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

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Example is Better than Precept: Amnesty International Comments on Bush Human Rights Theme at UN

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The president (Bush) made a strong statement (at the United Nations) that placed human rights at the center of his concern. But actions speak louder than words. The president's commitment to human rights would carry greater authority and credibility if the United States was not itself seriously violating human rights in the name of the "war on terror," the Amnesty International says in a statement.

UNP abandons federalism and Ceasefire Agreement; it’s a trick to win power, says JVP

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Sri Lankan media reports today highlighted the new shift in the UNP on two major issues: 1. abandoning its support for a federalist solution and 2.abrogating the Ceasefire Agreement signed by its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on February 22, 2002. "Lankadeepa," the leading Sinhala newspaper very close to Wickremesinghe, broke the story yesterday indicating a dramatic policy shift which, if true, can lead to a political consensus in the south at last. Today’s "Island" reported that the UNP parliamentarian and Colombo District leader Ravi Karunanayake had confirmed the story. He had described the policy shift as the UNP “repositioning” itself.

Terrorism anywhere is terrorism, nothing good. Sri Lanka has taken upfront position to deal with terrorism - President Rajapakse

Mahinda Rajapakse Military operations were launched in Sri Lanka only to exert pressure on terrorists in order to convince them that it will not be possible for them to obtain a military victory. Government’s goal remains a negotiated and honorable end to this unfortunate conflict. “The All Party Representative Committee is working successfully towards it,” said President Mahinda Rajapakse addressing the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday. President Rajapakse said: “Even as we gather here, State’s sovereignty, civil society and the rule of law are increasingly being threatened by terrorism and other illegal and illicit activities in many countries. We need to be vigilant about these activities. Although the UN system has set up mechanisms to deal with many of these problems, the capacity of the UN to address these challenges effectively has been brought into question.

Tourist arrivals gradually improves

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Though various views are expressed with regard to the present status of the tourist industry in Sri Lanka, the ground realities are quite different from those views. Those in the industry never lets it down, while critics assert that the industry is doomed. The real situation is that the industry has been alarmed at the continuing war and the Southern sector that has major concentration of tourist hotels are still trying to recover from the major shock of 2004 Tsunami coupled with war drums heard. Further, the present Tsunami alerts too are renewing the ghostly horrors that still linger in the travel industry in Sri Lanka.

Action against trafficking in human beings: the Council of Europe focuses on criminal and procedural measures

The Council of Europe and the French Ministry of Justice are jointly organizing an international seminar on criminal and procedural measures to combat trafficking in human beings, to be held in Paris on 27 and 28 September at the Michelet Site of the Ministry of Justice. The seminar is expected to begin at 9.30 am on Thursday 27 September with speeches by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Pierre Boussaroque, Diplomatic Adviser of the Justice Minister. A hundred or so experts and representatives of the Council of Europe, governments and non-governmental organizations in the countries concerned will share their practices and experience.

Tamil Tigers claymore mine killed two Tamil civilians in Jaffna – a lady lecturer and a technical officer

A Jaffna University senior woman lecturer and a technical officer were killed yesterday morning in Siththankerni, Jaffana, by a claymore mine laid and activated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the Manipay – Karainagar road. Initial reports said one civilian died on the spot and another was injured when LTTE targeting an Army foot patrol on the Manipay – Karainagar road, and detonated the powerful claymore mine with no regard to the presence of the public in the area. The other injured civilian also died of his injuries on admission to hospital. According to reports, a Jaffna University senior lecturer Ms. Saratha Paramsothy, (42) was killed yesterday in a claymore bomb attack in Siththankerny at about 8.45 in the morning when LTTE fixed the claymore device along the road and activated it causing the blast.

Rural youth haunted by stress leading to heart attacks and death

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Poverty unemployment and social inequalities are haunting the rural Sri Lanka to the extent of pushing the youth to frustration leading to stress. Stress is one of the major causes of heat attacks and the resultant deaths said Dr S J Steven, President, Sri Lanka Heart Association (SLHA) at the Press Briefing to announce the awareness programme on promoting heart healthy living to coincide with the world Heart Health Day at Water’s Edge Hotel, Battaramulla. To mark the World Heart Day, SLHA has also organized an exhibition to be held at the BMICH and a Heart Health Walk to promote heart healthy living through Awareness Campaign.

SUROL-Society for Uplift and Rehabilitation of Leprosy Affected Persons.

By Oscar E V Fernando - Honry Member Board of Management

Rev Fr Glen Fernando, it was that took over a movement helping lepers and turned it into a vibrant movement; his charisma made SUROL what it is-a vision to be realized-a mission to be accomplished, although as a human being he never proffered himself to be a paragon of virtue. His vision was to make those presently affected feel human and be accepted and his mission was to arrest the possibility of others getting affected, due to poverty that brings about malnutrition and unhygienic conditions of living-due these very reasons he foresaw the potential of leprosy raising its ugly head once again in Sri Lanka-an ominous thought, if neglected!

General outmanoeuvres rivals

By M Rama Rao & Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

There should be little doubt that Gen Pervez Musharraf cannot be stopped from successfully seeking a third term as president of Pakistan, more importantly without doffing his uniform. It is going to be one victory that Musharraf will cherish most since till a few days ago he looked shaken and he appeared to be reaching the end of the road. In a three-way battle of nerves he would appear to be the ultimate winner.

V. Anandasangaree

UNP should not make a histotrical blunder: Do not strengthen the hands of the LTTE - V. Anandasangaree,

AnandasangareeUnited National Party, by “re-position” itself and among many others, to drop the ‘Federal Concept’ would be a historical blunder. The party should seriously consider how much loss of life and damage to property had been caused since the famous 'March to Kandy' in 1957, if not for which, the ethnic problem would have been solved fifty years back. V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front has pointed out. Anandasangaree emphasized in a press release that a solution under the ‘Unitary System’ will not be acceptable to the Tamils. Therefore he said that the only alternative to a Federal System, acceptable to the Tamils, is the one like the ‘Indian Model’ which will satisfy those who are allergic to the term ‘Federal.’ He said, “I am recommending this proposal not as a Tamil but as one who loves this country and its people and love to die as a patriotic Citizens of Sri Lanka. All what I want is Peace in a contented Sri Lankan society.”