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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Laxman Kiriella loses his cool and insults a lady reporter

A comment by Walter Jayawardhana

United National Party’s Laxman Kiriella who lost his cool at a party press conference insultingly told a lady reporter of the Colombo press that by holding a piece of paper and a pen one could not become a journalist. He became seemingly upset when the young reporter of the fair sex asked him a question about his leader’s contentious statement on the Army victory at Thoppigala that has created a hornet’s nest even among his own party supporters.

Karuna group a big threat to peace and stability in the east

Muslims of the east are perturbed by the new trend of the Karuna group emerging as the armed persecutors of the Muslims. Community leaders have pointed out that the liberated east has to be free of gunmen and others who try to thrive by terrorizing, intimidating and abducting the innocent Tamils and Muslims at gun point. The Minister of Disaster Relief Services, District Member of Parliament for Batticalao and the resident of Oddamavadi, Ameer Ali Sahabdeen, told the ‘Asian Tribune’ though the people are yearning to lead peaceful lives in the Government liberated area in the east armed groups are stepping in aggressively and violently to deny them peace and security.

Prosecutor tells Supreme Court that LTTE unemployed Vinayagamoorthy had A$ 525,000 in his bank account

By Walter Jayawardhana

The prosecutor in the case in which Arun Vinayaga Moorthy, a supporter of the proscribed entity of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is charged for terrorism said that the accused being a man without a job deposited in his bank account Australian Dollars 525,000 Australian dollars between 2001 and 2005. Prosecutor Mark Dean SC told the Supreme Court Vinayaga Moorthy(32) and Sivarajah Yathavan (36) were part of the Australian based Tamil Coordinating Committee , said to be a front to transfer funds to the Sri Lankan terrorist group, the LTTE also known as the Tamil Tigers, when the case was taken up in Melbourne, July 13.

Maldives ready to transfer four Tigers to face trial in Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

Four Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres who are currently in a Maldivian jail, caught while smuggling weapons to Sri Lanka in a hijacked Indian trawler will be sent to Sri Lanka to stand trial as terrorists soon. Maldivian Foreign Minister Dr. Shaheed has announced that he would not stand in the way of transferring the LTTE cadres jailed for smuggling guns through Maldivian waters, also to stand trial in Colombo on additional charges of terrorism under Sri Lanka law.

Defending Sri Lanka

The ambassador from war-weary Sri Lanka responded to complaints from 50 members of the U.S. Congress, saying his government prosecutes police and soldiers who harm civilians but defended the use of "drastic measures" in its war against Tamil terrorists. "In an environment such as this, where terrorism constantly stalks innocent civilians, the government has the formidable responsibility to ensure the most vital human right of the people: the right to life," Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke wrote in a letter he released this week.

Restoring Respect for Human Rights in U.S. will Help Foster Same Abroad

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

“We are eager to work with (US) Congress to create a (Guantanamo Prison) closure plan that respects the human rights of people in U.S. custody. Amnesty International believes that restoring respect for human rights and the rule of law at home will help foster the same abroad and reduce the threat of violence” says Amnesty International statement issued July 12 following statement of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Tom Harkin.

The fall of Thoppigala and Loss of the East: Will the LTTE Change their Long Term Strategy?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

The euphoria from the victory in Thoppigala and the virtual liberation of the East from LTTE military clutches is both understandable and well deserved for the people of Sri Lanka who have been suffering the forcible capture of Sri Lankan territory by an armed mob for years. This victory is bound to lift the spirits of all Sri Lankans who have seen their Armed Forces and their political leaders capitulating to the LTTE and their military strength and allowing them to take over more and more territory by force and demanding a political solution based on illegal and immoral grounds. There can be no argument that none could give into terror as the precedent that will create could be the end of what we know as Sri Lanka and our way of life, our society and our heritage.

USAID Supports Sri Lanka’s Small Business Community

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has entered into an agreement with the Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC) to provide a $3 million loan portfolio guarantee for micro, small, and medium-sized business activities in the agriculture, fisheries, tourism, and renewable energy sectors in the Eastern, North Central, and tsunami-affected areas of the Southern Province. “Many of these businesses are unable to prosper because of lack of access to capital,” said USAID Mission Director Rebecca Cohn. “This hinders the growth of small businesses and contributes to continuing poverty and frustration among the population.

Photo exhibition depicting rampant human rights violations in Burma

A new photo exhibition on Burma will open on Monday 16 July depicting the rampant human rights violations in Burma at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event is being hosted by British MEPs Timothy Kirkhope and Geoffrey Van Orden in cooperation with Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and the Euro-Burma Office. The exhibition will showcase the work of photographers Philip Daly and Toby Madden. Their pictures highlight a number of human rights issues related to Burma including landmine victims, refugees on the Thai side of the border, and the plight of Burma’s internally displaced population.

Sri Lanka: Disabled veterans battle high cost of prosthetics, unemployment

One shirt sleeve flapping limply, war veteran and rights activist Asoka Dayaratna signs a document with his left hand, finishing with a flourish. "I don't usually use my artificial arm, unless it is for a special occasion," says the former army commando who lost his right arm fighting Tamil Tiger rebels in Wilpattu, northwestern Sri Lanka, in 1985. Although his Israeli-made prosthesis makes fine movement possible, he taught himself to write with his remaining hand. "I am afraid to use the artificial arm often, because, if it breaks, I cannot get it repaired here." The predicament has set Dayaratna, founder and president of the Association of Disabled Ex-Service Personnel (ADEP), on his current mission, to set up a local factory to manufacture artificial limbs that can be given either free of charge or at subsidised rates to injured servicemen.

Mayawati’s ‘Maya’

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

In Hindi, the word Maya has many meanings. One of the more recognizable ones is ‘wealth’. Reading about the wealth that the BSP supremo Mayawati is reported to have accumulated over a short period of time it will appear that her parents had given her an apt name. Well, for a former school teacher whose father was a lowly clerk in the government of India to claim assets worth Rs 52 crore (not the market value, mind you) will dazzle most people who are lucky enough to own a modest house and maybe a few ‘luxury’ items like a car and an air-conditioner.

Young Sri Lankan maid faces execution in Saudi Arabia

Rizana Nafeek, a 19-year-old Sri Lankan female worker, was sentenced to death by a three-member panel of judges in Dawadami High Court in Saudi Arabia on June 16. Nafeek’s case is another instance of the barbaric conditions facing hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers in the Middle East, and the Sri Lankan government’s callous disregard toward them. Nafeek was convicted of killing a four-month-old infant who was put in her care. She arrived in Riyadh in May 2005 to work as a housemaid and was sent by her employer, Naif Jiziyan Khalaf Al Otaibi, to his family household in Dawadami. Shortly after that, she was assigned to look after the family’s baby although she had no experience or training in child care.

LTTE cadres still roaming in eastern jungles

Reports emerging from Sri Lanka’s Eastern front reveals that Thambirajah Ramesh, who was the Special Commander of the Batticaloa Amparai District of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, has managed to reach Vanni safely with nearly 320 cadres. He took with him Kuveni, the woman leader responsible for the political section of the LTTE in Batticaloa and 30 other women cadres. Also according to information Santhan and others too have managed to reach Vanni. It is learnt that Ramesh and his group trekked from Thoppigala to Wanni via the Kumburupiddiya Thiriyaya coastal areas. On 08th July at Kumpuripiddi a costal village Ramesh managed to send the sick and women cadres by boat.


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