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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Mahinda Samarasinghe

Nedumaran’s publicity stunt to cross the Palk Srait will end in a fiasco

Despite the boast of P. Nedumaran to cross the Palk Strait and head towards Jaffna he is not likely to go beyond the southern tip in Rameswaram, according to official sources in India. Police sources are certain that Nedumaran and his band of volunteers will be intercepted at Rameswaram and detained if he attempts board any sea-going vessel. In April 1983 Nedumaran staged a similar political stunt. He started from his journey from Madurai and when he reached Rameswaram, Police intervened putting an end to his voyage to Jaffna.

Nawaz Sharif detained on arrival

Nawaz Sharif'Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested about three hours after arriving home today and taken into detention, soon after his return from exile to Pakistan where he plans to lead a campaign against the military ruler who ousted him eight years ago.Sharif's British lawyer, Amjad Malik, said Sharif was taken into detention on a helicopter to an unknown detention centre. Islamabad airport officials said that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's plane arrived in Pakistan today. Earlier the aircraft was expected to land in the Pakistani capital at around 8.15 am, Pakistan time, but his flight got delayed.

Share Market gains upward trend

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Both Share market indices All Share Price Index (ASPI) and the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) showed slightly high increases according to the weekly market review of HNB Stockbrokers, ASPI gaining20.1 points or 0.8 percent to stand at 2546.7 points, while MPI ended 8.5 points higher at 3461.4 points up by 0.25 percent. The active levels too improved considerably compared to last week in the back of enhanced retail and foreign activity.

Tigers’ Vennila gang provoke gang warfare in Paris

Vennila, a ruthless pro – Tamil Tiger gang operating in Paris, and Mukkala and Minnal, the two Tamil gangs opposed to the Tigers, are at the centre of the current wave of Tamil violence raging in Paris. According to French sources, the car festival (Ther) of the Paris Manikka Vinayagar Temple located in Marks Dormey, in La Chappelle, Paris 10 took place with pomp and pageantry last Sunday (02 September). The temple belongs to Santhirasekeran, and the Tamil Tigers were opposed, right from the beginning, to the way he conducts the affairs of the temple, resisting Tiger pressures to bring under their control Though this temple is housed in a very small place, nearly 200 meters away from the Mari Amman temple owned and managed by the Tamil Tigers, the annual car festival of the temple is a most popular event in Paris.

To quell terrorism - The Philippines to provide expertise to Sri Lanka to establish a coast guard service

By Walter Jayawardhana

"Manila Times," the Philippine national daily in an op-ed piece said Manila and Colombo are in exploratory talks for the Philippines to provide the latter’s expertise regarding establishing a Coast Guard service. “So in this new era of cooperation between nations in a world where terrorism has no international borders, Manila and Colombo are in exploratory talks for the Philippines to provide its expertise to help Sri Lanka create its own Coast Guard operation,” said the newspaper in an ope-ed piece published in the newspaper, September 10 and written by Random Jottings.

Colour printing at black and white printing cost

By Quintus Perera

Gestetner of Ceylon Ltd marketing the products of Ricoh Co Ltd has now introduced Ricoh Gel Printer that has revolutionized the copy printing which offers colour printing at the cost of black and white printing. Eric Tan, Director, Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd who is in-charge of more than 10 countries in the sale of Gel Printers speaking at a Press Briefing held at the Taj Samundra last week in introducing the product to the Sri Lankan market said that Ricoh Co Ltd was started in 1936 and has been the leading manufacturer of office automation equipment.

Hindu scripture to be taught in a Nevada community college

"Bhagavad-Gita," the best known Hindu scripture worldwide, will be taught in the prestigious institution of Nevada, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), in November next. To be taught by famous Hindu chaplain Rajan Zed, who read the historical first Hindu prayer in United States Senate in July last; this will provide a glimpse into this philosophical and intensely spiritual poem, often considered the epitome of Hinduism. A dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, just before the beginning of he great Mahabharata war, it has been commented by hundreds of authors and translated into all major languages of the world.

Muslim Ummah is a divided house

“Today Muslim Ummah confronts both external and internal conspiracies hatched by its foes. We have to serve our nation keeping a watch on these conspiracies”, said Maulana Parvez Alam Qasmi a scholar in Islamic jurisprudence and Mohadith at Jamia Jalalia Hojai, Assam who continued to say that there are some vested-interests who don’t want to come out of the alleys of narrow mindedness. “To make things worse some so-called clergymen wield the highest posts at a few seminaries and are surrounded by unscrupulous elements. Learning a lesson we should never walk along their path,” he said.

International community welcomes Sri Lanka’s policy on constructive engagement with UN human rights mechanisms

Mahinda SamarasingheSeveral Human Right groups and international non-government organizations appreciated Sri Lanka’s consistent and long-standing policy of open and constructive engagement with UN human rights mechanisms while fighting a struggle of self-defense against one of the most feared and ruthless terrorist organizations in the world. They also welcomed in particular the invitations extend by the Government of Sri Lanka to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Mme Louise Arbour, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and Dr. Walter Kaelin, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of IDPs to visit Sri Lanka this year.

Unsolicited advice to Musharraf on ties with India

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Is wisdom dawning on Pakistan president General Musharraf? In a recent statement he said that there is ‘no doubt’ that the Taliban were being sheltered in the lawless frontier region of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan. This admission is in sharp contrast to Pakistan’s earlier stand that there are no terrorists on its soil. The admission that Afghan militants are supported from Pakistan territory vindicates the grouse Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been nursing against Pakistan for a long time.

Nawaz Sharif'

Mahinda and Dayan

Nawaz Sharif keeps his date with Pakistan, gets deported again: India terms the development an internal affair of Pakistan

From M. Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi

Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan leader who had lost his prime ministership eight years ago to Musharraf coup, kept his promise on returning home on Monday, September 10. And Musharraf, the army chief cum president of the country kept his promise of deporting him back to exile. As Nawaz touched Islamabad airport, the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is positioning himself as the most acceptable democratic face of Pakistan, was arrested and subsequently put on a plane bound for Jeddah after a two hour of high drama. Outside the airport in Islamabad and elsewhere in the country particularly his home turf, Lahore, Nawaz Sharif loyalists were out on the streets in a great display of their support to him and faced police batons and teargas.