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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2646

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Taxman knocks at Bachhan’s door

By Tukoji Pandit - Syndicate Features

Dramatising an individual’s tax problems, no matter how well known, may get some publicity, but not sympathy, says the author in the context of Amitabh Bachhan’s tax travails and laments that Amar Singhs and the powers that be are paying no attention to the “new Saral” travails common man is being subjected to by the finance ministry.

Sri Lanka Government plans to acquire excess boats from the tsunami-affected community

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

The Government of Sri Lanka plans to buy excess fibre boats, which were distributed after the Boxing Day, but now idling in the backyards. According to the Divisional secretaries of the tsunami-hit areas, a number of fiber boats are now left to idle for the various reasons.‘This is common scene in the tsunami hit areas,’ said Divisional Secretaries of these areas. Speaking to media, a number of new boat owners said that they cannot put their boats due to legal barriers, such as lack of fishing license.

Sri Lankan Journalist shot dead, LTTE link to the murder suspected

By Munza Mushtq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The bullet riddled body of Freelance Journalist Sampath Lakmal de
Silva was recovered yesterday morning at Dehiwela. Journalist Sampath Lakmal who was at the time of his death was attached to several Sinhalese media institutions including a few newspapers, mainly handling the defence beat. He was also a defence columnist for a weekend Sinhalese newspaper. Dehiwela police suspect that the killing to have taken place during the early hours of Saturday, but the motive for the murder wasn't clear. Police have not ruled out a possible terrorist link behind the slaying, mainly on the ground that he was a defence journalist.

Upcountry community proposes Executive Council systen for Government services

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

The Upcountry Development Organization [UCDO] , a large community based outfit in the up country area says that the elected members of either the Province Councils or the Pradeshya Shabas are not in a position to solve the entire problems faced by the people and the requirements of the people. There is a big gap between the Government (Departments) and people and the Government is unable to fulfill the requirements of the people.

Muivah denies having discussed federal relationship within Indian Union

By Oken Jeet Sandham

MuivahThe NSCN (IM) has today rubbished the statements of K Padmanabhaiah, the Emissary of the Indian Prime Minister to the peace talks that the former was working to have a "federal relationship" within the Union of India. Talking to an Amsterdam based Naga International Support Center (NISC), NSCN (IM) General Secretary Th Muivah said they had not discussed anything with regard to the federal relationship within the Union of India.

Sri Lankan families flee rebel controlled village after LTTE attempts to recruit children to their force

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Nine families living in a LTTE controlled village called Panichchankerni have fled their homes owing to continuous harassment against them by LTTE cadres, who demanded that they surrender their children (amounting to 14 youths) to the Tamil Tiger rebel Organization to undergo training as 'combatants.' These families, who fled their homes late last week, reached the Sri Lankan security forces roadblock at Mankerni in Batticaloa on Saturday afternoon. The parents of these children had complained about the LTTE harassment to the security personnel who in turn have informed the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission of this latest development.

Health card of Prabakaran is not so rosy as it ought to be

PrabakaranThe health condition of Velupillai Prabakaran has become a matter of serious concern among the inner circle of the LTTE. Some sources claim that adverse reports are not forwarded to him fearing that these reports might affect his health. Most of the work load is taken off his shoulders and delegated to trusted cadres. His doctors are most concerned about his diabetes and his bouts of depression. Partly because of this and partly because of security reasons his movements have been restricted. He is no longer seen as the outdoor activists. Even his exercises are confined to indoors. He does not want to set a pattern to his daily routine fearing that his enemies could easily target him by studying the routine.

Grievances of Tamils, Self-Autonomy and (Un) democratic Eelam: Key Questions

Dr. Siri Gamage, University of New England, Australia

The demands by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are based on the argument that the Tamils in Sri Lanka have been discriminated by the Sinhalese governments. Therefore, to address this situation they are proposing to establish an independent state called Tamil Eelam embracing North-Eastern parts of Sri Lanka including Jaffna Peninsula. LTTE has been fighting for this ideal state for over 20 years locally and internationally. It has developed a political, military, media, and administrative infra structure for this purpose. In the course of peace negotiations it has stated that it is willing to consider an autonomy package within the existing Sri Lankan state.

World Bank suggests change of policy framework

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

World Bank has recently recommended the Sri Lanka Government that national development goals could be achieved by creating awareness among both local and potential international investors by changing the policy framework and adhering to suggested reforms. World Bank highlighted these recommendations recently, launching an in-depth report on taking the advantage of the newly established global trade services, Sri Lanka branding it self as an off-shore destination of choice for international visitors and government policy measures.