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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2896

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Dr Kaido Kotkas

European Commission extends GSP+ eligibility to Sri Lanka pending investigation

The European Commission has decided to give 16 developing countries including Sri Lanka duty-free access to the EU market for around 6400 tariff lines, under the European Union's special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance. Though European Commission has decided to extend the GSP+ beneficiaries from 1 January 2009 until the end of 2011 to developing countries, it was pointed out that Sri Lanka and El Salvador are two countries, currently the subject of an investigation by the European Commission into the implementation of certain UN and ILO conventions.

Another 11 Sri Lankan fishermen arrested in the Indian waters

Another 11 Sri Lankan fishermen in two boats were arrested by the Indian Coast Guards when they strayed into the Indian territorial waters. The Coast Guards also arrested the two boats used by them which had all the facilities for multi-day fishing. According to sources it was revealed the arrested Sri Lankan fishermen were from Negambo as well as from Matara. Earlier eight Sri Lankan fishing vessels with forty two crew members were apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard and were brought to the Chennai fisheries harbor on 7th December. A joint Interrogation Committee is expected to meet today in Chennai to ascertain the motives of the arrested fishermen for straying into the Indian waters.

Sri Lanka needs a political solution despite many think to the contrary - American Ambassador Robert Blake

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune US Bureau presentation

"An important part of achieving a political solution and reconciliation between all of Sri Lanka’s communities will be to improve human rights in Sri Lanka. The high numbers of extra-judicial killings, abductions, and other human rights violations in Sri Lanka have disproportionately affected Tamils. A concerted effort to end such practices and bring the culprits to justice would not only hasten reconciliation in Sri Lanka, it would allow countries like the United States to do more in Sri Lanka."

Foot Spray to Sri Lankan soldiers airlifted- thanks to an Estonian generosity

Dr Kaido KotkasSri Lanka Ambassador in Sweden Ranjit Jayasuriya arranged to airlift through the Sri Lanka Consul General’s office in Frankfurt, a large consignment of Foot spray urgently needed for soldiers fighting battles against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a terrorists outfit to liberate the Tamils held forcibly by them. The large consignment of Foot spray to Sri Lankan soldiers was donated by the generous minded peace loving Dr Kaido Kotkas of Estonia.

Sri Lanka: Tourism Strategic Action Group Formed

A committee has been formed to look into the challenges ahead of Sri Lanka Tourism, caused by the world economic crisis and other regional developments impacting tourist arrival to Sri Lanka. The committee has been appointed On the advice of the Minister of Tourism, Milinda Moragoda. Commenting on impact of the the world economic crisis and other regional developments, the Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Mr George Michael said that the global economic crisis is illustrated in the drastic drop of prices in key luxury hotels and the significant reduction of country arrivals in key locations throughout the world.

Europol on coordinated and harmonized approach on LTTE and its front organizations

Europol has hosted a two day seminar which focused on the worldwide activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Europol is the European Union law enforcement agency which handles criminal intelligence, is devoting many efforts to support EU Member States efforts to achieve a coordinated and harmonized approach on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and its front organization. The seminar, 09 and 10 December, gathered representatives from 15 EU Member States as well as from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, The USA, Switzerland and Interpol. Representatives from other European Institutions; Eurojust and SitCen (the European Union (EU) Joint Situation Centre) were also present.

President elect Barrack Obama and the new team should stop Blake blackening the image of USA

By Ranjith Soysa-Melbourne

The US elections proved that the US electorate desires major changes in American foreign policy as the President Bush and his team on many an instance miserably failed to comprehend the aspirations of the world community at large. In many countries, the image of the USA is in tatters as the local people have felt that the US policy makers were attempting to shape the events in various countries to suit the USA's grand plan. In Sri Lanka, the US Ambassador Blake along with a few European representatives have been making noises for sometime favouring the separatist forces. They have not only nurtured INGOs and supported NGOs financially but also given undue recognition to create dissension socially and politically.

Double standards on terrorism

By Dimuth Gunawardena

It is about time for both India and the US to start applying a universally applicable anti-terrorist policy. It is high-time they give up their two-faced policy of branding only those who hurt their self interests, terrorists while calling other political criminals "militants", "guerrillas", "gunmen", or "freedom fighters" - when it suits their strategic interests.

WPF Country Director tender apology: BBC Sinhala service ‘Spin-Masters’ malicious propaganda exposed one more time

World Food Program country director for Sri Lanka Adnan Khan has apologized to the Sri Lankan government over a story filed by the BBC Sinhala service calling 'Sri Lanka a Somalia'. The country director meeting with Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa treated with disdain this diabolical lie disseminated by the BBC Sinhala Service and said he would launch a special inquiry to the matter. Meanwhile Cabinet Spokesman Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the government has sent adequate stocks of medicine and food to Wanni. He made this statement responding to a comment made by a UN representative to BBC where he had falsely compared the situation in Sri Lanka to that of Somalia.

Of the short memory of the people of Tamil Nadu and its leaders how Rajiv Gandhi remains were recovered in pulp - Anandasangare

Tamil Nadu leaders and people are being carried away by the false propaganda of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam revealed V. Anandasangaree, President – TULF. He cautioned that everybody in Tamil Nadu is unmindful of how fast this risk is spreading into the other States in India. Anandasangaree pointed out perhaps the bitter memories of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination are gradually fading away in their minds. He emphasized Tamil Nadu cannot easily forget how his remains were recovered in pulp. So were Sri Lankan President R. Premadasa’s and the Presidential candidate Gamini Disanayake’s and several others with him, some of whom were ministers.

ILO – CB TREE Supports Tsunami and Conflict Affected Families In North And East

The International Labor Organization - Community-based Training for Economic Empowerment (ILO CB-TREE) is a joint undertaking of the International Labor Organization and the Government of Belgium to help the Government of Sri Lanka specifically, in the restoration of livelihoods and revival of local economies, in areas that have been affected by the tsunami. The project assists communities and individuals in rebuilding their livelihoods through skills training, enterprise development and the installation of appropriate economic support mechanisms at the community level.

Consignment of Footspray airlifted to Colombo

Thailand to elect a new Prime Minister on Monday

Thailand's House of Representatives will vote for a new prime minister on Monday. According to House Speaker Chai Chidchob, "The meeting is scheduled on Monday at 9:30 am," the House Speaker said on Thursday. Earlier, the Democrat Party gathered names of all its MPs in the House of Representatives for submission to the House Speaker to petition his opening of an extraordinary session of Parliament to elect a new prime minister.