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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

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Family members waiting for the return of missing ones

Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

It’s been years for the family members of Blebot Koch and Motingwell Thongni family members in North East India, who are waiting for the return of their missing ones back homes. Similar to the family members’ of Koch and Thongni, hundred other families are also waiting in their respective homes for the return of the missing ones. None knows the fate of such persons - whether they are even alive, or in what physical and mental condition they are in?

An open letter to George Bush by Iran President

In a letter to US President George Bush President of Iran Prof. Dr. Mahmud Ahmadinejad's has said that young people, university students and ordinary people have many questions about the phenomenon of Israel. I am sure you are familiar with some of them. “Throughout history many countries have been occupied, but I think the establishment of a new country with a new people, is a new phenomenon that is exclusive to our times,” he adds. He further wrote, “Students are saying that sixty years ago such a country did no exist. The show old documents and globes and say try as we have, we have not been able to find a country named Israel.”

Germany: Deportations increase as asylum applications plummet

Policies of the former Social Democratic Party-Green Party government and the current Grand Coalition have resulted in an unprecedented decline in the numbers of asylum-seekers in Germany. In 1998, some 98,644 refugees applied for asylum. By 2005, it was a mere 28,914.The SPD-Green government continued restricting the right to asylum—a course already resolved upon by the preceding Christian Democratic government of Helmut Kohl with the support of the SPD—until it was virtually unrecognizable. In step with the European Union (EU), the Social Democrats and Greens implemented ruthless immigration policies, designed to ward off and stigmatize immigrants and refugees. The current government is continuing this course.

President met Jaffna , Mannr Bishops: Solicited cooperation to stamp out escalating violence

By Our Colombo Correspondent

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Catholic bishops from Jaffna and Mannar to discuss the escalating violence against civilians and urged the bishops to encourage the local public to build a rapport with local law enforcement officials. "The President condemned the attacks on civilians on all ethnic groups. He requested the local bishops to encourage people to seek help from police and security forces when their basic rights were violated," said a Presidential aide at the Presidents Office.

Sri Lanka Government to tighten policy on wheat flour importation

By Ashwin Hemmathagama - Asian Tribune Financial Correspondent

Government in its efforts to encourage the local paddy farmers while discouraging the heavy consumption of wheat flour is looking at the possibilities in revising the tax structure on wheat flour and wheat grain imports. Ministry of Finance and Planning Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara yesterday disclosed this meeting the District Secretaries discussing the progress made on the imprest releases for paddy purchases this year.

Sri Lanka's Muslim Council demand Co-Chairs influence to end latest LTTE triggered ethnic cleansing

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL), a network comprising some 75 of the largest and most influential National Organizations of Muslims in the country, has called on the Co-chairs to exercise their powers and influence in putting an end to any LTTE action which would jeopardize the security of the thousands of Muslims living peacefully in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka.

Oil Boom Threatens to Trigger Arms Spree

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The unprecedented rise in oil prices -- from an average of 22 to 28 dollars per barrel in early 2005 to over 70 dollars last week -- is expected to trigger an increase in arms purchases by some of the world's leading oil-producing nations, including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Venezuela, Iran, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). If history has a way of repeating itself, a significant portion of the growing petrodollars will spill over into the coffers of the world's five leading arms merchants: the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia.

Another white elephant

By Daya Dissanayake

Elephants are in the news, again. At least it would keep humans from forgetting the sad plight of the elephants around the world. There is a saying in Lanka that the tail of a dog could never be straightened. The tail of the Lankan dog had remained curved for the past 2000 years. So is the mind and character of the elephant owners and users. They will not change. Our elephants have also been tortured for the past 2000 years or more. And it had been the same story in India too. Even king Asoka, with all his good deeds after he became Dharmasoka, would have used elephants for parading, for processions and even for hard labour.

Co-Chairs issue the same old warnings after three years of failure in Sri Lanka

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

After three years of work since the original Tokyo Conference the four Co-Chairs – Norway, EU, Japan and US -- met in Tokyo “at a time when Sri Lanka is on the brink of war” and ended by issuing predictable warnings to both the Government and the LTTE. Confessing in a press release that “the international community can only support but cannot deliver peace” the Co-Chairs warned the LTTE they should act to (1) re-enter the negotiating process; (2) renounce terrorism and violence; (3) show a willingness to make political compromises needed for a political solution within a united Sri Lanka and (4) respect the democratic rights of all peoples of Sri Lanka. “Failure to do so will lead to deeper isolation of the LTTE,” it said.

31 Sri Lankans stranded in Malaysia returns

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Thirty one Sri Lankan who left to Malaysia through a private foreign employment agency returned to the country empty handed. The 31 Sri Lankans which included three women, is reported to have undergone several forms of harassment while been detained in Malaysian detention camps.

Meghalaya govt. undecided on ‘Da Vinci Code’

Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

The multi-coalition MDA government is yet to take a final decision on whether to screen of the film version of Dan Browns‘Da Vinci Code’ in Meghalaya. The GAD department, authorized by the Cabinet to take a decision on whether to ban screening of the movie has instructed the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, P.Jain to elicit a general opinion.

Sri Lankan government hopes EU ban will end violence; LTTE condemns it

The Sri Lankan government and the LTTE have responded predictably to the EU ban. The LTTE began condemning it even before the ban was imposed. It threatened to withdraw from the CFA and hinted at waging its Eelam War IV. The Sri Lankan government has responded positively to the EU ban imposed on the LTTE. A communiqué issued by the Presidential Secretariat “hopes that this clear and firm message would provide a fresh impetus and encouragement to the LTTE to think afresh and resume Talks with the assistance of the Norwegian facilitators.”

Indian MuayThai Team led by Oken Jeet Sandham arrives in Bangkok

The Indian MuayThai Team led by Oken Jeet Sandham, President of the MuayThai Federation of India, has arrived in Bangkok on Tuesday to participate the World Amateur MuayThai Championship 2006, which will be inaugurated by the Princess of Thailand, at The Mall Convention Center, here today.Over two thousand participants including officials from 111 countries from around the world will participate this time's biggest World Amateur MuayThai Championship 2006 here, which is expected to attract thousands of spectators daily.

Sri Lanka's electricity board continues to be crippled due to political manipulation

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

As politics continues to cripple the already crisis ridden Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), a top notch CEB union is going to the extent of taking up this issue with President Mahinda Rajapakse in the coming days, in the fervent hope that he might intervene and put a stop to the current state of affairs at this institution.

Third force formula and the people of Bangladesh

By Sunita Paul

Each day, with the delay in preparing voter list as well with the nasty activities of Chief Election Commissioner Abdul Aziz, possibility of general election in 2007 is becoming uncertain. On the other hand, due to exorbitant rise in the price of essentials, people of Bangladesh are gradually becoming angry with the ruling government. Their anger is further boosted with the serious shortage of power as well continuation of corrupt ministers in the cabinet.

Crocodile tears for Buddhism

A writer calling himself "Janaka Perera" has written to the “Asian Tribune” in response to my articles about elephants, in the “Asian Tribune “and the “Daily News.” About the Buddha Jayanti year I wish to comment at a later date. Elephants used in religious festivals are not a sudden concern. People have been criticizing this cruel deed for a long time and I myself tried to convey this message in some of my earlier writings. Mr "Janaka Perera", if he considers himself a true Buddhist, should not get so worked up as to assume so many other issues. Just because I was talking about elephants in this article, how could he claim that I have no concern about the slaughter of animals or caging of birds and animals, or about the meat industry? Should we not try to take all these issues one at a time?