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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

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Colombo Land to Muslims

TNA parliamentarians to visit Stockholm tomorrow

The Parliamentarian delegation of the Tamil National Alliance will l be meeting Mr. Klas Molin, Deputy Director General, Head of division of South Asia of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden on July 5th. R.Sampanthan MP is heading the TNA delegation to Europe, comprising parliamentarians Gajendrakumar Ponnampalam, Selvam Adaikkalanathan, Suresh Premachandran and Mavai Senathriajah, is currently in Oslo. They are leaving Norway today.

Sri Lanka Government donated land for “All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama”

Sri Lanka Government donated valuable land from Colombo 12, for “All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama” the Council of Muslim Theologians and the apex Islamic religious body in Sri Lanka. President Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over the document pertaining to the land to M.I.M.Rizvi, Chairman of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama at Temple Trees.

Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2006 now available online

The Human Rights Documentation Unit (HRDU) of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) released the Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2006 at a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT). The Human Rights Yearbook was released in Bangkok, Thailand on 25 June. The report is the thirteenth annual edition of the Burma Human Rights Yearbook and, at 850 pages in length, represents the largest, most comprehensive and detailed Yearbook that the HRDU has produced to date.

The East: show art of the Statecraft

By Dhammika Herath

The Eastern Province of Sri Lanka has been the center of attraction of many segments of Sri Lanka society during the past year or so. The main reason for this increased attention on this part of the country is the changing of hands of control in the region. The government is on the verge of establishing its writ in the province after around a decade or more. However, the victory has not as a gift. Many lives have been sacrificed; both of the security forces and that of the LTTE. Enemies they many be; nonetheless humans they are. Yet, the crucial question that now remains is how we make good of these sacrifices. It is very important to remember that as long as genuine aspirations of minorities are not met through a credible political package (the best possible would be the Indian model), these victories are not permanent.

Dialog offers free Breaking News Alerts from Reuters on your mobile

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Dialog Telekom now offers the network’s subscribers the opportunity to receive breaking news alerts from 'Reuters' news service direct to their mobile phones. Under the deal, 'Reuters' will supply its premier media news content to Dialog Telekom, and the service will provide factual, up-to-the-minute updates on local news stories. All subscribers on the Dialog network can register to receive the news alerts which are currently offered free of charge.

Sri Lanka has not understood the problem its facing – Palihakkara, former Foreign Secretary

H. M. G. S. Palihakkara, former Foreign Secretary, surveyed the current scene in Sri Lanka when he launched the book of his colleague, John Gooneratne, titled Negotiating with the Tigers. In his speech he asked: “Have we come to at least a general understanding of the nature of the problem we face after all these years and all these and other tragedies? No we have not. We cannot even define or describe the problem, or in some cases even agree that a problem exists. This book alone uses more than 8 terms to describe the problem as different people see it. In our daily discourse on the issue various terms are used ranging from ethnic conflict, North East conflict, civil war, war, armed struggle, liberation struggle for self-determination armed conflict, terrorist problem, minority question and the list goes on.”

Journalist U Win Tin Spends 18 years in Burmese Prison

By Zin Linn*

Today, June 4, marks the 18th year in prison for writer-journalist U Win Tin. He was a member of the central executive committee of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and a key adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi who has been leading peaceful protest against the military regime. He was picked up on this day in 1989, during a nation-wide crackdown by the military authorities on the opposition. Initially, the sentence was for three years with hard labour. The charge: as a dissident 'he had used his influence upon people to urge them to mount a civil disobedience campaign against martial law.

Janashakthi expands network with new Wattala branch

From Sunil C. Perera

Janashakthi Insurance Co., recently opened its newest branch in Wattala, a key Colombo suburban city in order to cater to the growing business opportunities in the area. The new Wattala branch is computer linked with the head office and other branches in the distribution network thereby providing all its customers the flexibility of carrying out transactions related to their insurance policies from any Janashakthi branch of their convenience. With this newest addition, the company has further consolidated its branch distribution network to 110 island wide including the Northern and Eastern provinces.

Hyping success India way

By a Special Correspondent

It is hard to tell if the Times of India is really angry with the New York Times or actually feels flattered after the attention it received recently from that revered paper of the American establishment, which had accused the TOI of ‘hyping success’ and for ‘over-wrought rhetoric about India as an emergent power’. One does not recall any occasion when an Indian newspaper or one of its features was thought worthy of an examination in an important American journal. The timing of the NYT comment is interesting because it is only in recent years that U.S and other Western papers that command much influence have started looking at India in a more positive manner.

New US accusations against Iran

A US military official leveled new accusations against Iran on Monday, asserting Iranian government involvement in a January, 2007 attack that killed five American soldiers in Iraq. The charges are the latest in a campaign to increase pressure on Iran, while laying out a rationale for possible future military action. Brigadier General Kevin Bergner, the lead spokesman for US forces in Iraq, said that interrogations of prisoners in Iraq had provided evidence of Iranian involvement in a January raid in the city of Karbala. He accused Iran of using the Lebanese group Hezbollah as a “proxy” to help train Iraqis to attack US forces.
These allegations are based on statements Bergner said were made by Qais Khazali and Ali Musa Daqduq, both of whom were captured in Iraq by the US military in March.

Manp Ganeshan

Colombo Land to Muslims 3

Colombo Land to Muslims 2

Mano Ganeshan, Member of Parliament, says abductions are both political and economic

Mano GaneshanIn an interview with the Asian Tribune Mano Ganeshan said, there are two types of abduction that are carried on in Sri Lanka, Political and Economical. Most of the abduction more than 90% is political. 10% of them are economical and what they do is they abduct wealthy Tamil and Muslim business men and are released after extortion money. A very large amount is being paid to them. When someone is abducted it becomes news and all these abduction not economical, largely they are political. Political abduction gives rooms for the break up of law and order in the country. That pays way for the economical abduction.