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

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JHU cautions of evil forces in the East destructing heritage monuments

A delegation representing Sri Lanka’s National Heritage Party, (JHU – the political party of the Buddhist monks) met with Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal led by V Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna to examine in detail environmental issues of the Eastern province, as well as issues connected with the safeguarding of the traditional hereditary monuments. Social and environmental issues of the East, safeguarding traditional heritage monuments in the province, political involvement and activities of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal were discussed in detail at the meeting held on 21 March at the TMVP’s political Headquarters in Colombo.

Ceylinco aspires to modern supermarket mall building

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune -

Ceylinco Consolidated has the utmost confidence in the government and the economy of the country and hence we feel that investment in projects such as this will indeed reap dividends, said Sanka Wijesinghe, Deputy Chairman, Ceylinco International Realty Group (CIR) speaking at the occasion of declare opening of the Realty Plaza Ja-Ela an upmarket shopping mall. It is a joint development project of Ceylinco Seylan Development Ltd and Ceylinco Investment & Realty Ltd subsidiaries of Ceylinco Consolidated costing around Rs 485 million.

Tamil Tigers supplied forged passports to the notorious world trade center killer Ramzi Yousef - Counterterrorism blog

By Walter Jayawardhana

Ramzi Yousef Commenting on the news story about the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stealing Norwegian passports and selling them to Al Queda affiliates filed by this correspondent, Aaron Mannes , a counter terrorism expert said it was the LTTE who also supplied forged passports to the notorious terrorist Ramzi Yousef who bombed the World Trade Center. Mannes said in his commentary , published in the Counterterrorism Blog quoting Rohan Gunaratne, that the Sri Lankan terrorist group not only supplied the forged passports to Ramzi Yousef it also smuggled weapons from Pakistan’s Islamist militants to their counterparts in Philippines.

Save the Tamils & their children from the Tigers

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Unlike the Colombo-based NGOs, “pussyfooting” around the issues of human rights violations of the Tamil Tigers, the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) (UTHR) tend to be models of accuracy and fairness in presenting the grim realities faced by the Tamil people trapped in the north-south conflict. One may disagree with their analyses and judgements flowing from their documentation but it is hard to fault their commitment to present the dehumanizing experiences faced by the Tamil population.

Public Diplomacy – Sri Lanka – Daya Gamage

The following commentary was posted in the Web Site ( of the Public Diplomacy School in University of Southern California (USC). The USC Web Site carries reports/article appeared in world wide news networks as supplementary readers for the students who read public diplomacy at the university. The head of the School John Brown personally selects these informative pieces of journalism going through print and online newspapers throughout the world. He says that he selects the most appealing ones for the benefit of the USC students.

Barriers to be removed to develop coconut industry

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The government is to take stringent measures to prevent felling of mature coconut trees and fragmentation and selling of coconut estates. Salinda Dissanayake, Minister of Coconut Industries said that a 50 year old coconut tree would be worth around Rs 35,000 and it is envisaged to impose heavy penalties on felling coconut trees that are more than 50 years old to prevent the indiscriminate felling of mature coconut trees.

Link Godavari, Krishna and Cauvery to end water disputes in South India

By Arabinda Ghose - Syndicate Features

The February 5 verdict on the Cauvery water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, instead of satisfying the two States, has resulted in both resolving to either move the Tribunal itself or the Supreme Court for redressing their grievances. Kerala too has raised certain objections. These are of a minor nature. Puducherry is also a party to the lingering dispute because one of the channels of the Cauvery on its way to the Bay of Bengal passes though Karaikal, an enclave of this Union Territory.

Political prisoner Sami Al-Arian’s hunger strike enters third month

As Palestinian activist Sami Al-Arian’s hunger strike reaches its 62nd day, family members and friends have expressed grave concerns for his health. A University of South Florida professor of computer science and engineering and outspoken critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Dr. Al-Arian was arrested with three other men shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks on sensational terrorism charges, and he has remained in US prison ever since. None of the charges against him has resulted in conviction. Al-Arian’s water-only strike has resulted in the loss of approximately 25 percent of his body weight, and he exhibits symptoms of severe undernourishment.

JHU delegates with TMVP Representatives

JHU delegation meeting TMVP delegates

Ramzi Yusoof

Strange Times and Critical Choices

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

It is a uniquely Sri Lanka potpourri of the tragic and the comic, the serious and the absurd, the significant and the irrelevant, characteristic of the country and the times. In the almost liberated Batticaloa, the LTTE attacks five army camps simultaneously. The Defence Secretary says that the war will continue for three years and that the President will have to find the funds. The Auditor General warns about the unreliability of the government’s tax income statistics. The World Food Programme appeals urgently for funds to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in the East while the government denies the very existence of such a problem.