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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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Allan Rock's denial of not participated in LTTE’s fund raising dinner, in no way distance him from his support to LTTE

Allan Rock was the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and he allowed the LTTE to collect monies during his incumbency. He allowed them to cut a cheque for seven-and-a-half million dollars from a bank in Vancouver in 1994 to buy explosives from a chemical factory in the Ukraine. These were used in a truck bomb to bring down the Central Bank Building in Colombo, and also bomb the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, alleges Asoka Weerasinghe, from Gloucester. Ontario, Canada. On the 01 of December, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children Affected by Armed Conflict released a statement, "Allegations against Allan Rock baseless." The statement further said "At no time, and not in any capacity, have I attended a LTTE fundraising dinner…These claims are baseless." This statement was published in the "Asian Tribune."

'I am sorry for my past errors'

By Dr Shabir Choudhry

As a writer and a political activist I get some abuse from those who disagree with my views. These people fall in to two categories: those who sincerely think that my views are against interest of Pakistan and the Kashmiri struggle; and the second category is of those foot soldiers of Pakistani establishment who once instructed by their bosses will continue with their 'duty' without thinking merits or demerits of what they are doing.

Microsoft establishes service centre to meet Sri Lanka’s growing demand

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Microsoft Corporation has decided to establish a Services Division – the professional service practice as they have noticed a growing demand during the last 18 months by the Sri Lankan customers and partners for such a facility to have a closer relationship with them. Full Scale service delivery is expected to be in place within 18 to 24 months and this is the first support offering provided by Microsoft in the Sri Lankan market. It will provide the highest level of direct support to customers and partners to help to improve system availability, decrease deployment times and respond rapidly to unforeseen outages. Technical support is available in seven locations 24 hours a day.

RRI produces decorative ornamental flowers using rubber leaves

Sunil C. Perera, - Reporting from Colombo

Dr.C.K.JayasinghaThe Rubber Research Institute [RRI] is now producing ornamental flowers and various handicrafts from the rubber leaf to increase daily income of the small rubber holders. Dr.C.K.Jayasingha and Mrs.Nirmala Jayawardana of the RRI who invented this rubber leaf handicraft said it is a profitable business for local small rubber holders. "I developed this method when I was at an international seminar," said Dr.Jayasingha.

The World’s Most Respected Tree

By PLN de Silva

"A young wife is poison to an old husband," says a Sanskrit proverb. King Asoka overlooked the gravity of this saying. Chinese records say that Tisyaraksita, the young queen of King Asoka, was proud of her undoubted beauty. However, she wasn’t a disciplined woman. King Asoka had a son by a senior wife. The son was about 25 years old and possessed a pair of attractive eyes like those of a Kunala bird. Therefore this prince was called Kunala. One day the beautiful young queen Tisyaraksita met Kunala alone in the palace and being infatuated, embraced him. Prince Kunala was shocked and escaped from her embrace and rejecting outright her advances said "You are my father’s wife. Are you not ashamed to behave in this manner?" The young queen threatened him saying "as long as you don’t desire me, you will soon cease to exist, you fool!" Thereafter, she waited for an opportunity to take revenge on the prince for rejecting her...

In Sri Lanka abductions galore regardless

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The family of Jayasinghe Steven (Jaya) of Medawachchiya has lodged complaints to the one-man Commission on Disappearances and to several police stations in Madawachiya and Colombo regarding the abduction of Jaya on Septmeber 4. The family indicated that he was taken in a white van. According to Jaya’s family sources, though three months have lapsed after the incident, there appears no progress taking place in any of the agencies to which the complaints were made to trace this missing person suspected to be abducted by State Security.

BJP’s Arunachal balloon

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Every now and then the Bharatiya Janata Party has to reassure itself that it remains ‘a party with a difference’ to erase the impression that it is ‘a party with differences’. Its latest efforts have come in the wake of the four-day visit of Chinese president, Hu Jintao; or rather an event just preceding his visit. It is about the claim made by the Chinese ambassador in India, Sun Yuxi, in a TV interview that Arunachal Pradesh was part of China, just ahead of the Hu visit. Everyone in the BJP is exercised over the Chinese envoy statement as though the Chinese take over of that idyllic state in the Northeast is imminent.

Sri Lanka: Tiger’s terrorist attack threatens peace process: Tigers to be banned?

The Government of Sri Lanka is now planning tough action against the Tamil Tigers after a Tiger suicide bomber targeted the convoy of Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who is also the younger brother of Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse. This latest terrorists attack has placed the Sri Lankan peace process at a critical crossroads. Dr. Palitha Kohona, head of the Sri Lanka’s Government Peace Secretariat has asked the Norwegian peace facilitator Jon Hanssen-Bauer who rushed to Colombo hoping to salvage the faltering peace talks, not to go to Kilinochchi to meet with the LTTE leadership, until the Government decides on what steps to be taken with the terrorists Tigers.