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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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Mangala Samaraweera

17 Sinhala Tigers of "Revolutionary Liberation Front" further remanded till July 9

Seventeen Sinhalese men accused of fronting for the LTTE were further remanded by the Additional Magistrate Colombo on June 25. They are members of "Revolutionary Liberation Front" (RLF), a Sinhalese rebel movement quietly preparing for attacks on key economic centres in Sri Lanka. The Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) informed the court on June 25 that the members of RLF were trained by the LTTE and the RLF had even opened several of their offices across the country. RLF was preparing to attack key economic centres in the Sri Lanka.

Tamil Tiger cyber terror sponsored by US companies

The Sri Lankan government is making preparations to combat the cyber campaign unleashed to glorify terror on a global scale by agents of Tamil Tigers. The Sri Lanka Government has put together its campaign by lodging complaints with the US Justice Department about the US companies hosting pro-Tamil Tiger websites. According to Sri Lanka Government sources there are scores of pro-Tiger websites whose domain names have been registered in USA. The majority of them are hosted by web companies in America. Most of these websites have got away with glorification of terrorism by posting contents in Tamil. The glorification of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the Tamil Tigers wanted by Interpol, India, Sri Lanka and banned the international community, figure prominently in these websites.

Sri Lanka in Tug-of-War with UN, Relief Agencies

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Sri Lanka, which has consistently received high marks from the United Nations for its superlative social indicators on literacy, child mortality and health care, has received failing grades for its growing human rights abuses and failure to protect civilians in the country's battle zones. After a rash of killings of aid workers, including 17 from the Paris-based humanitarian organization Action Contre Le Faim (ACF) and two Red Cross workers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded "a thorough investigation" into the killings.

Prabakaran should be held responsible for the deaths of over 70,000 people in Sri Lanka - V.Anandasangaree

V.Anandasangaree,In a open letter, V.Anandasangaree, the Leader of Tamil United Liberation Front has alleged the V.Prabakaran, the reclusive leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, should be held responsible for the deaths of over 70 thousand people of all faiths, of all age groups, of both sexes of all communities in Sri Lanka not only at the battle front but also in land and claymore mine attacks, hand grenade and bomb attacks and also massacres of innocent ones in buses, and trains. In a scathing attack Anandasangaree has pointed out “One of your most cruel actions was the assassination of the Ex-Prime Minister of India the Late Hon. Rajiv Gandhi with which you lost the support of all Indians. Those who still support you in India are only pretenders. The next thoughtless step was your decision to eradicate all the other Tamil groups without realizing that rightly or wrongly they came forward to fight for a cause like you and your cadre.”

Tigers use Tamil gangs to bash whistle blowers in UK

Faced with stern action by the London Metropolitan Police raiding Tamil Tiger homes and hide-outs the Tiger headquarters in Vanni, Sri Lanka has ordered three Tamil gangster groups to silence anti-LTTE individuals and groups residents in Britain. According to reliable sources the notorious London Tamil gangster groups, known to the locals as Ilford Boys, Tooting Boys, Jaffna Boys and Eatham Boys are asked to track down those Tamils living in London who provides information to Metropolitan Police and those who liaise with the Police. The word has gone out silence them with force if necessary.

SLFP is for full devolution of power and for a negotiated settlement

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The seventh Business for Peace Forum of the Business for Peace Initiative organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka took place at the JAIC Hilton Hotel and Maitripala Sirisena, General Secretary, Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Minister of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services spoke on the theme “Maintaining a balance on Peace Building and Economic Growth – The SLFP Viewpoint”. Sirisena said that Sri Lanka Freedom Party is totally committed for maximum devolution of power, beyond what is provided for by the 13th Amendment to the constitution which is the Provincial Councils, in the search for permanent peace in Sri Lanka, addressing a cross-section of business community, Diplomatic Corp and NGO representatives.

25,000 face starvation – appeal made for regional and international action of human rights abuses perpetrated in Burma

On the eve of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Human Rights Documentation Unit (HRDU) of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) today released the 2006 Burma Human Rights Yearbook, which comprehensively documents the continuing and systematic perpetration of human rights violations in Burma as they occurred throughout 2006. Dr Sann Aung of the NCGUB drew on two examples that highlighted the systematic nature of abuses within the country. He stated that the "Persecution of HIV/AIDS activists in Rangoon and the shoot on sight policies directed at IDPs in northern Karen State are two sides of the same coin, both designed to suppress independent action which could potentially threaten the perpetuation of military rule."

Legacy of Bangladeshi Politics

By Rabindranath Trivedi - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

In the second term in office of BNP chairperson Begum Khalida Zia ,2001-2006,two events in the summer underscored the dynastic impulses of the BNP. Firstly, the then President of Bangladesh Professor AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury had to resign on June 21, 2002 after he faced criticism in the BNP Parliamentary Party meeting for not showing respect to the memory of the party’s founder, Ziaur Rahman (Zia’s widow Khaleda had inherited the party leadership). Though Professor B Chowdhury is a founding general secretary of the BNP and was a nominee of the party for the post of the President, he irked Zia loyalists for attempting to rise above partisan politics after he became president. Constitutional experts argued that president could not be impeached on this ground.

"I will go along with JVP and even the UNP"- Mangala Samaraweera

Mangala SamaraweeraMangala Samaraweera, Sri Lanka's controversial political figure who joined the opposition last week and now leading the ruling SLFP's "People's Wing" faction said that if necessary he is willing to form alliances with not only the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) but even the centre right and main opposition UNP. "UNP is our main opposition, whether we like it or not. Even at its most volatile moment, there are 3.5 million voters ready to vote for UNP. And the JVP has become a third force. Therefore we cannot ignore these ground realities" he said in an interview with reporter Dayaseeli Liyanage of the Sinhala Language weekly Sunday Lankadeepa, in a wide ranging interview. He added he is not fighting for the SLFP leadership and said that former president Chandrika Kumarathunga will not return to politics.

Series of discussions on New Companies Act

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The New Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 has aroused considerable interest among the private sector business community and it has been the focal point of analytical discussions at various forums. The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) too organized such a Seminar on "The New Companies Act - A close Examination from the Business Community's Perspective.

Mysterious end to Woolmer case

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

By closing the Bob Woolmer file the Jamaican police have placed the death of the British-born Pakistani cricket team coach into the category of history’s murder mysteries that will forever remain unresolved. The questions that had arisen after his death have remained unanswered and shall now remain so. It is something like the Jack Kennedy assassination; ‘research’ continues about the motive and the persons who were behind the plot to kill the charismatic US President who had annoyed a section of the American Right.

Sri Lankan unions betray university workers’ struggle

The Sri Lankan trade unions have carried out another miserable betrayal. On June 8, just days before a proposed indefinite island-wide strike, the Inter University Trade Union Joint Committee (IUTUJC) called off all industrial action in defence of employees at the University of Colombo who had been disciplined over protest actions. The decision sets a dangerous precedent for the victimization of other sections of workers seeking to defend jobs, conditions and basic rights.


Lanka Peace Secretariat exposes ICJ, SLMM and Ranil linked to 1983 attack on Tamils

In a press release Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary –General of the Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat, has hit out at the International Commission of Jurists’ criticisms on the investigations into the killings of 17 aid workers in Mutur in August 2006 and at the Leader of the Opposition, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is attempting to politicize the issue to gain some political mileage. Stating that the ICJ report might undermine the confidence in the peace process Prof. Wijesinha states that "(Un) fortunately this has become a political issue now, with the Leader of the Opposition, who was an influential member of the government responsible for the 1983 attacks on Tamils, likening the current President to Hitler. Such misuse of emotive language is an insult to those who suffered from the excesses of the Nazi regime.”