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

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LTTE Suicide squad

Sri Lanka Police Chief in Anuradhapura to assess the security situation

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Police Chief Victor Perera is in Anuradhapura to assess the security situation in the area. A special meeting held with the participation of the IGP and senior police officials in Anuradhapura. The special attention was to be paid during the talks on yesterday’s attack on the Anuradhapura air base and subsequent investigations into the incident. The police and army have stepped up security in the area. Meanwhile, Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said security in defence establishments in Anuradhapura has been strengthened following Monday’s attack. Bodies of the terrorists who were killed in the attack will be handed over to the LTTE through International Committee of Red Cross.

Anuradhapura Tiger Attack and its Message to Lankans: Is there another Way?

Dr. Siri Gamage

Looking at the pictures of live and dead Tamil Tigers and Sinhala Soldiers or airmen one could only despair! In one posting in Tamil Net there is a photo of 21 Black Tigers -male and female- taken before they were sent off to attack Anuradhapura air base. In the middle is the LTTE supremo giving his blessings to the young team to go and destroy the air capability of the Sri Lankan air force. A day or so later one could see the pictures of dead Black Tigers and others in the Sri Lanka government defence web site. They are reproduced in Sri Lanka e-news web site.

It's Not the Tiger Air Wing but the Ground Cadres

By Jaya Rohana

The tiger attack on the Anuradhapura Air Force base can be termed as the recent most success achieved by the LTTE terrorists against the Security Forces. It is important to analyze the real pattern of the tiger attack so that an undue publicity for the tiger air wing is not awarded. The tendency of many so called defence analysts who live in our country will go all out in promoting the tiger air wing and later they will exactly tell how all the black tigers were trained, from where the light air craft were purchased, how the tigers infiltrated the camp etc. Except for few of those so called experts in analyzing the conflict in Sri Lanka all the others have maintained a reactive mode when commenting on defence related issues during the recent past.

United States Declares, No Ceasefire with Terrorists

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

At the daily press briefing at the U.S. State Department in Washington on Monday, the question came up if the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was arranging a ceasefire between the Government of Turkey and the PKK or Kurdistan Peoples Party which is militarily battling with Turkey to win an independent state for ethnic Kurds in the south east province of Turkey. This is what State Department spokesman Sean McCormack stated of the United States declared policy toward organizations that the U.S. has designated as foreign terrorist organizations (FTO).

Prabhakaran’s latest fireworks aimed at hitting headlines

The land-and-air Tiger attack on the Anuradhapura air base has had the desired effect: it has hit the headlines more than hitting the military capability of the Security Forces. It has also shown the weaknesses of the defences of key strategic bases. After the heavy losses incurred by the Tigers in land, air and sea the latest attack is seen as a military stunt of Prabhakaran to boost the morale of the Tamil diaspora for fund raising. He was desperately in need of a spectacular show to counter the successes of the Security Forces and he got it in Anuradhapura. It is also meant to send a signal to the international community that he can hit selected targets though at the cost of losing more cadres in a dwindling force. Ministry of Defence (MoD) claimed that 22 cadres were killed in the operation.

Break-Through for Indian Politics in United States: Indian-American Elected State Governor

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Bobby Jindal, 36, becomes the youngest U.S. governor and the first Indian-American to head a state. The Republican took 54 percent of the vote to win at Saturday’s election outright over his nearest rival, Democrat Walter Boasso, who got 18 percent. Outgoing Democratic Governor Kathleen Blanco decided to not run again after she was widely criticized for her handling of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina crisis. He narrowly lost the 2003 Louisiana gubernatorial election to Ms. Blanco.

CCC Trade Fairs sets sight on Qatar, Turkey and UAE for business promotion

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair Unit, with several successful trade promotion and fact finding missions to its credit, has announced its next step - a proposed business promotion mission to Qatar (Doha), Turkey (Istanbul) and UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) from 1st December as CCC identifies these countries as potential markets for Sri Lankan products. Meetings with business communities in Qatar, Turkey, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are among the highlights of the mission.

Bishop de Chickera stages Eucharist stunt with Wanni wine

After blasting “majoritarianism” (read: Sinhala Buddhists) in his recent pastoral address to the Diocesan Council of the Church of Ceylon, the Anglican Bishop Dulip de Chickera is now celebrating Eucharist with wine produced from Tiger territory. He shocked his parishioners when he told them that the wine they were drinking was fermented in Kilinochchi from the grapes that were grown in Wanni. He announced this after serving them the Wanni vine for three consecutive mornings at the cathedral without letting them know.

Elephant House Ice Cream clinches market leadership in the Maldives

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Creating yet another milestone in Sri Lanka’s ice cream industry, Ceylon Cold Stores, the makers of the popular ‘Elephant House Ice Cream,’ introduced its latest variant ‘Vanilla Lite’, to consumers in the Maldives thus further consolidating its market leadership position in the island nation. Vice President JKH and Head of Frozen Confectionary of JHK Consumer Foods Sector Neil Samarasinghe said that Elephant House ice creams expanded its regional presence by entering the Maldives market in 2002. This was in keeping with the company’s vision of being a regional player in its sphere of business activity. “Today five years later, it enjoys the enviable top slot as market leader in the Maldives with over 50% share, amid competition from various international brands”, he added.

FCCISL SME Machinery Exhibition 2007 is ready to be launched

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

All arrangements are now complete to hold the SME Machinery Exhibition organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) from 2nd to 4th November at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED), the SME arm of FCCISL established jointly with the Friedrich Naumenn Stiftung (FNSt) organizes this SME 2007 Machinery Exhibition in collaboration with the Ministry of Industrial Development. The theme for the exhibition is “Technology for Rural, Micro and SME Development.

Myanmar: India refuses confrontation

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

The reaction of two of Myanmar's neighbours is indicative of how they would prefer geopolitics to play out in this part of the world. China said, it “whole-heartedly hopes that Myanmar will push forward a democracy process that is appropriate for the country". As far as India is concerned, foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee said “it is essentially the job of the people in the country to decide what government they want”. It signals a hard-headed assessment that the current unrest is unlikely to usher in democracy. A pointer to the accuracy of the Indian assessment is the fact that the uprising by Buddhist monks for the violence perpetrated on its members in various parts of the country has been doused by the military junta by the simple expedient of apologizing and paying reparations by way of atonement.

Torjan Dove

<i>Courtesy Defense LK</i>

The Trojan Dove

The cartoon depicts the next predictable move of the Peace Lobby in a situation of new developments. This is said to be a move desperately fighting to give life line to LTTE. This situation proves that all these groups working like a team. Their agenda seemed to be a team work. Colombo peace lobbyists including ambassadors of western countries recently boosted their argument of that LTTE can't be defeated militarily, therefore it is important to initiate peace talks. Therefore the attack on the SLAF base at Anuradhapura needs to be assessed in that context.