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ETI – Leasing Comes to Kurunegala

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

ETI Leasing has opened its latest branch at No.199/1, Colombo road, Kurunegala recently, to cater to the needs of the important agricultural community in the area. The opening ceremony was attended by the Directors of the groups with Mrs Soma Edirisinghe appearing as the chief Guest along with Mr Nalaka Edirisinghe.

Submarine cable is a landmark in ICT sector in Bangladesh

The historic event that took place near the shore of the Bay of Bengal on 22 May will have a far-reaching effect on the progress and prosperity of Bangladesh. On that day Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia inaugurated the long awaited fibre optic submarine cable system at the landing station at Cox's Bazar and thus connected Bangladesh to the global information super highway.

Under Scanner Naval Seamanship

By Defence Analyst - Syndicate Features

Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has done well to express the Government’s grave concern during the Naval Commanders Conference over naval accidents of the kind that led to the sinking of the missile-boat “Prahar” after it collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Goa. Mr Mukherjee’s advice that a sense of responsibility be inculcated in all ranks of the Navy (coming as it does soon after the leak of sensitive information from the War Room in Delhi) is an indicator that the Navy needs to brush up its seamanship and standard operating procedures.

Karuna Group slates Co-Chairs for not doing enough to disarm LTTE

It is irresponsible and reprehensible for the Co-Chairs to call for the disarming of the TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal led by Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, (Colonel Karuna Amman) without first disarming the LTTE – the deadliest terrorists group destablising peace in Sri Lanka,” said Thooyavan, the spokesman of the TMVP. "In insisting that TEMVP should be disarmed the Co-chairs are acting under LTTE pressure to protect the interests of the Tigers and not to protect either peace or the Tamil people who have been the victims of their terror,” he said. “In any case, if the Co-chairs insist on this course of action to appease the LTTE they should be held responsible for escalating violence which is not in the best interests either of peace or the Tamil people. The first step towards peace is to disarm the LTTE. The rest will fall into place if this is implemented by the international community,” said Thooyavan.

Rich vs Poor in Power Struggle, Says Top UN Official

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A new North-South divide between rich and poor nations -- over budgetary control and management reforms -- may be heading for a political showdown at the United Nations. "its numbers versus pocketbooks," says Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown, who is hoping that the North-South deadlock will not continue. Asked if the sharp division between developed and developing nations would result in a possible shutdown of the United Nations in the absence of an agreement on the budget, he told IPS: "I definitely hope not. I hope peace and trust is going to break out. If not, it's a defeat for both sides."

International community could do more to tame the Tigers – Mahinda Rajapakse

While welcoming the action of the international community in condemning the LTTE terrorists President Mahinda Rajapakse wrote in the Wall Street Journal of today that “words alone are not enough.” He said: “Foreign governments could do more to crackdown on the Tamil Tigers’ illegal purchase of weapons from places such as Afghanistan and East European and Central Asian republics, as well as their arms-smuggling operations through Thailand. They could also condemn more strongly the Tamil Tigers’ repeated massacres of innocent villagers. The enforcement of proposals already before the U.N. Security Council for sanctions against organizations such as the Tamil Tigers, that force children to carry arms, would be a good first step.”

EU blames LTTE for not heeding its earlier warnings

The official declaration by the Presidency of the European Union listing the LTTE as a terrorist organization has lashed out specifically at the LTTE saying that it did not heed several warnings issued earlier. Putting the blame entirely on the LTTE for the banning, the press release of the Council of the European Union released today (May 31, 2006) says: “The decision of the EU to list the LTTE should come as a surprise to nobody. Several warnings have already been provided to the LTTE, which the LTTE has systematically ignored. In its statement of 27 September 2005 (12669/1/05) the EU stated that “it was actively considering the formal listing of LTTE as a terrorist organisation.

Citizens’ Committee restores normalcy in Kayts

In the other battle to win the hearts and minds of the people the Sri Lanka Navy has set up a Citizens’ Committee in the island of Kayts – a recent flashpoint where civilians were killed and where the LTTE cadres were targeting the Sri Lankan Navy troops and forcing the Tamil population to vacate island. The Peace Secretariat in Colombo said that the first meeting held on May 26 was attended by over 750 citizens of Kayts, Pungudathive and Mandathive. Senior citizens, religious leaders, government officials, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and UNHCR officials chaired the meeting.

Sri Lanka's Peace Secretariat Chief to lead Government delegation at this month's Oslo talks

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) Dr. Palitha Kohona will lead the Government delegation for the forthcoming talks set to take place in Oslo on June 8-9, 2006, the Government Information Department announced yesterday. The Oslo meeting will primarily be centered to assess the situation and address the safety and security of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) officials.

Pak, India renew commitment to fight terrorism in all forms, manifestations

BY Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan and India have reiterated their commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and emphasized the need for effective steps for the complete elimination of this menace. This was stated by Pakistani Interior Secretary Syed Kamal Shah and his Indian counterpart V.K. Duggal at a joint news briefing after their two days talks on cooperation to combat terrorism, drug and human trafficking under the composite dialogue here Wednesday.

The EU ban hits the Tigers hard

By Mallika Wanigasundara

The LTTE put its signature down in blood as a ruthless terrorist organization by sandwiching the listing of the LTTE by the European Union, between two civilian massacres in its apoplectic rage as the world prepared to isolate it. The smile on the face of the Tiger is the grin of destruction and death. At the Co-Chairs meeting in Tokyo a crooked smile came on the soured face of Eric Solheim , former Chief Norwegian negotiator, protector, pusher, coach, of the LTTE, as the representatives of the Co-Chairs US, Norway, EU and Japan held hands rather oddly in could lange syne fashion. Would this adventure in Sri Lanka be really forgot……… [should old acquaintance be forgot..]

Over priced rubber could create adverse effects – CRTA

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Financial Correspondent

Ceylon Rubber Traders Association (CRTA) fears that the dangerously overpriced natural rubber could lead to ‘bubble burst. CRTA Chairman J.B.L. de Silva told the “Asian Tribune” that natural rubber prices have gone up within a very short period of time. “Currently the natural rubber receives a very high price in the international market due to various factors. The increased price could be due to high international demand low production. Thailand and Indonesia is experiencing bad weather, cost of artificial rubber with the continuously hiking crude oil price.”

Government and LTTE Peace Secretariats still silent on SLMM's sea monitoring proposal

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has still not received any reaction by either the Government Peace Secretariat or the LTTE Peace Secretariat with regard to their proposal, which laid down several conditions if the Mission was to resume its naval monitoring again. The SLMM suspended its sea monitoring activities following an LTTE attempt to attack a troop carrier 'pearl cruiser' early this month, during which two Dvoras were put out of action along with several tiger crafts.

British Foreign Secretary condemns continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi

British Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett MP, has condemned the Burmese Government's decision to extend the house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. In a statement to the media she said, “I was appalled to learn of the Burmese Government's decision to extend the unjustified detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It is unacceptable that the Government of Burma has failed to respond to recent calls from the UN Secretary-General, from the EU and from others in the international community for Aung San Suu Kyi to be released.”

Muttur Muslims defy LTTE

By our Colombo Correspondent

The Muslim community in Muttur defied the LTTE by disregarding the death threats issued by the militants. Tamil Tigers have distributed leaflets in Muttur area demanding the Muslim community to vacate the area within 72 hours of the notice which was issued on May 28. Government officials and the military said that the Muslims leaders in the area organized a rally yesterday to urge the people not to succumb to the LTTE threat. Hence the LTTE demand was completely ignored by the Muslims in the area who continued to live their normal life.

Forty foreign stalls out of the 100 at the second Ceylinco Gem and Jewellery exhibition and fair.

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

At the recent second annual Colombo Show – Gem and Jewellery Trade Fair there were 40 stalls by Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore and India out of the 100 stalls which was held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre. Among them the majority were from Myanmar. This exhibition sponsored by Ceylinco Gem Corp International Ltd launched the first ‘Colombo Show’ last year and now this is being held parallel to the FACETS the premier annual Gem & Jewellery show that has been held for the last 16 years, which usually held their shows in luxury hotels has now moved to BMICH since last Septmber.

Sri Lanka’s Minister urges Japanese investors to reap the benefits of FTA’s with India and Pakistan by investing in Sri Lank

Sunil C. Perera reporting from Colombo

Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Rohitha Bogollagama invited the Japanese investor community to invest in Sri Lanka and reap the benefits under the FTA’S Sri Lanka has entered in to with India and Pakistan.

Murder of 12 Sinhalese in the East incites fresh fears in the minds of vulnerable Muslims

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The killing of 12 Sinhalese civilians in the East has incited fresh fears in the minds of Muslim civilians in Muttur who have been asked to leave their villages, in what appeared to be yet another round of ethnic cleansing instigated by the LTTE.

Orange Electric attracts Australian Investor to Sri Lanka

Kushan Kodituwaku, Managing Director of wholly Sri Lankan owned electrical switch and socket manufacturing giant Orange Electric, has been successful in attracting big time Australian Investors to Sri Lanka. He has convinced Australia’s second largest electrical switch manufacturer, Herman Plastic Moldings Put (HPM) to consider Sri Lanka for a join venture manufacturing plant for export to Australia. HPM, which is a 120-year-old family business in Australia.