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

Monthly archive


Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America raising funds For Tamil Tigers, accuses Sri Lanka Foreign Minister

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The widely read Boston Globe reports on its March 17 edition the visiting Sri Lanka foreign minister Rohitha Bogallagama as saying that several U.S.-based charities in the garb of Tamil cultural organizations are raising funds for the U.S. proscribed Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers. It further reports, based in an interview with the foreign minister, that he asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other top officials to have a greater scrutiny of Tamil charities especially the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America.

Decline & decline of the Tamil Tigers

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The increasing anti-Tiger forces within the Tamil community make one thing very clear: the Tamil Tigers have lost their commanding grip on the Tamil people. Even in the Tamil diaspora where the Tigers have their strongest base a plethora of anti-Tiger websites and organizations have cropped up to undermine the dominant voice of Tiger activists. The available evidence confirms that the monolith of the Tigers has fragmented and it is not confined to V. Anandasangaree, Douglas Devananda and Karuna Amman. It has percolated down to the grassroots making the politico-military perch of the Tigers rather precarious.

"Crorepathy" Fr. Jegath Gasper Raj main link for Tigers in India

The Sri Lankan Catholic Church, the Catholic Radio Veritas based in Phillipines, the Tamil Catholic hierachy and its priests have been the main links of the global network of the Church to protect, promote, provide succor and cover to the internationally banned Tamil Tigers. Fr. Jegath Gaspar Raj is somewht different. This catholic priest comes from the diocese of Kottar, Tamil Nadu. He has made a name for himself and become a "crorepathy’ ( Rs. 10 million is one crore) with plenty of political pull in Tamil Nadu politics to back the Tamil Tigers. He has learned the art of mixing politics with music to raise funds for the Tamil Tigers. In his music, politics and fund raising he has managed successfully to exploit the suffering of the Tamils in Sri Lanka to collect millions for the Tamil Tigers.

Dayan Jayatilleke, the new ambassador to UN in Geneva

Dayan Jayatilleke, academic and well-known political commentator, is tipped to be the next Sri Lankan ambassador to be accredited to the United Nations in Geneva. He is due to replace Mrs. Sarala Fernando, the present ambassador to Geneva. Jayatilleke completed his Ph D at the Griffiths University, Queensland, Australia and returned to his substantive post as lecturer at the Colombo University in December. He will be moving into a sensitive post where issues of human rights will take centre stage.

An Endless Tragedy

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Whatever the outcome of the undeclared Fourth Eelam War may be, the Tamils of Sri Lanka have already lost it. With each passing day more and more Tamils flee their homes, in fear of the Tigers’ brute practices and the regime’s indiscriminate bombing and shelling. The meagre camps sheltering these wretched of Lanka are overflowing; there seems to be a dearth of everything, from money to food. The UN agencies are running out of funds while the WFP is running out of in-country food stocks. A humanitarian crisis of gigantic proportions is looming, even as the regime and the Tigers pursue their war, undeterred by and unconcerned about the suffering of the people both sides lay claim to.

Musharraf Exposes Feet of Caly

By M Rama Rao – Asian Tribune

There can be no doubt that the US policy towards Musharraf regime has changed from quiet disagreement to blunt accusations. The New York Times story by Markl Mazzetti is the latest in the series. The article goes beyond the normal and identifies vice chief of the army, Gen. Ahsan Saleem Hyat as the likely successor of Musharraf as army chief and projects Senate Chairman, Mohammedmian Soomro, an ex-banker, as President in the worst case scenario while saying “If Mr. Musharraf were to fall to an assassin’s bullet, it is unlikely that there would be mass uprisings in Lahore and Karachi, or that a religious leader in the Taliban mould would rise to power’.

Air Arabia LLC now flies to Karachi and Peshawar

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Air Arabia LLC, the first low-fares airline in the Middle East and North Africa, Started its flights to Pakistan with two new destinations, Karachi and Peshawar. Speaking on the inauguration of flights to Karachi and Peshawar, Mayabj Dhingra, Air Arabia Country Manager in Sri Lanka said that this step is part of their strategic commitment to offer value for money service to the region. He said that they are confident that adding both destinations can effectively cater to the large number of the Pakistani community living out side of Pakistan and to offer an alternative cost effective travel for customers in Pakistan.

Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi arrested by cid and remanded by a Colombo magistrate

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi MPFormer Minister and parliamentarian, Sripathi Sooriyarachchi who was stripped off his portfolio recently has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Police on a charge of misappropriation of state property and remanded. He was arrested by the police and produced before Colombo Fort additional magistrate and remanded till March 20. The government’s Defense website said he was summoned by the CID, March 17 and questioned regarding using a vehicle belonging to a government department.

‘Mothers of Sri Lanka’

A short story (1996) - By Rajes Balasubramaniam

“It’s going to be a hot day” Devika pulls the curtains apart to see the weather outside and mumbles to herself while getting ready to go to work. The clear blue sky is decorated with wandering soft white clouds moving in slow motion. The street is nearly empty as it is only about seven in the morning, but would be noisy and crowded in no time. The man next door is playing reggae music, loud as usual. Devika puts the audio tape on and goes to the bathroom. Within a few seconds, devotional songs fill the house with calm rhythmic tones.

Sri Lanka: Share Market finds support at 2700 mark

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that what was interesting to note this week was the fact that the market was seeing some support at the 2700-point mark. Whilst the All Share Price Index (ASPI) fell briefly below the 2700- point mark on Wednesday it quickly picked up closing the day at 2738.9 points. On both Thursday and Friday the market remained sluggish holding ground with no significant movements being witnessed. Thus at least for this week 2700 seemed to act as a psychological barrier, showing support.

If General Pervez Musharraf goes….

By *Wajid Shamsul Hasan - Syndicate Features

Friday March 9, 2007 will no doubt be remembered as one of the darkest days in Pakistan’s history following President General Musharraf’s decision to suspend Iftikhar Mohammad Choudhry, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on various charges including corruption and abuse of office. The General and his advisers had thought that the Chief Justice would not be able to resist his blackmail by the state and would opt to quit with some morsels to sustain him. This assessment has been so far proved wrong.

French elections—Olivier Besancenot: “I was never a Trotskyist”

On the evening of Tuesday, March 13, Olivier Besancenot, the presidential candidate of the Revolutionary Communist League (Ligue communiste révolutionnaire—LCR), spoke to about 200 supporters in Amiens. Besancenot speaks at a rapid pace, with rushed staccato and without a script. He adopts a chummy tone, sprinkles his remarks with all sorts of trivialities and rhetorical questions, and underlines his message with exaggerated gestures of his hands and body—non-stop agitation for over an hour without drawing breath or allowing any time to reflect.

Sripathi Sooriyarachchi MP

Fr. Jegath Gaspar Raj

Air Arabia staffs at Karachi Airport

Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi MP

Sri Lanka Navy destroys two 70 meter long LTTE arms carrying vessels off the coast of eastern province within 24 hours

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lankan naval ships destroyed and sank two suspected arms carrying vessels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam during the morning and noon hours of March 18 off Sri Lanka’s Eastern coast. The 70 meter long arms and ammunition carrying vessels entering Sri Lanka’s Exclusive Economic zone were destroyed after they fired shots at the Sri Lankan naval vessels. The first one was destroyed about 9 a.m. after it did not obey when it was ordered to stop for inspection, navy sources said. The second ship of the same size was destroyed around 12.45 of the same day, the navy said. This is the first time the LTTE lost two big consignments of arms and ammunition within 24 hours with the ships.