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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Austral - Tsunami

UN to take action against LTTE and Karuna faction for child recruitment

Sri Lanka’s terrorists outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam led by its reclusive leader Velupillai Prabakaran and the Karuna Group led by V.Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna Amman are to be warned for the continued recruitment of underage children. The Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict considering the Report of the Secretary-General on the Situation of Children and Armed Conflict in Sri Lanka, has decided that its Chairman will issue a strong public warning to the LTTE stating that further measures will be taken by the Security Council for its continued failure to cease the recruitment of children and to release child combatants.

Charities need protection from terrorist abuse, says Government

By Glen Jenvey

Safeguards to protect charities from terrorist exploitation must be strengthened to combat the increased threat of abuse, the Government has announced. The Government says that just as it has strengthened the mechanisms to prevent terrorist abuse of other sectors, such as the finance industry, it also needs to make sure that the charitable sector is protected from those who seek to misuse or exploit it. The threat of terrorist abuse of charities, although rare, is real, it says. Radical cleric Abu Hamza abused his position within a legitimate charity to engender support for Islamic terrorist acts. In another case, representatives of a prominent Tamil charity – Tamil Rehabilitation Organization, liaised with the Tamil Tigers, a proscribed terrorist group, to make decisions about where funds should be allocated.

LTTE large scale recruitment drive in north, Madhu area recruitment done over Church protest-NPC

Amnesty International and other sources have confirmed that the LTTE is engaging in forcible recruitment of both children and adult civilians on a large scale basis in North. In Madhu area, recruitment has been taking place over the protest of the Catholic Church, warned the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka (NPC). NPC is a peace think tank based in Colombo. NPC said that the recruitment drive is "in preparation for an anticipated onslaught by government forces." Madhu area is a predominantly Catholic enclave located 320 kilometres north of Colombo (in the District of Mannar).NPC said "There is apprehension that the government may soon send in its ground troops in large numbers into the north to confront the LTTE there, as they have in the east."

Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka records highest ever profits in its 25th anniversary year.

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka (MBSL) recorded a year of achievement in 2006 with highest ever profitability, regaining the status of a billion-revenue group and a satisfactory improvement in its asset quality. This impressive level of performance was coincidentally achieved during its 25th anniversary year. The Bank’s CEO Gamini Karunathilake said that progress to this level was enriched with opportunities through which MBSL took part in the socio-economic development of the country. "On the other hand, our strength in resilience was underscored through the many challenges that MBSL withstood to preserve its stakeholder interests", he added.

Aussie volunteers return to care for tsunami victims

The post-tsunami trauma victims are still waiting for assistance to pick up their lives and move forward. Australia Sri Lanka Medical Aid Team (AUSLMAT) is a dedicated team of Australian doctors and volunteers who return again and again to fulfill a part of their dreams. They made their twelfth visit recently to the Seenigama village in Hikkaduwa, devastated by the tsunami. David Cruse and Kushil Gunasekera combined to provide an expert medical clinic to more than 400 villagers at the Foundation of Goodness, Seenigama -- a project sponsored by Muthiah Muralitharan, the spin wizard.

Tamil minority need a place in Sri Lanka for their own affairs, - Boucher

The United States is concerned about deteriorating human rights in Sri Lanka. And it’s important that the Tamil minority got a place in Sri Lanka where they could run their own affairs, said the visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia Richard Boucher winding up his visit to Sri Lanka on Thursday May 10. Boucher said "The US would raise its voice against the intimidation of media editors” and added that, "the LTTE is a bunch of terrorists who recruited children for war."

Check list for Rahul Gandhi….

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

The All India Congress needs a revamp. It is on the verge of bankruptcy. Its lot can be likened to that of a drowning man, trying to clutch at a straw. This is exactly what the 122-year-old party is doing to save itself. Without inhibitions, it is using the ‘services’ of Rahul Gandhi, a novice in politics. He is just a ‘cub’ politician, whatever the family background. He has been forced into politics in the absence of a cohesive leadership. Merit hardly counts, because he is the heir apparent. Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitely has well said that Nehru-Gandhi family is like an ‘albatross’ (a large seabird) around the neck of the Congress, which, according to him, will ultimately result in the “downfall of the Grand Old Party”.

Harsh sentences handed out to anti-Sarkozy protesters in France

The news that Nicholas Sarkozy, the right-wing leader of the ruling Gaullist UMP (Union pour un movement populaire—Union for a People’s Movement), had been elected president, released last Sunday at 8 p.m., was greeted with profound shock by many in France. Heavy-handed policing and heavy sentencing of young oppositionists in the following hours and days were the first acts of the new Sarkozy era and served to emphasise its authoritarian character. In the May 6 balloting Sarkozy defeated his Socialist Party opponent Ségolène Royal by 53 to 47 percent of the popular vote. Significant protests and rioting broke out and have continued unabated in several cities up to the time of writing. They express hostility to Sarkozy’s plan to increase the already draconian legal and police repression of working class youth and immigrants, as well as opposition to his plan to destroy the French welfare state.

U.N. Debates Wider Leadership Role on Climate

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As climate change and global warming continue to dominate the headlines, there is a concerted move once again to revive the longstanding proposal for an expansion in the role of the United Nations in fighting environmental degradation. The Western industrial nations, led by France, have long sought to elevate the existing U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi into a gigantic U.N. Environment Organization (UNEO).