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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing plans to host Trade exhibition in China

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing , China is planning to organize a trade exhibition in China during the proposed state visit of the President of Sri Lanka to China in next year. The exhibition will also coincide with the proposed celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with China. According to the Export Development Board the trade exhibition will be a part of a series of events which will also include an investment promotion seminar.

Bank accounts of Tamil Rehabilitation Organization frozen in Sri Lanka

Tamil Rehabilitation Organization, a rehabilitation arm of the Tamil rebel outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam says that their bank accounts in Sri Lanka have been frozen by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and "no transactions would be allowed until further notice." The rehabilitation organization of the LTTE in a press release said "On Monday 29 August 2006, TRO was informed by Seylan Bank, Commercial Bank, Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank, Hatton National Bank, Pan Asia Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank that they had been instructed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to "freeze" all TRO accounts."

Ceylon Electricity Board to promote alternative power generation in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

The Energy Conservation Fund [ECF] says the Ceylon Electricity Board [CEB] works with the alternative power suppliers to obtain additional energy to their national grid. ECFs Chief Executive Officer Harsha Wickramasingha said biomass and wind power are new areas, which can generate electricity to fulfill part of CEBs energy capacity.

Central Bank officials under death threat over frozen TRO funds

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Following the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) decision to freeze TRO funds the Central Bank Senior Officials have been threatened with death. Intelligence officials told "Asian Tribune" of the looming death threat on the Central Bank officials. Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) which is another division of the LTTE outfit is likely to forfeit its funds held at the Bank of Ceylon in Kilinochchi, which is already frozen by the FIU.

TNA delegation to meet Indian Prime Minister

A delegation of the Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians have left for India to meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other Indian leaders in New Delhi to brief them of the desperate situation the Tamils presently facing in the country. Also they intend to seek Indian leader’s interference to safeguard Tamils from being subjugated by the Sri Lanka armed forces. The TNA delegation is led by its parliamentary group leader R.Sampanthan and the other members are S. Mavai Senathirajah and M.K.Sivajilingham.

Flat Daddy

By John Chuckman

I thought I knew every twist of American popular culture, but apparently not. It is an inventive society, and war is a creative force that brings new impulses. There's a program in the state of Maine, supported by the fun-loving, public-relations folks of the local National Guard, called Flat Daddy, unlike anything I've heard of before. On first hearing the name, I thought the program must involve a roving jazz band, perhaps one from New Orleans, but a moment's reflection reminded me that George Bush had assisted in removing New Orleans from atlases of the United States, Jehovah taking care of the buildings and Bush taking care of the people.

Anandasangaree insists a Federal solution the panacea for the conflict in the country

Anandasangaree"I sincerely believe that the Sinhalese people will not expect the Tamils and Muslims to be satisfied with a solution under a unitary constitution, which did not grant them relief for the last fifty years and after so much of sufferings and loss of life and property," writes V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front (T.U.L.F). Anandasangaree insisted that a Federal solution is the only panacea for the present conflict in the country.In his letter to Mahinda Rajapakse, in his capacity as the President of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party on the eve of the party’s 55th anniversary which is to be held at the BMICH today, Anandasangaree cautioned him to be careful in offering a solution to the problems of the Tamils and Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka. When cautioning he said "The rivers do not flow backwards."

Blast for Henricsson from attorneys

By Mallika Wanigasundara

Retired Major General of the Swedish army, Ulf Henricsson , Chief of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission who jumped the gun and concluded without proper scientific and forensic evidence that the 17 aid workers of the French NGO Action against Hunger were killed in Muttur by the armed forces is being blasted from several sides. He is being slammed by the government of Sri Lanka for issuing a statement based on speculation, innuendo, so-called evidence from anonymous sources, and partial towards the LTTE. It has been called unprofessional and outrageous.