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

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The statute of Captain Miller

LTTE in London hires Alexandra Palace Hall for Pounds 120,000 to hold “Tamizhar Thirunal”

The Tamil Tigers in London are making elaborate preparations to hold the Thai Pongal festival, “Tamizhar Thirunal” - the festival of Tamils, on 12 January next year, at Alexandra Palace Hall located in Wood green, which is one of the largest banqueting halls in London steeped in Victorian elegance. The White Pigeon, led by Ayurvedic Dr.N.Sathiamoorthy, functions as substitute to TRO in the United Kingdom. According to reports White Pigeon is making arrangements on behalf of the LTTE to hold the Thai Pongal celebrations by hiring out the Alexandra Palace hall for British Sterling Pounds 120,000.

Statement by IAEA Director General on New U.S. Intelligence Estimate on Iran

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The International Atomic Energy Agency released the following statement on new U.S. Intelligence Estimate on Iran which the U.S. for the first time acknowledged that Iran ceased her development of nuclear program in 2003. The Bush administration in recent times has taken a hawkish attitude toward Iran. Until the Intelligence Estimate, jointly done by 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, the White House has reiterated that Iran was developing a nuclear program. At the time American forces invaded Iraq the Bush administration believed that Sadham Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD) which later turned out to be false.

The Suicide Bombers since Captain Miller

By Kusal Perera

After many escapades with life before, EPDP boss Douglas Devananda on 28th November escapes from yet another Tiger suicide bomber, who exploded herself at his Ministry in Colombo. How many more suicide bombers were there before Vagamanan Sujatha from Vavuniya ? The mass production of suicide bombers in the Wanni is something that irks many including me. How is it possible to develop the sacrificial psyche in the minds of these Tamil youth who turn up in Colombo, blend with the normal Colombo life for many many long months, perhaps enjoying a luxury they never ever thought they could have whilst growing and living in the remotest of the Wanni land and then with their coolest mind carry out the assignment given?

USAID Provides Additional $5M for Emergency Food for Bangladesh

Daya Gamage US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide $5 million to the World Food Program (WFP) for the emergency operation in Bangladesh in the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr. The WFP emergency operation will provide immediate relief assistance to over 2.2 million affected people and help restore livelihoods and rural community infrastructures in Bangladesh. Including this new funding, USAID is now providing a total of more than $19.5 million in emergency funds, commodities, food aid and transportation to assist relief and early recovery efforts in Bangladesh.

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on assisting SMEs

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

As the leading Confederation of Chambers of Commerce in Sri Lanka the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) in their strategic approach to the economic development of Sri Lanka has long since realized and identified the vital importance of SME Sector to national economic development. Thus, the Chamber has planned to use its long experience in offering business development services and closer networking with the Government, donor agencies and international organizations to facilitate SME development.

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister vows to apply pressure to have the UNESCO Director General retract statement

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has said, Sri Lanka will not permit any international organizations to be a vehicle for the LTTE by justifying its modes of operation in various forms and manifestations. Such action when committed by any international organization will not be tolerated and the Foreign Ministry will exercise all means at its command to ensure that such statements are retracted or corrections made by the relevant agencies and authorities in the international arena. The Minister made this observation in a special Ministerial statement made at the commencement of Parliament today regarding a public statement made from Paris on 3 December 2007 through UNESCO Press Release No. 2007-154 titled " Director-General condemns bombing of rebel radio station in Northern Sri Lanka".

Janashakthi - ICICI bank in discussion for strategic tie-up

From Sunil C. Perera - Asian Tribune

Janashakthi Insurance, and the ICICI Bank, India’s largest private bank with assets of over USD 92 billion (as of September 30, 2007) and which has branches in 18 countries worldwide, recently concluded discussions for a bank assurance channel agreement in Mumbai recently. This follows the recent visit to Mumbai of a high powered delegation of Janashakthi professionals headed by General Manager Sales and Marketing Ravi Liyanage. “Janashakthi Insurance is extremely pleased to have an opportunity to be associated with the ICICI Bank, having seen the enormous success achieved by the ICICI Group.

Body of a female LTTE cadre found - Yala

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

One LTTE woman cadres dead body was found yesterday evening in the deep Yala jungle by Army Commandos, Military Official said. The body was found by troops who were engaged in a search operation in the Debaraduwa area, some 30 km inside the Yala jungle around 5.10 this evening on 05 December, also they found a light machine gun (LMG) in the same area. They also found pots and pans used for cooking purpose, 3 sarongs, 10 pair slippers and 3 eva packets. Earlier on Monday, 30 km north of Yala sanctuary, Army commandos confronted face to face with 10 LTTE cadres. Military officials said that during the confrontation they expected more LTTE causalities.

Swiss completes Lanka Sportreizen Marathon among 100 foreigners

By Quintus Perera in Colombo

The LSR International Marathon which was organized by the Lanka Sportreizen was held recently with around 1,000 participants among them around 100 were foreigners. The full marathon which was flagged off from the Ministry of Sports at Torrington Square covered around 42 kilometres from Colombo to Negombo.

Judicial Activism

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Judicial activism in the country evokes strong reactions: some support it vehemently while some others, notably politicians, oppose it equally strongly. But the rising tide of judicial activism has also seen the judiciary come under closer scrutiny. While criticism of the lower rungs of the judicial system has been common for a long time, public gaze has also turned towards the higher judiciary. For the first time in the history of the nation a former chief justice has come under attack from not only politicians and eminent citizens but also at least five distinguished former CJIs. The ex-CJI under attack has, of course, denied the charges being hurled at him.

Claymore mine attack - another LTTE’s cowardly attack targeting innocent civilians

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Defence Ministry sources blamed the claymore attack on the civilian Sri Lanka Transport Board passenger bus to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam led by V.Prabakaran. Defence Ministry news website described “LTTE terrorists carried out another cowardly attack at the civilians, by targeting a civilian bus.” Around 50 persons were traveling in the ill fated bus, according to a police source. All those 15 killed in the claymore mine blast are Sinhlaese civilians who were traveling from Anuradhapura to Janakapura. Out of the 15 persons killed, three of them are women, said Dr. Sajit Bandara of the Kebitigollawe hospital.


Sri Lanka to press today UNESCO DG to retract statement on Voice of Tigers

Sri Lanka's Ambassador in France and Permanent Delegate to the UNESCO, Chitranganee Wagiswara is expected to meet UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura today in Paris to demand on behalf of Government of Sri Lanka, an apology as well as retraction of the press statement condemning the air strike on the Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio station of the LTTE by the Sri Lanka Air force on 27 November. "Asian Tribune" when contacted the office of the UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura in Paris, his Personal Assistant Ms. Carol Homely confirmed that Koichiro Matsuura has scheduled to meet today Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Chitranganee Wagiswara. Ms. Carol Homely told "Asian Tribune" that yesterday UNESCO Director General was out of office and he was unable to meet with the Sri Lanka delegation which went to the UNESCO office to protest against the press statement released by him.