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

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Prasad Kariyawasam

Tiger aircraft bombed two small petroleum centers and returns

By Walter Jayawardhana

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam air craft bombed a Shell gas distribution facility in Colombo and destroyed three buildings in the facility and also a small petroleum distribution facility at Kolonnawa East of the center of the city. Shell Lanka Ltd. jointly owned by the petroleum giant and the government of Sri Lanka said in a statement that there had been an explosion in their facilities and three buildings had been damaged. A small distribution facility of petroleum at Kolonnawa also had been bombed by the LTTE aircraft.

Sri Lanka on high alert: suspicious air movement detected

Sri Lanka Air Force went on a high alert, activated its air defense systems in Colombo and Katunayake when the radar detected a suspect plane's air movement around 1:45 a.m today, the Sunday the 29th of April. According to reports power supply was switched off in Colombo and gunshots were heard. A report further revealed that rebel aircraft bombed a Sri Lankan government storage facility somewhere in Kerawalapitiya, 6.5 miles north of Colombo. Details are awaited.

Tamil Tigers kill Indians on Indian territory while India dithers

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The Tamil Tigers have killed five Indian fishermen off Kanyakumari coast, according to Tamil Nadu Police. D. Mukherjee, the Director General of Tamil Nadu Police. also accused the Tigers of abducting 12 Indian fishermen - 11 from Tamil Nadu and one from Kerala - who went missing April 4. This crime against Indian citizens on Indian territory has caught the centre in Delhi and M. Karunanidhi in Tamil Nadu off guard. The Tigers attempted to wash their hands off this crime by blaming the Sri Lankan Navy of killing the fishermen. But interrogation by the Tamil Nadu Police of the six sea Tigers confirmed that it was the Tigers who had killed the five fishermen.

UN to Promote Convention to Protect Migrant Workers

Prasad KariyawasamThe Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers plans to convince more UN member states to sign and ratify the International Convention on the Protection of Migrant Workers. So far, the Convention has 36 States parties out of a total UN membership of 192, with the most recent to join being Argentina and Mauritania. Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam of Sri Lanka, the Chairperson of the Committee, said there was a need to promote the Convention. Thirty-six States parties were far too low, and most of those were labor-sending States, rather than receiving States Particularly important was to attract destination countries members, especially in Europe.

U.S. Overseas Public Diplomacy Response to Virginia Tech Shooting

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

"US government officials charged with explaining the American way to publics abroad were put to the test last week by the Virginia Tech shootings," reports Alvin Snyder, a columnist for the University of Southern California Center for Public Diplomacy. The State Department "swung its 'rapid response' into action," and quickly disseminated talking points and alerts throughout Washington and State Department posts abroad.

“Police Guard for Jesus”

By Rajes Bala

Three rain soaked young women from different nationalities now stood near the driver ...with a Bible each in their hands. Their leader-a young, medium sized black girl with a calm face, beautiful smile, searching eyes and only a Bible in hand. Her followers were definitely from the Indian sub continent. One was fair, slim, tall and friendly but assertive; the other was shorter in height and sported a wide smile. The driver protested---"I can't take the bus, because some women are disturbing me here. I want them to get-out.. They have no right to preach inside the bus. Why can't they go to the square? This is a bloody bus not a cathedral".

Reverence For Life

By Oscar E V Fernando

We are the essence of life; it is inside and all around us-but we see it destroyed all over. Self preservation is inbuilt in every creature; even animals, fear for there lives, and go searching for safe places instinctively when it is endangered. Humans try to escape danger to their lives, both instinctively and intelligently; they would give up all comforts to be safe in refugee camps. Knowing this so well, why do humans destroy life and more important, why do they encourage humans to destroy life? Destruction of life started with creation as believed by Christians—after the sin of disobedience. God instilled a free will in all humans to use it in accordance with his will; in other words to live according to his commands.

Burma and North Korea: Desperate Reconciliation

By Nehginpao Kipgen

For many Burma watchers and political analysts, it was not surprising when the visiting North Korean vice foreign minister Kim Yong Il and Burmese deputy foreign minister Kyaw Thu, on 26th April 2007, signed an agreement to normalize over two decades of shattered diplomatic relation between the two countries. Amidst mounting international pressure, the two world’s most reclusive and repressive regimes see the timing necessary and significant. However, to many observers, this agreement emanates out of desperate rather than cordiality.

Pakistan’s secular origin needs to be restored

By *Wajid Shamsul Hasan - Syndicate Features

Pakistan has come to be a failing state in the rapid process of being Talibanised. Its internal situation as it stands today, does not offer any hope that could dispel grave apprehensions about its future. Not very long ago General Pervez Musharraf (GPM) had confessed that Quaid’s Pakistan today faces a definite demise. Indeed, no person other than him is responsible for leading the country to an imminent denouement. After all he is one of the authors of the agenda for the country’s ideological disaster.

Massacre in Mogadishu—war crime made in the USA

The brutal military siege against the Somali capital of Mogadishu constitutes a war crime for which the US government bears the principal responsibility. While the mass media in the US itself has largely averted its eyes from the carnage, Ethiopian military units, backed and advised by Washington, have unleashed an intense bombardment of Mogadishu’s crowded and impoverished urban neighborhoods, killing and wounding thousands and turning hundreds of thousands more into homeless refugees.

The World Cup ends in darkness

The World Cup ended in darkness with even the commentators saying that they can hardly see what was happening out there in the field. As darkness fell on the Kensington Oval floodlight were switched on and then switched off again. The ground staff were called in place the markers for the 30-yard circle. And Andrew Symonds was bowling his off spins in the dark. It was a dismal end to a great series. There were two bright spots in this game: 1) Gilchrist punching his way into glory and (2) Sri Lanka, which appeared to be annihilated by his hitting, recovering to prove that they have the capacity to be the equals of Australia even if they have to bat in the dark.