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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Taslima Nasreen

Lanka Peace Secretariat demands apology from ICJ

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, the Secretary-General of the Secretariat Co-ordinating the Peace Process in Sri Lanka, is pressing for an apology from the International Commission of Jurists for making false allegations based on the briefings given by the Tamil Tigers on the murder 17 aid workers in Mutur last year. The controversy was over the calibre of the bullet. The Tigers use 7.62 calibre and the Sri Lankan Army uses 5.56 calibre. The Sri Lankan government had insisted, based on the findings of its experts, that there was no 5.56 calibre bullet in the body of one of the victims. Dr. Dodd the Australian expert who examined the projectiles has now confirmed that “the presence of a 5.56 bullet projectile can confidently excluded”. Dr. Dodd added that his “supplementary report now settles convincingly the issue of calibre of projectile removed’ and ‘that all projectiles retrieved from the bodies examined were of the same calibre’ viz 7.62………and ‘there is no suggestion in my mind of substitution of exhibits, and to this end I would categorically refute the suggestion in the Birnbaum Report’.

Climate Change Business Opportunities for Industries in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in association with Ernst & Young Sri Lanka will organize a Seminar to be held on 15th August, to create awareness in the midst of the company staffs about the business opportunities created by global climate changes. The impact of Green house gas emissions on the climate has led to international action and political intervention to control climate change. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) established by the Kyoto Protocol is an arrangement where by developed Countries with legally binding emission reduction targets, invest in emission reduction projects in developing Countries in order to offset their carbon emissions, enabling developed Countries to achieve their emissions reduction targets at a reduced cost, while promoting sustainable development in developing Countries.

Air Force retaliates by bombing LTTE heavy weapons center that killed one civilian and injured 4 villagers

By Walter Jayawardhana
Sri Lanka Army sources said that the country’s Air Force bombed and destroyed a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE ) Training Center close to Nedunkerni from where mortar attacks have been targeted on a Sinhalese ethnic village killing one civilian. “The Training Center of LTTE cadres also had heavy weapons which were used to attack Etha Wetuna Wewa killing one and injuring four others, including an infant of two and half years old,” said Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe. The Army spokesman said the bombing target was carefully selected only to destroy the military installation and the Training Center was in the LTTE controlled Mulativu District, South of Nedunkerni. He also said the LTTE maintained an armory of heavy weapons at the center. The aerial attack occurred at 6.40 a.m. on 13 August.

Tamil “bastards” in credit card fraud, drug trafficking and prostitution in Oslo – Y. Balasingham

The shooting in Oslo has been headline news for the second day. The only politicians speaking out in the Norwegian media are the pro-LTTE Labor Party. Sunday evening one of the Labor Party leaders Jan Bøler had an emergency meeting with Yogarajah Balasingham. They hammered out a strategy how to limit the damaged for this very untimely shooting. The timing of the LTTE shootout in Oslo could not have come at a worse time. Norway is in the middle of an election campaign and this is bad news for the Labor party and their LTTE supporter Yogarajah Balasingham. The LTTE leader Y. Balasingham says the shooting episode has damaged the Tamils reputation for years to come and he tried to passed the blame solely to non-Norwegian Tamils who had come from other countries. Balasingham has not admitted this is an internal LTTE dispute between two LTTE factions.

Killing of 17 aid workers: SCOPP suggests Independent Probe into ACF Irresponsibility

Secretariat for Co-coordinating the Peace Process in Sri Lanka has urged for an investigation of the French NGO Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger, ACF) for placing earlier its 17 aid workers at risk in Muttur. It has appealed to the Sri Lankan Government to ask for the conduct of an independent inquiry to probe into the irresponsible manner in which the 17 aid workers were sent to Muttur on 01 August 2006, a danger area where violence was already taking place. The Peace Secretariat referred to the interview granted by Sir John Holmes to Reuters news agency, in which he raised several issues in an irresponsible fashion. It has added that many problems have arisen with regard to the killing of the ‘17 Aid Workers’ in Muttur. Peace Secretariat has also pointed out that the international community has seen this issue as a license to criticize Sri Lankan forces and Sri Lankan officials without any regard for truth or objectivity.

FCCISL attempts to increase the intra-SAARC Trade

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Secretariat dealing with SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) in Sri Lanka – The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) are calling on all those who have encountered any difficult experience, specially those who have encountered such experiences while dealing with exports, trade and industry in the SAARC region. This is to minimize barriers for export to SAARC countries as well as to clear the barriers for travel etc from Sri Lanka to SAARC countries.

Dialog TV provides Star channels to Sri Lankan viewers

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Dialog TV, Sri Lanka's has enlarged its bouquet of channels to its thousands of Sri Lankan viewers with the inclusion of the immensely popular range of Star Channels. "Star Channels have been long awaited by our diverse and rapidly expanding customer base all over Sri Lanka. The inclusion of Star Channels further consolidates our commitment and determination to add top-end news, sport and entertainment to our already large portfolio of channels" said a spokesman of the company.

Taslima attacked

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Taslima NasreenSomething is acutely disturbing in India as it crosses the 60th milestone of Independence. Communalism and intolerance are rising in a country that is found on the bedrock of secularism. It is not a good advertisement for a country’s credentials as a tolerant society if an internationally known painter over 90 years in age has to live in exile, even if it is self-imposed, to escape harassment from fundamentalists who are intolerant of the way he has depicted some goddesses in his paintings. It is equally disconcerting to see a university student and some of his teachers being roughed up inside the campus for ‘objectionable’ depiction of goddesses--in classroom exercise. That a classroom exercise can get the goat of some was a surprise to many.

Bangladeshi regime arrests former prime minister

In a further crackdown on its political opponents, the military-backed “interim” regime in Bangladesh arrested and jailed former prime minister and Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina Wajed on July 16. Hasina faces charges of extortion and complicity in murder. The arrest was a huge operation involving more than 1,000 uniformed and plainclothes personnel from the police, military and intelligence agencies. The security forces cordoned off the area surrounding her residence around 4.45 a.m. but did not arrest Hasina until some three hours later. She was brought before a court where she was denied bail. On July 19, she was issued with a notice by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) to submit statements of her finances and assets.

Tiger violence increase in Oslo: Tamils blame Norwegian Police

The ruling Norwegian Labour Party linked to agents of Tamil Tigers is making a desperate bid to whitewash what the police called a “grotesque” battle within the Tamil community in Oslo. Three Tamils were shot, stabbed and run down by a car last Sunday by a group known as “Jaffna boys”. Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) told the Asian Tribune that Oslo Labor party leader Jan Bøhler and Yogarajah Balasingham -- a member of the Labour Party -- are now blaming the police for not taking early action to stop the violence. “They should have acted earlier to stop the Tamil fighting in Norway,” Balasingham told TV2 in Oslo. He predicts that there will be more bloody clashes in Norway. The Jaffna Boys has recruited Tamils from Germany and France to settle “unfinished business” in Norway, according to NAT.