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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2994

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Wilpattu Tragedy: Victim remains handed over to families

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The remains of the seven victims who died on Saturday while touring the Wilpattu National Park has been handed over to their respective families. Three LTTE laid landmines connected together saw a sad end to the lives of six local tourists including a famous local author, and their tour guide. The luxury vehicle carrying the tourists was seen in pieces scattered in many parts of the park, while body pieces of the victims were strewn everywhere.

Crocodile tears for elephants

By Janaka Perera - Asian Tribune

A writer calling himself Daya Dissanayake alleges (as reported recently in the Asian Tribune and the April 4 Daily News) that parading elephants during Sri Lanka’s temple festivals is torture to them. This criticism has been timed to coincide with the 2550th Buddha Jayanthi year. Why is this sudden concern for elephants used in religious festivals? There is something more than what meets the eye here. Why aren’t these bleeding hearts showing the same concern for the suffering of labour intensive bulls, for cattle (including pregnant cows and calves) that are transported and slaughtered under horrifying conditions or for chicken, goats, pigs and stray dogs killed with equal brutality? – Or for caged birds and other wild creatures? Why aren’t these `compassionate humans’ condemning the meat industry?

Co-Chairs urge Tigers to renounce violence, Govt to bring a new political system

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Co-Chairs of the Sri Lanka’s peace process today urged the Tamil Tigers to renounce terrorism and return to peace process , while urging the government to address the legitimate grievances of racial minorities in the country. Failing to fulfill these commitments, the Co-Chairs warned, would increase the international isolation of the LTTE and diminish international support to the government of Sri Lanka.

Tamil Tigers cut, shot and massacred 12 Sinhalese civilians

Suspected militant cadres of the Sri Lanka Tamil Separatist organization cut, mauled, shot and killed 12 Sinhala civilians in a row on 29 May, around 8.30 p.m.. But 2 of them fled with serious injuries and reported the incident to the police this morning. They have been admitted to a local hospital for treatment. Unknown LTTE militant cadres entered the Sinhala settlement village of Rantharathenna in Omadiyamadu; around 10 km north of Welikanda in Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa border on Monday night shot and cut to death 12 Sinhala settlers.

Opportunities for bargain hunting

By Quintus Perera, Asian Tribune

The Share Market Review for the preceding week on All Share Price Index (ASPI) complied by the research team of the HNB Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd indicated that The market remained sluggish with low activity levels as investors continued to take a cautious approach. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed the week at 2211.6 points falling by 14.4 points or 0.65% compared to last week. Meanwhile the Milanka Price Index (MPI) showed a steeper 43.7 point or 1.53% drop compared to last week, to close at 2805.7 points on Friday. The faster drop in MPI was due to, majority of the heavy weights included in the MPI, including Dialog, JKH and SLT experiencing a decline in share price for the week.

The sad plight of a Sri Lankan woman who went to the Middle East seeking greener pastures

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

A Sri Lankan woman who worked as a housemaid in the Middle East risk losing both her legs owing to the cruel abuse she had to undergo in the hands of her employer in Saudi Arabia. R.W. Karunawathi from Polonnaruwa left to Saudi Arabia last October in hope of greener pastures. But today laying on a bed at the National Hospital in Colombo she is only left with a bruised body, shortly cropped hair and a pathetic face which depicts her sad plight abroad.

Sri Lankan government bans local film Aksharaya (Letter of Fire)

In a serious attack on freedom of speech, Sri Lanka’s United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government has banned screenings of Aksharaya (Letter of Fire) and threatened legal action against the film’s producers. Written and directed by Asoka Handagama, the movie depicts a series of psychosexual traumas within an upper middle class Sri Lankan family—a female magistrate (Piyumi Samaraweera), her elderly husband, who is a former High Court judge (Ravindra Randeniya), and their 12-year-old son (Isham Samzudeen). It explores the questions of incest, rape, murder and other dark secrets within the family and their impact on the young boy.

Time for world nations to hold the Burmese generals accountable

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, a Government in exile, has condemned the Burma Army Generals for their decision to extend the House arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the opposition in Burma. The Government in exile also has pointed out that, “It has become more apparent from recent developments that the only language these Burmese generals can understand is the threat to their security and their plan to install a military dictatorship through their national convention and other steps of their roadmap. “

Multi-donor technical assistance program to uplift SME development in Sri Lanka

By Ashwin Hemmathagama - Asian Tribune Financial Correspondent

The private sector arm of the World Bank Group; International Finance Corporation yesterday launched its latest program SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) for Sri Lanka and Maldives which is a multi-donor technical assistance program for small and medium enterprise development. According to IFC the IFC-SEDF program will serve as a catalyst for accelerating the growth rate of the SME sector in these two countries. IFC South Asia Director, Iyad Malas explaining the program features said that it would help bridge the technical gap between the SME and the financial company while improving the business environment for SMEs, contributing to broad-based economic growth and to sustainable poverty reduction.

EU ban LTTE officially : LTTE agrees to attend talks

The European Union today placed the Tamil Tigers on their list of banned terrorists. The decision will be formalized later by an official publication in EU’s Journal. This is the biggest blow faced by the Tamil Tigers since they entered the peace talks negotiated by the Norwegian facilitators. Tigers are now on the banned list of 31 countries – i.e. 25 in the EU, plus USA, UK, Australia, India, Canada and Malaysia.

Vacate Muthur – Muslims are told by suspected LTTE’s auxiliary force

LTTE is back again on the ethnic cleansing of the Muslims. This time the targeted region is Muthur located in the Trincomalee district. Muslims inhabited in the Muthur region have been threatened to evacuate within the next 72 hours, the sources from Muthur confirmed.

Sri Lanka will introduce bio-fuel to run three wheelers

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Government of Sri Lanka plans to reduce human alcohol consumption and introduce an alcohol and petrol mixture, a type of bio-fuel to run ordinary vehicles – the three wheel Taxies, as a pilot project. The Sugarcane institute of Sri Lanka revealed that government controlled crude oil refinery of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation [CPC] presently tests alcohol samples to use as a fuel additive.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Continue detention condemned

The National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR) in exile, strongly condemned the Burma Army Generals’ decision to extend the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, the democracy icon of Burma for another 12 months against the world opinion and the aspirations of the Burmese people.

Meghalaya politicians to debate on Uranium mining

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

A day after the multi-coalition MDA government prohibited holding a debate on the proposed Uranium mining in Nongstoin, the pro and anti Uranium mining politicians decided to face each other in the State capital. On Sunday last, the West Khasi Hills Deputy Commssioner, KL Tariang prohibited holding of a public debate in his district fearing ‘breakdown in law and order’.

UHCR expresses concern over the safety of Sri Lankan fleeing to India by sea

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Colombo has expressed concern about dangers Sri Lankan refugees faces in the high seas, when they flee in boats in the choppy seas to safer destination in the southernmost coast of India.

`Watch out for Tiger provocations’

By Janaka Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka’s Human Rights and Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has called upon the Sinhala people to act with great responsibility and be on guard against Tiger provocations at all times. Samarasinghe made the appeal during a May 29 interview with the SLBC Sinhala service. His appeal came in the wake of neighbouring Tamil Nadu having to bear another influx of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.

TIU-USA denounces relations with Bangladesh campus

The International University (TIU) has sent a rejoinder to the news item captioned 'Minister's wife running fake university'. In the rejoinder, sent by 'Dr. Robert Ray Hill', TIU-USA said: "I work with Dr. Stephen Barnhart, the Chancellor of The International University, located in Missouri. I want you to know that we do not support what has happened with TIU Bangladesh and the actions of the wife of the Education Minister and have severed all ties with this university.

Dulux Paint on child saving path

By Quintus Perera, Asian Tribune

The Dulux Child Protection Fund received further exposure during Vesak when the CIC Banners Paints sponsored “Banners of Hope”, carrying the message “Help An Innocent Child Bloom” which was displayed at prominent locations in Colombo to raise funds and awareness for this worthy cause. Significantly, the banner of hope brought concerned citizens the opportunity not only to donate funds but also to pledge support to the cause by signing on it. When it was displaced at Nuwara Eliya more than 2,500 signatures have been collected at the first event arranged in Nuwara Eliya during the Sinhala New Year/Easter weekend.