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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

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Newly opend textile training center in Meemure

Textile Ministry to assist in the manufacture technically modified handlooms

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Minister of Textile Development Jayatissa Ranaweera believes that Sri Lankan technicians will manufacture Indian model handloom machines to speed weaving process of the existing looms in Sri Lanka. He said he personally inspected Indian looms and ordered few machineries to distribute in the handloom-training centers in Sri Lanka. "The first batch of those machines will be here soon," said Minister Ranaweera after the opening of Meemure Handloom training center.

SLT and Mobitel showcase future lifestyle on Next Generation Network environment at Infotel 2006

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

At the INFOTEL 2006 Exhibition and ICT Week that started on 9th and concluded on the 15th October at the BMICH Sri Lanka Telecom Group, was the diamond sponsor. INFOTEL is considered to be the most important information and communications event of the year. As the largest telecom organization in the country, SLT's state-of-the-art stall at the BMICH showcased the next generation lifestyle in both the corporate and home environment demonstrating access to global connectivity, point of presence, their domestic core network and access network as an advanced building block for next generation networks.

'Go to talks with an acceptable solution' - advises Sri Lankan Tamil politician

Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo

AnandasangareeTamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader V. Anandasangaree has emphasized that peace talks would never be successful unless the Sri Lankan government goes to the negotiating table armed with an acceptable solution to the ethnic conflict. The TULF leader, who has been a strong advocate of the Indian model, said that nothing concrete would emerge from even the October 28-29 peace talks. "Going to talks without a proposal, is utterly useless. They will only discuss mere modalities, like where to meet, how to meet and what to eat, but nothing serious would come out of the discussions."

LTTE kills any real peace prospects. Can they be seriously considered as a partner for discussions on peace?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

By any stretch of imagination, the Dambulla massacre by the LTTE is the worst in the history of the conflict in Sri Lanka. It makes mockery of the peace talks scheduled for later this month in Geneva. This is the conventional opening remark one can make about this horrendous incident. But looking beyond conventional expression, the question arises whether one should one look at what messages one can draw from it. Firstly, it has shown that the LTTE can still strike at will, especially as they do not consider suicide bombing abhorrent as the rest of civilized society does.

One guerrilla caged and the other on his way in – A wishful thinking

By M Rama Rao - in New Delhi

Wishful thinkingOne guerrilla has been caged and the other is on his way in as the cartoon tells drawing a parallel to between the court verdict in far away Peru and the situation LTTE finds itself in these days. There are more than one parallel to what the Shining Path stood for and what the LTTE has come to be identified with – guerrilla war fare, brutal killings, and above all a political philosophy which is an anathema to the 21st century, whose foundations are scientific temper. Shining Path, which once boasted of a 10,000 strong armed guerrilla force bombed electrical towers, bridges and factories, assassinated mayors and massacred villagers, mercilessly shot dead children and hacked to death several innocents in retaliation for the killings of several rebels. All like the LTTE is accused of indulging in.

Sri Lanka state newspaper editor fired for criticizing the President

By Munza Mushtaq – Asian Tribune

Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at the unfair dismissal of Sunday Observer editor Rajpal Abenayaka, reportedly because of a column he wrote on 8 October about comments that President Mahinda Rajapakse made to Sri Lankan diplomats. "The well-known editor of a state-owned newspaper has been fired just after an international press freedom mission went to Sri Lanka and, among other things, called for the state media to be allowed more editorial independence," Reporters Without Borders said in a news release.

JVP would support UNP – SLFP Agreement only if aimed at ending terrorism

By Vandana Jayasinghe – Asian Tribune

Wimal WeerawansaAs the stormy meeting of the Executive Committee of the United National Party (UNP) ended finally with a decision to finalize power sharing before the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UNP and SLFP, but the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that they would support any agreement aimed at ending terrorism. JVPs’ Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa said that the agreement between the UNP- SLFP is still unclear but the JVP would oppose any move to promote terrorism.

Sri Lankan Envoy Warns of Rising Terrorism

Prasad KariyawasamAddressing the UN Legal Committee, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said that terrorism is an evolving phenomenon, assuming new forms and manifestations. The protection of innocent people from this scourge has now become an international obligation of utmost priority. "We agree that UN is the most suitable forum to address complex and sensitive issues related to terrorism. Although we condemn terrorism as one of the serious threats to international peace and security, the divergent political perceptions and attitudes adopted by the States towards this phenomenon have overshadowed the debate on this agenda item." he said.

Thera urges to donate to the wounded Sri Lankan soldiers in the hospitals

By Vandana Jayasinghe – Asian Tribune

Condemning Monday’s bomb attack on the unarmed sailors at their transit point at Digampathana on the Trincomalee –Habarana road, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Parliamentarian Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera calls the Sri Lankans living here and abroad to provide their support and care for the injured soldiers. Ven. Dhammaloka Thera toldm the "Asian Tribune" that need of the hour is to pay tribute to those solders injured in the battlefront to save the country. "We should always remember that we live peacefully because of these war heroes. They have sacrificed their lives and became disabled and now it is our responsibility to take care of their lives," he said.

Big Powers Split on Proposed Arms Trade Treaty

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations is responding positively to a call from peace activists and human rights organisations for a new international treaty to monitor the world's growing 1.1-trillion-dollar global arms trade. A resolution calling for the creation of a group of governmental experts to explore the feasibility of starting work on such a treaty has been gathering strong support. As of last week, "more than 80 governments (out of 192) have co-sponsored the resolution, and many more are telling us they will support it," Anna Macdonald, the manager of the Control Arms Campaign for Oxfam International, told IPS. "The momentum behind the arms trade treaty is building."

LTTE attacks Galle Harbor in South Sri Lanka

Tamil Tigers’ frenzy for war exploits continues, this time by an early morning attack on the Galle harbor, and on the Sri Lanka Navy camp Dakshina, located 105 km southeast of Colombo. At least 5 suicide naval crafts belonging to the Sea Tigers launched an attack on the harbor located in the South of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka security forces repulsed the tiger attack as all five suicide vessels were destroyed. In the attack a sailor has been killed, one missing in action and at least 26 others including civilians have suffered injuries due to the incident. The injured were immediately transferred to the General Hospital at Karapitiya.

US Congressman Vito Fossella likens LTTE’s Habarana suicide attack to the terrorist acts of the much hated Al-Queda

By Walter Jayawardhana

Congressman Vito FossellaA Republican Congressman likened the Habarana suicide bombing by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to the terrorist acts of the much hated Al-Queda terrorism all over the world. "Much like 9-11 and the London Subway bombings, yesterday's attack in Sri Lanka is a reminder that the brutal forces of terrorism are committed to waging their cowardly war against peace and democracy across the globe," said Congressman Vito Fossella, issuing a statement condemning the Suicide bombing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Habarana, killing more than 100 people using a suicide bombing ramming an explosive laden truck into buses taking unarmed navy personnel going on home leave.

LTTE suicide boats attack Sri Lanka’s Southern naval port of Galle killing one and injuring 26

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists sent its marine wing suicide bombers to Sri Lanka’s Southern harbor Galle and attacked its base of the Sri Lanka Navy. Initial reports said that at least 100 Sea Tigers came in five boats and attacked the naval base. Two of those boats, believed to be manned by suicide bombers exploded inside the naval base.

Australia condemns LTTE's suicide attack at Habarana

By Walter Jayawardhana

Australia strongly condemned the suicide truck bomb attack at Habarana and said the Tamil Tigers were responsible for the deplorable act of terrorism. Making a statement the Minister for Foreign Affairs , Australia Alexander Downer said his country condemns the suicide bombing in Sri lanka that killed more than 100 people.

ENDLF condemns the 'demerger decision of the Northeast provinces' by the Sri Lanka Supreme Court

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court’s decision regarding the merger of the North Eastern provinces has been condemned. The decision of the Supreme Court has been described, "the latest in the series of planned offensives to drive out the remaining Tamils from the Eastern Province." G. Gnanasekaran, President of Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF) has condemned the decision by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court declaring the merger of North East provinces illegal and unconstitutional.

Students express grief and anger over the death of Burmese student leader Thet Win Aung

One of Burma’s prominent student leaders, Thet Win Aung, died in Mandalay prison on 16th October. His family was informed by the Special Branch of the police in the afternoon. However, the officers made no mention of why and how he died. The Bangkok based Foreign Affairs Committee of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions said in a statement it is "saddened by the loss of such a brave comrade." Thet Win Aung was arrested in 1988 and sentenced to 59 years imprisonment in Insein Prison. Later, he was moved to Khanti prison where he suffered from malaria. Since then, his health situation had deteriorated and he suffered from depression.

Eicher Service Van a complete workshop on wheels

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Associated Motorways (AMW) an automotive company, and the sole agents in Sri Lanka for Eicher Commercial Vehicles together with Eicher Motors Ltd., introduce the most innovative mobile workshop on wheels to cater to up to the doorstep superior after sales service, a press release said. At AMW, customer is always first and is treated as the most important part of their business and identified the fact that a satisfied customer is the biggest asset which has placed AMW as the number one automotive company in the country.