women with young children—from escaping. Buses lined up outside waiting to haul workers away.

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Rogue Tiger cadres killed Army and Wild Life Officials involved on a drinking water mission for elephants

By Walter Jayawardhana

An army search operation found the eight bullet ridden bodies of two army officers, two army soldiers, the officer in charge of the Wilpattu Wild Life Park and three wild life rangers, believed tortured and killed by the rouge cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Among the dead were Lt. Col. Jayantha Suraweera, the area commander of Anuradhapura and the OIC of the Wilpattu Wild Life Park Wasantha Pushpananda. The other five dead people have been identified as Corporal Kapila Kumara, Private Suranga and three rangers, M.D.Witharane, Kelum Jayawardena and Chandana Pradeep Navaratne.