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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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Protest March

Tsunami affected small-scale entrepreneurs back to business

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Tsunami affected small-scale entrepreneurs and housewives of the Trincomalee district now move to a new era, after the assistance provided by the NGOs and INGOs to start their own businesses. The entrepreneurs said they need government assistance to find new markets, financial assistance from commercial banks and permanent buildings to expand their industries. Most of the small-scale entrepreneurs produce ornamental goods, flower vases, ready-made garments, wall clocks, sweets and dehydrated food items.

A Banner Week in the Fight For Justice in Bangladesh

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin - Correspondent, "Asian Tribune"

The week of November 13, 2006, might prove a watershed in the battle to secure freedom and justice for Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, Bangladeshi journalist. Choudhury has been under attack by his government for publishing articles that warned his country about the growth of radical Islamists there, urged Bangladesh to recognize Israel, and advocated genuine interfaith dialogue based on religious equality and mutual respect. For these "crimes," he was arrested and tortured and his family harassed. When his younger brother, Sohail Choudhury, went to the police to complain that he was beaten, they responded that it was the Choudhurys’ fault for their "alliance with the Jews." Even after we were successful in getting him released from prison, Choudhury faced continued harassment from the Bangladeshi government and Islamist radicals.

Xerox poised to become the market leader

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Mr. Bisht who was in Sri Lanka to review the local operations, said that The intention of Xerox is to make Xerox one of the top 3 Office Automation (OA) brands in Sri Lanka by 2008, said Y S Bisht, General Manager, Xerox South Asia Operations, at a press briefing held at Alliance Board Room, Colombo to explain the Xerox expansion plans in Sri Lanka. Its market share in India is 60 percent while the market share in Asia is overall 40 percent he said.

Never said to bring settlement to Naga issue but pave way for new dispensation:Dr Shurhozelie

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Minister for Planning and Urban Development and the president of the major ruling NPF, Dr Shurhozelie made it clear that the DAN Government had never said to bring settlement to the Naga political issue. "What we have been saying all along is we will play our part to facilitate the peace process and in the event of any political settlement being made, we will pave the way for the new dispensation," he told "Asian Tribune" here on Friday.

Are women in Sri Lanka’s N&E 'Child Factories' and girls 'Future Child Factories’?

By Ms S. Vijayalaxmy- Sooriya Women's Development Organisation, Batticaloa

Everyone in the world wants to lead a happy, free and a peaceful life. Most of us have great aspirations. Having a happy, free and peaceful life is put into question, and simply being 'alive' becomes a challenge. This challenge and struggle for survival is confronted due to conflict. This struggle and conflict destroys the aspiration for a normal life. The ongoing conflict and the damages caused by the Tsunami affects the women, and more so the young girls, than men. No one really wants to talk about the difficult and inhumane situation women and young girls go through when a political, or a natural disaster such as the Tsunami, strikes them.

Asian-Americans on top in education, income and home ownership

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Racial disparities among Whites, Blacks, Hispanics and Asian-Americans in income, education, internet connection, school dropout rate and home ownership, by many measurements, are rapidly growing when Asian Tribune scrutinized the U.S. Census Bureau statistics released this week. And the most significant discovery by Asian Tribune was that the Asian-American ethnic group in the United States is fast out spacing other ethnic groups leaving the Black and the Hispanic or Latino communities way behind and catching up, in some areas, the privileged Caucasians or the White community in the nation.

Tamil Vice-chancellor threatened with death by Tigers speaks from his new home in USA

By Walter Jayawardhana

Ratnajeevan HooleThe Vice-chancellor of the Jaffna University, Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole, was forced to seek asylum in USA after the Tamil Tigers launched a calculated campaign of death threats to prevent him from stepping into the Jaffna campus. Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole has now found a temporary position in the Drexel University, USA. He still insists on going back home even though his family is opposed to it. His brother, Rajan Hoole, who was the first professor of mathematics at Jaffna University in the 1980s, too was forced to flee the university after he openly criticized the Tamil Tigers.

Liberate Tamils from ruthless Tigers – winner of UNESCO prize for Tolerance and Non-Violence

After receiving the 2006 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize for Tolerance and Non Violence at its Paris headquarters, the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) V. Anandasangaree appealed to the international community "to help liberate the Tamil people of Sri Lanka from the clutches of the ruthless LTTE". He urged the Tamil diaspora "to ensure that no funds and support are provided to a terrorist outfit, who will never be able to achieve the aspirations of the Tamil people living in Sri Lanka by the use of terror and violence".

"Country lost an authority on Buddhist law and a pious monk by the passing away of Mirisse Dharmasiri Maha Thera"

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mirisse Dharmasiri Maha TheraThe Anu Nayaka Thero of the the Ramanna Maha Nikaya the Venerable Balangod Pannawansa Thero said the country lost one of the leading scholars among Buddhist monks who had an expert knowledge on the Vinaya Pitakaya of the Tripitaka , the three baskets of the Buddha Dharma and a deep knowledge of the Tamil language with the passing away of Venerable Mirisse Dharmasiri Maha Thera. He was delivering an eulogy at the funeral ceremony amidst a distinguished assembly of hundreds of monks of all three sects of the island and laymen in thousands who gathered at the Maha Vidyalaya grounds, Mirissa in Southern Sri Lanka to pay their last respects to the erudite monk who headed Yatala Menik Maha Viharaya, the oldest Buddhist Stupa built in Ruhuna, in the 3rd century BC.

Dialogue or Sanctions - U.S. Dilemma Over Iran

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United States, which is making little headway in its attempts to impose mandatory U.N. sanctions on Iran, is facing a political dilemma as it comes under increasing pressure to initiate a dialogue with the very country it is trying to punish for its defiant nuclear programme. The U.S.-inspired proposal for economic and military sanctions on Iran is at a virtual standstill because of reservations by two of the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council: Russia and China.

Sri Lanka Navy and LTTE Sea Tigers locked in sea battle off the coast of Talaimannar

Sri Lanka Government’s Defense Ministry reveals of a sea battle today at around 6.15a.m in the sea off Talaimannar, where three LTTE vessels were seen burning due to Air Force Gunship retaliatory attacks assisting the SL Naval Inshore Patrol Craft (IPC's). Reports further revealed that earlier 09 LTTE crafts were engaged in the attack and are now been chased away from the seas off Talaimannar by the SL security forces.

Why Waste Time and Procrastinate?

Prof. Kanbawza Win

"Why is the UNSC wasting its time and energy on Burma, when it has proven beyond doubt that the Burmese Generals are not in the category of civilized norms and understands only the language brute force," seems to be the common hypothesis of the international community and by the Burma watchers. The UN has passed 28 resolutions at the General Assembly expressing grave concern over human rights violations, ethnic cleansing, political repression and the lack of civil liberties. On the positive aspect it has urge the Burmese Junta to hold a tripartite dialogue (with the Junta, the National League for Democracy or NLD and ethnic minorities). But all these were vigorously refuted and completely ignored by the top brass. So Ibrahim Gambari going to Burma seems to be a symbolic ritual giving the defenders and detractors of the regime a chance to air out their bombastic esoteric cogitation, or at least a common denominator after the haggling and agonizing.

SLT Wi-Fi Mobile Internet in local hotels

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) provide the Sri Lankan hotels with Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Mobile Internet Zone known as a Wi-Fi Hotspot. Wi-Fi is a simple and easy to use form to access wireless broadband network. In contrast to other cable based broadband systems like Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) Wi-Fi does not require waiting up in setting up. With "SLTnet Wi-Fi Internet Zone" both customers and employees of all these hotels can be continuously online. Hotel Blue Waters in Wadduwa, Light house Hotel in Galle, Beach Hotel in Negombo, Inn on the Green pub in Hotel Galle face, Earls Regency Hotel in Kandy, are some of the hotels that tied up with SLT to obtain this facility.

Cricket Abused Down Under..

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Soon after the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Union Agriculture Minister, Sharad Pawar, was shoved off the stage by the winning Australian team after the Champions Trophy final in Mumbai came the news that England’s first Sikh Test player, Monty Panesar, had been ‘racially abused’ at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Meanwhile, a dope scandal involving two fast bowlers had rocked Pakistan and international cricket and the players were banned, separately, for one and two years though they faced similar charges.

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