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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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More than 12,000 Sri Lankan refugees in India

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting for Asian Tribune

The number of Sri Lankan refugees in India has risen to 12,062, resulting in Indian authorities opening a new camp in South India's Coimbatore to accommodate the number of overflowing refugees. According to reports, the number of refugees has increased tremendously since the security forces launched air strikes on LTTE targets and after heavy fighting broke out between troops and LTTE cadres in the North and East.

SLT connects NSB branch network

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

National Savings Bank (NSB) partnered with Sri Lanka Telecom as their total communication solutions provider and both parties signed an agreement for a Total Communication Solution for NSB island-wide branch & ATM network. Powered by SLT's state-of-the-art communication facilities NSB expects to network the Head Office, 111 branches, 18 ATM machines and 08 saving centers. The IP-VPN Solution (Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network) deployed.

Alpha Orient Lanka felicitated outstanding employees with Rs 5 million as rewards

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Alpha Orient Lanka, operating at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is engaged in maintaining duty free shops and catering to airlines. a part of the international Alpha Airport Group Plc United Kingdom have launched a programme - Alpha Heroes Awards - Sri Lanka to reward, recognize and felicitate exemplarily outstanding employees of Alpha Orient Lanka and the felicitation ceremony was chaired by Peter Williams, CEO, Alpha Airports Group. The cash rewards amounted to Rs 5 million which was distributed among the selected employees, selected by the employees themselves.

Thailand's coup leaders suppress democratic rights

It is less than a week since Thai military leaders ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and installed themselves as the Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy (CDRM). While the media have emphasised the coup's bloodless character and featured pictures of smiling soldiers with young children, the junta backed by the monarchy is no more benevolent than the repressive Thai military regimes of the past.

Tigers in STF uniform behind the Pottuvil Mascare

Latest reports from Pottuvil claim that Tamil Tigers wearing STF Police uniforms were seen moving around sending threatening signals to the Muslims who intend resettling in the Pottuvil area. It is the common practice of the Tamil Tiger cadres to disguise themselves either in Sri Lakan Army uniforms or STF uniforms and intimidate or even attack the Tamils and Muslims in the North and East to blacken the image of the Sri Lankan armed force.

Sri Lanka's Muslim leader cancels all public meetings after alleged security withdrawal

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Rauff HakeemAll public programmes of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem has been cancelled with immediate effect, a spokesman attached to the party's media unit told the "Asian Tribune." Hakeem is reported to have decided to heed the advice of the party's high command who had warned him not to attend any public functions beginning Friday as a threat to his life looms even larger following an alleged government's decision to withdraw the STF protection provided to him, a claim however refuted by the government.

Obtain assurance from LTTE of no more taxes, tolls, abductions and exhortations before opening A-9 Road – Ananadasangaree

AnanadasangareeV. Ananadasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front has urged that the opening of the A-9 road has to be opened on condition that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam gives an assurance that they would not levy taxes and tolls on goods, people, and vehicles passing through the stretch of road controlled by them. "The passengers should be allowed to go in and come out and without being subjected to extortion and abduction," the TULF leader emphasized. Ananadasangaree, in a letter addressed to Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka has appealed to him to open up the A-9 road on condition the Tamil rebel outfit gives an assurance that they would not levy taxes and tolls.

Terrorism: Myths and half-truths

BY Janaka Perera

For decades many people have been clinging to half-truths about successful insurgencies and rebel movements in the world. One myth is that overwhelming public support alone was their springboard to victory. The Wanni Tigers and their sympathizers have been assiduously fostering this fiction for over two decades to justify LTTE ‘s claim of being the Tamils’ sole representatives, while physically eliminating rival politicians and militant groups and never facing elections. This bogus claim of Tiger terrorists is no different from Cambodia’s Polpotist monsters or Afghanistan’s Taliban morons trying to justify their brutal regimes as having genuine mass approval.

Assisted by the Government of Norway: The Norwegian Refugee Council Opens a School in Hambantota

The third tsunami affected school to be rebuilt by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) was officially handed over to Sri Lankan Educational authorities in a simple ceremony held at St’ Mary’s Vidyalaya in Hambantota on 21 September. Last year in September and earlier this year, two schools; Godauda Maha Vidyalaya in Matara and Al Akthab Vidyalaya in Trincomalee were handed over.

Micro Finance Providers worry on loan repayments

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

After the Boxing Day a number of local and international NGOs and state sector organizations came forward to assist Sri Lankan community who affected by the tsunami. However, a number of organizations including micro-finance providers in various forums and discussions said widespread provision of cash grants negatively affects the credit culture of micro-finance customers; and micro-finance providers do not have sufficient clients for their services/products, leading to closure for some.



Rauff Hakeem

Sri Lanka President assures a political solution under one flag in a united country, and power sharing with Tamils

MahindaIn an interview with ‘Tamil Osai,’ BBC Tamil Services, President Mahinda Rajapakse said there will be a political solution under one flag in a united country with sharing of powers with the Tamils of Sri Lanka. This statement was made by him when he stopped over in London on his way back home from the NAM meeting in Havana and later from the 61st UN General Assembly meeting in New York. President also emphasized tart there are no separate boundaries that can change hands, he said. While announcing that Government of Sri Lanka is ready to talk with the Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, President said before that its leader V.Prabakaran must give a clear undertaking that LTTE is ready to come forward for talks.