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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

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Photography Workshop in Colombo with Swiss Photographer

Beat Presser, an eminent Swiss photographer who has published 'Oasis of Silence', a photographic art book on Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia including Sri Lanka, will be conducting a free Workshop of Photography on the theme 'My Oasis of Silence' for Sri Lankan professional photographers from 26 February to 10 March 2007, in Colombo. This workshop is held under the auspices of the Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Colombo and Photographic Associations, and has been made possible with the support of Kodak as workshop sponsor. The workshop will be preceded by a photographic exhibition of Beat Presser at the Barefoot Gallery. The events are organized by CrossCulture Colombo

Maldives: Crisis in the Recovery following Tsunami

There are serious shortcomings in the reconstruction projects taking place in the Maldives at present. The international aid organizations and the Government of Maldives need to address these issues immediately. Following the survey ‘Maldives Aid’ conducted a year ago, few of the issues and concerns raised in the Maldives Aid report have been addressed. There remains a serious problem with communications and the flow of information to the Internally Displace Persons (IDPs’). IDPs have a right to know when and how they will be given permanent housing. The Government of Maldives has a duty to inform and communicate with the Islanders of the progress of the re-housing projects.

Why Norway has failed as a peace facilitator

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The Tamil Tigers got Loganathan Kethiswaran, the deputy head of the Peace Secretariat, in Colombo only on the second attack. The first attack was made in Oslo, Norway on October 15, 1989. Five EPRLF Tamils, including Loganathan, had gathered at No: 17, Kringsja Studentby in Oslo despite warnings issued by Tamil Tigers not to attend the meeting, according to Einar Hagvaag who reported the details in Dagbladet (October 16, 1989). It was meant to be an information meeting for Tamil refugees in Norway. Among the attendees was Tamil MP, Kandiah Premachandra, EPRLF MP, who was in Norway to attend a seminar at Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) "on peaceful solutions to the civil war in Sri Lanka."

Vaiko takes on DMK, gets ticked off, Treads carefully on MDMK troubles

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

The MDMK chief Vaiko surprised his faithful at the beginning of his district secretaries meeting at Theni on Monday by two actions which speak as much for his urge to tread carefully on intraparty matters as his streak of recklessness. He has not expelled his two detractors Gingee Ramachandran and L Ganesan, who did not attend the Theni meeting but called a general council meeting of the party at Salem on December 29. Both have secured a stay from the High Court on Vaiko's decision to strip them of their party posts on Saturday.

Sri Lanka: ENDLF decries President Rajapakse’s demerger move of Northern and eastern provinces

The Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF) has decried the demerger of the North and eastern provinces which remained linked since 1988. In a statement released to the media, ENDLF condemned the action taken by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in appointing a separate Governor for the Eastern Province thus effectively de-linking the Northern and Eastern provinces. G.Gnanasekaran, President ENDLF pointed out, "Sri Lanka President Rajapakse may say he is giving effect to the Supreme Court decision, but we believe it is a sinister plot hatched by him in collusion with JVP and JHU, his Sinhala extremist allies."

Sri Lanka: Two minutes silence for those perished in Tsunami

Sri Lanka government has request the public to observe two minutes silence from 9.25 to 9.27 a.m. Today. This two minutes’ silence is being held to remember all those who perished during the tsunami disaster two years ago. Places of worship belonging to all religions are expected to ring their bells from 9.25 a.m. to 9.27 a.m. Temples, kovils, mosques and churches around the island have organized religious observances to mark the second anniversary of the tsunami.

Jordanian Ship crew arrived in Colombo

The 25-member Jordanian Ship crew arrived in Colombo yesterday evening. The International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) facilitated the release of the crew of the cargo vessel FARHA III from LTTE detention on Monday morning. According to the Media Centre for National Security, the ship crew members had crossed the Omanthai entry/exit point into Vavuniya around 12.30 p.m. yesterday from the Tiger held Kilinochchi. The crew along with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission personnel gathered at the ICRC office in Vavuniya before setting off to Colombo.

"Star-Ledger," reports Brunswick police in New Jersey probing into a new suspected terrorist front of LTTE

By Walter Jayawardhana

A Sri Lankan group purported to be representing themselves as South Asian Community Association, held a memorial meeting to eulogize dead Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters including suicide bombers as heroes, told a New Jersey, based newspaper "Star-Ledger" located at Newark, that they did not have any connections with a terrorist group. The group called South Asian Community Association rented an auditorium of the south Brunswick middle School in New Jersey, USA for a memorial to eulogize the dead LTTE fighters including those suicide bombers who targeted unarmed civilians and raised the flag of the LTTE and sang the anthem of the group on December 02 as was reported by the pro-LTTE news website.

US Contribution to Asian Tsunami Unprecedented 841 Million Dollars

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The U.S. government has provided some $841 million in recovery assistance to the nations ravaged by the Indian Ocean tsunami that struck on December 26, 2004, a summary update prepared by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) shows. The USAID fact sheet, issued December 22, details efforts undertaken in the intervening two years by that agency as well as the departments of Defense and Agriculture.

Pope Benedict XVI urged a solution to conflicts across the world including Sri Lanka

Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day address, mentioned of violence in Sri Lanka Lebanon, Iraq, Darfur and the whole of Africa, as Ethiopian fighter jets bombed airports in Somalia and more people died in bombings in Iraq. Pope yesterday in his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" speech — Latin for "to the city and to the world." urged a solution to conflicts across the world, especially in the Middle East and Africa, in a Christmas Day address that included an appeal for the poor, the exploited, and all those who suffer. Pope John Paul II, Christmas Day message has become an occasion to review progress and setbacks for humanity. Benedict noted on Monday that despite its modern-day successes, the world remains in desperate need of a savior.

Bishop of Jaffna Thomas Savundaranayagam

CCI plans to provide a bag of concessions to local SMEs

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka plans to attract small and medium scale Contractors by providing a bag of concessions and a number of technical supports. Executive Director of the CCI Dakshitha Talgodapitiya says these concessions would boost competition and capacity of the SMEs. Obtaining our membership would assist them to grab these concessions, he said.

Number 13 Not Un-Lucky

M.K. Damodaran - Numerologist, Kerala, India.

There is a world –wide superstition that No13 is an unlucky number. In fact No13 has scared the lives out of many. But actually, No13 is a very powerful number. The belief that No 13 is unlucky has no numerological basis. This numerologist has been passionately involved with numerology for the last 18 years and found that there is no reason to isolate No13 as an unfortunate number. Certain numbers are fortunate to certain people .Similarly certain numbers are unfortunate to certain people. There is no number which is fortunate or unfortunate to all. So by that yardstick, No13 may be unfortunate to someone. The theory that number 13 is unlucky may be correct to that extent only.

Pre-empting Arab Mediation in Palestinian Divide

By Nicola Nasser

The U.S administration and Israel are accelerating their coordinated meddling in the internal Palestinian divide between the Fatah-led presidency and the Hamas-led government to pre-empt a series of Arab mediation efforts, the latest of which is a UAE-Syrian try according to a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The PLO official, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that President Mahmoud Abbas authorized the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to negotiate with Syria on behalf of Hamas, whose politburo chairman, Khaled Misha’al, is based in Damascus, a draft for forming a Palestinian national unity government on the basis of the national consensus document (the prisoners’ document), recognizing the PLO by Hamas, and respecting the accords signed by the PLO with Israel.

Jaffna "replenished to over-flow with all the goodies" – Bishop of Jaffna

Bishop of Jaffna Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Savundaranayagam, Roman Catholic Bishop of Jaffna, announced in his Christmas message that in Jaffna "the shops are decorated and replenished to over- flow with all the goodies; the familiar picture of Santa exhibited at the store-fronts brings warm sentiments of happiness to the young and old." This contradicts the Tamil Tiger propaganda that there are no "goodies" for the people of Jaffna. However, Jaffna-watchers pointed out that in order to appease the Tigers he also said that there is "hunger and starvation all around us," which could be a general statement referring to poverty and hunger in the world and not specifically in Jaffna.