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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2957

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President in Hambantota

Troops foiled another LTTE attempt to storm cleared areas in Mannar: 6 LTTE cadres confirmed dead

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Sri Lanka Army captured LTTE Forward Defence Line Northeast Mannar and North of Giant Tank, 10 km South of Mannar and Army is currently advancing towards Madhu. Confrontation erupted today around morning 2.30 am and lasted for more than 3 hours. According to the latest report 6 LTTE cadres were confirmed dead as Army recovered the dead bodies.

Death Penalty Threatens to Split World Body

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

The 192-member U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote, perhaps by early or mid-November, on one of the most divisive political issues before the world body: a moratorium on the death penalty. The 27-member European Union (EU), backed by virtually every single major international human rights organisation, will introduce a draft resolution on the death penalty which is expected to split the General Assembly right down the middle.

Sri Lanka Government rescinds blanket media censorship regulations

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Sri Lanka Government has cancelled the Gazette Extraordinary issued on 29th October, in order to enable taking necessary legal action, with regard to the false and incorrect information about national security and matters relating to defence. Recently it was alleged that ABC Radio and other electronic media organizations, with a view to mislead the public, broadcasted news items, which said to have caused considerable anxiety among the people and embarrassment to the security forces. Subsequently, Government of Sri Lanka put out a gazette notification prohibiting news reporting on proposed military operations in the country. It was issued under the emergency regulations and called "Prohibition on Publication and Transmission of Sensitive Military Information".

Sri Lankan Tamils, the ‘Cats Paw’ of the Church

By Palitha Senanayake

The Christian denominations were first introduced to Ceylon by the Portuguese who invaded the country in 1505. Their reign was confined mainly to the coastal areas of the country and they vandalized the property in those areas raping women and brutally enforcing their will on the people. Their vagrancy was such that even today when the Sri Lankan landscape is dotted with the ancient ruins of a bygone civilization, the areas occupied by Portuguese are conspicuous by the absence of such evidence. The Sinhalese Kings sought the help of the Dutch, who were somewhat more reasonable, to get rid of the Portuguese. Then the British, who appeared most gentlemanly, came along and took over the country on an agreement entered in to with the Sri Lankan chieftains to protect Sri Lankan values and its religion. British with their ostensible gentlemanliness was the only power to conquer the whole of Sri Lanka in 1815.

Nowak acknowledged torture is not systemic in Sri Lanka - Human Rights Ministry

By Jaya Rohana

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights in a press release issued on Monday (30 October) stated that Mr. Manfred Nowak acknowledged that torture is not systematic in Sri Lanka. However, the UN News Service, purporting to cite Mr. Nowak stated that the practice of torture was ‘widespread’. The Ministry of Human Rights strongly refuted any such conclusions which did not find any place in Mr. Nowak’s preliminary findings. When Mr. Nowak was asked by the Minister to clarify his positions with regard to the prevalence of torture Mr. Nowak made it clear that his usage of the term ‘widely practiced’ was in reference to instances of alleged torture that he witnessed in diverse locations in the country and that such alleged instances did not relate exclusively or predominantly to the conflict or conflict affected areas.

Three Burmese workers in Thailand poisoned by employer

At least three Burmese migrant workers in Thailand have died on Monday after consuming food which was allegedly mixed with poison by their employer in Mae Khlong, an hour's drive from Mahachai, said U Thaung Kyaw who is investigating the deaths. The Thai employer who owns a shipping boat in Mae Khlong has been exploiting his workers. He allegedly fed them food mixed with poison because he didn't want to give them their wages, said U Thaung Kyaw.

E-profiling and empowering youth through career skills

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Two presentations will be made by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has organized two presentations on E-profiling and Empowering youth Through Career Skills to be held at their Board Room. E-profiling could be described as an assessment tool that combines measuring the performance of a person by assessing his or her personality when solving work-place problems. As it has no language, it will not consider ethical background or cultural influences.

“We take development to entire country” – President at Hambantota Port Project

President in Hambantota“It is not only in the South that the government is opening new development projects. We are doing so in other parts of the country too. The new port development at Hambantota is one such project. The government obtains loans for development purposes and not for day to day consumption. The benefits of this development will be seen throughout the country. They will generate new employment opportunities. That is why this work needs the support of all,” said President Mahinda Rajapakse, addressing a public rally yesterday, after a tour inspection of the Hambantota Port Project.

Sri Lanka Points out Inherent Contradictions on International Migration

In a key note presentation on the subject of globalization, migration and human rights, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said there are inherent contradictions in several countries with regard to their rhetoric and practice on migration issues. Often it can be observed that migration is being simultaneously encouraged and combated. Policy pronouncements often vary with informal arrangements that are tolerated. In some instances, he said, some authorities informally tolerate irregular migration while official action is taken to reinforce controls against so called illegal migrant workers. However the net effects of these actions are that, on the one hand there will be a continued supply of cheap labor, while on the other hand illegal migrants will not be able to defend their rights, dignity or seek decent working conditions, leading towards greater stigmatization and isolation from the society for which they in fact contribute economically.

Holy in the Season

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

The Eid-Milan, Iftar and Diwali parties are nowadays thrown open in India for the reasons unknown to us, as it's not given because of its religious flavor. Many unsolicited guests who try to be as close to the hosts as the dishes of assorted cuisines are to the caterers unsuccessfully grapple to represent the non-existing charm of being an invitee. Adding to the solicitude of the caterers, especially the organizers, who have a limited quantity of the items ordered after much deliberation.

Chamber of Commerce lead Business Delegation to Singapore

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka – Singapore Business Council (SLSBC), affiliate of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in its drive towards establishing and developing business linkages with Singapore will be leading a 10 member high powered business delegation to Singapore from 12-15 November 2007. Their main focus will be on the IT/ ITES (KPO/BPO)sectors aimed at promoting IT/ ITES services and joint ventures between the two countries and also attract investments into Sri Lanka.

Karnataka Sodoku

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

The Janata brand of politics is nothing if not quixotic. The latest example comes from the party’s turn-around in Karnataka where the JD(S) decided to eat the crow in shaking hands with the BJP after denouncing it in no uncertain words, reportedly to save its ranks from being poached by the wily Congress. The fear was probably real but the danger came from the BJP too. Poachers must have been waiting for their chance from the day the JD(S) chief minister HD Kumaraswamy declared early in October that he would not honour the power sharing deal with the Bharatiya Janata Party under which he had to quit his chair after completing his stipulated term in favour of the BJP’s B.S. Yediyurappa.

Hambantota Port Site

Hambantota Port Plan

President with Chinese Engineers

Inspecting project paln

Destiny of housemaid Rizana hangs in the balance

There is no change in the status of Rizana Nafeek, a native of Mutur, employed as a housemaid, who was sentenced to be beheaded by a Shari’a court in Dawadmi, Saudi Arabia, that she had murdered an infant in her care in 2005. Reliable sources revealed that her destiny still hangs in the balance. When "Asian Tribune: contacted Hussain Bhaila, Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs said, “There is no change in the sentencing of Rizana up to yesterday, and we are following it up at legal and diplomatic levels.” It is learnt that some confusion prevails regarding the plight of Rizana, as a conflicting report has been broadcasted in Colombo two days ago, that the young Rizana Nafeek, was exonerated from the murder charges by the Saudi Arabian court.