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

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Avian Flu

Tamil family flees Tamil Tigers to save their children from recruitment as child soldiers

By Walter Jayawardhana

A Tamil family who escaped the Tamil Tiger dominated Vidaththal-Thivu area with three children told the Mannar Police that they ran away from their home as the Tamil Tigers were intimidating them to give their children to be recruited as child soldiers. “The Tamil Tigers have intensified their campaign to recruit children,” the parents told Pallimunai Police Post after braving a potentially hazardous journey of escape through a heavily mined area to reach the police post.

Tamil Tiger No.2 point man arrested in Sydney, Australia

Arumugam Rajeevan, 41 – the No 2 point man in the Tamil Tiger outfit in Australia – was arrested this morning in Sydney by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Rajeevan was produced before Sydney’s Central Local court on charges of (1) being a member of a terrorist organization, (2) providing support or resources to a terrorist organization, and (3) making an asset available to a proscribed entity. An application was made to extradite him to Melbourne and his lawyer Phillip Boulten, Q.C, did not object.

Chances of saving Saudi maid slim; Government to fly parents to Saudi

In a desperate move save the teenage Sri Lankan maid, Rizana Nazik, who was sentenced to beheading by a Saudi Court on charges of strangulating a four-month-old baby in May 2005, the Sri Lanka Government has decided to send parents to Saudi Arabia the father and mother of Rizana to make a personal appeal. Yesterday, Government of Sri Lanka decided to fly the parents, along with Hussein Bhaila, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a legal consultant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Saudi Arabia to file an appeal as well as to seek clemency from the parents of the deceased four month-old-boy.

U.S. Helps Lanka Prevent Avian Influenza

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over key supplies to the Ministry of Livestock Development to strengthen Sri Lanka’s early warning and reaction capacity against Avian Influenza. A ten-month USAID partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will strengthen the Government of Sri Lanka’s Avian Influenza preparedness by preventing incursion of the disease and setting up systems to block its spread to epidemic proportions should it enter the country.

Seevaratnam continues his battle to lift ban imposed by UK Charity Commission to function as chairman of the Sivayogam Trust

UK Charity Commission is considering whether to grant Nagendran Seevaratnam of the Sivayogam Trust leave to appeal to the courts against the proscription placed on him to function as the Chairman of the Sivayogam Trust. According to the Charity Commissioner this charity was suspended because it was linked to the LTTE, listed as a terrorist organization under Terrorism Act of 2000. The Charity Commissioner also placed restrictions on the bank accounts. Earlier Seevaratnam, was suspended by the British Charity Commissioner on March 28, 2007 from acting as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sivayogam Trust which runs mainly on the funds collected from the Muthumari Amman Temple in Tooting.

CIA’s Dirty Jewels

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

A house as infamous as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) can only have ‘family jewels’ as umbrageous as the fresh official disclosures about the shady activities of America’s premier external spying agency in the decades of 1950s to 1970s make them out to be. The CIA papers now made public may not contain anything that was not already known but they are a reminder of the nefarious role played by the CIA during the Cold War in destabilising countries and harming leaders the US did not like.

Minor Sri Lankan Muslim Girl was sentenced to death by three Saudi judges on a confession under duress

By Walter Jayawardhana

Miss Rizana Nafeek , a 17 year old Muslim house maid from Sri Lanka has been sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian court of three judges on a confession obtained under duress by the Saudi Arabian police, the girl has complained. The poor Muslim girl had been sent to Saudi Arabia misstating her age by a crooked job agency that added six years to her age to make her a house maid to do household chores and her master wanted her to baby sit their four months old infant in addition to the other endless work, for which task she had been never trained, it has been also revealed.

Sri Lanka: Military offensive used to clear eastern Special Economic Zone

In an unprecedented move, the Sri Lankan government has created a High Security Zone (HSZ) around a new Special Economic Zone at Sampur and Muttur East in the eastern district of Trincomalee. The area was held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) before being seized by the military last September in open breach of the 2002 ceasefire agreement. The latest decision has exposed all the lies used to justify the offensive. Whatever the military logic, the action was aimed at grabbing land and turning it into a secure area for investors, domestic and foreign, to exploit cheap local labour. Sampur lies on the southern side of the strategic deep-water harbor of Trincomalee.

Douglas and Karuna to avoid confrontation

Leaders of Eelam Peoples Democratic Party and the Karuna Group have agreed to work avoiding confrontation in future in the field. “Asian Tribune” learnt that Minister Douglas Devananda who is the Secretary General of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party and Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna, leader of the Karunna Group has agreed to put their past behind and hereafter avoid confrontation in the field.