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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2962

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Sri Lanka plans to grab US$ one billion FDIs during this year

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka plans to obtain an ambitious target of nearly one billion US dollar in Foreign Direct Investments [FDI] during this year. Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion said during last eight-month period Sri Lanka received over US$ 340 million FDI and all FDIs are related to green field investments. Releasing the 'World Investment Report - 2006,' compiled by the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development [UNCTAD] he said Sri Lanka did not had any mergers or acquisitions during this year.

UN Resolution on North Korea: Global Consensus or National Interests?

Professor Laksiri Fernando, University of Sydney (Visiting)

The UN Security Council Resolution on 14 October 2006, placing strong sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear armaments program, was remarkable for its unanimity. The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) or popularly called North Korea, confused and angered major powers including China, if not the whole world, by conducting nuclear tests the week before, following previous missile tests in July 2006. All protests and threats of many nations particularly by Japan and the US did not deter the DPRK from testing its atomic bomb. The issue of Atomic Bomb is a highly sensitive one to over 127 million Japanese who are reminded of the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Determination of the Geneva talks depends solely on actions Sri Lanka Government might take in the coming days - Tamilselvan

TamilselvanIt is only the attitude the Government of Sri Lanka assumes in the coming days would determine the talks, declared S.P.Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. "There is no change in our position in going for the talks. We have already informed of our consent according to the request of the Sri Lanka Donor countries which insisted that both the parties should meet and talk," Tamilselvan said. "Therefore the determination for the talks to take place depends on the actions the Sri Lanka Government might take in the coming days. We have not at all changed our position," he further added.

United Nations surveys Northern Sri Lanka

Data collection for a nutritional survey, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund ( UNICEF), started today in two Ministry of Health divisions in the district of Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka. This is additional to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency food security assessment of internally displaced persons, host families and surrounding communities in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts (Vanni), which also started this month and which is the first needs assessment in those areas since the resumption of hostilities.

Sri Lanka Hospitals are ready with drugs and medicines to treat the armed forces and civilians

By Vandana Jayasinhge

With repeated attacks to the Sri Lankan armed forces and civilians by the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE), all the major hospitals in the country have been supplied with adequate stocks of essential medical items to face any emergency situation. Director Medical Supplies Division (MSD) Dr. Hemantha Beneragama said that there was no shortage of drugs in hospitals and each hospital maintained a buffer stock to face any kind of emergency situations.

Sri Lanka's predominant Muslim party holds government and LTTE responsible for community's plight

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Rauff HakeemThe country's pre dominant Muslim Party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has lashed out at the government and the LTTE, holding both parties responsible for the sufferings befallen upon the community,
while declaring that neither two parties can negotiate for the Muslims at peace talks. "Both sides must bear the responsibility for the sufferings of the Muslims due to the escalation of hostilities. Recent events has re-emphasized that Muslims have their own grievances, thus the LTTE and Government must accommodate a separate Muslim delegation endorsed by the community," SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem said.

Assisted by the Government of Norway : NRC opens two new schools in tsunami-ravaged East

The Norwegian Refugee Council officially handed over two new schools; Al-Irfan Vidyalayam, Trincomalee and Pulavarmani Shareefudeen Vidyalayam, Kalmunai to Sri Lankan school authorities last week. Including these two schools, NRC has now handed over five schools out of the 30 it has agreed to build in Sri Lanka in a 450 million rupee project to replace those destroyed nearly two years ago by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. Reconstruction is ongoing for the other remaining schools and 10 more will be handed over before the end of this year.

Sri Lanka government will not pull out of peace talks – Dr. Kohona

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting Colombo

Dr. Palitha KohonaThe Sri Lankan government continued to emphasise its commitment to the proposed peace talks to be held in Geneva later this month, despite a series of very serious ceasefire violation by the LTTE in forms of suicide bomb missions which has killed more than 130 security forces this week. The Government's peace secretariat Chief Dr. Palitha Kohona told the “Asian Tribune,” that they will not pull out of peace talks as the government is committed for a negotiated settlement through dialogue.

More civilians were injured than military personnel by the Tamil Tiger suicide attacks in Galle

By Walter Jayawardhana

Galle’s Karapitiya hospital sources said that the suicide attacks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam at the Dakshina Lanka Naval base at Galle killed two people and has injured 19 civilians and 13 Sri Lanka Navy sailors. Out of the two who died one was a civilian who got a heart attack due to the shock of an explosion and the other one was a navy sailor hospital authorities said. The same authorities said two of the injured were subjected to surgery as their condition was serious and they are now recovering after the surgical operations.

International Community should target LTTE’s world-wide : Fundraising network, says Washington Times editorial

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian tribune

"The Tamil Tigers (of Sri Lanka) have entered negotiations and cease-fire agreements with a disingenuous promise of peace only to use the break in hostilities to secretly regroup, rearm and re-launch their offensive," says Washington Times in its October 18 editorial. "The only effective way for the international community to pressure the Tamil Tigers is by targeting the group’s world-wide fundraising network," opines this major newspaper in the United States. The editorial further states that the United States should understand that a legitimate government and a terrorist group cannot be considered equals, reminding that the U.S. has a firm policy not to negotiate with terrorists.

UNP seems to be wanting to hunt with the hounds and run with the foxes by entering the Rajapaksa Government

By Walter Jayawardhana

As revealed in the last working committee meeting of the United National Party many in the party want to follow a hunt with the hounds and run with the foxes policy by entering into a grand coalition with the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party. As expressed by many in the working committee meeting they were delighted to have ministerial plums in the cabinet and some wanted to demand even 50 per cent of the available ministerial positions for the UNP stalwarts, party insiders said.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva reiterated the government's commitment for talks

By Vandana Jayasinghe – Asian Tribune

Nimal Siripala de SilvaGovernment Chief Negotiator Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva once again reiterated the government's commitment to peace talks but strongly emphasized that the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE) should not consider the invitation as a weakness of the government. He made these remarks when the Norwegian peace envoy Jon Hanson Bauer met Minister de Silva at his office to discuss about the progress of the preparations for peace talks to be held in Geneva end October. Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar also participated in the meeting, where Minister de Silva recalling the Habarana debacle that the LTTE had killed over 100 sailors, stressed that the LTTE should stop attacking unarmed soldiers.

Suspected LTTE claymore mine found and diffused

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo-Kandy main road was closed for some time and traffic were diverted along alternative routes when police discovered a claymore mine at Kadawatha, a Colombo suburb, October 19 in the morning hours. The five kilo gram claymore mine with all the hallmarks of the liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was placed at the 9th mile post on Colombo-Kandy main road , the Police said.

American Lawyer sentenced to prison for giving “Material Support” to a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.”

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

A New York-based civil rights lawyer Lynne F. Stewart was convicted for providing material support to an Egyptian terrorist organization designated by the United States Government a "Foreign Terrorist Organization" and was sentenced to 28 months in prison by a U.S. District Court in New York on Monday, October 16. She had released a statement issued by one of her clients, Omar Abdel-Rahman, a blind sheik sentenced to life in prison for plotting to blow up five New York landmarks and assassinate Egyptian president.

Suntel partners FCCISL to award Lankan entrepreneurs

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Suntel, a market leader in Sri Lanka’s telecom industry, signed an MoU with the Federation of Chambers and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), to become the Chambers’ strategic partner for its annual event ‘Entrepreneur of the year 2005’ awards programme. The flagship event which is held for the 11th consecutive year and sponsored for the second time by Suntel is to reward and recognize the spirit of enterprise and leadership among Sri Lankan entrepreneurs. The FCCISL together with Suntel plans to hold the regional award ceremonies in November 2006 which will culminate with the ceremonious selection of the "Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year 2005" event scheduled for December 2006.

Oxfam urges Sri Lanka Government to prioritizw essential services

The Sri Lankan Government must build on its achievements and fulfil its primary responsibility for delivering essential services, education, basic health, water and sanitation to all equitably, a new Oxfam International report said today. Though Sri Lanka leads it’s neighbours on the human development index and has the highest literacy rate in the region with over 90% of all adults literate.

The Washington Times says to think that Tamil Tigers can be forced into renounce violence is an unlikely prospect

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Washington Times newspaper in a strongly worded editorial published a week ahead of the scheduled peace talks in Geneva wrote that even to think that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) can be forced to truly renounce violence is an unlikely prospect. Any hope that the militant Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam would respond to diplomatic pressure and renounce their terrorist tactics ahead of the cease-fire negotiations scheduled for the end of the month was murderously subverted by a suicide attack that killed more than 100 Sri Lankan sailors this week, said the newspaper‘s editorial of 18 October.

Rauff Hakeem