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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Monthly archive

Prasad Kariyawasam

Share market sluggish but little improved

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers indicated that the market started off on a negative note adding to another week of sluggish performance but managed to pick up slightly towards the latter part of the week. During the first three days the All Share Price Index (ASPI) shed 109 points, however the momentum was slightly shifted during the latter part of trading on Thursday reversing the direction of the market. The buying on highly capitalized Dialog & SLT shares caused the ASPI and Milanka Price Index (MPI) to move 29 points & 41 points upward during the last two days. During the week the ASPI dropped 3.25 percent or 80 points to close at 2384 while the more liquid MPI closed 4.15 percent or 141.3 points down to 3259.6 compared to previous week.

New man takes over Tiger activities in France

Tamil Tiger activities in France have been handed over Alain Anandane, a Tamil from Pondcherri, in South India. After the arrest of LTTE leader Parithi, alias Nadarajah Mahendran, who was the President of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) Alain Anandane has been handpicked to run the day-to-day affairs of the Tiger outfit in France, though Barani is kept as the nominal head. Alain Anandane is a member of the Dungy Town Council located in the suburb of Paris. Tamil Tigers find him useful because of his political position which he uses to promote Tiger terrorists activities in France. He is also said to be on the pay roll of the Tigers.

LTTE bomb found ten minutes beforeet to explode at crowded market at Delkanda Handiya

By Walter Jayawardhana

Suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists left a claymore type bomb disguising as an abandoned parcel in one of the most crowded places in the suburbs of Colombo aiming civilians but with public assistance the police found it and the military defused it. The Police blamed the Tamil Tigers to have planted it and said it contained all the hallmarks of the Tamil Tigers who started the present phase of the military escalations by planting claymore mines at Kebithigollewa killing 68 civilian bus passengers.

The Legacy of the plight of Hindus in Bangladesh - Part-VII

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

On December 5, 1963, the former Prime Minister and the most prominent leader of the NDF, Hussein Shaheed Suhrawardy, died in his sleep in Beirut where he was undergoing treatment. The whole of Pakistan mourned his death with a renewed pledge to carry on the struggle of the people against the Ayub regime. Since then, the government was looking for an opportunity to crush the unity of the people, particularly those of East Pakistan. Soon the opportunity came and the government made its full utilization. A hair of Prophet Mohammad was stolen from the Hazrat bal (contained a hair of Prophet Muhammad) mosque in Kashmir. The government utilized this incident to incite the Muslims and the ruling Pakistan Convention Muslim League declared ‘Kashmir Day' on January 3, 1964.

Sri Lanka leads UN Special Committee on Israeli human rights abuses

Prasad KariyawasamAmbassador Prasad Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN, will lead the three-member Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices in Occupied Territories this week. The visit will include trips to Egypt, Jordan and Syria where Palestinians will make representations about Israeli human rights abuses in occupied territories. Since its establishment in December 1968, the Special Committee has repeatedly been denied cooperation by the Government of Israel or access to the Occupied Territories. The Committee has nonetheless benefited from the cooperation and information provided by representatives from the Governments of countries visited.

Bush Administration’s Disregard for Human Rights Law Highlighted by Amnesty International

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Jumana Musa, Amnesty International USA advocacy director for domestic human rights and international justice and an international law attorney, issued the following statement Saturday July 21 in response to President Bush’s Friday night executive order regarding the interpretation of the Geneva Conventions Common Article 3 as it applies to the Central Intelligence Agency's program of detention and interrogation of those in the United States custody in its war on global terrorism.

Voting against our own candidate against coalition spirit: Dr Lotha

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

The outcome of the Presidential Election has taken many particularly in Nagaland by surprise when over 50% of the ruling DAN members were found voting against their own NDA-backed Presidential candidate, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. The BJP-led NDA backs the present DAN coalition government in Nagaland. As per the result, only 12 out of 43 ruling DAN members cast for NDA-backed Independent Presidential Candidate, whereas 40 including 17 Opposition Congress Members went in favor of Congress-led UPA sponsored Candidate. Five votes were found invalid. This means 23 non-Congress Members from the ruling DAN in Nagaland voted for the Opposition Congress-led UPA sponsored Presidential Candidate.

Getting lost in the Nationalistic Buddhist-Panacea

Dr. Lankamithra Fernando

Lately, religions seem to play many roles, the least of which has not been the ones they were created for by the man in the first place. In the Muslim world some try to enforce-draconian laws in the name of Islam. The Taliban in Afghanistan has been in a fierce war to enforce their own repressive version of Islam. The branch of Islam-Wahhabism founded by Muhammad Ibn Abd-al_Wahhab and the Shariah law that he introduced has been the law in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. In some other parts of the Muslim world extreme Islamists die killing others in the name of Islam and martyrdom. Some nations call themselves Islam Republics and there are others who fight to make the whole world one big Islam Republic. In latest clashes in Pakistan, the military fights against the militant religious groups and the mullahs. In Sri Lanka the military has the blessings and the unreserved support of the Buddhist clergy to enforce a military solution to the ongoing ethnic war.

Some relief in airconditioned comfort

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

Conventional Indian society disapproves snatching the means of livelihood of one person by another. The more ‘rational’ segments in Indian society, Marxists in particular, view the same act as an exploitation of the lesser privileged. It will, therefore, be considered politically unacceptable to defend the eruption of retain chains because they apparently edge out the traditional corner grocery shops and small-time hawkers and vendors who have served the consumer for a long time.

Except showing condemned girl to her parents saudi arabia has so far promised no other mercy to Rizana

By Walter Jayawardhana

Only the parents of Rizana Nazik an underage Sri Lanka girl condemned to die by an executioner’s sword in Saudi Arabia were allowed to visit the prisoner in a jail of the desert kingdom on July 22 Sunday by the Saudi Arabian government, Sri Lankan embassy sources in Saudi Arabia said. A Sri Lanka team of Muslims led by the island nation’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Bhaila and a team including Muslim religious leader and foreign Ministry official in charge of Middle East went to Saudi Arabia to plead for the life of the Muslim girl, who is a poor wood cutter’s daughter condemned to death by three judges of a Sharia Court, constituted by Muslim canonical law.