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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Rohitha Bogollagama

West Bengal Stalinist regime perpetrates peasant massacre

West Bengal’s Left Front government has perpetrated a massacre of peasants opposed to its policy of seizing prime agricultural land for the benefit of Indian and foreign capital. At least 14 people were killed and some 75 villagers injured Wednesday, when West Bengal’s Stalinist-led state government ordered a more than 4,000-strong contingent of police—including para-military, Rapid Action and Combat Commando forces—to reestablish the government’s authority in the environs of Nandigram, a town located about 150 kilometers from Kolkata (Calcutta.)

Did the Mahatma do his best to save Bhagat Singh..?

By R. K. Bhatnagar*- Syndicate Features

Did Mahatma Gandhi try his best to save Bhagat Singh from being hanged to death 75 years ago on March 23, 1931? This question keeps cropping up at regular intervals though there is so much ‘recorded’ evidence to show how Gandhiji was concerned over the young and daring nationalist. Scepticism is in built in the Indian psyche, probably. Writing on the subject in his book, ‘Indian Struggle’, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose said “Pressure was brought to bear on the Mahatma to try to save the lives of young men and it must be admitted, he did try his best”.

Regional entrepreneurs reiterate commitment to foster peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Small and medium entrepreneurs representing the Business for Peace Alliance (BPA) member business chambers throughout Sri Lanka reiterated their commitment to work collectively to foster peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. This commitment was expressed at a workshop on Conflict Transformation organized by the BPA in Kandy on 10 and 11 March 2007. The BPA combines regional private sector interests with peace building. The BPA which is committed to regional empowerment and fostering peace and reconciliation through business has been operating over the last five years.

U.N. Asks for More Women Peacekeepers

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the United Nations commemorated International Women's Day last week, its Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) aired a longstanding complaint: a woeful shortage of women military personnel in U.N. missions overseas. Of the 71,673 military personnel in peacekeeping operations, only 1,034 were women, and out of the 8,482 U.N. police personnel, only 454 were women, according to the latest figures released here. The DPKO's "Year in Review" cites the famous U.S. Marine Corps recruiting slogan: "We are looking for a few good men." But gives it a gender perspective: "We are looking for a few good women"-- or rather "a whole lot of them."

Moving Sri Lanka’s Peace Process Forward; Sri Lanka Government Policy and the role of the International Community

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Rohitha BogollagamaForeign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said today (16 March 2007), that when the world assesses whatever political settlement that emanates from Sri Lanka in the coming weeks and months, they should bear in mind that it is not only the demands of the LTTE that have to be met, but those of the totality of the Tamil population, among which there is a tremendous yearning for peace, as among the rest of the Sri Lankan polity.

Sri Lanka tells Condoleezza Rice that the government working to obtain a consensus for political reforms

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was working hard to obtain a consensus of the majority of Sri Lankans living in the South to develop constitutional reforms that would address the concerns of the minorities. He said the current military operations undertaken in the Eastern Province by the government were purely taken up to prevent the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from taking military advantage using the cover of the ceasefire.

Five soldiers and four civilians die after a LTTE ambush while Navy sinks three Sea Tiger boats in Mannar

By Walter Jayawardhana

In Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has increased their military activities after their defeats in the Eastern Province, three Sea Tiger boats were sunk and a LTTE ambush killed five soldiers and four civilians . The Sri Lanka Navy said it sank three Sea Tiger boats in the Mannar District off the North Western coast of Sri Lanka.