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

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Tamil Tigers humiliate India by killing Indians; Karunanidhi forced to act against pro-Tiger Vaiko

KarunanidhiIn killing five Indian fishermen and taking into custody eleven (11) S. Indians the Tigers have humiliated India once gain. The Indian government will now have to negotiate with the LTTE which is a banned organization. The Tigers are also sending the message that, despite India’s claim to be the greatest power in the region, they can get away with murdering Indian citizens by manipulating the Indian polity, both in the centre and the south. Analysts point out that India has yet to take meaningful action against the LTTE despite assassinating their prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi. Analysts also argue that it is imperative for the LTTE to win Indian support and they will try all available tactics - fair or foul - as long as India allows them to get away with their brutal violence.

British government reissues travel warnings to Sri Lanka

British Government has reviewed and reissued travel warning to British citizens traveling to Sri Lanka in general and the North and East of the country in particular, in the light of the latest incident in which LTTE used aircrafts ob 29 April to drops bombs in targets in Colombo. The latest travel warning by the issued by the British Foreign and Commonwealth office pointed out that on 29 April 2007 the LTTE used light aircraft to drop bombs on targets in the Colombo area.

GTB plans to manufacture TMT Tor Steel in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

GTB Colombo Corporation Ltd , which is one of principal sponsor of forthcoming Excon 2007 exhibition plans to produce Thermo Mechanically Treated [TMT] Tor steel at their Pannala Plant as a trial basis. Director , Marketing and Sales of the GTB Prasanna Abeyaratne says the test trial will be a key area of their plant and hope to produce TMT Tor steel for their bigger clientele. TMT is more strength and more advanced product. Overseas Tor bar steel manufacturers manufacture TMTs and never go for twisted Tor steel bars.

Indo-US Nuclear Deal: In the Doldrums

By Gurmeet Kanwal

By all accounts the current status of the most important foreign policy initiative jointly taken by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Indo-US Nuclear Deal, is that it is on the rocks. Under Secretary Nick Burns has been sharply critical of the slow rate of progress of the negotiations on the 123 Agreement that India must conclude with the United States. Other US commentators have questioned India’s go-slow attitude in talks with the Nuclear Suppliers Group for a waiver and with the IAEA to conclude an additional protocol for the civilian nuclear facilities that India has voluntarily agreed to place under full-scope international safeguards.

Canadian Police granted one more year to sort out LTTE front organization’s implicating documents

By Walter Jayawardhana

Stewart Bell of Toronto’s National Post reported that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was given another year by the courts to sort out more than one thousand pieces of evidence they have gathered at the offices of the World Tamil Movement (WTM) , a highly active front organization of the outlawed foreign terrorist organization of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Royal Canadian Mounted Police informed the courts on April 24 that they would need another year to sort out documents of which they said 796 documents have been found to be containing a “plethora of evidence” about the alleged fund raising activities for the terrorist group by the World Tamil Movement. The remaining 233 items to be sorted out are complex financial documents, Sergeant McDonald, who filed court affidavits, said.

Tamil Journalist shot and killed in Jaffna

Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a young Tamil journalist in the troubled Jaffna district."Asian Tribune" learnt that Selvarajah Rajeewarnam (24), a young journalist attached to a pro-LTTE Tamil daily "Uthayan" was shot and killed yesterday. Rajeewarnam was shot dead around 9.30 am on Sunday in Jaffna, the main city in the embattled North of Sri Lanka. He was cycling when he was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Rashavintottam road, 500 meters away from the ICRC office in Jaffna and 200 meters away form a military check point. Reports revealed that he was shot and killed on Sunday by gunmen riding in a motorbike at Naavalar Road, Rasaavin Thoaddam junction around 9.30 a.m.

Burma a regional security and stability threat

A seminar on Myanmar/Burma, held on the sideline of the 116th Assembly of Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Bali, Indonesia, yesterday had IPU delegates openly acknowledge that the Myanmar military junta’s misrule has a negative spill-over effect on the region and its stability. The Speaker of the Parliament of Indonesia, Agung Laksono, speaking at the seminar titled ‘Military Rule in Burma, Its Effects on the International Community and ASEAN’ said that all Parliamentarians have a genuine and unique role in encouraging the restoration of civil, political and democratic rights of the Burmese people.

Learning Ropes Rahul Way…

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Her critics might taunt her for refusing to make extempore speeches in the ‘Rashtra Bhasha’ (Hindi) but there is something to be said in favour of the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi sticking to the practice of reading out her speeches from a written text. At least the faux pas that she makes are fewer and far between faux than her native-born son, Rahul, who has no use for any written text when addressing crowds that look somewhat awe-stuck because of his ‘star’ presence.

Sripathi Sooriyarachchi

Factoring in the Air Tigers

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The time is here to face the reality of the Air Tigers.

The presence and the offensive capacity of the Air Tigers will cause important changes in the nature and the trajectory of the Fourth Eelam War. Consequently it will be the height of inanity and irresponsibility to dismiss the aerial capacity of the LTTE as ‘air folly’ – as the regime’s mouthpieces did after debut of the Air Tigers in March. The attacks on Palali and Colombo - within the course of a single week – demonstrate that we no longer rule the sky, as we did since the beginning of the Eelam Wars. And the South is filled with undefended (and undefendable) targets for the LTTE to choose from.