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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Indian socialists and communists express solidarity with Burmese protestors, call for UN sanctions

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi

George FernandesAs the pro-democracy protests rage in the streets of Yangon, several Indian leaders have called for UN sanctions against the military regime. The Communist party of India Marxist has expressed solidarity with the people of Burma. George Fernandes, veteran socialist leader and former defence minister, who, along with former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, is planning a Citizens' March in Delhi, asked the Manmohan Singh government to take a forthright stand on the regime. Speaking to "Asian Tribune," Fernandes, who has been the odd man out in Indian politics by patronizing publicly the Tibetan and Burma causes, said, some thing should be done by the world body. It should take the initiative instead of merely talking to come to the rescue of the people of Burma. He agreed that sanctions have never been an effective weapon but that would mark a beginning of determined action to bring the junta to heel.

Twenty-eight new buses for the East - Basil Rajapakse

Basil RajapakseWith the view to improve the passenger transport system in the war ravaged East, which has been recently liberated, Ministry of Nation Building has put in the services of 28 new buses and introduced numerous new bus routes. Basil Rajapakse MP, who is also the Senior Advisor to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse, said that these new buses were ceremoniously handed over to the CTB bus depots at Kalmunai, Batticalaoa, Valaichenai and Trinciomalee. Basil Rajapakse who is presently the Advisor to the Nation Building Ministrty under Sri Lanka’s President said 5 new buses were given to Kalmunai bus depot and new bus routes were opened up for the buses to ply from Kalmunai to Thirukovil, Mandur, Mahilathievu, Batticaloa and Valaichchenai.

France: LTTE leader and gangsters remanded under police custody

The second layer LTTE leader in France, Savarimuthu, alias Starlin alias Ranjan and five other gang members who were arrested on 25 September in Paris suburbs, were produced before a three bench judges panel yesterday and were remanded under police custody. On 25 September, French police spent hours at the house of Savarimuthu, alias Starlin alias Ranjan, the second layer LTTE leader, located in Montreal, 93 Department – a Pris suburb and gone through very minutely documents, as well as the computer, video gazettes and CDs found in the house. Sources told Asian Tribune that, Police took into custody Ranjan and confiscated stacks of documents and the computer.

Azadi Express, a train mounted India exhibition flagged off

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi

Azadi Express Flagged OffIndia's Azadi Express, a train mounted exhibition has chugged out of Delhi to make the celebrations of 150 years of the first war of independence (1857), 60 years of freedom from colonial rule and the birth centenary of martyr Bhagat Singh a truly people's affair. The Minister for Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh flagged off the twelve coach train on Friday. Its first halt will be at Porbandar (Gujarat on the west coast), the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi was born. Gandhi Jayanti will be celebrated on October 2 as the World Peace Day from this year.

Gordon Brown condemned Myanmar rulers for unleashing violence against the unarmed Burmese protestors

Gordon BrownBritish Prime Minister Gordon Brown has condemned the violence used against unarmed protestors by the Burmese authorities, and called for the international community to intensify diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the crisis. The Burmese government has launched a crackdown on pro-democracy protestors who have taken to the streets over the last few days. There have been reports of security forces using gunfire, tear gas and baton charges to clear the peaceful protests. In a statement released by Downing Street yesterday Gordon Brown said the protestors have been exercising "great bravery" by protesting peacefully. "I had hoped that the Burmese regime would heed the calls for restraint from the international community.

Demonizing the Other – The Eelamists’ construction of the Sinhala as devils

By Sesha Samarajiwa

The Sinhala – every man, woman and child – are devils. They have discriminated against the Tamils when all we did was ask for 50:50 parliamentary parity with them back in 1948 and, in 1975, for one-third of the landmass of an island half the size of England for an exclusively Tamil homeland, although we accounted then for 12% of the island’s population. The unreasonable Sinhala rejected our reasonable demand. So we had no option but to take up arms to carve out a monoethnic state for Tamils, a separate state flowing with milk and honey, with a bit of help from our ethnic cousins across the Palk Straits in Tamil Nadu, the homeland of 63 million Tamils. The Sinhala are racists, enamored of their mythological chronicle, the "Mahavamsa;" they suffer from the "Mahavamsa" complex. They are Buddhist Nazis. They are a despicable people, tormentors of innocent Tamils, bloodthirsty demons.

FCCISL streamlines consultancy, research and study activities

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The consultancy, research and study activities of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) have been streamlined by creating a separate unit this purpose with the former President of the Institute of Personnel Management, Sri Lanka (IPM) Daya Ballegala as its first Director. Ballegala has also held the position of President, Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resources Management for two years. The intention of the FCCISL is to build up a fully pledged consultancy bureau and as a start the Unit with provide consultancy services on routine labor related issues and human resource management consultancies.

Call to expel Myanmar from the ASEAN

Several members of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) has called for the expulsion of Myanmar from the Association of the South East Nations(ASEAN). On 28 September 2007, members of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) called an emergency press conference on the deteriorating situation in Myanmar. AIPMC members at the press conference, in Bangkok, Thailand, said that more needs to be done to compel Myanmar's military leaders to "show restraint". AIPMC President Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said "I would like ASEAN to take one more step, and expel Myanmar from the association." He added that if consensus at the ASEAN could not be reached, then individual member states should themselves take action, including sanctions, to dissociate from the military regime in Myanmar.

President Rajapakse on diabolical plans to raise false human rights alarms to support ort terrorism

By Walter Jayawardhana

Addressing a large gathering of expatriate Sri Lankans at the Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple in La Puente, California President Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka said some people stealthily go abroad and their trips are followed by diabolical statements that they are missing persons to raise false human rights issues as part of the terrorist campaign against Sri Lanka. “Recently, a young couple was reported missing by some people. Later it was found they have gone for a weekend hideout to enjoy themselves,” said the President clarifying about false human rights cries of some people to create difficulties for the country. President Rajapakse said the terrorists of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) know where the security forces of the country are trying to do and the false cries are raised as a counter measure to dampen the strike against them expecting outside help.

Mahinda Rajapakse

George Fernandes

Basil Rajapakse

Azadi Express Flagged Off

President Rajapakse appeals to civic groups in US to join his efforts to reconstruct east.

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mahinda RajapaksePresident Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles in English appealed to civic groups in California and other places in the United States and businessmen to join in his efforts to reconstruct the Eastern Province and invest money in business ventures to upgrade the lives of the Eastern province people who have suffered immensely by the rule of terrorists for two decades. “A massive programme of rehabilitation and reconstruction has been launched, with the objective of making the Eastern Province a model for post-conflict reconstruction and development,” he said making a luncheon speech accorded to him at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, September 28.


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