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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 112

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"Implement CFA in full, strengthen truce monitors; 181,643 now displaced" - Tamilselvan

TamilselvanLTTE Geneva team leader S.P.Tamilselvan in his opening address in the Talks said that the Ceasefire Agreement has to be fully implemented and the role of the truce monitors strengthened. "The international community has an important role in ensuring its implementation" he stressed. He added if appropriate measures are taken accordingly it would bring normalcy in the lives of the Tamils as 181,643 people are displaced in the Tamil homeland. "He accused that the closure of the A9 route and the resulting near starvation are cruel and deliberate actions. "The list of miseries of our people at the hands of the Sri Lankan military and its paramilitary is very long indeed" he added. "Due to ban on fuel, even hospitals stopped functioning" he added.

Australia’s new sedition laws and the case of Brian Cooper

Australia’s last sedition case, in 1960-61, sheds light on why the Howard government has inserted revamped sedition laws into its "anti-terrorism" legislation. The largely unknown case illustrates the wide scope for sedition prosecutions to be used to victimize, intimidate and jail political dissidents. On December 1, 1960, Brian Cooper, a 24-year-old former junior officer in the Australian colonial administration of Papua New Guinea, was dramatically arrested in Sydney and flown back to the colony to stand trial for sedition. "Extradited", screamed the Sydney Sun on its front page, in six-centimeter capitals.
Cooper was charged with "exciting disaffection against the government” for remarks he made during a series of informal lunchtime meetings in Madang—where he had been working in September 1960—encouraging local people to demand independence.

George - The lonely warrior

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

These must be truly bad days for George Fernandes. Yes, some sympathetic words have been heard and as could be expected from him he lost no time in blaming the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, for his problems relating to alleged kickbacks in defence deals when he was the defence minister in the BJP-led NDA government. The sums involved are said to be running into crores of rupees, an astronomical figure to be associated with someone who has been wearing self-washed crumpled kurtas and pyjamas, replacing his equally crumpled shirts and trousers of earlier days that he thought made a political statement about his honesty.

Rain Water Harvesting - a new alternative experimented in the East of Sri Lanka to combat drinking water scarcity

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

At present the villagers face huge drinking water crisis and in some areas it is difficult to sink wells as the ground is rocky and the water is saline, said an official of the Practical Action. Practical action visited this division in 2002 with an intention to introduce Rain Water Harvesting as an alternative option to get drinking water.

Richard Pieris diversifies to luxury residencies

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A giant local conglomerate, Richard Pieris Group, turning to a special chapter in its history ventured to property development with the laying of the foundation stone for luxury housing complex – Shadygrove Residencies at Madapatha, Piliyandala through its subsidiary Arpico Homes Ltd by the Group Chairman, Dr Sena Yaddehige, last week. The Project offers a selection of attractively designed homes in an extent of 11 acre estate in Batakattara, Piliyandala just 2.5 km away from Piliyandala town.

LTTE’s legacy of banning opposition newspapers has begun to haunt Sri Lanka’s east

LTTE’s legacy of banning newspapers and magazines belonging to the other Tamil groups and opposition political parties has begun to haunt the East. According to the precedent set out by the LTTE, an unnamed armed group has already banned two Tamil newspapers published from Colombo. Furthermore, recently on 23 October it had banned another Tamil daily "Virakesari" by burning down copies of the paper taken in the van from Colombo for distribution to the news agents in the east of the country under government control.

Significance of power in politics

By Oscar E V Fernando

Power is defined as control and influence exercised over others—also as strength, vigor force and effectiveness; among several other definitions, power is also defined as political control. Human behavior and conduct justify creation of a government. If there is no government each human being would deem it his right to have access to every resource in nature and that he is free to own those resources. As such community living can lead to chaos, human beings have so grouped themselves together to give up these absolute rights and form a central authority for their own survival and protection. This entity is called a government.

Aitken Spence Hotel Chain to build several Hotels in India

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Aitken Spence Hotel Chain with nine hotels in Sri Lanka and four in Maldives have achieved the prestigious ISO 22000 and HACCP Certification for three of their hotels – Heritage Kandalama, Earl’s Regency Kandy and The Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya. Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels said they have signed management contracts to put up three hotels in India – one in New Delhi, one in Madurai and the other a joint venture partnership in Kerala and the chain is determined to carry this excellent work on safety food and environment to the Hotels in India once they are built.

Ninety-one Sri Lanka public officials in bribery net

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has so far netted 91 public officials for the first ten months of this year. According to the commission's statistics, the police department tops the list with a reported 35 arrests been made by the commission for this year, out of a total of 91 arrests which included several top ministries and public institutions. By October 11, 2006, 91 public officials were arrested on allegedly taking bribes.


Nimal Siripala de Silva



Dr. Palitha Kohona

Entry and exit points in the A-9 road

Protagonists of war shake hands for peace