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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

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UN and Sri Lanka should ban Tamil Tigers.

Following the failed terrorist attack on the life of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the Defence Secretary, there is a mounting pressure on the Sri Lanka Government to reimpose the ban on the Tamil Tigers. Both national and international Sri Lankan organizations are pressuring the Sri Lankan Government to ban the LTTE as a 'Terrorist’s Organization.'This organization will urge the United Nations to list the LTTE as a terrorists based on the failure to honor UN agreements not to recruit child soldiers.

Sri Lanka Government contemplates serious actions against Tamil Tigers

Sri Lanka Government’s Cabinet met yesterday evening to consider the terrorists attack on the Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and resolved that "this barbaric attack" needs serious attention. The Government has yet to spell out what serious attention it would be?

Sri Lanka Government condemned LTTE for suicide attack on Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

The Government of Sri Lanka has condemned the dastardly attack unleashed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the life of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday morning in Colombo, which led to the death of two persons and caused injuries to eight military personnel and five civilians. In a statement released by the Government of Sri Lanka said, "The GOSL condemns this dastardly attack in no uncertain terms and wishes to emphasize that a democratically elected government would not succumb to such terror tactics unleashed by the LTTE." Sri Lanka Government in its condemnation pointed out that the Tamil rebel outfit LTTE was responsible for the terrorist attack on the life of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

US District Court opens the lid that closed fund flow to front organizations of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune analysis

Enacting stringent anti-terror financing laws by the Bush administration since the terrorist attack on the American soil on 11 September 2001, organizations that were designated by the United States government as ‘Foreign Terrorist Organizations’ (FTO) that raised multi-millions of dollars in western nations, especially in the U.S., from their large Diaspora and well wishers, were adversely affected for those organizations to seek legal remedies to undo the damage and rekindle the fund-flow to sustain their armed struggle against the administrations they claim have violated the rights of the ethnic groups they represent.

RRI commence rubber plantation in Padiyathalawa area

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Dr.S.M.M.IqbalThe Ministry of Plantation Industries and the Rubber Research Institute [RRI] have made arrangements to grow Rubber in the non-traditional rubber growing areas. Under this concept, the RRI has already begun its rubber growing activities in the Padiyathalawa area to grab new investment opportunities. "We could grow over 100 acres of rubber under the government subsidy," said Dr.S.M.M.Iqbal, Agronomist of the RRI, who made arrangements to grow rubber in this area.

Sri Lanka: Scandinavian Truce Monitors failed to condemn: Only expressed concern over attack on Gothabaya Rajapakse

The Scandinavian Truce Monitors known as the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) failed to condemned the suicide attack on Defese Secretary Gothabaya Rajapakse in the heart of Colombo, Friday December 1st. Instead, in a statement it has simply expressed its deep concern over the incident. The SLMM in the press statement underlined that the blast bares the hallmarks of methods used by the LTTE in the past.

Visiting Indian designers train local handloom weavers on Indian designs

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Indian Textile designers are now in Sri Lanka to train local handloom weavers on using modern techniques and new designs. The Ministry of Textile Development made this training workshop assistance with the National Institute of Designers, New Delhi to train Sri Lankan weavers.

The United States condemns terrorist attack

United States of America has condemned the terrorist attack, yesterday morning, on the convoy of Gotabaya Rajapakse, Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary. The US Embassy in Colombo said that the attack bears all the hallmarks of an operation by the LTTE. "We once again call on the LTTE to renounce terrorism, to give up violence and to join in negotiating a peaceful solution to Sri Lanka's conflict, US Embassy statement exhorted.

Beyond the Politics of Condemnation:Rethinking Burma's Political Impasse

By – Saw Kapi

The Burmese military regime, often to its own discredits, is bent on crushing the National League for Democracy (NLD) by all means. It regularly bashes the 1990-election winning party and its iconic leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, while launching atrocious military operations against the Karen National Union (KNU) and other ethnic resistance groups. In conducting its sweeping military operations, the regime's soldiers invariably commit numerous forms of human rights abuses; raping women, burning villages, and the arbitrary killing of innocent civilians.

Language and beyond

By Eduardo Faleiro - Syndicate Features

India is home to extraordinary diversity- cultural, religious, ethnic and linguistic. All such differences ought to be harmonized in a spirit of mutual accommodation rather than through coercive methods of homogenization which may only lead to agitations and revolt. I make this comment in the context of the present language controversy in Goa regarding Marathi and Konkani languages and their scripts. At the time of the conquest of Goa by the Portuguese in the early sixteenth century Konkani and Marathi were the languages prevailing in this area. Authors differ on their opinion as to whether both languages were written or Marathi alone was the literary language and Konkani, the spoken language.

Bush-Maliki summit: White House rejects any withdrawal from Iraq

Thursday’s summit meeting of President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was a demonstration of both the crisis of the US occupation and the reactionary measures Washington is preparing in an attempt to maintain its grip on that war-ravaged country. The location of the summit was itself of symbolic significance: the chief of state of the world’s strongest military power could not visit the country he targeted for invasion and occupation, more than three years after his notorious boasting of "Mission Accomplished."

Minister Milroy Fernando


.Indian designer shows their new products.

.Indian designer shows their new products

Statistics and estimates on HIV/AIDS in Sri Lanka is not alarming

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

December 1 has been identified as the World AIDS Day by the United Nations Organization and to coincide this day various programmes are conducted by the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka (AFP) and as part of the series, FPA on December 1, organized a programme at the Central Bank Auditorium, Rajagiriya to launch a ‘Viridu’ cassette produced by FPA on HIV/AIDS sung by Veteran Viridu artist M V Gunadasa, and a lecture on Reproductive Health by Dr Harischandra Yakandawala, Programme Officer, UNICEF followed by a Quiz Contest on HIV/AIDS.