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

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Australian immigration detainees launch hunger strike

About 60 prisoners at one of Australia’s notorious immigration detention centres launched a hunger strike on March 28 to protest against a new wave of refugee deportations, including the removal to China of a 35-year-old female member of the Falun Gong sect. As of yesterday, 25 detainees were continuing the fast into its second week. Despite receiving almost no coverage in the mainstream media, the protest at Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre—the scene of scores of previous hunger strikes—once again serves to highlight the inhumanity of the Howard government’s mandatory detention of all asylum seekers.

Who built up the Indian status…?

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

The Indian cricket team has been eliminated in the preliminaries and expectedly the whole nation has gone into mourning, some of the fans, more than that. The reaction is understandable in a country which has been in a grip of a hype of no uncertain dimension. The team has been boosted to a level which it did not deserve and the public mislead of its true merit more perhaps because of commercial considerations with cricket being merely incidental. Who exactly is responsible for placing the team on the high pedestal?

Sri Lanka: JICA extends technical support to livelihood Improvement project in the Hambantota district

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Japan International Cooperation Agency [JICA] has entered an agreement with the government of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Provincial Councils to extend technical cooperation to a project on Rural Livelihood Improvement in nine selected Grama Niladhari divisions in the Hambatota district. The main aim is to increase the income and livelihood of the masses .A spokesman of the project said the project activities identified by the area communities.

Air raid 1942: No one was asked to resign

By Janaka Perera

"Colombo and the suburbs were attacked yesterday at 8 o'clock in the morning by 75 enemy aircraft which came in waves from the sea. Twenty-five of the raiders were shot down, while 25 more were damaged. Dive-bombing and low-flying machine-gun attacks were made in the Harbour and Ratmalana areas. A medical establishment in the suburbs was also bombed." This was how the Ceylon Daily News reported the Japanese air raid over Colombo 65 years ago today (April 5).

Sea Tiger Head Quarters Bombed and Destroyed Claims Sri Lanka Air Force

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka Air Force claimed that they have bombed and destroyed the head quarters of the Sea Tigers at Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mulaithiuvu, setting fire to its fuel storage. The Ministry of Defence published aerial photos indicating the rising clouds of black smoke which they claimed of a fire that lasted about an hour.

U.S. Funding Cuts Undermine Terror War

Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A proposed 25-percent cut in U.S. international assistance for population in the upcoming 2008 budget threatens to undermine the war against terrorism, a Washington-based non-governmental organization warned Wednesday. Lawrence Smith Jr., president of the Population Institute, points out that intelligence and security experts -- including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) -- "have repeatedly warned that countries at the bottom of the development ladder, with high fertility rates and very large youth populations, are ripe for terrorist recruitment."