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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Nedumaran to crossover to Jaffna unlawfully on September 12

The Tamil Tiger face in Tamil Nadu , P. Nedumaran has once again reiterated his determination to enter Sri Lanka unlawfully by crossing the Palk Strait, the narrow strip of sea by boats with his so called live-saving cargoes of food and medicine to be distributed to the Tamils in Sri Lanka. He has anounced that that he would take with him a large number of volunteers from Tamil Nadu by boats in violation of the island nation’s immigration laws. According to him the boat journey to Sri Lanka is scheduled to commence from two separate locations - Nagapattinam and Rameswaram Sea coast.

CCC shows the way for school leavers to find jobs

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A major constraint in the procurement of employment for the school leavers has been the lack of career guidance. Thus many of these GCE OL and AL qualified school leavers do not know that there are employment available in various fields. To assist the job thirsty youth Ceylon chamber of Commerce in association with John Keells Social Responsibility Foundation is pursuing a programme of providing career guidance to Sri Lankan School children in their O’Level and A’Levels by means of DVD/CDs as well as through mass media, specially through electronic media. This programme was initially conceptualized by Justice Mark Fernando.

Singapore and Iraq - Contrasts in Water Management

Thalif Deen - UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

As the world faces new threats of water scarcity, triggered by phenomena like global warming and bioenergy demands, Singapore and Iraq have been singled out as two political extremes in water management. Singapore, the tiny city-state of 4.5 million people, has been touted as a phenomenal success story despite the absence of any natural resources. Iraq has been dismissed as an abject failure, despite its access to two major rivers within its borders. Singapore's widely-acknowledged achievement in water management earned the South-east Asian nation the Stockholm Industry Water Award at an international water conference which concluded here Friday.

Suspected mastermind of the Dalada Maligawa bomb attack arrested

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka’s elite Police commando force arrested a prime suspect wanted in connection with suicide truck bomb destruction of the world famous Temple of the Tooth of the Buddha at Kandy , a UNESCO protected World Heritate site, nearly two decades ago. A place revered by all Buddhists of the world was partially destructed by a explosive laden suicide truck bomb attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) at 6.10 a.m. January 25 1998, just a week before a scheduled visit by Britain’s heir to the throne Prince Charles to the historic temple. Most who died were devotees who brought the early morning Buddha Pooja to the temple.

Women Leadership in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - Part-II

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

Birth of Bangladesh and Role of Shrimati Indira Gandhi in 1971 :As a freedom fighter and organizer of the War of Bangladesh Liberation in 1971, I could remember those days of agonies and miseries since 25th March 1971. On 27 March, 1971, the Government of India took a decision that refugees from East Bengal fleeing in the wake of Pak military atrocities would be provided with relief, viz., shelter, food, medical aid, etc., in India on humanitarian grounds, and that the cost of such relief would be met by the central Government. The State Governments were accordingly requested to undertake the requisite relief programme on behalf of the central Government.

U.S. Restores Eastern Markets as Economic and Social Centers

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Hellenic Aid, broke ground this week on a project to rebuild the Anuradhapura Junction Market located in Trincomalee that promises to restore the market as a center for commerce and a place of social interaction between residents of all social classes and ethnic groups. Last Saturday, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission James R. Moore, along with Trincomalee Government Agent Major Gen. T.T.R. Silva and Trincomalee Urban Council Chairman S.G. Mugunthan, inaugurated the market, which is being restored under a grant to the Czech Republic-based humanitarian NGO People In Need and co-funded by Hellenic Aid, the development arm of the Greek government.

Holographic Labels, the answer to combat fakes in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The importance of Holographic Labels to combat fake products and documents in the Sri Lanka market was stressed at a presentation in Colombo, by Managing Director Holographic Label of Malaysia, Mr. Foong Wan Hong. “Today, many fakes in the form of products and documents are freely available in Sri Lanka, as in many other countries around the world. Examples are so numerous and on a rapid increase that the whole system is in danger of collapse, leading to a crisis which can be fatal to the total economy. In fact fake documents have also played a pivotal role in the case of the Sri Lankan under-aged girl sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia”, he said.

BJP’s theatre of the absurd

By Tukoji R Pandit - Syndicate Features

The monsoon session of Parliament, starting unusually late, must have come as a big relief to the beleaguered Bharatiya Janata Party. It can now concentrate on doing what it does best: disrupt proceedings regularly and resort to theatrics to divert attention from its twin problems of internal squabbles and edgy allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The disarray in the BJP forces it to deflect attention from itself, as the party of super patriots and self-appointed Hindu theologians looks apprehensively at its prospects in the state assembly polls that will be spread over the next 12 months, to be followed by general elections in 2009.

Dialog and NDB Bank launches Mobile Payments

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Dialog Telekom, a telecommunications Company, together with NDB Bank, a private sector commercial banks in the country, unveiled eZ Pay, a mCommerce (Mobile Commerce) initiative, a service that allows consumers to purchase goods, pay bills, transfer money and perform banking transactions via their mobile phones. The Dialog-NDB mobile commerce network will empower consumers with the ability to carry out a variety of electronic transactions using their mobile phone from anywhere within Dialog GSM’s network coverage.

Wild gyrations on world markets

Despite continuing interventions by the world’s central banks, global stock markets have continued to fluctuate wildly amid fears that the credit crisis that started in the US sub prime mortgage market is spreading to other sectors. On Thursday, Wall Street experienced a day of violent swings, plunging by 343 points at one stage, to finally end the day 15.69 points down. Earlier, Asian and Europeans markets were hit by a wave of selling following Wednesday’s drop on Wall Street, which saw the Dow fall below 13,000, registering a more than 800-point loss in five days.

Oslo the criminal capital of Tamil Tigers

Yesterday at about 15:30 hrs the Norwegian police stormed an apartment in Oslo and arrested a suspect in the LTTE Oslo shooting spree. Another suspect was arrested close to the Oslo Police headquarters. Both will be charged for participating in the shootout and murder. At 13.00 one Tamil was arrested at the “Grønland” area in Oslo. The second Tamil was arrested at 15.30 it the North part of Oslo. The head of the police investigation team, Finn Abrahamsen confirms this has been a dispute between two rival factions in the Tamil Diaspora. In addition one of the hospitalized victims will be charged for participating in murder. Police estimate that twenty persons participated in the clashes. So far only three have been charged for the crime. A total of three suspects are currently in the police custody. There is no information from the Police what role the three arrested has had in the shooting spree.