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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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Pramuk Wijesingha

Holiday mood drives share market dull

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Both indices - All Share Price Index (ASPI) and Milanka Price Index (MPI) indices took a downward trend this week with the ASPI falling by 38 points to close at 2722.2 points, while the MPI fell by a similar amount closing the week at 3711.2 points, a dull attitude indicative of the holiday mood setting in, observes the HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review. DFCC took the spotlight this week becoming both the highest contributor towards weekly turnover and the highest traded stock for the week, with a strategic trade going through on Wednesday.

Dr.Swamy condemns Karunanidhi for his condolence statement on the Death of Anton Balasingham

Dr. Subramanian Swamy lambastes Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi for expressing condolence "on the death of LTTE terrorist Anton Stanilaus alias Balasingham." Dr.Swamy, President of the Janata Party in a statement to "Asian Tribune" pointed out that Balasingham was a terrorist who at least once has publicly and arrogantly relished the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. Tamil Nnadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi in his controversial condolence message identified himself with terrorists as his long standing friend. "I am unable to bear the sorrow over the death of my friend Mr Anton Balasingham, who I have known for many years."

15492 people so far fled from the LTTE controlled Vaharai

People who were held against their wishes by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are continuing to flee from Vaharai into the Government controlled areas. Since 01 November, so far a total of 15 492 persons have managed give a slip to LTTE, fled from Vaharai and entered the Government controlled areas. A total 1582 Persons belonging to 496 families have escaped from the LTTE controlled un-cleared area and yesterday trekked into the Government controlled cleared area at Rideetenna. Among the adult escapees, 425 are males and 456 females while there are 348 boys and 353 girls.

Rock in Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy’s head

The World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS), Australian-based Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights (SPUR) and Sri Lankan expatriate organizations in America and Europe have challenged the credibility and the impartiality of Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, in dealing with "children of war" in Sri Lanka. A joint press communiqué of the Sri Lankan organizations have highlighted her speech to the Security Council in which she names seven countries as violating international laws dealing with forcible recruitment of children.

Australia considering banning Tamil Tigers fully – Alexander Downer

Hopes of the Tamil Tigers abandoning violence under international pressure faded when they targeted the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse, the brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse. After this attack the international community reacted sharply and even Australia, which had imposed a partial ban under international law, has begun reviewing its position after this terror attack, according to media reports.The Sunday Times(Sri Lanka) quoted Alexander Downer, Australia’s Foreign Minister, as saying in London: "We are now considering banning the LTTE." Downer who was attending the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) said Australian intelligence services had monitored the activities of some Tamil charities that had used the cover to illegally raise funds for the LTTE in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka's Hands Across Asia

United Nations: Speaking on the UN Day of International Solidarity last week, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said that while solidarity between the North and the South is of great importance, there is also an urgent need to look at the possibilities of strengthening solidarity among developing countries. "South-South cooperation has a major and growing potential that still needs to be tapped and developed fully and systematically in support of development needs and goals."

Goa's liberation and Sri Lanka's crisis

By Janaka Perera – Asian Tribune

Exactly 45 years ago, on December 18-19, 1961, Indian troops marched into Goa, the last of South Asia 's Portuguese colonial strongholds following a lightening air and land attack on Dec. 18. It was the first time the Indian Air Force went into action against a foreign power. The now-defunct Ceylon Observer reported the event as the front page lead news in its late edition the same day. Virtually the entire page was devoted to Operation Goa. The Portuguese were the first European power to land in India and Sri Lanka the last to leave the former. Goa was the base from where between 1505 and 1656 Portuguese controlled parts of this country's coastal areas where they proved to be her worst colonial ruler.

Vice Chancelor of Jaffna University Ratnajeevan Hoole questions the warnings issued by the Messenger of Deaths in Japan

Dr. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, who was preventwed from taking up his position as the Vice Chancelor of the University of Jaffna by the terrorists threats of the Tamil Tigers has questioned in a letter to Ilangai Tamil Sangam in New York, whether one of its writers Sachchi Sri Kantha had prior knowledge on the intended attack on the Gothabaya Rajapakse, Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary and the brother of Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka? The Tamil Tigers terrorists attack on Gothabya took place two days after Sri Kantha wrote this article in the Tamil website. Dr. S. Ratnajeevan Hoole has pointed out that Srikantha ends in one of his denunciations pieces, dated November 29th with the cryptic comment: "Let’s wait and see what is going to happen to the Triumvir Rajas [President Mahinda Rajapakse and his brothers Basil and Gothabaya]."

Canada investor plans to grow coral reef in Sri Lanka as an export business

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A Canada based company, Sea Culture Ltd plans to breed Coral Reef in Sri Lanka. The project is 100% externally funded by a group of investors from Canada and the principle aim is to demonstrate that environmentally beneficial methodologies can be used to farm coral, anemones, invertebrates, and other marine wildlife that is in demand by the marine aquarium hobby industry. According to the investors the company hopes to start its operation by early next year in Sinnapaaduwa, Chilaw.

Santa Claus - Who is he?

By Para Kumarasamy

Soon it will be Christmas time, children and elders will be excited over the coming of the Santa Claus - jovial old man with a long beard, who will bring gifts to good children. Most children are made to believe that Santa in red suit, trimmed with white fur rides in his flying sleigh, pulled by reindeers comes on the Christmas Eve. He fills their stockings with gifts, which they wanted for Christmas. Some people attribute the origin of Santa Claus to the legendary St. Nicholas, who was born in Patara, a village in what is now Turkey, in a wealthy Christian family.

Cricket Blues

By SF Sports Writer - Syndicate Features

The game of cricket in India and Indian cricketers seem to be in for some bad times. If Navjot Singh Sidhu is now found guilty of a crime committed 18 years ago, the Indian players currently touring South Africa have invited the wrath of not only their millions of fans back home but even parliamentarians for their poor performance. Union minister, Sharad Pawar, the head of the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), barely recovering from the disrespect shown to him by the Australians at the end of the Champions Trophy in Mumbai, is also at the receiving end of the fan’s wrath while the coach Greg Chappell finds himself enveloped by the maelstrom surrounding the cricketers with many demanding his scalp.

Mobile phones in the Jaffna Peninsula started ringing

Mobile phones in the Jaffna peninsula have started ringing. In some parts of Jaffna those phones have started ringing from today onwards. But to be sure, it is said that services for all mobiles phones in the Peninsula would be provided latest by tomorrow. Mobile phone services to the Peninsula were discontinued after 11 August when Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam started d firing artillery shells into the Palaly Army Complex. Subsequently Sri Lanka Government ordered the mobile phone service providers to discontinue with their services in the Peninsula.