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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 103

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Tissa Attanayaka

Ugly head of Muslim fanaticism surfaces in Eastern Sri Lanka

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

Ramazan, the Holiest month in the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims the world over has been marred after a degrading statement made by a Muslim living in Eastern Sri Lanka re-emerged to haunt thousands of Muslims after 25 years. Almost 25 years ago, Abdul Rauff Moulavi, leader of a Muslim group in Batticaloa's Kathankudy village uttered a statement which was considered 'un-Islamic' and therefore a fatwa was issued against him by the All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama (Council of Muslim Theologians) declaring him 'Murdhah' (no more a Muslim).

Democracy, Pluralism, Child Soldiers on top of Government's agenda to talk with Tamil Tigers

The government wants to take up for discussion seven core issues namely, democracy, multi-party system, pluralism, human rights, child recruitment, development of the North and East and devolution, with the Tamil Tigers President Mahinda Rajapaksa has informed the co-chairs, Defense spokesman of Sri Lanka Keheliya Rambukwella said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lanka government have agreed to meet each other on October 28 and 29 for peace talks in Geneva, meanwhile Norway announced.

President Clinton Calls for Global Commitment to Disaster Reduction

Bill ClintonFormer US President Bill Clinton appealed for a renewed worldwide commitment to disaster reduction and prevention measures. "The most profound lesson from the 2004 tsunami may be the need for a renewed worldwide commitment to disaster reduction and prevention measures." President Clinton said "Only four percent of the $10 billion spent annually in humanitarian assistance is spent on prevention." On the eve of the 17th annual International Day for Disaster Reduction, President Bill Clinton, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, called for a transformation in international disaster assistance from donors to ensure generous support for disaster prevention.

Pro-LTTE wing stopped from expelling the President of Tamil United Liberation Front

AnandasangareeThe move of pro-LTTE wing of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) to expel V. Anandasangaree, its President, was halted on Monday by the Colombo High Court Judge, Aruna C. Ranasinghe, who issued an injunction restraining General Secretary R.Sampanthan and Joseph Pararajasingham, Vice President of TULF from violating the party constitution. In his petition Anandasangaree said that the General Secretary R.Sampanthan and Joseph Pararajasingham and the VicePresident of the party were attempting to expel him from the party leadership, and to hold meetings without his permission. Anandasangaree challenged the move of R.Sampanthan and Joseph Pararajasingham to expel him arguing that it violates the constitution of the TULF. Anandasangaree has consistently refused to toe the pro-LTTE politics which claims, among other things, that the Tamil Tigers are "the sole representative of the Tamils."

Memorandum of Understanding between UNP and SLFP in trouble due to factional division in the UNP

By Walter Jayawardhana

Tissa AttanayakaThe proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be reached between the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) is in trouble mainly because a strong division of opinions on the subject, party sources said. Already UNP General Secretary, Tissa Attanayaka , a protégé of the party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has expressed his utter dissatisfaction about the statement of government minister Nimal Siripala de Silva that that the MOU will be written subject to the "Mahinda Chinthanaya" the manifesto of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Presidential election.

Janashakthi Insurance strikes Gold as No. 1 Service Brand in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Janashakthi Insurance, the revolutionary trend setter in the Sri Lankan insurance industry once again proved its excellence, clinching the highest number of awards by any service organization at the last Thursday’s SLIM Brand Excellence Awards 2006. Janashakthi Insurance struck Gold as the No.1 Service Brand of the year, a significant achievement, having competed against market leaders in insurance, leading banks, finance companies and large conglomerates. Organized by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing, this year’s Brand Excellence Awards also crowned Janashakthi Full Option - ‘Best Innovative Service Brand of the Year’, and Janashakthi Corporate, - ‘Best Local Service Providing Brand of the Year’.

Kashmir’s vedic past preserved in hariparbat rocks

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

"Men do not make their history in isolation from the past. The memories of dead generations hang like a millstone around the necks of present generations", said Karl Marx long years ago. This is true of Srinagar. Founded originally by Emperor Ashok in the third century B C, the city might have lost much of its resplendence, because of militancy, but a lot of its pre-historic grandeur, hovering around Vedic period, remains preserved in Hariparbat, a hillock in the heart of the old city. The abode of Goddess Durga, Hariparbat, over which a fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1592, is a saga of the ancient history, which finds mention in Kalhana’s Rajtarangani (chronicle of kings) and the Mahabharata.

"Meaningless and Undemocratic Exercise" in Burma that will "Not Work on Mars" an Affront to United Nations, Burmese People

Tomorrow, (10 October) a "National Convention" re-starts in the Southeast Asian country of Burma that is widely expected to enshrine military rule under the guise of a new constitution. It is comprised almost entirely of delegates handpicked by the ruling military junta. The United Nations has criticized the Convention as a "meaningless and undemocratic exercise" that will not even "work on Mars". Said Aung Din, a former political prisoner from Burma and policy director of U.S. Campaign for Burma, "Restarting the sham National Convention in defiance of the United Nations and people of Burma will do nothing to solve Burma’s problems. The Burmese people want real democracy, not a wolf in sheep’s clothing."

Bush administration leads chorus of denunciations against North Korea’s nuclear test

The Bush administration has responded to North Korea’s announcement yesterday that it had tested a nuclear device with denunciations and threats of tough new sanctions. While Pyongyang’s actions are certainly reckless and threaten to trigger a dangerous nuclear arms race in North East Asia, the chief responsibility for the current situation rests squarely with the White House, which has deliberately and provocatively heightened tensions in the region over the past five years. The North Korean regime, which announced the test last week, reportedly informed its ally China about 20 minutes prior to detonating the bomb. While the nuclear explosion has not been formally confirmed outside North Korea, seismic stations in the US, South Korea and Russia registered activity at the time and place described in the announcement.


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Accidental claymore explosion kills a driver, two in a nearby house and turns the vehicle into ashes

By Walter Jayawardhana

A suspected LTTE claymore bomb accidentally exploded in a van and killed the driver and two others while destroying a nearby house and a parked trishaw cab. Most parts of the van turned into ashes by the explosion. The headquarters Insepector of Vavuniya Kumara Sandanayaka said all the time the van was parked in front of the Vavuniya Police station having taken into custody by the police for a traffic offence and was released in the morning about 9 a.m. by the Vavuniya magistrate ,October 10. The vehicle has been parked since September 25.