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

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Thaksin Shinawatra

Protest Rally in front of UNESCO Headquarters

Short changed coins

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

For many the first unpleasant encounter of the day starts at the milk booth when the man at the booth demands that you tender the exact amount for your purchase because he has no coins (change). A little later the scene is perhaps repeated at the vegetable market and the grocers. The coin shortage that Delhi and presumably many other towns and cities have been facing for several weeks now shows no sign of ending. Maybe, it will never end since most Indians are supposed to be playing with mega bucks!

CIA firmly rooted in Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse Administration

There was very little reference to Sri Lanka’s military operation which has partially de-stabilized the once invincible Tamil Tigers. As to why the United National Party took a step or two back from its once declared policy plank of ‘Federal Solution to Sri Lanka’s National Question’, the Sri Lankan expatriates here in Las Vegas were told that the party was not in favor of labeling the unit of devolution but will decide on the unit as political developments progress. The visiting stalwarts of Sri Lanka’s political opposition the United National Party (UNP) highlighted President Rajapakse’s governing style, how his regime is corrupt to the core, that he is utterly inefficient in handling affairs of the nation, according to the UNP stalwarts, ruined the economy and the arrogance of the regime had led to the erosion of civil liberties and media freedom

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra vowed to return to Thailand meanwhile Thai general upset over election results

Thaksin ShinawatraThaksin Shinawatra, the ousted Thai Prime Minister announced Tuesday that he would return to Thailand, possibly within weeks, after the victory of his allies People Power Party, (PPP) in weekend elections. Meanwhile reports emerges that the result of the election has upset the military's top brass, including army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda, who are worried about the People Power party (PPP) taking revenge for the Sept 19 coup last year. But the former Prime Minster, who was forced out of office by the military in September 2006, also said he would prove himself innocent of corruption charges laid against him by the military junta after he was deposed. Thaksin, who has spent much of his time in Hong Kong since last year's coup, was speaking after the victory Sunday of the People Power Party in the first elections since the military takeover in Thailand.

JVP attacks the Kamikaze ideology of UNESCO

In critical statement of the role played by the Director General of the UNESCO, K. Matsura, the Janatha Vimukti Peramuna (JVP - People's Liberation Front) ), the third largest party in Sri Lanka, has questioned "the Kamikaze ideology and the partisan posturing for selective bombing of radio stations." Matsura released a statement criticizing the Sri Lankan Air Force bombing the Voice of the Tigers (VOT, also known as the Voice of Terror). This statement raised a howl of protest from Sri Lankans who objected to the partisan role played by Matsura.

Three years after Tsunami

On this third anniversary of the Tsunami disaster, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) remembers with great sadness all those who lost their lives and their family members, who survived them. It is these individuals that showed us the way to tread a path for better Sri Lanka. At this juncture, TISL recognizes with gratitude all the public and private partners who contributed to the reconstruction process in Sri Lanka. Whilst acknowledging the positive contribution and progress, TISL would like to draw the attention of the public and the government to certain unresolved issues and lessons that the nation could learn, with special emphasis to issues within the transparency and accountability framework.

Sea Tigers lost 6 boats and 24 cadres , Sri Lanka Navy lost Dvora Fast Attack Craft and 12 sailors missing

Ruwan Weerakoon reporting from Colombo

In a sea battle that erupted in seas south west of Delft Island, today around 11.30 AM, Sri Lanka Navy destroyed six LTTE attack boats, including two suicide craft during a heavy sea battle. Sources revealed that 24 Sea Tigers were killed in the confrontation, while Sri Lanka Navy lost one Dvora Fast Attack Craft and 12 navy men on board the fast craft missing. According to Tiger sources, Sri Lanka Navy’s two more Dvora FACs sustained damage and retreated to Kaankeasanthu'rai (KKS) port, one of them damaged beyond repair. The clash that began at noon was still continuing at 2:30 p.m. The Tigers are yet to release details of the clash.