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

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Louise Arbour

LTTE predawn attack on Air Force base contained, Tigers lost one aircraft, while 4 airmen killed 8 injured

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo.

Four Sri Lankan airmen were killed and eight injured in a predawn Tigers attack in the Air force base in Anuradhapura. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the first time launched an air and ground attack on the Sri Lanka air base at Saliyapura in Anuradhapura in the early hours of Monday. According to Sri Lanka Defence sources a group of LTTE cadres infiltrated the air base around 3 this morning and launched a massive sabotage attempt at the air force facility. Also, two LTTE light aircraft dropped two bombs targeting the airbase around 4 a.m while the ground attack was continuing. Tiger sources revealed that two of their aircrafts were involved in the bombing of the Anuradhapura air force base and one of their flight has returned to their base safely and another one missing.

One LTTE flight missing, Air Force helicopter crashed and 4 air force personnel died

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Tiger sources revealed that two of their aircrafts were involved in the bombing of the Anuradhapura air force base and one of their flight has returned to their base safely and another one missing. According to Tiger sources, one of their flight was attacked while returning after bombing the air force base and it has not returned to the base located somewhere in the Vanni. In the meantime, Air Force and Police in Anuradhapura told that they have received a report that a flight has crashed and fallen some where in Mihintale nearly 13 kilometers away from the air force base in Anuradhapura. Subsequently it was confirmed that a Bell 212 helicopter that went from the Air force base in search of the LTTE flights crashed due to engine failure near Mihintale and two gunners and two pilots died.

LTTE attack on the air force base continues

By Ruwan Weerakoon - in Colombo

Reports reveal that a small group of LTTE cadres have infiltrated the air force base at Anuradhapura and launched the initial attack around 3 AM early morning today. Reports further revealed that a LTTE plane bombed the Sri Lanka Air force base in Anuradhapura, located 210km (130 miles) north of the capital Colombo, at about 4 AM this morning. Military Spokeperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said small group of LTTE armed cadres have infiltrated and attacking Anuradapua Air Force base. He added that a small group of LTTE cadres invaded the air base from the ground, Soon after, a rebel plane dropped two bombs on the base, he said."We have no details of any casualties," said Military Spokeperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara. Civilians around the vicinity of the air force base when contacted said that they heard explosions as well as the sound of LTTE plane arrival without any lights and drop bombs to Air Force base. According to report, the ground attack is still going on.

Sri Lanka Air force base in Anuradhapura bombed by LTTE

Air Force Base at Anuradhapura comes under a terrorist attack short while ago. According to the available information heavy explosions and firing of weapons are still going on.

Supreme Buddhist Council of America and Canada Appeals for a Peaceful and Harmonious Society in Burma

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Supreme Buddhist Council of America and Canada is appealing to the military leaders of Myanmar, formerly Burma, to bring a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere in the country in keeping with noble Buddhist principles. The letter was addressed to Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, the governing military junta of Burma, by the Most Venerable Walpola Piyananda, head of the Sangha Council of America and Canada.

Globalisation, Economic Rationalism and Civil Society: What are the Negative Consequences?

Dr. Siri Gamage, University of New England, Australia

During the 80s and 90s many political leaders and commentators presented globalization as a positive force, especially after seeing the collapse of former Soviet Union and the opening of boundaries with the new information revolution, removal of trade barriers, increased migration etc. The world has seen a remarkable increase in the breaking down of national barriers in areas such as trade, tourism, education, skilled migration, information traffic, and modern technologies. After the collapse of the cold war and the demonizing of communism by the leaders of so-called free world, people around the world including intellectuals struggled to define an alternative philosophy or ideology to liberal free market economic doctrine commonly known as 'economic rationalism'.

Death of Veteran Broadcaster Derek Maloney

By Janaka Perera

Sri Lankan-born veteran broadcaster, radio DJ, news reader and television presenter Derek Maloney passed away at the age of 58 in Perth, Australia on October 16. He was also former Correspondent of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and Rupavahini in Australia for many years. Derek joined the SLBC as a Relief Announcer for the English Services in 1977 and worked there until he left for Australia in the early 1980s.

Anandasangaree urges Government to take measures to end minorities' frustration to win the war against terrorism

AnandasangareeOne of Sri Lanka’s veteran politician, V Anandasangaree when addressing at the International Conference on Countering Terrorism, stressed the need for the Government of Sri Lanka to take appropriate steps to eliminate the frustration caused by racial discrimination, oppression, disparities, deprivations, denial of human rights etc., that is presently prevailing in the midst of the minority ethnic groups in the country. He has also recommended measures to be adopted by the Government and insisted for a solution based on the Indian model constitution that would satisfy those who are opposed to the Federal and Unitary type of constitution. He pointed out that the Indian one is neither federal nor unitary and the Indians take pride in saying that they believe in “Unity in diversity”.

New Country Director for UNIDO Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Nawaz RajabdeenNawaz Rajabdeen, a veteran businessman and an industrialist who has been in the Chamber activities for the last 30 years and who became the President, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka for the third consecutive year has now been appointed the National Director, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (NNIDo) - national focal point in Sri Lanka. The appointment has been made by Kumara WElgama, Minister of Industrial Development in developing policies, strategies and implementing programmes towards overall industrial development in the country. Before taking over as the Country Director UNIDO, Rajabdeen has served as a member of the UNIDO Steering Committee.

The White Woman's Burden – Louise Arbour’s Plaintive Press Release on Human Rights in Sri Lanka

By Sesha Samarajiwa

Louise ArbourLouise Arbour came. She traveled, she listened, and she spoke. She turned increasingly abject. She pronounced a judgment of sorts. But her main objective – to set up a UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Sri Lanka – came to naught. They sent their best of breed, but she could not veil the threat of terror or check the show of pride. The half-devil-half-child natives went sullen and acted stubborn. Perish the thought, they said, and killed the idea. I'm not sure whether that's good or bad, whether the victory was of real value or whether it is hollow. We could look at it as a victory of sorts in that Sri Lanka stood firm against a high council of the league of nations – the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations, of which Sri Lanka is a member and a sworn signatory to uphold its rules – and repulsed intense pressure to establish a human rights monitoring mission on the island. But it could also be seen as fancy footwork which scored a goal. But does one goal win the match? What if it was an own-goal?

Speculation boosts market activity

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly market review indicated that the stocks closed higher this week with heaved retail participation concentrated on few selected stocks, lifting up the overall market momentum. The upswing of the bourse was caused by heavy speculation leading to satisfactory gains in the indices and turnover. Indices for the week made moderate gains where the All Share Price Index (ASPI) edged up 38.9 points or 1.5 percent to 2624.5 points while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) gained 35.6 points or 1.01 percent to close at 3554.7 points. Touchwood came out within the top range once again with a total activity level of slightly more than Rs.1 billion. The counter was showing much volatility in its share price during the week hitting a high of Rs.160 and a low of Rs.91.25 gaining Rs.39.50 over the week.

Red Inferno

By D. K. Arya - Syndicate Features

What afflicted Kolkata (Calcutta then) and its periphery, Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh and parts of Orissa in the late sixties and early seventies has now engulfed more than forty percent of the country. That fear was dimmed by passage of time but activists like SN Singh, Pulla Reddy, DV Rao, Vinod Mishra, and Venu have continued to keep the pot boiling. The internecine turf and ideological war between the PWG and MCCI was ended by the merger of the two in September 2004 into CPI (Maoist) doubling their material, financial, intelligence and organizational resources. The Maoists are getting stronger by the day. There are suggestions that a linkage between Indian Maoists, Nepali Maoists, Punjab militants, ISI and the LTTE exists. Now over 125 districts out of 605 or so districts in 14 states are feeling the intense heat of Naxalism. Hundreds of lives have been lost and irreparable damage has been done to social fabric of tribal society besides causing great financial loss to the nation.

V Anandasangaree

Nawaz Rajabdeen

Sri Lankan government reiterates its commitment to liberate masses from the terrorism

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Government reiterates its commitment to liberate masses from the scourge of terrorism. Media Spokesman on National Security and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella at a media briefing in Colombo today [22] said the LTTE terrorists have launched an unsuccessful attack on the Air Force camp in Anuradhapura as an attempt to cover the defeat they are experiencing in the face of humanitarian operations of the Security Forces. The Minister has stressed successful results could be expected from any devolution process only through total defeat of terrorism. Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said if any group attempts to become heroes taking advantage of this dastard act of LTTE terrorists, they would be perpetrating betrayal on the entire nation.