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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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Dialog handing

British colonial masters getting ready to intervene in Sri Lanka with NGOs

H. L. D. Mahindapala

After sowing the seeds of communal dissension in Sri Lanka under British occupation (1789-1948), after giving advantages to the Tamils of the north under the British divide and rule policy, after refusing to take any action initially to curb Tamil Tiger terrorism in UK soil under the pretext of these Tamil terrorists not having violated any UK laws, after giving a wink-and-a-nudge for the Tamil Tiger in UK to run their business as usual by the laws enforcing authorities turning a blind eye to the violations of its own laws and international laws (including digging the pitch at Lords), after providing safe havens, including the establishment of the headquarters of Tamil Tigers in London, to glorify terrorism and after giving the agents of Tamil Tiger terrorists all the facilities to raise funds to destabilize democratically elected governments the British government is now moving to interfere directly in favor of the Tamils disregarding the aspirations and the rights of all other communities.

LTTE to acquire shortly chemical weapons

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabakaran is in the process of acquiring chemical weapons in the near future, Lanka intelligence sources revealed. There is enough evidence available to prove that the LTTE already has built up stocks of Cyanide and Potassium during the ceasefire period. On 12th of August in Anuradhapura north - Medawachhiya, a Police roadblock was by passed by a tipper vehicle and it was stopped at a second roadblock. The occupants tried to bribe the officers but the officers didn’t accept the bribes and after checking, they found 3,600 liters of Sulfuric Acid.

Women League of Burma on the Burmese Military Regime’s Brutal Crackdown on Peaceful Demonstrators in Burma

Women’s League of Burma has strongly condemned the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) for unleashing violent attacks and unlawful arrests of protestors who were peacefully demonstrating against the regime’s steep increases in fuel costs, which have driven up the prices of transportation and commodities. “We demand that SPDC immediately stop these attacks using the USDA (Union Solidarity and Development Association) and special police, and immediately release all the 88 Generation students including and other peaceful protestors, ” Women’s League (WLB) of Burma has demanded.

Is the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna the only hope for Sri Lanka?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

Sri Lanka is suffering an acute paucity of political credibility and discipline, with both major political parties, the UNP and the SLFP being guilty of acts of gross misconduct, mismanagement and rank political opportunism over the years. The one party that gave hope to sections of the Sinhala Buddhist constituency, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has lost their credibility by joining the government and accepting a cabinet post and other perks and privileges, and displaying that they are no different or averse to the political opportunism shown by others. The facts that even the JHU monk members of Parliament have succumbed to temptation and joined the fray in the duty free car bonanza is evident of their duplicity, and this turn of events is bound to disappoint many people who supported them at the last election. In this muddied climate of opportunism, and self interest before national interest, the only party that appears to have maintained some degree of credibility and honesty, and consistency, is the Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).

Buddhism rising in Europe, say Germans

By Janaka Perera

Buddhism is definitely making headway in Germany and the rest of Europe. Expressing this view were prominent German invitees to a very significant event marking the 50th anniversary (1957-2007) of the first Sri Lankan Buddhist Mission to Germany, at the Savsiripaya Auditorium in Colombo 7, Sri Lanka on August 22. Sri Lanka honoured the mission - sponsored by the German Dharmadutha Society - with the issue of a commemorative postage stamp and a first day cover by the Government Philatelic Bureau. This is the second time that a Sri Lankan Postage Stamp depicting a scene in Germany has been issued here. Nihal Sangabo Dias designed the new stamp issued on Wednesday.

Canada condemns detention of prominent Burmese pro-democracy activists

Daya Gamage - US Bureau Asian Tribune

The Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement on the detention of leaders of the 88 Generation Students Group, a prominent Burmese pro-democracy organization: “Canada condemns the detention of the leaders of the 88 Generation Students Group, including, among others, Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi and Kyaw Min Yuu, known as Jimmy. Their arrest is yet another example of the Burmese authorities’ continued disregard for freedom and democracy. Canada calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

Dialog Telekom sponsors Sri Lanka Malaysia Business Awards

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The third Annual Awards Presentation of the Sri Lanka – Malaysia Business Council (SLMBC) which functions under the aegis of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce which is scheduled to take place on 21 September is to be sponsored by Dialog Telekom which is one of the largest Malaysian investors in Sri Lanka and it will be held at Galadari Hotel along with the Business Council 13th AGM. The event is being held to recognize members who made valuable contribution towards the growth of Sri Lanka’s economy and is expected to generate great enthusiasm amongst the members.

Women Leadership in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - Part – VI

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

Sheikh Hasina ‘s return to Dhaka from exile in May 1981 : Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu, who was in Germany at the time of Bangabandhu’s assassination and then lived in self-exile in New Delhi, returned to Bangladesh as the President of the Awami League on 17 May 1981. When Sheikh Hasina reached Dacca from Calcutta, the tens and thousands Awami League leaders, workers, sympathisers and elites of the country gave her a tumultuous welcome, braving rain and storm. The scenes were reminiscent of Bangabandhu’s triumphant return to war devastated Bangladesh from Pakistani jail on January 10,1972.

Green temples

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Temples and other religious places are an inalienable part of the Indian life. The more famous ones are also rich; Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati Balaji temple is believed to be the world’s richest, receiving offerings worth millions of rupees from devotees. Most of the money is undoubtedly well spent on charities. But perhaps time has come when the rich and the famous temples actively contributed to green causes. The Tirupati temple can take up that cause more ardently since it has made a ‘green’ beginning by modernising its giant kitchen that perhaps churns out more ‘laddus’ in a day than a large shop in a metropolis.

Terrorism” case unravels further: Australian judge overturns government cancellation of Dr Haneef’s visa

The Howard government suffered another significant setback on Tuesday when a Federal Court judge declared that Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews had unlawfully cancelled Dr Mohamed Haneef’s visa. Andrews revoked the Indian Muslim doctor’s visa on July 16 in an attempt to block his release on bail by a Queensland magistrate. Haneef had been charged with the terrorism offence of “recklessly” providing resources to a terrorist organisation, which has since been dropped by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

No United States Aid to Foreign NGOs with Terrorist ties: USAID Tightens Scrutiny

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States Government placed trust on foreign non-governmental organizations and charitable institutions operating on the American soil and in foreign countries who are recipients of federal funds to voluntarily vet their own staff, both in the U.S. and in countries of their operations, and certify to the government that no one associated with the organizations appears on U.S. terrorist watch list. Under the U.S. laws federal funds are prohibited from reaching foreign NGOs or contractors who are tied up with development work with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) the premier agency that executes U.S. government overseas economic assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act.