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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Manfred Nowak

Brandix Apparel pays tribute to its vendors

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

With over 150 local and foreign supply chain partners and with a host of other distinguished guests, Brandix Apparel Ltd held its inaugural vendor summit at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel The conference while focused on the importance of ‘stepping up’ collaboration among the supply chain partners, it also provided an opportunity to felicitate the organization's global vendor base. Brandix CEO, Asroff Omar making the welcome address stressed on the many challenges the apparel industry faced as a result of rapid changes in the industry over the past few years. He said that their challenge has been not only to deliver innovative products, but also to be flexible to quick changes in style, while maintaining a high standard at a low price. He said that they have responded by aspiring towards their vision ‘to be the inspired solution for branded clothing’.

LTTE delegation arrived back yesterday to Vanni

TamilselvanTamil Tiger delegation arrived from Geneva yesterday afternoon back to Kilinochchi in the Sri Lanka’s Air Force’s helicopter. Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo accompanied them in the helicopter to Kilinochchi.LTTE delegation left from Geneva on 31 October arrived in the Katunayake international airport yesterday at 8.AM in the morning. After their arrival, the delegation met with the representatives of the Co-Chairs at the Katunayake airport.

SriLankan Airlines wins another inflight entertainment award

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

SriLankan Airlines has once again been adjudged to have some of the finest inflight entertainment systems in the world, being selected Second Runner-up in Best Overall Inflight Entertainment, the prize honour at the World Airline Entertainment Association's annual Avion Awards. Peter Hill, Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan, said: "We at SriLankan Airlines take pride in being world class in every aspect of our product, and our efforts have been rewarded with many accolades. But it is an added honour to receive awards from our peers in the industry such as the World Airline Entertainment Association".

Memoirs of a Counter-Rebel Spy in London - PART X: "KA-BooM ….Holy crap, is that a C4?"

By Glen Jenvey - Exclusive to "Asian Tribune"
Edited By - Joseph Thavaraja

Of course my bosses had counterparts in every country -including the USA.. Two CIA agents from Langley, Virgina were given a tour to the 'Eastern parts' of the world. One of my British bosses accompanied them on the fact-finding mission for a few days… When their conversations changed to the need of an 'experienced hand in undercover ops' my boss promptly introduced my name and the quality of my work to them… A few years later, I found myself working alongside the American government in its "mission to fight Islamic terrorism".

Etihad takes-off to New York

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Having commenced operations just three years ago, Etihad continued its phenomenal growth with the much anticipated launch of their latest destination – New York and it now flies from Colombo to New York’s JFK Airport every single day of the week. The daily flights will take the passengers from Colombo to New York via Abu Dhabi, where they enjoy the shortest transit time, ensuring the journey is complete in 21 hours. The daily flight to New York is Etihad’s second North American destination after Toronto.

Tamils have no choice but to fight the war - Tamilselvan

TamilselvanAddressing a media conference in Geneva after the talks collapsed, S. P. Tamilselvan , Head of the Political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Chief negotiator, said that the Tamil Tigers are prepared to face a war if the Sri Lanka Government tries to force a war on the Tamil people.Excerpts of his statement - "The rights of the Tamil people are denied by the Sinhala racist leaders in Sri Lanka and the Tamils were subjected to genocide and were forced to take up arms.At the point when violence was imposed using lethal weapons on the Tamil people, then it was only as matter of self defense. The armed struggle began when the Sri Lanka Government imposed a cruel war on our people. They had no other alternative. They were compelled to take up arms to safeguard themselves. They are still left in the same position to safeguard themselves.

Sri Lanka Air force bombs LTTE military targets around Batticaloa and Vakarai following attacks

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka Air Force bombed selected military targets of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) around the town of Batticaloa and Vakarai in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. Defense spokesman for the cabinet Keheliya Rambukwella said the air raids were carried out to neutralize the Multi barrel rockets and artillery guns of the LTTE which have been used against government military camps in the East for the last few days. He said the government will have to react that way as long as the LTTE become a challenge to the national security of the country.

Chandrika splashes cash (£12,000) in buying curtains for her daughter's wedding in London

ChandrikaAmidst her new busy schedule as senior UNESCO Consultant on Education for S. Asia, the former president of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has been shopping frantically in London to make elaborate and expensive preparations for her daughter's wedding. She walked into the department store of the John Lewis Partnership in Brent Cross (North London) recently and paid out almost £12,000.00 (Sri Lankan Rs. 2.3 million) in cash for curtains for her premises.

Why the Geneva - II Talks Failed : Tamilselvan must stop beating the war-drum

AnandasangareeTamilselvan must stop beating the war-drum says V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front. "If the LTTE has any love for the Tamil people whom Mr. Tamilselvan often refer to as 'our people,' they must without delay openly declare their willingness to give up their demand for separation and to agree for a federal solution within a United Sri Lanka," emphasised Anandasangaree. He added that the Sri Lankan people whether they are Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims and the International Community will very much welcome it and Peace will be restored in Sri Lanka.

Special Rapporteur on torture will visit Sri Lanka in January next year

Manfred NowakOn the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on torture will visit Sri Lanka from 27 January to 2 February 2007. Manfred Nowak's mission in Sri Lanka is to prepare a report on the prevailing human rights conditions in the country and submit it with his recommendations to the United Nations Human Rights Council. In order to gather first-hand information, Nowak will meet with Government officials, including the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Public Security, Law and Order, and Justice and Law Reform; the judiciary; the Human Rights Commission; parliamentarians; the prosecution service, and representatives of non-governmental organizations and international organizations. He will also visit detention facilities.

After the Pope speech…..

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

It is to be hoped that time has taken away much of the heat generated by the controversial ‘anti-Islam’ remarks made by the Pope during a lecture in his native Germany on September 12. Of course, it has to be mentioned in the beginning that liberals in the Christian world do not have many nice things to say about the present Pope. Some of them even refer to him as the ‘Rottweiler’ Pope or the ‘Panzer Cardinal’ whose past during the Nazi days must be a great embarrassment for him. And his earlier remarks about Hindus and India would not endear him to the Hindutva advocates. A belated look at some harmful fallout from the controversy over his remarks may not be out of place even now.

Missile strike on Pakistani Islamic school slaughters 80

A devastating pre-dawn missile strike on an Islamic school in Chingai in the remote Bajaur agency of Pakistan has left at least 80 students and teachers dead. The attack, which levelled the buildings and left just a handful of survivors, has provoked angry protests throughout the country. Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf claimed responsibility for the raid, alleging that all of the dead were "militants" undergoing training for attacks on US-led forces across the nearby border with Afghanistan. "Anyone who says that these people were innocent is telling lies," he said.


LTTE deleghation 1




Press Conference in Geneva

LTTE's Press Conference in Geneva 2