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

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Mahinda Rajapakse

Thoppigala – Sri Lanka President pays tribute to security forces

Mahinda RajapakseMahinda Rajapakse, Sri Lanka President has sent his good wishes to the Security forces involved in liberating the East by capturing Thoppigala, the last bastion of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil EElam in the East. President in his statement said, "I join the people in offering tribute and all good wishes to the members of the Armed Forces, Police and Special Task Force who, through their participation in the humanitarian exercise to free the people of the East from the clutches of terrorism, captured the last stronghold of the terrorists located at Thoppigala.”

Karuna group now targets their rivals in the Pillaiyan’s breakaway group

One Muslim was shot and killed and another suffered gunshot injuries yesterday afternoon around 12.30 midday at Oddamavadi, located 30 kilometers north of the Batticaloa town. According to police sources yesterday afternoon four cadres belonging to Karuna group went in two motor cycles and shot and killed Meera Sahib Mohammed Nazurdin (26) of the Boundary Road, Valaichchenai and shot at Abubucker Mohamed Illiyas 28) of College Road, Valaichchenai at Oddamavadi. Reports revealed that Abubucker Mohamed Illiyas was critically wounded.

While others praise Thoppigala victory Ranil Wickremesinghe says it is nothing to crow about

By Walter Jayawardhana

In the midst of roaring laughter of his supporters the Leader of the Opposition and the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe belittled the government’s claim of a great military victory at Thoppigala and said it was nothing big to crow about. “What’s all this fuss about Thoppigala. It’s nothing to crow about,” he told a public gathering in Galle. The meeting was broadcast by the Independent Television Network run by the state with other interviews condemning his statement.

World Population Day: U.S. Funding Continues to Stumble

By Thalif Deen - UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

As the United Nations commemorated World Population Day Wednesday, the United States remains the only major donor that continues to cut off funds to the only international agency focusing primarily on population: the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA). "It is truly disheartening to know that the United States, once a global leader, is the only country to ever withhold money from UNFPA for reasons that are not financial," Angeline Martyn of Americans for UNFPA told IPS. "We look forward to a time when the United States can again call itself a leader for the health and dignity of women," she added.

DHL expands infrastructure in Sri Lanka with new Express Centre in Nugegoda.

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

DHL Keells (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka’s leading express and logistics company, inaugurated its newest Express Centre in the bustling town of Nugegoda. It will cater to the increasing demands of DHL’s retail customers in areas south of Colombo and beyond. The Nugegoda Express Centre adds to DHL’s expanding network which includes Colombo, Kollupitiya, Ja-Ela, Mt.Lavinia, Biyagama, Kandy and Kurunegala. The Nugegoda Express Centre offers a range of products and services including Jumbo Box and Express Pallet targeted at retail customers.

Sri Lanka: Thoppigala and after

By Col R Hariharan (Retd.)

The Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence in a terse announcement said that the security forces had captured Baron's Cap (Thoppigala), the last stronghold of the LIberataion Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the east. This success was awaited for the last three months. The fall of Kokkadicholai, approximately 14 km south of Batticaloa, on March 28, 2007 had kindled high public expectations of Thoppigala's capture any time soon. This was only to be expected as the security forces had almost ended the LTTE domination of highways A5 on the west and A27 on the southwest that provided depth to the Thoppigala base.

Dialog Telekom and RIM launch the BlackBerry Pearl in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Dialog Telekom and Vodafone, together with Research In Motion (RIM) launched the BlackBerry Pearl smartphone in Sri Lanka. The launch of the BlackBerry Pearl from Vodafone is a result of the strategic partnership forged between Telekom Malaysia and Vodafone, which has enabled the Sri Lankan market to gain access to a wider range of products and services. The sleek, lightweight and easy-to-use handset offers all the renowned capabilities of a BlackBerry smart phone including e-mail, text messaging, web browsing, an organizer and more together with digital camera, powerful multimedia features and an expandable memory slot.

Sri Lanka: Shortage of construction materials hampers rebuilding in Jaffna

Two-and-a-half-years after the tsunami struck the Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka, the 432 students at Valvai Sivaguru Vid school in Point Pedro eagerly await the completion of their new school. The school and one other in Point Pedro - Valvettiturai RCTMS (Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School) - are being constructed by the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), with the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in charge of overseeing the projects. The construction process has been slowed considerably due to security restrictions in the conflict-ridden peninsula that has made travel to and from construction sites difficult, if not impossible at times, and by a continuing shortage of building materials. Construction began on the schools in early 2006 and was originally due to be completed in June 2007. It might now be as long as a year before the schools can be completed.

Nalanda gets a new lease

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

The glory of Nalanda is staging a comeback, considering the keen interest evinced by South East Asian nations in the revival of this ancient seat of learning. If the dream of rebuilding the oldest Indian university is realized, it will be the biggest triumph of Asia. The Nalanda (giver of knowledge) was the world’s largest residential university between the 5th and 12th centuries A D. It attracted students and scholars from China, Japan, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia et al. It had been housing about 10,000 students and 2000 teachers. Nalanda ‘died a slow death’ about the time some famous European universities, like Oxford, had just started making their existence felt.

Mosque massacre: Washington’s “war on terror” shakes Pakistan

A week-long siege mounted by the Pakistani military against Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, in Islamabad ended violently Tuesday in bitter fighting that claimed a heavy loss of life. Citing Pakistani military sources, the Dawn News television network reported that 88 civilians and 12 army commandos had been killed by late Tuesday, as the day-long battle continued. There was no way as of last night, however, to determine the real death toll. Military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad declined to give a firm casualty figure, stating bluntly, “When the operation is finished we’ll start picking up bodies.”

Bernard Gooonetilleke

US Congressman told of an Iraq like blood bath averted due to tough action by Sri Lankan forces

By Walter Jayawardhana

Bernard GooonetillekeSri Lankan envoy in Washington DC Bernard Gooonetilleke told the New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt that Sri Lankan security forces were able to halt an Iraq like devastating truck bomb explosions because they took tough action to avert such insensate violence when they discovered two trucks packed with two tonnes each of plastic explosives recently. “In recent days, suicide truck bombs have caused carnage and bloodbaths in Iraq. Similar gruesome attacks would have taken place in Sri Lanka too, if not for stringent security checks, which led to the discovery of two trucks filled with 2 tonnes each of C-4 explosives during the past weeks,” said ambassador Gonetilleke in a letter written to the liberal Democratic Congressman who voted against the Iraqi war.