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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 949

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French police arrest dozens of Sri Lankan Tamils Raids target LTTE

French police have arrested several dozen suspected supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a series of raids launched in the Paris area beginning April 1. Computers, correspondence files, documents, literature and large amounts of cash were also seized in the crackdown. The police targeted establishments controlled by the LTTE—which has waged an armed campaign for a separate Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka for more than two decades. These included the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) as well as shops, vehicles and the residences of suspected LTTE activists. The TCC is the acknowledged front organization of the LTTE in France.

Asia's Falling Fertility Rates Threaten Baby Bust

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A sharp drop in fertility rates in Japan, South Korea, China and Singapore is threatening a "baby bust", leaving most maternity wards in Asia in a state of near-emptiness. "The good news is many Asians are living longer," says the Honolulu-based East-West Centre (EWC), but the bad news is "there are fewer 'new Asians' coming onto the scene." Andrew Mason, senior fellow at the EWC, says Singapore has reached 1.2 births per woman, while South Korea has the world's lowest fertility rate, at slightly less than 1.1 births per woman.

Sri Lankans of all hues demonstrate against Amnesty International’s cricket ball campaign

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Some 200 Sri Lankans of all political parties and ethnic groups demonstrated outside Amnesty International headquarters Friday afternoon, protesting at the organisation’s campaign against human rights violations in Sri Lanka, launched to coincide with the cricket World Cup tournament. Members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, United National Party, Tamil United Liberation Front, Muslim Forum, UK-Sri Lanka Muslim Association, Janatha Vimukti Peramuna, Jathika Hela Urumaya, Christian Association, Sri Lankan Women’s Association and others joined hands to denounce Amnesty International (AI) for its attempts to politicise cricket and for its bias towards the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) which is a banned organisation in a number of countries including the UK, US, European Union and India.

Unimo, United Motors subsidiary joins hand with Nations Trust Bank

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Unimo Enterprises Limited (UEL)., a fully owned subsidiary of United Motors Lanka Ltd recently joined hands with Nations Leasing, the leasing arm of Nations Trust Bank offering leasing solutions to corporate, SME and retail customers, to promote Kenari and Kelisa passenger cars through special leasing packages. Kelisa would be available for as little as Rs 23,724 per month, while Kenari would be Rs 25,207 per month [ excluding Vat ], a very affordable price indeed.

Prof. Raveendranath family members appeal for UN intervention in his release

Family members of Professor S.Raveendranath, Vice Chancellor of the Eastern University has made passionate appeal for the urgent and appropriate actions for his immediate release. In an appeal addressed to Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, family members of the Professor S.Raveendranath, have appealed to take urgent action to find the whereabouts and ensure his immediate release. Mrs.R.Jegatheswary (wife), DR.M.Malaravan (son-in-law Mrs.D.Malaravan (daughter) , Miss.Abiramy (daughter) Miss.M.Kaniska (granddaughter) in a signed appeal to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in Geneva, with attention to Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has appealed to safeguard their family by taking necessary steps to safeguard the life of Professor S.Raveendranath and help to ease the pain of the family who are under a great deal of pressure.

Sri Lanka: Tigo’s innovative strategy ‘Roll the Dice’

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Tigo the latest mobile service provider in Sri Lanka has a brand presence in 14 countries and is renowned for its innovative strategies, gave its Sri Lankan customers a new mobile experience. Tigo’s latest promotion, ‘Roll the Dice’ was carried out at Majestic City, with over 2000 people participating and playing this game. Looking at the large number of people participating, Aniljit Singh, Tigo Commercial Director commented that Tigo had an unexpected crowd of over 2000 people who wanted to play their new game.

participants ‘Rolling the Dice’

Good Governance in Sri Lanka.

By Oscar E V Fernando

The term good governance is an oft repeated and apparently much misused term; it is a system of rules to be followed by public and corporate bodies in making decisions and implementing them. These rules cover a wide gamut of conduct in public affairs to manage public resources and guarantee the rights of all individuals who are affected by such decisions in a fair and incorrupt manner within norms of natural justice.

Sri Lanka conflict forces thousands to flee their homes

By staff writers - Ekklesia

Christian Aid partners are working to help displaced people in Sri Lanka after renewed fighting has forced more than 155,000 civilians to flee their homes in recent weeks. A surge in violence in Batticaloa district in the east of the country has driven people from their towns and villages either into camps for displaced people or to stay with friends and relatives in safer areas. There are around 292,000 people displaced in Sri Lanka due to the conflict, according to the latest United Nations figure from March 2007.

Delhi and Lahore twins … ….

By *Prof Ishtiaq Ahmed - Syndicate Features

I spent a week recently in Delhi in connection with the very last interviews for my book on the partition of the Punjab in 1947. Coming to Delhi has always been like coming back almost home. Since my childhood has been spent entirely in Lahore, my sensibilities to look for Lahore wherever I go is a primordial weakness. I am sure even the most diehard communalists on both sides of the border will have to admit that Lahore and Delhi are almost identical twins. Also, outside Lahore if you ever want to find the greatest concentration of Lahoris you will find them in Delhi. They would be Hindus and Sikhs; that is the only difference.

Why we should not join Pakistan and India?

By Dr Shabir Choudhry

Future status of former state of Jammu and Kashmir troubled all loyal and thinking citizens of the State; and while considering its future destiny they thought well - being of all its citizens irrespective of religious and cultural background. Muslim Conference in 1947 also had some thinking and loyal leaders, who believed that the state should remain one political entity. Chaudhry Hammedullah Khan, Acting President of the Muslim Conference was prominent among them; and in a press conference held in Jammu on 28 May 1947, he said:

US-India Business Council to Enhance Trade and Investment with India

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) April 13 issued a Solicitation to 22 Washington-based professional firms specializing in U.S.-India trade, seeking proposals to develop a "Road Map" leading the two countries towards a successful Doha conclusion and eventually a Free Trade Agreement -- potentially the largest- ever negotiated. Highlighting the importance of the initiative, USIBC President, Ron Somers stated in the Request for Proposal (RFP) that "USIBC's greatest contribution to free-market democracy in the coming years – consistent with securing a successful conclusion to the Doha Development Round – will be to prepare and execute a 'Roadmap' that charts the course towards a Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and India."


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