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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

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Sri Lanka day in France

Reason, Sympathy & Human Relations

By Prof Ishtiaq Ahmed - Syndicate Features

Can one agree on a principle that can serve as the basis for the establishment of genuine peace and harmony in the world? Some people think that if the whole world became good Muslims or good Christians it would create true brotherhood and sisterhood. Now, considering that both groups comprise more than a billion each (Islam in its various sectarian forms is given as 1.3 billion and Christianity 1.9 billion) converting one to the other may take a very long time.

Sri Lanka returns to the French Market!

A 12-day evaluation conducted by Sécurité Sans Frontières revealed that the terrorist risk is not that greater in Sri Lanka than other countries visited by the French. This positive conclusion is welcome change to the position adopted by the travel advisory of the French Foreign Ministry which contributed to a great extent the increasing negative perception of the destination due to the security problems related to the North and East of the country. Fully aware of its negative image in the French market, Sri Lanka Tourism opted for transparency and requested an independent private French security firm to conduct a security audit related to tourism activities.

Melbourne court told how Tamil tigers in Australia raised millions in the name of tsunami victims

By Walter Jayawardhana
A Melbourne Court was told three men raised funds in Australia for terrorist activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the guise it was for charitable purposes including for the victims of the devastating Tsunami of 2004 to the tune of millions of Australian Dollars. The prosecution told the judge about raising funds for the LTTE also known as the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka by the three men when Arun Vinayagamoorthy (33) of Mount Waverly, Sivarajah Yathavan (36) of Vermont South, and Arumugam Rajeevan (41) of Old Toongabbie of Sydney’s West appeared at the Melbourne Magistrate Court on Thursday September 13 for the start of their committal hearing.

Global Warming and Tsunami

By Oscar E V Fernando

That ecology is a burning issue affecting the whole world, as atmospheric pollution and poisoned water do not have frontiers and therefore need no visa to enter other countries, was a concluding remark at a recent global seminar on environment. Protection and preservation of the environment; promotion of sustainable development-meaning fulfilling human needs with an eye on an indefinite future; attention to climatic change, have all become matters of concern to humanity for its own survival, and for the survival of those yet unborn.

Air Force and Naval joint operation eliminated sea Tiger boats

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Twenty LTTE cluster boats from Mulaitevu sea tiger base launched an attacked on the Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday evening. Fast attack crafts of the Navy advanced and engaged with the LTTE. At the same time Sri Lanka Air Force MI24 and Kfir and MIG 27ss were quickly air borne while Navy FAC boats were engaging the LTTE boats. Air Force MI24 attacked the boats from the air under heavy fire from Navy and Air force LTTE withdrew and try to beached their boats. At the same time Air Force jets bombed a sea tiger base as well as boats which were beached.

U.S., U.N. Stage Dueling Climate Meets

By Thalif Deen - UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

Are the United Nations and the United States trying to outdo each other by hosting two parallel summit meetings on the same subject -- climate change -- during the same week at the end of September? U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting a high-level meeting of world leaders on Sep. 24 in New York, while U.S. President George W. Bush has invited 20 of "the world's largest polluting countries" to a summit in Washington Sep. 27-28. "I believe the U.S. move is a very wrong move because it will undermine the multilateral process (which resulted in the 2005 Kyoto Protocol governing climate change)," said Sunita Narain, one of the world's most active environmentalists and director of the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment.

Australian government to leave Tamil refugees detained on Nauru

The Australian government has announced that it will keep 72 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers incarcerated on the remote Pacific island of Nauru, refusing to allow them into Australia, despite accepting they are genuine refugees. The decision denies the refugees their most basic democratic rights. In effect, they will be left indefinitely on Nauru, where they have already been detained for six months, stripped of personal liberty, civil and social rights and the freedom to live where they choose.

SCOPP to streamline established procedures in handing over child soldiers to their families

The Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) has anounced that it is in the course of streamlining established procedures relating to issues such as handing over child soldiers to their families. This was revealed to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission’s (SLMM) query at the regular weekly meeting used to be held on Thursdays between them. At the last meeting SLMM noted that SCOPPs initiatives relating to the peace process have had a positive impact on efforts to restore normalcy. It is further reported that both sides also agreed that SLMM’s new procedure relating to its weekly reporting have had an additional benefit in resolving issues.