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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2344

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The first ever ‘Sri Lanka Poultry Show’

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The first ever Poultry Show – Sri Lanka Poultry Show 2007 will be held on 22nd and 23rd October at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Conventional Centre (SLECC) Colombo under the auspicious of the World Poultry Science Association, Sri Lanka Branch (WPSA) and the Ministry of Livestock Development. This international Poultry Show and Conference is expected to attract a large number of both Sri Lankan and foreign exhibitors with more that 100 stall allotted. It would create an opportunity for worldwide manufacturers and service providers in the poultry industry to come up novel, innovative and latest technology, products and services.

Understanding Louise Arbour: Sri Lanka Needs to Avoid One Big Pitfall on Human Rights Issue

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Monitoring Sri Lanka’s media from this end of the world, Asian Tribune is beginning to get the impression that this South Asian nation’s far left nationalist political movement, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or Peoples Liberation Front now in the democratic mainstream but was responsible for two violent insurrections in 1971 and 88/89, is slowly but surely creating a political atmosphere that the recent fact finding mission of UN human rights chief Louise Arbour was in fact a ‘proxy’ mission undertaken on behalf of the ‘sole super power’ the United States.

U.S. Teams with IOM and Sri Lankan Government to Help Combat Human Trafficking

A new program to combat human trafficking funded by the United States and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will help law enforcement officials identify instances of trafficking in persons and increase the rate of prosecution of those responsible for the practice in Sri Lanka. Building on IOM’s earlier initiatives to curb human trafficking here, the $500,000 program, co-funded by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will train 500 law enforcement and government officials on human trafficking, improve methods of data collection and dissemination to track trafficking cases, and enhance coordination among government and nongovernmental organizations.

On Propaganda and Islamophobia

The daunting reality facing people of conscience is the seemingly impossible task of controlling propaganda in a free society, and how the protected freedom of the perpetrators increases the vulnerability of their potential victims. In the past few years, while many good things happened to Muslims in America, dark clouds continue to gather over them as a result of relentless propaganda by certain special interest groups. All one has to do is to randomly listen to talk show radio on the AM dial and hear the overtly expressed hate that hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions in America internalize every day and night.

Malaysian courts investigating how foreign banks funded Tamil Tigers and other terrorists

By Cchelsea. L.Y. NG

A High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has issued six orders compelling four local banks and a foreign one here to produce documents showing how they have been used by international terrorists to pay for military equipment bought abroad, according to a report in The Star. According to papers supporting the application, the payments made through these banks were suspected to be for funding international terrorism activities, including the Sri Lanka-based Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) guerillas.

Ranil Wickremesinghe’s bluff backfires: Courts order him to show cause

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Leader of the Opposition and the UNP, is in hot waters again. Two of his major political moves have backfired. First he launched a vigorous political campaign, unprecedented for the leading pro-business UNP, to block the foreign banks funding infrastructure developments projects of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL). He wrote letters to the HSBC stating that he would not pay back funding loaned by it to GOSL. He shocked the business community by holding a demonstration in front of the HSBC to threaten the HSBC – a radical political act normally confined to anti-business JVP Marxists. Wickremesinghe even threatened to cancel the license of the bank.

Dirty Sethu’s appeal against conviction postponed to November 19.

Harrow Crown Court today postponed to 19 November, the appeal filed by Nadarajah Sethurupan and Anushriskumar Thamotherampillai against their guilty sentence, delivered by the Harrow Magistrate court on 31 May 2007. Furthermore our sources informed that Anusrikumar Thamotherampillai (Rajan) one of the two parties to the appeal was not seen in the court yesterday and his absence fuelled rumors of his disinterest in the appeal. In the meantime sources told that Thirugnanasunthar alias Sunthar who presently worked earlier in now defunct in pro-Tiger radio ETBC was seen in the court with one of the parties to a case.

Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commission flatly denied allegation of harassment of Indian Fishermen by Sri Lanka Navy

Allegation of harassment of Indian Fishermen by Sri Lanka Navy have been flatly denied. Inquiries into the contents of reports appeared in a section of the South Indian media, revealed that no such incidents involving the Sri Lanka Navy have occurred. Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commission in Chennai in a statement said, “The Government of Sri Lanka wishes to state that the Sri Lanka Navy always strives to assist the Indian fishermen in times of need, despite the fact that they enter the Sri Lankan waters. The most recent incident was on 19th of August 2007 where such assistance was accorded to the crew of a capsized Indian fishing boat within Sri Lankan Maritime Boundaries.”

Sri Lanka Human Rights Minister Apprises UN of Child Recruitment By Terrorist Groups

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent, Asian Tribune

Mahinda SamarasingheSri Lanka’s Minister of Human Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda Samarasinghe took the issue of recruitment of children as combatants by his country’s terrorist outfit to the international organization, the United Nations, whose human rights agencies looked at Sri Lanka as a nation responsible for child combatants. Certain sections of the international community in the past accused the Government of Sri Lanka of conniving with the LTTE break-away group led by Colonel Karuna Amman in recruiting child combatants on to the terrorist ranks. Minister Samarasinghe on Wednesday, October 17 in a major statement to the 62nd Session of the UN General Assembly under the agenda item Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children told the world body the steps Sri Lanka has taken to promote and protect the rights of the children. He talked at length the major issue that confronts his nation, child recruitment for combat purposes.

French conflict expert: Say no to LTTE

By Janaka Perera

Dr. Gerard Chaliand, Former Director European Center for the Study of Conflicts from France said today (Oct. 18) that the independence the LTTE is demanding cannot be and should not be granted for it is a totalitarian outfit fighting a democratic State. "Grievances might be legitimate. Yet what is asked by the fighting movement can be unacceptable." Dr. Chaliand was delivering the keynote address titled 'The threat posed by International Terrorist Networks' at the inaugural session of the three-day International Conference on Countering Terrorism, at the BMICH, Colombo. The Conference theme: "Terrorism: A Challenge to Democratically Elected Governments."

President Rajapaksa condemns “brutal bomb attack” by terrorists on Benazir Bhutto

Bomb Blast in PakistanPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa has condemned “the brutal bomb attacks on the motorcade in which former Prime Minister, Ms. Benazir Bhutto, was traveling after her return to Pakistan. Such attacks, targeting innocent civilians and political leaders, are the cowardly acts of terrorism, which is becoming an increasing scourge in the countries of the South Asian Region,” he added. The bomb attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. It killed over 130 of her supporters who were in her motorcade. At a press conference Ms. Bhutto did not blame the government. She referred repeatedly to “armed militants” who are said to be Islamic extremists in the North west frontier. She also questioned why the street lights were switched off which prevented her guards from spotting the suicide bombers. She called for an inquiry into this.

Dialog Telekom to use BroadHop's Service Management solution for WLAN Services

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

BroadHop, an award-winning global supplier of subscriber service management solutions for IP triple-play networks, has announced that Dialog Telekom, has selected BroadHop's Service Management Engine (SME) for use in its upcoming public wireless local area network (PWLAN) deployment. The BroadHop SME provides out-of-the-box quality of service (QoS) management, service provisioning, subscriber management, user self-provisioning, customer care, billing, payments, and reporting for providers that deliver multiple services over carrier-class mobile, wireless, and wireline networks.

Durga Puja and Hindus in Bangladesh

By Rabindranath Trivedi

Goddess DurgaDurga Puja, five days of the largest festivities of Hindus in the country, begins on 17 October 2007. Puja mandaps have already been built and preparations for all rituals made. Devotees will assemble at the mandaps and make offerings of treats to Goddess Durga. The offerings will later be distributed among all, reports the daily star. Durga, the slayer of Mahishashur, is lion-borne, wielding an array of arms including kripan, chakra, gada, and bow and arrow in her ten hands. Government sources said 14,170 Puja mandaps have been set up across the country. However, according to Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad, 20,000 mandaps have been set up in the country including 162 in Dhaka.

Mirror of a changing nation

Reviewed by Aditha Dissanayake

Fawn Anderson is the leading character in Anandatissa de Alwis’s short story “Star Sapphire”. Having lived with Fawn Anderson for two days now I feel I know her better than I know most of my friends who have been around me throughout my life. She smiled when I told her of the meeting between Aunty Carolina and Prema at the hotel because she was not there to see it herself. "Prema waited. You didn't speak when Aunt Carolina was present. You waited. That was an established tradition. "So", said Aunt Carolina. It was only one word. It came through lips that hardly parted to let it through, but it said everything. It was a question. It was a comment.

US Aid

Mahinda Samarasinghe

Bomb Blast in Pakistan


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