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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Rev.Dehigahahene Jinaloka

Doubts cast over Jaffna Vice-chancellor’s statement on University raid

R Kumaravelu, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jaffna, the favoured nominee of the LTTE to take up the post of Vice-Chancellor, has issued a statement denying Lanka Army’s statement that weapons were kept hidden inside the University complex. The Peace Secretariat in Vanni and several pro-LTTE Tamil newspapers and news websites have highlighted the press statement issued under the name of the Vice-chancellor, Kumaravelu.

Jaffna is calm and quiet: Food ship is on its way.

Jaffna is calm and quiet," said an army spokesman. As fighting has ceased, normalcy is fast emerging. Many Government offices remained open yesterday when curfew was relaxed. Security Forces in Jaffna have further relaxed the curfew today for convenience of the general public. Curfew in force in Vadamaradchchy and Thenmaradchchy areas has been relaxed today from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and in Valikamam area 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. No major incidents were reported yesterday in the Jaffna Peninsula, except for the two killings of civilians by unidentified persons.

Sri Lanka: Pakistan DPLs get security boost

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo

Security for the Pakistan High Commissioner Bashir Wali Mohmand and the High Commission's building at De Saram Place, Colombo 10 has been beefed up following LTTE's failed assassination bid against Mohmand, early this month. A highly-placed source attached to the High Commission told the "Asian Tribune" that authorities have taken steps to strengthen the number of security personnel provided to the High Commissioner which includes more army and police personnel.

UNDP on promoting gender equality and women’s political participation

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) strengthens Sri Lanka’s women parliamentarians to improve women’s participation in governance. Eleven of the Thirteen Sri L:anka’s Women MPs were recently in South Africa on a one week tour. This was a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sponsored event. This enabled the women legislators to make an in depth study of institutions and mechanisms established in South Africa with a view to achieving gender equality and promoting women’s political participation.

Sri Lanka imposes strict legislations on Genetically Modified foods

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune from Colombo

Come January, Sri Lankan consumers would be given the independence to decide whether they should consume the highly controversial Genetically Modified (GM) foods or not. Bringing years of controversy to an end, the government has finally taken steps to impose strict legislations against GM foods, which according to environmental organizations are widely distributed around the country.

A Buddhist monk assists to teach IT for rural youth

Rev.Dehigahahene JinalokaBuddhist monk, who works as a lecturer of Sri Lanka Vidyalaya , Colombo now assists rural youth to become IT specialists and seeks financial assistance to improve the vocational center , which was setup by him. Rev.Dehigahahene Jinaloka, a resident monk of Sri Sudarmananda Viharaya, Dehigahahena said he started a computer vocational training center to assist jobless youth at the Dehigahahena – a rural hamlet, which situated along the Matara-Hambantota border. We received used computers and some other assistance from local businessmen. Now we train 60 youth in IT, said Rev. Jinaloka, who even spends his monthly salary to train jobless youth in new techniques.

Sri Lankan government prepares to suppress the struggles of workers

As the civil war in Sri Lanka escalates, President Mahinda Rajapakse has intensified his efforts to block any action by workers to defend their living standards and democratic rights.
Addressing a public meeting on July 27 at Kandegama, the president declared: "It is the responsibility of everyone to save the country. No one has the right to betray the country’s security. Every trade union leader should be prepared to find solutions to the problems through discussions." Speaking in Colombo on August 1, he again warned: "People should be more conscious of their responsibilities and also of their motherland prior to taking any step towards securing their rights."


Douglas Devananda

President Mahinda


Water Crisis Reflects Poor Management

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

An international conference on water management opened in the Swedish capital with the grim prediction that both rich and poor nations are heading towards a crisis unless positive steps are taken to efficiently conserve one of the world's life-sustaining resources.