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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka

Burmese “National Convention” a Sham says United States

The United States yesterday declared the Burmese “National Convention” a sham because the delegates to it were handpicked by the military regime and the premier political party Aug San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy was excluded. Burmese “National Convention” concluded by the Burmese regime is a sham. Delegates to the convention were hand-picked by the regime and have not been allowed to engage in open debate about a new constitution. This convention also excluded the National League for Democracy, Burma’s largest democratic political party. The conclusion of the National Convention coincides with a brutal crackdown on citizens for peacefully exercising their freedom of expression. The results of this illegitimate convention clearly do not represent the will of the Burmese people, nor are they a step toward democracy.

NGO poll: 84% approve Sri Lankan government’s war strategy

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

A whopping 84% have approved the war strategy of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), according to the latest opinion poll conducted by NGOs in Sri Lanka. The latest study reveals that “as many as 84 percent of the respondents…. agree that the government should concentrate on militarily defeating the LTTE and recapturing all the territory controlled by the LTTE,” says the National Peace Council which conducted the poll with the MARGA Institute. The poll also said that “89 percent believe that the LTTE will continue as a guerilla force and be a threat to peace and security even after suffering a comprehensive military defeat.”

Nedumaran joined by pro- LTTE Tamil Nadu leaders in his proposed illegal boat journey to Sri Lanka

The Tamil Tigers’ proxy agent P. Nedumaran continues with his threat to cross the Palk Strait and enter Jaffna to distribute parrippu and other food and medicinal items to the people in the peninsula. Now Nedumaran’s threat has taken a turn to throw a serious challenge to the sovereignty of Sri Lanka, as the pro-Tamil Tiger leaders of Tamil Nadu, who are in the payroll of the Tigers, joined forces with him in his bid to cross into Jaffna by boats.

Formalization of Regional Business Community collaborations with Colombo Business leaders

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) premier chamber set up in 1839, today is a strong confederation of regional and sectoral chambers of commerce and industry, trade associations, employer organizations and bilateral business councils and it has granted affiliated membership to the Business for Peace Alliance. (BPA). The BPA, Sri Lanka’s regional business network for regional empowerment, conflict transformation and Corporate Social Responsibility was established five years ago by the regional chambers throughout Sri Lanka.

Continental shelf of Sri Lanka is scanned to ascertain its limits

By Walter Jayawardhana

GEMS, a Belgian and UK-based company specializing in EEZ (exclusive economic zone) and UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) studies is conducting the survey on behalf of the government of Sri Lanka (DEOCOM) as part of its outer continental shelf delimiting study, the company announced. The objective is to acquire process and interpret necessary geophysical data and prepare Sri Lanka’s submission, under Annex II of Final Act of the United Nation’s Convention on the Law of the Sea to the UN Commission on the limits of the Continental Shelf.

Export of Betel leaves and herbal cospetic products to Pakistan at low tariff

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

As a result of lobbying by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka and the Department of Commerce, Pakistan Government has agreed to reduce import tariff for Sri Lankan Betel Leaves and Herbal Cosmetic Products. Now those export merchants of betel leaves could export them to Pakistan at 80 percent of normal duty without any quantitative restrictions. Export of the following herbal cosmetic products under Sri Lanka’s national brands would subject to 50 percent of normal duty charged by Pakistan ports.

Ampara district towns to get drinking water distribution system at USD 100 million

By Walter Jayawardhana

Outotec, a Finland based multi national corporation said it has been awarded a major contract worth US Dollars 100 million by the Government of Sri Lanka to supply a drinking water supply facility for the Eastern coastal towns of Ampara District in Sri Lanka. After the eviction of Tamil Tigers from the Eastern Province the government is involved in a rapid development project in the area.

Tourist hotels Association 42nd AGM

The 42nd Annual General Meeting of the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) was held recently under the auspicous of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber auditorium.

9/11 Anniversary

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

The fifth anniversary of the horrendous 9/11 attacks on ‘impregnable’ America has brought the grim reminder that we are in the midst of a new war the end of which may not be witnessed by this or the next generation. Some people already call it World War III. Unlike the previous two ones, this one is being fought not against a visible and conventional army but against fanaticism which had morphed into religious terrorism, and as an ideology and concept, it seems to be only adding to its followers for a variety of reasons that range from perceived bias of the West against Muslims to their ‘humiliation’.

Sri lanka Prime Minister tells parliament that Tamil Tigers are bracing for a chemical war

By Walter Jayawardhana

Ratnasiri WickramanayakaSri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam contravening all international laws is bracing for a chemical war. “We have evidence the Tamil Tigers have plans to use chemical weapons against the Sri Lankan security forces,” said the Prime Minister addressing the country’s parliament seeking its permission to extend the emergency regulations that gives extra powers above regular laws to the government to quell the insurgency of the group.